Rdio to launch new ‘Select’ streaming music tier for $3.99 per month

By Cody Lee on May 13, 2015

Rdio is planning to launch a new budget tier for its streaming music service soon, BuzzFeed reported on Wednesday. CEO Anthony Bay tells the publication that they are calling the new tier ‘Rdio Select,’ and it will give users limited access to the streaming service for just $3.99 per month.

“We’ve all been flying airplanes that had business class only,” Bay quips. “There is no coach.” The $4 tier will include two components: the first is a Pandora-like streaming radio offering without ads and unlimited skips, and the second is on-demand music with a daily allowance of 25 songs. Read More

 

Try before you buy: Apple’s new music service to offer lengthy trial periods and free song samples

By Cody Lee on May 8, 2015

Apple’s new music service could include multiple ways to listen for free, Recode reported on Friday. Citing sources familiar with the project, the site says that while the service won’t include a typical ‘free version,’ Apple is hoping to offer a lengthy trial period and free song samples.

The trial period could range anywhere from one to three months, depending on the outcome of Apple’s current negotiations with record labels, which would give users a lengthy look at the service. It may also allow music owners to upload a sampling of songs that others could listen to. Read More

 

Apple still missing key licensing deals ahead of rumored Beats Music relaunch

By Cody Lee on May 5, 2015

Apple is really cutting it close if it wants to relaunch Beats Music at its developer conference next month. Citing sources familiar with the company’s plans, Billboard reports that it is still missing a number of key licensing deals it would need to secure to unveil a new streaming music service.

“A June launch is still attainable,” one source tells Billboard. “If any company can do it, they can.” However, another source at a major record label tells the publication that there is no way Apple will be able to pull off a June launch for the new service, saying simply that “the deals aren’t done.” Read More

 

Amazon’s Instant Video for iOS can now stream content in HD and over cellular

By Christian Zibreg on Apr 30, 2015

Amazon’s Instant Video client for the iPhone and iPad has received an update Thursday, bumping version number to 3.0 and bringing out several improvements to streaming video quality.

Users can now stream Instant Video content on their iOS device through their carrier’s cellular network while controlling their mobile data usage settings. In addition, the ability to watch video streams in high-definition has been added, too. Read More

 

YouTube is going ad-free… for a monthly fee

By Cody Lee on Apr 8, 2015

It looks like the rumors were true, YouTube is readying a new subscription service. In an email obtained by iDownloadBlog, Google tells video creators it wants to offer an ad-free version of YouTube for a monthly fee, which has yet to be determined. The service will offer features like offline playback, kickbacks for content creators, and could be ready to launch as early as this year. Read More

 

Twitter gives Periscope verified badges, Follower Only mode, new Global section and more

By Christian Zibreg on Apr 8, 2015

Twitter on Wednesday issued a second update to its live-broadcasting app on iOS, Periscope for iPhone. The new build brings an additional three new features along with a few enhancements and bug fixes making your experience more pleasing than before.

In addition to easier blocking and major scrolling improvements, a new Follower Mode can be now turned on before starting a broadcast to limit comments to only viewers that you follow. Read More

 

Apple said to currently not have 4K plans for new Apple TV

By Jake Smith on Apr 5, 2015

So you thought the new 4K television you paid ridiculous amounts of money for during Christmas was going to be supported by Apple soon enough? Sorry bud, maybe a couple more years.

Apple scoopster John Paczkowski of Buzzfeed reports that when Apple’s next-generation Apple TV is released to the market later this year, it will lack 4K video capability, even as the television industry grasps onto the new technology that provides a more detailed and immersive viewing experience. Read More

 

Twitter’s Periscope app receives its first update with live broadcast improvements

By Christian Zibreg on Apr 2, 2015

Twitter’s live-streaming software, Periscope, was released in the App Store a week ago and today the app has received its first feature update. Periscope 1.0.1 fixes issues with chat not working sometimes and addresses performance concerns when watching broadcasts with many users.

Now people you follow who are live-broadcasting appear at the top of your feed, allowing you to jump into the action with just a tap. Video streaming and in-app maps showing broadcaster’s location have been enhanced as well. Read More

 

Jay Z, other prominent artists look to take over music streaming with Tidal

By Jake Smith on Mar 30, 2015

Shawn “Jay Z” Carter has banded together a formation of artists looking to take on the music streaming industry with Tidal, the music streaming company he bought for $56 million. With fierce competition from Spotify, Google, Rdio, and soon Apple, Jay Z has put together an elite list of artists that want the value of music to be recognized again. The group detailed their plans at a media event on Monday evening.   Read More

 

Sony’s PlayStation Music goes live in 41 countries with Spotify integration

By Christian Zibreg on Mar 30, 2015

After years of trying to make a dent in the music space with its ill-fated services like Music Unlimited, Sony back in January threw in the towel by announcing a partnership with Spotify, the leading music-streaming service.

Monday, the Japanese company has delivered on that promise with the launch of the new PlayStation Music service with Spotify integration. Available on the PlayStation 3 and PlayStation 4 console as well as on Sony’s Xperia smartphones and tablets, the service brings 30 million songs to users in 41 markets around the world. Read More

 

Meerkat 1.1 gains better search, in-app streaming alerts and other enhancements

By Christian Zibreg on Mar 27, 2015

Meerkat, an app which kicked off the live broadcasting craze by letting you stream live video from your iPhone to all of your Twitter followers at once, has released its first major update since its App Store debut a little more than two weeks ago.

The app is now more stable and user friendly and comes with nearly a dozen improvements related to searching, following other people, getting notified about their activity, discovering new streams and more. Read More

 

Twitter releases live-streaming app Periscope

By Christian Zibreg on Mar 26, 2015

Ever since Twitter shut down Meerkat, the popular live-streaming app that cleverly uses Twitter existing account and social graph infrastructure, it became clear that the micro-blogging startup was about to launch a similar service of its own.

Indeed, on Thursday the company announced immediate availability of Periscope, a live-streaming video service it acquired back in January.

The free iPhone app, like Meerkat, allows users to start live-streams from their device in an instant. Read More

 

Google to take on Twitch with own game streaming video service

By Christian Zibreg on Mar 25, 2015

Google is going to announce a new YouTube-branded live video streaming service with an emphasis on gaming, according to the British newspaper The Guardian on Wednesday citing a scoop by tech blog The Daily Dot.

The Internet giant is reportedly prepping to introduce its live-streaming service under the YouTube Live moniker. YouTube Live will apparently relaunch later this year, re-focused on game streaming and e-sports.

Such turn of events wasn’t entirely unexpected. A year ago, Google wanted to buy Twitch but has failed to seal the deal and got outbid by Amazon, which paid a cool $1 billion for the popular game-streaming service. Read More

 

Sony’s new PlayStation Vue streaming TV service coming to iPad soon

By Christian Zibreg on Mar 19, 2015

Yesterday, Sony launched its long-anticipated streaming television service called PlayStation Vue in select markets like Chicago, New York City and Philadelphia. The online video subscription service doesn’t require a cable or satellite subscription.

It will be initially available on the PlayStation 3 and PlayStation 4 consoles and is coming to Apple’s iPad “in the near future,” the Japanese giant has confirmed. Read More

 

Twitter shuts down Meerkat’s access to its social graph

By Jeff Benjamin on Mar 13, 2015

A few days ago, we posted about Meerkat, a new live video streaming service that is currently enjoying a significant buzz amongst the tech industry. The primary reason for Meerkat’s success has to do with how easy it is to get up and running. You can literally go from installing the app to live steaming in mere seconds. Meerkat has Twitter to thank for much of this, because the app basically piggybacks on Twitter’s already existing account and social graph infrastructure.

That said, it was largely assumed that Meerkat’s free reign access to Twitter’s social graph would be short-lived, and this proved to be true. As noted on Buzzfeed, Twitter has cut off Meerkat’s access to automatically port over twitter connections—those who you follow and those who follow you on Twitter.

The Twitter social graph was key in helping Meerkat generate the buzz that it’s garnered over the last week and a half. Prior to this evening, when users signed in to Meerkat with their Twitter credentials, all of the connections that existed on Twitter were ported in to Meerkat. This made it extremely easy to establish existing connections, receive notifications when fellow twitter followers joined and began streaming, and essentially provided a zero-friction environment.

After this evening, this is no longer the case. Yes, this is bad news for Meerkat, as it significantly narrows its spout for growth, but it won’t necessarily spell the death of the service.

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Apple announces HBO Now coming exclusively to Apple TV in April

By Christian Zibreg on Mar 9, 2015

Apple is holding its “Spring Forward” media event at San Francisco’s Yerba Buena Center for the Performing Arts and the company has just announced that HBO’s rumored subscription service is debuting on the now discounted Apple TV set-top box next month at a fleet monthly fee of $14.99.

The CEO of HBO Richard Plepler took the stage to say that the service, dubbed HBO Now, will be exclusive to Apple at launch. Past, present and future programming will be available on Apple devices, via a brand new channel on Apple TV and a dedicated iOS app. Read More

 

Apple to live stream March 9th Apple Watch event

By Cody Lee on Feb 26, 2015

Apple updated its website this morning to announce that it will be providing a live video stream of its upcoming March 9th event. On a new Live page at Apple.com, the company has posted the ‘Spring Forward’ image it’s been sending out to media outlets, inviting users to join it at 10 am PDT that day for a “special event.”

We are expecting Apple to use the stage time to reveal further details about its Apple Watch, which is slated to start shipping April. Despite a huge unveiling last fall, the company has been relatively mum about upper tier pricing, battery life, and various other aspects of the device, indicating it has a lot more to talk about. Read More

 

Sling TV’s latest update lets jailbreakers in on the fun

By Jeff Benjamin on Feb 24, 2015

I can’t say for sure whether or not it was intentional, but ever since Dish’s Sling TV launched, I haven’t been able to view video on my iPhone 6 Plus. That’s because my iPhone 6 Plus was and still is jailbroken, and it appears that the app won’t play video on jailbroken devices. Other jailbroken users have reported the same problem in the comments of our Sling TV review, and I’ve seen other complaints elsewhere online. In other words, this definitely wasn’t just a problem with my device.

Yesterday, Sling TV pushed an update that appears to have fixed the issue. Nothing has changed on my iPhone 6 Plus, but I can now watch Sling TV video from my jailbroken device. Coincidence? Read More

 

How to watch Super Bowl XLIX on iPhone, iPad and other devices

By Cody Lee on Jan 29, 2015

We are now just a few days away from Super Bowl XLIX, one of the most highly anticipated sporting events of the year. At 6:30 (EST) on Sunday, more than 110 million people are expected to tune in to watch the Seattle Seahawks take on the New England Patriots in a battle for the NFL Championship.

For those of you who don’t plan to spend the day huddled around a television set, we’ve put together a list of ways to follow the action on other popular devices. Live streaming will be available this year on iPad and PC/Mac, courtesy of NBC, no cable subscription required, and on iPhone via NFL Mobile. Read More

 

Steam officially launches Broadcasting, its Twitch-like game streaming service

By Christian Zibreg on Jan 20, 2015

Video game development and digital distribution company Valve is taking Twitch head on with Steam Broadcasting, its own game streaming platform which went live Tuesday via an updated Steam desktop app.

Currently in beta, Steam Broadcasting lets you watch friends play and show off your best moves in games. Streaming is supported across a range of resolutions, from the low-resolution 480p to HD-ready 720p and all the way up to Full HD 1080p, dependent on the speed and reliability of your Internet connection. Read More

 
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