Australian carrier Telstra treats customers to data-free Apple Music streaming

By Christian Zibreg on Aug 25, 2016

Telstra, Australia’s #1 wireless carrier, is following in the footsteps of T-Mobile’s Binge On by announcing that customers on its Go Mobile plans can now listen to songs, albums and playlists on Apple Music without using their monthly data allowance, said the company. Read More

 

How to watch the 2016 Summer Olympics on your iPhone, iPad and Apple TV

By Cody Lee on Aug 5, 2016

The 2016 Summer Olympics (officially known as Games of the XXXI Olympiad) are finally upon us. For the next two weeks, Rio de Janeiro, Brazil will play host to a number of thrilling sporting events featuring some of the best athletes from around the world.

Despite the various health and social issues going on in Rio, millions are expected to tune-in to watch the Olympic Games. With that in mind, we thought it’d be helpful to put together a quick guide on how you can join them on your iPhone, iPad and Apple TV. Read More

 

Apple TV gains French Molotov.tv video streaming service

By Christian Zibreg on Aug 3, 2016

Molotov.tv, France’s premium video streaming service that offers access to nearly all of French television networks in one place, has launched exclusively on the Apple TV, as first reported by local blog iPhone Addict. The service was previously available via the desktop, through the web and on mobile devices.

Molotov.tv provides 37 premium channels, including those from Canal+ like D8, D17 and Cine+, plus 100 hours of on-demand streaming in exchange for a flat monthly fee of €9.99, or about $11.16. The free service includes 35 free channels and ten hours of on-demand content. Read More

 

Time Warner buys 10% stake in Hulu, new live-streaming service due in 2017

By Christian Zibreg on Aug 3, 2016

Time Warner is taking a ten percent stake in Hulu, joining existing owners Disney, 21st Century Fox and Comcast’s NBCUniversal, Variety reported today. The move should help bolster Hulu’s programming by adding content from Time Warner’s channels, like Turner networks and CNN, which will be part of a new pay TV service that Hulu wants to launch next year. Terms of the investment were not disclosed, but sources claim that Time Warner paid around $583 million for its stake in Hulu, boosting its valuation to a cool $6 billion. Read More

 

CBS All Access and Showtime streaming services have surpassed 2M subscribers

By Christian Zibreg on Jul 29, 2016

Cable providers can complain all they want about Apple’s “hard-nosed” negotiation tactics when it comes to digital entertainment, but some of them seem to be enjoying unexpected success after introducing over-the-top subscription packages specifically aimed at cord cutters.

Take as an example CBS and its All Access and Showtime Anytime video-streaming services, which have now surpassed two million subscribers, with user bases evenly split between the two, as revealed by CBS’s CEO on a quarterly results conference call with analysts and investors. Read More

 

Deezer music-streaming service is now available to everyone in the United States

By Christian Zibreg on Jul 20, 2016

Music-streaming service Deezer yesterday launched to everyone in the United States. The service, which has 40 million licensed tracks in its library, used to be available in the US via partnerships with Bose and Cricket Wireless, as well as Sonos. Sonos customers who paid $20 a month for Deezer Elite were able to wirelessly stream music from Deezer, but now everyone in the country can sign up for the Deezer Premium+ service on the web ($9.99 per month) or through the mobile app ($12.99 per month). Read More

 

iOS 10 beta 2 opens up live-streaming support for apps and games

By Christian Zibreg on Jul 13, 2016

Live streaming support for third-party apps is among the 30+ developer-focused features Apple did not discuss publicly during the WWDC 2016 keynote. Realized through ReplayKit Live, a new framework on iOS 10 that lets players share gameplay recordings or broadcast live games to other players and viewers online, the feature was originally absent from the first beta of iOS 10.

iOS 10 beta 2 turns on this functionality and, as a Reddit post noted today, live-streaming can already be found in Apple’s Swift Playgrounds app for the iPad. Read More

 

NYT music reporter claims Apple won’t be acquiring Tidal after all

By Christian Zibreg on Jul 1, 2016

The Wall Street Journal ran a story yesterday claiming that Apple was in “exploratory talks” to acquire music service Tidal, which rap mogul Jay-Z bought in March 2015 for a reported $56 million.

Ostensibly, Apple’s interest in Tidal revolves around its strong ties to artists: since the Jay-Z deal, Tidal has given 19 famous artists small stakes in the firm.

The Journal article cautioned that the current discussions might not result in a deal and now Ben Sisario, a music reporter at The New York Times, cited “two highly placed sources” as saying that Apple won’t be buying Tidal anytime soon. Read More

 

Offline viewing on Netflix to launch by year-end?

By Christian Zibreg on Jun 24, 2016

Video-streaming company Netflix seems to be secretly developing a feature that would permit subscribers to download specific television shows and movies for viewing without an Internet connection, industry insider and Penthera COO Dan Taitz told LightReading. Offline viewing on Netflix should launch before the end of this year. A Netflix spokesperson denied comment on the report. Read More

 

YouTube adding ability to live stream video to its mobile app

By Cody Lee on Jun 23, 2016

On Thursday, during its VidCon keynote address, YouTube announced that it’s updating its mobile app with a brand new live streaming option. This will allow users to easily broadcast and watch live video from within the app with little friction.

The feature will initially be limited to top influencers like The Young Turks, AIB and Alex Wasabi, but it will roll out more widely soon. Once it’s enabled, all you have to do is tap the big red capture button, select a thumbnail photo, and start rolling. Read More

 

Amazon to take on Apple and Spotify with new streaming music service

By Cody Lee on Jun 10, 2016

Amazon is preparing to launch a new standalone streaming music subscription service, reports Reuters. The tech giant is currently finalizing licenses with labels for the service, and it’s aiming for a late summer or early fall launch.

Of course, Amazon already offers a limited music service for free to Prime subscribers. But this new service will cost $9.99 per month and offer a much more competitive catalog, putting it squarely up against Apple Music and Spotify. Read More

 

How did this movie streaming app get approved in the App Store? [update: it’s gone]

By Sébastien Page on May 24, 2016

We’ve seen our fair share of oddities when it comes to approval of apps in the App Store, but this one probably takes the cake for the most obvious reason: it lets you stream  movies directly from your iPhone or iPad at no cost. We’re not talking old movies that are in the public domain either. We’re talking recent movies, some of them still being played in theaters.

Update: Apple pulled this app from the App Store. It would have been nice to have an explanation about why and how it was approved in the first place, but I guess we’ll have to let our imagination run wild. Read More

 

How to turn off Netflix’s autoplay feature

By Christian Zibreg on May 10, 2016

Not everyone is a fan of bing watching. I, for one, rarely watch a dozen episodes of Friends in a row. If you’re anything like me, Netflix’s autoplay feature is probably something of an annoyance to you.

It’s especially worrisome if Netflix uses cellular data: forgetting to stop the playback after you’ve just finished watching an episode won’t stop Netflix from playing the next one automatically, resulting in unwanted data charges.

iDownloadBlog’s tutorial series is here to help you with that: in this quick how-to, we’ll show you how to turn off the video autoplay feature across all your Netflix devices—they’re calling it Post-Play—with just a few clicks. Read More

 

Netflix begins rolling out (very limited) support for HDR and Dolby Vision streaming

By Christian Zibreg on Apr 12, 2016

Netflix isn’t wasting any time: they began rolling out support for high-dynamic range (HDR) streaming, with a spokesperson confirming that HDR programming will be delivered to compatible TVs anywhere Netflix is available.

“We are indeed live with HDR,” Yann Lafargue, Netflix’s manager of corporate communications said to FlatpanelsHD.

The new streaming option works with compatible TVs, both in HDR10 and Dolby Vision, resulting in fewer compression artifacts and a greater dynamic range of luminosity than is possible with standard streaming technologies. Read More

 

BBC releases iPlayer Kids app

By Christian Zibreg on Apr 12, 2016

The British Broadcasting Corporation (BBC) on Tuesday announced a kids-friendly version of its iPlayer video-streaming app, called iPlayer Kids. Available in the UK App Store at no charge, the ad and In-App Purchases free software offers kids a safe environment to watch all of BBC Children’s world-class content in one place.

These include over 10,000 episodes being made available this year alone, including both new and old CBeebies and CBBC favorites such as “Wolfblood”, “Blue Peter”, “The Dumping Ground”, “Topsy & Tim” and “Go Jetters”. Read More

 

Cable network Starz launches $9 per month streaming package for iPhone, iPad and Apple TV

By Christian Zibreg on Apr 5, 2016

Starz, a premium cable and satellite television network, today announced a brand new video service which permits owners of the iPhone, iPod touch, iPad and Apple TV to stream shows for a low monthly fee of just $8.99 per month.

A companion iOS app lets subscribers download full episodes to watch offline but does not offer live streaming. On the fourth-generation Apple TV, it supports universal search so you can ask Siri for shows to watch, including original ones like “Outlander”, “Power” and the upcoming “American Gods”. Read More

 

Twitter will live-stream Thursday Night Football broadcasts worldwide in the next season

By Christian Zibreg on Apr 5, 2016

Twitter has managed to sign an important deal with the National Football League giving it rights to exclusively live-stream as many as ten Thursday Night Football broadcasts worldwide in the next season, the companies said today.

According to Variety, Twitter will carry the games broadcast by NBC and CBS, to be simulcast on the NFL Network, too.

Free live-streams will leverage Twitter-owned Periscope.

In addition to the live games, Twitter will also stream in-game highlights from TNF and pre-game live broadcasts from players and teams before, during and after games. Read More

 

SoundCloud launches ad-free $9.99 subscription service with offline playback

By Christian Zibreg on Mar 29, 2016

SoundCloud, a Berlin, Germany-based global online audio distribution platform, today pushed a major update to its free audio streaming application for the iPhone, iPod touch and iPad which includes support for the company’s freshly announced paid subscription music service, dubbed Go.

Priced at $12.99 per month through Apple’s In-App Purchase mechanism or $9.99 on the web, Go offers SoundCloud listeners an expanded catalog of tracks, as well as new features and new functionality in the app.

Go is now available in the U.S. via the updated SoundCloud app and on the web. Read More

 

T-Mobile adds nine new Binge On providers, including YouTube

By Christian Zibreg on Mar 17, 2016

T-Mobile’s outspoken CEO, John Legere, announced on Thursday via a press release that Binge On, the carrier’s feature that zeroes out video streaming, has added support for nine new providers, including Google-owned YouTube.

These providers are now part of Binge On initiative: Baeble Music, Discovery GO, ESNE TV, FilmOn.TV, Fox Business, Google Play Movies, KlowdTV, Red Bull TV and YouTube. Read More

 

New Periscope update makes it easier to watch a broadcast with someone you know

By Christian Zibreg on Mar 15, 2016

Periscope, a Twitter-owned live video-broadcasting app, was updated today in the App Store with changes that make it easier to watch a broadcast with someone you know.

If a person that you follow who also follows you back joins your broadcast, you will now see their name in chat.

“We’ll also prioritize their name in the viewers list, and show you how many of your mutuals are in the broadcast right now,” release notes read. Read More

 
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