By Cody Lee on Aug 3, 2012
Yesterday, during the network’s earnings call, CBS CEO Les Moonves responded to an analyst’s question regarding his willingness to do business with Apple. As expected, his answer fell somewhere along the lines of, “Sure, as long as it’s on our terms.”
The question came in wake of the recent addition of the Hulu Plus service to Apple TV. Now that executives have hashed out that seemingly impossible deal, a lot of folks seem to have a “the sky’s the limit” attitude towards the Apple TV platform… Read More
By Sebastien Page on Aug 2, 2012
Yesterday Amazon launched Amazon Instant Video, its new video streaming app for the iPad. The app lets you either stream or mark for download and later offline viewing any previously purchased video from Amazon. It also allows Amazon Prime users to stream over 120,000 videos for free.
Jailbreak users were quick to note that Amazon put a block in place to prevent them from using the app. As we reported this morning, Amazon even confirmed the problem, basically saying that if you are using a jailbroken iPad, there is nothing they can do for you.
But don’t worry, as usual, the jailbreak community has your back… Read More
By Christian Zibreg on Aug 2, 2012
Online retailer Amazon confirmed that its newly released video streaming client for iPad, the free Instant Video app, doesn’t run correctly on jailbroken iPads. Amazon yesterday released the program which enables its $79-a-year Prime subscribers and regular users to easily stream and synch via an iPad their video purchases and thousands of movies and television shows the company has on offer… Read More
By Christian Zibreg on Aug 1, 2012
Online retailer Amazon has stepped up its game on the iOS platform. Just as it updated its Cloud Player with a new scan-and-match service akin to iTunes Match and featuring high-quality 256Kbps song downloads for both music purchases and ripped CDs, the company today released a brand new video app which enables streaming of video content available through the company’s Prime service and Instant Video store.
It supports offline viewing, automatic syncing of your play state across various devices and platforms and more. More screenies right after the break… Read More
By Christian Zibreg on Jun 13, 2012
One of the markedly little improvements in iOS 6 that many people originally missed is the ability to stream songs stored in your music locker in the cloud. When Apple introduced iTunes Match last August, much of the debate centered around the question whether or not it streams songs.
Though it appeared as if it did, Apple denied iTunes Match streaming. Semantics aside, iTunes Match in iOS 5 used to exclusively download and store songs on your device. With iOS 6, you can now choose to either stream a song as many times as you’d like or download it for offline listening… Read More
By Christian Zibreg on May 22, 2012
TiVo, Inc. today announced that this summer TiVo Premiere or Premiere Q DVR subscribers will be able to stream content to “alternative screens” such as the iPhone and iPad by way of TiVo Stream.
TiVo Stream is a new service that provides transcoding to enable content viewing on mobile devices and is “the first product to enable streaming or download of shows simultaneously to multiple portable devices without interrupting what’s playing on the television”…
By Christian Zibreg on May 17, 2012
Media giant Viacom and cable telecommunications company Time Warner Cable have finally resolved a legal dispute concerning streaming of Viacom content through Time Warner Cable’s iPad app. As a result, Time Warner Cable subscribers will soon be able to enjoy their daily fixture of Viacom shows such as The Daily Show With Jon Stewart and Jersey Shore on their iPads.
Remember, a year ago Viacom filed a suit in Federal District Court in Manhattan to prevent Time Warner Cable from streaming its content through their iPad app, claiming the cable company did not have legal rights to stream shows via its own app.
Viacom’s similar lawsuit against the Cablevision Systems Corporation and its iPad app is still pending, though… Read More
By Christian Zibreg on May 14, 2012
This one made rounds on the web today. Apparently, head of Time Warner Cable is totally oblivious to the existence of AirPlay, a technology from Apple that beams photos, music and videos from iOS devices to your television through an Apple TV set-top box.
He also called the Apple TV a little hockey puck (we heard that one before) and expressed his dislike for set-top boxes per se due to the complexities they bring to the living room experience (hard to argue against that)… Read More
By Christian Zibreg on Apr 27, 2012
Apple is (again) rumored to be negotiating content deals with Hollywood studios that would give the company necessary rights to stream premium Hollywood entertainment via the iCloud to your living room.
Two people with knowledge of the negotiations apparently told Reuters that the EPIX movie streaming deal could include “a long-anticipated” television set from Apple.
However, industry sources indicated that any Apple-EPIX streaming deal cannot be realized before end of September 2012, when EPIX’s prior streaming arrangement with Netflix is set to expire… Read More
By Christian Zibreg on Apr 26, 2012
Here’s something pretty cool (or should I say, ‘magical’): a website that streams live television from anywhere in the world, right to your Apple mobile device, using an iOS-friendly MP4 video format via the AirPlay protocol. You just pull up the webpage using the Safari browser on your iPhone, iPod touch or iPad, pick one of the listed countries and up pop live television channels airing in the selected territory.
From here, tap the channel of your choice and live television content begins streaming, licensing restrictions be damned. In case you were wondering: yes, they have the XXX section covered as well. It’s a hack, no question about it, so expect either Apple or broadcasters (or both) to restrict or even take down the site as we speak… Read More
By Cody Lee on Mar 12, 2012
According to recent reports, Apple is secretly trying to put together its own TV subscription service. And by the sounds of things, it doesn’t seem to be going very well. Studios are afraid to let Apple anywhere near their multi-million dollar industry.
But it appears that at least one major content provider is coming around. The Wall Street Journal has learned that HBO is finally going to relax its terms enough to allow iCloud users to stream previously purchased content to other iOS devices… Read More
By Oliver Haslam on Mar 9, 2012
Content is king in the online media world, and while Apple currently has a lock on music and video distribution via iTunes, it seems one of the planet’s oldest media companies may be set to mount a challenge.
The BBC, according to reports, is currently working on something it dubs “Project Barcelona” which, should it come to fruition, could see a huge amount of BBC content find its way to users via a download-to-own business model.
Currently, the BBC only allows streams content via its own iPlayer apps, but Project Barcelona would see an iTunes-like model, where viewers would pay a fee to keep a digital version of their favorite shows… Read More
By Oliver Haslam on Feb 28, 2012
Apple is currently working on a new file format for its iCloud service, according to reports.
Writing for The Guardian, Charles Arthur cites sources with “inside knowledge” and claims that Apple is set to bring a new format to the music world which will allow for adaptive streaming of music from iCloud, with the quality being altered depending on the playback method.
Apple’s iTunes in the Cloud and iTunes Match both rely on music being stored on servers owned by the technology company. Being able to alter the music quality as it is being distributed could potentially save in bandwidth costs for the end user… Read More
By Alex Heath on Jan 13, 2012
Popular music service Grooveshark has made its way back to the iPhone, thanks to the company’s new HTML web app. Grooveshark fans will be happy to hear that you can now access the free service on iOS devices without the jailbreak app.
Apple originally pulled Grooveshark from the App Store because of its questionably-illegal nature, and then app then showed up in Cydia for jailbreakers. Grooveshark has now abandoned Flash for a mobile-friendly HTML5 web app that all iOS users can enjoy. Read More
By Oliver Haslam on Jan 11, 2012
Spotify, Rdio, Rhapsody, and even iTunes itself could be set to get some new competition later this quarter, according to Venturebeat, with the news that Sony is set to join the already burgeoning music streaming market with a new iOS app in the works.
Sony’s “Music Unlimited” service offers music lovers a way to listen to tracks using a subscription model, with streaming music being the order of the day. The iOS app that is expected to be released during the next three months will support offline playback via caching, just as the competition does, negating the need for a constant internet connection.
The Music Unlimited service currently comes in two monthly flavors: a $3.99 basic option and a $9.99 premium one, with the latter offering unlimited playback and more advanced features… Read More
By Oliver Haslam on Jan 9, 2012
The revolution has begun, and this time it will be televised. Well, more streamed than anything, but why let accuracy get in the way of a good opening line?
Netflix today launched its video on-demand service in the United Kingdom, which in turn means that Brits can now watch movies and TV shows via the service on their iPads, iPhones, iPod touches and Apple TVs, along with the myriad other solutions that US users have been enjoying for years.
UK customers can receive a free trial for one month, and then they are expected to stump up £5.99 ($9.30) per month after that, which compares favorably with the $9.99 fee for Americans… Read More
By Cody Lee on Jan 5, 2012
Between its AirPlay feature and the Apple TV, Apple has made streaming media content from your iPhone to your TV extremely simple. But those that don’t own an Apple TV will find the task a bit more complicated.
Luckily, it’s not too difficult for folks with a Sony PS3 system. Last year, we showed you how to stream media from your iPhone to your PS3 using a jailbreak app. And now we’re going to show you how to do it without jailbreaking. Read More
By Oliver Haslam on Jan 4, 2012
Apple may be set to join a bidding war for the rights to stream English Premier League (EPL) games to its customers, with the aim of bolstering its sales in the UK.
According to the Daily Mail, who do not give any sources for its story, both Apple and Google are weighing their options in the UK, with both companies wishing to make a grab for the lucrative rights to show EPL on their respective devices.
The current deal with Sky Sports runs out at the end of the current season, with the current owners, ESPN and Al Jazeera, already confirmed to be interested in streaming live games to their own channels. SkySports paid a massive £1.6 billion ($2.5b) for its current package. Read More
By Oliver Haslam on Dec 27, 2011
Apple’s launch of iTunes Match has been uncharacteristically vague. From the moment the service was announced to the recent clarification of just who can and cannot receive it, Apple has been less than clear on just what iTunes Match is, how it works, and why you would want to pay $25 for it.
Apple has attempted to clear things up by launching a dedicated iTunes Match page on its website. Previously, iTunes Match was deemed only to be worthy of a sub-section inside the iTunes are of the site. It seems someone at Apple decided to give iTunes Match a promotion.
Along with plenty of description and explanation, Apple has also put together a new video which shows off its latest service, including offering more information about how it works… Read More