Sony introduces the PS Vita TV, an Apple TV competitor that plays games

By Cody Lee on Sep 9, 2013

It appears that the PlayStation 4 isn’t the only new gaming hardware we’ll be seeing from Sony this year. The Tokyo-based company has just announced PlayStation Vita TV, a 6 x 10 cm console and set-top box that can connect to your TV.

The device is based on PS Vita hardware, and besides playing Vita, PSP and PS1 games, it also offers access to a range of entertainment services and PS4-specific features. And, priced at $100, it’s aimed squarely at Apple’s set-top boxRead More

 

Microsoft’s Xbox Music app now available in the App Store

By Cody Lee on Sep 9, 2013

Music fans can now add another streaming music service to their list of options on iOS. Microsoft quietly released an official app for its Xbox Music platform this weekend, which allows users to stream music to their iPhone or iPod.

The app features ad-free streaming from Microsoft’s stout catalog of over 10 million songs, with the ability to create custom stations and playlists. And of course, you can then sync those playlists with other Xbox Music-capable devices… Read More

 

Spotify app updated with new way to browse music

By Cody Lee on Sep 3, 2013

Following a big announcement of its new AirPlay-like Connect feature, Spotify has rolled out an update for its iOS client. The update brings the app to version 0.7.4, and includes a handful of new features and improvements.

Easily the biggest change Spotify users will notice in the new app is the completely revamped Browse tab. Thanks to the simplified UI, you can now find your favorite artists and albums, or discover new ones with a few taps… Read More

 

Spotify Connect unveiled: AirPlay-like streaming, but without overhead

By Christian Zibreg on Sep 3, 2013

The popular Swedish streaming music service Spotify on Tuesday announced a compelling new feature for audiophiles which takes the best ideas from Apple’s media streaming technology called AirPlay, and then some more. Called Spotify Connect, the service is being billed as “the new way to play at home”.

It’s a lot like AirPlay, but with the key difference: there’s no overhead as the feature streams songs straight from Spotify’s server to supported wireless speakers. I’ve included more information and a nice promo clip after the break… Read More

 

Rumor: Disney working on Star Wars streaming channel for Apple TV

By Christian Zibreg on Aug 28, 2013

Yesterday, Apple gave would-be shoppers another reason to consider its $99 Apple TV set-top box by adding five new channels from the likes of Vevo, Weather Channel, Disney and Smithsonian. Piggy-backing on the development, a sketchy report by a Star Wars fan website is out saying Disney has been working with Apple on a dedicated Star Wars-themed Apple TV channel.

It should be unleashed time for the holiday season and permit users to stream the final episodes of the animated Clone Wars television series. More on that after the break… Read More

 

The iTunes Radio effect: Pandora will no longer cap free mobile listening

By Christian Zibreg on Aug 22, 2013

Pandora’s 40-hour limit on mobile listening went into effect in February, quickly becoming the most hated “feature” of the otherwise stellar streaming music service. The firm argued it felt compelled to introduce the capping due to rising royalty costs, even if the 40-hour limit affected only four percent of its avid listeners. Backflipping now, Pandora said Thursday it will be removing the 40-hour free listening on mobile devices real soon.

The good news conveniently coincides with Apple’s impending launch of its ad-free iTunes Radio, a streaming music service set to arrive next month as part of the iOS 7 release… Read More

 

Netflix gains My List feature

By Christian Zibreg on Aug 21, 2013

Netflix today announced a new feature to make saving your favorite movies and televisions shows easier than ever. Aptly named My List, it lets you add any movie or TV show title to your own row or gallery on Netflix. You can easily rearrange the list, add or remove titles, with Netflix automatically sorting your entries.

It’s based on the existing Instant Queue feature which however lacks automated sorting and its own Netflix row.

My List is a staggered roll-out that’s launching worldwide in the next two weeks across multiple platforms, including iOS… Read More

 

Radical.FM launches donation-based streaming music app

By Cody Lee on Aug 20, 2013

Streaming music service Radical.FM launched a new iOS app today, which gives users access to its library of over 20 million songs. And believe it or not, there’s no subscription fee and no advertising. Instead, the company asks that its users “pay what you can” for the service… Read More

 

TiVo launches new Roamio DVR devices with out-of-home iOS streaming

By Christian Zibreg on Aug 20, 2013

Tuesday, set-top box maker TiVo announced a lineup of digital video recorder (DVR) devices with support for out-of-home streaming to Apple’s iPhone and iPad. The Roamio-branded gear comes packed to the gills with a range of popular streaming options, including Netflix.

TiVo praises Roamio’s brand new web-based app experience and the integrated DIAL protocol for easy control of apps and streaming content from mobile devices. The built-in TiVo Stream lets you connect to your Roamio over Wi-Fi and stream recordings and cable channels to a limited number of devices. The out-of-home streaming for the iPhone and iPad is “coming very soon,” TiVo said… Read More

 

Roku says its set-top box is more popular for streaming than Apple TV

By Christian Zibreg on Aug 14, 2013

A month ago, Frost & Sullivan Consumer Video Devices Market report singled out Apple’s $99 Apple TV as the most-used set-top box in terms of content streaming. Specifically, the Apple TV claimed the commanding 56 percent share of streaming device sales, more than twice the share of the #2 Roku, which took 26 percent share of sales.

Not content with its ranking, Roku today cited another research to prove its box is the leading streaming platform… Read More

 

Roku updates iPhone app with AirPlay-like content streaming

By Christian Zibreg on Aug 8, 2013

Good news, Roku set-top box users! A significant update to Roku’s iOS app has just been issued, enabling an AirPlay-like functionality that works with photos, music and iOS video content. In a nutshell, a new Play on Roku feature works similar to AirPlay, a media streaming technology from Apple. The freshly updated app can now stream content stored on an iPhone, iPad or iPod directly to a bunch of Roku’s set-top box products. Jump past the fold for more information… Read More

 

Rdio update brings Pandora-style personalized radio stations

By Cody Lee on Aug 8, 2013

Adaptive Internet radio is all the rage these days for streaming music service subscribers. At least, that’s what you’d think looking at the top players. The feature, which was popularized by Pandora, can be found in Apple’s iTunes Radio, Spotify, and now Rdio.

Rdio updated its apps today with a number of improvements, including enhanced Stations, tweaked UI, and more importantly, a new feature called ‘You FM’ that allows you to listen to personalized radio stations based on your favorite and pertinent tracks… Read More

 

iTunes tops Netflix, HBO Go and other streaming services in customer satisfaction

By Ed Sutherland on Aug 7, 2013

When it comes to iTunes and video streaming, the Apple service is often overlooked by iDevice owners because it is always there – no app is downloaded, no service subscribed. It is that ubiquity that appears to have garnered iTunes high customer service satisfaction when it comes to streaming video.

However, right on its heels are traditional streaming video operators, such as HBO Go and Netflix. But are we comparing apples to oranges, since iTunes doesn’t stream content in real-time on computers, giving consumers the false impression of superiority… Read More

 

Apple asking Internet radio stations for iTunes Radio cover art

By Cody Lee on Aug 5, 2013

As its iTunes Radio launch draws closer, Apple has begun sending out emails to owners of Internet radio stations asking that they provide cover art for future use on iTunes and mobile devices.The move suggests that the company is looking to feature independent streaming music stations, alongside its premium iTunes content, in the upcoming service…

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NFL iOS app updated for the 2013-14 season, adds Verizon-only streaming

By Christian Zibreg on Aug 5, 2013

As first noted by AllThingsD, The National Football League has updated its iOS software for the upcoming NFL season. Among other changes, the official NFL Mobile 8.0 app boasts a revamped appearance, with stats and data updated for the 2013-14 season. As the new version now combines two previously standalone apps, one from the NFL itself and the other by Verizon, it comes with a premium streaming feature – but only if you’re a Verizon iPhone owner.

Jailbreakers should proceed with caution as the new app isn’t supported on jailbroken devices. If you’re into professional American football, you’re probably aware that the 2013 NFL regular season opens Thursday, September 5 (the Baltimore Ravens are playing against the Broncos in Denver). I’ve included more details about the new NFL Mobile 8.0 app after the break… Read More

 

Spotify introduces new curated playlists

By Cody Lee on Aug 5, 2013

Streaming music services aren’t just about the music these days. Aside from obvious bullet points like price and availability, users are also looking for features like discovery and smart playlists. And Spotify just made a huge play in this regard.

A few hours ago, Spotify took the wraps off its new ‘Browse’ page, which now features what it calls ‘expert playlists.’ These are essentially curated playlists that promise to deliver ‘music for every moment,’ from workouts to dinner parties… Read More

 

Google launches Google Cast SDK For iOS, Android and Chrome developers

By Cody Lee on Jul 24, 2013

Alongside a new Nexus 7 tablet, and a new version of Android, Google launched a new TV accessory today called the Chromecast. Not to be confused with the short-lived Nexus Q, it’s a tiny HDMI dongle that offers wireless device-to-TV streaming for just $35.

The device uses Google Cast, which like Apple’s AirPlay feature, allows users to stream videos and other content from their smartphones and tablets to their television sets. Unlike Apple’s offering, though, Google is opening up its Cast tech to multiple platforms… Read More

 

iTunes Radio, right on cue as streaming dollars replace download dollars

By Ed Sutherland on Jul 19, 2013

You don’t get anywhere in consumer tech by being tone-deaf to trends. Apple’s decision to get into digital music downloads just as sales of CDs slowed is just an example. Now comes evidence the iTunes Music Store owner is on the leading edge of the latest trend to hit: streaming replacing music downloads.

Apple’s upcoming ad-supported iTunes Radio will appear as the number of digital songs sold have been slowing for some time while the number of tunes being streamed across the Internet is skyrocketing lately. Through the first half of 2013, 682 million digital songs were sold, a 2.3 percent drop from the 698 million in 2012.

By comparison, the number of songs streamed has risen 24 percent, according to industry watchers… Read More

 

Apple to webcast June quarter earnings call

By Christian Zibreg on Jul 19, 2013

As per usual with Apple’s earnings releases, the company will webcast its upcoming June earnings call. The live webcast will be provided here, beginning at 2pm PDT on Tuesday, July 23, and will also be available for replay for approximately two weeks thereafter.

You can tune in to the audio webcast using your iPhone, iPad or iPod touch running iOS 4.2 or above or a Mac running OS X 10.5 or above. If you’re on a Windows PC, you’ll want to install QuickTime 7 or later… Read More

 

WSJ: Google seeking game-changing live TV Internet service

By Christian Zibreg on Jul 16, 2013

I know, I know, Google runs the world’s greatest video streaming machine, YouTube, so why wouldn’t networks broadcast live TV there, no? Not so fast.

For starters, Google might be interested in marketing a rumored live TV Internet service separate of its other offerings.

Let’s also not forget Apple hasn’t had much luck persuading networks to license TV channels directly instead of going through operators.

Be that as it may, the search giant is said to has been months into negotiating an over-the-top video service that would let customers stream live TV programming over the Internet, in turn totally bypassing cable operators like Comcast and Time Warner Cable.

There’s no question cable-cutters should have a field day when, and if, Google’s live TV becomes a reality… Read More

 
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