Verizon Netflix Congestion Issues

Was Verizon lying to us about Netflix congestion issues?

By on July 18, 2014 at 10:33 AM.

Was Verizon lying to us about Netflix congestion issues?

For months, Netflix has been adamant that Verizon is the root cause of streaming slowdowns on its service, but Verizon countered last week with an accusation of its own: Netflix itself is responsible for the nosedive in streaming quality. Verizon Regulatory Affairs VP David Young shared the evidence on the Verizon Policy Blog, concluding that Netflix could solve the issue by making a few simple adjustments, but Netflix network operator Level 3 has now joined in the fight to try to catch Verizon in a lie. More →

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Xbox Entertainment Studios Shut Down

Nadella is axing Microsoft’s Xbox Entertainment Studios as well

By on July 17, 2014 at 4:32 PM.

Nadella is axing Microsoft’s Xbox Entertainment Studios as well

Following the enormous round of layoffs announced this morning, Microsoft has now confirmed that Xbox Entertainment Studios will be getting the axe as well. Re/code was the first to report that despite the fact the entertainment division of the Xbox team didn’t receive a mention in Microsoft CEO Satya Nadella’s letter on Thursday morning, Microsoft will be shutting the door on future Xbox original programming initiatives. More →

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How To Get HBO GO

How to get HBO GO without paying full price for a cable subscription

By on July 16, 2014 at 1:57 PM.

How to get HBO GO without paying full price for a cable subscription

One of the only things keeping cable subscribers tied to their providers is the never-ending stream of quality content being pumped out by HBO. Whether it’s Game of Thrones, True Detective or The Leftovers, many of us can’t help but gather around the television on Sunday night for hours on end, but it doesn’t alleviate the pain of that $100+ subscription. That’s why it might be time to take advantage of one of the little known secrets of the cable industry.

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Slingbox M1 Release Date

Sling unveils two new Slingboxes as battle with pay TV companies continues

By on July 15, 2014 at 9:00 PM.

Sling unveils two new Slingboxes as battle with pay TV companies continues

Sling Media on Tuesday unveiled two brand new Slingbox products alongside news that its SlingPlayer software will soon receive a major update. Sling Media is a pioneer in TV “place shifting,” having developed hardware and software solutions for years that allow users to stream live TV content from their homes to any computer, tablet or smartphone in the world. The company is currently facing a huge battle now that pay TV companies have begun to embrace streaming content in their own mobile apps, which now often stream TV shows and videos live or on demand. But that won’t stop Sling from launching two new products this summer. More →

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Roku Vs. Chromecast Vs. Apple TV

Sorry, Apple TV: Roku and Chromecast are killing you in sales

By on July 10, 2014 at 8:15 PM.

Sorry, Apple TV: Roku and Chromecast are killing you in sales

The market for web TV streaming devices is heating up and Roku and Google’s Chromecast look like the big winners so far. Per GigaOM, new data from researchers at Parks Associates estimates that both Chromecast and Roku each have sold around 3.8 million units in the United States over the past year while Apple TV has sold only 2 million units in the U.S. over the same period. This makes a lot of sense because Chromecast and Roku’s new USB dongle are both less expensive than Apple TV, which is supposedly due for a major refresh sometime this year. More →

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Netflix 2014 Emmy Nominations

Netflix just scored a remarkable 31 Emmy nominations

By on July 10, 2014 at 10:51 AM.

Netflix just scored a remarkable 31 Emmy nominations

It hasn’t taken long for Netflix to establish itself as a very respectable original content producer. Business Insider brings us word that Netflix’s original series have been nominated for 31 different Emmy awards this year, led by its two smash-hit shows House of Cards and Orange is the New BlackMore →

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Game of Thrones VFX Video

Watch as individual scenes from Game of Thrones come to life with CGI

By on July 9, 2014 at 12:50 PM.

Watch as individual scenes from Game of Thrones come to life with CGI

Between the practical stunts, the engrossing performances and the beautiful locations featured on Game of Thrones, the special effects that tie the show together often go unnoticed. Mackevision, one of the visual effects studios working on the HBO smash hit, has shared a highlight reel of its work on season 4. The studio does everything from sprucing up the backdrops to crafting large cities to giving real-life sets a digital makeover with just enough medieval panache to pass as part of Westeros.

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Netflix Tagger Job Opening

Netflix is looking for someone to fill the world’s greatest job opening

By on July 7, 2014 at 2:28 PM.

Netflix is looking for someone to fill the world’s greatest job opening

Is it really possible to have too much of a good thing? One lucky job seeker from Europe is about to find out as Netflix has announced it is looking for a new “tagger” in the UK and Ireland, another facet of the company’s continued expansion throughout Europe. Taggers are given the envious task of watching dozens of movies and TV shows on Netflix and then describing everything they watch using objective tags. This is the first stage of the Netflix recommendation system, combining with a complex algorithm to ensure your profile is unique and aligns with your viewing habits. More →

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USA Vs Belgium

How to stream the USA vs. Belgium World Cup match on any computer or phone for free

How to stream the USA vs. Belgium World Cup match on any computer or phone for free

By on July 1, 2014 at 3:30 PM.

It wasn’t exactly pretty and no firm statements were made last Thursday, but USA managed to advance to the round of 16 despite its 0-1 loss to Germany. The World Cup is really heating up now that we’re into the knockout stages of the tournament, and USA will need to beat Belgium on Tuesday if it hopes to keep chasing the cup. Oddsmakers have Belgium as the favorite but USA has stunned the world so far, having escaped the “group of death” that sports analysts gave the scrappy team almost no chance of advancing through. In other words, anything can happen.

Do you want to watch Tuesday’s huge USA vs. Belgium match but you don’t have access to a TV? Here, we’ll tell you how to stream all the action live to your computer, tablet or smartphone for free. More →

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Fire TV Monthly Data Cap

Watch out: Fire TV could become the most expensive device in your home

By on June 30, 2014 at 2:35 PM.

Watch out: Fire TV could become the most expensive device in your home

The announcement of the Fire TV set-top box was inevitable. With a huge catalog of streaming movies, TV shows and original series, it only made sense that Amazon would eventually take on the likes of Roku, Apple TV and Chromecast with a powerful device of its own. But as Tyler Hayes learned, one of the most interesting features of Fire TV could quickly result in unexpected costs. More →

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Android TV Game Controller

This is Google’s first Android game controller for TVs

By on June 27, 2014 at 9:45 PM.

This is Google’s first Android game controller for TVs

The Android L Developer Preview build, which is already available for the Nexus 5 and second-generation Nexus 7, has been ripped apart by developers, who managed to offer KitKat users access to various apps and other Android L features including wallpapers and boot animation. On top of that, one Reddit user who was digging inside Android L found an image of what appears to be the first Android game controller made by Google for use with TVs. More →

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Chromecast Ultrasonic vs Wi-Fi Connection

Chromecast connects to any device in an awesome new way

By on June 27, 2014 at 6:50 AM.

Chromecast connects to any device in an awesome new way

Forget Wi-Fi for your Chromecast connectivity needs, as Google has found a more interesting way to pair the dongle with nearby devices for streaming purposes, GigaOm reports. The Chromecast team has figured out how to use inaudible ultrasonic sounds to pair the entertainment device with supported smartphones and tablets. More →

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