Streaming Media

  • PCCW Media raises $110M for its video and music streaming services in Asia

    PCCW Media raises $110M for its video and music streaming services in Asia

    This week seems to be a good one for media streaming companies in Asia. Hot on the heels of Malaysia-based Iflix raising $133 million for its Netflix-like service for emerging markets, Hong Kong’s PCCW has pulled in $110 million for its range of video and music streaming services. Hony Capital, which recently backed WeWork’s China business, Foxconn Ventures and Singapore… Read More

  • CamSoda jumps into the world of paid life-streaming

    CamSoda jumps into the world of paid life-streaming

    Have you always wanted to show your messy room to hundreds of people? Want to get paid for the pleasure of streaming your breakfasts, lunches, and dinners? Feel a real need to share how long you can stare idly at your phone? CamSoda has a deal for you. CamSoda is a streaming cam service featuring men and women in various states of undress and it is now offering a unique life-streaming program… Read More

  • Plex acquires Watchup to bring streaming news to its media app

    Plex acquires Watchup to bring streaming news to its media app

    In recent months, streaming media app Plex has expanded its focus from offering tools to organize and stream your home media collection of photos, TV shows and movies, to more directly targeting cord cutters. Related to these efforts, the company has now made its first acquisition, with a deal to bring in the news video service Watchup to its platform. Founded by a former journalist… Read More

  • Roku’s new app can replace its remote, help you find something to watch

    Roku’s new app can replace its remote, help you find something to watch

    Fresh on the heels of introducing new TV models at CES, and touting its 13 percent share of the smart TV market, Roku today is rolling out a revamped mobile application aimed at making it easier to access its most popular features, including search and the remote control, while also introducing a new way to find things to watch. The company has long offered a handy companion app that works… Read More

  • AT&T denies refunds for DirecTV Now customers, despite the service’s performance issues

    AT&T denies refunds for DirecTV Now customers, despite the service’s performance issues

    A number of consumers report they’re unable to get a refund for their subscription to AT&T’s recently launched streaming service, DirecTV Now – something they’ve requested after being unhappy with the new service’s performance. According to several postings on AT&T’s official forums, customers found the only way to get help was through a… Read More

  • Mi Box is an affordable 4K HDR streamer, but dragged down by Android TV

    Mi Box is an affordable 4K HDR streamer, but dragged down by Android TV

    The Mi Box is Chinese smartphone company Xiaomi’s play to take on devices like Roku, Apple TV, Android TV and Fire TV. Priced at only $69, and sporting features like integrated Google Cast and voice search, the 4K- and HDR-supporting device seems worth a look. But at the end of the day, Mi Box is still an Android TV player, and subject to limitations of that platform — which… Read More

  • YouTube: presidential debates were the most-watched political live streams ever

    YouTube: presidential debates were the most-watched political live streams ever

    YouTube’s airing of the U.S. presidential debates via news organizations’ live streams have clocked in as the most-viewed political live streams of all time, the company says. That’s not surprising, given the growing number of cord cutters, the international attention the debates have garnered, and the fact that, generally speaking, political live streams aren’t… Read More

  • LeEco takes on Apple, Google, Amazon, Netflix, Samsung, Oculus, Tesla and Uber in US debut

    LeEco takes on Apple, Google, Amazon, Netflix, Samsung, Oculus, Tesla and Uber in US debut

    LeEco is not a household name in the States. You don’t see their products in Walmart or Best Buy. Chances are you don’t know anyone that uses LeEco’s movie streaming service or a LeEco smartphone. LeEco hopes to change that. Today at an odd and overblown event, the company burst into the North American market with a bevy of services and products that’s set to take on… Read More

  • Legal Streaming: Build Your Audience Without Getting GG’ed Crunch Network

    Legal Streaming: Build Your Audience Without Getting GG’ed

    Tens of thousands of broadcasters, game developers, and fans converged on San Francisco’s Moscone Center during TwitchCon 2015 — Twitch’s inaugural celebration for the videogame streaming community. Since its launch in 2007, Twitch has grown into the world’s most popular streaming platform for video game and electronic sports Internet streaming, ranking fourth overall… Read More

  • Google Wants To Speed Up The Web With Its QUIC Protocol

    Google Wants To Speed Up The Web With Its QUIC Protocol

    You may have never heard of it, but if you are a Chrome user, chances are you’ve used Google’s QUIC protocol already. As Google disclosed this week, about half of all requests from Chrome to Google’s servers are now served over QUIC. So what’s the big deal here? QUIC is Google’s experimental, low-latency Internet transportation protocol over UDP, a protocol… Read More

  • Apple TV Gets Live MLS Games And Disney Junior Kids Content Via New Channels

    Apple TV Gets Live MLS Games And Disney Junior Kids Content Via New Channels

    Apple continues to roll out its staged partner additions, with two new channels appearing on the streaming media player today. The Major League Soccer channel brings soccer (or “football,” depending on how European you are) and the Disney Junior channel adds a third outlet for that media giant’s content to invade your Apple TV. Read More

  • Review: Sony SMP-N100 Streaming Media Player

    The Sony SMP-N100 is Sony’s addition to the media streaming device market. It’s a small, unobtrusive device that doesn’t attract any attention to itself. It supports Netflix, Hulu Plus, Amazon Video On Demand, and a whole host of other streaming media services. In pretty typical Sony fashion, the device performs its primary tasks admirably well, but everything else falls a… Read More

  • Survey: Up To Half Of All Media Sites Plan To Support The iPad And HTML5 Video

    Survey: Up To Half Of All Media Sites Plan To Support The iPad And HTML5 Video

    As everyone on the Web knows by now, Steve Jobs does not think too highly of Flash and therefore you cannot watch Flash videos on the the iPad (or the iPhone). Apple’s position has stirred a lot of debate about how much video on the Web is iPad-friendly. It turns out that about two thirds of new videos are currently being encoded in the H.264 format, which is playable on the iPad… Read More

  • Sony adds Slacker to BRAVIA Internet Video Link

    Sony’s $300 Internet Video Link add-on box for BRAVIA-series TVs has recently added the Slacker streaming music service to the list of available channels. Also added was content from Howcast.com, a site that contains a series of user-generated how-to videos. Slacker ought to lend some good music features to Sony’s service and Howcast has won some awards from TIME and PC Magazine… Read More

  • Popcorn Hour, super-versatile media streamer, gets an update


    I had forgotten how impressive this little thing is. To be honest, I don’t see any reason to go with any other media box, AppleTV included. This thing costs less than two Benjamins and supports more formats and hardware out of the box than other media things can even dream of. If I owned a TV I’d definitely have one of these. Anyway, the reason I bring it up is that it’s… Read More

  • Joost Runs On Apple TV!

    Apple TV already seems to be pleasing every owner who has received a unit. With loads of fantastic features already, you thought it couldn’t get any better, right? Well now a school of tinkerers over at TutorialNinjas have gotten Joost to successfully operate on an Apple TV. Aside from minor issues, it seems to be working out quite well. Joost + XviD hack + Apple TV features = simply… Read More

  • Sprint Subscribers Getting New Streaming Music, TV

    Those of you who subscribe to Sprint and take advantage of the streaming media the company offers will be in for a bit of a jumble. Sprint will be replacing the Sirius Hits service with 10 different channels of music based on genre. As far as mobile TV goes, you’ll now be getting content from CNN, The Weather Channel, E!, Fox Sports, and more. Maybe this has to do with Sprint’s… Read More