New reports indicate Amazon is preparing to rollout an ad-supported video streaming service next year that is different from the Prime Video service included with their Prime membership offering. The new service will supposedly be aimed more at competing with Hulu and Netflix in that it will be based on a monthly subscription fee for access. Analysts think Amazon will undercut the monthly prices offered by other services through the use of ads. Wedbush Securities analyst Michael Pachter thinks this would make the new Amazon offering a “Netflix killer.”
Hulu CEO Mike Hopkins spent some time discussing the future of the Hulu platform at a New York City event today. During the event and in a follow-up blog post, he indicates that the company is planning to enable free viewing of some ad-supported TV content starting this summer. Until now, Hulu only let viewers access free content on the desktop. To help make this happen, Hulu is also planning to release a new version of the iPhone version of their app.
Have a PlayStation 4? PlayStation 3? Xbox One? Put down your controller right now and pick up your smartphone (as if you did not have it in your hand already). With the latest update to the Hulu Plus application, you can control the Hulu Plus gaming console apps from your handheld device.
To get started, all you need is for your account to be logged in on the gaming console and the mobile app. The app will then detect the gaming console and a Cast button will work with it the same way it would with Chromecast. Playing, pausing, and resuming on another device is all capable.
Hit the break for the introductory video and download links.
If you weren’t sure whether you were going to buy that new Nexus 7 (or even a Nexus 8) or a Galaxy Note 10.1 (2014 edition), there may now be a reason to sway you to the Samsung side of the debate.
Samsung is now giving away up to $600-worth in freebies to those who purchase a Samsung tablet in the United States— the list of tablets includes the Galaxy Note 8.0 Wi-Fi, Galaxy Tab 3 Wi-Fi, Galaxy Tab 2 10.1 Student Edition, Galaxy Note 10.1 2014 edition and finally, Galaxy Tab 3 Kids (and Samsung HomeSync).
Hit the break for a list of the freebies that Samsung is offering.
Ever since the Chromecast was unveiled in July, people have been begging for more apps. Even Pandora, which was announced as supporting Chromecast, hasn’t updated their app yet.
However, today is a great day for Chromecast owners because Hulu Plus is now officially supporting it. Now we have more options for our viewing pleasure since Netflix doesn’t always offer the best selection.
The update is already in the Play Store and the Apple App Store. Hit the break for download links (Android).
In case you haven’t noticed, in the world of consumer electronics there is a continual effort going on to enable consumers to share content between their mobile devices and non-mobile devices like TVs. An example of this is Apple’s AirPlay system that gives users the ability to mirror iPad or iPhone content to their Apple TV. Apple’s solution enables some other features as well like initiating playback of remote content. Key to this is the ability to discover AirPlay capable devices. Great if you are part of the Apple ecosystem, not so great if you use other solutions or have hardware from other manufacturers. Netflix and YouTube hope to provide an alternative for non-Apple consumers and have launched DIAL with the backing of several other parties. Companies like Samsung, Sony, Hulu and the BBC are backing the effort to develop and implement the DIAL protocol.
Hulu Plus was recently updated to make it just a smidge better than it already is. The biggest addition is the improved support for devices— namely 7-inch tablets such as the popular Samsung Galaxy Tab 2 7.0. Not to be forgotten is improved support for devices with high-resolution screens, which means we can look forward to items such as higher quality video. This is definitely an opportunity for existing Hulu Plus members to grab the app in order to enjoy all those delicious episodes of The Office.
You can grab the app by hitting the Play Store link below or scanning the QR code.
If you’ve been one of the many disgruntled Droid Razr and Razr Maxx owners due to the lack of support for Hulu+ action on your device, rest easy now as your day has come. The link is available on the Google Play Store for you to begin watching all of your faviorite episodes and movies. However, there’s still no support for the Galaxy Nexus so bare with them. In the meantime, enjoy your new found support and don’t forget to let us know what you think of it in the comments below.
Play Store Download Link
Netflix and Hulu have basically cornered the market and Comcast can stand by and watch no more. The company has announced that it will be entering the mobile streaming market with its new service dubbed “Xfinity Streampix“. I”ll reserve the right to not have to comment on a name like that and just focus on the particulars. The company is looking to kick off the service this Thursday and will potentially offer new episodes of content as it airs, something Netflix isn’t doing right now. In addition, the company may bundle the service with a number of other packages offered as well. No word yet on when and if an Android application is in the works, but we suspect one will be. So, stay tuned as more news unfolds regarding the up and coming streaming service and feel free to leave your thoughts in the comments below.
Google acquisitions are nothing new and anyone keeping a somewhat vigilant eye on the company knows that they’re not afraid to spend big money to bring high profile companies under their overarching umbrella. That said, if sources are to believed, Google may be making a bigger splash than normal with an attempted acquisition of Hulu. To find out more, click in after the break.