Google’s Chromecast costs only $35. At that price, people may assume the dongle is inferior to its competition. In reality, Chromecast is on the same level as other streaming devices. And today Google chief business officer Omid Kordestani pointed to a report from NPD Group that named Chromecast as the top selling streaming device in the United States. Holding the top spot in the United States should not be any surprise because of how low the price is to bring Chromecast home.
Kordestani announced a very impressive Chromecast statistic, too. In the near two years the device has been available, users have hit Cast one billion times. The milestone came last week. Also, Chromecast use has improved by 60% since launching in July 2013.
When Google released the Chromecast, it was set at a very cheap price point in order to chew up as much market share as quickly as possible, similar to Google’s approach with Android. Looks like that tactic paid off for the little streaming dongle, as the Chromecast holds second place in the market share race after just over a year on the market.
In 2013, Roku and Apple TV made up over half of the market, with Roku leading the way by a considerable margin. In 2014, that shifted dramatically with Roku losing a large percentage of the market and Apple TV actually coming in third behind Google’s second place Chromecast. Since the Chromecast is significantly cheaper than what’s offered by Roku or Apple, that’s helped it rise in market share so quickly.
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.”
Good news for those of you sharing your Spotify subscription with your family, the popular streaming service has finally launched a discounted plan for families. This means no more of your weird son’s dubstep playlists mixed in with your Marvin Gaye collections. The plan allows you to have up to five people on the same account, while keeping playlists, libraries and recommendations completely separate.
HBO is set to launch a standalone streaming service in 2015, at least according to Richard Plepler, HBO CEO. What this means is that instead of having to pay for a HBO package through our cable or satellite provider, we’ll be soon be able to stream HBO much like we do via Netflix. What this also means is that we can watch Game of Thrones, Boardwalk Empire or True Detective without a.) illegally doing so or b.) “stealing” your friend’s HBO Go password. Of course, HBO is wading into an already somewhat filled pool of streaming services. No word on when in 2015 exactly, we’ll see this but either way, it’s coming.
source: NBC News
We have literally no idea how Amazon’s Prime Music is doing commercially, but it did recently add “hundreds of thousands of songs” and hundreds of playlists to the service.
The expanded availability of music is good for its current users, which can listen through their smartphones, computers, and Amazon’s cloud player.
Even though Twitch might still be considering selling to Google, that’s not stopping them from keeping their Android application updated. The new update brings the app to version 3.0, and with it comes a greatly enhanced user interface, an easier way to search and subscribe to broadcasters and channels right from the home screen, and the ability to chat with other users and streamers.
If you regularly use Twitch on your device, you’re definitely going to want to get your hands on this update. Hit the link below for the download.
Google TV wasn’t as great as we all expected when it debuted a few years ago, but Google is back with another television platform.
Officially announced at the Google I/O 2014 keynote today, Android TV will bring an entirely new home entertainment experience to your living room. The service will launch in the fall, but for now, check out our information on the platform here.
And be sure to check out the rest of our Google I/O 2014 coverage as well. Hit the break for our hands-on video with Android TV at Google I/O.
Video killed the radio star, and YouTube killed the video star. (Wait, you guys don’t still watch MTV, do you?)
All of us have watched a music video on YouTube before. Some of us even use YouTube as our primary music service. It’s free, after all, and has pretty much every song you’d ever want to hear.
The Sonos wireless HiFi music system is taking homes by storm, and a new promotion by the company should help continue that trend.
Sonos is offering 6 months of free Google Play Music service to its customers.