Standalone streaming service from HBO coming in 2015

HBO_LogoHBO 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

Amazon adds ‘hundreds of thousands of songs’ to Prime Music service

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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.


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Twitch for Android sees 3.0 update, bringing new interface and more features

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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.
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VIDEO: Hands on with Android TV at Google I/O

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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.


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YouTube plans to launch paid music streaming service by end of summer

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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.


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Hulu Plus adds remote control feature for gaming consoles

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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.
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