VUDU gets Chromecast support with latest update

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After promising Chromecast support earlier this month, VUDU has delivered. VUDU, the service that allows you to rent or buy movies and stream them, can now be used with Chromecast. So instead of just streaming content on your smartphone or tablet, the update will let you cast it to the big screen. VUDU is also an UltraViolet provider; therefore, compatible digital copies of DVDs and Blu-Ray discs in your library can be casted to a television as well.

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Amazon prepping free video streaming service that could launch in a few months [Updated]

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Amazon may soon be going toe-to-toe with Hulu and other video streaming services in a whole new way. According to a report from The Wall Street Journal, Amazon plans on offering an alternative to paying $99 per year for Amazon Prime that would allow video content to be streamed without any subscription. The service would be backed by advertisements. On the surface, this competes directly with Hulu, but there is much more under the surface. » Read the rest

Twitch looking into mobile game streaming service and SDK

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Twitch is an extremely popular streaming service that’s dedicated to streaming video games. It’s available natively on Sony’s Playstation 4, it’s coming as a native app to Microsoft’s Xbox One, and it’s a very popular service on its own. One place it hasn’t had much success with has been mobile games, however.

Mobile games may not be killing traditional video game consoles like some people believe, but there’s no denying they’re growing in popularity. Twitch knows this, and they’re working on an SDK for mobile developers to allow users to not only view game streams, but to also broadcast streams of whatever game they’re playing on their mobile device. Twitch already has an excellent SDK in place for console and PC games, so a mobile option would be the next piece of the puzzle. » Read the rest

Chromecast offers fireplace display option while casting Google Play Music for Valentine

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Plan on cozying up on the couch with that special someone for Valentine’s Day tomorrow?

Well Google’s here to help set the mood with a new special feature added to Chromecast. When using the device to stream Google Play Music to your television, you can now display a fireplace on the TV while the music plays.

To turn on the option, all you have to do is tap on the gear icon on the top right of Google Play Music on the web and click on “Labs.’ Click “enable” on the “Chromecast Fireplace Visualizer” and you’re good to go!

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NFL Now gets announced, personalized video service slated for 2014 season

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The NFL Network and ESPN may not be doing enough to give fans a premier football experience. Enter NFL Now. Today in New York City, home of Super Bowl XLVIII (which is really in New Jersey), Commissioner Roger Goodell announced the fully personalized video service that will launch in time for the start of the 2014 season.

NFL Now will deliver news, highlights, interviews, and analysis content to computers, smartphones, tablets, and video game consoles. To create the personalized experience, users select their favorite team(s) and fantasy players in addition to liking and disliking videos. In the United States, the league and Verizon will team up to make NFL Now available through the NFL Mobile app. Gillette, Microsoft, and Yahoo are all partners aside from Verizon. NFL Now will launch for free; however, a premium version will be available delivering premium content for a monthly fee.

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Spotify app updated once again, now includes artist touring details

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Beats Music has been out for just a few days and barely even works— don’t tell me you forgot about Spotify already!

Today, Spotify released a new update to its app which adds a new section in Artist views. The section includes details on touring for artists, and provides full Google Maps integration for directions. You can also buy tickets through the app, essentially making Spotify your one-stop-shop for all things music.

Here’s the, uh, ehrm, change log:

Improved: Spotify Connect will be on its best behaviour when you play radio.
Fixed: We’ve tickled some pixels and dealt with some crashes.
Fictitious: This app was assembled from old clock parts.

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WWE to launch streaming subscription service for devices in February, announced at CES

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Are you a WWE fan? You’re in luck.

Last night at CES, WWE chairman Vince McMahon announced that the company would be bringing a subscription streaming service to devices for $9.99/month.

Utilizing the same technology as the MLB At Bat application, users will be able to access content 24/7, and get all 12 monthly pay-per-view specials and a massive library of wrestling content. The service goes live on February 24.

On top of new content, you’ll get access to all previous PPV events from WWE, WCW and ECW. You’ll be able to view it from computers, Android/iOS devices, the Xbox 360/One, the PS3/4, and Roku.

This low-cost option is certainly something to look into for all wrestling fans, as the PPV specials used to cost $44.95 as opposed to the new price of $9.99. WWE will certainly lose some short-term revenue, but where it loses money it hopes to make up with new subscribers.

Be sure to check out all of our CES 2014 coverage here.

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Pandora finally receives Alarm Clock feature, lets you wake up to your favorite station

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To ring in the New Year, Pandora has received an update that brings a long-awaited feature for many users. The Alarm Clock feature does exactly what the name suggests. It starts to play music from Pandora with a station preset by the user. And it does it all right from the lockscreen. So if you need to get some more sleep, there is no digging through to hit the snooze button. Beyond that core feature, you can select what days the feature is activated for and set a sleep timer.

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