Getting started To get started, you'll need an Xbox account along with … Read more
Netflix is bringing its streaming service to its first pay-TV provider.
The UK's Virgin Media announced Tuesday that its TiVo customers will now be offered access to Netflix's streaming service. The company plans to launch a pilot program with 40,000 Virgin Media TiVo homes this week, and as long as all goes well, it will expand the offering to its 1.7 million Virgin Media TiVo homes by the end of the year.
According to Virgin Media, the idea to integrate Netflix's streaming service into its branded TiVo boxes comes as the company tries to make … Read more
A month after Roku updated its iOS app to allow videos stored on iOS devices to be streamed to televisions, the set-top box maker is extending the same functionality to a selection of Android devices.
An update to Roku's Android app adds "Play on Roku" -- a feature announced a year ago that lets users stream videos, music, and photos stored on a phone or tablet via a Roku device to a television. The functionality, which represents Roku's response to Apple's AirPlay, landed in the Google Play marketplace on Monday.
When streaming music stored on … Read more
Yahoo is continuing its move to mobile by launching a video-streaming app built for iOS, the company announced Monday.
In addition to creating Yahoo Screen, an app for iPhone, iPad, and iPod Touch, the Internet company inked a deal with Viacom to stream clips from Comedy Central.
Created by Yahoo's mobile team in New York, the app lets users watch and browse through trending clips and search for shows. Swiping left and right skips between episodes, and swiping up and down flips through channels, according to Yahoo's blog post.
"We want Yahoo Screen to be a place … Read more
Microsoft is expanding the reach of its Xbox Music streaming service with the launch of apps for the iOS and Android mobile platforms and free streaming on the Web.
Previously available only to users of Windows-powered devices, the service now allows users of Android and iOS devices to subscribe to receive unlimited access to their preferred music via the Xbox Music Pass, which costs $9.99 per month or $99.99 per year. The Web player is available on an ad-supported basis or ad-free with a subscription.
The tech titan said users of the free Web service will have on-demand … Read more
First, Simple.TV announced a partnership with SiliconDust -- maker of the HDHomeRun line of products -- to build and distribute a new Simple.TV box, set to ship in US before the end of the year.
The new box ditches the curvy, white look of the original Simple.TV, opting for a somewhat smaller footprint and more conventional, black set-top box design. The big hardware upgrade is … Read more
When you bought your Kindle Fire HD tablet, you didn't know you were getting a Roku box as part of the transaction. After a fashion, anyway.
See, like a lot of Android-powered tablets, the Fire HD allows for mirroring to your TV. In other words, what you see on the small screen gets duplicated on the big one. That actually gives the Fire a big advantage over a Roku, as it allows for a lot more viewing material -- not just apps like Hulu and Netflix, but also browser-based content, YouTube videos, and even games. Let's take a … Read more
Most of us have used streaming-audio apps in the past, whether live-radio apps like TuneIn or streaming-music mix makers like Pandora. But with such a crowded landscape for streaming audio, the only way for a new player to break in is by being clearly different.
Radical.FM seems like it has that kind of potential, but at this … Read more
ESPN has held preliminary discussions about possibly offering its programming on an Internet-based TV service like those reportedly under development by Apple, Google, and Intel.
John Skipper, president of the Disney-owned sports network, told Bloomberg on Wednesday that it is looking to sell online TV providers on a package of its more popular channels already offered to pay-TV subscribers, such as its namesake flagship channel, ESPN2, and ESPN News.
Online services would be required to buy "the whole suite of products," Skipper said. "We're not going to offer one-offs." Skipper declined to say which companies … Read more
Apple's new iTunes Radio will launch next month with several advertisers paying for commercial spots, according to the folks at AdAge.
Citing information from "people familiar with the negotiations," AdAge said that Apple has already lined up advertising deals with McDonald's, Nissan, Pepsi, Procter & Gamble, and possibly one or two other companies. Advertisers will pay anywhere from millions to tens of millions of dollars to run ads within the music service over a 12-month period, according to AdAge.
The ads themselves will be interactive and take over the user's screen on both computers and … Read more