streaming media

WATCH ABC app limits live streaming TV to cable subscribers

The WATCH ABC app is available in the Google Play Store and brings the promise of offering a "new way to experience ABC - anytime, anywhere." The catch here is that statement is followed up with an note about how the live streaming is only available in select markets. Not to mention, those lucky enough to be living in one of those markets will also need to be a cable television subscriber to actually do any watching. That being said, there is another side of the app that should work for more users.

Google Nexus Q to be a no show at Google I/O

Completely overpriced and randomly announced last year was the short-lived debut of the Google Nexus Q media device. After being announced nearly a year ago at I/O 2012, then later canceled, we were hoping for some sort of rebound device or revamped Nexus Q this year. Sadly it sounds like that won't be happening. At least according to a few anonymous sources.

Time Warner Cable TV app to get remote streaming update

Being able to stream your favorite television programs and movies to your mobile device when you're outside the home is a great capability. You might not always take advantage of it, but in those times when you're bored on the bus or at the airport and have nothing to do, being able to stream video content is welcome.

Stable version of XBMC XAF custom build released for Android

If you have your eyes on an Android-powered HT PC for the living room, a stable XAF custom build of XBMC is now available for Android users. The people behind the software say that it's the first and only truly end user-friendly release of XBMC available on the Internet. If you're not familiar with XBMC, it is a media center software suite that uses third-party add-ons allowing you to access content available online in formats that are easy-to-use.

Video accounts for 50% of Verizon Wireless network traffic

Coming by way of the National Association of Broadcasters (NAB) conference, Verizon Communications CEO Lowell McAdam has said that streaming video now accounts for 50 percent of the network traffic. And extending that out a few years, McAdam believes that streaming video will account for nearly two-thirds by the year 2017.

YouTube may be launching a streaming music service

YouTube related rumors are calling for a subscription based music streaming service. Keep in mind, this is coming in addition to the rumors about Google setting up a subscription streaming service for Android users, one that is expected to be tied in with Google Play. Some of the features are likely to overlap, of course that can probably be said about any two subscription based music services.

Netgear PTV3000 update brings Miracast support for Android devices

Miracast, for those unfamiliar with the name, means you can mirror the display from the device in your hand to your television. In this case we are talking about the Miracast-enabled Netgear PTV3000 meadia streamer and an Android smartphone. And thanks to the recent PTV3000 update -- you can now do just that. This update is currently available for the PTV3000 and brings support for select Android devices.

Plex for Android update teased ahead of public release

It appears as if the Plex for Android app will soon be getting a makeover. In fact, the folks at Plex are describing this as being completely rewritten from scratch and with new features to include lock-screen music controls and global search integration. On the flip side of the new features though, this updated release of Plex for Android will remove support for some older devices.

NVIDIA GRID sets its sights on cloud gaming market

NVIDIA's biggest announcement of the night is arguably the reveal of the Tegra 4, but the announcement of NVIDIA GRID is definitely giving the Tegra 4 a run for its money. NVIDIA GRID marks the company's entrance into the cloud gaming market, and though we often associate PCs with cloud gaming services, this is also a big announcement for those playing on tablets and smartphones.
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