streaming video

Starz Play, Encore Play, and Movieplex Play apps hit Android

Most major subscription cable channels have been offering apps that allow users to stream movies and their original programs to their mobile devices for a while. The caveat to these apps includes the fact that you do have to subscribe to the movie networks via a participating cable provider to be able to use them. However, if you do subscribe to a cable provider that offers the networks you can watch streaming versions of your favorite shows and movies at no additional cost.

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.

Redbox Instant opens for streaming

Coming off of what was an invitation-only beta period, Redbox Instant is now available for the pubic. At this point the invitation is no longer needed and signing up requires nothing more than a visit to the Redbox Instant website. Well, that and the action of actually signing up. We should also give the warning right from the beginning, there is a free trial available, however you will need to provide some credit card details in order to get started.

YouTube co-founder tips rival video service coming soon

We're hearing lots of interesting news coming out of the annual SXSW show in Texas, but one in particular today has us rather interested. That being details regarding YouTube Co-founder Chad Hurley building and set to launch a new video platform and service that will potentially rival YouTube. Plenty have tried and failed, but he could have what it takes.

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.

MeCam $49 helicopter follows you and streams live video to your Android

A company you've probably heard of before called Always Innovating is working on a pretty awesome little project for smartphones. It's called the MeCam and is essentially a mini helicopter they're calling a Nano-Copter complete with video recording and streaming capabilities. The MeCam is designed to follow you around and record every moment. You can stream that video right to your Android phone and even share it to your social site of preference or YouTube.

Netflix to add social sharing features in 2013

The folks from Netflix have announced they'll be offering multiple social features starting in 2013 for their movie and TV services. A bill was recently passed in the senate that removes restrictions on sharing movie and rental history in the US. Netflix has offered social features outside the US for some time, but this will be available stateside soon.

XBMC for Android beta officially released

The folks at XBMC have just released their official version 12 beta 2 complete with Android support. Back in July we first learned that the popular XBMC was coming to Android, but now it's here with no compiling or tweaking required. This awesome open source media player will bring tons to Android now that it's officially available instead of users just tweaking it to run on Android. More details below.

IMDb app updated with 720p HD video streaming

For all the movie buffs that are constantly going to IMDb on their Android phone or tablet like I always do, today we have good news. The folks from IMDb have just issued an update to the Android application solving some pesky bugs and bringing multiple video quality settings to Android. Most importantly full 720p HD playback of trailers.

Hulu Plus updated with brand new tablet UI for Android

Good news today for anyone that uses Hulu. They've finally updated Hulu Plus for Android with full tablet support with a sleek new user interface and fullscreen streaming. Hulu hasn't been a very popular Android app and the user interface was quite poor if you ask me. After installing the new tablet-optimized app on my Transformer Prime I can safely say the new app is awesome, and looks great on a 10-inch screen.
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