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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.

Didn’t Get Google I/O tickets, don’t worry everything will be streamed live

So today Google opened what we can only call the flood gates for Google I/O 2012 registration, and flood gates might even be an understatement. With only 5,500 tickets available starting at 7:01 AM they had over 6000 clicks per second, and things sold out extremely fast. I've already seen countless angry tweets, and emails on the fact that no one that wanted to go -- actually got tickets. Even some extremely popular Android developers that could actually benefit from the event.

Qualcomm’s Skifta app streams video and manages your DLNA devices

Qualcomm-Atheros is making a cloud push in a big way with their new Skifta service and app. Skifta is a system for DLNA-certified devices that allows streaming media by way of your phone from either your phone or your home computer, giving you options that previously required separate apps. Built-in free content from the likes of Picasa, Revision 3 and TED Talks rounds out the package. Basically, Skifta (man, it's hard to find good non-copyrighted names these days) aims to be a one-stop-shop for all of your media, streaming easily to connected televisions, computers and speaker systems. Video, audio and photos are currently supported. Skifta works on DLNA and UPnP-compatible devices, including Windows 7 computers and the PlayStation 3. The promotional video lays it all out: [youtube ezP6Ee9HoRo] Skifta's a free download from the Android Market, and no, you don't need a Qualcomm processor inside your phone or tablet to use it. The software is in its 1.0 release, so there may very well be some compatibility or stability issues. But hey, it's free - what have you got to lose? This may be a good indication of similar systems from OEMs, like Motorola's upcoming MotoCast.
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