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DirecTV Now improves streaming quality

DirecTV Now has built a beta app with a list of improvements that the streaming platform has undergone at the AT&T laboratory. Among one of the major improvements, is better streaming quality which includes a resolution of 1080p playing at 60 frames per second (fps) using the H.265 video format. Among other features that DirecTV …

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Disney buying stake in 21st Century Fox

According to The New York Times, Disney is buying a stake in 21st Century Fox, in an all-stock deal valued at around $52.4 billion. The deal will relieve Rupert Murdoch of his entertainment assets. This deal will promote Disney’s new streaming platform due for launch in 2019, giving the company the rights to premium assets …

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Deezer launches in Japan with HiFi audio output

Deezer is partnering with Onkyo & Pioneer and Yamaha to launch its service in Japan. The company claims that it will be the first streaming platform to offer lossless CD-quality audio in the region. The Deezer HiFi service will stream 16-bit FLAC CD quality on Onkyo & Pioneer high-resolution DAP systems, and Yamaha Network Receiver …

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Spotify to promote emerging artists with Rise

Spotify has launched a new program titled RISE, in an effort to identify promote music superstars of tomorrow.   RISE will be available in the US, Canada, and the UK. It plans to highlight four artists every quarter with a mixed-media playlist, getting at a total of 16 artists per year. The first artists that …

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Hulu becomes first streaming service to win an Emmy in the Outstanding Drama Series category

Hulu created a record of sorts by becoming the first OTT streaming service to garner a Primetime Emmy award in the Best Series category for it’s series “The Handmaid’s Tale”. Additionally, its lead actress Elisabeth Moss won her first Emmy for her standout role as Offred in “the Handmaid’s tale”.

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Support for 4K introduced by Apple TV

Apple TV has enhanced its offering to support 4K and High Dynamic Range (HDR). The new Apple TV 4K is expected to deliver a stunning cinematic experience with images that are crisper, richer, true-to life and far more detailed in dark as well as bright scenes. High performance 4K video scalar is inbuilt in the …

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YouTube viewing trends amongst teens

According to a survey by eMarketer, teenagers like watching videos on YouTube except that they contain too many ads. 23.2 million 12 to 17 year olds watch digital video monthly this year. Some other findings from Forrester include: 77% of teens use YouTube daily. More than 40% of teenagers thing that YouTube has too many …

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Hulu live TV service now on Xbox 360

There’s good news for Hulu subscribers who are also Xbox 360 owners because Hulu’s new live TV streaming service will now be offered on the console. In addition, there will be improvements to the UI and it will work on Apple TV, Amazon Fire TV, Xbox One, iOS and Android mobile devices as well as …

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VOD launched by ZEE Mundo across Americas

ZEE Mundo which is a Spanish-language, Bollywood-focused network is now including a free video-on-demand (VOD) catalogue. This new offering is targeted at Bollywood fans across Latin America (LATAM) and Hispanics in the US. Instead of offering series and movies that are broadcast by the pay-TV channel, it aims to include complementary content which includes behind-the-scenes …

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Android, Apple TV support to be added to Plex Live TV

Plex’s new live TV feature is now offered on Apple TV and Android platforms. It already offers support on the iOS, Android TV and the Plex web app platforms. Also Apple TV will now be able to use Plex live TV. Also Android users will get access to live TV and DVR. Plex is adding …

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