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  • News: Samsung tips Amazon 4K video streaming for October

    Amazon will start streaming its original shows in 4K resolution in October, at least according to Samsung.

  • News: Spotify's Chromecast-like Spotify Connect feature coming to smart TVs

    When Spotify Connect debuted last September it was aimed at integrating the music streaming service with wireless speakers and home audio systems. Now, Spotify Connect's reach is moving beyond home audio to smart TVs.

  • News: Rhapsody unRadio is no Pandora One killer but it's free (for some)

    In June, Rhapsody and T-Mobile announced Rhapsody unRadio, a subscription streaming music service. This isn't the first time we've seen such an arrangement. Mobile carriers and music streaming services are increasingly getting together in this one-hand-washes-the-other kind of way (as evidenced by the relationships between AT&T and Beats Music and Sprint and Spotify). Getting free or less-expensive music streaming is a perk that might attract customers to a particular carrier, and pre-packaging the services with specific data plans increases the services' visibility.

  • News: GOG.com and indie filmmakers dare Hollywood to ditch DRM

    Everyone hates DRM except the movie studios who fear the scourge of piracy so much that they're willing to treat their paying customers like criminals by applying DRM that real criminals find a way to get around anyhow. GOG.com, a digital store that sells DRM-free PC games, is adding movies to its catalogue, but when GOG approached some Hollywood studios to offer classic movies and TV shows without DRM, naturally the studios balked.

  • News: MLB.TV hints at easing blackout rules, though not for cord cutters

    Major League Baseball is celebrating the 12th anniversary of its live video streaming offering on Tuesday. But it will be baseball fans celebrating next season if the league's online arm follows through on a promise to ease blackout restrictions on local games.

  • News: Spotify's Windows Phone app (finally) gets free, ad-supported listening

    Spotify just leveled the playing field for Windows Phone users after promising improvements back in May. On Tuesday, Spotify announced that the ad-supported version of Spotify was now available on Microsoft's mobile platform.

  • News: Comcast hopes Wi-Fi streaming will win over college students

    As college classes resume at the start of another school year, Comcast hopes to teach some students a lesson of its own--having access to cable TV is a hard habit to break. In a move designed to build loyalty among people in their late teens and early 20s, Comcast is launching Xfinity On Campus. The IP-delivered service lets college students living on campus watch live and on-demand TV on their laptops, tablets, and smartphones.

  • News: SoundCloud rolls out ads, will let you pay to remove them

    After seven years as an ad-free service, SoundCloud will start using advertisements to help pay the bills--both for itself and for content creators.

  • News: Netflix whips up 3D VR viewing room for Oculus Rift during company hack day

    Facebook says Oculus VR is focused on refining the Oculus Rift virtual reality headset for gaming right now. But the Rift holds potential to go far beyond gaming, into areas such as medicine, education, and journalism (to name just a few). When we got a look at the Rift during E3 2013, another non-gaming use case that engrossed us was a virtual reality movie theater.

  • News: YouTube music might be a win for other Google services

    A tricked-out version of YouTube offering exclusive content might prove lucrative bait for Google to lure some of its users deeper into its digital video and music services.

  • News: NBC comedy gets online preview on iHeartRadio and other places online

    Music streaming may be iHeart Radio's best-known service, but the Clear Channel property is getting serious about video streaming starting Thursday. The first episode of A to Z, a new comedy series debuting this fall on NBC, is available for streaming on iHeartRadio. A to Z's NBC broadcast premiere is slated for October 2--seven weeks from now.

  • News: 3 ways to use voice recognition software

    Here are just three everyday scenarios where speech recognition can improve your life.

  • News: RIP Robin Williams: Stream some of the late, great actor's best work

    The TechHive staff was saddened to hear of the passing of the incredible actor and comedian Robin Williams on Monday. He attended high school and some college across the Golden Gate Bridge in Marin County, and lived here for most of his life--the Bay Area is proudly protective of its handful of celebrity residents, so grateful are we that a few big stars prefer our foggy home over the flashier Los Angeles. Robin Williams was a geek, too: he loved video games so much he named his daughter after Princess Zelda, plus he showed up on stage at both a Google keynote at CES and to help Will Wright introduce Spore at E3.

  • News: Line sends sweet music and stickers to help you forget WhatsApp

    Ariana Grande and Paul McCartney don't seem to have much in common. They both make pop music, but that's where the similarities end. Except Grande and McCartney are both using Line, the 3-year-old free messaging app, to keep their fans in the know.

  • News: The Binge-Watch List: The Killing won't stay buried

    It's not hard to find TV shows to watch these days. But finding good ones to watch amid all the streaming video services fighting for your attention and your eyeballs? That's more of a challenge. Every other week, we'll help you separate a would-be House of Cards from the rest of the pack, as we look at which streaming TV shows are worth your time.

  • News: Netflix streams its way past HBO in subscriber revenue

    It's not exactly a reversal of fortune along the lines of the Red Wedding, but Netflix probably feels like the House Lannister to HBO's House Stark after surpassing the cable channel in subscriber revenue for the first time.

  • News: Digital content owners list alternatives to piracy

    Content owners aim to curtail piracy in Australia with an online listing of services where consumers can legally obtain music, movies, video games and other material.

  • News: More content for the Fire TV, from sources other than Amazon

    Four months since launching its Fire TV streaming set-top box, Amazon is adding a slew of new apps featuring non-Amazon content, including Watch Disney Channel, Watch Disney Junior, MLB.TV, Animal Planet Live, and the [

  • News: For those about to rock, 10 music films to stream

    Summer is the time for music festivals and larger-than-life concerts--nothing beats dancing under the stars with a pack of friends, sloshing beer on your shoes from a plastic cup of Budweiser you paid $12 for. You can't go to a concert every night (and after a few Budweiser hangovers, you'll agree that's probably for the best), but anytime you want, you can fire up Netflix and Amazon Prime Instant Video to rock out to a great concert film or a documentary about an amazing musician.

  • News: Nonlinear Film Technology lets you (and the rest of the audience) be the director

    If you've ever grumbled to yourself at the end of a movie, "Well, that story didn't go the way it should have," then you'll want to know about Nonlinear Film Technology, or NFT. Pioneered by the filmmaking team of Milton Matthew Horowitz, Ryan Forte, and Todd Smyth, NFT marries smartphone apps with multiple movie versions and addressable movie theater servers--it's a little like Choose Your Own Adventure for films.

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