Tag: streaming

Verizon’s NFL streaming isn’t restricted to its own customers anymore

Verizon and the NFL signed a new $2 billion, five-year deal today. In it, Verizon traded its previous status as the exclusive US wireless carrier for NFL games for the exclusive rights to livestream games to any device, whether a cell phone, a computer or a streaming device attached to a TV. The new deal kicks off in January 2018, and brings the NFL playoffs fo Yahoo and Yahoo Sports.

The key here is that the in-market games (this doesn't cover Sunday afternoon out-of-market games) are available to anyone, regardless of carrier or service provider. Verizon has the rights to stream these games through its Oath properties (such as Yahoo Sports), which apparently it sees as more valuable than restricting these games to its current, paying customers. Previously, Verizon's deal with the NFL only covered mobile streaming.

This is a big shift in Verizon's thinking. The company seems to be using the NFL deal as a traffic driver to sites such as Yahoo Sports. The agreement also covers access to NFL highlights and news throughout the year. Presumably, all of this will be available within the Yahoo Sports app.

Via: Variety

Source: Verizon

OnePlus 5T needs an update to play Netflix in HD

The OnePlus 5T is defined by its cinematic 18:9 screen, but don't expect to get the full effect while you're watching your favorite streaming service... at least, not yet. Owners have learned that the 5T and its OnePlus 5 ancestor can't play Netflix or Amazon Prime Video in HD, since they both lack the Widevine rights management certification need to play at anything beyond standard definition. Yes, your $500 pride and joy currently plays video at a lower resolution than phones costing half as much. Thankfully, there's a solution in the works.

The company has explained to The Verge that an update is in the works to enable HD streaming on these devices. There's no indication as to when this update is coming or why more advanced Widevine support wasn't included from the start, but a solution is in sight.

However quickly the update comes, the situation doesn't help OnePlus' current situation. It has already had to fix some glaring software mistakes, and this is one that you'll definitely notice if you're streaming Stranger Things or American Gods. It also illustrates one of the concerns about digital copy protection: your ability to watch video at the best possible quality is dependent on software factors outside of your control.

Source: OnePlus, The Verge

‘Jessica Jones’ season 2 reaches Netflix on March 8th

To say that the second season of Jessica Jones has been a long time in coming would be an understatement. Netflix premiered the first season of the investigator-turned-superhero show in November 2015, and it committed to a second season at the start of 2016. At last, though, it's nearly here: Netflix has posted a trailer confirming that season 2 will premiere on March 8th, 2018. The preview hints that the new season will dive deeper into Jessica's nebulous past, and that she continues to take no crap -- there's a not-so-subtle dig at Spider-Man, for one thing.

The return helps flesh out Netflix's Marvel catalog, which still includes a number of single-season shows (although they almost all have commitments for more episodes). Also, it's arguably one of the more anticipated Marvel releases to date. In addition to starring an unconventional superhero, the first Jessica Jones season tackled serious topics like gaslighting and sexual assault with an intelligence you wouldn't necessarily expect. If that keeps up in the second season, it could be worth watching even if you don't normally care for comic-inspired programming.

Source: Netflix (YouTube), (Twitter)

Essential Phone sends 360-degree live video to Facebook and YouTube

Essential has been racing to improve the (frankly lackluster) camera software on its phone ever since launch, and now those upgrades are showering affection on the handset's signature 360 Camera attachment. Andy Rubin's outfit is delivering an update that adds streaming live 360-degree video to both Facebook Live and YouTube Live. In other words, that add-on just became much more useful -- you can broadcast your adventures in a VR-friendly format just by clipping a camera to your phone.

The addition could make this one of the better bargains for 360-degree livestreaming, at least if you're looking for a higher-end phone. Now that the price of the Essential Phone itself has dropped to $499, you're looking at less than $700 for a complete streaming setup. Is there a huge audience for this? Probably not, but it helps the phone stand out in a field where having an all-screen design is no longer a novelty.

Source: Essential (Twitter)

SiriusXM now streams radio stations to your Apple TV

SiriusXM is now available on 4th generation Apple TVs and Apple TV 4K. Subscribers with streaming access can use the SiriusXM app to access its over 200 channels, which can be customized with MySXM. Users will also be able to access archived programming on demand and the app's user interface has been optimized for Apple TV.

The SiriusXM app has already been available on LG, Roku, Samsung and Sony smart TVs as well as Amazon Fire TV and Playstation. Apple TV owners also recently just got access to the Amazon Prime Video app.

To start listening to SiriusXM on your Apple TV, just go to App Store and search for SiriusXM. Then click "Get" to install, sign in with your SiriusXM username and password and you're good to go.

Source: SiriusXM

Quincy Jones has a streaming service for jazz documentaries

It's easy enough to find concert movies or music documentaries online, but watching them across various services is kind of a pain. Jazz legend Quincy Jones wants to help with that. Along with a French TV producer, Jones is launching Qwest TV. For between €7.49 and €9.90 per month ($8.83 - $11.68; the higher price is for HD/4K streaming) you'll get access to "hundreds of hours" of jazz programming, sourced from European TV and other places. Annual subscriptions are available as well.

Jones is hand-picking the first round of videos, and from there a different curator will play tastemaker each subsequent month, according to the New York Times. Each video is accompanied by an essay from either a journalist or a jazz expert. Jones seems optimistic that the service will at once help preserve and present jazz in a way that's particularly suited for modern audiences. "I know I won't convert the world to jazz," he said. "If I serve high quality programs in HD, with good curation and have a good, close relationship with my audience, I'll be fine."

That confidence doesn't seem misplaced. Earlier this year the service almost doubled its €75,000 ($88,447) Kickstarter goal. Qwest TV goes live December 15th.

Via: New York Times

Source: Qwest

Tidal now works with Apple’s CarPlay

Spotify, Google Play Music and the BBC's iPlayer Radio all work with Apple's CarPlay. Now Tidal users can get in on the action, too; the company tweeted the compatibility of its streaming app with the iOS-based in-car system.

Tidal says that subscribers will be able to access all their favorite music and playlists from CarPlay-enabled dashboard systems. The news comes just a couple of weeks after Tidal announced that its customers could finally control their music on Sonos speakers with the Tidal app itself.

Via: The Verge

Source: Tidal

Jordan Peele to executive produce CBS ‘The Twilight Zone’ reboot

A couple of weeks back, CBS CEO Les Moonves announced in an earnings call that the network was planning to bring back "The Twilight Zone" to the broadcaster's All Access streaming app. Now we've got a little more information from CBS about the reboot, including the fact that Jordan Peele (Get Out) will co-executive produce the show.

The show will be produced by CBS Television Studios, with Simon Kinberg, Marco Ramirez, Win Rosenfeld and Audrey Chon also executive producing. Peele, Kinberg and Ramirez will collaborage on the premiere episode. ""Too many times this year it's felt we were living in a twilight zone, and I can't think of a better moment to reintroduce it to modern audiences," Peele said in a statement."

Star Trek Discovery gave All Access a needed boost; the show has already been renewed for a second season. The Twilight Zone will join Discovery, No Activity, and The Good Fight (also renewed for season two) as CBS's flagship originals on the streaming service.

Via: CBS/Twitter

Source: CBS

Amazon’s ‘Transparent’ hasn’t cut ties with Jeffrey Tambor yet

Last month, following accusations of sexual assault, Transparent actor Jeffrey Tambor released a statement that made it seem like he would be leaving the show. "Given the politicized atmosphere that seems to have afflicted our set, I don't see how I can return to Transparent," Tambor said. And while he has stated that he regrets if anything he did in the past was misinterpreted as aggressive, he has denied any purposeful wrongdoing. "The idea that I would deliberately harass anyone is simply and utterly untrue," Tambor said in a statement. However, the New York Times reports today that Tambor's departure is far from certain and the show is currently operating under a very unclear future.

Allan Mayer, Tambor's publicist, told the NYT, "What he said was that given the toxic atmosphere and the politicization on the set, it's very hard for him to see how he can possibly return. But no final decision for next year has been made, either by Jeffrey or by Amazon." And the show's creator, Jill Soloway, said that they take the accusations against Tambor very seriously, but because of Amazon's ongoing investigation into the matter, they couldn't discuss it further.

Those pointing to sexual misconduct on the part of Tambor include his former assistant Van Barnes, Transparent cast member Trace Lysette and makeup artist Tamara Delbridge.

Amazon's slow response to the accusations against Tambor stand in contrast to how Netflix reacted to those made against Kevin Spacey. The streaming site was fairly quick to suspend House of Cards production following the initial reports of Spacey's alleged misconduct and said that it wouldn't make the show with him involved after eight of the show's crew members told CNN that Spacey sexually harassed people on set. Netflix also canceled Louis C.K.'s second stand-up special after allegations were made against him, though the company was rather slow to cut ties with Danny Masterson who has now been accused of rape by four women.

While Transparent's future and Tambor's involvement are currently up in the air, many have said the show could do just fine without him and might even be better for it. In support of Lysette, Transparent writer Our Lady J said on Instagram, "We cannot let trans content be taken down by a single cis man."

Via: New York Times

YouTube’s top videos of 2017 include Ed Sheeran and masked singers

It's YouTube's turn at summarizing 2017, and it just posted its top trending and music videos... which aren't necessarily what you'd expect. Heartthrob pop star Ed Sheeran dominated the charts with videos for "Shape of You" (both the official video and Kyle Hanagami Choreography's dance routine) and a Carpool Karaoke guest spot. However, the trending videos beyond that were eclectic. The leading clip was a song from the Thai version of the talent show The Mask Singer, while other trendy videos included ping pong trick shots, the kids who interrupted a BBC interview and, naturally, the history of the entire world. In short: it was more about stand-out moments and cleverness than raw star power.

The music field was a tad more predictable. In 2017, it was largely about Latin music: Luis Fonsi's "Despacito" unsurprisingly ruled the board while J. Balvin/Willy William, Maluma, Chris Jeday, Nicky Jam and Enrique Iglesias also made their presences felt. Outside of that, pop regulars Ed Sheeran, Bruno Mars, Jason Derulo and DJ Khaled made the top 10.

These aren't always the most viewed clips ("Despacito" would easily take the win on that front), but they do reflect YouTube's continuing popularity. The site notes that the top trending videos include 633 million views, or 83 million more than the 2016 top 10. While these figures aren't likely to reassure creators who may have lost money, they suggest that hitting it big means that you'll get a ton of views.

Top trending videos

  1. Until We Will Become Dust - Oyster Masked (ตราบธุลีดิน - หน้ากากหอยนางรม) | THE MASK SINGER 2

  2. ED SHEERAN - Shape Of You | Kyle Hanagami Choreography

  3. Ping Pong Trick Shots 3 | Dude Perfect

  4. Darci Lynne: 12-Year-Old Singing Ventriloquist Gets Golden Buzzer - America's Got Talent 2017

  5. Ed Sheeran Carpool Karaoke

  6. Lady Gaga's FULL Pepsi Zero Sugar Super Bowl LI Halftime Show | NFL

  7. "INAUGURATION DAY" — A Bad Lip Reading of Donald Trump's Inauguration

  8. history of the entire world, i guess

  9. In a Heartbeat - Animated Short Film

  10. Children interrupt BBC News interview - BBC News

Top music videos

  1. Luis Fonsi - Despacito ft. Daddy Yankee

  2. Ed Sheeran - Shape of You [Official Video]

  3. J Balvin, Willy William - Mi Gente (Official Video)

  4. Maluma - Felices los 4 (Official Video)

  5. Bruno Mars - That's What I Like [Official Video]

  6. Chris Jeday - Ahora Dice (Official Video) ft. J. Balvin, Ozuna, Arcángel

  7. 05. El Amante - Nicky Jam (Video Oficial) (Álbum Fénix)

  8. Jason Derulo - Swalla (feat. Nicki Minaj & Ty Dolla $ign) (Official Music Video)

  9. DJ Khaled - I'm the One ft. Justin Bieber, Quavo, Chance the Rapper, Lil Wayne

  10. Enrique Iglesias - SUBEME LA RADIO (Official Video) ft. Descemer Bueno, Zion & Lennox

Source: YouTube (The Mask Singer), (Luis Fonsi)