Tag - Streaming
An album recently launched exclusively on Apple Music has reportedly become the first to enter the top ten spaces on a major albums chart from streaming alone. The Coloring Book album from Chance the Rapper debuted on the Billboard 200 at position number eight, and it is the only one to have earned its place as a streaming-only release, without any traditional album sales counting towards the album's ranking.
European customers of video streaming services could end up paying a higher subscription, if a proposal from the European Commission is adopted. According to a draft of the Audiovisual Media Services Directive, expected to be revealed next week, member states within the European Union could impose a "Netflix Tax" on services operating within the country, with funds received from the levy intended to help finance local TV show and movie productions.
The updated fourth-generation Apple TV appears to have given the streaming box a big boost in sales, but this wasn't enough to move it up the streaming device sales rankings, according to new data from Parks Associates. Still leading the market is Roku, with its streaming sticks and boxes claiming a 30 percent share of the US market. Amazon's Fire TV and Google's Chromecast hold a 22 percent share each, while the Apple TV retained its fourth-place ranking overall -- even though sales were up 50 percent year-over-year, thanks to the launch of the upgraded model in the fourth quarter of 2015.
Spotify will be making its service more attractive to its users, by offering up original programming for its existing video service. Announced one year after the streaming music service bolstered its existing content catalog with videos and podcasts, the Swedish music company will be creating a number of original show "concepts" that it plans to start streaming to users later this summer, in an attempt to differentiate itself from its competition.
Music streaming services have become the largest source of revenue for Warner Music Group, the record label has confirmed. In its second quarter financial results ending March 31, streaming from services such as Apple Music have overtaken both physical sales and downloads from iTunes and other online stores to provide the most recorded music revenue in the quarter, marking the first time a major record label's revenue sources have changed in this way.
Apple Music has been made more attractive to students, by being heavily discounted for those in education. Launched today, Apple's streaming service will now have a third tier of subscription that users can pay for, alongside its standard and family plans, with students receiving a discount of 50 percent off the normal individual subscription cost, putting it at $5 per month instead of $10 per month if they have enrolled in an eligible college.
Hulu is planning to launch its own Internet TV service next year, one that will provide live streams of channels to customers alongside its existing on-demand video streaming service. CEO Mike Hopkins confirmed reports from earlier this week that the company was leaning towards making such a service, that it will stream "live programming from broadcast and cable brands," including "live sports, news, and events."
Hulu may become another contender in the Internet TV marketplace, with a report claiming it is planning to launch its own streaming subscription offering live programming to its users. The service, which will offer both live and on-demand content, will apparently include channels such as ABC, ESPN, and other Disney properties, as well as Fox-derived streams for as Fox News, FX, and both national and regional sports channels.
One of the most exciting prospects for us, when learning about mobile VR, was the idea of being able to watch our favorite YouTube and streaming services through a VR headset, but we were surprised when the streaming giants were sluggish to give us an in-app option. We do have a solution, though, one that comes in the form of a handy little app called Homido 360 VR player.
Dish has launched a new package as part of its Sling TV online streaming service, one that seemingly offers more than the existing base package. The second package, priced the same $20 rate as the original, is providing access to a number of channels from the Fox broadcast network alongside other channels already offered by the service, though this time Sling TV is introducing the option of viewing multiple streams from the package simultaneously.
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Comixology fires up $6 all-you-can-read service
Amazon-owned Comixology has launched an all-you-can-read comic subscription service. After a 30-day free trial, for $6 a month, subscribers can draw from a large selection of the Comixology library, minus Marvel and DC comics. For now, the service is US-only. http://bit.ly/1WMAOft
QuarkXPress 2016 now shipping
Quark is now shipping QuarkXPress 2016, the newest version of Quark's graphic design and desktop publishing software that now features near-WYSIWYG fixe HTML5 publishing as well as improved operability with InDesign and Illustrator and support for multi-Color Gradient Blends, OpenType Stylistic Sets, a Color Picker (Eyedropper tool), Touchpads for Pinch and Zoom (Mac only) and more. Users on any previous version of QuarkXPress (versions 3-10) can upgrade to version 2016 for $350, while QuarkXPress 2015 users can upgrade to 2016 for $180; new licenses are available for $850 (education licenses are available for $90). http://bit.ly/1OL23Pu
Kanex debuts GoPower USB-C for MacBooks
Kanex today introduced its GoPower USB-C, a portable power solution designed to charge a USB-C MacBook on the go along with an iPhone or iPad simultaneously. Featuring 15,000 mAh of power--capable of charging an iPhone 6s seven times or the USB-C MacBook one full time--the GoPower USB-C Portable Battery features one 3A USB-C port and one 2.4A port for other devices, priority charging detection technology and a pass-thru charging to your devices when the battery is plugged into a power source. http://bit.ly/1TKaf8z
i.am+ EPs earphones are Apple Store exclusive
Musician turned consumer electronics entrepreneur Will.i.am has launched a new pair of Bluetooth wireless earphones, dubbed the i.am+ EPs. The new earphones are an Apple Store exclusive, and feature large 14mm drivers and aptX support for high-quality wireless streaming. The i.am+ EPs support A2DP controls, have a 30-foot range and can last up to six hours on a charge. The design is said to be inspired by the "iconic shape of vinyl records," and are made from spun metal and paired with a woven fabric cord. When not in use, the EPs magnetically click into place around the neck. The iam+ EPs are available now at select Apple Store and Apple.com for $230, are available in gold-on-black or black-on-black. http://bit.ly/1OKVlt2
Ultimate Ears debuts UE Roll 2 speaker
On Tuesday, audio accessory maker Ultimate Ears unveiled a new version of the UE Roll Bluetooth speaker. The new UE Roll 2, which sells for $100, looks identical to the previous version, but gets about 15 percent louder. In addition, the unit now supports a Bluetooth source signal up to 100 feet away, an improvement on the original's 65-foot limit. While both the old and new versions of the UE Roll offer an IPX7 waterproof rating, the company now includes a blow-up "floaty" with the speaker to avoid the risk of prolonged exposure. The new unit will begin general shipping next month. http://bit.ly/1TJWE0Z
Philips launches Hue White Ambiance bulbs
Philips latest HomeKit-compatible Hue light bulbs have hit the market. The new Hue White Ambiance bulbs are designed to allow users to control their color temperature to enhance either focus, or create a more relaxing tone. Combined with the latest update to the Philips Hue app, the new bulbs can be set according to user "routines." The "wake-up" mode gently turns up the brightness of the bulb, while conversely, the "go to sleep" mode gradually reduces the color temperature and brightness. The Philips Hue White Ambiance starter kit retails for $130, while single bulbs sell for $30. http://bit.ly/1TJT3Qn
Pluggable Technologies three-display USB-C dock
Peripheral company Plugable Technologies today launched the industry's first wave of USB-C docking stations with both Power Delivery and DisplayPort Alternate Mode support. The Plugable UD-CA1 Docking Station integrates support for both of these new capabilities, along with the full set of standard USB docking features like wired network, audio, and extra USB ports. Model UD-ULTCDL builds on this, adding support for three total displays using DisplayLink USB virtual graphics technology. The UD-CA1 retails for $129, with the UD-ULTCDL selling for $179, and available soon. http://bit.ly/1TrVVTJ