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Lilbits: Dark Sky goes dark, Pixel 5a, PowerToys v0.20 and game & video streaming updates

The end is here for the Dark Sky app for Android. There’s a new version of Microsoft’s PowerToys app for Windows. Google is already working on the Pixel 5a, even though the Pixel 4a hasn’t officially been announced yet. Microsoft may be in talks to buy TikTok. And Netflix is finally building functionality into its […]

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Amazon launches Prime Video Watch Party: watch and chat with up to 100 distant friends

With the COVID-19 pandemic sweeping the globe, it can be tough (and maybe even illegal) to arrange group activities with a bunch of friends in person. But folks have been finding ways to arrange unofficial Zoom Karaoke, and Netflix Party activities. And recently some content providers have gotten in on the action, launching official tools […]

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Video streaming together, at a distance: Hulu introduces Watch Party, and Plex launches Watch Together

Shortly after the COVID-19 pandemic started spreading across the globe and leading to stay-at-home and social-distancing orders affecting millions of people, folks started finding new ways to come together virtually. Video conferencing app Zoom saw an explosion in new users (although maybe not quite as many as it had initially claimed). And a little browser […]

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Movies Anywhere’s Screen Pass lets you share your digital movies with friends (private beta launches today)

Buy a digital movie from Amazon and you can watch it in Google Play Movies or via Apple TV thanks to Movies Anywhere, a service designed to bring together many of the major online video platforms so that you can buy once and view on any (supported) device or app. Now Movies Anywhere is getting […]

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TiVo Stream 4K media streaming dongle coming in April for $50 (MSRP $70)

Once upon a time TiVo’s name was synonymous with DVRs… but then pretty much every cable company started offering its own DVR service and folks were left wondering why they should pay for TiVo hardware and subscriptions. TiVo has been trying to answer that question ever since… but the company’s newest product takes a different […]

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Plex launches ad-supported Movies & TV streaming services in 220 countries

Plex is now officially in the media streaming business. The company, which produces software that allows users to stream their own personal media collection to any device, has launched its own free, ad-supported streaming service. Users can now fire up Plex and stream movies and TV shows for free… as long as they’re willing to […]

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Hulu will let you download videos for offline viewing (ads and all)

Netflix lets you do it. Amazon Prime Video too. Now Hulu is the latest online video streaming service to announce it will let you download movies and TV shows so you can watch when you don’t have an internet connection (or just don’t want to use mobile data). There’s one thing that sets Hulu apart from […]

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Disney to launch streaming service, end Netflix deal (and streaming will eventually be as expensive as cable)

Want to sign up for basic cable service and get little more than your local channels and a few extras? Plenty of providers will offer you a fairly affordable option. But if you want to add ESPN, you’ll probably have to pay for a more expensive tier. Then there are premium channels like Showtime and […]

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Plex acquires Watchup, will bring streaming news to its media center apps

Plex is a media center application that lets you stream online video from multiple sources, as well as media stored on your device, all from the same user interface. Now the company has announced plans to bring streaming news from channels including CNN, CBS, Fusion, Fox, CNET, and AJ+, among others. That’s because Plex is […]