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YouTube Gaming launches this summer to challenge Twitch

Google has announced plans to launch YouTube Gaming this summer, offering users a way to share videos and live streams of games. If that sounds familiar, that’s because there’s already a place where you can watch people play games in real-time. It’s called Twitch. It’s incredibly popular. And it was acquired by Amazon last year […]

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What is Meerkat? It’s like Snapchat for live videos shared via Twitter

Last week, I was all set with my popcorn and soda to watch the live stream of Apple’s “Spring Forward” event. By 10:02, the stream still hadn’t started on any of my devices, so I knew something was wrong. I logged into Twitter to see if anyone else was having a problem seeing the event. […]

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Sony to spin off audio, video division as a new company

Japanese consumer electronics company spun off its PC division last year, creating a new company called VAIO which has launched some nice-looking machines which are only available in Japan. Sony also created a new subsidiary out of its TV division at the time. Now Sony is getting ready to shed another portion of its business. […]

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Netflix now supports Linux (via Google Chrome)

It’s official: you can now stream videos from Netflix on a computer running Linux. You don’t need to change your browser agent, install WINE, or make any other changes. Just download and install Google Chrome 38 and login to your Netflix account. You will need to download the browser from https://google.com/chrome. The open source Chromium […]

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Now you can watch Google Play videos offline on a Chromebook or Chromebox

Have a slow or spotty internet connection or plans to take a trip on an airplane where you might not be able to stream videos over the internet? As promised, Google is now letting you save videos from Google Play Movies & TV for offline playback. You’ll need a Chrome OS device and a Chrome extension […]

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Cisco sets H.264 free(ish) with royalty-free video codec

Over the past few years H.264 has become a de facto standard for delivering high-quality videos with relatively small file sizes. It’s proven a popular format for delivering internet video and many of the videos you probably download to watch on a mobile device. But there’s something that’s prevented its adoption from becoming truly ubiquitous: […]

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Fling streams videos from PC to Chromecast (no browser required)

Google’s Chromecast lets you stream videos from the internet to your TV using a smartphone, tablet, or PC web browser as a remote control. But developers have been figuring out how to stream videos directly from a mobile device to the Chromecast, and now there’s an app that lets you do the same thing with […]

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Cheapcast turns any Android device into a Chromecast (video)

Like the idea of Google’s Chromecast, which lets you stream internet video to your TV, but don’t want to buy another device that only does one thing? Developer Sebastian Mauer has released a free app called Cheapcast that turns your existing Android device into a sort of Chromecast. Fire up the app on your phone, […]