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You can’t download Netflix on rooted, unlocked Android phones anymore (from the Play Store, at least)

Have a rooted Android phone, or one with an unlocked bootloader? Then you may not be able to download Netflix from the Google Play Store anymore. As spotted by Android Police, the official Netflix app is now described as “incompatible” with devices that have been rooted or which have unlocked bootloaders (even if they haven’t been […]

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Facebook Video app is coming to smart TVs

Facebook may have started out as a website where people could share status updates and see what their friends were up to. But these days it’s a platform for discovering news (some of which is even real… although some is not), organizing events, and watching videos. Now the company wants to bring that last bit […]

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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: […]