Tag: online video

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Hulu launches ad-free tier (er, with some ads)

Online video service Hulu is getting a new advertising-free subscription tier, although it turns out it won’t be entirely free of, ahem, advertising. The new tier will cost $11.99 a month, sitting alongside its existing...
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Apple tipped to make original TV shows and films

The tech and entertainment press is taking a break from speculating about Apple being a Spotify killer to focus on whether it could be a Netflix killer instead. Specifically, there’s a hubbub around Variety’s claims that...
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Netflix loses Epix films – is this a glimpse at streaming music’s future?

Netflix’s content boss Ted Sarandos has been updating viewers about the streaming video service’s catalogue, in a blog post. “We have decided not to renew our agreement in the US with Epix, the cable network, which...
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Apple tipped for ambitious streaming TV strategy

Apple’s next press event on 9 September is expected to see the debut of two new iPhones, the 6s and 6s Plus. However, TechCrunch thinks the event will also see a new Apple TV set-top box, accompanied by a more ambitious...
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Facebook cracks down on freebooted video uploads

One of the big hurdles in the way of Facebook doing more with music videos is the desire of labels for better tools to identify and take down (or perhaps even claim and monetise) videos uploaded unofficially by fans. In “an...
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Taylor Swift added 600k YouTube subscribers in July

Taylor Swift’s ongoing Spotify holdout has led to questions in some quarters about why she’s still so committed to YouTube. Yet the latest chart from analytics firm OpenSlate and online video site Tubefilter offers some...
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Comcast tipped to launch ‘Watchable’ online video service

American telco Comcast will reportedly launch a rival to YouTube in the coming weeks, with Business Insider claiming the new platform is likely to be called Watchable. Its report focuses on non-music partners, suggesting...
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Periscope has 2m daily active users watching 40 years of video

Twitter launched its Periscope live-streaming video app earlier this year, but hasn’t published too many stats on how it’s growing. The subsidiary remedied that yesterday with a post on Medium providing some figures....
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Vine clips may be getting music-soundtrack feature

Twitter’s UK director Bruce Daisley has set tongues wagging on the tech blogs with a Vine clip that appears to show a recorded-music soundtrack. The video, which he posted yesterday, shows him tapping at a keyboard while...
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Mixcloud talks radio, discovery and live expansion (interview)

What is Mixcloud in 2015? It’s a streaming-audio service with 12m monthly listeners, 1m of whom are uploading DJ sets and radio shows to swell a catalogue that’s already 8m shows strong. It’s a company growing beyond...
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Facebook enters the live-streaming video space – for celebrities

Live video-streaming mobile apps are currently hot – again – thanks to the likes of Periscope and Meerkat. The former is an important strategic play for Twitter, so the tech industry has been wondering how Facebook would...
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So long, temporary 301+ view counters on YouTube

If you work on YouTube regularly, you’ll know all about the famous ‘301+’ views counter. If not, here’s the story: every video on YouTube at some point has its views counter paused at 301. “People (and a few sneaky...