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In a bid to push Prime subscribers towards its own Fire TV set-top box, Amazon is planning on ceasing all sales of Google's Chromecast and the Apple TV.
The digital retailer says that it will no longer list or sell devices that don't support Prime Video streaming, including all current and last-generation Apple and Google streaming products. The new policy will go into effect starting October 29, whereupon the entire online retailer will be Chromecast and Apple TV-free.
"Over the last three years, Prime Video has become an important part of Prime," Amazon said in an official statement to Mashable. "It's important that the streaming media players we sell interact well with Prime Video in order to avoid customer confusion. Roku, XBOX, PlayStation and Fire TV are excellent choices."
As we quickly approach the start of the NFL football season, it looks like LG Electronics is preparing to help us hear the games better with new wireless audio products. LG showed off the P5 (NP5550), P7 (NP7550), and SoundPop 360 speakers, LG X-Boom Theater, and OM7550 Cube Speaker System.
The LG Music Flow P5 is a 10-watt wireless speaker with up to eight hours of battery life, while the LG Music Flow P7 is a 20-watt speaker with up to 10 hours of battery life. The LG SoundPop 360, similar in design to a drinking tumbler, is a cylindrical speaker providing 360-degree range â€" and up to 20 hours of battery life.
The LG X-Boom Theater has a pair of tower speakers with up to 1000-watt total audio output, built-in subwoofers, and is paired with a 3D Blu-ray player including LG Smart TV functionality. The LG Cube Speaker System supports a 1000-watt speaker and subwoofer, two USB ports, portable audio input, Multipoint Bluetooth, and NFC.
Intel wants to have a go at Hollywood, partnering with the United Artists Media Group and Turner to create the "America's Greatest Makers" TV show. Ideally, Intel wants to help inventors use Curie to develop "the next big wearable or smart-connected device."
Intel CEO Brian Krzanich was joined onstage during the Intel Developer Forum (IDF) by UAMG CEO Mark Burnett, as they announced the show. America's Greatest Makers will debut during Q1 or Q2 2016, and will feature technology inventors fighting it out for a $1 million cash prize.
To help promote the show, expect to see trailers and teasers across Turner networks, such as TNT, CNN, HLN, TruTV, Adult Swim, and Bleacher Report.
Apple is gearing up to announce the latest version of its Apple TV set-top box in September, following a reported delay that prevented it from being unveiled during the Worldwide Developers Conference.
The Apple TV currently available was first launched in 2012, so a revamped model wouldn't be too surprising. If true, expect to see faster hardware, larger storage, a new remote, and updated operating system able to support Siri commands.
If you're interested in the current Apple TV, you can pick one up for just $69.
GoPro owners interested in streaming live video footage can use the live-streaming video service Meerkat to share content with their followers. The feature is designed for GoPro3 owners, and once the new app is released, GoPro4 owners, so they can be connected directly to Apple iOS devices.
GoPro cameras are able to collect high-definition video - popular on YouTube, social media, and the Internet - providing a feature that many people have asked for. I think it's a great idea for Meerkat to provide live streaming for GoPro owners, as it's a way to keep up with Twitter-owned Periscope.
Meerkat has increased in popularity, and the service has launched the "Cameo" feature so viewers are able to take control of a live video stream. The Meerkat app has a growing fan base, including celebrities and athletes, so there is huge potential now that Meerkat and GoPro are going to give video viewers what they want.
Netflix has transitioned subscribers away from renting DVDs and Blu-ray in favor of its streaming service, but that doesn't mean the rental business will suddenly disappear. There are still more than 5 million DVD subscribers, which is much lower than the 20 million subscribers in 2010, but that doesn't mean Netflix is just going to fold the business unit.
In Netflix's East Bay distribution center that is located in Fremont, California, the automatic sorter processes more than 3,000 movies per hour - a significantly higher number than when human workers had to process each movie.
Netflix, however, has more than 65 million streaming subscribers, though the company said it is fighting to break even through 2016. The company is dumping money into content, expansion, and reinforcing its huge Internet pipeline.
Disney CEO Bob Iger sees a time when ESPN is available a la carte direct to consumers, with more viewers interested in cutting the cord. However, Iger is aware of declining revenue generated from traditional subscriptions, and finding new ways to cater to viewers is important.
"Technology is the most disruptive force that so-called traditional media is facing," Iger recently said while speaking on CNBC's "Squawk Box." "[But] while the business model may face challenges over the next few years, long term for ESPN, they'll be fine."
Don't bother talking about price, as it "would be conjecture at this point." The service won't be available any time soon, and it'll probably take at least five years before the service is available - well, unless there is additional erosion to cable and satellite bundles.
NBA viewers interested in watching out-of-market games that aren't on ESPN, TNT, or other nationally televised broadcast channels will be able to do so starting next season. It will cost $6.99 per streamed game, so it's not likely to be a service for casual NBA fans.
Anyone interested in the a la carte option can stream selected games to a PC, mobile device, or purchase games to watch through your cable provider.
If you're not ready for the $200 League Pass, which provides all out-of-market games, and you don't want to pay $6.99 each, you can pay $120 for all out-of-market games for a single team.
PewDiePie reportedly makes millions of dollars for creating videos that are published on YouTube - watched by more than 27 million subscribers. A Swedish newspaper said PewDiePie Products AB generated a total of $7.4 million in 2014, a drastic increase from $3.5 million year-over-year.
"Money is a topic that I purposefully tried to avoid for the five years I've been making videos. I just feel like it's not important to anyone. I just want to make entertaining videos," PewDiePie recently said in a video.
I highly doubt PewDiePie believed he would earn millions of dollars from online videos - and feel that if you can build a following the way he did - a paycheck isn't out of the question.
It looks like Internet users in the United States absolutely love streaming content, with more than 135 billion songs and music videos steamed so far in 2015, according to Nielsen. It's a 50 percent increase year-over-year, with more users enjoying Spotify, YouTube, Pandora, and other services on PCs, mobile devices, and in the living room.
Not surprisingly, digital song sales dropped another 10.4 percent, racking up 531.6 million sales - with CDs and digital albums dropping 4 percent down to only 116 million. Music labels are desperate to find ways to collect revenue from streaming music, especially with more people making the transition from downloads to streaming content.
"Obviously, the streaming piece is really great news, when you're talking about darn near 100 percent growth... with no new players," said Dave Bakula, SVP of Nielsen Entertainment, in a statement to Re/code. Of course, the figures compiled by Nielsen Entertainment don't include the recent launch of Apple Music - which may have a significant impact on streaming music.