In January 2014, the Netflix catalogue boasted 6,494 movies and 1,609 TV shows. As of March 2016, it's dropped to 4,335 movies and 1,197 TV shows -- a 31.7 percent drop in a little over two years.
The company decided recently to sign deals with global rights only, which no doubt has increased its efficiency too, but with a significant impact on the amount of content it has available.
Some speculate the decline is also due to increased rights pricing caused by added competition from services like Amazon Prime. Whether this is true or not, Netflix chief content officer Ted Sarandos said last May that original programming -- like House of Cards -- "has been more efficient dollar for dollar" than licensed content and that "our appetite has only grown... we're moving (spending) from efficient to super-efficient."
Google is currently developing a competitor to livestream services Periscope, Facebook Live, and Meerkat called YouTube Connect, an anonymous source has informed VentureBeat.
The app will be available to both iOS and Android users. Once you login with your Google or YouTube account, you can begin streaming right away. Features include chat, tagging, a news feed that displays clips from your friends and anyone you subscribe to on YouTube, and broadcast storage. Videos can be viewed on YouTube in addition to within the app itself.
There's no estimated launch date as of yet, but speculation says between now and May is entirely plausible.
Following its recent 15 million viewer NFL live stream, Yahoo is partnering with the National Hockey League (NHL) to stream free, live out of market hockey games via Yahoo Sports to US viewers. Starting tomorrow with the Tampa Bay Lightning-Philadelphia Flyers game at 730 PM ET, it will offer up to four games per week on top of the current Wednesday and Sunday national games (in partnership with NBC Sports).
"This alliance brings us one step closer to providing fans a live professional sporting event every day, on Yahoo, completely frictionless and for free - no cable subscription or authentication required," says VP of Media Partnerships at Yahoo Phil Lynch.
If you've ever made a "Let's Play" video, and you put that tagline in the title, watch out for Sony, because they actually own the trademark to that tagline. Not that anyone's actually in danger of being sued, however.
A user at NeoGaf was poking around and discovered that particular trademark registration by Sony. They originally filed for the trademark with the USPTO in October of 2015 and from the listing, they've been issued a non-final action, meaning more information is needed. And that was on December 29th.
The trademark itself is associated to all the things that it's used for by a huge amount of people, for "Electronic transmission and streaming of video games via global and local computer networks; streaming of audio, visual, and audiovisual material via global and local computer networks". So what does that mean for the hundreds of thousands of people that use it in that context?
CES 2016 - Sony plans to launch its own 4K video streaming service this year in the United States, filling out the noted lack of UHD video content.
As of right now, 4K content is pretty limited, but Sony aims to help usher in the new Ultra Definition range with its very own streaming service. The service, called Ultra, will roll out on Sony's premium Bravia UHDTV's, and feature a range of 4K TV shows and movies from Sony Pictures Entertainment's expansive catalog.
Sony's production company has been shooting in 4K for quite some time, which will provide an expansive collection of UHD video. The Japanese tech titan also notes that all UltraHD video streams from the Ultra service will feature HDR (high-dynamic resolution), allowing for more crisp lights and darks.
There are a lot of steamers on a variety of services that have seem to have a gimmick added to their repertoire in order to attract an audience, being drunk just one of those tools. This particular streamer, Kneecoleslaw, wasn't just drunk while playing video games, but she was also abusing her cat as a result.
Certainly there's nothing wrong with a good gimmick that harmlessly engages your viewers and makes them laugh, that's the point of entertainment, to entertain. Kneecoleslaw seems to have taken her beloved activity a bit too far, however, and was at a point where she didn't even initially listen to her friends advice to stop abusing her cats. She's seen in the videos, posted below for those that don't wish to watch it, choking her animals until repeated pleas from a friend to let the cat go.
Kneewcoleslaw has been banned by Twitch and the video was brought to the attention of PETA who have promptly began an investigation into the matter. PETA may not be the shining example of animal rights, but the issue could reasonably be brought to the attention of her local law enforcement or animal control. But really, this shows how drinking on stream can go from gimmick to serious issue very quickly. And this isn't even the worst example either.
YouTube is soon launching a new app it calls YouTube Music, the goal of which is to help you find new music and watch and listen to it with ease.
So sayeth YouTube: "Any song or artist you choose on YouTube Music will start you on a personal journey through one of the richest music catalogs; just sign in, tap a track you love, and see where your music takes you."
In its blog post, Google mentions "as a special bonus - YouTube Red works with Google Play Music, so subscribe to one and automatically get access to the other", which makes it seem as though they're reworking Google Play Music into a new service it dubs YouTube Music. We've contacted YouTube for comment and will update the story accordingly should we hear back.
Apart from Google Play Music, Google/YouTube have launched several music services in the past. Whether this will cement itself as the one service to rule them all remains to be seen.
Last week we reported YouTube's subscription service would likely launch today. Turns out it'll be next week (October 28), but we were right about pricing, which is $9.99/mo.
The service is named YouTube Red, and is ad-free. Here's what you get with it:
- video saving for offline viewing
- background play option
- availability on any amount of devices
- support for YouTube Gaming app, YouTube Kids app, upcoming YouTube Music app
- exclusive original shows and movies from YouTuber creators starting early 2016
Red will be available to US viewers only to start, but support for more countries will come "soon" (tm). A free trial will be on offer at launch. While you wait, you can check out the website here.
It comes six months after the initial launch, but streaming service HBO NOW is available on Roku, well, now. As it is through other services, HBO NOW is only available to US customers.
Interested customers can get started through the Roku Channel Store, and pick up a subscription for $14.99/mo within the HBO NOW channel on their Roku device. Should you have reservations, there's a free 30-day trial.
Microsoft has announced that Netflix now supports voice commands courtesy of Cortana, Windows 10's sophisticated robot lady AI.
All you have to do when you want to search for a show is say "Netflix, search for Narcos" or "Netflix, find Continuum", and results will show up accordingly. Presumably, you can tell it to play shows and movies as well.
Cortana still isn't supported in some countries, but you can always lie to her in "Region" settings and tell her you live in the US.