There’s no doubt that smart TVs are starting to make inroads in India but the vast majority of televisions remain unconnected, so to speak. With streaming services doubling down on their efforts to capture the Indian audience, there is a need to get this content on the biggest screen in the house. The all-new Fire TV Stick with 4K is Amazon’s latest and potentially most aggressive effort yet to grab a foothold amongst users. Let’s take a closer look. Continue reading “Amazon Fire TV Stick 4K Review: The Best Streaming Stick You Can Buy”
Amazon entered India in mid-2013 and soon became one of the biggest e-commerce players in the market. Last year, the company launched its Prime video subscription service in the country to create ripple in the online streaming market and locked horns with the likes of Netflix and Hotstar. It is pretty clear that Amazon considers India as a potential market and hence has big plans for the country. Following the Prime Video launch last year, Amazon launched its Fire TV Stick with voice remote for Rs. 3999 in India last month.
We have got our hands on the Amazon Fire TV Stick, so let’s take a detailed look at the features and see if this could be your go-to streaming device. Continue reading “Amazon Fire TV Stick Review: A value for money streaming device”
Amazon has launched Amazon Music Unlimited on-demand streaming service in the US. The service boats catalog of over tens of millions of songs, hand-curated playlists and personalized stations. Continue reading “Amazon Music Unlimited on demand streaming service announced starting $4 per month”
If you are someone who has invested a lot of money into a large screen TV for your home but find that it lacks “smart functionality”, you are probably on the lookout for a device that can breathe new life into it. That is where streaming sticks come in and the HALFTICKET is a newer entrant to the scene. On paper, it seems like a winner, but how does it fare in the real world scenario? Let’s find out.
Facebook started testing the live video feature on their iPhone app last month. Now the social network has announced that it is expanding the feature to all iPhone users. In order to share a live video, you will have to tap on Update Status and then select the Live Video icon.
Netflix, which recently expanded to more than 130 countries including India, is getting serious about controlling the access of its content. The popular movie and TV shows streaming service will stop subscribers from using internet proxies and VPN to view content that is not available in their countries.
Peel has revamped its mobile app in order to make navigation easy at the time of streaming. The new Peel Smart Remote will offer access to popular streaming services such as YouTube alongside control and discovery of what’s currently airing live on a user’s TV.
Google today introduced Google Cast for audio. The audio streaming service enables users to wirelessly control and send the music playing on your iOS, Android device or Chrome browser right to new Google Cast-enabled audio speakers.
Mozilla is developing a streaming stick similar to Google’s Chromecast according to a report from GigaOm. The stick which will run on Firefox OS will allow users to stream videos and content.
Its been rumored for a while now and today Amazon finally lifted the veil from its own take at a music streaming service. If initial impressions are anything to go by, the service doesn’t even aim at competing with the likes of Spotify and Rdio.
Available for free to Prime users, the service comes more of an added incentive than the primary reason to subscribe. The music library is very restricted compared to the competition and actually streaming music seems to be a tedious process. Continue reading “Amazon Prime Music launched, streams a million plus tracks to Prime users”
We have heard rumors about Google working on an entertainment platform like Android TV for quite some time now. However, according to a new report from GigaOm, Google will introduce the Android TV at the I/O conference this month. The report claims that the new platform will be a revamped version of Google TV platform and will focus mainly on bringing online media content and Android gaming to televisions rather than concentrating on the ‘apps for TV’.
Among its Windows Laptops and Tablets, Android tablets and smartphones, Lenovo has introduced its Lenovo Beacon. The Lenovo Beacon aims to be your personal cloud and media streaming device in your digital home for your digital needs. We have a first look on this device and you can check out the video right below.
After a long wait, the Xbox team at Microsoft has finally released of Xbox Video and a separate Xbox Music app for Windows Phone 8. It’s been long since the Zune brand was shunned and its services morphed into Xbox Music and Video, but Windows Phone 8 released only with Music functionality, and there was no video rentals or downloads. We now have two separate apps, one for Xbox Music which works only with a Music pass, much like a Spotify client and Xbox Video, which finally allows you to download or stream videos from the service full of TV shows and Movies. Currently it doesn’t offer HD playback either, so that’s a bummer, considering the fact that the Lumia 1520 just released and is perfect for watching movies. In the build up to separately updated apps for the platform moving forward to 8.1, these apps come as a much needed release for Windows Phone currently.
Apple, especially, Steve Jobs, is known to be a hard negotiator. Having revolutionized the digital music industry with the iTunes store, the media industry is no stranger to the ways and methods of Apple negotiations. But recently, Apple seems to have been going through a hard time negotiating with record labels and artists for one little reason, they are late. The music streaming service, which was pioneered by various start ups like Pandora in the US and Spotify in the Europe, is a novel way to listen to music, for free. Supported by advertising, the streaming services apparently make far less money than the traditional a la carte way of buying music, like the iTunes. They might be late but that doesn’t stop Apple from launching their own streaming service, because that’s the demand of the day.
Back in June, Spotify added a radio feature to its iOS app for premium subscribers. The Swedish company has now done the same for Android users. The feature which works in a way quite similar to Pandora radio, allows premium subscribers to listen to an unlimited number of stations and songs.