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Chromecast continues to lead streaming device market

Google’s Chromecast led the global digital media streamer market for the fifth consecutive quarter in Q3, accounting for 35% market share, according to Strategy Analytics. The research firm’s ‘Global Connected TV Device Vendor Market Share: Q3 2015’ report said that global shipments of digital media steamer devices reached 9.2 million in the third quarter. Chromecast […]

CuriosityStream launches on Amazon Fire TV

CuriosityStream, the factual video-on-demand service from Discovery Channel founder John Hendricks, has launched on Amazon Fire TV devices. CuriosityStream president Elizabeth Hendricks North described the Amazon launch as a “significant milestone for the service”. “Consumers can now access the service in their living rooms, along with Netflix and Hulu, to watch and share with their family and […]

WWE Network to launch in Germany

World Wrestling Entertainment (WWE) is due to launch its over-the-top service WWE Network in Germany on January 5, 2016. Viewers in Germany will be able to access the US English language version of WWE Network for US$9.99 per month, gaining access to 12 WWE pay-per-view events, WWE programming and a video-on-demand library with more than […]

UKTV launches VoD service on Amazon Fire TV

UK channels group UKTV has launched its catch-up and on-demand service UKTV Play on Amazon’s Fire TV media player. A free UKTV Play app will allow consumers to access content via the Amazon Fire TV player and Fire TV Stick. The app allows users to create collections of UKTV shows under a ‘My List’ function, […]

Amazon stops selling Chromecast and Apple TV products

Amazon is to stop selling media streaming devices from Google and Apple, including the latest generation of Chromecast and Apple TV devices. Bloomberg Business was the first to report the move, which will see the online retail giant refuse to sell the devices – rivals to Amazon’s own Fire TV devices – on the grounds […]

Amazon launches Fire TV in Japan

Amazon has launched its Fire TV and Fire TV Stick devices in Japan, priced at JPN12,980 (€96.20) and from ¥4,980 (€36.90) respectively. The Fire TV box includes 4K/ Ultra HD support, a 64-bit, quad-core processor and 2GB of memory. The Fire TV Stick will come in two versions – the standard JPN4,980 model and JPY6,480 […]

Amazon launches 4K UHD Amazon Fire TV

Amazon is launching a 4K Ultra HD version of its Amazon Fire TV media player. The device is available for pre-order for US$99.99 (€88) in the US and will start shipping on October 5, providing access to TV shows on-demand and live services from the likes of Netflix, Amazon Prime Instant Video, HBO Now, Hulu, […]

Amazon Fire TV nears 2,000 apps

Amazon’s Fire TV streaming devices now offer nearly 2,000 channels, apps and games, according to the e-retail giant. Detailing the number in its second quarter earnings announcement, the firm also said that its recent ‘Prime Day’ shopping event attracted more new members for Prime worldwide “than any single day in Amazon history.” Speaking on the earnings call, […]

HBO Now launches on Fire tablets

HBO’s new stand-alone internet service HBO Now in now available on Amazon’s Fire-branded tablets in the US, and will be available on Fire TV and Fire TV Stick devices in the coming weeks. The launches mark the wider availability of the over-the-top service, which launched in the US in April via Apple devices and on […]

Amazon takes on Chromecast with ‘fling’ for Fire TV

Amazon has launched a toolkit that will allow developers to add ‘fling’ capabilities to their mobile apps, letting users to click to make media content on Amazon Fire TV devices. The Amazon Fling SDK will allow video, audio and images to be sent from iOS, Android or Fire OS mobile apps to Amazon Fire TV, […]