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YouTube adds new live streaming functionality

YouTube has announced live streaming functionality that will introduce new ways for viewers to watch live videos and for content creators to interact with their community of fans. Live streamers can now add a location tag to mobile live streams and viewers can explore other videos shot in the same place by clicking on the […]

Amazon adds ‘On Now’ channel navigation to Fire TV

Amazon has added two new features designed to make it easier for US subscribers to its Amazon Channels initiative to watch live programmes through their Fire TV device. Users that have signed up to access TV channels like HBO, Starz and Showtime through Amazon will now see a new row on their Fire TV homepage […]

Facebook debuts 4K VR, reportedly launching TV feature next month

Facebook has introduced 4K resolution support for its Live 360 platform as part of a series of updates that will also see viewers able to view Live 360 videos streamed in 4K in virtual reality. Separately, Bloomberg has reported that Facebook will launch its delayed TV service next month. Facebook is supporting 4K resolution for […]

YouTube TV streaming service goes live

YouTube’s television streaming service, YouTube TV, has gone live in the biggest US metro areas, with more US American markets to be added soon. The service, which YouTube announced at the beginning of March, launched yesterday in New York, Los Angeles, San Francisco Bay Area, Chicago, and Philadelphia. YouTube TV gives users access to some […]

ABI Research: linear OTT services to be worth US$7bn by 2021

Live linear OTT video services will account for US$7 billion of worldwide revenue by 2021, up from just over US$1 billion last year, according to ABI Research. The firm claims that service providers are starting to favour new products that use over the top (OTT) technologies to compete with Amazon and Netflix – decreasing marketing […]

Hulu CEO lifts the lid on new live streaming service

Hulu CEO Mike Hopkins has revealed fresh details about its forthcoming live streaming TV service, including more clarity on its pricing, launch date and content line-up. Speaking at Citi’s Internet, Media and Telecommunications Conference in Las Vegas yesterday, Hopkins said that the US service will go live in the “next few months” priced at under […]

Vine co-founder launches new video service called Hype

Vine co-founder Rus Yusupov launched a new mobile video service in the same week that Twitter announced it was shutting down the short-form video app. Live video broadcasting service, Hype, launched on the App Store for iOS devices last week, just days before Twitter said it was pulling the plug on Vine. Hype lets users […]

YouTube reportedly preparing Unplugged TV streaming service

YouTube is reportedly planning an online TV service that will let customers pay to stream a bundle of cable TV channels over the web. According to Bloomberg, the service, dubbed Unplugged, is one of YouTube’s “biggest priorities” and is due to launch as soon as 2017, with the required technical architecture already in place. Citing […]

Report: Facebook and Twitter vie for live TV rights

Facebook and Twitter are vying for rights to stream live television through their respective services, according to a New York Post report. Citing sources familiar with the situation, the paper said that both companies have approached programmers about rights deals and are keen to up their live-streamed video output. Facebook has reportedly held talks with […]

Facebook launches live video streaming

Facebook has started to test live video streaming in the US, allowing users to broadcast from their phone in real-time. Facebook said it had rolled out the new feature to a “small percentage” of iPhone users based in the US, having first tested the feature with a handful of celebrities in the summer. To share […]