Entertainment, Games, Digital Distribution

Netflix Coming to Australia and New Zealand in Q1 2015

November 19, 2014 - GamePolitics Staff

The BBC reports that Netflix will expand its reach to Australia and New Zealand in March of 2015. The company said that it will expand to these new regions in the first quarter of next year and will have two new original series - Marco Polo and BoJack Horseman - ready to watch when the service goes live there. Pricing and programming available for Australia and New Zealand will be announced at a later date.

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GANDER.TV Teams With Sony for Nov. 6 Stream of Major Concert

November 5, 2014 - GamePolitics Staff

GANDER.tv will continue its agreement with Sony Entertainment and Turnstyle Music Group L.L.C. to stream the November 6th concert at DROM, a leading performance venue in the New York City’s East Village. Headlining the record release show is three-time Grammy-winner and current saxophonist in the Dave Matthews Band, Jeff Coffin, and his group The Mu’Tet. The concert will be available to Sony’s PlayStation family of devices and on GANDER.tv’s broadcast network. The broadcast will be accessible for a small subscription fee of $3.00 on both systems.

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Redbox Instant Shutting Down Oct. 7

October 6, 2014 - GamePolitics Staff

Redbox Instant will be shutting down tomorrow, according to an announcement by Redbox. Verizon's attempt to compete against Netflix and to supplement Redbox's brisk kiosk-based movie and video game rental service with an online streaming component, is being closed after two-years in existence.

"Redbox Instant by Verizon... will be shut down on Tuesday, October 7, 2014, at 11:59 p.m. Pacific Time," customers were told in a notice on the service's website.

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GfK: Netflix Usage on Video Game Consoles Declining

September 26, 2014 - GamePolitics Staff

A new report from research firm GfK indicates that, while videogame systems are still the most common hardware used for watching Netflix on a TV screen , they are being used much less than they were three years ago. The report, "Over-the-Top TV 2014," also indicated a growing number of US households are relying more and more on dedicated set-top/plug-in devices to watch Netflix on a TV set.

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Report: Game Consoles The Most Popular Streaming Device in Most American Homes

September 24, 2014 - GamePolitics Staff

According to new research from Parks Associates - as reported on by Home Media Magazine - 46 percent of all American households with broadband have a video game console connected to the Internet, and about 38 percent use said console devices as their primary means of streaming entertainment content such as Netflix or Hulu.

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Square Enix Introduces Cloud-Based Gaming Service 'Shinra Technologies'

September 19, 2014 - GamePolitics Staff

During its Tokyo Game Show press conference yesterday, Square Enix revealed Shinra Technologies, a new cloud-based gaming platform that hopes to deliver first-party titles to consumers. Named after the evil corporation in Final Fantasy VII, and headed up by former Square Enix president and representative director Yoichi Wada, the service is set for a beta launch early next year in Japan. A North American beta is planned for sometime in 2015 as well, but a concrete date has not been set.

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Report: Sony to Debut TV Streaming Service Later This Year

September 18, 2014 - GamePolitics Staff

Sony is set to launch an internet television service with the promise of streaming dozens of channels to PlayStation systems later this year, according to the Wall Street Journal.

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Netflix Performance Finally Improves on AT&T and Verizon

September 9, 2014 - GamePolitics Staff

It looks like the paid peering agreements video streaming service Netflix signed with AT&T and Verizon earlier this year are finally paying off. According to Netflix's Monthly Speed Index for August, the average Netflix stream on Verizon FiOS was 2.41Mbps during the month, up dramatically from 1.61Mbps in July. AT&T's U-verse service offered average Netflix performance of 2.61Mbps in August, up from 1.44Mbps in July.

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OnLive Inks Deal With Phillips For Europe

September 2, 2014 - GamePolitics Staff

Cloud-based gaming service OnLive and TP Vision have announced a new strategic partnership that will bring the OnLive Game Service on new models of Philips TVs powered by Android that will be released in Europe during 2014 and beyond.

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Poll: How Do You Feel About Amazon Buying Twitch?

August 27, 2014 - Andrew Eisen

Many were positive that Google would be the one to buy Twitch but nope!  Amazon picked up the video-streaming service for a cool billion dollars.

For its part, Amazon says that "Twitch is absolutely doing a great job and we don't want to change that at all."

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Netflix Fools Around with Custom UI for Oculus Rift

August 22, 2014 - GamePolitics Staff

During a recent Hack Day - as chronicled in this blog post - engineers at Netflix mange to design a prototype Oculus Rift user interface for its popular streaming service. The specially designed UI that makes this possible is being called "Oculix" and lets users control the Netflix menu using hand and head gesture controls.

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Time Warner Cable Inks Deal With Netflix

August 19, 2014 - GamePolitics Staff

Time Warner Cable is the latest internet service provider to get a fee from streaming video service Netflix, according to GIGA OM. Time Warner Cable has officially signed a paid peering agreement with Netflix, giving it direct access to the ISP's customers.

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Twitch Adds Appeal Button to Videos Affected By Automated Copyright Enforcement System

August 8, 2014 - GamePolitics Staff

After a rather tumultuous and contentious Reddit AMA yesterday featuring Twitch CEO Emmett Sheer, a new blog post from Twitch VP of Marketing & Communications Matthew DiPietro announces a couple of changes.

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Netflix Generating More Revenue Than HBO

August 8, 2014 - GamePolitics Staff

In a status update on Facebook, Netflix CEO Red Hastings said that Netflix now generates more revenue than premium pay channel Home Box Office (HBO). Reed said in his post that the company managed to pull in $1.146 billion compared to HBO's $1.141 billion.

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Twitch CEO Says Ambient Music is the Target When Muting Archived Streams

August 7, 2014 - GamePolitics Staff

In a Reddit AMA, Twitch CEO Emmet Shear said that in-game music getting muted was a mistake. Shear said that the target of the mass muting of archived streams was music played in the background that was not licensed ("ambient music"). He also acknowledged in the thread that some accidental mutings occurred and that they are looking into fixing that problem. He acknowledged that it was also probably a bad idea to roll out all of this stuff without first announcing it to the community.

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Twitch Revamping Video-On-Demand System

August 6, 2014 - GamePolitics Staff

In a lengthy post on its official Blog, game streaming service Twitch announced that it will soon begin implementing a revamped video-on-demand service that offers users higher quality VOD options, the ability to view archived content on mobile and other devices, and a simplified system for exporting video to YouTube.

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Justin.tv Shuts Down

August 5, 2014 - GamePolitics Staff

Justin.tv has closed its doors today after seven years in operation. The service launched in 2007 and later spun off its gaming category into a new service called Twitch due to its popularity.

"The Justin.tv website, mobile apps, and APIs are no longer in service," reads a message on the official website. "Thank you sincerely for seven years of live video memories."

If you have videos on the site and are looking to somehow retrieve them, you are out of luck:

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Raptr Introduces Game Video Capture and Streaming Features

July 28, 2014 - GamePolitics Staff

Raptr has introduced a major update to its service that adds the ability to record or stream gameplay video with virtually "no degradation of system performance thanks to hardware encoding support across both AMD- and Nvidia-based graphics processors (GPUs)."

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Join Us For a Live Stream Of Super Podcast Action Committee!

July 11, 2014 - Andrew Eisen

This Saturday, July 12th at 6:15p PST, Super Podcast Action Committee is going to live stream its 105th episode on Twitch TV and we'd love you to drop buy and hang out with us!

There will be a live chat running so it will be a lot easier to chat with EZK, myself and other viewers while we discuss super important topics like:

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Twelve Million Users Visited Twitch During E3 Week

June 17, 2014 - GamePolitics Staff

A new blog post from Twitch reveals that its deal with the ESA to live-stream E3 Expo press conferences (and other content) was a smashing success for the company.

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OnLive Titles Playable on Mad Catz's Mojo Micro-Console

June 4, 2014 - GamePolitics Staff

We're not sure how cloud-based game streaming service OnLive or Mad Catz Interactive Android-based micro-console Mojo are doing, but apparently those two things have teamed up, according to an announcement by OnLive today.

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Roughly 2.4 Billion Hours of eSports Watched in 2013

June 2, 2014 - GamePolitics Staff

According to a new report from research firm IHS Technology, more people than ever are watching eSports thanks to popular games such as League of Legends and Dota 2. Around 2.4 billion hours of eSports videos were watched during 2013, according to the report - nearly double the 1.3 billion hours watched in 2012. The report goes on to predict that 6.6 billion hours will be watched by fans in 2018, with China representing the largest market for online eSport views in the world, followed by the U.S. and South Korea.

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Report: YouTube in Buyout Talks With Twitch

May 19, 2014 - GamePolitics Staff

Rumors are circulating that Google's YouTube video service is in talks to buy out streaming service Twitch. According to reports in the Wall Street Journal and Variety, those talks are still in the preliminary stages. The deal is rumored to be worth $1 billion to Twitch if it comes to fruition.

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Report: Microsoft May Drop Xbox Live Gold Requirement from Entertainment Streaming Apps

May 13, 2014 - GamePolitics Staff

According to multiple sources within the company, Microsoft plans to lift the Xbox Live Gold requirement for consumers who want to watch Netflix, Hulu and other streaming media apps on Xbox 360 and Xbox One.

Basically it means that consumers who buy a brand new Xbox One will be able to watch these services right out of the box without having to worry about having an Xbox Live Gold account. Of course you'll still have to set up a free Silver account in order to do anything.

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Report: Comcast and EA Negotiating Game Streaming Deal

May 5, 2014 - GamePolitics Staff

Electronic Arts and ISP Comcast are believed to be negotiating a game streaming deal, according to five independent sources speaking to Reuters. According to sources speaking to Reuters, Comcast will give some customers the ability to buy and stream EA titles through Comcast's new X1 operating system. X1 is only available in certain areas covered by Comcast at the moment.

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Netflix Publicly Opposes Comcast-TWC Merger, Announces Rate Hike for New Customers

April 22, 2014 - GamePolitics Staff

Last week Senator Al Franken (D-Minn.) sent a letter to entertainment streaming service Netflix asking the company to weigh in on the proposed merger between Comcast and Time Warner Cable. This week Netflix gave its opinion... to shareholders.

"If the Comcast and Time Warner Cable merger is approved, the combined company’s footprint will pass over 60 percent of U.S. broadband households," Netflix CEO Reed Hastings wrote in a letter to shareholders, adding, "Comcast could control high-speed broadband to the majority of American homes."

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Amazon Reveals $99 'Amazon Fire TV' Device

April 2, 2014 - GamePolitics Staff

The long rumored set-top box/gaming device from Amazon has finally been revealed. The device is called the "Amazon Fire TV" and it is available today for $99. The device offers consumers the ability to play games and stream video from Amazon's video streaming service, Amazon Prime.

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PSA: MLG Launches Xbox 360 App Today

March 24, 2014 - GamePolitics Staff

eSports gaming league Major League Gaming announced that its Xbox 360 app has launched today in Australia, Canada, the U.K and the U.S. You'll need an Xbox Live Gold account to use it. The streaming video / entertainment app allows users to get direct access via the Xbox 360 to its programming on MLG.tv, a streaming service the league launched in November of last year.

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PS Now Rental Options Spotted in PlayStation Store

March 14, 2014 - GamePolitics Staff

There were rumors floating about last week that the PlayStation Store would offer rental options to customers as part of its Gaikai-powered streaming service for older PS3 games. It turns out that there is some truth to it.

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Xbox One Twitch Live Streaming Now Available

March 11, 2014 - GamePolitics Staff

After a long wait Twitch game streaming is now available to Xbox One users. Twitch live broadcasting allows Xbox One owners to live stream their gameplay footage online in almost the exact same way that it does on PS4. The only caveat is that Twitch streaming is restricted to Xbox Live Gold users only - but you can't do much without Xbox Live gold on Xbox One or Xbox 360 anyway. Once the app is set on your Xbox One, you access Twitch broadcasting by saying, "Xbox Broadcast" to their Kinect sensor.

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MaskedPixelantehttps://twitter.com/BroTeamPill/status/535841124884418560 Source.11/21/2014 - 1:49pm
Andrew EisenFun Fact: Zoe Quinn's name shows up in that GamerGate press docket 33 times! Nathon Grayson's name? Only eight.11/21/2014 - 1:48pm
MaskedPixelanteApparently Activision is issuing copyright strikes against streamers who show off CoD glitches. Out now but I'll source when I get home.11/21/2014 - 1:22pm
Andrew EisenIf you see something you think we should cover, let us know!11/21/2014 - 1:11pm
WonderkarpAnd the GamerGate Girls Huffington Post Video should have been on this site weeks ago http://www.huffingtonpost.com/2014/10/15/female-gamers-gamergate_n_5990310.html11/21/2014 - 12:46pm
Wonderkarpits not getting dropped, Monte. Its become a defiant cry in the face of adversity and lies11/21/2014 - 12:42pm
Wonderkarphttp://press.gamergate.me/dossier/ The GamerGate Press Site. All the Information and Evidence that supports their arguments and goals. This is the 5th time I've posted this.11/21/2014 - 12:40pm
MonteIts why i feel that they would be better off dropping the gamergate tag. The tag is far to tainted and they attract the anti-fem trolls. Find a new tag, loose the baggage and then you can have a discussion on journalism free of distractions11/21/2014 - 12:40pm
WonderkarpGG got together and put together a press site that contains all their evidence and arguements in a single easy FAQ. I've posted it here many times to silence.11/21/2014 - 12:36pm
MonteIt does seem like GG spends more time trying to defned itself from accusations than actually talking about journalism; hence one reason why they keep coming back to the topic of feminists despite them having nearly nothing to do with gaming journalism11/21/2014 - 12:36pm
Wonderkarpwhat do you mean "Their own fault"? are you saying its Gamergates fault that the 11 dead gamer articles were written? that it was GamerGates fault when they got together to cry out that they were shouted down by louder megaphones?11/21/2014 - 12:35pm
NeenekoThere is unity of attack, and unity of defense, but not of message or identity. Which the group's own defensiveness has blinded to them since it is chalked up to 'media is out to get us' as opposed to their own fault.11/21/2014 - 12:10pm
NeenekoOh unity I will give you, it is one of the group's weakest points.11/21/2014 - 12:07pm
WonderkarpI dont think so. There's a lot of Unity in Gamergate. OPSkynet has only strengthend the group and brought people together. and I spent a couple months "Gorillas in the Mist"ing the group11/21/2014 - 11:54am
NeenekoYou might be a bit too deep in that trench then if you are missing the other factions.11/21/2014 - 11:51am
MaskedPixelantehttp://www.joystiq.com/2014/11/21/sunset-overdrive-free-this-saturday/ Sunset Overdrive free on the XBO tomorrow only.11/21/2014 - 11:43am
Wonderkarpthere also arent "Various Factions" in GamerGate. No Harrassment has been linked directly too GamerGate. I'm deep in the trenchs and there arent any factions.11/21/2014 - 11:38am
NeenekoI would disagree that it has 'never been the case', for various factions perhaps not, but what made GG blow up was the intersection between submerged issues, and that is one of them.11/21/2014 - 11:33am
Neeneko@Zippy - to a point, but consumers also tend to like what they are already comfortable with, so tropes in general tend to have a comforting feel. Just like mechanics and controls tend to be similiar.11/21/2014 - 11:31am
ZippyDSMleeAren't most sexiest tropes jsut cheap/poor creativity more so than pure markaibility?11/21/2014 - 11:19am
 

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