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Almost every Comcast Xfinity subscriber now has access to gigabit internet service

For a period of time, it seemed like Google would usher in the era of gigabit internet service on a widespread scale in the US. The company's gigabit internet service is now accessible to nearly all of the 58 million homes and businesses it serves. Comcast offers broadband internet service in 39 states an the District of Columbia. So, there are many places where Comcast's gigabit service simply doesn't extend at the moment. Nevertheless, it's impressive that Comcast has made gigabit speeds avail

By | 2018-10-19T22:57:49+00:00 October 19th, 2018|companies, news, Uncategorized|0 Comments

Here are all the times companies have tried to make ‘Netflix for gaming’

But for all the pie-in-the-sky sales pitch lingo, game streaming still has serious technical hurdles to overcome. G-cluster (2000 - 2016)By far the earliest attempt at cloud-based game streaming was G-cluster , which started in 2000. GameFly Digital / GameFly Streaming (2011 - 2018)When it comes to aiming for "Netflix for gaming," GameFly took it literally. Like Netflix, GameFly started expanding into game streaming after purchasing Direct2Drive , an early Steam competitor, in 2011. GameFly cont

By | 2018-10-19T09:39:37+00:00 October 19th, 2018|companies, news, Uncategorized|0 Comments

PlayStation Now three years on: is Sony’s streaming service for games worth it?

While Sony's streaming service for video games once seemed like an outlier, it now seems everyone's getting in on the action. Real-time game streaming isn't quite the fantastical pipe dream it was even a few years ago. Essentially, PlayStation Now is a monthly subscription service that allows you to stream legacy or current-gen PlayStation games, much as you would stream a TV episode or video online. The case for PlayStation NowPS Now has been around in some form or another since 2014, when Sony

By | 2018-10-18T17:55:37+00:00 October 18th, 2018|companies, news, Uncategorized|0 Comments

Hulu gets a new look for the night-time hours

Hulu now has new night-time mode to aid your TV binges in the late hours. The US-based streaming service will now swap out its white background for a darker black design in the evening, aimed at causing less eye strain and helping the picture of your favorite TV shows and movies stand out in low-light conditions. The change is in line with other sites like YouTube, Twitter and Reddit prone to users watching and reading their content up to or well into the night (we've all been there.) Out of vie

By | 2018-10-18T14:54:40+00:00 October 18th, 2018|companies, news, Uncategorized|0 Comments

Spotify will soon let musicians upload tunes to rival services

Artists will soon be able to use the Spotify app to upload their work to dozens of other platforms, including all of the streaming service's main rivals. According to Engadget, Spotify has partnered with startup Distrokid, a service that enables artists to upload their work to all the major streaming platforms (and a few dozen minor ones). For $19.99 (about £15, AU$30) per year, musicians can upload an unlimited number of tracks, and keep 100% of the royalties earned. More details are expected "

By | 2018-10-18T14:54:20+00:00 October 18th, 2018|companies, news, Uncategorized|0 Comments

Loot Crate launches an indie game subscription service

Loot Crate and Chrono.gg have announced the launch of a new subscription service called Loot Play that brings subscribers five "high quality, highly curated" indie games each month. "Loot Play will be Loot Crate’s first digital subscription product and will open the door for the company to continue its growth through digital offerings, redefine collecting and explore the relationship fans have with content." A bit like the Humble Monthly Bundle, Loot Play will feature one monthly "anchor" game a

By | 2018-10-18T06:20:11+00:00 October 18th, 2018|companies, news, Uncategorized|0 Comments

Funimation will cut ties with Crunchyroll, VRV next month

Funimation, the American production company that specializes in anime distribution for shows like My Hero Academia, Dragon Ball Super, One Piece and Your Name, announced that it is leaving third-party streaming sites, including Crunchyroll and VRV. The contract between Funimation and Crunchyroll will end on Nov. 9, 2018, when a streaming rights to a number of shows will return to Funimation and be available exclusively through FunimationNow, the company’s streaming service. Though it’s currently

By | 2018-10-17T17:00:00+00:00 October 17th, 2018|companies, news, Uncategorized|0 Comments

The Discord game store is now open

The Discord game store that was opened to a bunch of Canadians back in August is now available to everyone, as the global beta of the store and Nitro subscription service got underway today. Now, we're bringing games to people with our curated game store and Nitro game subscription service," Discord co-founder and CEO Jason Citron said. One kind of odd thing about Nitro is that most of the games accessible through the service are not available for purchase through the Discord store. Discord also

By | 2018-10-16T21:40:43+00:00 October 16th, 2018|companies, news, Uncategorized|0 Comments

Loot Crate launches Loot Play, an indie games subscription service

Loot Crate, the subscription service known for delivering boxes of geeky memorabilia and collectibles to video game fans, is now offering a monthly digital subscription of indie games for PC players. Loot Play, available now for $10 a month, begins with Crossing Souls, which debuted in winter and in July launched for Nintendo Switch. Key reseller Chrono.gg is partnering with Loot Crate to deliver the bundle. Each month, subscribers will get five games. Loot Play joins a subscription marketplace

By | 2018-10-16T17:00:00+00:00 October 16th, 2018|companies, news, Uncategorized|0 Comments

Is streaming the future of video games? And can it even work?

This comes after EA announced in June that they would launch a game streaming service as part of their clunkily titled EA Origin Access Premier offering. OK, first things first, video game streaming is not a new phenomenon. But the problem is that game streaming and video streaming are fundamentally different. Video streaming is a one-way system from the company’s servers to your TV, but game streaming is a two-way street. There are also big questions over some standard industry practices: for e

By | 2018-10-15T10:47:05+00:00 October 15th, 2018|companies, news, Uncategorized|0 Comments
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