Video streaming archive

  • UK tax change could hike up the price of downloaded apps, music and books
    Apps

    UK tax change could hike up the price of downloaded apps, music and books

    By 24 March 2014

    Music, book and app downloads may jump in price in the UK soon after VAT changes were announced in the annual budget. Chancellor George Osborn pointed out in his annual budget speech that companies are currently charged tax at source on digital downloads,...

  • Brand new Vimeo player is 50 per cent faster, uses HTML5 and adds new creator tools
    Laptops

    Brand new Vimeo player is 50 per cent faster, uses HTML5 and adds new creator tools

    By 7 January 2014

    Vimeo has gone back to the drawing board and redesigned its video player from scratch to create a future-proof platform. The result is a faster and more accessible Vimeo. The new Vimeo player is an impressive 50 per cent faster than it was before, meaning...

  • What is HEVC and h.265? The future of 1080p movie streaming explained
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    What is HEVC and h.265? The future of 1080p movie streaming explained

    By 29 January 2013

    Video compression is essential for home entertainment. Without it, we'd be stuck in a world with just a few dozen TV channels. Since digital was first introduced in the UK, we've had compressed TV - it's a really great way of getting a lot more out of...

  • Amazon tried to buy Netflix for $12 million in the late 1990s
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    Amazon tried to buy Netflix for $12 million in the late 1990s

    By 8 October 2012

    Amazon offered $12 million to buy Netflix in the 1990’s but was turned down by the video streaming company, according to a new book about to go on sale.  “Netflixed” claims Jim Bezos, Amazon CEO, originally met Netflix founders Reed Hastings and...

  • VIDEO: Sky Go in action
    Home Cinema

    VIDEO: Sky Go in action

    By 27 June 2011

    Sky's revamped mobile offering - Sky Go - is all set to go live next month and the broadcaster has published this video of director of product design and development Brian Lenz, talking through the platform's new features. And whilst that's all well and...

  • YouTube movie rental service goes live
    Online

    YouTube movie rental service goes live

    By 10 May 2011

    YouTube is maturing, and hopefully about to start making some serious money for Google, as its movie rental service is now live in the US and planning to bring around 3,000 movies to users. Pocket-lint brought you news of the plans, that will see YouTube...

  • YouTube Live: Video giant takes live streaming mainstream
    Online

    YouTube Live: Video giant takes live streaming mainstream

    By 8 April 2011

    YouTube plans to take on services like Qik and Justin.tv with a new live streaming service launched on Friday. The new offering, called YouTube Live will promote live content streaming on YouTube. “With over 2 billion views a day, it's easy to think...

  • Google to launch YouTube movie streaming service in UK
    Online

    Google to launch YouTube movie streaming service in UK

    By 25 February 2011

    Google is apparently looking to set up a pay-for, and unlimited, YouTube movie streaming service in the UK, to rival Amazon and its recent Lovefilm takeover. The news comes from the New York Post, who suggests that Google, who has been in talks with Hollywood...

  • Amazon.com Prime customers get 5000 free movies
    Online

    Amazon.com Prime customers get 5000 free movies

    By 22 February 2011

    A nice looking service has now gone live for Amazon Premium member customers called Prime Instant Videos - well it's fantastic as long as you're resident in the US. Unfortunately the service is not available in the UK, and so any premium member, presumably...

  • Lovefilm takes Samsung Blu-ray players to the flicks
    Home Cinema

    Lovefilm takes Samsung Blu-ray players to the flicks

    By 31 January 2011

    Lovefilm's relentless assault across digital platforms has increased, with the announcement by Samsung that the video rental service will be hitting its Blu-ray players, and Blu-ray home cinema systems. Lovefilm can already be accessed on Samsung TVs...

  • Lovefilm and Amazon to bring movies to your phone
    Online

    Lovefilm and Amazon to bring movies to your phone

    By 20 January 2011

    With so many dealings with each other in the past, it's of little surprise that Amazon has finally decided to buy up UK based movie rental service Lovefilm. The companies have been intertwined ever since Lovefilm acquired Amazon's European DVD rental...

  • Watch the PES 2010 World Finals live online
    Gaming

    Watch the PES 2010 World Finals live online

    By 22 September 2010

    Just as PES 2011 gears up for release (on 8 October), the end of the real-life PES 2010 world championship season is in sight. The PES 2010 World Finals are to be held in Majorca on 25 September and Konami is, for the first time, to stream them live online....

  • First Look: Apple TV review
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    First Look: Apple TV review

    By 3 September 2010

    Apple has said that Apple TV is just a hobby for them, reiterating the joke at the company's September update. To some, Apple TV stole the show, wowing with its new tiny dimensions, and a price that's difficult to ignore. We got our eyes on the new box...

  • YouTube increases video time limit
    Online

    YouTube increases video time limit

    By 30 July 2010

    For most of us 10 minutes is more than long enough when it comes to YouTube content, as there is only so much inane prattle and silly stunts that the fragile human mind can take - or maybe not - since YouTube has seen fit to extend the upload limit to...

  • VIDEO: YouTube offers video editing in the cloud
    Online

    VIDEO: YouTube offers video editing in the cloud

    By 17 June 2010

    The YouTube Video Editor has been officially launched, offering video uploaders the chance to carry out numerous editing processes online without the need to purchase, download or install any software onto your machines. The YouTube Video Editor is the...

  • Watching the World Cup...online
    Online

    Watching the World Cup...online

    By 18 May 2010

    With the games scheduled for 12.30pm, 3.30pm and 7.30pm each day, the sad fact is that we might not always be sitting down in front of a TV to catch the World Cup fixtures. Worse still, if you're not in the UK, there might be some dastardly subscription...

  • YouTube rolling out new video player
    Online

    YouTube rolling out new video player

    By 30 April 2010

    YouTube has started to roll out a completely new video player on its website. The player's been popping up here and there for a fortnight or so, but it looks like the testing has been a success and it's been approved for wider release. The red progress...

  • How will we watch TV in 2015?
    Home Cinema

    How will we watch TV in 2015?

    By 2 April 2010

    Is the TV, as we know it, dead? The last few years has seen more people ditching their televisions in favour of a bigger monitor than ever before. With movie and TV downloads (legal or otherwise), streamed video content from a host of online players and...

  • Microsoft to launch iPlayer rival
    Home Cinema

    Microsoft to launch iPlayer rival

    By 10 March 2010

    Microsoft is all set for an imminent launch of its online video player which offers full TV shows in Britain, in a similar way to the BBC's iPlayer. Unlike the iPlayer, however, it won't be just restricted to catch-up episodes - you'll be able to watch...

  • Warner makes Dailymotion video deal
    Online

    Warner makes Dailymotion video deal

    By 9 March 2010

    You might remember a few weeks back when Warner Music, one of the four major record labels, went postal over ad-supported music and threatened to take its ball and go home. Well, the company has just signed a deal to provide ad-supported music videos...

  • YouTube gets site-wide auto-captioning
    Online

    YouTube gets site-wide auto-captioning

    By 5 March 2010

    YouTube has announced that it's rolling out auto-captioning across its entire whole website. The feature uses speech detection algorithms to enable a computer to transcribe the content of videos into text - useful for those with hearing impairment. It...

  • Spotify Free users get Hendrix video exclusive
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    Spotify Free users get Hendrix video exclusive

    By 25 February 2010

    Spotify has announced that it's going to be running its first ever music video - a promotional clip for Jimi Hendrix's record company's latest round of grave-robbing - the Valleys of Neptune album, which has been compiled from some of the last sessions...

  • Italian court convicts Google execs
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    Italian court convicts Google execs

    By 24 February 2010

    Back in late 2006, a video was uploaded to YouTube that showed some Italian students bullying a kid with Down's Syndrome. Google says that it took down the video "within hours" of being aware of its existence, but that wasn't enough for a judge in Milan...

  • VIDEO: YouTube gets 1080p HD functionality
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    VIDEO: YouTube gets 1080p HD functionality

    By 13 November 2009

    Google has announced that its YouTube video-sharing site is going 1080p. It's available to test right now on some videos, but will be going live for all users at some point next week. Until then, you can see some 1080p content by appending "&fmt=37" to...