An exhaustive analysis of pixels and resolutions has found some bizarre inconsistencies with the 1080p browser output of streaming kingpin Netflix, with stats suggesting its 1080p output isn't actually 1080p when using some underground niche browsers like, er, Chrome and Firefox.The official stats are buried within a Netflix support page, which says that Chrome, Firefox and Opera can only support HD video up to 720p via HTML5 -- while Internet Explorer and Microsoft Edge can push out 1080p resolution should your internet be fast enough.It's almost as is Microsoft has bunged an enormous amount of money at Netflix to buy some tech superiority to boast about, eh?Although perhaps it's not all an enormous conspiracy, as users of Safari through Mac OS X 10.10.3 or higher should also get full 1080p video as long as their roadside BT cabinet isn't too congested on the evening in question.That said, if you're broadcasting browser tabs to a TV, you're not really doing streaming right.A Roku or Chromecast or [Chinese clone of choice] ought to be able to handle 1080p streams if your internet pipe's fat enough, so it's only going to inconvenience pixel counters hooking up PCs and laptops through cables and full-screening the web player.
Alexa on Fire TV has gradually improved since it first debuted last September; Tuesday's update adds television controls and app-launching capabilities.While the new features are not immediately available, Amazon will roll these out via software updates over the next few weeks.Among the key new features are Fire TV app-launching capabilities and the option to ask Alexa to play content from Amazon Video and any add-on subscription content, as well as the capability to find movie showtimes at nearby theaters, read Kindle ebooks, and local business search.The Fire TV version was really no more than just another Echo speaker in your system when it launched in September, although Amazon added smart home support two months later.Consider it a move to put it on par with compeitors: Apple TVs already have Siri integration, and the Roku 3 and 4 have similar voice-enabled functionality.Besides the Alexa improvements, Amazon also made a move Tuesday to improve content availability.
Credit: PhilipsCome June, Philips will release its BDP7501, a 4K Ultra HD Blu-ray player with HDR high dynamic range support.This and similar players, such as Samsung s UBD-K8500/ZA and Panasonic's DMR-UBZ1 should free high-resolution video from the problems associated with broadband streaming.Most new TVs—even inexpensive models such as TCL s P-series Roku TVs—deliver 4K UHD resolution, and many offer HDR, as well.Streaming video tends to be more compressed than disc-based content, compromising image and audio quality.Luckily, players such as the BDP7501 should help with that.One is audio-only and is intended to connect to a receiver not yet capable of handling HDMI 2.0 audio.
According to a new report from Parks Associates, Apple TV poked down to fourth place on the list of the most sold devices for streaming video in the United States. Most popular is the Roku with a share of 30 percent, followed by Chromecast and Amazon Fire TV at 22 percent each. The share of Apple TV is on its side at 20 percent, which means that other producers have a combined market share of 6 percent. According to Parks Associates now has more than a third of American households have a media player that can handle streaming video.
Nevertheless, a quality base design might help keep the growing roster of crappy VR headsets at bay.The unnamed device looks a bit like a Roku remote, and has motion sensors built in.This will certainly help phone makers claw some market share from the Oculus Rift and HTC Vive, both of which have motion-sensitive controllers.It comes with an app store – a modified version of the Google Play Store – chock with familiar software like Google Photos, YouTube, and Gunjack VR.According to the search engine giant, eight hardware partners have already agreed to make Daydream-friendly phones: Samsung, HTC, LG, Xiaomi, Huawei, ZTE, Asus, and Alcatel.HTC Vive vs Oculus Rift:What did you think of Google I/O 2016?
Poor performance helped kill Google TV, but so did a lack of support from the major networks and other video providers.Google said that many new apps will be arriving on Android TV at some point in the future: CNN, Comedy Central, ESPN, MTV, Freeform, Nickelodeon, Spotify, Starz, Watch ABC, Watch Disney Channel, Watch Disney Junior and many more.It will be capable of decoding 4K VP9 streams at up to 60 fps, with support for HDR10.Android N has tons of new features, but only a certain few really affect Android TVs: picture-in-picture, new recording APIs that will turn Android TVs into DVRs, and HDR support.Google also reiterated that Google Cast, the technology that throws video content from phones and tablets to devices like the Chromecast, would be supported on TVs, displays, speakers, Chromecast, and Chromecast Audio devices.Roku and other manufacturers quickly stepped into the void with products that, while less ambitious, were superior with the core function of streaming video primarily Netflix, in the beginning over the Internet.
As Nvidia closes in on the first birthday of the Shield media streamer, the company is promising 4K and HDR updates as part of its version 3.2 software upgrade: Netflix and YouTube, specifically.Nvidia said the next update will support Netflix HDR, offering a wider dynamic luminosity range for any Netflix content that supports it.Software Upgrade 3.2 is coming soon, Nvidia said, without specifying a specific date.There s more on the app front: As an Android TV device, Nvidia will be able to tap into the new wave of apps arriving for all Android TVs, including CNN, Comedy Central, ESPN, and more.At some point in the future, a version of GameStream using HDR will become available once gamers start buying Nvidia's new Pascal-based GPUs: the Nvidia GTX 1080 and 1070 cards.Why this matters: At up to $300, the Shield streamer is a pricey alternative to more traditional boxes like the Roku line.
Earlier this year at CES, Hisense s ULED H10 and H9 series TVs provided the wow factor, but the real star of the show might have been the company s H8 series thanks to its combination of 4K, HDR, and a surprisingly affordable price point, considering the features.The TVs play back HDR content in HDR10 format via both USB and the HDMI 2.0a input.As with all new technologies, HDR initially came at a premium, but that is increasingly falling away.The H8 isn t the only series making its way to stores this month.Hisense s H4 of Roku TVs is also making its way to store shelves this month, offering more than 3,000 streaming channels and voice search via the Roku app for iOS and Android.There are four different models available, ranging from the 50-inch, 1080p 50H4C for $430 down to the 32-inch, 720p 32H4C, which sells for $200.
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Streaming media is the best kind of media, and to celebrate StreamingDay, we've got a couple of great deals for you – including an HD rental of Star Wars: The Force Awakens for just £1.99!Roku has teamed up with Sainsbury's Entertainment to slash the price of a bunch of hot new films, with top titles like Star Wars: The Force Awakens, The Hunger Games: Mockingjay – Part 2 and Black Mass all normally £4.49 now available to stream in HD for just £1.99.Then, just check out using the special code 'ROKUSEOD' to knock off the extra dosh, fire up the Sainsbury's Entertainment channel in your streamer, and grab the popcorn – that's all you need to do!The deal is valid until 11.59pm UK time today Friday May 20 .Haven't got a Roku player just yet?Tip us off in the comments below!
To learn more and subscribe, please click here.Chinese smartphone manufacturer Xiaomi announced a partnership with Google last week that will result in the launch of an Android-powered TV set-top box in the US, according to ZDNet.The device will let users stream content from over-the-top video service providers or play Android games on TV.However, these devices have mostly failed to give the company the kind of brand recognition that other Asian manufacturers such as LG and Samsung have in the US.Xiaomi could use a boost after generating lackluster smartphone sales in China last year.The company has struggled to gain market share among stiff competition from other domestic vendors, including Huawei, OPPO, and Vivo.That puts it in third place among vendors behind Huawei and OPPO, according to Strategy Analytics.The official cost and availability of the Mi Box for the US market has not been revealed as of yet.It s likely that the company will offer something in the higher-end range, which would still vastly undercut existing brands such as Apple TV and Roku, which retail for $150 and $120, respectively.The streaming video top-box market is expected to grow rapidly over the next five years, as hardware prices fall and the library of streaming video on-demand SVOD content grows, a BI Intelligence report notes.We forecast that 240 million streaming media devices will ship in 2016, up 10% YoY from roughly 219 million units shipped globally in 2015.Jessica Smith, research analyst for BI Intelligence, Business Insider's premium research service, has compiled a detailed report on streaming media devices that sizes up this market by device category and takes a more granular dive into each.The report includes new shipments forecasts, identifies major players, and assesses the advantages and weaknesses of each device category.
Google has pulled the Asus-made $99 Nexus Player set-top box from the Google Store.It s still listed on Google s Nexus website, but you can t get the Android TV device from Google s first-party online retail site, and it s been disappearing from other online retailers, too.The product is no longer available online from Asus, Newegg, Sling, Staples, or TigerDirect.Plus, Google last week released a version of the third developer preview of Android N just for the Nexus Player.But that said, supplies of the gadget are clearly dwindling.Google introduced the product in October 2014 but opted not to come out with a new Nexus set-top box at its Nexus event in September 2015.Last week at Google I/O, Google showed off a new Xiaomi Mi Box Android TV set-top box and said more devices would be coming from RCA, Sharp, and Sony.Google didn t say the Nexus brand would be used for those systems.Other set-top boxes that don t run Android TV — with its support for Android games and streaming content from several providers — include Amazon s Fire TV, the Roku 3, and the Apple TV.Last month the Nexus 9 tablet went out of stock on the Google Store.
HumanEyes' Vuze is an $800 VR camera that's slightly larger than a Roku or Apple TV media streaming box.Unlike other 360-degree cameras that are mistakenly referred to as "VR cameras" that only have one or two spherical lenses, the Vuze has eight cameras — two on each of its four edges.In one 3D 360-degree video I watched via the Vuze, the railing on a balcony popped out.Audio is key as well, particularly 3D spatial sound.Getting the videos off these cameras and rendering them out into different formats for uploading online can be a real pain in the ass since all of them use their own proprietary software.I only got a small glimpse of some footage and I didn't get to try out the camera and see real recorded footage directly from it, but if footage from actual consumer cameras looks as good as the sample 3D 360-degree videos, the Vuze could be a huge value when it's released in October.
But both offer some interesting justifications for their existence: Since the $349 Xbox One is the lowest-priced living room product that Microsoft is currently selling, there s certainly room for lower-cost options.Microsoft s shown that capability on conventional Intel Core-based PCs, though, which are far more powerful than the embedded processors found in media streaming sticks.Sams, as well as Tom Warren at The Verge, speculate that a second, Roku-like device could also debut, providing the ability to play some UWP games from the Windows Store.Besides PCs and the Xbox One, however, Microsoft offers no inexpensive way beyond picking up an older Xbox 360 to rent Microsoft-provided movies and TV shows—still, with a dearth of original content, consumers can easily find those shows anywhere else.Comcast s X1 cable box has an amazingly accurate voice search capability, and the Roku 3 offers one as well.Microsoft will hold its E3 press conference on June 13, where we ll finally find out what it has up its sleeve.
Xbox's answer to streaming devices like Apple TV and Roku may be on its way.This answer, according to report, may actually come packaged in two separate devices:The first is a smaller Chromecast-like "stick" that plugs directly into a TV, allowing users to stream movies and shows directly from the Windows store.The second device is rumored to be a beefier streaming box, like Apple TV, which might be able to run more demanding Windows apps in addition to the functionality offered by the streaming stick.According to the rumor, which was originally reported on "The Sams Report," it's likely that these devices will also be able to communicate with the Xbox One, Microsoft's major video game console.For computers running Windows 10, it's already possible to stream games wirelessly to other computers on the same Wi-Fi network, but these "Xbox TV" devices will probably allow for games to be streamed to other TVs in the house as well.Microsoft has been moving towards a world in which all of its hardware devices run on one single operating system, much like how many Apple devices already function — a unified ecosystem, if you will.The Xbox One's most recent design overhaul brought it much closer in line with Windows 10, both aesthetically and functionally, so these new devices will likely slide right into that ecosystem.This report on Xbox's new streaming devices comes on the same day that gaming site Kotaku is reporting that there will be two new versions of the Xbox One coming out soon.If these now four new devices are indeed coming out later this year, we'll likely hear more about them in June at the Electronic Entertainment Expo E3 , the year's biggest video game conference.Read the original article on Tech Insider.Follow us on Facebook and Twitter.Copyright 2016.More from Tech Insider:This pop-up tent lets you sleep on top of your carHBO just released 6 new photos from the next episode of 'Game of Thrones'We might see a long-lost character return to 'Game of Thrones' this week10 mesmerizing GIFs show how far Americans travel to get to workA clever 'Game of Thrones' fan remade the show's intro with mold — and the species used are perfectNOW WATCH: 5 hidden features to get the most out of your Xbox OneLoading video...
Brad Sams, a Microsoft podcaster and blogger, held a YouTube livestream in which he claimed Xbox will announce a significantly smaller Xbox One console during next month s entertainment expo, and is also working on a more significant hardware upgrade set for release next year.No further details were discussed, but The Verge s Tom Warren has reported via GameSpot that the Xbox One Slim will be as much as 40% smaller than the original console.However these devices won t be designed to play AAA titles, but be more aligned with an Apple TV and play less-intensive titles."They're going to have two devices, it's going to be one for super streamers, think a Roku style device, and then another device that's going to have more features," Sams said."What I think the differentiation between these two devices are, I'd imagine the smaller devices will be for streaming only ... but the other device I honestly think is where they're going to start using App leverage.Here's a video of everything you need to know about the PS4.5/Ps4K/PSNeoWith Sony fully expected to announce a PS4.5 at E3, it s no surprised Microsoft is working on its own upgrades to compete.
Video streaming stalwart Vimeo has announced the next phase in its quest to help creators monetize their online videos.Hot on the heels of its acquisition of white-label video subscription platform VHX three weeks ago, Vimeo has now revealed it s rolling out in-app subscriptions on Apple TV, iPhone, iPad, and Roku devices, letting companies and creators who are using the VHX platform better monetize their videos.Today s news comes two months after Vimeo added transactional support to its own Roku app, which marked the first time users were able to buy Vimeo content away from its website.For the uninitiated, VHX offers a range of services aimed at helping people launch their own streaming service and sell or rent videos individually, as opposed to simply uploading it to YouTube or Vimeo.The model is similar to Shopify or Squarespace insofar as it s a white-label service that provides the backend for anyone to set up their own feature-rich website with payment systems and checkouts built in.The acquisition made sense for Vimeo, as it has been pushing to differentiate from the likes of YouTube by targeting creatives specifically with its own paid on-demand service that lets anyone sell TV shows and movies directly to viewers on Vimeo.With VHX on board, it can now serve companies that would rather use their own apps, websites, and brand.And by including subscription video-on-demand SVOD content through Apple and Roku, this is one more carrot to lure prospective customers on board.Sellers can further entice viewers with free trial subscriptions, which leads into a recurring monthly or annual payment.In terms of prices, the seller is charged $1 per subscriber per month, in addition to the fees charged by the respective platforms, which is 30 percent for Apple and 20 percent for Roku.
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Roku has built most of its reputation on making high-quality "streaming boxes" that plug into your TV to let you watch apps like Netflix.But that's not the company's future, CEO Anthony Wood tells Business Insider." Wood is talking about his company's "Roku TV" program, which consists of a series of partnerships Roku has made with TV makers, such as Haier and Chinese heavyweight TCL.His main opponent in this battle is Google, which has introduced two competitors to Roku TV: Google Cast, which puts Chromecast technology inside TVs from companies like Vizio and Polaroid, and Android TV, a more robust operating system that has TV partners like Sony.We caught up with Wood to talk about how Roku got into the licensing business, how the company makes money, and whether Amazon will ever be a TV operating system player.Business Insider: When did you realize TV licensing was the way to go?Anthony Wood: We'd been actively engaged in the business for roughly three years, and before that we were debating what the best strategy would be.So it seemed to me that the best way for the TV business to evolve would be that a TV is just a monitor.Our focus on cost means it's actually cheaper for them to use a Roku solution than build their own smart TV operating system .BI: What are your thoughts about competition with Google which recently entered the TV licensing business ?Wood: In licensing, really the only competitor is Google.BI: Why?Wood: Because they hate Amazon.