Category Archives: Apps & Tech

HBO Max lands first distribution deal with YouTube TV

Beginning in the spring, YouTube TV will start offering HBO and Cinemax to its subscribers for the first time. HBO Max will be added to the platform when it launches. Any YouTube TV subscribers who add on HBO will get immediate access to HBO Max when it launches. – Ben Munson, FierceVideo » https://ift.tt/3bOEclb

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YouTube is the frontrunner in the mobile streaming wars, and it’s not even close

The data from AppAnnie’s latest report shows just how far ahead YouTube is on the mobile front — where more people are spending their time, especially teenagers and young adults. It’s something that companies like Netflix, WarnerMedia, NBCUniversal, and Disney will have to take into account as they compete not only for the best content, but for people’s attention. – Julia Alexander, The Verge » https://trib.al/HCVVXX7

Finally! Netflix will now let you turn off the autoplay feature you hate

According to the Netflix help page linked to in that tweet above, here’s what you need to do. First, sign in to Netflix from a web browser. Select “Manage Profiles,” and then choose the profile you want to update (assuming there are multiple profiles on your account, like for multiple family members in a household). Then, simply uncheck the option to “Autoplay previews while browsing on all devices,” and voila — you’re done. – Andy Meek, BGR » http://bgr.co/0tANNON

YouTube’s Old Desktop Interface Will Be Disabled in March

Yesterday, a new Google support page appeared detailing how the older version of the YouTube desktop interface is being discontinued. We don’t have a specific date, but the old interface is set to disappear in March, meaning if you are still using next month you’ll load up YouTube one day to find a very different experience. – Matthew Humphries, PCMag » https://ift.tt/2tyen7D

FCC unlocks 3.5GHz CBRS band, enables OnGo in Apple and Android phones

Spectrum in the 3.5GHz band has been selected across the world as ideal for next-generation cellular services, thanks to its combination of reasonably long-distance range and solid chunks of available bandwidth. Within the “low,” “mid,” and “high band” ranges of radio frequencies, 3.5GHz is mid-band spectrum and is already being used for 5G in China, Europe, and South Korea, while the U.S. has focused until now on low and high band 5G frequencies. – Jeremy Horwitz, VentureBeat » https://ift.tt/2tUqUSY

‘The Witcher’ Breaks Netflix Series Viewership Records

Netflix, however, has changed the way it reports a “view.” Previously, the company counted a view as a member account watching at least 70 percent of one episode of a series or 70 percent of a feature film. Now, it is touting that viewers “chose to watch” a given title, meaning that member watched for as little as two minutes — “long enough to indicate the choice was intentional,” per a footnote in the earnings report. Under that measurement, the streamer says The Witcher is on track to have the biggest first season ever for a Netflix original. – Rick Porter, The Hollywood Reporter » https://trib.al/HYCqnK4

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