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Twitch-produced live shows will feature closed captions

Twitch is making its own live broadcasts much friendlier to deaf and hearing-impaired viewers. The live streaming platform’s weekly show that airs every Friday, the Kappa Theater panels and all the TwitchCon 2016 events it’s streaming later this month will feature closed captions. Even better, Twitch won’t be using speech-to-text software that could mangle sentences — the company has hired human stenographers to type out captions on the fly. – Mariella Moon, Engadget http://ift.tt/2cEVLoW

In Praise of Closed Captioning

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There was only one problem, and it was a pretty big one: I couldn’t understand a word anyone was saying. The combination of British accents, which were not exactly the posh kind, and the use of unfamiliar slang had me totally lost. In spite of the language barrier, I knew that Footballers Wives was a program I needed in my life. So I turned on the closed captioning. I haven’t shut it off since. – Jolie Kerr, Decider

Plex brings photos, music and video streaming to TiVo June 8th

After a number of leaks and hints, this week PLEXand TiVo announced their products will start working together soon. Plex media server gives users a way to easily stream photos, music or video files to devices like Roku and Chromecast, and pulls content from local hard drive or the cloud all the same. […] As [Dave Zatz.Zatz Not Funny] has uncovered, this is built using TiVo’s support for Opera and HTML5 apps, bringing the Smart TV experience that’s already available on TVs from Vizio, LG and Sony, as well as the PS3 and PS4. The app comes to TiVo Roamio, Mini and Premiere boxes June 8th[.] – Richard Lawler, Engadget http://engt.co/1FrrPJ1

Marriott Deploys Netflix & Pandora to Hotel TVs

As promised back in January, Marriott Hotels has started deploying a suite of streaming applications to their Enseo set-tops and televisions… and Cord Cutters News has gone hands-on. Netflix, YouTube, Pandora, Hulu Plus and Crackle are available at select higher-end Marriot properties and it’s believed the plan is to expand to more and more diverse properties. – Dave Zatz, Zatz Not Funny http://ift.tt/1e7PUsb

Amazon Fire TV update includes support for streaming in hotels and dorm rooms

Amazon.com this morning announced a series of updates for its Fire TV set-top box and Fire TV Stick, including a new feature that will allow the streaming devices to work over WiFi in hotels, dorm rooms and other networks that require special web authentication before getting online. […] The updates are Amazon’s latest move to compete with the likes of Roku and Google’s Chromecast in the market for streaming media devices. – Todd Bishop, GeekWire
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Fox’s ‘Utopia’ Live Feeds Are Free and Streaming Now

FOX’s “Utopia” is a little more than a week away from its Setp. 9 premiere, but curious fans can check out the action already on the show’s live feeds. Like CBS’s “Big Brother,” the feeds will be available 24/7, but there is one major difference: “Utopia” offers free feeds, as well as more enhanced feeds for paid subscribers. […] Free subscribers can view two HD live streams, as well as voting for new members of the “Utopia” society, and gaining access to select news items and videos. Fox also offers a “premium passport” for $5 a month. This passport gives viewers access to four different live streams with no ads, and access to live chat. – Jason Hughes,The Wrap
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Local company pushes fiber Internet, TV

Empire Access, a company started in Prattsburgh in 1896, recently announced it’s offering direct fiber-optic connections to residents in the villages of Bath, Hammondsport, Watkins Glen and Montour Falls, as well as Sayre and Troy in Pennsylvania. They can offer a 100 megabit-per-second download speed for $50 per month. That’s about 10 times the speed most users in the area get, said Empire Senior Vice President Jim Baase. – James Post, The Leader http://ift.tt/1nJ01AD
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