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Plex makes piracy just another streaming service

[Plex] started as a freeware hobby project in 2007 when developer Elan Feingold had a free weekend while his wife was out of town. In his words, he needed “something to keep [him] busy.” It so happened he’d also recently gotten into a “heated argument” with a friend about programming languages, and so he decided to try to port the Xbox Media Center to a Mac. A couple of software executives who had recently sold their company PostX to Cisco — Scott Olechowski and Cayce Ullman — got involved. Then, in 2009, the project became the commercial business that’s still around today, to carry out the mission Feingold laid out in a 2008 interview: to create “a free, *highly extensible* HD media *platform* for all.” – Bijan Stephen, The Verge » https://ift.tt/2LPaJ0K

Amazon to Now Power Netflix Streaming Service

With the decision to move its entire media-streaming operation to the Amazon cloud, Netflix has become a poster child of sorts for cloud adoption in general, taking off Amazon’s S3 mainstream. This helps Amazon Web Services (AWS), since Netflix has not only paid a hefty amount for the alliance, it also means that the competitor’s cloud systems are readier than ever to take up the daunting projects. The company also makes use of Google’s cloud storage for some of its archived products. […], it is also seeking to tread on the online video-streaming giant’s turf on another spectrum, through its own Subscription Video on Demand (SVoD) service. – Noor Us Subah, Bidness Etc

Dropbox Scores Patent for Peer-to-Peer Syncing

There are dozens of sync and backup services available on the Internet, but most have a major drawback. They rely on external cloud-based hosting. This may work well for smaller files, but when large videos have to be distributed among several devices people may run into trouble. This is one of the reasons why BitTorrent Sync has become quite popular. Dropbox, one of the leading cloud syncing services, also appears to realize that there’s an opportunity here. – Ernesto, TorrentFreak

Get Your Streaming Infrastructure Set Up for 2016

How can your organization prepare for the increasing demand for live content in 2016? First and foremost, you need to prepare your streaming infrastructure. Define your strategy carefully as you head into the year. Determining whether a video streaming workflow should use on-premises or cloud-hosted software and/or cloud-based services comes down to a number of factors—including functionality, total cost of ownership, speed to market and customization needs. – CTO Charlie Good, Wowza Media Systems via TV Technology Magazine

Netflix reveals the future of enterprise tech: Here’s why

photo: ChrisDag/Flickr, Venturebeat

Neil Hunt, the chief product officer and vice president of engineering for Netflix, was speaking at the Engineering Summit on Infrastructure, which had been organized by Engineering Capital, a small, enterprise-focused VC fund. Hunt talked about Netflix’s longstanding use of Amazon Web Services, the market and technology leader in cloud services. But it’s not just Netflix, Hunt said: Everyone is moving toward AWS. – Dylan Tweney, VentureBeat

Square Enix Dive In game streaming shutting down 13th September

photo: Dive In

Whether it was because of that or because Square Enix didn’t have enough of a game catalog to offer, Dive In didn’t actually catch on. Barely a year later, Square Enix is pulling the plug on the service, hinting at its unprofitable nature. […] Square Enix isn’t completely knocking off the game streaming idea, at least not directly. […] Shinra Technologies, Inc., a subsidiary that is now headed by former Square Enix CEO Yoichi Wada. Unlike a platform like PlayStation Now, Shinra’s goal is to have game developers actually build their virtual worlds on their cloud platform. It is an interesting proposition but one that has yet to bear fruit. – JC Torres, SlashGear

Roku’s Dropbox channel puts cloud files on your TV

photo: Roku

Roku has launched a Dropbox channel that lets you browse your photos and videos on its set-tops, including in slideshows. Yes, you now have an easy way to recap your vacation on a big screen without turning to other cloud services. The channel isn’t flawless — TechCrunch notes that you can’t play long videos, so this won’t work if you’re trying to stream full-length movies. – Jon Fingas, Engadget

Cisco buys a DNS provider to protect you in the cloud

Cisco Systems has snapped up OpenDNS, whose domain name services you might have used to dodge regional restrictions or improve on your internet provider’s less-than-stellar connection. The networking giant isn’t making the acquisition for any of those reasons, though. Instead, it’s all about boosting Cisco’s cloud security — the goal is to defend against attacks on your corporate network wherever you happen to be, and to predict threats before they strike. – Jon Fingas, Engadget
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