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Streaming the NFL in 2015: Easier but still not simple

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The most affordable option is NFL’s own Game Pass. This new $100 a season Internet service lets you see all NFL games… after they’re over. In the case of Sunday games, no games are available until after the last of the 4 PM games are over. […] Game Pass is available not just on the Web but also on Android, iOS, and Windows Mobile devices. You can also view it via Apple TV and Microsoft Xbox. If you live outside the U.S., Mexico Bermuda, Antigua, or the Bahamas, however, you can watch live games with Game Pass. To the creative mind, this opens an opportunity. You can use a virtual private network (VPN) or web proxy to make it appear that you’re watching from Canada or the European Union where you can legally subscribe to the live service. – Steven J. Vaughan-Nichols, ZDNet

Amazon Offers Something Netflix Doesn’t: Offline Video Streaming On Mobile

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On Tuesday, Amazon.com announced that Prime subscribers will now be able to download television shows and movies via its streaming service to watch while offline on pretty much all mobile devices—something rival Netflix has failed to do. Offline viewing has actually been available on the Kindle Fire since its debut in 2013, but now the service will be expanded to include streaming on iOS and Android platforms at no additional charge. – Abigail Tracy, Forbes

FTC investigation into Apple heats up, music streaming services hit with subpoenas

Apple’s App Store guidelines call for a 30 percent fee to be charged to any sales by a subscription service that signs up users through an iOS app and uses iAP, which is essentially every paid music streaming service. This forces music streaming services like Spotify, Rdio, Rhapsody, and Tidal — who all charge $9.99 a month for their subscription service on their own sites — to charge users who sign up through their respective iOS apps $12.99 a month to make up for the lost revenue it must pay to Apple. – Micah Singleton, The Verge

Amazon’s Fling is its version of AirPlay and Google Cast

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[Amazon] revealed its Fling feature this week, a tool that will allow developers to include a way to control media from a mobile device on your Fire TV. Right now, the software will let you send video, audio and still images from an Android or iOS device to the set-top box (or dongle, we’d surmise) for viewing. – Billy Steele, Engadget

Lifetime Digs Into Original Movie Vault to Launch SVOD Service

Lifetime is looking to harness that built-in branding with the launch of an SVOD service that will offer a package of about 30 original telepics for $3.99 a month. The Lifetime Movie Club app bows today on iPhone, iPad and iPod Touch platforms to start. It will expand to other platforms, likely Android, in the fall. The movies will be available without commercials, and the assortment of titles will be refreshed weekly. – Cynthia Littleton, Variety

YouTube now streams 60fps video on Android and iOS


YouTube introduced the ability to play videos in 60fps back in October of last year, but that was limited to the Web. Now it’s introducing the same functionality on the mobile YouTube apps as well. […] While most regular video content is recorded at 30fps (TV shows) or 24fps (movies), video games often run at higher frame rates, so the change is sure to make many gamers happy. – Napier Lopez, The Next Web

Popcorn Time for iOS passes 1 million downloads on non-jailbroken devices

Because sideloading apps onto iOS was not achievable without jailbreaking your device, until now, the Popcorn Time group is ecstatic at having reached this milestone. It shows that iOS users are not just very interested in a Popcorn Time app for iOS, but they are eager to try an alternative to jailbreaking in order to get apps that Apple doesn’t approve of. – Emil Protalinski, VentureBeat

Showtime’s cord-cutter service will come to Roku and Sony devices

[Showtime Networks] has revealed that if you own a Roku device, one of the TVs with the hardware built in or Sony’s PlayStation Vue, then you’re all good, and it will launch for all three on the same day. The outfit also mentions that Showtime (yes, that’s what it’s called) will be the only “premium” offering that broadcasts its live East and West Coast feeds to its users, just like its Anytime apps on various platforms. – Daniel Cooper, Engadget

Twitter Is Winning The Live Streaming Battle

Now it appears that Twitter’s aggressive tactics have been working. Periscope overtook Meerkat in terms of monthly active users during the week of March 22nd. At that point, Meerkat had a 0.2% reach on iOS and Periscope had a 0.3% reach, according to data from 7Park. “Reach,” in this case, is defined as the monthly active users the app has, as a percentage of millions of iOS users in the U.S. between March and April 2015. – Sarah Perez, TechCrunch
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