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Paramount puts up 100+ films YouTube, streaming for free

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The set does include a wide range of films, from black and white classics, to science fiction, to westerns, It’s a wild mix of titles, some of which have been labeled as bombs, while others more or less enjoyed some level of success. You’ll see titles like the 50s’ Dark City starring Charlton Heston, or Dolph Lundgren’s portrayal of He-Man in the Masters of the Universe, or the 1955 “modern day” horror flick Rumplestilstkin. – JC Torres, Engadget

Google already working on VP10 for tomorrow’s streaming problems

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With the popularity of video streaming, from YouTube to Netflix, the demand for quality has also increased considerably. Gone are the days when you’d be satisfied with 240p quality of funny cat videos. Whether you’re watching the latest Netflix original or living vicariously through some gamer’s screen, there is a need to be able to deliver video fast but also in high quality. At the heart of this is compression and decompression technologies or codecs. There has so far been two competing voices in this field, Google’s VP and MPEG LA’s H.264. The latter has so far gotten the lion’s share of the market, with more industry backers than either Google’s VP8 or VP9, despite both being used in YouTube. – JC Torres, SlashGear

Square Enix Dive In game streaming shutting down 13th September

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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

Comcast gets in with the times, outs Stream Internet TV

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Comcast Stream gives subscribers access to two kinds of contents for a fee of $15 a month. The first is live TV from all major broadcast networks and HBO, which users can view on any device they have at home. The other is on-demand videos, the popular kind of streaming, for those at home or away. Dissecting these, you run across some implicit caveats to the service. – JC Torres, SlashGear

FCC to propose treating ISPs as public utilities

FCC chair Tom Wheeler is expected to adopt President Obama’s stance to treat broadband providers the same way telecommunications companies are treated and to regulate them as public utilities, giving government more weight over the deals between broadband providers and content providers, much to the chagrin of many in the industry. – JC Torres, Slash Gear
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Twitch does Music with new library and broadcasting option

Twitch isn’t going to start showing music videos, at least not in the same way. Putting at slight twist to the category, Twitch is offering two types of music channels, one with a library of hassle-free music for live broadcasts, and another for actually broadcasting original music content. […] the Twitch Music Library, is a bit easier to grasp in that context. Last year, Twitch started muting the audio of videos that played copyrighted music in the background, which went against the service’s terms of use. But music-less broadcasts are boring, so Twitch has come up with a library of songs that users can use in their live streams or video-on-demand. If you’ve ever been at a loss on which music will pass Twitch’s scrutiny, then this library should be your main resource. At the moment, the library is filled with EDM, though Twitch says it plans to expand that to more genres eventually. – JC Torres, SlashGear
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Sony’s Dive In takes game streaming to iOS and Android

Sony has been heavily investing in game streaming starting with its acquisition of streaming experts Gaikai back in 2012. From that venture, PlayStation Now was born, a service that aimed to make older but popular titles, especially those from the PS3 shelves, available for the PlayStation 4 and the PlayStation Vita via streaming. Now it’s mobile’s turn to get that same functionality, but in a limited and rather pricey way. Dive In is a subscription service in almost every sense, more than the monthly or annual flat fees you usually associate with the word. In a system that might call to mind token-based arcades of old, how much time you get to play a title depends on how much money you are willing to feed into it on a regular basis. […] Unfortunately for those outside of Japan, this service will only be available to Sony’s home country and there is no word yet on an international launch. Dive In will be open for business starting October 9. – JC Torres,SlashGear
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