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Exclusive: Google plans new Chromecast Ultra based on Android TV (w/ remote!)

We don’t yet have any information on pricing or availability for the 2nd gen Chromecast, but we’d assume it was originally planned to launch at Google I/O 2020 alongside the Pixel 4a. Given that that event is no longer happening thanks to coronavirus concerns, it’s uncertain when we’ll see the latest round of Made by Google devices. – Stephen Hall, 9to5Google » https://ift.tt/38zXkAs

Roku shares crater over 19% after analyst predicts the cost of streaming devices is going to ‘zero’

After running up over 330% this year, Roku shares have cooled in September. However, even after this week’s drop, the stock is up nearly 690% from its IPO price of $14 a share. The stock has been one of the most volatile among technology companies this month as the battle in digital streaming continues. – Michael Sheetz, CNBC » https://cnb.cx/31I9bd6

Blizzard shows off broadcast-friendly ‘Overwatch’ features

During the Overwatch World Cup playoffs on Friday and Saturday, viewers will see new team uniforms for each country, complete with home and away colors that include heads-up displays and special abilities that are customized to match. It should make it easier for viewers to identify (and identify with — when’s the merch coming?) each team, better than they would with the standard game’s use of blue for allies and red for enemies. – Richard Lawler, Engadget http://ift.tt/2xODujf

Twitch rolls out subscriptions for Affiliate streamers

Twitch Affiliates are generally working toward becoming Partners, an exclusive club of the world’s most popular career streamers. Of the more than 2 million active streamers on Twitch, only 17,000 are in the Partner program. On the other hand, the bar to enter the Affiliate program is set purposefully low: To get in, streamers need just 50 followers, and over the past month, an average of three concurrent viewers, seven unique live days and 500 total minutes broadcast. – Jessica Conditt, Engadget http://engt.co/2thNfaX

The emerging legal battle over video game streaming rights

Revenue from live or recorded streams comes from advertisements before and after videos, or video advertisement overlays. Game developers are adjusting their legal policies and adopting new technology to balance monetization of streams with facilitating viewership and creativity. As billions of dollars pour into the industry, game publishers, streaming distribution channels, and esports athletes are working to redefine how intellectual property rights and accelerating technology control this rapidly evolving legal and entertainment landscape. – Aaron Swerdlow/Gerald Fox Law, VentureBeat http://ift.tt/2qZ7NCM
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