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Awesome Games Done Quick 2017 speed running event kicks off this Sunday

One of the year’s largest gaming marathons, Awesome Games Done Quick 2017, is set to begin this Sunday. The event will last nearly a full week, kicking off at 11:30 AM Eastern on January 8 and then wrapping up in the wee hours of the morning on Sunday, January 15. In between those beginning and end times, speed runners from all around the world will run their favorite games in front of a live audience. – Eric Abent, SlashGear http://ift.tt/2hYPMgj

Matchstick streaming stick delays shipping to get Netflix and faster chips

Matchstick’s Kickstarter backers will have to wait a bit longer to get the Firefox OS-based streaming stick: Matchstick is delaying shipments until August, the company announced Friday. Matchstick wants to use that time to put Digital rights management (DRM) in place — a key requirement to get premium video apps like Netflix — and also update its hardware to a faster chipset.

By embracing DRM, Matchstick does follow in Mozilla’s footprints. The browser maker has only recently begun to implement DRM for its browser in order to not lose out on Netflix as the video service is switching from Flash to HTML5. However, Mozilla’s decision has also been heavily criticized by DRM foes, and some of Matchstick’s backers may feel the same about the company’s decision. – Janko Roettgers, Gigaom

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The Best Hidden Features of VLC

We’ve discussed plenty of ways to download YouTube videos before. However, you have one option already installed on your computer. VLC lets you play and download YouTube videos right from its desktop interface. Here’s how:

  1. Find a video on YouTube—like this one—and copy the URL from the address bar.
  2. In VLC, head to Media > Open Network Stream.
  3. Paste the YouTube link in the box and click Play.
  4. Under Tools, click Codec Information.
  5. In the box that says Location, right-click the block of text and click Select All. Copy this text to your clipboard.
  6. Go back to your browser and paste the link in the address bar. This will open the source file directly on YouTube’s servers.
  7. Right-click the video as it plays and select Save Video As.

You can also record clips from YouTube videos as they’re streaming in VLC by pressing the red Record button in the player itself. This isn’t as direct of a rip, but it’s handy if you need to grab a particular clip out of a long video. – Eric Ravenscraft,Lifehacker

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Fire Vs. Chromecast Vs. Roku: Which Is The Best Streaming TV Device?

The major differences is that Google Chromecast does not have its own remote; you’ll be using a built-in app to make changes. For the most choices and features, the Roku for $49 gives you numerous applications and along with a physical remote to assist with programming. Gamers will want to look at the Amazon Fire, which provides gaming features plus offers a separate remote gaming apparatus for an additional $30. Along with the positives, there are some drawbacks, according to Digital Trends. Though the Fire and Roku are dual-band (it can share wireless better because it can use more than one channel) the only connection method is wireless, which can be slower due to congestion and usage. You can’t expand the memory or device to become faster — you get what you get. The devices also do not decode and playback video. Right now, the devices simply stream the movies and television shows. – The Inquisitr
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TiVo Releases Amazon Instant Streaming! (Prematurely)

TiVo has gone ahead and confirmed a modernized Amazon Instant app is in the pipeline … by accidentally releasing it a bit early to a subset of customers. […] it appeared alongside the existing app and isn’t yet entirely functional. Further, someone at TiVo obviously realized their mistake as it was removed after 4 or 5 hours. Yet, we now know both Amazon and VUDU are coming real soon – November at the latest? – Dave Zatz,Zatz Not Funny
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Innovative Systems launches Streaming TV app

Innovative Systems has launched a new video service that can deliver live video channels to subscribers over their data connection. […] Customers can access the Streaming TV App using a Roku 3 or Streaming Stick device and then use their Roku remote to view channel guide information. Viewers also have the ability to pause live programming along with fast forward and rewind functionality. – Telecompaper 
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4K Blu-ray is finally happening as more streaming options pour forth

The biggest content announcement though came from the Blu-ray Disc Association, which finally broke its long running silence about a long mooted 4K disc upgrade. The first Ultra HD Blu-ray players would be available by the end of 2015 […] The discs will be encoded in HEVC and support up to 2160/60p – although the majority of movie releases will inevitably still be 2160/24p. Players will be largely (but apparently not entirely) compliant with the highly advanced ITU-R recommended BT.2020 standard for resolution, color and frame rates. – Steve May,TechRadar
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MobiTV’s Streaming Stick Takes on Chromecast

MobiTV is a cloud-based media platform that powers such apps as Sprint TV and T-Mobile TV. Now the company is making an HDMI streaming stick that will put a vast library of media at your fingertips. […] The MobiTV will have access to a larger variety of titles from the get go than Chromecast did. And the new streaming stick will support third-party titles such as Netflix, YouTube and Hulu, just like the Chromecast. Not only that, MobiTV will give you access to live TV channels via its library. For full access to all these channels, you will likely need to pay a monthly subscription to your wireless provider. A lot of these nitty gritty details are still being ironed out by the MobiTV team. – Cherlynn Low,Tom’s Guide  
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The next Apple TV: What to expect from an updated streaming box

It’s easy to say that the next Apple TV needs more apps, but we’ll say it anyway. Roku still trounces Apple in total number of apps available, and the openness of Chromecast means it’s particularly easy to develop for, with new Android apps adding Chromecast capability all the time. […] many Apple TV apps already offer live TV streaming, and apps from the cable providers could amp those offerings up even further. And while we’re at it, is native Amazon Instant and Pandora too much to ask? To that end, the new Apple TV could go the iPhone route and offer a full-blown app store, with not only numerous games but also dedicated apps designed for the big screen, giving more developers access to the growing living room platform rather than the more conservative approach of the current Apple TV. – David Katzmaier,CNET
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