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Netflix’s Overall Electricity Usage Jumped 84% in 2019, Outpacing Subscriber Growth

Netflix disclosed that its total energy consumption in 2019 was 451,000 megawatt-hours — enough to power around 40,000 average American homes for a full year. – Todd Spangler, Variety » https://trib.al/L5U68MU

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Plex’s add-on for Kodi is now free for everyone — Plex Pass no longer required

To use Plex’s Kodi add-on, however, you historically had to be a Plex Pass subscriber, which costs $4.99 per month or $39.99 per year. That changes today because Plex has announced that their Kodi add-on is now available for anyone to use for free. So if you’re running a Plex server, you can now get the full Plex experience right from within Kodi, without having to switch apps or pay anything. – AFTVnews http://ift.tt/2f0ORgM

Plex brings its Live TV streaming service to Apple TV and Android, adds time-shifting

Plex’s Live TV service, by way of background, offers an alternative of sorts to the current plethora of live TV streaming services like Sling TV, DirecTV Now, Hulu Live TV, Vue and YouTube TV. But instead of offering “skinny bundles” that combine local broadcast stations with top cable TV channels delivered over the internet, Plex’s service focuses only on those stations you can pick up with an HD antenna you install yourself at home. – Sarah Perez, TechCrunch http://ift.tt/2uYGCZt

Popular media streaming client Plex is coming to the new Apple TV

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Although Plex confirmed they are bringing the app to the new TV product, they were cagey on specifics or timeframes. Scott Olechowski, Plex co-founder, thanked Apple for using the same API frameworks as with the iPhone and iPad which reduces the amount of work needed to port the app from iOS to tvOS. Olechowski said there is no doubt that the Apple TV is a top platform for them but it sounded like a release would be at least a few months away. The new Apple TV is set to ship in late October. – Benjamin Mayo, 9to5Mac.com

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

How to turn an old PC into a home media server

You should know that while the media management program we’re going to use, Plex, is great for streaming to a single device, and even older machines shouldn’t have too much trouble, the stress of transcoding multiple HD video files and streaming to different devices simultaneously may be too taxing for older, slower machines. The results aren’t disastrous if your laptop or desktop isn’t quite up to the challenge, but expect to to deal with longer loading and buffering times, or keep it limited to one stream at a time. Our test machine had an older Intel Core i5 and a healthy amount of RAM, but still stuttered a bit when faced with the challenge of streaming multiple videos to different devices. – Brad Brouque, Digital Trends
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Microsoft To Bring Xbox One Game Streaming to Windows 10 Devices Later This Year

Microsoft wants to make your Xbox one a local game server for all your Windows 10 devices, the company announced today. Xbox lead Phil Spencer showed off the new feature on stage today in Seattle at Microsoft’s special event, playing Forza Motorsport on Xbox One and streaming it to a Surface 3 where he controlled and viewed it remotely. – Darrell Etherington, TechCrunch
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