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Dish’s AirTV launches an $80 streaming stick for accessing Sling TV, Netflix & broadcast channels

Despite the new AirTV Mini’s streaming stick form factor, it’s not meant to compete with rival streaming sticks like the low-cost Amazon Fire TV Stick, Roku streaming stick or Chromecast in terms of price. Instead, it’s a $79.99 alternative to the $119.99 AirTV Player bundle — perhaps for someone who doesn’t care for the sort of Playskool-inspired design of the original streaming box, but still wants over-the-air channels, 4K support, and easy access to Sling TV and Netflix. – Sarah Perez, TechCrunch » https://tcrn.ch/2jJ4TS6
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YouTube back on Fire TV as Prime Video comes to Chromecast, Android TV

Effective immediately, the deal between the two firms will see the Prime Video app be available for streaming to Chromecast, Chromecast built-in devices, and Android TV devices while the official YouTube app for Amazon Fire TV is launching on Fire TV Stick (2nd Gen), Fire TV Stick 4K, Fire TV Cube and Fire TV Stick Basic Edition. – Rapid TV News » https://ift.tt/32hJ2T9

Roku Stretches Lead As #1 Streaming TV Platform in US After Record Q1 Performance: Strategy Analytics

The report, USA Connected TV Device Vendor Market Share Q1 2019, finds that there are now more than 41 million Roku-based devices in use, including Roku media streamers and Roku-based smart TVs, accounting for 15.2% of all media streaming devices. Roku now has a 36% lead over the next major platform, Sony PlayStation, in terms of devices in use. – Business Wire via Yahoo Finance » https://ift.tt/31Urj3Q

Illicit streaming devices are more popular than ever, and hackers are taking note

What was once a fringe phenomenon has entered the mainstream, with 12 million homes in North America actively using illicit streaming devices. A Digital Citizens survey found that 13 percent of Americans report having a piracy device in their homes. Yet millions of consumers are unaware of their own cybersecurity vulnerabilities. These unsuspecting users represent a target-rich environment for online hackers seeking to steal personal information. – Liam Sigaud, The Hill » http://bit.ly/2JtUzZf

Roku has 29.1 million active users (and no profit)

The company has grown to 29.1 million active users, who in the last three months collectively streamed 8.9 billion hours of content. Between device sales and platform fees, Roku pulled in a gross profit of $100.9 million, although that wasn’t enough to cover its operating expenses. Consequently, the company wound up making a loss of $10.7 million, topping the $6.9 million it lost in the same period in 2018. – Daniel Cooper, Engadget » https://engt.co/2Wzxvv1
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