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YouTube Red blocks several gaming videos from US viewers

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Due to the new way that content is being delivered, publishers need to agree to a new set of terms and conditions. Thus far, it seems that they were able to work with a majority of publishers, so that this wouldn’t be an issue. However, some users are reporting that videos are not available in their country. – Chris Scott Barr, SlashGear

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

PS4 software 3.00 beta reveals YouTube broadcasting and Communities

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Live broadcasting to YouTube is just what it sounds like. Prior to now, the Twitch app on PS4 was one of the only ways to share gameplay live to other viewers, while YouTube was limited to uploading recorded clips and footage. System software 3.00 will also let users post video clips directly to Twitter, as long as they’re 10 seconds or less. – Adam Westlake, SlashGear

Netflix changes ‘Fuller House’ plot to make it less depressing

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In the original series, D.J Tanner was the oldest child, and in the upcoming Fuller House rehash she’ll be the central adult. The originally planned Fuller House storyline planned to have her be a freshly widowed pregnant now-single mom trying to figure out how to get along in life now that it has been, you know, horribly and irreversibly altered. – Brittany Hillen, SlashGear

Android TV, like Google TV, still too ahead of its time

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This all boils down to the fact that building a TV operating system using the same constraints and APIs as a smartphone operating system is seemingly always going to have an inherent disconnect. If Android TV is to succeed, it needs to ensure that devices released today will be supported for at least five years. That will prevent early adopters from shunning the platform in disappointment, as well as encourage later adopters to realize that Android TV is a worthwhile investment. – Mark Raby, SlashGear

Amazon dabbles in original movies with Spike Lee’s ‘Chi-Raq’

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“Chi-Raq” is the film’s working title at the moment; the movie was written by Spike Lee and Kevin Willmott, with Lee serving as director. The movie focuses on the problem of violence in Chicago’s inner city, and it will be starring several well known celebrities: Samuel L. Jackson, Wesley Snipes, Nick Cannon, Angela Bassett, Jennifer Hudson, John Cusack, and more. Teyonah Parris will be playing the lead character as her breakout role. – Brittany Hillen, SlashGear

VLC for iOS update turns Apple Watch into remote control, media browser

The VLC update also includes a few new features that don’t focus on the Watch, such as a mini-player that can be used while browsing content on the main iOS device like an iPhone or iPad, along with support for PLEX shares that are password protected, and looping playlists. Lastly the app fixes a number of bugs that caused repeated crashes and affected playback reliability. – Adam Westlake, SlashGear

Netflix Card brings pay-as-you-go to streaming service in UK

Just like most gift cards today, the Netflix Card will be available in denominations of 15, 25, and 50 pounds of credit. The card will come with a unique code on the back that will need to be entered on Netflix’s website, and the value can be applied to any of the three streaming tiers, which include SD, HD, and 4K plans. – Adam Westlake, SlashGear
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