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Roku shares plunge after Comcast announces free streaming box and Facebook launches TV device

Roku shares fell 13.7% on Wednesday after Comcast announced a new deal for cord cutters and Facebook unveiled a new device that can stream TV shows. Netflix closed down 2.4%. – Annie Palmer, CNBC » https://ift.tt/2AwT3iJ

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Charter taps ActiveVideo to offer next-gen spectrum guide to STBs

The CloudTV HTML5 cloud browser platform virtualises set-top box functions and enables the guide to be delivered from the cloud to any set-top without dependency on its memory capacity or CPU speed. ActiveVideo said that even the latest generation of the company’s WorldBox hybrid IP set-tops benefits from this combination of set-top resource independence and cloud delivery, allowing Charter to rapidly scale deployment of the guide across its nationwide footprint. – Rapid TV News » https://ift.tt/2O58mHh

Roku Shares Tumble Amid Apple TV+ Pricing News

In midday trading, Roku was off 9 percent while Netflix and Disney were down about 3 percent each. Apple TV+ is set to launch Nov. 1, while Disney+, at $7 monthly, has a Nov. 12 target date, and each are gearing up for competition with Netflix, the worldwide leader in premium subscription streaming that costs about twice what Disney will charge. – Paul Bond, The Hollywood Reporter » http://thr.cm/jcS7ap

Android-powered Media Streaming Boxes Targeted By New Malware Attack

Researchers at WootCloud have discovered a new malware campaign dubbed Ares that is actively targeting Android media players from at least three brands: Cubetek, HiSilicon, and QezyMedia. They’re under fire because the boxes ship with the Android Debugging Bridge (ADB) enabled. – Lee Mathews, Forbes » https://www.forbes.com/sites/leemathews/2019/08/30/android-powered-media-streaming-boxes-targeted-by-new-malware-attack/#7824ff3137a1 [photo: Flickr/ Scott Ackerman]

Original Chromecast not receiving major updates, only fixes

If you take a quick gander at the Google Support page detailing the newest firmware version available each Chromecast device, you’ll likely notice that the original Chromecast is on a much lower update than the other devices. While all the other Chromecast hardware is on version 1.40.156414, the 1st Gen Chromecast is all the way back on version 1.36.157768. Looking at the “Preview Program” versions of Chromecast firmware paints an even worse picture. – Kyle Bradshaw, 9to5Google » https://ift.tt/2Zm5JqP

Charter to distribute Disney streaming services

The deal is based on Charter’s future distribution of Disney’s streaming services — including Hulu, ESPN+ and Disney+ — to its Spectrum customers, and expands upon the previous deal which Spectrum TV will provide access to leading Disney channels. These include ABC, Disney Channel, Disney Junior, Disney XD, Freeform, ESPN, ESPN Deportes, SEC Network, Longhorn Network and the newly acquired networks of FX, Fox Life, National Geographic, Nat Geo Wild, Nat Geo Mundo and BabyTV. – Joseph O’Halloran, Rapid TV News » https://ift.tt/2yZHZtD

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