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Here’s why YouTube Red named its product… that

photo: Youtube

photo: Youtube

“Choosing a name for a product is a challenging thing,” a YouTube executive said in a press Q&A session. “As we talked to users and fans in our studies, the term ‘red’ is often associated with YouTube. It has a lot of meaning in terms of love and the red carpet.” With ad-blocking about the Web, YouTube also thinks that searching for that term will bring up related hits to its product and not Red tube. “We’re not too worried about that other site.” – Natt Garun, The Next Web

Apple TV will have an open API for universal search

Simple for users is a good thing, but it’ll be interesting to see how powerful this API really is. Between downloaded content, streaming subscriptions, disparate content (if seasons one and two of your favorite show were on Netflix, but three through five were on another service) and Apple’s own interest via iTunes, I’ll be interested to see how ‘simple’ is balanced. – Nate Swanner, The Next Web

Getflix lets you access restricted streaming globally – 88% off

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logo: Getflix

Getflix is a smart DNS service that removes the geoblocks on Netflix, Hulu, BBC iPlayer and many more streaming media services across the globe. Usually, these services operate with monthly subscription packages. But Getflix is temporarily offering a lifetime subscription for only $39 – that’s a massive 88 percent saving, down from $330. – The Next Web

BBC to launch new iPlayer streaming apps just for kids next year

photo: BBC iPlayer

photo: BBC iPlayer

The new apps will be a part of the BBC’s upcoming ‘iPlay’ initiative (the name isn’t yet set in stone) and are designed to bring together the BBC’s diverse range of content suitable for kids in one easy-to-explore place, says director of BBC Children, Alice Webb. […] The new iPlayer service for children will launch at some point in 2016, but exactly when is anyone’s guess right now. – Ben Woods, The Next Web

Amazon introduces new Fire TV Stick, Fire TV and Fire TV Gaming Edition

[Amazon] today has released a pre-order for its new generation of Amazon Fire TV products, to provide more powerful voice, processing and storage abilities. […] The Amazon Fire TV stick with voice will come in at $49.99, while the new Amazon Fire TV will cost $99.99 and the Gaming edition will run $139.99. Amazon will continue to offer the Fire TV stick at $39.99. – Lauren Hockenson, The Next Web

75,000 Popcorn Time users will be getting a surprise in the mail this fall

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photo: Popcorn Time

Authorities in Norway have told users of the popular pirate streaming service Popcorn Time to expect “a surprise in the mail,” after the Rights Alliance claims it has has gathered data on 51,000-75,000 users of the site. […] The Rights Alliance is legally allowed to monitor people it suspects to be pirating. However, monitoring IP addresses is one thing, it would need to go through the courts to be allowed collaborate with ISPs to obtain the names and addresses behind them. – Amanda Connolly, The Next Web

Geekin Radio ties streaming music to social like never before

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logo: Geekin Radio

Here’s how it works: you create a playlist of tracks from SoundCloud (other integrations are coming, we’re told) in Geekin Radio. Once you begin streaming, those who follow you can listen in on your playlist — in real-time. If you decide you’re bored of your music and want to hear what someone else has going on, just start listening to their broadcast instead. Those who are tapped into your playlist will also be exposed to whatever you’re listening to. – Nate Swanner, The Next Web

YouTube’s Web video player just received a sleek transparent update

The new video player is a lot sleeker, featuring controls floating on the video itself instead of planted underneath. Besides just looking nicer, the redesign also saves a few vertical pixels of screen real estate. […] The change appears to have taken effect globally, and the new design shows up across a variety of browsers; Chrome, Firefox and Edge all feature the revamped look, even on mobile. – Napier Lopez, The Next Web
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