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MobiTV Connect is Next-Level Streaming Stick

Think of MobiTV as a beefed-up Chromecast. In addition to being able to stream content from apps such as Netflix and Crackle, the MobiTV Connect also offers access to live programming (with a subscription) and network DVR functions. This means you could potentially record TV shows on your streaming stick. The company is still working out the details with the DVR function, as there are many copyright regulations involved. […] I was also impressed that you can install any Android game on the MobiTV Connect to play on the big screen, turning it into a nifty little console. Using the Connect gaming app, you can download any game on the Play store and install it on the dongle, which has 2GB of storage dedicated to games. The app then turns your smartphone into a controller for that game. – Cherlynn Low, Tom’s Guide 
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Roku Screen Mirroring Isn’t Ready for Prime Time

I went hands-on with the Roku Streaming Stick to try out its new screen mirroring function for Android and Windows Phone 8 devices and PCs running Windows 8.1. […] Still a beta feature, Roku’s screen mirroring uses Miracast/WiDi technology, which has had an extremely mixed track record every time I’ve tried it. This application was no exception. […] I tried a second Roku Streaming Stick to see if I could replicate my results, but this device would not connect with any of the four devices. After contacting Roku, I received a prompt response and learned that the company is developing a patch for the freezing bug, which will roll out to all users once it’s completed. Roku engineers could not replicate my issues with the HTC One M8, but said that they had not yet tested the Dell XPS 13 and could not vouch for its performance. The company is still in the process of ironing out screen mirroring’s bugs before the service’s official launch, on a date it has not yet specified. – Marshall Honorof,Tom’s Guide
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MobiTV’s Streaming Stick Takes on Chromecast

MobiTV is a cloud-based media platform that powers such apps as Sprint TV and T-Mobile TV. Now the company is making an HDMI streaming stick that will put a vast library of media at your fingertips. […] The MobiTV will have access to a larger variety of titles from the get go than Chromecast did. And the new streaming stick will support third-party titles such as Netflix, YouTube and Hulu, just like the Chromecast. Not only that, MobiTV will give you access to live TV channels via its library. For full access to all these channels, you will likely need to pay a monthly subscription to your wireless provider. A lot of these nitty gritty details are still being ironed out by the MobiTV team. – Cherlynn Low,Tom’s Guide  
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Aereo Debacle Shows Congress Clueless About Net Video

In a way, both the Supreme Court and the Copyright Office are right, and the fault for the confusion lies with Congress, which has ignored the phenomenon of Internet video for decades. In the process, it has entrenched established media companies like Comcast and Verizon and left innovative startups in limbo. The problem is not that Aereo shouldn’t have to play by the rules and pay licensing fees. It’s that there currently are no rules for a web-based broadcast company like Aereo. – Sean Captain,Tom’s Guide   http://ift.tt/1mxjJyV

Best Aereo Alternatives

Videophiles and cord cutters who have been following the Aereo Supreme Court case know by now that the service is effectively dead, with the Court ruling 6-3 in favor of broadcasters that accused Aereo of violating copyright law. Aereo allowed viewers to watch live, antenna-based TV streamed over the Internet to computers and mobile devices. Although Aereo is on its way out, its functionality lives on in a number of other products and services. – Marshall Honorof, Tom’s Guide http://ift.tt/1lXTDdB

New Netflix Roku App Runs Lightening Fast

The updated app will appear first on the Roku 3 and Roku Streaming Stick devices, which have the most powerful processors and are best able to take advantage of the new app. A Roku spokesperson told Tom’s Guide that the update will be “rolling out” through July and coming to other Roku models, as well. However, she said that Roku hasn’t yet figured out which other models will get the update — not even if all the current models will. That may depend on which devices are powerful enough to take advantage of the new software. – Sean Captain, Tom’s Guide http://ift.tt/1lcBx6h