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Plex Introduces New Desktop App, Ends Home Theater PC Support

For the uninitiated, HTPCs are dedicated PCs connected to TVs or projectors to access streaming services and downloadable media. This used to be the primary way for early adopters to bring digital media to their TV screens, and apps like Plex owe much of their early popularity to this use case. In fact, Plex, XMBC / Kodi and Boxee all gained significant traction after Microsoft stopped investing resources into its own HTPC solution, dubbed Windows Media Center. – Janko Roettgers, Variety » https://trib.al/3X83tjM
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The new Apple TV app available in over 100 countries

With the iOS 12.3 and tvOS 12.3 software update, customers around the world can now subscribe to Apple TV channels within the Apple TV app. In the US, Apple TV channels include services such as HBO, Starz, Showtime, Smithsonian Channel, EPIX, Tastemade and new services like MTV Hits, with more to be added over time around the world. – Robert Briel, Broadband TV News » http://bit.ly/2Vp721S

Netflix Introduces ‘Studio Quality Sound’ for a ‘Magical Combination’ of Sight and Sound

In an official statement, Netflix has shared that it is now using “​high-quality audio,​ which takes our sound quality to another level,” adding that it “delivers audio that sounds closer to what creators hear in the studio, so every little detail is captured for a richer, more intense experience.” For subscribers who have “bandwidth or device limitations,” Netflix has made the feature adaptive to “deliver the best possible audio to match your capabilities,” similar to what the company already does for video. – Kate Erbland, IndieWire » http://bit.ly/2IT0XJu

As Apple Moves Into Streaming, Netflix Kills Support for AirPlay

As Cult of Mac noted, Netflix streaming via AirPlay—namely, using the feature to stream video from the iOS app to an Apple TV—has been supported since 2013, and there doesn’t appear to have been any major revisions to AirPlay that would in and of themselves break Netflix compatibility. Thus there is some suspicion that Netflix is retaliating against Apple, which is launching a streaming service that includes deals with many major competitors, not including Netflix. Cult of Mac noted that iPhone and iPad users can still use workarounds, including sending video to a Chromecast or TV supporting Netflix 2nd Screen, or just connecting their devices directly to a screen with an HDMI cable via an adapter. – Tom McKay, Gizmodo » http://bit.ly/2uQDKi0
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