Tagged With streaming video

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Movies and TV shows come and go on Netflix on a regular basis, which means you might be half way through your favourite flick when it gets yanked from the service. The solution? Buy all your own content and set up your own private cloud-based streaming service you can get at from any computer or device.

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The streaming video on demand game in Australia just got a little bit tighter. Australia's third-placed streaming service Presto will be closed by January, after news that part owner Foxtel has bought out its joint venture with Seven West Media, with likely plans to move all subscribers onto Foxtel Play.

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If you've got a lot of movie and TV files floating around your computer you're doing a disservice to your free time by not installing Plex. It's a gamechanger app that lets you instantly stream all your media to any phone, computer or TV in your vicinity. Originally an offshoot of the popular XBMC (now Kodi) media player, Plex operates as a server that delivers your content, be it downloaded TV shows, ripped DVDs of movies or old family videos, to clients that operate on every single device that plugs into your TV or has a screen. It's simple to use, available on everything and ridiculously handy for people with large media libraries.

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Starting today, Amazon Prime users in the US will have free access to Amazon Video Direct. Which is... what exactly? According to the landing page, Direct will be "helping content creators and visual storytellers reach millions of Amazon Video customers." Uh huh.

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Now there shall be no more endless converting of your videos to make them more palatable to your Apple TV's desires. VLC, the software that famously supports a wide range of file formats, is now available on the new Apple TV.

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Looking for one device to sit in your home entertainment unit, sending catch-up TV and streaming video on demand straight to your telly? Telstra's competitor to the Apple TV will be out at the start of next week, and you'll pay $109 for the privilege of watching Presto, Netflix, Stan and other Australian catch-up television services — as well as any downloaded movies or TV shows you might have on a hard drive or your home network — on your big screen TV.

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Presto is now a formal, official joint venture between Foxtel and Seven West Media — two of Australia's largest media companies. Each of the partners has a 50 per cent stake in the service, and they're planning to use their considerable marketing might and the depth of their war chests to make a huge play. They want Presto to be the best streaming video on demand service in Australia, and they're not afraid to spend a bit of money to get there.

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Television is experiencing a digital renaissance. Cutting the cord no longer means severing you from live TV. We're witnessing the birth of true internet television, and Sony's PlayStation Vue is the service with the most to offer as of today.

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A streaming video on demand service can have a massive library of movies and TV online, but just as important is actually guiding you to easily find and watch that video. For my $10 per month, the experience of actually using the just-launched Stan is every bit as good as, and in some cases even better than, Netflix.