Google and Amazon, rival tech giants with massive interests in streaming video services and hardware, are about to kiss and make up. Or at least give each other mutual pecks on the cheek.In a joint announcement, the two companies say an app for Google's YouTube, YouTube TV and YouTube Kids services will be available "in the coming months" on Amazon's Fire TV streamers and TVs worldwide. Separately, the phone and tablet apps for Amazon Prime Video will be able to connect to Google Chromecast streamers as well as devices that run Chromecast built-in and Android TV. That change too will happen in the coming months.These two separate upgrades to Fire TV and Chromecast streaming devices address longstanding incompatibilities and improve their users' access to YouTube and Prime Video, respectively. The upgrades also help Fire TV and Chromecast better compete against the likes of Roku, Apple TV and most smart TV systems, which have long had YouTube and Prime Video apps. Now … [Read more...] about YouTube app coming to Fire TV; Amazon Prime Video arrives on Google Chromecast
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The two biggest topics at this week's Game Developer Conference (GDC) have been Google's upcoming Stadia streaming service and the stranglehold Fortnite has on the youth of America. But for those interested in mobile games, the convention this week in San Francisco offers lots of hints about where iOS and Android developers are going in 2019 and beyond. 1. Cloud-based gaming is coming to your phone Google announced Stadia this week -- an ambitious plan to stream games through its Chrome browser to desktop and mobile devices and via Chromecast to your TV -- but other companies also have plans to jump into cloud-based gaming. Sony already has its PlayStation Now game streaming service for PCs and PlayStation 4, and Microsoft is building one called Project xCloud that will stream Xbox games to phones and tablets. And Tencent this week said it's building a streaming service for cloud-based gaming on Windows and Android devices. 2. Smartphones will be a proxy for PCs and consoles The … [Read more...] about Top 7 trends in mobile gaming from GDC 2019
Playing your favorite game from anywhere and on any device is 2019's holy grail of entertainment. As we head into the 2019 Game Developer Conference (GDC), we're awaiting Google's eagerly anticipated announcement on March 19 with details about its cloud gaming platform (Project Stream and Project Yeti). So let's save a checkpoint of our current state.What do we mean when we talk about cloud gaming or game streaming? In cloud gaming, processing occurs on a remote server that "streams" the rendered frames to your local device, which sends back commands based on your in-game activity. People have taken to calling it "game streaming." But gaming's active, bidirectional nature makes it different from traditional movie and music streaming. It's also different from Twitch-like game broadcasts, which is why I prefer "cloud gaming." The 22 most anticipated video games of 2019 22 Photos That term also differentiates it from in-home streaming -- served up by the original … [Read more...] about Before Google’s big cloud gaming launch, here’s the state of streaming game services
Your phone can make a great controller for music, movies and TV in the home. Maybe you want to send music from your phone or an app like Spotify to your speaker system. Or maybe you want to control Netflix on your mobile device and watch it on your TV. Two phone-to-AV systems stand out above the crowd: Google Chromecast and Apple AirPlay. Both let you stream music and video to a TV, speaker or other device around the home. While all AirPlay and Chromecast devices support audio, not as many handle video -- the main devices that do are the Apple TV ($149) or Apple TV 4K ($179) and Google Chromecast ($35) streamers. Now playing: Watch this: 'Alexa, play Apple Music' 1:23 Meanwhile Apple AirPlay 2's main additions are multiroom audio, stereo pairing for the Apple HomePod ($349), and the ability to stream to 2019 televisions. So if you're investing in new equipment, which logo should you be looking for on the box? Is one better than the … [Read more...] about Google Chromecast vs Apple AirPlay: Which is better for streaming from your phone?
Cut out the sports, news and local channels, and suddenly live TV is cheaper than ever.A new multichannel live TV streaming service called Philo launches today, and it's just $16 per month. That's the least-expensive of its kind yet, undercutting former lowball champ Sling TV, which starts at $20. Philo is less than half as much as DirecTV Now, PlayStation Vue, Hulu with Live TV and YouTube TV.And Philo has more channels -- 35 -- than you might expect for such a low price. Sling TV has about 28 live channels, for example, and YouTube TV has about 40.With those headline features, you might already be reaching for your wallet or dialing up your current TV service to cancel. But for many people, the devil is in the channel details.Cheap(er) channels: No sports or locals, very little newsPhilo bills its selection of channels as "entertainment, lifestyle and knowledge-focused programming," which is a cute way to say "No ESPN, Fox News or CBS." Those channels, and many others that focus … [Read more...] about Philo charges just $16 for 35 channels, but no sports or locals