Amazon takes on Chromecast with Fire TV Stick (C|Net)

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The $39 device will let users stream a wide range of content, including Netflix, Prime Instant Video, and Hulu Plus.

It’s smaller than a crowbar, but Amazon surely wants its new streaming stick to pry users away from Google’s Chromecast.

Dubbed the Fire TV Stick, the streaming-media device connects to an HDMI port on the back on an HDTV and streams from sources including Netflix to Hulu Plus to, of course, Amazon’s own Prime Instant Video. Owners will also… [Read more on C|Net]

The PlayStation TV Might Not Be An Apple TV Killer, But That’s Not The Point (Business Insider)

The PlayStation TV is smaller than an iPhone 6.

The PlayStation TV, which was released last week, is a small set-top box that you can hold in your hand. It allows you to play PS3, PlayStation One, PS Vita, and PSP games through Sony’s streaming-game service, PlayStation Now.

It can also read games from a… [Read more on Business Insider]

Look at the fancy new NOW TV boxes you can get in time for Christmas (Pocket-lint)

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Sky has unveiled its Christmas present this year, and there’s more than one. The Now TV services can be streamed to your TV from your own personalised Now TV box, with five to choose from.

The special edition Now TV boxes will still be only… [Read more on Pocket-lint]

Microsoft to kill its free Xbox Music streaming service (C|Net)

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The free service will be retired on December 1 as Microsoft decides to focus on its subscription plan alone.

 

Microsoft will pull the plug on the free version of its Xbox Music streaming service on December 1.

After that, Microsoft will offer only its $10-a-month Xbox Music Pass, which serves up unlimited, ad-free music streaming. The no-cost, ad-supported version, which has about… [Read more on C|Net]

64% of US broadband homes have connected CE (Broadband TV News)

64% of US broadband households have an internet-connected CE and 55% have an OTT service subscription, according to Parks Associates.

The connected TV area is poised for strong growth especially following HBO’s announcement that it will launch a stand-alone HBO Go service.

“The HBO OTT service announcement should not really… [Read more on Broadband TV News]

4 companies changing television and films (AllVoices)

Technology has drastically affected both how we entertain ourselves and the way we absorb information on television and the big screen. Our wildest imaginations can now be fulfilled in visual mediums, and we can have an overwhelming number of… [Read more on AllVoices]