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Arrests shut down illegal TV streaming gang

Image copyright Spanish national police Image caption Spanish police led the operation that resulted in the IPTV services being shut down Police raids across Europe have broken up a sophisticated operation that pirated and resold net-based TV (IPTV) channels. Five people have been arrested and dozens of servers shut down as a result of raids in Spain, Denmark and the UK. The IPTV services run by the gang offered customers more than 800 channels including sports and movies. The raids come as three British men were jailed for pirating footage…

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Google announces browser-based streaming game service

SAN FRANCISCO (Reuters) – Alphabet Inc’s Google announced on Tuesday that it would launch this year a browser-based video game streaming service dubbed Stadia that attempts to capitalize on the company’s cloud technology and global network of data centers. The technology allows users to play games through their internet browser or YouTube without waiting for content to be downloaded to a device, making access to games potentially as easy as watching a video from YouTube. But Google offered scant details on timing, pricing or available titles for the service, which…

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ITV, BBC to team up for ‘BritBox’ on-demand TV streaming service

BARCELONA (Reuters) – British broadcaster ITV is teaming up with publicly funded rival the BBC to launch a new streaming service for UK viewers, a Netflix-style offering of British box-sets and original series. A company sign is displayed outside an ITV studio in London, Britain July 27, 2016. REUTERS/Neil Hall The partners are finalizing a deal to bring “BritBox”, a service already available in North America, to UK audiences. They say it will offer the biggest collection of British programs available on any streaming service. “We have agreed a joint…

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ITV to team up with BBC in ‘BritBox’ subscription streaming offer

A company sign is displayed outside an ITV studio in London, Britain July 27, 2016. REUTERS/Neil Hall BARCELONA (Reuters) – UK broadcaster ITV said on Wednesday it was teaming up with the BBC to create a British rival to Netflix called “BritBox”. Chief Executive Carolyn McCall said the partnership, which is close to being concluded, would bring an exciting new subscription video-on-demand service to UK audiences. “This will provide an unrivalled collection of British boxsets and original series in one place,” she said. “We anticipate that other partners will be…

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Roku U-turn over streaming Alex Jones’s InfoWars

Image copyright Getty Images Image caption Apple’s ban of Alex Jones’s InfoWars podcasts last August led to similar moves by several other technology companies Video-streaming service Roku has made a U-turn over its addition of InfoWars – the right-wing conspiracy theorist Alex Jones’s channel. Social media activists noticed Roku was offering the channel earlier this week, half a year after YouTube, Facebook and Apple, among others, had banned it. Roku initially defended the decision on the grounds it did not censor content unless it was illegal. But it has backtracked,…

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Tidal streaming data figures investigated by Norway

Image copyright Getty Images Image caption Beyonce’s husband, Jay-Z, bought Tidal in 2015 The streaming figures of music service Tidal are under investigation in Norway over claims the numbers of listeners to 2016 albums by Beyonce and Kanye West, among others, were inflated. The Norwegian authorities said they would explore whether “someone” had manipulated the figures but did not name any individuals or companies. Tidal’s lawyer said the platform was “not under suspicion in this case”. The company behind Tidal was bought by Beyonce’s husband, Jay-Z, in 2015. The claims…

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Men jailed after streaming joyride in bus

Media playback is unsupported on your device Media captionThe pair were arrested after their Facebook video was posted Two men who live streamed themselves joyriding in a bus have each been jailed for four weeks. James Jones and Johnathan Huckerby made off in the vehicle in Shepshed, Leicestershire, after the driver had stopped for a break. Magistrates heard that while police were searching for them, on the evening of 3 December, they posted a video on Facebook of the joyride. The footage included both of their names and they were…

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The streaming wars: Can Disney topple Netflix?

Image copyright Marvel/Disney Image caption Disney, owner of the Avengers and Star Wars franchises, will test its brand appeal with the start of its own streaming services Last year Disney put Netflix on notice, announcing it would launch its own streaming services and end distribution agreements with the online video giant. The move was yet another warning that the world of streaming television, where Netflix had long been the leading player, was getting increasingly crowded. The firm’s shares slumped immediately after Disney’s announcement, before later bouncing back. So how big…

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Discovery, PGA Tour to launch video streaming platform

(Reuters) – The PGA Tour and pay TV operator Discovery Inc unveiled a live and on-demand video-streaming service on Monday that will allow golf fans access to nearly 150 tournaments annually. FILE PHOTO: Sep 20, 2018; Atlanta, GA, USA; Tommy Fleetwood on the 18th hole during the first round of the Tour Championship golf tournament at East Lake Golf Club. Mandatory Credit: John David Mercer-USA TODAY Sports/File Photo The new service, GOLFTV, will launch on Jan. 1 outside the United States and will carry more than 2,000 hours of live…

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