While under oath, AT&T's CEO reveals $15/month TV streaming service for mobile devices

Plenty of strange things have been revealed by people testifying under oath. But what came out of Randall Stephenson’s testimony yesterday might have been a first. The CEO of AT&T, while on the witness stand and under oath in a courtroom, revealed a new AT&T streaming service called AT&T Watch. Designed for those who like to watch streaming television on their mobile devices, this will be a low-cost service priced at $15/month. Unlike the carrier’s DirecTV Now streaming app, which is priced at $35/month, AT&T Watch will not carry any sporting events in order to keep the price down.

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JPEG XS is coming; designed for streaming video and VR, this format is low-latency and low-energy

JPEG, as many of you know, is the standard format used to compress digital images. And soon, the group behind JPEG will release JPEG XS. No, this isn’t a situation where the new format is used instead of the older one. Actually, you can expect to see both used side-by-side. JPEG XS was created specifically for streaming video and VR as opposed to JPEG, which was created to help download digital images.

The Joint Photographic Experts Group, in an announcement made last week, said that this new JPEG format will make viewing VR images less nausea-producing because of its low latency. It …

Amazon reportedly working on a new mobile-focused streaming service

Amazon may be working on a new streaming service with a focus on mobile, a recent trademark application and job ad by the company reveal.

As reported earlier this week by Variety, Amazon has applied for a trademark for Amazon Fuse last month, with the application describing ti as a service “related to the transmission of entertainment services, including audio and video content, over the internet and mobile networks.”
More information about Fuse is revealed in a recent Amazon job ad:
“Amazon Fuse …

Amazon introduces music streaming to Alexa Routines

Alexa Routines are a pretty neat feature available on Amazon Echo speakers, as they allow the voice assistant to complete multiple tasks with a single voice command. For example, you could set a night Routine for the speaker, and by saying “Alexa, good night,” the device will turn off all connected lights and lock the doors. Conversely, you could make a “Good morning” routine, which prompts Alexa to turn on the lights. What’s even cooler, is that now you can add some nice tunes to your smart Routines.

Amazon has rolled out an update that allows Alexa-powered speakers to …

Google Play Movies & TV for Android updated with streaming service integration

Google Play Movies & TV app for Android devices has just received a major update that will be rolled out in the United States in over the next couple of days. It’s the only place where Google made the update available, so don’t look for it if you live in another country.

The new version of Google Play Movies & TV turns the app from a platform where Android users could purchase media content into a tool that will show you the availability on other platforms of your favorite shows.

First off, the app now features streaming service integration, which means that Google Play Movies …

NBA tests streaming the fourth quarter of regular season games for only 99 cents

It is hardly a new observation to point out that the first 36 minutes of an NBA contest isn’t worth watching, and all that matters is the fourth quarter. That kind of thinking is actually incorrect since what happens in the last 12-minutes is all about everything that took place on the hardwood prior to the final quarter. Still, the league itself is trying to pass along this way of thinking by offering live streams of the last quarter of certain games for the heavily discounted price of 99 cents.

On Friday night, certain NBA fans received a notification that they could watch the fourth quarter …

Streaming music provider iHeartMedia files Chapter 11 bankruptcy

Saddled with $20 billion in debt, iHeartMedia today announced that it has filed for Chapter 11 bankruptcy protection, and is reorganizing its financial obligations. The company, which streams music online, also owns 850 radio stations and promotes concerts. Under Chapter 11, a company is protected from creditors seeking repayment of debt while it reorganizes. The media giant has reached an agreement in principle with holders of $10 billion of its debt, which will halve iHeartMedia’s debt load to $10 billion when it emerges from bankruptcy in the future.

Currently, the iHeartRadio app is …

Update that brings streaming HD video to the OnePlus 5/5T is available with one big caveat

Last December, we told you that the OnePlus 5 and OnePlus 5T do not support HD streaming video from several popular sites such as Google Play Movies, Netflix, and Amazon Video. The reason for this is that neither phone has the Widevine Level 1 Certification; this certification is required to stream certain DRM protected content in HD. Both phones shipped with Widevine Level 3 certification instead.

There is some good news on this front at last. On the OnePlus 5T community forum, a manager named David Y. wrote that OnePlus rolled out a program that will fix the issue. But there is also some …

AT&T beats Verizon, T-Mobile and Sprint in mobile video streaming

T-Mobile has its quarterly OpenSignal network tests to brag with, Verizon boasts after each bi-annual Root Metrics study, while AT&T remains mum on the matter, although it scores very well in all reports.

No more, though, as AT&T just issued a bit of a humble brag on its own, citing the latest Global Wireless Solutions (GWS) study that puts its network at the top of the mobile video streaming pile, followed by Verizon, T-Mobile, and Sprint. The GWS tests used criteria like loading (or time to first picture), video quality, amount of freezing, and the overall reliability …