Sprint customers get first crack at streaming Jay Z's new album


Sprint customers who are rap fans are in for a treat. Starting on June 30th can stream Jay Z’s 13th album, “4:44,” for free. The album will be launched exclusively June 30th on Tidal, which means that new and existing Sprint customers can use their free six-month Tidal subscription to listen to the latest from the rapper. Those of you not subscribed to either Sprint or Tidal will be out of luck.

This isn’t the first time that Jay Z has used the launch of a new album to help promote a mobile device or service. In 2013, Jay Z’s “Magna Carter Holy Grail,” was offered for free to anyone …


Verizon adjusts its pre-paid plans by adding more data; video streaming limited to 480p

Verizon has announced some changes to its pre-paid offerings starting on June 6th. On that date, Verizon’s pre-paid service will consist of  five different tiers: 3 GB of high-speed for $40 a month, 7 GB of high-speed data for $50 a month and 10 GB of high-speed data for $60 a month. The carrier already has a tier with unlimited high-speed data for pre-paid subscribers priced at $80 per month. With these new plans, some old features remain available such as Carryover Data. Those with a record of paying on time can bank unused data for a month, and use it the following month. Always on Data …

Students can score 6-months of Amazon's video streaming service for free with Prime trial

With graduation season now upon us, Amazon is giving students a deal on an Amazon Prime subscription. Students who have an active college email address (the kind that end in .edu) can sign up to receive six free months of Prime. After the six months is up, the student can renew for a year at a special rate of $49. That is a 50% discount. Being an Amazon Prime member not only gives students free two-day shipping on their Amazon orders, it also allows them to stream television shows and movies for free from Prime Video.

Other features include Prime Photos, which offers free unlimited cloud …

Verizon is exploring the opportunity to test and launch a streaming TV service of its own

Variety reports that Verizon will take advantage of its ownership of Yahoo (not finalized as of yet) and AOL to test and launch a streaming TV service. By merging the two providers, Verizon will build a platform with a massive number of potential subscribers – Yahoo and AOL enjoy a combined total of 1.3 billion users – to kick-start streaming TV.

The product will be separate from the already available Go90 content delivery platform, but other details aren’t available at this point. However, Verizon has the means to invest in lucrative content for its future streaming …

YouTube removes mobile streaming requirements, makes it available to everyone

Google has silently lifted restrictions on one of its YouTube features that many couldn’t have used until now: the ability to go live. Since the feature was added to YouTube, it was restricted to those YouTubers who had at least 10,000 subscribers.

Later on, the requirement dropped to 1,000 subscribers, but it was still not enough to make a considerable number of YouTubers use the mobile streaming feature.

Well, it looks like Google has removed all requirements for mobile streaming and made it available to everyone. It’s unclear whether or not this is a temporary …

TNT and TBS announce major updates to both networks' streaming video apps

Cable networks TNT and TBS have announced that major updates are getting pushed out now for the pair’s streaming video apps. Those using the apps on mobile platforms like iOS and Android will receive the update, as will users of Apple TV and Amazon Fire. The updates will include complete redesigns of the apps and will also add new platforms such as Roku, Chromecast & VIZIO SmartCast. Later this year, the apps will be offered on certain game consoles and connected televisions.

The redesigned TNT and TBS apps will be the first from major television networks to employ a technology called …

Netflix brings HDR streaming to the LG G6, here's how to get it (S8 needn't apply yet)

In case you have scooped up one of those seasonal flagships everyone is talking about – the Galaxy S8 or the LG G6 – you will be delighted to learn that their Mobile HDR Premium and Full Vision displays, respectively, can potentially take advantage of those Netflix series shot in HDR10 or Dolby Vision formats. That’s right, we barely reported that Netflix has listed its first phone certified for HDR streaming – the LG G6 – and the promised 5.0 app version that brings in the wide color goods to its screen, is already rolling out.

The fun part is that …

Today is your last chance to get unlimited streaming HD video from T-Mobile One for no extra cost

Back in February, Verizon announced its long awaited return to unlimited data. With unlimited video streaming at 720p (HD), Big Red had topped the 480p (DVD quality) resolution that T-Mobile One was streaming unlimited video at. In order to match Verizon, T-Mobile One was upgraded to include T-Mobile One Plus for free. That meant that video on T-Mobile One was now streaming unlimited at 720p (like Verizon), and users could have 10GB of 4G LTE hot spot connectivity.

But T-Mobile’s promotion is coming to an end at the close of business today. Starting April 7th (that’s tomorrow), if you want …

Amazon wins bidding war for streaming rights to Thursday Night Football

Amazon has reached an agreement with the NFL to stream 10 Thursday Night contests over the course of the 2017-2018 NFL season. For the rights to these games, Amazon had to pay the NFL $50 million. Despite talk that viewership of regular season games was down last year, the check that Amazon handed over to NFL Commissioner Roger Goodell was for 10 times the amount that Twitter paid the league last year to stream 10 Thursday Night battles.

Perhaps one of the reasons why the price to obtain the rights was so much higher this year, was the fact that a bidding war for the games erupted between …

Verto: Apple Music was the most popular music streaming site last month

According to analytical firm Verto, Apple Music is the most popular streaming music service in the U.S. among those 18 and older. This might come as a surprise to many. After all, at the beginning of this month, we told you that Spotify has 50 million paid subscribers compared to the 20 million who subscribe to Apple Music. But in this strange land of streaming music providers, all isn’t what it seems to be, thanks to Apple’s three-month free trial that it offers to potential subscribers.

Last month, Apple Music served 40.7 million unique monthly users. That topped by 20% the number of …