Netflix offers HDR streaming for the Samsung Galaxy Note 8

Netflix is adding high dynamic range video streaming for the Samsung Galaxy Note 8. The feature will allow Galaxy Note 8 users to see video streamed by Netflix in richer color and with higher contrast. According to the video streamer’s support page, other handsets receiving HDR streaming of movies and television shows on Netflix include the LG V30, Sony Xperia XZ Premium and the Sony Xperia XZ1. These devices must be running the latest firmware available for HDR playback to work correctly.

The Netflix support page also notes that the LG G6 is the lone Android model that runs Netflix in Dolby …


All phones certified by Netflix for HDR and Dolby Vision video streaming

Netflix just updated its mobile HDR and Dolby Vision streaming list with the newly-announced Android phones capable of reproducing those titles in their due gorgeousness. So far, it has certified just the LG G6 as able to display its Dolby Vision footage as the creators intended, yet, given the standard’s requirements, it seems that both LG and Dolby might have cut a few corners to certify the G6 display as Dolby Vision compatible. 
When it comes to the more popular HDR-10 format, though, Netflix just added two more phones to the LG and …

AT&T shakes hand with CBS for DirecTV Now streaming, Showtime included

Back in the fall, AT&T launched its zero-rated DirecTV Now streamer, aimed at cord-cutters everywhere, for the extremely enticing $35/month introductory offer, which includes more than 120 popular channels to choose from. Despite the great limited-time price, there were some caveats, like the lack of CBS, though AT&T promised that it will work with CBS execs to fold it in, and will add more features to the streamer further down the road.
It just delivered on that promise, and included programming as well as on-demand content from CBS …

Google Play Music and YouTube Red to be merged into a new streaming service

Google has just confirmed that two of its most popular streaming services will be merged to provide a single, more advanced experience. While this isn’t the first time that we hear about a possible merger between Google Play Music and YouTube Red, it’s the first time that an official confirmed the information.

Googler Lyor Cohen said during a panel session at the New Music Seminar conference in New York that his company has to merge these two services in order to educate customers and increase the number of subscribers.

According to Cohen, Google considers …

Google's streaming video chat app Duo hits 100 million downloads

It took nine months for Google’s streaming video chat app Duo to reach its first 50 million downloads. It took only two months for the next 50 million downloads to take place, and right now Duo has been installed over 100 million times. While there aren’t any figures that tell us how often Duo is actually being employed, Google has made Duo a snap to use. In addition, starting last March Google released an update allowing audio calls to be placed over Duo. This makes the app even more useful.

Perhaps the most important thing that ran up the installation tally was the fact that in December, …

Game streaming service Twitch launches new Android and iOS apps

Twitch is trying to lure as many mobile fans as possible to its game streaming service. The first step in achieving that is the release of a revamped Twitch app for Android and iOS platforms.

The new app comes with a dark mode, as well as loads of new features and improvements such as Instant Playlist (a collection of content accessible by swiping down on the screen) and Language Ranking (featured streams organized based on certain languages and regions).

There’s also a new Mobile Streaming option that allows users to start a stream directly to their channel …

Tesla in talks to start its own music streaming service

Much to the bemusement of Tesla owners, music streamers, and everyone, really, Tesla has reportedly engaged in talks with music labels in hopes to start a music streaming service of its own.

Music industry insiders have said that Tesla has approached every major label with the expressed purpose of licensing a proprietary music streaming service to be integrated into their vehicles. Insiders have also indicated that a tiered service model would be employed – the lowest tier being a Pandora-esque web radio option. Beyond this, music labels are unsure …

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 …