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 …


Ex-Apple, Samsung executive hired to run Disney's upcoming streaming video app

Back last August, we told you that Disney is planning to compete with Netflix by launching an app that will offer subscribers streaming videos consisting of TV shows and movies. The House of Mouse has a large library of live action and animated content that it can share with users of the app. To head up the new service, Disney apparently wanted someone who has worked with mobile devices and on streaming apps. According to Variety, Disney’s BAMTech Media division will announce the hiring of Kevin Swint to first build, and then run the unit. 

Swint, who will reportedly be given the titles …

Verizon signs exclusive NBA streaming deal, to offer League Pass at half price

After its extensive NFL deal, Verizon is now striking gold with the NBA, too, entering into a multi-year agreement over games streaming and exclusive content creation, topping it off with AR and VR experiences for basketball aficionados.
Big Red will offer the League Pass for half-price compared to traditional cable TV subscriptions, via its Yahoo Sports subsidiary. Those $99 a season will get you access to the more than 1100 games played for the period, plus the aforementioned exclusive Verizon content and AR shenanigans. The kicker is that …

PSA: 'ER' is now streaming for the very first time – yes, all 15 seasons of it

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If you’re looking for another excuse to avoid going outside, Hulu just dropped a great one right onto your screen.

The company has just brought ER to its streaming service (or any streaming service) for the first time ever – all 15 seasons of it

An impressive 331 episodes of the show aired between 1994 and 2009. At about 45 minutes each, that amounts to over 10 straight days of nonstop viewing. You may never have to go outside again.

I like Hulu a lot, as we all know, but their BEST news isn’t some new show they picked up but, rather, that they SECURED THE RIGHTS TO ER. ER IS COMING, BABY. ER. AMBULANCES. SIREN NOISES! GEORGE CLOONEY! ER! #tca18

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NFL streaming on mobile is no longer Verizon-exclusive, including Super Bowl 2018

The Super Bowl may not be Verizon-exclusive to stream on mobile devices any more, it seems, as the NFL announced a new five-year deal with America’s largest carrier that introduces other carriers into the mix. Under the auspices of the new streaming deal that Verizon and NFL just outed, “All in-market games including national pre-season, regular season, playoffs and Super Bowl will be open to all mobile customers across Verizon and Oath’s platforms next season.”

Starting from the playoffs next month, sports fans on AT&T, T-Mobile, Sprint or another service, can access the …

OnePlus 5 and OnePlus 5T do not support streaming HD video from several popular apps

Here’s some bad news for those of you with the OnePlus 5 or OnePlus 5T. According to a OnePlus forum member with the handle of whatthefunk, neither the OnePlus 5 nor the OnePlus 5T have the necessary Widevine Level 1 Certification required to stream certain DRM protected content in HD. Streaming apps that would be affected by this include Google Play Movies, Netflix, and Amazon Video. YouTube can stream in HD on both handsets. Both phones currently carry support for Widevine Level 3.

Being unable to stream videos in HD from popular video apps is certainly not what consumers would expect …

YouTube to launch 'Remix' music streaming service in March

YouTube is allegedly planning to launch a new music subscription service in March, tentatively called ‘Remix’, according to a new report from Bloomberg. This will be yet another attempt, following Play Music and the troubled YouTube Music Key, to successfully challenge Spotify and Apple on the on-demand music streaming scene.
The new service, internally referred to as ‘Remix’, according to people familiar with the matter, would combine traditional on-demand streaming in the vein of Spotify and Apple Music music videos. According to the report, the service’s …

Qualcomm tinkered Bluetooth 5.0 to allow music streaming to two devices simultaneously

Qualcomm’s new Snapdragon 845 chipset can do a lot of things that weren’t possible until now or required extra accessories. For example, if you want to pair two speakers to an Android device to stream music at the same time, you’ll need an accessory like a hub.

Well, it looks like Qualcomm has found a way to tweak Bluetooth 5.0 support on its Snapdragon 845 chip so that users can stream music to two devices (smartphones, speakers) at the same time without an extra accessory in-between.

According to Peter Carson, Qualcomm’s director of product marketing, the …

Streaming music at maximum volume is crashing some Google Home Mini units

One of the capabilities that smart speakers can handle is the ability to stream music over a speaker. But according to some users of the Google Home Mini who posted on reddit, certain songs played at a high volume result in the crashing of the product. This isn’t the first issue that the Google Home Mini has suffered with. Previously, it was discovered that the material Google was using to cover the smart speaker with, was forcing the Home Mini to be in listening mode 24/7. As a result, Google made the mini smart speaker voice activated only.

According to reports from Google Home Mini users, …