Entertainment, Games, Digital Distribution

Square Enix Introduces Cloud-Based Gaming Service 'Shinra Technologies'

September 19, 2014 - GamePolitics Staff

During its Tokyo Game Show press conference yesterday, Square Enix revealed Shinra Technologies, a new cloud-based gaming platform that hopes to deliver first-party titles to consumers. Named after the evil corporation in Final Fantasy VII, and headed up by former Square Enix president and representative director Yoichi Wada, the service is set for a beta launch early next year in Japan. A North American beta is planned for sometime in 2015 as well, but a concrete date has not been set.

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Report: Sony to Debut TV Streaming Service Later This Year

September 18, 2014 - GamePolitics Staff

Sony is set to launch an internet television service with the promise of streaming dozens of channels to PlayStation systems later this year, according to the Wall Street Journal.

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Netflix Performance Finally Improves on AT&T and Verizon

September 9, 2014 - GamePolitics Staff

It looks like the paid peering agreements video streaming service Netflix signed with AT&T and Verizon earlier this year are finally paying off. According to Netflix's Monthly Speed Index for August, the average Netflix stream on Verizon FiOS was 2.41Mbps during the month, up dramatically from 1.61Mbps in July. AT&T's U-verse service offered average Netflix performance of 2.61Mbps in August, up from 1.44Mbps in July.

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OnLive Inks Deal With Phillips For Europe

September 2, 2014 - GamePolitics Staff

Cloud-based gaming service OnLive and TP Vision have announced a new strategic partnership that will bring the OnLive Game Service on new models of Philips TVs powered by Android that will be released in Europe during 2014 and beyond.

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Poll: How Do You Feel About Amazon Buying Twitch?

August 27, 2014 - Andrew Eisen

Many were positive that Google would be the one to buy Twitch but nope!  Amazon picked up the video-streaming service for a cool billion dollars.

For its part, Amazon says that "Twitch is absolutely doing a great job and we don't want to change that at all."

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Netflix Fools Around with Custom UI for Oculus Rift

August 22, 2014 - GamePolitics Staff

During a recent Hack Day - as chronicled in this blog post - engineers at Netflix mange to design a prototype Oculus Rift user interface for its popular streaming service. The specially designed UI that makes this possible is being called "Oculix" and lets users control the Netflix menu using hand and head gesture controls.

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Time Warner Cable Inks Deal With Netflix

August 19, 2014 - GamePolitics Staff

Time Warner Cable is the latest internet service provider to get a fee from streaming video service Netflix, according to GIGA OM. Time Warner Cable has officially signed a paid peering agreement with Netflix, giving it direct access to the ISP's customers.

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Twitch Adds Appeal Button to Videos Affected By Automated Copyright Enforcement System

August 8, 2014 - GamePolitics Staff

After a rather tumultuous and contentious Reddit AMA yesterday featuring Twitch CEO Emmett Sheer, a new blog post from Twitch VP of Marketing & Communications Matthew DiPietro announces a couple of changes.

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Netflix Generating More Revenue Than HBO

August 8, 2014 - GamePolitics Staff

In a status update on Facebook, Netflix CEO Red Hastings said that Netflix now generates more revenue than premium pay channel Home Box Office (HBO). Reed said in his post that the company managed to pull in $1.146 billion compared to HBO's $1.141 billion.

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Twitch CEO Says Ambient Music is the Target When Muting Archived Streams

August 7, 2014 - GamePolitics Staff

In a Reddit AMA, Twitch CEO Emmet Shear said that in-game music getting muted was a mistake. Shear said that the target of the mass muting of archived streams was music played in the background that was not licensed ("ambient music"). He also acknowledged in the thread that some accidental mutings occurred and that they are looking into fixing that problem. He acknowledged that it was also probably a bad idea to roll out all of this stuff without first announcing it to the community.

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Twitch Revamping Video-On-Demand System

August 6, 2014 - GamePolitics Staff

In a lengthy post on its official Blog, game streaming service Twitch announced that it will soon begin implementing a revamped video-on-demand service that offers users higher quality VOD options, the ability to view archived content on mobile and other devices, and a simplified system for exporting video to YouTube.

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Justin.tv Shuts Down

August 5, 2014 - GamePolitics Staff

Justin.tv has closed its doors today after seven years in operation. The service launched in 2007 and later spun off its gaming category into a new service called Twitch due to its popularity.

"The Justin.tv website, mobile apps, and APIs are no longer in service," reads a message on the official website. "Thank you sincerely for seven years of live video memories."

If you have videos on the site and are looking to somehow retrieve them, you are out of luck:

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Raptr Introduces Game Video Capture and Streaming Features

July 28, 2014 - GamePolitics Staff

Raptr has introduced a major update to its service that adds the ability to record or stream gameplay video with virtually "no degradation of system performance thanks to hardware encoding support across both AMD- and Nvidia-based graphics processors (GPUs)."

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Join Us For a Live Stream Of Super Podcast Action Committee!

July 11, 2014 - Andrew Eisen

This Saturday, July 12th at 6:15p PST, Super Podcast Action Committee is going to live stream its 105th episode on Twitch TV and we'd love you to drop buy and hang out with us!

There will be a live chat running so it will be a lot easier to chat with EZK, myself and other viewers while we discuss super important topics like:

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Twelve Million Users Visited Twitch During E3 Week

June 17, 2014 - GamePolitics Staff

A new blog post from Twitch reveals that its deal with the ESA to live-stream E3 Expo press conferences (and other content) was a smashing success for the company.

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OnLive Titles Playable on Mad Catz's Mojo Micro-Console

June 4, 2014 - GamePolitics Staff

We're not sure how cloud-based game streaming service OnLive or Mad Catz Interactive Android-based micro-console Mojo are doing, but apparently those two things have teamed up, according to an announcement by OnLive today.

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Roughly 2.4 Billion Hours of eSports Watched in 2013

June 2, 2014 - GamePolitics Staff

According to a new report from research firm IHS Technology, more people than ever are watching eSports thanks to popular games such as League of Legends and Dota 2. Around 2.4 billion hours of eSports videos were watched during 2013, according to the report - nearly double the 1.3 billion hours watched in 2012. The report goes on to predict that 6.6 billion hours will be watched by fans in 2018, with China representing the largest market for online eSport views in the world, followed by the U.S. and South Korea.

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Report: YouTube in Buyout Talks With Twitch

May 19, 2014 - GamePolitics Staff

Rumors are circulating that Google's YouTube video service is in talks to buy out streaming service Twitch. According to reports in the Wall Street Journal and Variety, those talks are still in the preliminary stages. The deal is rumored to be worth $1 billion to Twitch if it comes to fruition.

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Report: Microsoft May Drop Xbox Live Gold Requirement from Entertainment Streaming Apps

May 13, 2014 - GamePolitics Staff

According to multiple sources within the company, Microsoft plans to lift the Xbox Live Gold requirement for consumers who want to watch Netflix, Hulu and other streaming media apps on Xbox 360 and Xbox One.

Basically it means that consumers who buy a brand new Xbox One will be able to watch these services right out of the box without having to worry about having an Xbox Live Gold account. Of course you'll still have to set up a free Silver account in order to do anything.

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Report: Comcast and EA Negotiating Game Streaming Deal

May 5, 2014 - GamePolitics Staff

Electronic Arts and ISP Comcast are believed to be negotiating a game streaming deal, according to five independent sources speaking to Reuters. According to sources speaking to Reuters, Comcast will give some customers the ability to buy and stream EA titles through Comcast's new X1 operating system. X1 is only available in certain areas covered by Comcast at the moment.

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Netflix Publicly Opposes Comcast-TWC Merger, Announces Rate Hike for New Customers

April 22, 2014 - GamePolitics Staff

Last week Senator Al Franken (D-Minn.) sent a letter to entertainment streaming service Netflix asking the company to weigh in on the proposed merger between Comcast and Time Warner Cable. This week Netflix gave its opinion... to shareholders.

"If the Comcast and Time Warner Cable merger is approved, the combined company’s footprint will pass over 60 percent of U.S. broadband households," Netflix CEO Reed Hastings wrote in a letter to shareholders, adding, "Comcast could control high-speed broadband to the majority of American homes."

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Amazon Reveals $99 'Amazon Fire TV' Device

April 2, 2014 - GamePolitics Staff

The long rumored set-top box/gaming device from Amazon has finally been revealed. The device is called the "Amazon Fire TV" and it is available today for $99. The device offers consumers the ability to play games and stream video from Amazon's video streaming service, Amazon Prime.

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PSA: MLG Launches Xbox 360 App Today

March 24, 2014 - GamePolitics Staff

eSports gaming league Major League Gaming announced that its Xbox 360 app has launched today in Australia, Canada, the U.K and the U.S. You'll need an Xbox Live Gold account to use it. The streaming video / entertainment app allows users to get direct access via the Xbox 360 to its programming on MLG.tv, a streaming service the league launched in November of last year.

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PS Now Rental Options Spotted in PlayStation Store

March 14, 2014 - GamePolitics Staff

There were rumors floating about last week that the PlayStation Store would offer rental options to customers as part of its Gaikai-powered streaming service for older PS3 games. It turns out that there is some truth to it.

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Xbox One Twitch Live Streaming Now Available

March 11, 2014 - GamePolitics Staff

After a long wait Twitch game streaming is now available to Xbox One users. Twitch live broadcasting allows Xbox One owners to live stream their gameplay footage online in almost the exact same way that it does on PS4. The only caveat is that Twitch streaming is restricted to Xbox Live Gold users only - but you can't do much without Xbox Live gold on Xbox One or Xbox 360 anyway. Once the app is set on your Xbox One, you access Twitch broadcasting by saying, "Xbox Broadcast" to their Kinect sensor.

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Twitch Partners with ESA To Be The 'Official Live Streaming Partner' of E3

March 6, 2014 - GamePolitics Staff

Game streaming service Twitch has inked a three year deal to serve as the official live streaming partner of the Electronic Entertainment Expo (E3). The partnership with the tradeshow's owner, Entertainment Software Association (ESA) begins with E3 2014, which takes place in Los Angeles June 10 - 12 at the Los Angeles Convention Center.

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OnLive Reveals New Executive Chairman, Two New Services

March 5, 2014 - GamePolitics Staff

OnLive isn't back because it never left, but it is making headlines today by introducing several new services that it hopes can get it back on top of the video game streaming heap. First the company revealed that former IGN chief Mark Jung is its new executive chairman, and that it has launched OnLive Go and CloudLift. It has been working on this new technology since 2012 when the company fired most of its staff, sold itself to an investment firm and reformed under the same name.

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HBO Go Finally Available on PS3

March 4, 2014 - GamePolitics Staff

While the wait has likely been excruciating for PlayStation 3 owners, at least it is finally over. It has been nearly a year since the HBO Go app was released on Xbox 360, but (for some reason) PS3 owners had to wait...and wait.... and wait. We're not sure exactly why it took so long to get the popular pay network's app on Sony's platform, but now consumers can watch all of the network's past and present shows on demand.

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Verizon: We're In Talks With Netflix

March 4, 2014 - GamePolitics Staff

We are all well aware that Netflix has agreed to pay Comcast in order to get direct access to its customers, but it looks like the popular TV and movie streaming service will be paying another ISP very soon. According to Verizon CEO Lowell McAdam, Netflix and his company are in talks right now to finalize a paid interconnect agreement for direct peering to Verizon customers.

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Verizon CEO: Heavy Bandwidth Users Should Pay More

February 28, 2014 - GamePolitics Staff

In a recent interview with IDG News Service, Verizon CEO Lowell McAdam said that customers who use lots of bandwidth should be charged more. People who download lots of files or stream content on a regular basis should naturally be charged, in his mind.

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Andrew EisenMarvel has replaced Manara on the variant covers for Thor #2 and Avengers and X-Men: AXIS #1. I hope I'm wrong but I don't think Marvel is learning the right lesson here.09/23/2014 - 6:26pm
quiknkoldI'm 7 years old, and my cousin(Also 7, maybe 8 at this time) tells me has Battletoads. its Summer Vacation. We play and play and play until finally, We won coop. Those were the days.09/23/2014 - 5:29pm
quiknkoldlets take a moment to share some gaming memories, shall we?09/23/2014 - 5:28pm
MechaTama31I buy stuff off the eshop because it gives me the convenience of a flashcart without the guilt.09/23/2014 - 5:03pm
Montewell thanks for the info Eisen; try that the next time i need something off the eshop09/23/2014 - 3:54pm
james_fudgere: MP, i've sent tech support a note - thank you :)09/23/2014 - 3:14pm
IanCNah that wasnt directed at you Andrew :)09/23/2014 - 3:00pm
Papa MidnightRe: SIEGE 2014 Keynote: oh dear...09/23/2014 - 2:44pm
MaskedPixelanteDear GP, something called "doubleverify" is causing some nasty browser issues on my end. Probably one of your ads.09/23/2014 - 2:36pm
Andrew EisenOh hell no. No, it took Nintendo a dog's age just to get to the point its competitors have been at for a while! (And it's still not there yet, in a lot of respects.)09/23/2014 - 2:26pm
IanCSame as PSN handles it, fi you are trying to say only nintendo do that.09/23/2014 - 2:23pm
Andrew EisenYou have to try to purchase something first. Pick a game, hit purchase and if your wallet doesn't have enough to cover it, you'll be given an option to "add exact funds" or something like that.09/23/2014 - 2:05pm
MonteI have seen no option for that on my 3DS; anytime i want to add funds it only gives me the option to add in denominations of $10, 20, 50 or 10009/23/2014 - 2:03pm
IanCWhat Andrew Wilson said. PSN is the same when you make a purchase over a certain price (£5 in the UK)09/23/2014 - 2:02pm
Andrew EisenNeither eShop charges sales tax either. At least in California.09/23/2014 - 2:00pm
Andrew EisenBoth Wii U and 3DS eShops allow you to add funds in the exact amount of whatever's in your shopping cart. If your game is $39.99, you can add exactly $39.99.09/23/2014 - 1:57pm
Infophile@Matthew Wilson: As I understand it, any regulations to force tax online would also set up an easy database for these stores to use, minimizing overhead.09/23/2014 - 1:30pm
MonteReally, the eshop just does next to nothing to make buying digitally advantagous for the customer. Its nice to have the game on my 3DS, but i can get more for less buying a physical copy at retail. And that's not even counting buying used09/23/2014 - 1:18pm
MonteIanC, The Eshop wallet system only lets you add funds in set denominations and the tax makes sure you no longer have round numbers so you ALWAYS loose money. A $39.99 game for instance requires you to add $50 instead of just $4009/23/2014 - 1:13pm
Matthew Wilsonbut thats just it those sites, even the small ones, sell all over the country.09/23/2014 - 11:12am
 

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