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You can get a free month of Dish’s new Sling TV streaming service on Xbox One

Dish just announced Sling TV, its bold new experiment in internet TV that gives cord cutters access to big names like ESPN and Adult Swim without a cable subscription. If you’re not quite sold on the idea, though, there’s a month-long free trial coming up — but only for Xbox One owners. Microsoft partnered with Dish to bring the extended trial to the console — which is also the only games console that will support the new service at launch — and says it will be available to Xbox Live members in the “coming weeks.” The service will regularly cost $ 20 a month when it launches, and you can add bundles of premium content like “kids” or “news” for an extra $ 5 each. Sling TV is expected to launch later this month on devices including Amazon’s…

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Sony looked into selling its music publishing business because of growth concerns and streaming

Sony has been considering selling Sony/ATV music publishing, according to leaked internal emails obtained by Bloomberg. According to the emails — which have come to light thanks to the massive Sony hack, now believed to have been perpetrated by North Korea — Sony had decided that growth prospects for Sony/ATV had diminished, and were discussing a potential sale of the division.

Sony’s music publishing arm is the largest music catalog in the world, controlling the rights to over 2 million songs, including tracks by Beyoncé, Jay Z, Taylor Swift, Bob Dylan, and the majority of The Beatles’ catalog. Sony Entertainment CEO Michael Lynton, Sony Corporation of America president Nicole Seligman, and SCA CFO Steve Kober were leading the sale,…

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Adobe launches new streaming version of Photoshop

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Sony Music is re-evaluating its approach to streaming because of Taylor Swift

Taylor Swift’s decision to pull her music from Spotify — in large part because of its ad-supported free service — has gotten the attention of another entertainment giant. As reported by The Wall Street Journal, Sony Music chief financial officer Kevin Kelleher said the world’s second-largest music company is re-evaluating its approach to streaming services like Spotify.

“Actually, a lot of conversation has taken place over the last week in the light of that,” Kevin Kelleher said regarding Swift’s disappearance from Spotify. “What it all really comes down to is how much value are the music company and the artist getting from the different consumption methods.” Of course, that doesn’t mean that the massive amount of music distributed by…

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Taylor Swift’s label hits back at Spotify by disclosing streaming royalties

The war of words continues between music streaming service Spotify and powerful pop icon Taylor Swift. After Swift removed her entire catalog from the streaming service last week, Spotify boss Daniel Ek said that she, along with other mainstream artists, was on track to earn over $ 6 million in royalties this year. But Scott Borchetta, CEO of Swift’s label Big Machine, has countered that claim, saying that the “Shake It Off” singer had earned less than $ 500,000 from Spotify streams in the US in the last 12 months.

A Spotify spokesperson told Time that Swift had been paid a total of $ 2 million over the last 12 months for the global streaming of her songs, but Borchetta still maintains that Spotify is a blight on the music industry. “The…

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Amazon announces Fire TV Stick for video streaming

Amazon is introducing the Fire TV Stick, a Chromecast-style streaming device that exists entirely in a small stick that plugs into a TV’s HDMI port. The Stick goes on sale for $ 39 beginning November 19th and is currently available for preorder. Amazon is advertising the Stick as being more capable than Google’s Chromecast, with four times as much internal storage (8GB) and twice as much memory. It also has a dual-core processor and comes with a remote, though you won’t be able to perform a voice search straight from the remote like you can with the full Fire TV remote.

The Fire TV Stick presents the same interface as the standard Fire TV, presenting access to Prime Streaming as well as Hulu, HBO Go, YouTube, Pandora, Watch ESPN, and a…

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Microsoft is ending free Xbox Music streaming

Microsoft is closing its free Xbox Music streaming service effective December 1st. The company will continue to offer music streaming through its Xbox Music service, but users will need to purchase an Xbox Music Pass to do so, at a monthly price of $ 9.99.

The company doesn’t specify why it’s removing the free, ad-supported streaming option, but says it’s “focusing Xbox Music to deliver the ultimate music purchase and subscription service experience for our customers.” Microsoft has updated Xbox Music a number of times since launch, producing versions for its newest Xbox One console and latest Windows Phone operating systems, but it still lags behind competitors such as Spotify in terms of social features.

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Redbox Instant streaming video service shutting down on October 7th

Netflix’s grip on the streaming video market is tightening. Today, Redbox Instant announced that the service will be shut down in just a few days, on October 7th. The service, which went live last year as part of a partnership between Verizon and Redbox parent company Outerwall, has struggled to lure subscribers away from competing streaming sites like Netflix and Amazon Instant Video. The companies never disclosed subscriber data, but the service had been operating at a loss, and earlier this year the site shut down new signups as a precautionary move after revelations that hackers were using data to perpetrate credit card fraud.

Like other competitors, Redbox Instant didn’t try to go toe-to-toe against Netflix in the unlimited…

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Deezer comes to America with new streaming music service for audiophiles

Deezer, a 7-year-old French company that competes with Spotify and other streaming music services around the globe, is coming to the United States at last. But the US version of Deezer’s service has a twist: it’s a premium offering aimed at audiophiles, and for starters, you’ll need a Sonos speaker system to try it out. Deezer Elite, which launches Sept. 15th, will stream tracks from Deezer’s catalog of 35 million songs in 16-bit FLAC. FLAC files are similar to MP3s, but they’re lossless, meaning that the song’s audio quality is not degraded despite being compressed. Spotify, by comparison, streams at a maximum of 320 kbps; Deezer says Elite songs stream at five times the quality.

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Amazon’s 4K streaming service is coming in October

There isn’t that much to watch on 4K TVs these days, but one more big name is getting in on the action — Amazon Instant Video will support 4K video streaming from October. The first hardware partner is Samsung, which will be including Amazon’s 4K service on its UHD TVs worldwide as well as expanding availability of Netflix’s 4K content across Europe, in a wide-ranging initiative first announced at CES in January.

Bandwidth limitations being what they are, it’s debatable whether 4K streaming offers much quality increase over watching an upscaled Blu-ray disc. But the lack of 4K content continues to be an issue, and Samsung is betting that the ability to stream shows like Breaking Bad from established providers will make its UHD sets an…

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