quibi free trial

It’s taken a bit longer than a “quick bite” for Quibi to be made available on TV-connected platforms. The mobile-only streaming platform, which made its ill-timed debut right in the middle of the coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic, was intended for the commuter — for phone-dependent millennials to watch on the subway or in the office bathroom stall. But when the pandemic hit, Quibi’s targeted demographic found themselves stuck at home and unable to play the mobile platform’s line-up of star-studded original shows on their TVs. Quibi, which apparently always planned to eventually transition to TV platforms, accelerated their plans to transition from mobile-only, fast-tracking the app’s availability on TV casting devices such as Chromecast and Apple’s Airplay. Now, Quibi is eyeing Roku and Amazon Fire TV next.

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streaming services during coronavirus

Despite the vast majority of the world’s population being stuck inside with nothing to do but binge-watch for the foreseeable future, even streaming services are getting hit by the coronavirus (COVID-19) crisis. YouTube is limiting the video quality of its video streams worldwide for the next month, while Netflix, Hulu, and Roku are all scaling back customer service support.

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Fox buys Tubi

You’re all probably familiar with the major players in the streaming wars, the tier that includes Netflix, Hulu, Amazon Prime Video, and Disney+. But if you look beyond them and turn off the flashing lights advertising the impending launches of Quibi, Peacock, and HBO Max, you might just be able to spot another layer of streaming warriors fighting on a separate battlefield. That’s the ad-supported video streaming market, and one of its biggest competitors was just acquired by the Fox Corporation. Read More »

Roku Premium Subscriptions

Roku is taking a page out of Amazon’s book, and will begin selling premium video subscription services like Showtime, and Starz and Epix later this month. The Roku streaming device launched a free Roku Channel last year, but nothing free lasts forever, folks. The Roku Channel will now sell paid subscriptions similar to the video subscriptions sold on Amazon’s Amazon Channels.

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Roku Announces Roku TV

Roku TV

Roku is moving past its set-top box competitors by moving past the set-top box altogether. The company announced this weekend that it will release a new line of HDTV sets with the Roku software built right in. Attendees at International CES this week will get the opportunity to preview the new televisions, with an official rollout set for this fall. Hit the jump for more details.

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There’s no denying that streaming video has been a boon for movie lovers. Where you once had to wait for the local video store to actually stock a physical copy of a film you wanted to watch, now all you have to do if you want to watch, say, Big at home is log onto Netflix and click the “play” button.

Unless Big isn’t on Netflix, in which case it’s time to comb through HBO Go, Hulu Plus, or Amazon Instant if you already have a subscription. Maybe Vudu or iTunes, if you don’t. And then after all that, if it turns out none of the streaming services are offering Big for the price you’re willing to pay, you’ve just wasted ten minutes for nothing. Not the worst thing in the world, but perhaps not exactly how you wanted to use your time.

Yeah, streaming in general is certainly super convenient, but actually finding the exact movie you want isn’t always. Enter Roku, which has just added a very helpful universal search feature to its set-top boxes. Now all it takes is a single search to pinpoint exactly which service has Big, and for how much. Hit the jump to read more.

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