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NFL playoffs get free streaming on CBS, NBC

Networks are gearing up for Super Bowl 2014, and this year online viewers are getting a little something extra: NFL playoff coverage.

Both NBC and CBS, which is the parent company of CNET, will be streaming playoff coverage for free, according to Variety.

NBC is re-upping on what it offered customers last year by streaming its two wild card match-ups scheduled for Saturday and the NFL Pro Bowl on January 24. CBS is offering pre-Super Bowl streaming for the first time this year, which means it will be showing all four of its playoff games. This means fans will be … Read more

YouTube: 2014 is the year of the high-def stream

YouTube has announced that it will be demonstrating high-definition video streams at the Consumer Electronics Show next week, thanks to the relatively new Google video codec VP9.

The new format is advantageous for YouTube and other video streaming sites because it allows them to transmit high-definition, 4K quality streams without slowing down your network. One anticipated effect is that you'll experience a lot less buffering while watching online video.

Google is working hard to ensure that VP9 enjoys broad adoption, and the demo partners include Sony, Panasonic, and LG, who will show off the the high-def streams on 4K … Read more

Winamp could start the new year with a new owner

Winamp may continue to play another day but in the house of a new owner.

Current parent AOL has cut a deal to sell the software to Radionomy, TechCrunch reported Wednesday. Located in Belgium, Radionomy provides access to around 6,000 online radio stations. The deal should be completed by Friday, if not sooner, a "reliable source" told TechCrunch.

The tipoff that Radionomy would be the new owner was spotted by a person on the Winamp forums and a blogger, both of whom discovered that the domain name servers for winamp.com had been changed to point to … Read more

Netflix tests cheaper single-screen streaming plan

Some new Netflix users may be able to sign up for the streaming service for a dollar less than the regular rate.

According to Adweek, a new $6.99 per month plan is available for some people who want to stream on only one device in standard definition. Any extra devices or high-definition streaming will still cost $7.99 per month.

It appears that Netflix is testing this discounted plan for just some users when they sign up for the service. Some users aren't offered the $6.99 single-screen plan when signing in as a new customer.

It's … Read more

Netflix reportedly plans streaming purge for January 1

If you think you're going to need a "Top Gun" or "Titanic" fix from Netflix soon, you'd better get it out of the way before Wednesday.

Those titles are among the dozens of movies and TV shows scheduled to be purged from the movie rental site's list of instant streaming offerings on January 1, according to a Reddit post this week. As opposed to purges past, this housecleaning doesn't appear to threaten many uber-classics, although "Roman Holiday," "Serpico," and "The Odd Couple" will be checking out … Read more

Apple conjures up 'Once Upon a Time' pilot for free

Apple is sprinkling a little fairy dust for the second day of its 12 Days of Gifts app.

The app offers a new free digital gift every day from December 26 to January 6. Launching it today grants you the pilot episode to the ABC show "Once Upon a Time." Just open the app, tap on the button to View Gift, and then select the pilot episode to download it on your iPhone or iPad.

For those of you unfamiliar with the series, "Once Upon a Time," or OUAT as it's known to fans, imagines … Read more

Winamp may live to play another day

Don't play taps for Winamp just yet. The program may yet get another lease on life.

Last month, Winamp maker Nullsoft announced that parent AOL was going to pull the plug on the software come Friday, December 20, after which point it would no longer be available for download. But blog site TechCrunch, which is also owned by AOL, said that a suitor may swoop in to save the program.

Citing information from "a source with knowledge of the discussions," TechCrunch said on Thursday that AOL has been chatting with a potential buyer about purchasing Winamp and … Read more

LG, Samsung vie to unveil the first 105-inch curved TV

Want to see a 105-inch curved TV? LG and Samsung will each unveil their own respective models next month.

The two electronics rivals both annnounced on Thursday that they will show off a 105-inch curved TV at the 2014 Consumer Electronics Show in January. Both TVs will display 11 million pixels at a resolution of 5,120x2,160 and an aspect ratio of 21:9.

In this corner is LG with its new really big-screen TV -- model number 105UC9. LG said that it was was able to curve the display by refining its TFT (thin film transistor) LCD technology … Read more

Hulu in 2013: Sales up nearly half to $1B with 5M paid users

Mike Hopkins, the new chief executive of Hulu, said the next-day TV streaming site saw its revenue rise at least 44 percent to $1 billion in 2013, as its paid subscribers jumped by two-thirds.

In a blog post on Wednesday, Hopkins recounted the highlights of the year but gave few hints about his idea of how Hulu should move forward. He wrote:

As we scale the business in 2014, we will continue to invest in content, technology and people. 2014 will bring even more opportunity as we find new ways to grow the business from the strong foundation we have … Read more

Roku enters early 21st century, offers YouTube

Roku owners are getting their Christmas a week early: Google and Roku on Wednesday finally made YouTube available as a channel on the streaming set-top box.

The Roku YouTube channel includes high-definition streaming; a Send to TV option that lets you use your phone as a YouTube remote control, as with Chromecast; and access to subscribed channels.

The channel is available on Roku 3's in the United States, Canada, the United Kingdom, and Ireland. A Google spokesperson said that there are plans to add more features and expand to more countries in 2014, but wouldn't comment directly on … Read more