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HBO Max set to launch in the U.S. on May 27

May 26, 2020 - 1:37 PM

The platform enters a competitive marketplace, with the likes of Netflix, Amazon Prime, Hulu, Disney+, and Apple TV+ all vying for consumers' attention

HBO MAX. Logo from Warner Media


HBO Max streaming service to launch May 27 in the U.S.

Apr 22, 2020 - 9:48 AM

From day one, HBO Max will offer more than 10,000 hours of programs, including all of HBO's offerings

HBO MAX. Kevin Reilly, content officer of HBO Max and president of TNT, TBS, & TruTV speaks onstage at HBO Max WarnerMedia Investor Day Presentation at Warner Bros. Studios on October 29, 2019 in Burbank, California. Photo by Presley Ann/Getty Images for WarnerMedia/AFP


Netflix sees record sign-ups during pandemic lockdowns

Apr 22, 2020 - 9:24 AM

'Netflix is and will continue to be the media company least impacted by COVID-19,' says eMarketer forecasting analyst Eric Haggstrom

NETFLIX. In this photo illustration a mobile phone screens display the Netflix logo on a coronavirus COVID-19 illustration graphic background , March 31, 2020 in Arlington, Virginia. Photo by Olivier Douliery/AFP


Quibi launching Hollywood 'on the go' streaming amid lockdown

Apr 06, 2020 - 3:58 PM

Tapping into the boom in mobile video viewing, all content will be delivered in clips of no more than 10 minutes or 'quick bites'

(FILES) In this file photo Quibi CEO Meg Whitman speaks about the short-form video streaming service for mobile Quibi during a keynote address January 8, 2020 at the 2020 Consumer Electronics Show (CES) in Las Vegas, Nevada. - Quibi, the multi-billion-dollar streaming platform launching Monday, is betting it can transform entertainment with short, Hollywood-quality clips to watch "on the go" -- even as much of the world is trapped at home. (Photo by Robyn Beck / AFP)

Athletes turn to video game streaming for coronavirus relief

Mar 30, 2020 - 6:53 PM

Following the suspension and cancelation of major sports leagues, athletes decide to pursue video game streaming to raise funds for the fight against coronavirus

ESPORTS. NFL star JuJu Smith Schuster and NBA star Donovan Mitchell are both avid video gamers. Photos from Instagram/@juju (Smith Schuster) and Twitter/@spidadmitchell (Mitchell)


Netflix slightly reduces video quality in Philippines to lessen load on networks

Mar 25, 2020 - 6:47 PM

Users will still get the resolution they paid for but may see a slight decrease in video quality

NETFLIX. The Netflix logo is pictured on September 15, 2014 in Paris. Photo by Stephane De Sakutin/AFP


Netflix launches P149 mobile-only plan

Mar 12, 2020 - 12:47 PM

Netflix launches its cheapest plan, for viewing exclusively on smartphones and tablets


Drake is Spotify's most-streamed artist of the decade

Dec 04, 2019 - 10:23 AM

Was it God's Plan? Rapper Drake ends the decade with more than 28 billion streams, followed by other top-streamed artists like Ed Sheeran, Ariana Grande, and Post Malone

'Jaw-dropping' start: Disney+ signs up 10 million subscribers on first day

Nov 14, 2019 - 10:02 AM

Streaming service Disney+ obtains 10 million sign ups just after going live on Tuesday across the US, Canada, and Netherlands

'Historic' Disney+ streaming launch marred by glitches

Nov 13, 2019 - 12:15 PM

At least 8,000 reports recorded by Downdetector as Disney+ rolls out in the US and Canada


As 'streaming wars' rage, social networks create own TV series

Nov 03, 2019 - 10:15 PM

Facebook, YouTube, and Snapchat are investing in original programs to stream in their platforms

For theaters, rise of streaming is a movie they've seen before

Nov 03, 2019 - 7:15 PM

Many in the theater industry don't see streaming as anymore of a game-changer than other home-based offerings were in their heyday

(FILES) In this file photo taken on March 22, 2012 a worker swaps out the billboard marking the opening of "The Hunger Games" on March 22, 2012 at the Ziegfeld Theatre in New York. - In the popular conscience, movie theaters are sometimes lumped in with department stores and newspapers as examples of traditional businesses that have struggled in the Internet era. But while many single-screen venues have shut down as multiplexes have been built, the numbers overall do not show a dying industry. (Photo by Don EMMERT / AFP)

Apple TV+ seeks stardom on streaming service stage

Nov 01, 2019 - 4:51 PM

Apple seeks to attract viewers from a massive worldwide customer base of approximately 1.4 billion active iOS device users

OPRAH. Oprah Winfrey has 2 new documentaries on sexual harassment in the workplace and mental health coming to Apple TV+


Quibi: the new mobile-centric short-form streaming service

Oct 30, 2019 - 1:41 PM

The Hollywood-backed streaming service offers short-form content that can be viewed in 10-minute increments only on mobile phones

QUIBI. Photo from Quibi Facebook page


Netflix confirms mobile-only testing of playback speed controls

Oct 29, 2019 - 6:27 PM

The additional controls allow mobile users to slow down or speed up Netflix programming being viewed. Its possible release, however, will depend on feedback from testing.

Netflix looking at 'consumer-friendly ways' to limit password sharing

Oct 23, 2019 - 8:37 PM

The company is monitoring it but says it doesn't have any big plans yet


Netflix revs up growth as streaming TV war looms

Oct 17, 2019 - 3:11 PM

Netflix shows growth despite analyst warnings that new competitors such as Apple and Disney will slow things down for the streaming leader

NETFLIX. This file photo taken on April 19, 2018 shows the logo of the Netflix entertainment company, displayed on a tablet screen in Paris. Photo by Lionel Bonaventure/AFP


MTRCB wants streaming platforms to adopt their rating system

Oct 07, 2019 - 7:11 PM

The board currently doesn't have jurisdiction over content broadcast over the internet


Apple TV+ debuts in the Philippines on November 1

Sep 11, 2019 - 5:07 AM

Apple enters the online streaming market

APPLE TV+. Screenshot from Apple


Where to watch Apple’s iPhone 11 event online

Sep 10, 2019 - 3:46 PM

Apple streams one of their events on YouTube for the 1st time

Screenshot from Apple


Disney+ streaming service gets international launch date

Aug 20, 2019 - 9:55 AM

Disney+ finally heads to screens around the world late 2019

Russia warns Youtube, foreign powers of 'meddling' after protests

Aug 12, 2019 - 11:50 PM

Russia accuses foreign governments and media, including video website YouTube, of backing the demonstrations, which are held to demand free local elections

Netflix shares slide on disappointing subscriber growth

Jul 18, 2019 - 12:18 PM

Netflix says that it still sees long-term growth on target, dismissing concerns that consumers were gravitating to rivals


HBO to launch Netflix rival HBO Max in early 2020

Jul 10, 2019 - 12:42 PM

'Friends' will be transferring from Netflix to the new HBO streaming service

HBO MAX. Logo from Warner Media


'Game of Thrones' finale delayed in China due to ‘transmission medium problems’

May 21, 2019 - 10:07 AM

The finale disappears from Tencent Video, the only legal video streaming platform in China for the show

Photo: Courtesy of HBO


Aiming for reinvention, Apple eyes streaming, services

Mar 24, 2019 - 4:25 PM

Apple is expected to launch its own video streaming service, plus a subscription news service described as a 'Netflix for news'

APPLE. In this file photo taken on September 9, 2015 a reporter walks by an Apple logo during a media event in San Francisco, California. File photo by Josh Edelson/AFP

Huawei looking into own video streaming service in Southeast Asia push – report

Mar 21, 2019 - 8:14 PM

Huawei is preparing video streaming content, according to a Variety report


Google teases alleged game-streaming service as dev conference looms

Mar 13, 2019 - 7:36 PM

A recent patent for a game controller hints that Google is also expected to unveil a device to go with the service

Screenshot from Google


Spielberg wants Netflix out of Oscars

Mar 04, 2019 - 5:46 PM

The director believes Netflix material should be considered television and thus ineligible for the Oscars

SPIELBERG. In this file photo taken on January 10, 2018 US film director Steven Spielberg poses on the red carpet on arrival for the European Premiere of his film, The Post in London. Photo by Daniel Leal-Olivas


Apple eyes starpower as it takes on Netflix, Amazon Prime in streaming wars

Feb 15, 2019 - 11:00 AM

Apple is believed to be investing at least $1 billion in content and has acquired the rights to a new series starring and co-produced by American actresses Jennifer Aniston and Reese Witherspoon


Spotify releases feature to block specific artists

Jan 23, 2019 - 1:48 PM

The new feature comes amid calls to remove music from artists like R. Kelly over abuse allegations


YouTube rolling out free, ad-supported movies in U.S.

Nov 19, 2018 - 1:48 PM

No word yet on whether the free movies will hit Philippine shores or other regions


A 'Star Wars' prequel will be released on Disney’s upcoming streaming service

Nov 11, 2018 - 3:43 PM

The upcoming Disney streaming service will launch in 2019 and finally has a name

More video platforms beyond YouTube now covered by Smart data packages

Nov 08, 2018 - 3:34 PM

In addition to YouTube and iFlix, Smart data subscribers will get video allocation for Cignal Play and NBA League Pass

LIST: Netflix's upcoming Asia originals

Nov 08, 2018 - 12:46 PM

From South Korea to the Philippines, original Asian content on Netflix is about to get better

WHAT'S NEXT? Netflix makes major announcements at an event in Singapore. Photo by Bea Cupin/Rapple

Netflix to release 'Trese' anime

Nov 08, 2018 - 11:20 AM

The comic series written by Budjette Tan and illustrated by Kajo Baldisimo is going to be a Netflix anime show

SOON ON NETFLIX. Budjette Tan's comic series will soon be streamed as an anime on Netflix.

Video game action heads for the cloud

Nov 05, 2018 - 12:08 PM

Computing power in data centers and devices from televisions to smartphones surges and streaming technology advances, providing tools to break blockbuster titles from confines of consoles or personal computers

Chills and thrills: 21 shows, movies to watch for Halloween

Oct 23, 2018 - 8:00 PM

Get in the mood for Halloween with a healthy dose of scary shows and films

Microsoft announces game-streaming technology Project xCloud

Oct 09, 2018 - 5:04 PM

With the new technology, Microsoft aims to provide console and PC gamers more flexibility as to where they can play their games

MICROSOFT AND GAME STREAMING. Project xCloud aims to bring console and PC games to mobile devices. Screenshot from YouTube.

Google teams with Ubisoft to test video game streaming

Oct 02, 2018 - 8:11 AM

Google is collaborating with Ubisoft to use Assassin's Creed Odyssey to test the ability of Project Stream technology to provide the kind of quick, seamless play powered by in-home consoles as an online service

GOOGLE. A woman and her child play on a Google sign at the World Artificial Intelligence Conference (WAIC) in Shanghai on September 26, 2018. Photo by Johannes Eisele/AFP

SiriusXM buys Pandora to step up streaming music wars

Sep 24, 2018 - 9:22 PM

(UPDATED) The all-stock deal creates 'the world's largest audio entertainment company,' with some $7 billion in revenues, according to a statement from the two firms

Spotify to let artists post music without labels

Sep 21, 2018 - 11:18 AM

The feature for now is only in the test phase for select US-based independent artists who have secured their own copyrightsf

SPOTIFY. The Spotify logo is pictured on a football table placed in a playroom at the company headquarters in Stockholm. Photo by Jonathan Nackstrand/AFP


YouTube's viewing stats track how long you spend watching videos

Aug 29, 2018 - 7:02 PM

You will now see how much time you spent viewing content today, yesterday, and over the past week.

YOUTUBE VIEWING HABITS. Fabled video repository YouTube will now give you stats on your viewing habits. Images from YouTube blog.

Amazon Prime Video to be part of Globe's on-demand offerings

Aug 29, 2018 - 4:25 PM

The world's second-largest video-on-demand platform comes to Globe


Facebook rolls out 'Watch' video service worldwide

Aug 29, 2018 - 2:01 PM

The product is not designed for 'mindless consumption' but to get people 'engaged,' says Fidji Simo, Facebook's vice president for video

WATCH. Facebook's long-form video feature will have to compete with YouTube and Netflix for attention. Image from Facebook


Netflix testing show ads that pop up in between episodes

Aug 20, 2018 - 4:03 PM

Users have reported seeing video promos for different shows play in between episodes


Music streaming giant Deezer raises 160M euros

Aug 03, 2018 - 8:30 AM

The French company is the third-biggest streaming service after Sweden's Spotify and Apple Music

DEEZER. In this file photo taken on November 9, 2015, a lounge is pictured at the French music-streaming services Deezer's headquarters in Paris.  Photo by Lionel Bonaventure/AFP


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Spotify reaches 83 million paying subscribers

Jul 26, 2018 - 8:52 PM

Spotify attributes the growth to inroads into emerging markets, particularly Latin America and Southeast Asia, and the popularity of its family packages, which nonetheless earn less revenue than individual plans

SPOTIFY. People gather in Spotify offices following a press conference on June 27, 2013 in New York City. File photo by Mario Tama/Getty Images/AFP