November 10, 2013 |
MANILA - With the vast scale of death and destruction slowly coming into focus, international relief teams rushed toward the central Philippines, where one of the strongest storms on record left bereft survivors looting food and water or scrambling for a way out. Aid agencies said they were hurrying supplies to the area hit early Friday by the typhoon. U.S. Marines were en route from bases in Okinawa, Japan, and Defense Secretary Chuck Hagel directed the Pacific Command to deploy helicopters, logistics officers and cargo planes to assist the effort.
November 6, 2013 |
There's a new way to get movies, TV shows, music and audiobooks for free on the Internet. And no, it's not piracy -- it's through public libraries. Hoopla Digital, a Netflix-like service for library card holders, on Wednesday announced agreements with NBCUniversal, Metro-Goldwyn-Mayer Studios Inc., National Geographic and BBC America to stream content. Launched this year, Hoopla lets library patrons access its entertainment material through a mobile app or Web browser. Jeff Jankowski, Hoopla's founder and owner, said the service can help make libraries more convenient for people who are too busy to make the trip to a physical location and more attractive to younger patrons who want to be able to access movies and music whenever and wherever they want.
October 28, 2013 |
If you're remembering rock icon Lou Reed by playing his music on Spotify, you're not alone. Following his death Sunday, streams of songs by the avant-garde rocker and his band the Velvet Underground have increased by more than 3,000%, or 30-fold, in the last 12 hours, according to the streaming service. Popular tracks on the streaming service include Reed's solo hit “Walk on the Wild Side” and Velvet Underground classics such as “Sunday...
October 24, 2013 |
If you're listening to Arcade Fire's "Reflektor" right now, thank Ireland's Rollercoaster Records. The Kilkenny record store jumped the gun on the Oct. 29 release date by putting the album on sale early. As things do today, it instantly spread to all corners of the Internet, and quickly changed the plans of what had been a long, meticulously cryptic roll-out. The band, in response, put up a high-quality stream of the entire album set to footage from the classic Brazilian film "Black Orpheus.
October 24, 2013 |
YouTube has long been the de facto streaming service for music fans looking to hear a song on a moment's notice. But now the video site looks to be getting into the music-streaming game more officially. According to many reports, including Billboard and Company Town , the Google-owned site looks to debut the new paid service, which will follow Spotify's general model, before 2014 and potentially as soon as next month. The service would be geared toward mobile users and allow them to skip the advertising that accompanies most YouTube music clips.
October 23, 2013 |
In a bid to spur digital movie purchases, Sony Pictures has struck a deal with Wal-Mart's Vudu video streaming service to add video sharing and other features to new releases including "This Is the End" and "After Earth" as well as forthcoming titles such as "Smurfs 2" and "One Direction. " The feature, dubbed Vudu Extras+, will enable consumers who've bought a movie through the online service - or deposited a copy in their digital storage locker - to search for scenes or lines of dialogue, or clip and share a film vignette on Facebook or Twitter.
October 22, 2013 |
For the first time, part of Neil Young's annual Bridge School benefit concert will be streamed live from the Shoreline Amphitheatre in Mountain View, Calif., on Oct. 26. This year's lineup includes Crosby, Stills, Nash & Young, Tom Waits, Arcade Fire, Queens of the Stone Age, My Morning Jacket, Jack Johnson, Elvis Costello, Diana Krall, Fun., Heart and Jenny Lewis. Johnson and Arcade Fire are scheduled to perform only for Saturday's show....
October 18, 2013 |
The penumbral lunar eclipse has started and is visible on a live stream courtesy of Slooh, a community observatory that makes live images available to the broader public. The live stream offers a bit of solace to U.S. West Coast residents who will have only about a 20-minute window to catch the subtle shading of the moon as it passes through Earth's outer shadow, or penumbra. The moon will pass deepest into the penumbral shadow at 4:50 p.m. PDT, well before sunset on the West Coast.
October 3, 2013 |
Amazon Studios has put into production three comedy pilots as the online retail giant deepens its investment in original content for its Prime Instant Video streaming service. The studio struck deals with several established Hollywood writers and producers - including Jill Soloway, producer of the Emmy-nominated HBO series "Six Feet Under," and writer Roman Coppola, who received an Oscar nomination for best original screenplay for "Moonrise Kingdom" - to develop the latest pilots.
September 25, 2013 |
As Internet video streaming becomes more commonplace in American households, a maker of dedicated devices introduced a new lineup of products and expanded programming options in hopes of capitalizing on this trend. Roku unveiled three new streaming players, priced at $50 to $80, that it says will offer high-definition video, among other features. These devices, with names only a geek could love (the Roku LT, Roku 1 and Roku 2), reach stores in October. Roku also is adding the M-Go movie and television service to its entertainment offerings.