Netflix’s own speed test — fast.com — initially just tested a user’s download bandwidth, the most important factor for streaming on-demand content. This week, however, the company added upload and latency testing to fast.com, making it more useful as an all-around Internet speed test and perhaps indicating an expansion of Netflix’s service to include real-time content.
The practice of cord-cutting — canceling traditional television services like cable and satellite — isn’t ideal for everyone, but most can agree that we’re all paying too much on our monthly cable bill for too little. An alternative solution to cord-cutting is “cord-slimming:” reducing the cost and options from your TV provider and supplementing with online content, and TiVo’s new Bolt DVR is aimed directly at this market. Check out the full review for our experience getting set up with the TiVo Bolt.
Want to watch certain YouTube videos over and over again? There’s no longer any need to rely on huge uploads or third party browser plugins. Native YouTube looping is now available, and here’s how it works.
Don’t let restrictive ISP bandwidth caps limit your online video streaming addiction. Here’s how you can configure Netflix to stream lower quality video, which saves on data usage and keeps your network free for other bandwidth-heavy tasks.
By default, Netflix will automatically play the next episode in a television series, which is great for TV show marathons. But not everyone wants a new episode to automatically start playing at the end of each viewing session. Here’s how to turn off the Netflix auto-play feature.
The NFL Super Bowl is one of the most-watched events each year, and watching the game online is now easier than ever. Here’s how cord-cutters can watch today’s game from their Mac, PC, and mobile devices, along with some info for fans outside the United States.
After years of rumors, Amazon is set to announce its own living room streaming device next week in New York. The device is expected to support video streaming from the company’s own Instant Video library and third party services and may even feature a Bluetooth controller for Android games.
Apple’s rumored plans to strike a deal with Time Warner Cable were spoiled by the Comcast merger. But now sources claim that Apple is pursuing a similar deal with Comcast, which would give the company preferred bandwidth to reach customers for a future Apple television product.
Popular media software Plex is out with some big updates to its Chromecast player this week. New features include music and photo support, better streaming with support for higher bitrate video, and content mirroring to allow users to see media library details on the big screen.
Since the launch of the Xbox One last November, gamers have been anxiously waiting for Microsoft to add Twitch support to its latest console. Today, Twitch and Microsoft announced that the wait is nearly over, and that full Twitch integration is coming to the Xbox One as part of a system update on March 11th, just in time for the launch of Titanfall.