HBO shoots back at Netflix with plans for standalone streaming video service

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Good news for Game of Thrones fanatics who don't have a cable subscription: HBO says it will offer a standalone streaming video service some time next year.

HBO Chairman and CEO Richard Plepler announced the plans for a standalone service during an investor meeting on Wednesday. “That is a large and growing opportunity that should no longer be left untapped,” Plepler said. “It is time to remove all barriers to those who want HBO.”

Plepler didn't reveal any details about the actual service, such as how much it will cost and what it will include. He merely said that HBO will work with current partners and explore models with new partners. “All in, there are 80 million homes that do not have HBO and we will use all means at our disposal to go after them,” he said.

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Nearly 1 in 4 millennials have cut the cord or never had cable

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Instead of paying for cable TV, a significant chunk of millennials are getting by just fine on Netflix and Amazon streaming.

A new survey from ComScore, cited by Re/code, found that 24 percent of TV viewers ages 18 to 34 don't subscribe to a traditional pay TV service. Nearly 46 percent of those viewers never had cable to begin with, while the rest simply cut the cord.

Overall, people in this age group were 77 percent more likely than average to be “cord-nevers,” and 67 percent more likely to be “cord-cutters.”

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YouTube served users malicious advertisements, Trend Micro says

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Malicious advertisements, some of which were displayed on YouTube, redirected more than 113,000 people in the U.S. to harmful websites in just a month, Trend Micro said Tuesday.

Although online advertising companies try to detect and block such ads from being circulated on their networks, bad ones sometimes get through. Such ads can be very productive for hackers. It can mean a large pool of victims if shown on a high-traffic website.

“This was a worrying development: Not only were malicious ads showing up on YouTube, they were on videos with more than 11 million views—in particular, a music video uploaded by a high-profile record label,” wrote Joseph Chen, a fraud researcher, on Trend Micro’s blog.

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It’s all about that bass for Mass Fidelity: Speaker manufacturer adds a subwoofer to its Core wireless speaker line

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My first question after hearing a demo of Mass Fidelity’s Core wireless speaker in September was, “have you thought about building a subwoofer?” At the time, CEO Ben Webster said he was focused on kicking off a modest $48,000 crowd-funding campaign and getting the Core speaker into production (he’d already secured independent funding to pay for the initial tooling).

After blowing past that goal—the Indiegogo campaign has raised more than $718,000 to date—Mass Fidelity decided to go ahead and build that subwoofer.

“We are absolutely thrilled with the success of this campaign, and are overwhelmed at the support from the Indiegogo community,” said Ben Webster, CEO and Co-Founder of Mass Fidelity, in a press release. “It is for that reason that we are extending the campaign and introducing the Core Wireless Sub as a new perk for our backers.”

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Internet TV from Dish and Sony isn't looking so cheap anymore

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Sony and Dish may have trouble appealing to cord cutters with their upcoming Internet TV plans, which will reportedly be more expensive than expected.

Sony's Web TV plan could cost $60 to $80 per month, unnamed sources told the New York Post, making it no cheaper than a traditional cable plan.

Dish, meanwhile, wants to offer a small bundle of channels for $20 to $30 per month. But as Variety reports, that price tier probably won't include broadcast networks such as NBC, CBS, and FOX. Dish wants to offer those channels as an additional service, but it's unclear if the networks are willing to be part of a premium subscription tier. Subscribers may have to use an antenna to get the channels instead.

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Google Play Music for Android passes 500 million downloads

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Google's Play Music app is a big deal in the Android world and it is getting bigger by the day. The folks over at Android Police recently noticed that Play Music shot past the 500 million download mark in Google Play, putting the app in very select company.

Only Facebook, Facebook Messenger, and a selection of other Google apps have crossed the 500 million threshold. While impressive, that 500 million download number doesn't necessarily mean there are 500 million active users, as the statistic counts total downloads and not current users.

Google Music is something of a hybrid service that's one part music storage locker—storing your music collection in the cloud for anywhere, everywhere streaming—and one part subscription streaming service. In addition, Play Music can access any files stored locally on your device's Music folder.

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Verizon and Redbox shut down Redbox Instant streaming service

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In late 2012, Verizon and Redbox rolled out Redbox Instant, a streaming service for Verizon customers that was “targeted squarely at movie lovers.” Apparently, Redbox Instant just hasn’t panned out, and the two companies have decided to shut the service down, Re/code reports, due to a lack of interest from users.

According to a message published to the Redbox Instant site, Verizon and Redbox will shutter the service on Octover 7th because “it was not as successful as we hoped it would be.”

The story behind the story: Redbox Instant was but one of a number of attempts by carriers and service providers to try to compete with video streaming services from the likes of Netflix and Amazon. So far, many of these services just haven’t worked out. Dish Networks’s plan to turn Blockbuster into a full-fledged Netflix alternative went nowhere, and Xfinity’s Streampix service hasn’t received a very good reception, as DSLReports noted in late September

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