Google Refreshes Its Chromecast Products for TVs and Stereos
Google today announced two new Chromecast products meant to help improve the living room experience. The Chromecast 2 TV dongle uses HDMI to plug into television sets and includes dual-band 802.11ac WiFi for improved performance with the local wireless network. Google says the new Chromecast can sustain higher-quality video and audio with less buffering and pausing. Google also showed off a smaller product called Chromecast Audio. This product is specifically meant to help people cast music from their handset to in-home speakers. It connects via 3.5mm, RCA, or optical inputs. Moreover, the Chromecast app for Android and iOS has been fully redesigned to help people discover content much faster. For example, it shows what's on YouTube, Play Movies, Hulu, and live TV. The app knows to limit content recommendations based on the apps already installed on the handset in question. The app also boosts the ability to search for online content and supports phones as a gaming controller for select titles. The improved app will be rolling out to Android and iOS over the next few weeks. The new Chromecast 2 and Chromecast Audio are available beginning today for $35 each. Google is offering early adopters 90 days of free music from Google Play, a free trial of CBS All Access, a free Google Play movie rental, and a 3-month trial of Rhapsody.
YouTube Reimagines Its Premium Video and Music Services
May 17, 2018
YouTube today announced YouTube Premium and YouTube Music, services that replace YouTube Red and YT Music, respectively. Moving forward, YouTube Premium will be the video site's top-tier service, offering originals, ad-free play, background play, and downloads across YouTube.
Sprint Adds Free Hulu to Unlimited Plan
Nov 15, 2017
Sprint and Hulu today said they've partnered together so Sprint customers can enjoy access to Hulu's content for free. New and existing Sprint Unlimited Freedom subscribers can add Hulu at no extra charge.
Google Play Eases Pain of Finding Movies and TV Shows in Streaming Apps
Mar 27, 2018
Google today updated its Google Play Store and Google Play Movies & TV apps with new insight when it comes to video streaming services. People can now easily discover which streaming service includes their favorite movie or show.
Spotify and Hulu Offering Combined Service for $13 Per Month
Apr 11, 2018
Spotify and Hulu have introduced a promotion that will give people access to Spotify Premium and Hulu's Limited Commercials service for $12.99 per month. Customers new to Hulu can score the first three months of Hulu for just $0.99 on top of their Spotify Premium account, after which the $12.99 combined monthly price will go into affect.