Rabbit Lets You Watch Videos With Friends, No Matter Where They Are

Netflix, Hulu, and YouTube all let you watch whatever you want, whenever you want. But if you wanted to watch with friends or family, you had to figure out when and where to meet in real life. Rabbit fixes that with a browser-based video chat service that lets you watch whatever you want with friends, no matter where… » 8/19/14 9:55am 8/19/14 9:55am

Now YouTube Is Shaming ISPs For Slow Streaming Video

Sometime in the past few days, YouTube started showing a new error bar on slow-loading videos. "Experiencing interruptions? Find out why," it implores. Clicking through takes you to Google's Video Quality Report page, comparing streaming quality of your local ISPs. If your provider's slow, Google wants you to know. » 7/06/14 1:00pm 7/06/14 1:00pm

Google's About to Ruin YouTube by Squeezing Indie Labels

It's official: Google is about to ruin YouTube. A company exec told the Financial Times it will start blocking videos from record labels that refuse to sign licensing deals for its forthcoming premium service, YouTube Music Pass. This is the dumbest thing Google could do, and it threatens the very heart of what has… » 6/17/14 11:47am 6/17/14 11:47am

Streaming Video Junkies Devour Over Half the Traffic on the Internet

Sandvine just released its twice yearly report on internet traffic, and it's a doozy. While it's no surprise to see mobile growing and Snapchat kicking ass, it's a little bit mind-bending to learn that binge-watching streaming addicts gobble up over half the traffic on the internet in North America. That's a lot of… » 5/14/14 6:00pm 5/14/14 6:00pm

TV Streaming Head-to-Head: Netflix vs Hulu vs Amazon Prime

One of the more annoying things about Netflix, Hulu Plus, and Amazon's television streaming libraries is the vast difference between the selection available. It would be almost impossible to get a thorough idea of who has the better library without searching for hundreds of TV shows on each service and comparing them… » 3/04/14 4:43pm 3/04/14 4:43pm

Auto-Pause When You Fall Asleep Is the Best Netflix Hack

Falling asleep while watching Netflix is the worst. Invariably you miss all the meat of whatever you're watching, and snap awake to the closing credits (or your morning alarm). Ugh. But a bunch of Netflix engineers have a (theoretical) solution: a Fitbit hack that pauses your stream when the wearable senses you've… » 2/28/14 10:34am 2/28/14 10:34am

Netflix Has a Whopping 76,897 Ways to Describe Movies

So it's a lazy day and you just wanna Netflix a movie. But what kind of movie? A "visually striking Latin American comedy?" Maybe a "critically-acclaimed emotional underdog movie?" Suddenly, you're locked in option paralysis, and as The Atlantic figured out, you've got a ridiculous 76,897 unique genres to blame. » 1/02/14 12:40pm 1/02/14 12:40pm