PlayStation Vue Review: Online TV Is Great, But It's Still Pretty Dumb

Television is experiencing a digital renaissance. Cutting the cord no longer means severing you from live TV. We're witnessing the birth of true internet television, and Sony's PlayStation Vue is the service with the most to offer as of today. » 3/26/15 11:55am Thursday 11:55am

Facebook Will Put 360-Degree Spherical Videos Right In Your News Feed

I think that 360-degree video is going to be a big deal. Apparently, Mark Zuckerberg agrees! He just announced that Facebook will be able to embed spherical videos right in your News Feed, much like YouTube 360. » 3/25/15 1:44pm 3/25/15 1:44pm

Today, Vimeo is launching 4K video support—sort of. Pro subscribers will now be able to offer 4K downloads of their videos. (They have to be 4K videos to begin with, duh.) 4K streaming is "in the works," according to Vimeo, but there are no concrete plans to launch a streaming option at this time. » 12/08/14 9:00am 12/08/14 9:00am

Report: Amazon's Ad-Supported Streaming Service Is a Done Deal

Today in things Amazon might be working on: first, a travel site, and now, according to the New York Post, an ad-supported streaming video network. This has been previously rumored, but the Post is saying it's a done deal. » 11/21/14 9:28am 11/21/14 9:28am

WSJ: Nielsen Will Start Tracking How Much People Watch Netflix

According to the Wall Street Journal, Nielsen will begin tracking how much TV people are watching through Netflix and Amazon next month. The goal is to give networks a sense for how much streaming services cut into regular TV watching. » 11/19/14 11:30am 11/19/14 11:30am

Milk Video: Samsung's Beautiful New Video Hub For Its Huge Phones

If you own a recent Samsung phone you're about to get Milk Video, a new app that pulls in some of the best content from around the web into a beautiful, streamlined interface. It's hardly the only video app out there, but it sure is pretty. » 11/19/14 9:00am 11/19/14 9:00am

Flix Plus Customizes Netflix to Your Heart's Desire

Chrome: Flix Plus, a new extension from us at Lifehacker, adds new features and tweaks to Netflix.com, letting you filter its recommendations, remove spoilers, use keyboard shortcuts, and a whole lot more. » 10/01/14 9:35am 10/01/14 9:35am

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

Popcorn Time's "Netflix for Torrents" Is Coming to Chromecast

Popcorn Time is a miracle: It lets you stream torrents of movies and TV shows as though they were on Netflix or Hulu. Is it illegal? Probably! But it's also awesome, hard to trace, and soon, it'll work with your Chromecast. » 7/07/14 10:15am 7/07/14 10:15am

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

How to Stream the 2014 World Cup

The 2014 World Cup starts this week, and if you want to tune in, you have a lot of choices—including streaming from your PC, phone, or set-top box. Here's what you need to know if you're in the US. » 6/09/14 11:14am 6/09/14 11:14am

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

Popcorn Time for Android: Stream Movie Torrents on Your Phone for Free

You remember Popcorn Time, the Netflix for torrents that suffered a self-inflicted death? Well, it never really died. The open source project lives on in the form a forked app version, available for download for Mac, Windows, and Linux. Today, it comes to Android. » 5/08/14 4:09pm 5/08/14 4:09pm

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

Is Having Cable Ever Worth It?

Dear Lifehacker,
I know you guys aren't big fans of cable, but I'm about to get my internet hooked up and the company is offering me a TV package. I do like to watch plenty of TV and even some sports. Should I at least consider cable? I'm worried Netflix and Hulu won't be enough. » 2/26/14 5:19pm 2/26/14 5:19pm

How to Watch the Sochi Olympics Online Without a Cable Account

The Sochi Olympics are in full swing, but Americans looking to watch the games online need a cable account to check out NBC's coverage. There are ways around it though. Here's what you'll need to do. » 2/12/14 8:55am 2/12/14 8:55am

Whining About Instant Video Might Get You an Amazon Prime Discount

Isn't it a total drag how you can't stream Amazon Prime videos on Android? And don't you wish you could get a discount on Prime if you're not actually watching any of that video? Well, Eric Neuman actually got one. And all he had to do was ask. » 2/04/14 2:10pm 2/04/14 2:10pm