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[Update: Streaming Now] The Coachella Music Festival Is Streaming For Free This Weekend Exclusively On YouTube

Music festivals are about making sound, and lots of it. But hearing is far from the only sense assaulted during days spent rushing from one performance to another. Bodies bump against bodies. Drinks and sweat soak shirts and moisten skin. Colors and bright lights pierce eyes from all directions. To get the full experience, you must go in person.

But if it's all about the music for you, staying home isn't bad. Coachella is giving you that option this weekend.

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Play Movies & TV v3.13 Includes The New Play Branding Icon And Details An Aspect Of Streaming From The Family Library [APK Teardown + Download]

A few days ago, Google announced newly revised icons for its Play-branded apps. Newsstand was the first to emerge with the updated look, but aside from very minor tweaks to a few of the icons inside the app, there wasn't anything significant to be seen. The Play Movies & TV app received a pretty similar update, again with a few minimal icon changes and the new launcher icon, but there's actually something more interesting in the teardown: new rules about streaming paid content when it's shared in the family library.

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After Google announced the new icons, I insisted that AP should not post about the individual updates if those were the only changes worth pointing out.

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Roku Announces New Streaming Stick, Available Later This Month For $49.99

Many people swear by Roku and its Streaming Stick: they say it's got more channels, more power, and a remote, unlike the Chromecast. Well, today even more people may start swearing by it - Roku has announced a new Stick is going to go on sale later this month. Priced at $49.99 (that's $10 more than Amazon's Fire TV stick and $15 more than the Chromecast), it packs a quad core processor and is reportedly smaller and more compact than the previous version.

As with the Chromecast, casting functionality is still included, which means content can be played on a phone then cast to the TV.

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Starz Unites Its Streaming Plans Under A Single New App

Starz has long had multiple streaming plans and apps in the Play Store, but the service is refocusing with a single main app for digital and cable subscribers. The Starz Play app is the new hub for Starz content, but now it's just called "Starz." The other apps are still in the Play Store, but for how long is anyone's guess.

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Sky Go Android App Gets A New Homepage, Tablet Interface, And Other Visual Enhancements In Version 5.0

Sky Go is the way Sky provides subscribers with the ability to take their favorite channels, shows, and movies with them when they stand up from in front of the TV. The latest update to hit the mobile app gives the experience a visual refresher.

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Netflix Goes Global: Now Available Everywhere Except China, North Korea, Crimea, And Syria

This is HUGE. It might be the best news to come out of CES this year. Scratch that. It is the best news to come out of CES this year. Not just because it affects the way millions of people could potentially enjoy and experience TV and movies, but because it proves that when a company has enough clout and will, it can make licensing arrangements globally instead of tiptoeing around each country's policies and agencies.

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[Update: Now Live] Google Will Offer Two Free Months Of CBS All Access Streaming To Chromecast Users Starting December 26th

Chromecast users are getting a late Christmas present from Google this year in the form of free streaming video. Starting on December 26th, you'll be able to sign up for CBS All Access and get two free months. The offer ends February 6th, 2016. The catch? There are several, actually.

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The Beatles Coming To Streaming Services (Including Google Play) On December 24th

For years, you couldn't even get The Beatles music in digital format, then Apple struck a deal to sell it all exclusively. That was way back in 2010, but now this music is branching out. The Beatles will be available everywhere in streaming form on December 24th at 12:01AM, including Google Play Music.

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Amazon Prime Customers Get Access To Showtime, Starz, And Other Add-On Subscriptions Through New Streaming Partners Program

Watching TV doesn't mean what it used to. Not only can you choose which streaming services to commit to, but you now have multiple ways to subscribe to them. Amazon is adding another option for the likes of Showtime and Starz via its new Streaming Partners Program.

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You Will Soon See Interactive Mobile Ads Streaming Apps And Games So You Can Try Before You Buy

The point of ads is to get you interested in whatever is occupying that—ugh where is that X okay there it is—now, where was I? Ads, right. They're just after our attention. Thing is, they generally fail to do their job. So Google wants them to be better.

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