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These new Hollywood movies are hitting streaming services early for safe at-home viewing (Update: Amazon)

Following what was reported to be the worst weekend of the last 20 years for the US domestic film business, NBCUniversal/Comcast has decided to (finally) make movies available for rental the day of their theatrical release. This new policy debuts with the upcoming DreamWorks Animation film Trolls World Tour on April 10th, but on-demand releases for flicks currently in theaters, including The Invisible Man and Emma, will begin as soon as March 20th — this upcoming Friday.

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Weekend poll: Which streaming video services do you subscribe to?

There are tons of different streaming services out there between individual network providers, live TV services, online-only venues, and piles of more niche choices. Individually, they might all be cheaper than a cable TV subscription, but $7.99 here and $9.99 there can add up over time. We're all connoisseurs for our own tastes, so which paid video streaming services do you subscribe to?

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Spotify lets you edit your profile from the mobile app

Spotify is one of the most popular music streaming services, and with good reason. It has the best algorithms for guessing what new music you'll like from its vast catalog. Another great feature that Spotify has to offer is its social integration. If you want, your friends will be able to see what you're listening to so that they can check it out. Until now, you've only been able to change your profile picture and username on the website, but as of this week, you can edit your profile from the mobile app too.

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Quibi is a new streaming service with short films that can be viewed in portrait or landscape (Update: Partial launch lineup)

Most of the professionally produced video you watch is filmed for a TV or movie screen—it's landscape. That makes sense, of course, because most screens don't rotate to portrait mode, that new Samsung spinning TV notwithstanding. However, your phone does rotate, and a new streaming service called Quibi wants to take advantage of that. Quibi will offer premium video content that you can watch in either portrait or landscape, and you can switch back and forth whenever you want.

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How to get the best Stadia experience

Stadia is an incredible proof of concept under ideal circumstances, but the delta between the best and worst game streaming experience can be huge: a crappy connection can introduce input lag hamper visual fidelity. If your gameplay is feeling sluggish, there are a number of things you can try to improve your situation — and depending on how tech-savvy you are, they may not all be obvious.

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Samsung Galaxy smartphone owners getting exclusive Netflix bonus content

Netflix took a bit of stage time at Samsung's Unpacked show to announce itself as the smartphone maker's exclusive mobile entertainment partner. This will mean that original series creators will be using Galaxy S20 devices to show off behind-the-scenes material and Galaxy smartphone owners will be able to access all of it for free.

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Netflix for Android adopts AV1 video codec, currently limited to Save Data mode

AV1 is the hot new video codec on the block, offering around 30% better compression than Google's VP9 standard without a noticeable loss in picture quality. With Chrome and Android now supporting the format natively, many services have started to switch to it, and now Netflix is joining the fun.

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Nvidia GeForce Now game streaming leaves beta, new paid plan offers priority access and ray-tracing graphics

Nvidia's game streaming service has been in perpetual closed beta for years, though it has been free for everyone since 2018. Google Stadia was the catalyst for a game streaming battle, with Sony and Microsoft both rushing to bring their services to the masses, and now Nvidia is ready to do the same with GeForce Now.

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Canonical, creator of Ubuntu Linux, wants to stream Android games and apps from the cloud

Canonical is best known as the company behind Ubuntu, one of the most popular desktop Linux distributions. Canonical already offers many products for enterprise customers, from a lightweight OS for Internet-of-Things devices to cloud-based containers, and now it's working on a way to stream Android apps and games from the cloud.

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Plex details upcoming features including subscription channels, rentals, and purchases

Plex recently started an ad-supported, subscription-free video streaming service on its platform, accessible to anyone using the library manager. That's not the company's endgame, though. For 2020 and beyond, Plex is looking to add subscription channels, rentals, purchases, and deep links to content on other streaming platforms like Netflix or Amazon Prime Video.

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