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YouTube picture-in-picture support for non-Premium subscribers is spreading beyond the US

For years and years now, mobile users have clamored for the same experience watching YouTube on their small devices as they have on a computer. You can keep YouTube playing and switch to another tab or app, you can resize that window and open another one side-by-side, and all of that without paying for a subscription. On mobile, however, non-paying users had to wait until 2016 and YouTube's multi-window support to be able to do something else while watching a video. If you wanted more perks like background playback and picture-in-picture, you had to be a Red, now Premium, subscriber.

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'DC Universe' subscription service leaves beta, costs $8 a month

Back in June, Warner announced a new subscription service called 'DC Universe.' It includes a wide variety of new and old video content, digital comics, and an exclusive online store. To celebrate Batman Day, which is apparently a holiday, DC Universe is out of beta and available to everyone.

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Google is offering 3 free months of YouTube Premium if you own a Lenovo Smart Display (US only)

The Lenovo Smart Display is officially on sale, and Google is offering a perk for anyone who purchases either the 8" or 10" model of the Assistant with a screen: a free three-month trial of YouTube Premium (formerly Red). However, as is normally the case with these things, there's fine print to mind. And it's worth noting that this deal isn't anything that we haven't seen before.

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California law could make canceling subscriptions easier for everyone

A lot of our favorite things come from California. Artichokes, Android, almonds, even those newfangled talking pictures. But thanks to a law that recently went into effect in the state, an accidental export might update the cancellation process across the US for recurring payments when it comes to services like newspapers.

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Netflix is testing an expensive new 'Ultra' subscription tier

Towards the end of last year, Netflix raised its prices in the US, with the most expensive option (Ultra HD, 4 screens) increasing from $11.99 to $13.99. In Europe, that top tier costs €13.99 (£9.99 in the UK). Thankfully, it doesn't look like Netflix is planning to hike its current subscription prices any further, but a new even higher tier could be on the way.

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[Update: Rolling out widely in the US] YouTube testing picture-in-picture mode for those without Red subscriptions

When Android 8.0 Oreo introduced picture-in-picture (PiP) mode, the obvious beneficiary of the new feature was Google's first-party YouTube app. Unfortunately, Google decided at the time that the advantage of nested playback was best locked behind a YouTube Red subscription. Based on recent developments, though, that may be set to change. We've seen several reports that some videos are allowing for PiP playback without a YouTube Red subscription.

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Pandora quietly adds $14.99/month Premium Family Plan for up to six accounts

Pandora isn't nearly as popular as it once was, but it still has a fairly sizable userbase. The company has just quietly introduced a new family plan, aptly dubbed 'Premium Family,' that allows for up to six different Pandora accounts to gain access to Premium features for $14.99 per month.

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Amazon Prime Book Box is a mail-order book subscription for your kids

Before Amazon became the go-to place to buy literally anything you want, the company made a name for itself largely by selling physical books. Now, the online retail giant has a neat new service in keeping with its history: Prime Book Box is a subscription plan that will send you a box of either two or four child-friendly books every one, two, or three months for $22.99 per box—at a savings of "up to 35% off List Price."

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How to keep paying $99 a year for Amazon Prime

Last week, Amazon announced it would be increasing the price of its yearly Prime membership subscription from $99 to $119 starting May 11 and June 16 for renewals. Prime has gradually become more expensive over time — the last time the price of a yearly subscription increased was in March 2014, from $79 to $99 — and while it's hard to argue that you're not getting plenty of value for what you're paying, no one likes to have to pay more for something. Fortunately, there's an easy way to save $20 off your subscription, allowing you to lock in the current price of $99 for the foreseeable future.

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Amazon Prime increasing to $119/yr starting May 11 for new subscribers, June 16 for renewals

It's pretty safe to say that Amazon Prime is a very popular service, what with over 100 million subscribers. Many will call Prime invaluable, from the great shipping options to the wide selection of media to consume. But a change is coming and it's coming soon: Amazon is raising the U.S. annual fee for Prime to $119, versus the $99 it is currently. This price hike will affect new subscribers starting on May 11 while renewals will still get the $99 price until June 16.

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