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Sling announces 1-year price guarantee on the heels of YouTube TV's price hike

Cutting cable is a mainstream activity these days, which is why services like YouTube TV and Sling TV have popped up in the last few years. These online TV providers can often be cheaper than cable, but as time passes and more channels are added, prices creep up. Coming the day after YouTube TV's latest increase, Sling TV has announced a 1-year price guarantee on its streaming TV packages.

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Amazon introduces Watch Party for virtual Prime viewing with friends

With recent world events keeping us at home, it can be hard to stay connected with friends and family.  Social events like going to movie theaters might not be an option right now, but that doesn't mean you can't watch a movie along with your favorite group of amateur film critics. Amazon is introducing a feature called Watch Party that lets groups of up to 100 Prime members view content together simultaneously.

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NBC's new Peacock streaming service will take flight on July 15

The more streaming services the better, right? Well, regardless of the answer to that question, NBCUniversal has been prepping its new Peacock video streaming platform for a while now. With content including *ahem* classic shows like The Office, Parks and Recreation, and Battlestar Galactica, plenty of viewers will probably find something interesting on Peacock. Today, the company has announced that the service will be going nationwide on July 15, with some introductory perks.

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ScreenHits TV wants be your one-stop video streaming subscription hub

The streaming service landscape is quickly becoming convoluted with every TV network, production company, and entrepreneur launching their own exclusive platforms. That's where ScreenHits TV wants to come in. The company will soon launch a service in the US and the UK that lets you aggregate Netflix, Disney+, Amazon Prime, HBO Go, BBC iPlayer, and more into one single interface and subscription.

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Plex Pass can now automatically detect and skip TV show intros

Plex is one of the best services for managing your media library without succumbing to the whims of various streaming providers. Earlier this year, it launched standalone music and server management apps on Android, and now there's a new feature coming to Plex Pass members: intro skipping!

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HBO makes Silicon Valley, dozens of shows and movies free to watch this month

As the novel coronavirus pandemic is expected to peak over the next several weeks, having the masses stay at home will be most crucial during this time. But the lockdown orders do have their deleterious domino effects from unemployment to mental deterioration. It's under these pretenses that AT&T-owned HBO has decided to offer about 500 hours of shows and movies to everyone, subscription-free.

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YouTube caps streaming quality at 480p in India due to coronavirus

YouTube and many other streaming services have lowered their bandwidth utilization to prevent possible network congestion problems due to everyone staying home and using the internet more than usual in these trying times. For many, YouTube videos start playing at 480p or 720p automatically, but it's still possible to manually select a higher resolution. According to XDA Developers, Google has taken a more drastic approach for some regions in India and has started capping streaming quality at 480p for those using the Android or iOS app, with no option to go higher manually.

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MX Player launches its free movie and TV streaming service in the US, UK, and 5 more countries

Most of us know MX Player as the best video player on Android, able to handle any file format, codec, bitrate, or subtitle extension. What you may have missed though is that MX also has an on-demand movie and TV show streaming service in India. It's now expanding availability to seven countries, including the US and UK.

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Instagram adds video Co-Watching to help users cope with social isolation

As more of us are stuck inside during the novel coronavirus pandemic, Instagram is rolling out a number of new features. The most interesting among them is the ability to watch videos live with friends during video calls, but the social network is also adding links to coronavirus resources from the World Health Organization, plus a "Stay Home" sticker (seen above) that adds posts to one big story.

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These video streaming services are reducing bandwidth consumption following the coronavirus pandemic (Update: TikTok)

Due to the current COVID-19 pandemic, most people have to stay quarantined at home to prevent the spread of the virus. This is causing increased network usage, as people need a stable connection to work, study, and of course, entertain themselves. Sadly, the latter requires a high bandwidth, which providers are trying to contain by reducing the quality of their service.

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