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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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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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Netflix app may soon let you remove titles from the Continue Watching list

Whenever you want to remove an unwanted series or movie from your Continue Watching list in Netflix, you have to jump through some hoops. You can't get rid of content right through the app on your phone or TV; you have to head to your Viewing Activity in your account's settings on Netflix's website instead. Thankfully, it looks like the company wants to make this more streamlined and is working on adding this functionality to its Android app.

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Get Hulu's ad-supported plan for $2 per month for a year ($48 off)

With everyone's eyes fixed on Disney+ right now, it's easy to forget other video streaming contenders exist. Hulu doesn't want you to overlook it and is now offering a sweet deal to get new subscribers hooked: $2/month for the ad-supported plan for a year.

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Disney+ makes it easier to continue watching your shows and movies

Disney+ is the hottest video streaming service around, but being new, it lacks a lot of features. One of these is the ability to resume where you left off in a movie or TV show. Thankfully though, the option has started showing up for some users.

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Google Home starts letting users transfer streams between speakers and displays

Maybe you've taken smartening up your home seriously to the point where you have a smart speaker, display, TV, or a combination of any of them in every room of your house. With all that space and all the people you share it with, you may have wanted to start listening to music or watching a show on one device, then move it over to another. It's previously been a small ordeal to have to do that, but with late changes to the Google Home app and Google Assistant, you'll be able to make it happen at the voice of your whim.

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YouTube TV arrives on Amazon Fire TV devices

We're not far from the days when Amazon and Google were feuding over how YouTube was shown on Echo Show displays and not selling Chromecasts on the Amazon marketplace — in the course of the saga, both companies pulled services from their counterpart's platform. However, the pair came to terms earlier this year with an agreement that resulted in YouTube services coming back to Fire TV devices in July. Now, Amazon has taken one step further forward by welcoming YouTube TV into the fold.

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