A TV Box is a great method to spend your free time. You can enjoy hours and hours of high quality entertainment. At this point we need to consider what a TV Box needs. It needs great apps to be of great use to its owner. In Best apps Part 5 we will see some of the best apps you should download on your TV Box. Enjoy!
The first app in our Best apps part 5 is Youtube. Ah yes, the venerable YouTube. It is, without debate, the largest and most popular video streaming service in the world. You won’t find the latest episodes of your favorite TV shows, but there are a variety of awesome video creators (like us!) with a ton of stuff worth watching. It’s completely free to use although you can sign up for YouTube Red to watch videos ad free. Currently, that also gives you a Google Play Music subscription as well. There are more videos on the site than you’ll ever hope to watch and it’s a good way to round out your media set up.
YouTube is an American video-sharing website headquartered in San Bruno, California, United States. Three former PayPal employees created the service in February 2005. In November 2006, Google bought it for US$1.65 billion. YouTube now operates as one of Google’s subsidiaries. The site allows users to upload, view, rate, share, and comment on videos, and it makes use of WebM, H.264/MPEG-4 AVC, and Adobe Flash Video technology to display a wide variety of user-generated andcorporate media videos. Available content includes video clips, TV show clips, music videos, audio recordings, movie trailers, and other content such as video blogging, short original videos, and educational videos.
Individuals have uploaded most of the content on YouTube. Media corporations including CBS, the BBC, Vevo, Hulu, and other organizations offer some of their material via YouTube, as part of the YouTube partnership program. Users without registeration can watch videos. They can upload a vast amountof videos and add comments to videos. Videos deemed potentially offensive are available only to registered users affirming themselves to be at least 18 years old. In July 2016, Alexa Internet ranked the website was as the second most popular site. This is a web traffic analysis company.
YouTube earns advertising revenue from Google AdSense, a program which targets ads according to site content and audience. The vast majority of its videos are free to view, but there are exceptions, including subscription-based premium channels, film rentals, as well as YouTube Red, a subscription service offering ad-free access to the website and access to exclusive content made in partnership with existing users.
To continue with our Best apps Part 5 is Sling TV. Sling TV is an American over-the-top internet television service. It is LLC’s subsidiary of Dish Network. Unveiled on January 5, 2015, at the Consumer Electronics Show. In addition the service aims to complement subscription video on demandservices for cord cutters, offering a selection of major cable channels that can be streamed through smart TVs, digital media playersand apps.
Sling TV is led by CEO Roger Lynch, who formerly served as the executive vice president of advanced technologies for Dish Network. They officially launched on February 9, 2015, after offering the service on an invitation basis in January of that year. As of August 2016, the service has approximately 764,000 subscribers.
In addition, they named Sling TV the CES 2015 “Best Home Theater Product”. They also named it the “Best Software/App”, and “Best in Show” by Engadget, for its clear goal and pricing. its “intuitive, user-friendly and surprisingly well-done” interface, and the fact that the service “may very well be the beginning of the end for traditional pay TV” in the United States.
Some broadcasters have been hesitant about over-the-top services such as Sling TV, showing concern that they may undermine their carriage deals with larger conventional cable, satellite and Internet TV providers. Time Warner initially noted that the carriage of its channels on the service was only for a “trial” basis. While both Time Warner’s CEOJeffrey Bewkes and an analyst from the firm Macquarie Capital claimed that current contract language in Dish’s OTT carriage deals with the service’s content distributors would cap the number of subscribers that the service is allowed to have at any given time to 5 million. Neither Dish Network or its content providers have confirmed any such cap.
On April 4, 2015, some Sling TV users were affected by brief outages. These outages preventing them from streaming portions of TBS’ coverage of an NCAA Final Four game. This also prompted criticism over social media. On April 6, 2015, Sling TV said that the errors. This affected between 1,000 and 2,000 users, were the result of network server failures caused by high volumes of subscriber traffic (including by new users that signed up in time for the Final Four).
Explaining that “while the viewing experience was spot on for the vast majority our customers, we were able to rebalance traffic loads for those who were affected and improve the experience for the remainder of the evening.” Roger Lynch later stated that the service would limit future outages. They adjusted the software to automatically switch from the main to a backup provider during spikes in streaming demand.
In July 2015, they accused NBC Owned Television Stations, a division of the NBCUniversal unit of Comcast. They also accused them of refusing to air advertising for the service on NBC owned-and-operated stations in major markets as a form of protectionism. CEO Roger Lynch stated that “Comcast has a demonstrated history of shutting down ideas it doesn’t like or understand, predictably to its benefit and at the expense of consumers.”
This was our Best apps Part 5.
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