Google could require new Android TV devices to support AV1 encoding: What is AV1 encoding? | Digit

We have a lot of devices running on Android. From streaming dongles and boxes to Smart TVs and more, a lot of devices are running on Google’s operating system. If information circulating the internet is to be believed, then “all Android TV-based devices — which includes Google TV — must support the AV1 codec starting on March 31, 2021”. This will include devices running Android 10 and Android 11.  But what is an AV1 codec? According to AWS, “AV1 is an open video coding format designed for internet delivery and…

Warner Bros. to Release Entire 2021 Slate on HBO Max and Theatres | Digit

Warner Bros. Pictures has announced that they will be releasing all the movies that were scheduled to come out in 2021, on the US-based streaming service – HBO Max; the exact same dates as it debuts in theatres. And yes, this includes Denis Villeneuve’s “Dune”, Lana Wachowski’s “The Matrix 4” and James Gunn’s “The Suicide Squad”, amongst multiple other titles. The films will be available to stream on HBO Max for a one-month period (31 days), before they leave the platform and continue to thrive theatrically and via home video…

Apple TV app coming to Xbox One, Xbox Series S/X on November 10 | Digit

Once upon a time, to access Apple’s services, you’d need an Apple device. How far we’ve come from closed ecosystems. It was already confirmed that the Apple TV app would be available on the PS5 at launch and you can read more about it here. Now, it has been confirmed that the Apple TV app will not only come to the next-gen Xbox consoles but current-gen Xbox One as well.  Microsoft says, “When our all-new Xbox family of consoles launch worldwide on November 10, you’ll have more than just the entertainment…

Disney+ Hotstar VIP vs Disney+ Hotstar Premium: What’s the difference? | Digit

Disney+ Hotstar has a great selection of content and is available on a number of devices from your Smart TV, smartphone and even streaming dongles like the Fire TV Stick. Disney+ Hotstar is not only home to all of Disney’s content but also sports broadcast in India like the IPL and even a lot of Hollywood movies and TV shows. Not to mention Hotstar originals.  One thing to note is that Disney+ Hotstar is available in 2 different plans – Disney+ Hotstar VIP and Disney+ Hotstar Premium. If you are…

Netflix is testing a shuffle button to help you decide what to watch next | Digit

Ever find yourself in that position where you want to stream something but aren’t sure of what to watch? Find yourself scouting and scrolling through a catalogue of content on Netflix only to find that you’ve spent half an hour doing so? Well, it looks like Netflix feels your pain and has been testing a shuffle feature to recommend something for you to watch instantly. According to The Verge, Netflix has been testing the Shuffle feature since July. The shuffle button appears under a users profile photo when logging into…

Netflix will let users speed up or slow down playback on Android smartphones | Digit

It looks like Netflix customers will be able to control the playback speed of the content they watch. According to The Verge, “Netflix will allow anyone on an Android mobile device to stream at either 0.5x or 0.75x speeds for slowed-down viewing and 1.25x or 1.5x speeds for faster watching”. For those that consume content at a fast speed on YouTube will be familiar with these playback options. It looks like Netflix is testing the feature on the web browsers and iOS but there is no information on whether this…

The January 2019 Binge Guide: What to watch on Netflix, Hotstar and Amazon Prime Video this month | Digit

January brings a great start to the year of streaming that lies ahead of us. For all those looking to cozy up in front of their TVs or latops this freezing winter, here’s a fresh dose of binging content that’s headed your way. A Series of Unfortunate Events The last and final season of Netflix’s A Series of Unfortunate Events hit the platform this January. Season 3 of Lemony Snicket’s A Series of Unfortunate Events has a total of 7 episodes you can stream and just like previous seasons, this…