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Major content networks launch Streaming Video Alliance without Netflix or YouTube

Float around the internet long enough, and you'll find a video stream that just doesn't wanna work. Maybe you're lacking some plug-in, or something's up with your browser? Either way, bad times. To help end situations like this, and to ensure the best video streaming experience possible, some of the biggest names in content delivery have formed "The Streaming Video Alliance." While big names like Yahoo, Major League Baseball (a powerhouse of its own) and Fox are onboard, there are two notable omissions: Netflix and YouTube. Like, really big omissions -- as these two account for over half of all internet downloads in the US (according to Sandvine).

By comparison, the third most popular service (Amazon Video, also not part of the alliance) is a huge drop down at just 1.6 percent of peak period downloads. Still, the Streaming Video Alliance (not to be confused with the Internet Streaming Media Alliance) has enough names signed up that its influence on what you watch isn't to be sniffed at. The door is, of course, still open for Netflix and YouTube (or Amazon) to join at any time. The alliance's main goals may center on the bits you'll never see -- content delivery techniques, industry collaborations and business standards -- but they all result in one thing: you watching the game without a glitch.

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Via: Market Watch

Source: Streaming Video Alliance

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Now saying ‘Ok Google’ to your Android phone can search inside apps

Android's Material Design facelift is eventually going to trickle down into the entirety of Google's services, but for now the folks in Mountain View are just trying to make sure all its apps look consistent. The latest in a long line of Android apps to get the redesign treatment is Google's Search for Android, but that new look just might be the least interesting thing about it. No no, with the update in place, you can just speak and have Google search within apps installed on your phone. Itching to pull up tracks on TuneIn or get cracking on your holiday travel plans through TripAdvisor? All it'll take is a quick "OK Google" command to get things started.

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Via: TechCrunch, Droid-Life

Source: Google Inside Search

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