Twitch’s First Transparency Report Is Here—and Long Overdue

Twitch today released its first-ever transparency report, detailing its efforts to safeguard the 26 million people who visit its site daily. When it comes to transparency, the decade-old, Amazon-owned service had a lot of catching up to do. Twitch benefitted from a 40 percent increase in channels between early and late 2020, buoyed by the […]

Instagram Live Now Hosts More People With ‘Rooms’

Everything may be happening on screens these days, but people haven’t let that box them in. Musicians have made music videos on Zoom, with backup dancers performing choreography in their own separate squares. Public figures have given interviews on Clubhouse, with audience members asking heated questions from their homes. Chefs, whose restaurants had closed, are […]

How Google’s Grand Plan to Make Stadia Games Fell Apart

Eventually, Stadia Games and Entertainment teams got the software and people it needed to gain momentum prototyping Stadia games. The allure of a Google-sized paycheck and an exit ramp from the crunch-fueled hamster wheel was enough to draw a critical mass of developers to Stadia Games and Entertainment. Artists, producers, audio experts, programmers had been […]

5 Best Live-TV Streaming Apps and Services (2021)

Hulu’s live-TV interface isn’t the best. There’s a separate tab for only live channels, but if you’re searching through anything else, the on-demand options are confusingly mixed in with the live offerings. Plus its price has increased $10 since we first recommended it, making it the same price as YouTube TV. Still, it has a […]

‘Lapsis’ and the Rise of Gig-Economy Sci-Fi

Ray Tincelli, a good-humored, pot-bellied, middle-aged guy with a “’70s mobster” vibe and money troubles, is looking for a new gig. His day job as a courier for a sketchy lost baggage company isn’t cutting it. Played with hangdog charm by Dean Imperial—he looks like Jeremy Piven gone to seed—Tincelli is a brusque Queens dude […]

Twitch’s DMCA Takedowns Threaten to Drive Musicians Away

“Intellectual property has always been a dicey subject in dance music production and performance, but with streaming in general—not just livestreaming—we’re in a new era of being slapped hard by intellectual property laws.” Even as some performers continue livestreaming on Twitch, Ramprakash still avoids the website today. “DMCA takedowns are perhaps something that one can […]

7 Apps to Make the Most of Your Streaming Music Subscription

There are plenty of music streaming services to choose from, and these services are inspiring a growing number of add-ons and companion apps designed to help you get even more bang for your subscription buck, either by finding new things to listen to or helping you save songs you enjoyed. That means you’re not restricted […]