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7 Essentials You Need to Complete Your Twitch Streaming Setup


If you’re not streaming your gameplay to the world, are you really gaming at all? If you’re just getting started with livestreaming, or if you’re interested in upgrading from the basics, there are plenty of gadgets on the market to upgrade your audio, your video, and every other aspect of your streams.

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YouTube says most disputed copyright claims are resolved in the uploader’s favor


YouTube is shedding more light on the tidal wave of copyright claims it receives. The service has released its first copyright transparency report and it notes that of the more than 729 million claims made in the first half of the year, it overturned more than 2.2 million. Around 60 percent of disputed claims were resolved in favor of the uploader, versus just under 1.5 million in the claimant’s favor.

Over 99 percent (722.7 million) of all copyright claims between January and June emerged through Content ID, which automatically monitors YouTube for potential copyright issues. Only 0.5 percent of these were disputed.

Other copyright claims were submitted via webforms and the Copyright Match tool. YouTube says claims that are filed manually are twice as likely to be disputed than automated ones. That indicates creators are perhaps more reluctant to appeal against Content ID claims, even though most disputes are resolved in their favor.

Copyright owners can opt to have a video that’s deemed to violate their rights deleted, track viewership stats and/or receive revenue it generates. Earlier this year, YouTube started offering creators a way to check for potential copyright violations when they upload a video. The platform offers creators a way to remove sections of a video that cause issues.

YouTubers have long criticized how the platform handles copyright claims, as The Verge notes. They can lose money or even face having their channel banned as a result of claims, many of which are evidently incorrect. While the report provides more insight into how big an issue copyright claims are, YouTube acknowledges “no system is perfect” and that it’s “impossible for matching technology to take into account complex legal considerations like fair use or fair dealing.”

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How to Get Faster Streaming Speeds on Your TV

Is your TV’s network speed getting you down? There are all sorts of factors that can affect streaming or download performance, from the speed of your internet connection to interference from other devices over wireless. Let’s take a look at some solutions.

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Streamlabs accused of copying material for its console streaming platform


Streamlabs is coming under fire for material used to launch Xbox streaming platform — and beyond. As Eurogamerreports, rivals have accused the company of copying web material, naming schemes and possibly functionality. Lightstream, for instance, noted that the initial website for Streamlabs Studio was extremely similar to its own, including (as streamer iamBrandon discovered) the user reviews. Streamlabs said this was an “error” that put placeholder text on a live site, and the planned copy was now in place.

That’s only the start of the accusations, however. OBS complained that Streamlabs used OBS as part of its broadcasting software name (Streamlabs OBS, or SLOBS) despite being asked not to. While Streamlabs has technically honored the terms of the GPL license used for OBS, it allegedly “disregarded the spirit” of open source software. Elgato, meanwhile, even implied Streamlabs’ Stream Deck was borrowing at least the name (if not features) from its Stream Deck Mobile app.

We’ve asked Streamlabs for comment. However, the plagiarism accusations have already led to a significant backlash. Top streamers Pokimane and Hasanabi have both threatened to stop using Streamlabs’ products (and in Pokimane’s case, remove her name from the platform) if it didn’t address the situation. Simply put, Streamlabs might lose some of its best-known customers if it doesn’t act quickly.

🤡 Hey, can I copy your homework?

▽ Yeah, just change it up a bit so it’s not obvious you copied.

🤡 Bet.

— Lightstream (@Lightstream) November 16, 2021

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Streamlabs says Facebook Gaming views have overtaken YouTube Gaming


For the first time ever, people recently spent more time on Facebook Gaming than YouTube Gaming watching their favorite streamers. That’s according to Streamlabs, which published its Q3 2021 Live Streaming Industry Report on Wednesday.

The company says viewers watched 1.29 billion hours of content on Facebook Gaming between August and September, representing a 9.2 percent increase from the previous quarter. By contrast, the amount of content people watched on YouTube Gaming went from 1.294 billion hours in Q2 2021 to 1.13 billion hours in the most recent three-month period. In terms of viewership, Google’s platform has seen a steady decline since it hit a peak at the end of last year.

YouTube’s struggles are surprising considering the company recently spent big to secure talent like DrLupo and TimTheTatman. Steamlabs attributes the milestone to Facebook Gaming’s international popularity, in addition to the recent rollout of features like co-streaming. Whether Facebook can continue to top YouTube is hard to say. Over the same timeframe, the platform saw a decline in both total hours streamed and unique channels. Those stand at 17.1 million and 440,000 currently, representing declines of 17.8 percent and 48 percent from the previous quarter. For what it’s worth, Steamlabs predicts the company is on the right path.

As for Twitch, it ran into its own set of problems. People watched 5.79 billion hours of content last quarter. Obviously, that’s more than Facebook and YouTube combined, but it’s also a 11 percent decrease from the viewership numbers it saw in Q2 2021. What’s more, the above number represents a year-over-year decline of 22 percent. At the same time, Twitch saw, for the first time ever, a year-over-year decline in unique channels, with that number decreasing from 10.6 million in Q3 2020 to 10.4 million in Q3 2021. Still, with a 70 percent share of the market in terms of hours watched, Twitch is the dominant platform in the space, and that’s unlikely to change anytime soon.

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Instagram’s latest live streaming feature ensures viewers show up

Instagram is making its live-streaming platform a bit more useful for creators and others who prefer to present their content to a live audience. The company has introduced a new feature called Live Scheduling that is, as you’d expect, a new scheduling tool for setting up a live broadcast ahead of time. Among other things, it’ll help ensure viewers know … Continue reading

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The 6 Best Streaming Boxes and Sticks for Holiday 2021

Apple TV 4K against blue backgroundApple

Streaming devices are a simple way to step up your entertainment game regardless if you have a smart TV or not. Content recommendations, well-designed remotes, and much more make these gadgets an excellent addition to any living room—so let’s look at the ones you should have your eyes on.

What to Look for in a Streaming Device

The best streaming sticks and boxes all offer the same basic features. Still, though, there are a few things to take into consideration before making a purchase:

  • Operating System (OS): This is the main difference between various streaming devices. While a lot of streaming operating systems hit the same beats, there’s still room for preference. They can vary significantly in design, features, and even what apps they support (although the major ones will be present regardless of what device you choose).
  • Specs: Being able to support 4K, various HDR modes, and surround sound are all important factors of at-home entertainment these days. Still, these features can increase the price significantly, so it’s not uncommon for manufacturers to create multiple versions of the same streaming device with different specs. Most commonly, there will be a 1080p and 4K edition to give you multiple price points to pick from. These different versions usually differ on what resolutions they support, but we’ll be sure to provide you with a breakdown of each device’s situation in this regard.
  • Extra Features: Voice controls, game streaming, and extra ports like USB and Ethernet are all useful features that not every streaming device offers. These are nice bonuses you might not use all the time but are appreciated nonetheless.

Best for Apple Users: Apple TV 4K

Apple TV 4KApple


  • 4K, HDR support
  • Surround sound
  • Compatibility with other Apple devices
  • Sleek remote


  • Limited ports (only HDMI and Ethernet)
  • Expensive

Apple’s streaming player is excellent for a lot of reasons, but one of the biggest draws are the tie-ins with the rest of Apple’s ecosystem. The TV uses Siri for its voice assistant, and you can use the Apple TV app to control things from your phone or tablet and control HomeKit enabled smart home devices from the TV. As far as performance goes, you can expect 4K with HDR (namely, Dolby Vision and HDR10) and Dolby Atmos digital surround sound for a fully immersive experience.

For Apple fans, it’s the obvious choice, but if you’re on a tighter budget, there’s also the 1080p edition available. It’s around $40 cheaper, lowers the resolution, and has less powerful hardware inside. You can also choose between 32 or 64GB of internal storage for either edition, with the latter option being more expensive.

Best for Apple Users

Apple TV 4K

Siri-compatibility and excellent specs all around make this the ideal choice if you’re invested in Apple’s ecosystem.


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Best for Google Users: Chromecast with Google TV

Chromecast with Google TV device and remote control on wooden surfaceJustin Duino


  • 4K, HDR support
  • Surround sound
  • Great recommendations
  • Google Assistant


  • No extra ports

Chromecasts have far outgrown their once simple purpose of simply casting things from your phone to your TV. The latest model is a feature-rich streaming stick that easily rivals the rest on this list. This Chromecast runs Google TV (formerly Android TV), which has all the best services, uses Google Assistant for voice controls and smart home functionality, and lets Google do what it does best—analyze your preferences and recommend content you’ll probably like. The content recommendations on the home screen draw from all your favorite services and make picking what to watch next a little bit easier.

It also supports 4K and HDR (Dolby Vision, HDR10, and HDR10+) as well as Dolby Atmos surround sound, so you’re well-covered when it comes to performance. And if you’re interested in game streaming, then Google Stadia works on this Chromecast as well.

The Chromecast with Google TV is available in three colors: Snow, Sunrise, and Sky.

Best for Google Users

Chromecast with Google TV

Touting impressive performance and great content recommendations, the latest Chromecast is an easy choice for Google fans.

Best for Alexa Users: Amazon Fire TV Stick 4K

Amazon Fire TV Stick 4KAmazon


  • 4K, HDR support
  • Surround sound
  • Works with other Alexa devices


  • No extra ports

If your home is already kitted out with loads of Alexa-enabled devices, then the Fire TV is the right choice for you. It offers the typical stuff—4K output (along with Dolby Vision or HDR10+ for HDR support), Dolby Atmos surround sound, all the streaming services your heart desires, and some solid content recommendations. But on top of that, it uses Amazon Alexa, which means you can control the stick using other Alexa devices in your home or vice versa. It’s an excellent way to watch your favorite media (especially Amazon Prime Video naturally), and the smart home tie-ins are a nice bonus if you’ve heavily invested in that ecosystem.

There’s also the Fire TV Stick Max that supports Wi-Fi 6 (albeit for a slightly higher price), and the Fire TV Lite that only supports 1080p (for anyone watching their budget).

Best for Alexa Users

Amazon Fire TV Stick 4K

The Fire TV Stick predictably plays well with Alexa on top of being a solid streaming device.


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Best for Simplicity: Roku Ultra

Roku UltraRoku


  • 4K, HDR support
  • Surround sound
  • Plenty of ports
  • Simple OS


  • Limited voice assistant functionality

While in-depth voice assistant support and algorithmic recommendations are great, sometimes what’s simplest is best—something that Roku has always been great at. Roku TV is an incredibly simple OS that allows you to quickly jump into streaming services without much fuss. On top of that, the Ultra supports 4K (with Dolby Vision and HDR10+), Dolby Atmos, and the remote has shortcut buttons you can assign to your favorite apps. There’s also a USB port on the box itself if you want to display video from other devices and an aux port on the remote for private listening. Chances are it has the streaming app you want, whether that’s Netflix or HBO Max.

It’s a fantastic streaming box, but if you don’t already have a soundbar, you might want to consider the Roku Streambar Pro instead. It features the same stuff seen in the Ultra, but all built into a solid soundbar. And what’s not to love about getting an audio upgrade and a great streaming device all in one? Or if you prefer, you can plug a decent set of headphones into the remote control thanks to the included headphone jack.

Best for Simplicity

Roku Ultra

The many ports and performance of the Ultra makes it enticing enough, but Roku’s simple approach to UI design makes it especially great if you’re looking for something straightforward.


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Best Budget: Roku Express 4K+

Roku Express 4K+Roku


  • 4K + basic HDR support
  • Affordable
  • Simple OS


  • Limited voice controls
  • No extra ports
  • No Dolby Vision

The Express 4K+ still features Roku TV, so its UI is easy to navigate, but it also delivers 4K (with HDR10+) support for a lower price than most. This small box still has all the performance you need out of a streaming device nowadays but manages to avoid breaking the $50 price point. If you’re okay with (or even prefer) Roku’s more straightforward approach to streaming devices, it’s an excellent choice if you’re on a budget, even among the various Roku streaming sticks.

Best Budget

Roku Express 4K+

A stripped-down streaming device that still brings solid performance and a great UI.


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Best for Versatility: NVIDIA Shield



  • 4K, HDR support
  • Surround sound
  • Game streaming through GeForce NOW
  • 3GB internal storage


  • Expensive
  • Limited storage for a Plex server

The other streaming devices mentioned so far have been almost exclusively focused on streaming services as their primary function, and it makes sense why: that’s what most people use them for. However, if you want a box with more functionality, the Shield is precisely that. It still supports 4K along with Dolby Vision and Dolby Atmos surround sound for when you are watching stuff, but there’s a lot more going on here.

It runs AndroidTV, so you can use Google Assistant or Amazon Alexa on it, stream games with it via GeForce NOW, and even have it function as a small (yet proper) Plex server with 3GB of internal storage. On the outside of the box, it features two USB ports for other devices to connect with and a gigabit Ethernet port. The Shield is more expensive than most streaming devices because of all this, but for what you’re getting here, that price is justified.

There is a cheaper version of the Shield, though, that drops the internal storage for a MicroSD card slot, loses the USB ports, and features a slimmer body. If having internal storage out of the box isn’t important to you, it’s a good alternative.

Best for Versatility

Nvidia Shield

There’s a lot packed into the Shield, making it the perfect choice if you’re looking for a gadget that’s more than just a streaming stick.



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How to Add Snapchat Video Filters to Microsoft Teams

Snapchat video filters offer a fun and creative way to present yourself by using your webcam to superimpose lenses on your face. You can integrate these filters with Microsoft Teams in your next meeting. Here’s how.

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Google TV Just Got More Personal and Easier to Use

Google TV ProfilesGoogle

Today Google announced several exciting new changes to help make Google TV more personal and easier to use for everyone in the house. From personal profiles built around the TV content you watch the most to at-a-glance cards in Ambient mode with game scores, news, music, and more.

The idea here is that anyone in your home can set up their version of Google TV to deliver a more personalized experience that’s easy to use, familiar, and tailored around what they want to see.

Google TV Profiles

With personal profiles, similar to Netflix, you’ll see a list of profiles to choose from when you open up Google TV. That way, when you fire up Google TV with your profile, you’ll see specific TV and movie recommendations or the popular “continue watching” for select shows you’ve watched instead of anyone in the home.

Recommendations, watchlists, and the Google Assistant are all built around you and your profile. The company confirmed that each device could have up to 12 profiles, and yes, that includes kids’ profiles that an adult can manage.

Plus, the next feature we’ll explain will really make profiles come in handy.

Glanceable Cards in Ambient Mode

Google TV at-a-glance personalized cardsGoogle

Soon, Google TV will have new glanceable cards in ambient mode when you’re not watching a TV show or movie. These at-a-glance cards will be full of helpful information aside from just show recommendations. Now, you’ll get the latest game scores from your favorite team or sport, weather, news tailored around what you’re interested in and much more. And of course, this will all be unique based on the currently active profile.

Users can scroll through the cards and select on-screen shortcuts to jump to their own Google account photos, podcasts or continue playing music right where they left off on another device. So when you’re done watching another episode of your favorite show and the TV is sitting idle, it’ll jump to Ambient mode and start showing personalized content just for you.

Improved Live TV Tabs

And finally, in its continued efforts to take on the likes of Roku or Amazin Fire TV, Google just made it easier to stream live TV from some of the top providers. Google’s Live and For You tabs on Google TV will now show a broader list of shows you can instantly tune in and watch.

The Live TV tab now integrates deeper with YouTube TV, Sling TV, and Philo, making it easier to find and access live TV with fewer clicks.

In closing, Google confirmed that profiles and the improved ambient mode cards would first be available on the Chromecast and Google TV sets from Sony and TCL “soon,” and likely sometime next month. Profiles are available worldwide on any Google TV, while ambient mode cards come to the U.S. first. Additionally, some of these new features and their availability may vary by the device manufacturer. That said, we’re hopeful any Google TV device will get the complete list of changes.

Source: Google Blog

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