WATCH Disney, Twitch, iHeartRadio, and DramaFever Gain Support for Chromecast

A few notable apps today are gaining compatibility with Chromecast, Google’s venerable streaming media dongle. First up, WATCH Disney, WATCH Disney Junior and WATCH Disney XD apps are now cast-able, with a caveat – most content is locked behind a TV provider sign-in page, so you will need a cable or satellite subscription to take full advantage. Still, a few clips are available for free.  (more…)

Forget Google, Amazon Buying Twitch Streaming Service for More Than $1 Billion (Updated)

Update:  It’s official – Amazon is buying Twitch for $970 million.

According to two sources of The Information, as well as a source of the Wall Street Journal, Google is no longer set to acquire Twitch, the livestream network for roughly $1 billion. Instead, Amazon is now the buyer, reportedly all set to sign the paperwork and announce the deal as early as today.  (more…)

Twitch for Android Updated to Version 3.0, Adds Enhanced UI and Expanded Search

An update has been pushed to Google Play for Twitch users, one which brings an enhanced UI, more features for finding your favorite broadcasters, and a new chat section which keeps you in touch with streamers.

Upon opening the app, users are met with almost every game they could ever want to watch livestreamed, led off by the most popular. Once on a channel, you can subscribe to the broadcaster, as well as join the chat channel, allowing you to chat with fellow Twitch users and the broadcaster themselves.  (more…)

Reports Suggest Google Planning Acqusition of Twitch for $1 Billion

Over the weekend, a report from Variety suggested that Google was in the final stages to announce plans to buy video game streaming service Twitch for roughly $1 billion. A separate report from the Wall Street Journal, who must have much different sources, claims that the deal is still early, and that Twitch may decline whatever offer is made, opting for additional funding instead of selling off the company to Google.  (more…)