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Eurovision: Europe Shine A Light – Live Stream

Eurovision: Europe Shine A Light – Live Stream

Following the cancellation of the Eurovision Song Contest 2020, the EBU and its Dutch Members NPO, NOS and AVRO, TROS have produced a new show, ‘Eurovision: Europe Shine A Light’, to air in place of the Grand Final on Saturday 16 May at 21:00 CEST.

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YouTube Reduce Streaming Quality to SD Resolution in Europe

Date: 20 Mar 2020
Written by: Rasmus Larsen


YouTube will also lower its streaming quality in response to EU’s request to help reduce strain on internet bandwidth, according to Reuters.

YouTube in SD Earlier this week, European Commissioner Thierry Breton urged Netflix and other major streaming services to switch to standard definition when HD is not necessary. Netflix has said that it will reduce bitrates across all streams in Europe.

Google’s YouTube says that it will also reduce its streaming quality in Europe by making SD resolution the default.

We are making a commitment to temporarily switch all traffic in the EU to standard definition by default,” the company said in a statement to Reuters.

However, it is not clear if users will be able to manually adjust streaming quality on YouTube. At this time, the YouTube player in our browser still automatically jumps to 1080p.

The report from Reuters said that the decision was made after European Commissioner Thierry Breton spoke to Alphabet CEO Sundar Pichai and YouTube CEO Susan Wojcicki.

Source: Reuters

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How to Download Videos with VLC YouTube included.

Written by: Karen Nelson

Date: October 11, 2019

It is likely that you have heard and used VLC media player for playing streaming videos. But it is more likely that you are fooled by its name VLC media player is by no means a one-trick pony. Instead, it is a feature packed powerful tool which is not only capable of playing streaming videos but also able to download videos from all the popular websites, like YouTube.

Today, you are going to learn about how to download video with VLC on Mac/Windows and solve a series of problems involved when using it all in one passage.

VLC’s hidden feature download video from Internet:

In fact, there are two methods to download videos with VLC. Here I will introduce the easier one. Please follow the steps below with VLC downloading a YouTube video as an example.

Step 1. Fire up VLC

After installing VLC media player to your Windows or Mac, fire it up.

Step 2. Copy the Video URL from YouTube

Go for the video on YouTube and copy the link from the browser’s address bar above the page.

Step 3. Paste the Video URL into VLC and Start Playing

On Windows:

Click on “Media” > “Open Network Stream” in VLC main interface.

VLC Open Network Stream to Download YouTube

Then under the Network tab on the pop-up window, you should then enter the YouTube video URL that you have copied from YouTube. Press the “Play” button to start playing the video.

VLC Enter YouTube Video URL

On Mac:

Click on “File” > “Open Network”, enter the YouTube video URL and click “Open”.

Step 4. Get and Copy Codec Information of the YouTube Video

On Windows:

Hit “Tools” > “Codec Information” to copy the full URL besides the “Location” title. This is the direct URL of the YouTube video.

Copy VLC Codec Information

On Mac:

Select the YouTube video in VLC, hit “Window” > “Media Information”. You are looking for the “Location” input box.

Step 5. Enter the URL into Address Bar and Download the YouTube Video

Open a web browser page and paste the copied Location URL into the address bar before hitting “Enter” on your keyboard. More clicks of “Save” button might be needed after that, which depends on the video link and the setting of your browser.

Problems tackled in YouTube downloading using VLC:

Now, have you learned about how to download YouTube videos using VLC yet? Don’t worry if you encounter some problems when in practice. The first thing you need to do is to repeat the above steps more carefully in order to rule out the possibility of not following the right procedures. If that problem does continue to exist, you might need to read the second part of the passage. We have listed some common problems involved in saving video from websites with VLC and given out our solutions.

Problem 1:

“Sadly this didn’t work for me. It downloaded the video but instead of getting a playable video I get a file called “file” in my download folder.”

Solution A: Put an extension to the file name when it gives you “Enter file name”, like “.mp4” or “.avi”.

Solution B: Use a video converter to convert the file into “.mp4”.

Problem 2:

“I could download some YouTube videos with VLC while others didn’t work.”

Solution: Check if the video is tagged “Age-restricted video (based on Community Guidelines)”. If that is the case, the video will NOT download using the established method due to YouTube policies. There is no way of getting rid of it. So try VLC alternatives.

An alternative to VLC for downloading web video including YouTube:

The built-in download feature of VLC cannot go without drawbacks since it is not an expert in video download. Indeed, some videos are highly protected by their website program and prevented from grabbing by VLC. To solve such a problem, I suggest you to try some online tools to download videos from popular websites for offline viewing.

VideoSolo Online Video Downloader is one of the best free online downloaders on the internet for grabbing YouTube videos. Aside from YouTube, it claims to support Facebook, Instagram, Dailymotion, Vimeo, SoundCloud, etc. in almost all browsers and all operating systems including Mac/Windows/Android/iOS. With a clean and intuitive interface, VideoSolo Online Video Downloader is very easy to use within just several clicks.

In addition, VideoSolo now released a video downloader for Mac users which can also download Pornhub videos easily. But the Windows version is in the development.

You can take a try with it from the button below.

Download

Follow the 3 steps to grab videos from the Internet easily with VideoSolo Online Video Downloader.

Step 1. Go to the page containing your loved video and copy the video link from the address bar above.

Step 2. Head to the VideoSolo Online Video Downloader homepage and paste the video link into the search box. Press the “Download” button to the right of the box to interpret the video.

Paste Video Link

Step 3. After deciding on the output format and quality, hit the corresponding “Download” button to the right hand. Then the browser immediately pops up a download dialog; if not, click the menu button > “Download” on the pop-up window, or right-click the mouse and select “Save as”.

Download YouTube Video

Hope the above information can settle your problems when downloading videos with VLC on your Mac or Windows. If you are not so satisfied with VLC’s inherent download function, your best bet is to try VideoSolo Online Video Downloader, which is quite easy and efficient to use.

Karen Nelson is a editorial director of VideoSolo, who writes high-quality product tutorials, reviews, tips and tricks regularly.

Source: https://www.videosolo.com/tutorials/download-video-with-vlc.html

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Sports fans rejoice! Premier Sports comes to netgem.tv

Written by: Pocket-lint Promotion

Date: 28 November 2019

Sports fans rejoice! Premier Sports comes to netgem.tv
Premier Sports Cmes to netgem.tv

UK TV service netgem.tv has partnered with Premier Sports to offer an unbeatable TV package.

As well as netgem.tv’s superb line up of Freeview digital channels, streaming services and industry leading recommendations, you can now get Premier Sports 1 HD, Premier Sports 2 HD and Freesports channels at no extra cost.

It usually costs £11.99 per month for such a selection of top sports action in high definition, but with netgem.tv you get it all as part of the best value TV offering in the country.

Premier Sports line-up

Premier Sports hosts an expanded line-up of live events, including matches from the La Liga, Serie A and Eredivisie from Spain, Italy and the Netherlands respectively.

You can watch the silky skills of Messi, Ronaldo’s extraordinary free kicks and the rising stars of Dutch football throughout the football season.

In addition, the dedicated sports station presents coverage of the hard-hitting Guinness Pro14 Rugby Union league, NHL matches from the US and Canada, and thrill-a-minute NASCAR races.

These combined with netgem.tv’s partnership with fibre optic broadband providers up and down the UK, means you can secure a superb, affordable bundle of internet, class-leading TV and streaming, plus one of the best sports services around, all for one low monthly price.

“We are thrilled to be partnering with Premier Sports,” said netgem.tv managing director, Sylvain Thevenot.

“By forging this relationship, we are offering consumers access to outstanding sports content from around the world, and existing and potential ISPs access to a premium content channel. Our aim as we move forward is to broker more of these deals to demonstrate our ambition of being a serious player in this sector.”

How to get netgem.tv with Premier Sports

Premier Sports is available on netgem.tv boxes and the netgem.tv mobile streaming service as part of Broadband & TV bundles available from internet service providers around the UK.

ISPs to offer netgem.tv as part of their all-in-one broadband and TV packages include Pure Broadband, Air Broadband and Pure Fibre. 

More are planned in the future, so could also be available in your region.

“Premier Sports and FreeSports are delighted to be partnering with netgem.tv to widen our distribution of the Premier Sports brands through its partner ISP network,” said the CEO of Premier Sports and Freesports, Richard Sweeney.

“We look forward to this being a long and successful relationship.”

As will all sports fans looking for a great combination of superfast internet, live events, TV channels, on demand and catch-up TV.


If you can’t get any of the currently supported internet service providers in your area, netgem.tv has a superb Black Friday deal on its NetBox HD set-top-box. It is currently available on Amazon for £39 instead of the usual price of £69.

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Plex now offers free movies and TV shows alongside your own

Written by: Maggie Tillman
Date: 4 December 2019

Plex now offers free movies and TV shows alongside your own
The Plex Media Sever it’s Free to use but has Ads

Plex has launched an ad supported streaming service that’s completely free to use.

With this service, you can access movies, TV shows, and documentaries. The catalogue at launch will include content from both major studios and smaller producers. It works across all devices that support Plex. To find it, just look in the sidebar for the “Free to Watch” section, which you can move or hide if you wish. At first glance, there are a few popular films, but also many unknown titles, too.

For instance, we can see classic films like Rain Man, Raging Bull, Apocalypse Now, and Terminator 2. Like many streaming services, the Plex catalogue on offer will change over time, with titles being added and removed regularly. However, Plex is making the bold claim that it will somehow offer “more content to more countries than any other free streaming service to date”.

Plex image 2
The Plex Media Server

It also plans to use your existing media library to serve up TV show and movie recommendations from its streaming service. Although that sounds a little invasive, Plex is promising it does not have any “visibility into the content or metadata” of your personal media collection.

As for video quality, you can expect 1080p. Plex also syncs across devices. so you can start on one device, stop, and pick up on another. Coming down the pike you can also expect subtitle support and a watchlist feature.

Keep in mind Plex is launching its service during the age of the streaming service wars. Both Disney and Apple have recently launched streaming services, and then, of course, there is Netflix, Prime Video, CBS All Access, Hulu, HBO Now, and so on. With so many on-demand offerings now available, you can essentially build up a package to your liking, much like you once could with cable channels.

Written by: Maggie Tillman
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Did Amazon’s Premier League kick-off hit the back of the net or just row Z?

Date: 4 December 2019
Written by: Rik Henderson

When Amazon won one of the packages of live Premier League football rights during 2018’s auction, skepticism followed.

Not only does it result in 20 matches being locked behind an Amazon Prime subscription that football fans might not want for the rest of the year, there were questions on how an online retailer and streaming giant would handle the beautiful game.

Well, the service debuted its first live coverage last night – with the Burnley vs Manchester City and Crystal Palace vs Bournemouth games being first to be screened, in 4K HDR and Full HD respectively. And, it must be said, they both looked superb on the platform. So, that’s one worry allayed.

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Indeed, the 4K HDR broadcast of the Man City game in particular was stunning. We watched on an LG 65-inch OLED TV and the crisp, clean detail was amplified by excellent HDR performance. It’s a cliche that gets rolled out with every tech advancement in sports TV, but it really did seem like we were there in the flesh – better even.

Yes, there are caveats. We have 350Mbps broadband and wired our TV directly to the router via Ethernet Cat-6 cabling.

Amazon Prime Premier League games: How to watch tonight’s football matches on Prime Video for free

Those watching on slower speed broadband and using a wireless internet connection might not have had the same stable, super-high resolution experience.

But, in comparison with the BBC’s trials during last year’s World Cup, this 4K HDR experience was exemplary. Remember, it’s not HLG but true HDR10.

That’s not to say there weren’t further issues though.

As widely posted on Twitter, delay on Amazon’s stream was a real problem. Some even reported up to two minutes worth of delay, which meant that they had long since been notified of a goal by their smartphone app of choice, before seeing the ball hit the back of the net themselves.

It’s not something we managed to test ourselves during the launch (but will be keeping an eye on during the Liverpool vs Everton game later today). However, we have noticed latency to be a real problem when streaming live sports coverage through other platforms before.

During the aforementioned World Cup, our next door neighbours’ cheers pre-empted any relevant moment in 4K HDR matches streaming over iPlayer. It lead to us switching it off entirely and watching the Full HD broadcast on regular TV instead.

And, even Now TV has a delay. It’s not as severe as Amazon’s reported issues, but we’ve often forgotten that Now TV plays catch up to regular Sky Q presentations of the same matches – to the detriment of family and friends who we’ve called before they’ve seen the same action.

So, ultimately, it’s not really Amazon’s fault alone. Streaming seems to be the culprit, full stop. After all, a live broadcast that would normally be transmitted to homes almost directly, needs to be encoded for streaming first. That can add an extra stage of latency and, therefore, delay.

That said, we’re not entirely sure why it takes a reported two minutes for that process to be completed, but these are early days for Amazon and we’re sure it’ll continue to improve its tech in time for future games.

In the meantime, though, we’ll be switching off notifications on any sports app we have on our phones in preparation for the Merseyside derby. And gagging the neighbours, just in case
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Written by: Rik Henderson
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