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YouTube Red lets you skip ads and download videos for $10 a month

YouTube has launched its new premium offering, YouTube Red. The $9.99-a-month subscription allows viewers to watch YouTube videos without adverts, combatting the need for third-party plugins such as Adblocker. Subscribers will also be able to download and save videos to watch offline on their mobile devices – another long-requested feature …

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Project Ascension aims to combine Steam, Uplay, Origin and more into a single service

The number of third-party games platforms on PC has become somewhat of a running joke among gamers, as each big publisher attempts to battle Valve’s Steam with their own service. There’s EA’s Origin, Ubisoft’s Uplay, GOG.com’s Galaxy and Blizzard’s Battle.net, to name but a handful. While some games are available …

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Call of Duty: Elite to close this Friday

Activision’s social network for Call of Duty is to be canned. The stat tracking service was introduced with Call of Duty: Modern Warfare 3 and Call of Duty: Black Ops II. However, it received little use in new release Ghosts, which instead favoured the new Clan Wars system. The publisher …

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Microsoft developing Siri-rival called Cortana

Al character Cortana from the Halo series is to lend itself to a new Siri-rivalling tech from Microsoft. That’s according to ZDnet, which has collated a number of hints and leaks from across the internet to arrive at the claim. The tech can apparently learn and adapt, relying on machine-learning …

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PS4 will offer "world’s first" 4K movie download service

Sony has revealed its first big non-gaming service for the PS4 – the world’s first 4K video service. 4K – also known as Ultra HD – is being lined up as the next standard in video fidelity, doubling today’s 1080p standard to 2160p. It carries an image resolution of 3,840 …

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£35 Battlefield Premium service revealed

EA will at next week’s E3 reveal the Battlefield Premium service, according to a retail listing. Coolshop reckons that the download will go live on June 29th and it is offering a code to access the content for 34.96. It offers the existing Back to Karkland DLC as well as …

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Hitari teams up with Royal Mail

Online independent games retailer Hitari has added a raft of new services after partnering with Royal Mail and DPD. It says doing so has allowed it to process orders and dispatch video games to its customers quicker than before. Parcel delivery firm DPD has been assigned as Hitari’s ‘preferred courier …

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No Amazon UK game downloads this year

Amazon’s PC game download store has suffered a new delay, say publishers. The service is now expected to launch next year. MCV understands the service – which has been live in the US for some time – was originally due for a UK soft launch in April 2011. Publishers now …

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Sky reveals new console TV streaming service

Murdoch owned satellite broadcaster Sky has unveiled a brand new streaming TV service that will be made available on consoles, tablets, PCs, connected TVs and mobile phones. Called Now TV, the service will only offer movies at first though this will be expanded to sports and entertainment. Both subscription and …

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Who will buy Metaboli?

Digital retailer Metaboli is an acquisition target for major video game firms. MCV has been told twice that distribution giant Arvato is set to buy the company, but twice Arvato has strenuously denied it. We are not currently in discussions with Metaboli about purchasing the business,” a spokesperson told MCV. …

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