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Spotify launches support to video podcasts
Spotify launches support to video podcasts
Credit: Spotify

Spotify announced on Tuesday the global launch of video podcasts, a feature that allows users to watch the video content from a select group of creator podcasts.

In a direct response to YouTube, where only paid subscribers can listen to video content in the background, Spotify says all of its users will be able to seamlessly move between the video version and the audio.

Arts, Entertainment, Culture • Music
Rapper Logic retires from music signs streaming deal with Twitch
Logic, MTV Video Music Awards 2018
Logic, MTV Video Music Awards 2018 Credit: MTV (Creative Commons Attribution ShareAlike 3.0)

After being an active streamer on Twitch since latest 2016, rapper Logic has announced that he is retiring from music stating that "it came to a point where I felt forced, like I had to do certain things". He has now announced that he has signed a deal to stream a set amount of hours exclusively on Twitch earning seven figures.

While his passion for video games is known he also states that "I’m a musician, I’ll always be one. I’m still gonna, like, rap on songs that probably won’t come out".

Arts, Entertainment, Culture • TV & Movies
The Crown gets renewed for a final sixth season
The Crown gets renewed for a final sixth season
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Netflix has renewed "The Crown" for a final sixth season. This announcement comes after the streaming services said the series would come to a close with its fifth season in January.

"As we started to discuss the storylines for series five, it soon became clear that in order to do justice to the richness and complexity of the story, we should go back to the original plan and do six seasons," so writer Peter Morgan.

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Netflix releases trailer for "The Umbrella Academy" Season 2
Screenshot of The Umbrella Academy Season 2 | Official Trailer | Netflix
Screenshot of The Umbrella Academy Season 2 | Official Trailer | Netflix Credit: Netflix

Netflix has released the trailer for the second season of the superhero series "The Umbrella Academy". This time, the Hargreeves siblings are "blasted back in time to 1960s Dallas, the scattered siblings build new lives for themselves — until a new doomsday threat pulls them back together." Season 2 is set to premiere on Netflix on July 31.

Technology • Internet & Web
Spotify launches real-time lyrics in 26 markets
Spotify launches real-time lyrics in 26 markets
Credit: Illustration: Pendect, Ashley Winkler – Logos via Spotify & MusixMatch

Spotify has launched a real-time lyrics feature in 26 different markets across India, Latin America and Southeast Asia today. The feature is provided by the music data company Musixmatch.

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Amazon Prime Video launches ‘Watch Party’, let up to 100 people stream together
Prime Video Watch Party with chat feature
Prime Video Watch Party with chat feature Credit: Amazon

Amazon has launched Prime Video Watch Party, a feature that allows you co-watch streaming with up to 99 fellow Prime members, in the US.

The host of the co-watching session will be able to start, stop, and pause the Watch Party as needed throughout the viewing, and those changes will also be synced to all participants’ devices instantly.

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Netflix announces that it'll automatically cancel inactive users plans

The streaming service has announced that it'll contact users that are subscribed to the streaming service but haven't used it in over a year in order to notify them about their subscription. The users will be asked if they want to continue their subscription and if Netflix doesn't hear back it's planning on automatically canceling the service.