Alex Tretbar

Alex Tretbar

Former Digital Trends Contributor
Alex Tretbar, audio/video intern, is a writer, editor, musician, gamer and sci-fi nerd raised on EverQuest and Magic: The Gathering. He studied English and Journalism at the University of Kansas, working for local media such as the Kansan and KJHK 90.7 FM. After writing for a Kansas City trade journal post-graduation, Alex took up traveling and eventually settled in the Pacific Northwest.
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San Francisco and Houston get on-the-go mobile streaming for Comcast’s X1 cloud DVRs

Comcast announced today that it extended cloud-based streaming capabilities to its X1 DVR customers in the San Francisco Bay Area and Houston markets, as well as premiering out-of-home streaming from the X1 in its new markets.
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A new challenger appears: Firefox-powered ‘Matchstick’ aims to take a shot at Chromecast

Chromecast's crusade for dongle domination might have a pesky new obstacle to contend with. The Firefox OS-powered dongle, dubbed "Matchstick," could end up bringing significant new competition to the streaming market.
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TiVo finally invites Android users to the party, updates Android app for wireless streaming

TiVo announced today that it has made a long-awaited update to its Android app, allowing users to stream both recorded and live TV directly to their Android mobile devices.
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Farther, faster, louder: Sol Republic ramps up its new Deck Ultra speaker

Oregon-based Sol Republic ups its own ante today with the revamped version of its Deck Bluetooth speaker. The purveyor of affordable headgear and speakers promises double the loudness and double the battery life, as well as an increased…
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Netflix in October: What’s coming and going on the popular streaming service

Even if you spent all month binging on every show and film you could find, Netflix adds content often enough to stay fresh, and next month won't be any different. The leading streaming service has a slew of additions, new and old, for…
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Couch salesmen rejoice: U.S. Netflix users streamed 5.1 billion hours in 3 months

During Q2 2014, U.S. Netflix subscribers streamed 5.1 billion hours of content. This gargantuan figure is almost 300 percent greater than the 1.8 billion hours of total streaming during Q4 2011.
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Take a listen to the first ever concert using only 3D-printed instruments

Students from Lund University in Sweden played the first-ever concert to be put on with strictly 3D-printed instruments, according to the university. The instruments were designed and printed by Olaf Diegel, a 3D-printing maestro and…
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Pink Floyd to release new-ish album ‘The Endless River’ Nov. 10

Pink Floyd have confirmed November 10th as the official release date for the band's first record since 1994. The Endless River will be the fifteenth full-length recording released by the band since its first album, 'The Piper at the Gates…
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Samsung’s new Ryder Cup app for its smart TVs brings viewers closer to the action

Samsung announced today that it has collaborated with Turner Sports and the Professional Golfers' Association to develop the Ryder Cup TV app for Samsung smart TVs. The app allows fans to follow live scores, access exclusive footage, and…
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AMC nabs rights to new android-based sci-fi drama ‘Humans’

AMC is close to concluding a deal that would allow it to acquire domestic rights to the upcoming sci-fi drama Humans. The deal would see AMC take over in place of the now-shuttered Xbox Entertainment Studios for co-production of the series.
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Netflix could top 100 million international subscribers by 2020

Netflix CEO Reed Hastings revealed last week that the streaming service is aiming to penetrate a third of international TV households within seven years of each respective country's official launch of service.
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Netflix now comprises up to 40 percent of Canadian downstream traffic at peak hours

A new report from Sandvine, shows that Netflix accounts for a huge percentage of Canadian downstream traffic and, as a result, is currently the leading web service in Canada for data consumption.