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German TV conglomerate ProSiebenSat.1 has acquired a significant stake of the European music streaming service Deezer, according to a report by local newspaper Die Welt. The companies didn’t release any details about the transaction, but ProSiebenSat.1 is said to hold less that 50 percent of Deezer now, and plans to roll up its own music venture Ampya into the service. Deezer is said to have 16 million active users per month, and there have been rumors that the company may launch in the U.S. this year.

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The recent decision of video streaming website Justin.tv to get rid of its archives and delete countless videos hosted on its website prompted the digital archivists of the Archive Team into action: Wirth the help of a number of volunteers, the Archive Team managed to download all Justin.tv videos with more than 10 views, totaling 10TB in archived video content, according to a tweet by Textfiles.com founder Jason Scott. The team apparently also considered to download videos with fewer views, but that would have brought the total amount of data to be saved to 1.1 petabyte – which may explain why Justin.tv decided to get rid of the archives in the first place.

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After what seemed an eternity, Google Chromebook owners can finally watch Google Play video content offline on their devices. Earlier last month Google announced this requested feature was coming and on Thursday night, the company launched it with a short post on Google+. Chromebook users will first need to install a new Google Play Movies and TV extension in order to download video purchases or rentals for offline playback. Of course, if the screen on your ChromeOS device isn’t big enough, there’s a Chromecast button to send video wirelessly to a larger display.

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Google has launched its Chromecast streaming stick in Brazil, where the device is selling for R$ 199 (about $87.95) through local retailers. That’s a pretty big markup from the $35 pricing in the U.S., but electronics in general tend to be pretty expensive in Brazil. And for everyone keeping score, this newest expansion means that Chromecast is now available in 19 countries around the world, including large parts of Europe, Australia, Japan, South Korea and Canada.

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Hong Kong Broadband Network (HKBN) would love to offer its customers Netflix. The local ISP decided to make its love for House of Cards and other Netflix shows public with an open letter to Netflix CEO Reed Hastings, which invites Netflix to come to Hong Kong. Of course, it’s unlikely Hastings would be swayed by a letter like this, but he must have enjoyed this part: “At HKBN, we strongly concur with your vision that with strong net neutrality, new services requiring high-speed internet can emerge and become popular.”

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Google’s Chromecast streaming stick didn’t just get love from ESPN this week: Chromecast users can now also cast from the iOS and Android apps as well as the website of the Anime video service Crunchyroll, Major League Soccer’s mobile apps, and Google+ iOS and Android apps. The latter can be used to cast photos and videos to the TV, which is especially useful if you auto-upload all your personal media to Google+. And we might even see Chromecast coming to Aereo as early as Wednesday.

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