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Well, we knew it was coming. Redbox has now filed a lawsuit against Time Warner’s Warner Home Video unit over the studio’s plan to inhibit the DVD kiosk company from obtaining new release movies as soon as they come out. For those of you keeping track, […] Read more »

In its ongoing quest to monetize its massive audience, YouTube announced this morning that it is getting clips from Time Warner properties. Though once again, it looks like YouTube won’t be getting long-form content from a major media player. From a YouTube blog post announcing the […] Read more »

Local video ad platform Mixpo announced a partnership with NCC today that aims to repurpose existing TV advertising campaigns for the web via display ad formats. NCC is a cable advertising firm that is jointly owned by Comcast, Cox Communications and Time Warner Cable. Each of […] Read more »

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Sales of video-enabled mobile phones will surge over the next four years, Infonetics projects in new research. Unfortunately, providers of mobile pay TV services won’t enjoy the forthcoming salad days. Infonetics predicts that 397 million video phones will sell worldwide in 2013, and the subsequent market […] Read more »

CBS’ Smith on Authentication: Not Anytime Soon; says “TV Everywhere” won’t get mass adoption until 2014 because of different distributor technologies, legal issues and metrics. (paidContent) Discovery Launches iPhone App; features clips from Mythbusters, Man vs. Wild, Dirty Jobs and more. (emailed release) “How do I […] Read more »

Though two of its three claims were dismissed by a U.S. District Court judge yesterday, Redbox’s lawsuit against Universal Studios Home Entertainment will proceed. In his opinion, Judge Robert Kugler wrote: “The court is convinced that plantiff [sic] sufficiently pleaded that Universal has induced or otherwise […] Read more »

Techdirt today points us to a controversy that’s been brewing over in the world of college sports that involves the Southeastern Conference (SEC) trying to put the kibosh on social media during games. Essentially the college sports division doesn’t want fans Twittering, Flickring, Facebooking, blogging, vlogging, […] Read more »

Well, Tiger Woods didn’t walk away with a win from the 2009 PGA Championship (that honor went to Y.E. Yang), but it was a record-setting weekend for and Turner Sports, which served up 3.4 million video streams over the course of the 4-day event. According […] Read more »

Live video-streaming site Ustream confirmed with us today that it’s being sued by boxing promotional company Square Ring for copyright infringement. The suit specifically mentions an incident surrounding a March 21, 2009 boxing and mixed martial arts broadcast featuring Roy Jones Jr. vs. Omar Sheika. One […] Read more »

If the only thing that’s kept you from purchasing cubic zirconia jewelry or a liquid gold plating system from the Home Shopping Network is because, you know, you’ve been working instead of watching TV, then I bring good news! HSN today announced an app for the […] Read more »

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Comcast Prepping Big Media Buy? Investors concerned the company is hoarding cash for an acquisition in the same vein as its 2004 attempt to purchase Disney. (Reuters) Q&A With Boxee Investors; Bijan Sabet and Neil Sequeira discuss why they put money into the company (and talk […] Read more »

Big news helped make June a record month for video viewers, according to the latest numbers from comScore. The research firm said events like Michael Jackson’s death and the Iranian protests were big factors in drawing a record 157 million unique U.S. video users during the […] Read more »

Gleedo is a new service that is looking to literally add a layer of socialization to your web-browsing, online video-watching, document-sharing experience. But will the company’s download approach stymie its success? Basically, Gleedo is a downloadable application (Windows only) that acts as an interactive layer that […] Read more »

Battle Brewing Between Warner and Netflix? Amidst the windowing of new releases for kiosks, Warner looking to renegotiate how soon the mail-order company can receive discs as well. (Deadline Hollywood) Qik Launches iPhone App; can’t stream live video, though; you have to record first, then upload. […] Read more »

Some big names in the media world — including networks owned by NBC, Time Warner, News Corp., Viacom, CBS and Disney — have joined forces with a group of marketers to form a TV audience measurement consortium and take on Nielsen, reports the Financial Times. The […] Read more »

Netflix Prepping Another Prize Contest; company said it will provide more details around a second recommendation improvement contest in late September. (USA Today) Meanwhile, the first Netflix Prize contest is still going on, and more than 30 competitors joined forces to overtake the initial — though […] Read more »

Comcast will add full-length episodic content from The Discovery Channel to its OnDemand Online authentication trial this week, the two companies announced today. Shows from the network that will be featured via OnDemand Online will include Man vs. Wild, Swords and Storm Chasers. Of note from […] Read more »

Liz is out this week, which means no breaks for Christopher. But if you’ve got a spare minute, you can watch Tiger Woods play some golf in the 91st PGA Championship. is carrying exclusive live video coverage from the tournament from August 13-16. will […] Read more »

Open-source media center Boxee announced this morning that it has raised $6 million in a Series B round of funding led by General Catalyst Partners with participation by prior investors Spark Capital and Union Square Ventures. This brings the total amount Boxee has raised to $10 […] Read more »

Well, this isn’t too much of a surprise, but a federal court found that RealNetworks’ DVD ripping software RealDVD violated copyright law. U.S. District Court Judge Marilyn Patel issued a preliminary injunction yesterday that will prohibit the company from selling RealDVD until a jury can decide […] Read more »

It would be appropriate to quote a song like Barbra Streisand’s “The Way We Were” or even “Memory” from Cats given Pixorial‘s target market. The video sharing startup launches to the public today and is hoping to be a place where boomers, families and anyone with […] Read more »

Brightcove Partners with Livestream; the two companies have developed a way for customers to incorporate pre-recorded live video streams into Brightcove’s system, or use its players for new, live streams. (Contentinople) The Lake Gets Johnson & Johnson Sponsorship; it’s reportedly a six-figure deal for the Generate […] Read more »

It’s not a huge surprise that Michael Eisner is a fan of premium content. He did, after all, run Disney, one of the largest entertainment factories in the world. But in a nice little Q&A over at Broadcasting & Cable, Eisner showed just how big a […] Read more »

Roku announced today that it has added MLB.TV to its channel lineup, so anyone who owns the little set-top box and has an MLB.TV Premium subscription can now stream live out-of-market baseball games directly to their big-screen TVs without the need for a PC. We sat […] Read more »

Roku Raised an Additional $13.4 Million; SEC documents show the set-top box maker received the funds from Menlo Ventures over two rounds. (Contentinople) DISH Network Profits Down 81 Percent; TiVo litigation costs and rising expenses to blame for poor second quarter, though the company did add […] Read more »

Netflix‘s “Watch Instantly” service went on the blink for a time last night, reminding some subscribers (including myself) that there are still perils in streaming video from the cloud. Hacking Netflix reports that the outage went across the Roku, PC and Xbox platforms, and messages from […] Read more »

From the network that brought you Punk’d comes Pranked, a new show hosted by CollegeHumor‘s Streeter Seidell and Amir Blumenfeld (though to be fair Pranked seems nothing like Ashton Kutcher’s old show). From the press announcement: PRANKED – 10:30PM ET/PT The new show for the Thursday […] Read more »

Broadcast Networks Cut Upfront Ad Prices; estimates peg the decline at 15 to 20 percent off last year, dipping to $7.5 billion, a dollar figure not seen since 2001. (The LA Times) TiVo Gets Rovi’s Data; DVR service will get access to Rovi’s metadata, which includes […] Read more »

Satellite TV provider DirecTV is readying its own version of TV Everywhere, the industry-wide service that gives people access to certain premium content online — but only if they have a multichannel subscription. AdAge has the story, but details are slim, with DirecTV only saying that […] Read more »

Fox Goes to War with Redbox; studio orders wholesalers to stop supplying discs to the DVD rental kiosk company for 30 days after a film is released. Fox says the $1 rental diminishes rental revenue and cannibalizes DVD sales. (The Hollywood Reporter) Comcast: Canoe will Generate […] Read more »

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