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You have to hand it to the guys behind Penny Arcade. What started out as a web comic a decade ago has since exploded to become a full-blown phenomenon that encompasses merchandising, video games and a convention (that tens of thousands of people attend) dedicated to […] Read more »

YouTube will live stream Alicia Keys’ upcoming performance that benefits the Keep a Child Alive charity, which helps raise funds for children with HIV/AIDS. The show starts at 8 p.m. ET on December 1, and according to an intro taped by Keys (embedded below), it will […] Read more »

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TiVo’s subscriber count dropped by a sharp 314,000 for the quarter ending on October 31, 2009, the company revealed during its earnings call today. TiVo’s total subscribers fell to 2.76 million. Our friends at TV by the Numbers said this is the worst quarter ever for […] Read more »

With New Moon sucking a bajillion dollars out of the world’s wallets this past weekend, don’t count on the vampire craze dying (errr, undying?) anytime soon. Perhaps this bonanza will help spur MTV to transform its vampire interstitial/web series, Valemont into a bona fide TV program. […] Read more »

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While the fall TV season has been all about Glee in terms of Twitter, Oprah proved that kids singing show tunes are no match for her mighty media empire. The queen of daytime announced last week that she was calling it quits on her eponymous syndicated […] Read more »

The latest issue of Entertainment Weekly has a piece on that comedy stalwart, Saturday Night Live, that almost reads like a surrender treaty. The article basically says that while there are some chuckles, the show just is a bit toothless, but that “Saturday Night Live is […] Read more »

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While it won’t move the needle much on its content library, IFC Entertainment announced yesterday that it will offer 53 films through Netflix’s Watch Instantly streaming service, reports Variety. True, that’s not a very large number, but it marks the first time IFC is providing its […] Read more »

Google is making it easier for deaf, hard-of-hearing and global audiences to enjoy YouTube today, by announcing features that make adding captions to videos much easier. The first feature uses the same voice-recognition algorithms found in Google Voice along with the YouTube caption system to create […] Read more »

DirecTV and EchoStar Get New CEOs; Michael Dugan to come out of retirement to run EchoStar, while Michael White is leaving Pepsi to head up DirecTV. (The Hollywood Reporter) Spot Runner Intros a Web Platform; company says the Malibu Media Platform helps to algorithmically match ad […] Read more »

UPDATED: The next iteration of Flip video cameras will reportedly be WiFi-enabled, allowing users to wirelessly upload their videos. Pocket Lint first broke the news, and CrunchGear claims to have confirmed it. This next-gen Flip will also reportedly have a slide-out screen that reveals the record […] Read more »

Vevo, the forthcoming music video site from Universal and Sony Music and powered by YouTube, announced via Twitter this afternoon that it is officially launching on Tues. Dec. 8th. Here’s a screen grab of the Tweet: The only thing missing from Vevo’s Twitter post was a […] Read more »

[qi:_newteevee] While the Googlebot’s YouTube is a web video behemoth, Mark Zuckerberg and his Facebook nation have become an online video sleeping giant, and it may have just woken up. Facebook jumped to No. 3 behind established video powerhouses YouTube and Hulu in terms of total […] Read more »

Looks like the sleeping online video giant that is Facebook may finally have awoken. According to Nielsen’s latest VideoCensus numbers, Facebook jumped to No. 3 behind established video powerhouses YouTube and Hulu in terms of total streams. That’s up from No. 10 just last month. Facebook […] Read more »

Notional, IAC’s new video production company headed by former CollegeHumor-er, Ricky Van Veen, introduced its initial lineup of programming yesterday (via Variety). In addition to the shows Chopped and Don’t Sweat It, which are already on-air and were inherited when Notional absorbed the City Lights TV […] Read more »

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Pardon the dated reference, but EveryZing is the P. Diddy of the online video world, as the company announced today that it is changing its name to RAMP. The company was originally known as Podzinger, but changed its moniker to EveryZing, and then must have realized […] Read more »

Sony’s PlayStation 3 seems to be continually a day late and a dollar short compared with Microsoft’s Xbox. As we learned at NewTeeVee Live last week, today is the day that social features like Facebook and Twitter integration landed on Xbox LIVE. And the PS3? Well, […] Read more »

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Chipmaker Amimon today announced the availability of its WHDI modules that can be used in both note-and-netbook PCs. WHDI-enabled PCs will be able to wirelessly transmit uncompressed 1080p/60GHz HD content to television sets with the WHDI chipsets. According to Amimon, together, the new solution enables users […] Read more »

Newspapers and magazines may not be faring so well in this economic climate, but consumers are holding onto their entertainment subscriptions, according to a new survey from The NPD Group. The research firm says that monthly per-capita entertainment-content subscription spending rose to $115, which is up […] Read more »

Old people do the darndest things — especially when they own a football team. Bud Adams, the 86-year-old owner of the Tennessee Titans, decided to express his excitement over his team beating the Buffalo Bills over the weekend by giving his opponents and their fans the […] Read more »

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As we’ve written before, a big problem facing the newteevee world is finding what you want to watch. As millions of video choices become available, the up-down-left-right grid view on-screen guide just won’t cut it. Search will be key to navigating viewing option, and today Cablevision […] Read more »

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Color us surprised. Not only is would-be cable killer Sezmi not dead, the company announced today that it has received $25 million in new funding from existing investors and it has launched a pilot program in Los Angeles. Sezmi’s two-part set-top box solution consists of a […] Read more »

Softkinetic announced today that it has created a joint venture with 3-D camera maker Optrima. The new entity that will offer OEMs an all-in-one hardware and software gesture-control product. Based in Brussels, Optrima was spun out of the Brussels VUB university and has invented something called […] Read more »

Shortly after we learned some more details about Comcast’s TV Everywhere trial yesterday at NewTeeVee Live, Disney CEO Bob Iger said on his company’s earnings call that he believes TV Everywhere solutions should not be offered to consumers for free. Broadcasting & Cable reported on the […] Read more »

Dish Network has filed for trademark protection of “TV Everywhere,” as the satellite company is evidently looking to use the term for its upcoming Slingbox-enabled set-top box, reports Multichannel News. “TV Everywhere” has become the industry’s go-to term for describing multi-service operators’ plans to make more […] Read more »

Mobile live-streaming service Qik announced today that you can download its app for the Droid phone from the Android Marketplace, and sign up for early beta access to a high-res version of the Qik client for the Droid that can capture videos in DVD resolution (720×480). […] Read more »

ZillionTV Signs Paramount; new films will be available via electronic sell-through, while catalog titles will be available for free with ads. (emailed release) Fox Adds Second Screen for DVD Interactivity; “FoxPop” will debut on Night at the Museum: Battle of the Smithsonian and via a downloadable […] Read more »

DirecTV Added 136,000 Subs in Q3; revenue was up 9.7 percent to $5.5 billion. (Multichannel News) Target Rolls Out Web Vids for Holiday Shopping; comedic clips cover such topics as family traditions and other oddities. (AdWeek) Boxee to Unveil Beta on Dec. 7; new version will […] Read more »

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