Fraggle Rock spinoff The Doozers is coming exclusively to Hulu, the streaming service announced Monday. The show’s 50 episodes, which have been produced by the Jim Henson Company, will be available through Hulu’s kids section starting April 25. Hulu also announced an expanded partnership with CBS that will result in the addition of a number of CBS catalog titles to Hulu Plus, including Everybody Loves Raymond, Cheers and the Brady Bunch. This follows an exclusive deal for CBS’s current hit Elementary, which Hulu announced last week.
Since Google introduced its Chromecast streaming adapter a few months ago, I’ve been wondering how to use it to stream audio. A bit of scouring on Ebay got me an answer that only set me back around $10. Read more »
Viddler used to be a pioneer of personal video blogging. Now, it’s getting readu to delete most of those early web videos Read more »
The growing popularity of Netflix in Canada has resulted in calls for regulation, reports The Toronto Star. The Canadian Media Production Association, which represents English-language filmmakers in Canada, wants to tax Netflix’s service, and force the company to invest in local film production. The group also wants Netflix to take a tougher stance against VPN services that allow users to access the company’s service in other countries, possibly to make sure that Canada’s users don’t access U.S. films that haven’t been licensed for their country yet.
So you want to watch the Olympics, but not on your TV? You are in luck: NBC is streaming more than 1,000 hours of competitions live online — but those streams can only be accessed if you are a pay TV subscriber. Read more »
Tesla boss Elon Musk says that Spotify didn’t want to work with his company, so he sealed a deal with Rdio instead. Read more »
Google wants to get into the enterprise video conferencing business by offering an affordable combination of Chrome-based hardware and the company’s Hangouts video chat. Read more »
Don’t like Roku’s default home screen theme? Soon you’ll be able to exchange it with a custom theme built by a third-party developer. Read more »
Beep’s new connected speaker adapter isn’t just geeky on the outside: It renders HTML5 web apps, doing away with the need for proprietary home audio standards. Read more »
Should Netflix be more like TV, and just start playing a continuous stream of content as soon as you launch the app? There are good reasons for and against it. Read more »
Chromecast is getting more music content soon, courtesy of Beats and Rdio. Spotify on the other hand seems to be busy with other things. Read more »
The video remix platform Mixbit isn’t shutting down, says YouTube co-founder Chad Hurley. Read more »
Netflix wants to spend close to $3 billion on content in 2014, which is why the company is raising additional debt. Read more »
Google doesn’t want publishers of X-rated content to use Chromecast. That’s why the company is including a no-nudity clause in the Chromecast SDK’s Terms of Service. Read more »
YouTube has paid record labels more than $1 billion in ad revenue over the last several years, said Google’s YouTube Content VP Tom Pickett during a panel at the music industry conference Midem in Cannes, France Monday, according to a Music:Ally report (hat tip to TNW). Music […] Read more »
Six months after first releasing Chromecast, Google is now opening the floodgates for more apps by giving developers full access to the Google Cast SDK. Read more »
Millions of videos at your fingertips, from publishers big and small — that was always the promise of online video. In the living room, it’s been broken by backroom deals. Read more »
Good news for cord cutters and sports fans alike: Super Bowl XLVIII will once again be live streamed in its entirety. Fox will offer anyone the ability to tune in on the web or via its Fox Go iOS app. Read more »
Google makes a ton of money with ads — but apps, media and even hardware products like the Nexus 5 and Chromecast are starting to have a growing impact on revenue. Read more »
Chrome is now telling you exactly which of its tabs is playing audio – but how does the browser actually know this? Read more »
Comcast is preparing to launch its cloud DVR in the Boston market “very soon,” according to a FierceCable report. The company’s SVP and GM of Video Services Matt Strauss told FierceCbale that the new network DVR, which will store customers’ recordings in the cloud, will be rolled out market by market this year. The cloud DVR will only be made available to subscribers who also have Comcast’s new X1 set-top box, which was also rolled out in Boston first.
Los Angeles-based music marketing and merchandise sales startup Topspin Media laid of a significant number of its staff Wednesday. Music blog hypebot first reported the news, calling it “major layoffs,” and laid off employees said on Twitter that “half“or even “the majority” of the company’s staff was let go. Topspin acknowledged that there have been layoffs when contacted by Gigaom, but declined to comment further on the matter. The company recently teamed up with Spotify to offer artists a way to directly sell merchandise through its service, and it is also slated to power a similar integration for the recently-launched Beats Music service.
Netflix CEO Reed Hastings recently said that it wants to do away from the one-price-fits-all model and introduce three pricing tiers for new members. Why three? The Atlantic looks at the behavioral psychology of pricing, and explains why the Goldilocks effect is always making us go for the middle tier, regardless of how expensive it is.
As the second-screen space is consolidating, it’s time to face reality and admit that social TV is dead, and much of it was a bad idea to begin with. Read more »
The majority of Viki’s users are accessing the service from mobile devices, and amongst mobile users, Android dominates. Read more »
Netflix is trying to lock down content rights ahead of its planned expansion to Europe later this year, according to the Wall Street Journal. The paper is reporting, as we did just last week, that Netflix is eyeing Germany and France in particular – but there are some hurdles with regards to regulations in France, and a bunch of competitors already in place in Germany.
Amazon has reportedly shown senior game publisher executives a version of its Android-based game console, which could launch later this year. Read more »
GetGlue is dead, long live tvtag? After getting bought late last year, the social TV pioneer just reemerged under a new name. Read more »
Your TV may have a browser — but you should think twice before you enter sensitive personal information. A recent report shows that devices from major manufacturers are not secure. Read more »
DramaFever hopes that a Korean penguin is going to be the next big hit for kids TV in the U.S. The site, better known for Korean soap operas, just opened a kids section. Read more »
SoundCloud has confirmed a new Series D round of funding that reportedly adds $60 million to the company’s coffers. Read more »
Pioneering digital music site Last.fm just launched a radio product powered by YouTube videos that will help to keep the music streaming, without adding to Last.fm’s music licensing bill, according to hypebot. Last.fm was one of the first sites to analyze listeners’ music collections and generate personalized radio streams, but the site has been on a steady decline ever since CBS bought it for $280 million in 2007.
Radio stations all around the world play thousands of songs this very minute. A new site dubbed Radio Search Engine makes all of that music searchable. Read more »
Hulu revamped its Hulu Plus UI on some connected devices last year, and viewers responded by sticking around a lot longer. Read more »
TiVo is laid off most of its industrial designers, according to a Wired report, which initially speculated that this may be part of a bigger strategy shift that would result in TiVo exiting the hardware business. TiVo has since assured me that the company will continue to make hardware, and in fact has plans for future retail products. Of course, TiVo has seen most of its growth coming from its operator business for some time, but last year, it nonetheless revamped its entire hardware line. This story was updated on 1/23 with additional information made available by TiVo.
HBO and Showtime didn’t like a recent media release by the NPD Group that suggested their subscriber numbers are down. The research company took another look at its data – and agreed. Read more »
Lively wants to give concert-goers an option to catch a show of their favorite band, and then listen to a recording of that show on their way home. Investors thought that’s worth $2 million. Read more »
Netflix is getting ready to overhaul its pricing structure and introduce three pricing options for new members. The announcement comes as the company grows to 44 million members worldwide. Read more »
Gradual copyright enforcement legislation, also known as three-strikes laws, don’t curb piracy: That’s the result of a new study that looked at the effectiveness of France’s anti-piracy legislation, which fines and disconnects users after repeat warnings. Researchers found, according to Torrentfreak, that this simply results in users getting smarter about piracy, shifting from monitored file sharing networks to other sources for unlicensed downloads.
Intel had it all: An A-list team, an intriguing product and even a number of contracts with TV networks, just waiting to be signed. So why did the company end up selling its OnCue TV service to Verizon? Read more »