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 »
The developer of Freevo, a pioneering media center app for Linux, Windows and OS X, announced that the app won’t receive any future updates. Freevo, which was first released in 2002, combined DVR and media playback capabilities for home theater PCs. Freevo’s developer wrote Monday on a mailing list that Freevo has been surpassed by other technologies including the media center competitor XBMC and Google’s Chromecast.
Verizon is buying Intel Media’s assets to build out its own FiOS service and eventually also offer TV over the internet. But behind all of this is one big plan: to take on former ally Comcast. Read more »
Verizon is buying Intel Media, the Intel unit that has been developing an internet-based television service called OnCue. Read more »
Updated. The iPhone app for Beats Music, the much-anticipated music subscription service that is spearheaded by Jimmy Iovine, went live in Apple’s iTunes app store ahead of its official launch Tuesday morning. Beats will also be available on Android, but the app can’t be found on Google Play yet – and we just got words from Beats that the version on the app store (1.0.0) isn’t actually the final launch version, so installing may not get you very far. Beats has a big focus on mobile; new users that want to take advantage of the services 7-day free trial need to go through an onboarding process that is only available through its mobile apps. A sign-up page with links to the apps is also already available online. This post was updated at 9:12pm with more information on the iOS app.
Netflix apps are available on more than 1000 different devices, but have so far been absent from cable boxes. This is now changing, starting with a cooperation launched in Sweden. Read more »
The team behind the open source video player VLC released an updated iOS version through the iTunes app store on Monday that brings an iOS 7-optimized look to the app. The new version 2.2 also includes a number of new features, including support for streaming media directly from Dropbox or Google Drive, multi-touch gestures and improved UPnP support, which should make the app a better companion for network-attached storage drives. As always, VLC is free and ad-free.
TV viewers love Netflix, Hulu Plus and Amazon Prime Instant. But while these services are growing, premium cable channels are getting ditched. Read more »
Are you using someone else’s HBO GO password to watch True Blood? Don’t worry, you’re not keeping HBO CEO Richard Plepler awake at night. Instead, he thinks of it as marketing. Read more »
It’s true: Digg is doing original content, and one of its first pieces is a great long-form read titled “Is this thing on?” The article has radio journalist Stan Alcorn wondering why there are tons of viral videos on the internet, but rarely any viral audio stories. Alcorn found one great exception from that rule, but it’s not a podcast — and it may be hard to replicate. A must read for everyone interested in the future of radio, podcasts and online storytelling.
Rdio is now letting U.S. listeners use its music subscription service for free — on the web, anyway: The music service announced Thursday that it is allowing users to listen as much as they want on its website. Rdio is monetizing the new free offering through ads, which are sold by its new partner Cumulus. Ad-free listening still costs $10 a month. The announcement comes a day after Spotify announced that it is removing limits to free listening in all of its territories, and less than a week before Beats Music launches its service in the U.S.
Wikipedia has traditionally only accepted open media formats. But now it’s considering a change in tune to finally get more video contributions. Read more »
Got a movie that’s popular on Kickstarter? Then you may be able to get even more money from Vimeo. Read more »
Kids in Germany, France, Australia and across Latin America just got another way of watching cartoons on the iPad: Movile expanded its Play Kids service into 24 new countries. Read more »
Playboy.tv wants to bring adult entertainment to Chromecast, and is developing an Android app to do so. But will Google allow this? Read more »
Google brought its Google Play Movies and TV app to iOS Wednesday, making it easier for users of the service to watch rented and bought videos on their iPad or iPhone. The app also includes Chromecast support, making it possible to beam titles to Chromecast-equipped TV screens. However, there’s one thing amiss: Users won’t actually be able to rent or buy any movies or TV shows through the app — Google apparently wasn’t willing to send Apple checks for its 30 percent cut on in-app purchases.
One of the bigger surprises at CES was Hisense with its new line of Vidaa smart TVs, which are based on Android and show where Google TV is going now that it isn’t called Google TV anymore. Read more »
http://online.wsj.com/news/articles/SB10001424052702303754404579312904182126302 Verizon’s FIOS TV is the first pay TV provider to get a new, customizable kids TV channel dubbed My Nick Jr. from Viacom in the coming months, according to a Wall Street Journal report. Parents will be able to pick themes like “get creative” to […] Read more »
No matter what you think of Megaupload founder Kim Dotcom, you have to admit that he has a talent to rally the masses — and now, Dotcom wants to take that talent to the next level. Dotcom took to Twitter Tuesday to say that he is […] Read more »
Guten Tag and bonjour, Netflix: As the streaming video service is looking to expand further into Europe, it may come to Germany and France next. Read more »
http://uk.reuters.com/article/2014/01/12/uk-deezer-dailymotion-france-idUKBREA0B09420140112 Samsung is in negotiations to strike a commercial agreement with and possibly acquire a stake in the Paris-based music subscription service Deezer, according to French media reports relayed by Reuters. Deezer seems like an interesting target for Samsung: The service is already available in a […] Read more »
http://www.latimes.com/entertainment/envelope/cotown/la-et-ct-katzenberg-youtube-20140113,0,5717603.story DreamWorks Animation and YouTube are going to launch a new daily video show called YouTube Nation on the service Tuesday. The show will highlight “some of the best and most interesting videos” on the service every day, according to the Los Angeles Times. Each episode […] Read more »
Beats Music isn’t going to launch for another week, but we found the door to its website unlocked, and couldn’t help us but snoop around. Read more »
Beats Music has kept its user interface and key details on the pricing of its offering secret — until now: We got a screenshot showing the service’s UI across three platforms. Read more »
CES isn’t just about big TVs from huge consumer electronics manufacturers. This year, a number of smaller companies showed off interesting new products. Here are three of them. Read more »
Pandora wants to establish a common standard for internet-connected loudspeakers — and it’s looking to the TV space for inspiration. Read more »
Cord cutting-friendly DVR maker Simple.tv showed off cloud storage integration for videos at CES in Las Vegas this week, and Simple.tv CEO Mark Ely hinted at plans to launch a European version of the company’s second-generation device in the U.K. as early as April. Read more »
We took a first look at the new Roku TV that Roku announced at the consumer electronics show in Las Vegas this week. Read more »
IDrive’s new IDrive Safe uses USB hard drives instead of cloud storage to back up data remotely. Read more »
Google may be getting ready to add Chromecast support to its Google+ mobile apps: A resourceful Google+ user has found Chromecast icons in the latest version of the Google+ Android app, suggesting that the app could soon be used to cast photos and videos to a […] Read more »
Channel Master wants its new DVR+ to be the TiVo of people who don’t like to pay TiVo’s fees – and now, it’s developing whole-home DVR functionality as well. Read more »
Vizio is working on glasses-free 3D, but the company’s CTO told me that it won’t be ready to sell that technology until 2016. Read more »
Plex is signing up “hundreds of thousands” of new users every month. Now, it wants to give those users even more features for personal media. Read more »
Former Apple executive Tim Bucher has teamed up with Qualcomm to build the first product of his new personal media storage startup Lyve Minds, Gigaom has learned. Qualcomm’s chips are being used inside of the company’s LyveHome device, which will go on sale some time this […] Read more »
Tablo may have missed the goal of its Indiegogo campaign, but it’s nonetheless getting ready to ship, and showing off some new developments at CES. Read more »
Sony wants to launch its own online TV service with a cloud DVR and live TV feeds. The service will scheduled to go into testing in the U.S. later this year. Read more »
Tim Bucher’s stealth startup Black Pearl System left us guessing — but at CES, he told and showed us everything about the company’s new product LyveHome Read more »