Pakistan started banning access to YouTube a year ago as a response to violent protests against clips of the anti-Islamic film The Innocence of Muslims, and the company has kept up the ban ever since. Now, democracy activists are arguing that the Pakistani government uses those clips as a pretext to suppress freedom of speech. The Christian Science Monitor has an interesting look at Pakistan’s YouTube ban and some of its unintended consequences.
What’s a university to do if students are only watching Netflix streams? Shut down its cable system, team up with Netflix — or invest new ways to watch TV? Read more »
Now this is an interesting move (excuse the pun): SoundCloud has hired Muve Music founder and ex-SVP Jeff Toig as its new Chief Business Officer. Toig not only founded the music subscription service Muve on behalf of its corporate parent Cricket Wireless, but also turned it into a big success story by rolling the cost of music subscriptions into Cricket’s data plans. At SoundCloud, he is likely going to use his music biz contacts to build some new revenue opportunities for the company.
Cox is shutting down its Flarewatch service, ending an experiment to offer a TV subscription over the internet. We talked to a Flarewatch user about his experience. Read more »
Ten years ago this month, Joshua Schachter turned his personal bookmarks collection into Delicious – a move that was going to change the web. Read more »
Boxee’s team is getting ready to shut down its video-sharing service to focus on developing new products for Samsung. Read more »
Microsoft wants to make a lot more exclusive programming for Xbox Live: The company’s Los Angeles-based production team is busy incubating “hundreds of ideas” for new TV shows, Microsoft Studios VP Phil Spencer told Bloomberg. Microsoft is currently producing a live-action Halo show, and plans to make announcements about additional shows in the coming months.
Buying and selling the cloud could be the next big commodity market play — but some challenges remain. Read more »
Pandora’s got a new iPad app, a tweaked iPhone app, a new logo and a new tag line – all on the day that Apple is releasing iTunes Radio. Read more »
RapidShare is offering consumers 700GB of storage for around $27 per month. But the company doesn’t want you to use it’s servers for file trading anymore. Read more »
Social video discovery app Showyou launched a slick new website. Too bad its mobile apps don’t look the part. Read more »
YouTube is starting to let users beam videos to their Chromecast devices from any website. Read more »
Rdio wants to sell consumers music and video streams as part of a bundled offering to set itself apart from Spotify and others. Read more »
German broadcasters kill plans to launch a Hulu-like site after regulators intervene. Is it time for Netflix to sweep in? Read more »
Twitter is working on a redesigned iOS experience that will put a much bigger focus on media consumption, according to a report filed by AllThingsD’s Mike Isaac. The new app will come with a dedicated column for photos shared through the service, and possibly also do the same for TV-related tweets and videos. This makes a lot of sense for the company: Twitter has been working a lot behind the scenes to integrate with TV, and TV ad dollars will play a big role in Twitter’s upcoming IP.
Sony’s got a dongle of its own, and it is combining Google TV with its own set of apps. What does that get you? Hulu Plus, for example. Read more »
Do you tweet about TV shows? Then you’re part of Twitter’s plans to become a global social TV advertising powerhouse. Read more »
Want to play Pandora on your PC while you’re sitting on the couch? That’s exactly what Mote.io was built for. Read more »
Young people can’t afford to pay $100 for cable, and most of us just watch 14 networks anyway: Epix CEO Mark Greenberg thinks cord cutting forces the industry to change. Read more »
“We aren’t trying to kill it, you are watching us fight for it,” writes Turntable.fm founder Billy Chasen on the company’s blog, explaining why it had to turn off user uploads and shut down its leanback-focused Piki site. Turntable spends “tens of thousands of dollars a month in royalties, service fees, hosting, etc,” says Chasen, and disabling uploads will save the company $20,000 a month alone. Chasen also promises to bring new artist-driven services to Turntable, but it sounds like the writing may be on the wall for the former media darling.
Don’t expect to see any more second screen apps for episodic content from ABC: The network found that these apps are more distracting than useful. Read more »
Apple TV wasn’t mentioned at all during this week’s iPhone press event, but the company’s TV box could nonetheless receive an update soon: AllThingsD’s Peter Kafka is reporting that Apple will make it easier to share content via AirPlay with a software update next week. I argued earlier this week that Apple doesn’t need new hardware, but a new version of AirPlay.
Roku boxes will soon offer some of the same functionality now found on Chromecast, as the company is adding support for the DIAL protocol to its platform. Read more »
Netflix goes to Amsterdam: The video subscription service officially opened up for Dutch consumers late Tuesday, continuing its international expansion with a much more focused target. Read more »
Netflix won’t say when it is going to launch in the Netherlands, but apps for the service started popping up on Dutch app stores this week. Read more »
Can the wisdom of the crowds make for a good movie recommendation engine? Newly launched Movievisor.com thinks so. Read more »
Music streaming service Songza has raised $4.7 million from Amazon, William Morris Endeavor, Lerer Ventures and others, and the company wants to spend that money to grow its native advertising platform. Songza is focused on curated playlists, and the company has been getting companies like Nissan and Taco Bell to sponsor some of these “music moments.” Of course, playlists are also at the core of the upcoming Beats Music service — we will have to wait and see how its launch will affect Songza.
Online TV subscriptions are already there – if you speak Hindi, that is. Dish is using its DishWorld service to experiment with streaming and pricing. Read more »
Apple needs to innovate on AirPlay, or every other connected TV device is going to have better multiscreen features than Apple TV in just a few months. Read more »
Google just took a page from Twitter’s playbook and made Google+ posts embeddable across the web. Check out this Los Angeles Times story to see what an embed looks like. Google’s social network also extended its author attribution feature, which makes it possible for bloggers to link their Google+ profile to anything they write on a WordPress (check our disclosure) or Typepad blog. Expect many more random head shots to show up in your Google search results any day now.
Kim Dotcom, the stranger-than-fiction founder of Megaupload.com and its successor Mega.co.nz, is working on a new online music service that is going to be called Baboom. The new service will launch in a few months, according to TorrentFreak, and offer free, ad-supported music as well as a premium offering. Sounds a bit like Spotify, but I’m sure Dotcom will succeed at making it sound a whole lot more controversial.
Xbox Music is now available on Android and iOS, and web playback is now free. Coming up is a cloud locker for pre-owned tracks. Read more »
Apple isn’t quite ready to launch a new version of its Apple TV device at its press event next Tuesday, says AllThingsD’s Peter Kafka. Instead, it will just tweak the software of the existing Apple TV to make video sharing easier. That report comes after shipping logs indicated that Apple may be getting ready to sell new TV hardware — I guess we’ll have to wait a few more days to see for ourselves.
Original content seems to be working out pretty well for Netflix, according to a RBC Capital Markets consumer survey unearthed by Variety. 64 percent of Netflix subscribers queried for the survey said they watched Netflix originals over the last three months, and one in five said that original content made up for 50 percent or more of their viewing.
It’s official: Maker is buying Blip, and wants to keep the site alive, in part to make use of its distribution partnerships. Read more »
HDMI is getting an upgrade. Here’s what’s new with HDMI 2.0, and why it may be the key to the development of interesting new devices. Read more »
The major broadcasters have scored a legal victory over FilmOn X, the live TV streaming service formerly known as Aereokiller, with the U.S. District Court for the District of Columbia granting an injunction against the service. FilmOn X has structured its offering after Aereo, which is why the broadcasters may try to use this decision to go after the original. However, as our own Jeff Roberts recently noted, Aereo has been winning in court, and a Supreme Court decision on the matter isn’t expected before 2015.
Can anyone remember song titles anymore? Apparently not: Shazam says it has been used more than ten billion times to tell people what’s playing on the radio or on TV. Read more »
Simple.tv forged a hardware parnership with Silicondust, the premiere maker of networked TV tuners, for the next generation of its DVR. Read more »
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