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 »
Netflix is firmly in the 4K camp at this year’s CES. The streaming service announced 4K partnerships with four major TV makers on Monday. Read more »
Samsung’s new TVs can identify what you are watching, and suggest related YouTube videos. This could be a first step towards contextual smart TV apps. Read more »
Qualcomm’s new CEO thinks that mobile technology is starting to push the industry forward in other areas as well. It could even one day help build better servers, he hinted. Read more »
Dorky product names? Check. Features that will make broadcasters antsy? Check. Dish announced a number of updates to its Hopper DVR at CES in Las Vegas Monday, including a new extender called Super Joey that makes it possible to record up to eight shows at the […] Read more »
One of the big trends at CES are internet-connected speakers, and for good reason: Industry pioneer Sonos has seen a lot of attention lately as people are turning from local digital files to cloud music. Read more »
Consumers seem to love Chromecast, and they’ve long been hating their cable box. So what if pay TV came through a Chromecast-style dongle? Read more »
Sphero 2B looks different than the original Sphero balls, and it looks like a lot of fun. But the company is also adding some interesting new apps to play with its robots. Read more »
Roku is beating Apple to the punch and releasing an actual TV at CES: The company teamed up with TCL and Hisense to produce a variety of co-branded TV sets. Read more »
Netflix just added director’s commentary to the fist season on House of Cards, giving its subscribers the option to re-watch the political drama with audio commentary from all six season one directors, including most notably David Fincher. It’s a smart move that adds a new twist to the show in time to get people excited for season two, which is coming to the service in February. It also goes to show that original content comes with added benefits for Netflix, including the ability to add new features like this extra audio track, or the 4K resolution that Netflix will offer for season two.
An ongoing legal fight between major record labels and video hoster Vimeo could finally decide whether internet users have the right to record lib dub videos of popular songs, according to the Hollywood Reporter. The lawsuit against Vimeo is heading to appellate review, and one of the issues that is going to be explored there is the legality of lip dubs. Another question raised in a decision this week: Does a video site have knowledge of infringement if some of its employees watch an infringing video?
Gracenote is about to release a new API that will allow anyone to build their own Pandora-like personalized online radio offering. Read more »
Add YouTube to the list of companies showing off 4K streaming at CES. But YouTube’s demos will be using Google’s own VP9 video codec. Read more »
Chances are that we will see a webOS-powered LG smart TV at CES next week, and a first leak, courtesy of evleaks, already gives us an idea of how the device’s user interface could look like. The leaked image shows off live TV integration and access to a variety of apps through something that resembles the cards interface of webOS mobile devices. Some of the apps included are YouTube, Facebook and Skype, with the latter suggesting that the device will have a camera as well.
Free music streaming app Hypedmusic shut down this month after it got targeted by the RIAA for copyright infringement. Is this the start of a wider crackdown on music startups without licensing agreements? Read more »
Get ready for this: Reddit had 56 billion pageviews and 731 million unique visitors this year, according to a post published on the official Reddit blog. Possibly even more remarkable: The site had more than 40 million posts in 2013, and the most-read post only had 3.6 million pageviews, meaning that a whole lot of activity came from the long tail. Maybe Reddit should change its tagline to “the 731 million front pages of the internet”?
Starting January 6, next-day access to full episodes of ABC TV shows will be restricted to cable or Hulu Plus subscribers. Everyone else will have to wait a whole week. Read more »
P2P piracy may be less in the spotlight than it used to be, but people are still trading a whole lot of files: Data published by Torrentfreak shows that the Pirate Bay saw file uploads surge by 50 percent in 2012, despite various legal attacks against the site that forced it to change domains multiple times, and resulted in it being blocked in a number of European countries. In November of 2013 alone, 74,195 torrents were uploaded to the site. Two years ago, that number was at just 38,319. Those torrents are shared by around 19 million people at a time, according to Torrentfreak.
Once again, it’s time to watch the ball drop on Time’s Square. And if you’re not in New York, or not up for waiting in the cold, there are once again a number of options to watch all the action on the web, on your iPad or on your mobile phone. Read more »
Rdio is giving up on Vdio, its streaming video service that at one point was meant to compete with Netflix. Maybe it’s just too hard to take on the video subscription market leader? Read more »
Tribune Company is acquiring media recognition specialist Gracenote for $170 million. Read more »
Simple.tv released its Android app this past weekend, giving owners of its DVR a way to stream live and recorded TV to Android phones and tablets. Simple.tv is targeting cord cutters with a DVR that records free over-the-air digital TV and then streams it to mobile and connected devices. The company just started to sell its second-generation hardware, and is set to show off a cloud DVR offering at CES in Las Vegas next month. We first showed off Simple.tv’s Android app in a video a few weeks ago.
Learn how to play videos you recorded on your phone, customize your Chromecast, make your remote control obsolete and more with our collection of essential tricks and tips for new Chromecast owners. Read more »
Pono is a no-show at CES: Neil Young’s high-definition music service and device won’t be launching in Vegas next month. Read more »
E.T. the Extra-Terrestrial was deemed one of the worst video games of all times, and legend has it that Atari buried all copies in shame. Now, Microsoft wants to dig them up. Read more »
Simple.tv will launch an app for its over-the-air DVR on Ouya devices next year. The app will bring live and recorded TV to the Android-based game console, provided that users also own Simple.tv’s networked DVR. The company announced Thursday that it will preview an app for […] Read more »
Maybe mobile shouldn’t always be first: Showyou saw huge grow after it revamped its website, which it previously ignored because of an app-centric approach. Read more »
Shazam’s new iPhone app can automatically identify any song you listen to, be it on the radio in your car, in a bar or even at the movies. Read more »
Telly may have started as a Twitter video service, but now it’s looking to become the Netflix of the Middle East. Read more »
http://www.bloomberg.com/news/2013-12-18/sony-said-to-explore-sale-of-gracenote-audio-recognition-service.html Sony may be looking to sell media recognition specialist Gracenote, according to a Bloomberg report. There’s no word yet on how much money Sony is looking to make, whether the company intends to keep a stake in the unit, or even who a potential buyer […] Read more »
Viki, the international streaming video service that recently got acquired by Japan’s Rakuten, just took a big step into the Chinese market: Viki is supplying Baidu with movies and TV shows from a variety of countries including South Korea, Japan, the U.K. and the U.S., which […] Read more »