Roku’s got some new hardware just in time for the holiday season. The features don’t surprise, but the refresh might nonetheless help to sell some extra boxes. Read more »
RealNetworks wants to help consumers to share videos they’ve shot on their phones – and it won’t even nag them to install RealPlayer. Read more »
YouTube is cleaning up its comment section with advanced moderation features and a closer integration of Google+. Read more »
BitTorrent wants more artists to give away content through its software: The company is now launching a P2P-based direct publishing platform that promises to benefit creatives. Read more »
US-based news junkies can once again access reports produced by Quatar-based Al Jazeera English online after the network stopped blocking access to its YouTube videos from within the US Tuesday. Al Jazeera started to lock out U.S. viewers from its online videos when it launched its new cable channel Al Jazeera America back in August due to contractual obligations. Its contracts with cable operators also forced the network to block its live stream in the US, which remained inaccessible Tuesday. It’s unclear what exactly changed with regards to its YouTube videos, but Al Jazeera English staff celebrated the move online:
Great news. Al Jazeera English video clips are no longer geo-blocked in the US. The last 7 years of all our hard work is back online!—
Cath Turner (@ajecathturner) September 24, 2013
Prepare for the next TV blackout: Dish and Disney are currently in negotiations about their next deal, and the Hollywood Reporter is reminding us that their deadline coming up at the end of the month. After that, blackouts are possible. But could Dish go nuclear and drop Disney’s ESPN network? Most people don’t think so, but Dish boss Charlie Ergen recently said that it may be time to take that step.
How do cultural ideas spread across the world, and why are people in some countries into similar things? A new MIT project looks at YouTube to find answers. Read more »
You can open your eyes again: Tweets about Breaking Bad are now automatically filtered out, thanks to Spoilerfoiler.com. Read more »
http://www.hollywoodreporter.com/live-feed/emmys-14-nominations-netflix-earns-634244 Netflix scored a first win at the Emmys Sunday night, where David Fincher was recognized as the best director for a drama series for House of Cards. Netflix was nominated for a total of 14 Emmys, and may have hoped for more, like an Emmy for […] Read more »
Beaming videos straight from your mobile YouTube app to your TV is now also possible with Windows Media Center, thanks to a nifty extension. Read more »
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 »
Shazam just announced that it has hired Kevin McGurn as its new Chief Revenue Officer. McGurn joins the company from Hulu, where he was SVP of Ad Sales. Why Hulu? Because Shazam wants to grow its revenue from ads around TV shows, which the company’s mobile […] 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 »
http://variety.com/2013/digital/news/netflix-is-draining-cartoon-networks-tv-ratings-1200609111/ Sugar, spice and… lower ratings? Cartoon Network viewership in Netflix households went down 10 percent after Turner inked a deal with the video service that brings shows like Powerpuff Girls and Adventure Time to Netflix, reports Variety. Ratings for Adult Swim even dipped 18 percent in […] 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 »