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 »
Looking to watch some good TV shows on Netflix? Then take a peek at this list. Read more »
Guess who else has a smartwatch: Qualcomm CEO Paul Jacobs revealed Toq, the company’s own wearable product, at its Uplinq developer conference Wednesday. Toq features advanced display technology based on Qualcomm’s Mirasol tech that lets you use the color display in bright sunlight, as well as an interesting take on charging: Toq’s wireless charger is integrated into the headset carrying case. Toq, which seems to be more developer-focused, is going to be available in limited quantities in the fourth quarter. Check out a demo video on YouTube.
Qualcomm is taking on AirPlay, Sonos and Spotify’s Connect platform with its own multi-room audio streaming platform dubbed AllPlay. Read more »
The digital movie and TV show service M-Go is adding LG TVs to its list of supported devices. In 2014, it wants to offer additional types of content – could it be live TV? Read more »
Neil Young’s high-definition audio service Pono aims to launch early next year, with technology developed by high-end audio equipment maker Meridian. Read more »
Vdio just added a bunch free of Korean dramas to its catalog to attract new viewers, and possibly steal some away from Viki and Dramafever. Read more »
Beaming media from one device to another is all the rage right now, and Spotify is joining the party: The music subscription service announced the launch of Spotify Connect Tuesday, which will allow users of the Spotify iOS app to launch the playback of their music on a variety speaker systems from manufacturers like Philips, Denon and Bang & Olufsen. What’s in it for Spotify? Possibly more paying customers: Spotify Connect will only be available to premium subscribers.
Vidora wants to help viewers find videos they like while helping publishers to make money with these videos, which is why it just added a bunch of monetization features. Read more »
Vimeo is offering film makers $10,000 to sell movies on its website. But for now, the offering is only available to select few. Read more »
Content arbitrage is hot: Viki, which opens up foreign markets for TV shows around the globe, just got snapped up for $200 million. Read more »
Are you tired of trying to enter long and cryptic Wifi passwords with your phone’s on-screen keyboard? Then maybe it’s time that router makers came up with a better solution. Read more »
Engadget has some interesting details about the next Google TV device coming from Sony: After the company tried everything from integrating the platform into TV sets to Blu-ray players to standalone boxes, it’s now going down the Chromecast route and putting the whole system on a dongle. Except, this one will offer HDMI pass-through for live TV access as well. No word yet when the device will officially be unveiled.
Samsung isn’t the only one looking to launch a smartwatch. Google quietly snapped up a smartwatch company last year that could lay the foundation for its own wrist-bound products. Read more »
Here’s yet another way to consume Reddit: A new Roku channel makes it possible to check out photos posted to the site on your TV. Read more »
New York-based direct film distribution platform VHX has raised $3.2 million in funding from Union Square Ventures, William Morris Endeavor and existing investors, reports AllThingsD. The company offers Louis CK-like direct distribution for film makers and standup comedians alike, and its biggest get so far was Aziz Ansari’s comedy special Dangerously Delicious. VHX generated $2 million in revenue last year, and raised $1.25 million in seed funding in June of 2012.
Peel has tried for some time to become the next-generation TV remote control. But things only took off when it started to team up with mobile phone makers. Read more »
What if Pandora could automatically recognize who you’re enjoying your music with, and change its personalized station based on these kinds of social settings? Read more »
Online video is getting more popular with older viewers, and mobile viewing is growing all around the world. Read more »
Google is adding HD video quality to its video chats. But the upgrade isn’t just about looks: It’s part of a bigger move towards open standards and a plugin-free video chat experience. Read more »
Net neutrality advocates won’t like Time Warner Cable’s new Xbox app, which gets subscribers access to live streams of up to 300 TV networks without counting against their data caps. Read more »
Arrested Development will finally become a movie, at least if the show’s creator Mitch Hurwitz has his ways. Hurwitz also said in an interview that he’s working on another secret project for Netflix. Read more »
iOS users just got another option to back up photos and synchronize files: BitTorrent’s Sync app is now available on iOS. Read more »
Now this is cool: A small dongle turns any Google TV device into a Z-Wave compatible home automation and security hub. Read more »
How did Intel Media manage to scale from zero to a nearly-finished pay TV service in less than two years? Part of it were a few key acquisitions. Read more »
Love binge watching Netflix shows like Orange is the New Black and House of Cards? Then you have to thank this guy: The L.A. Times has a great profile of Netflix Chief Content Officer Ted Sarandos, who started out as a video store clerk and now has Hollywood all abuzz about releasing entire seasons of a show at once, and refusing to give out ratings. Best choice quote from House of Cards director David Fincher: “When somebody offers you exactly what you’re asking for, be smart enough to say ‘yes.’”
Recent reports could make you think that Apple, Sony and Google are all getting ready to launch their own pay TV services any day now. Time for a reality check. Read more »
YouTube just significantly raised access limits to its API, making it easier to develop apps for the site. Except if you are Microsoft, that is. Read more »
Variety’s Andrew Wallenstein stumbled across an interesting tidbit in Netflix’s recent 10-Q filing: The company is saying that it may be seeing “higher than initially expected” binge viewing activity for Netflix originals like House of Cards and Orange is the New Black. Why would it be a bad thing if its shows were really popular, you may ask? Because the money spent on this type of content would amortize faster than planned, and Netflix would eventually have to spend even more on content to keep its subscribers watching.
“I cannot describe to you the frustration I feel at the way these negotiations have gone. Never in my most pessimistic moments did I ever think that they would have lasted this long and have been so difficult.”
CBS CEO Les Moonves in a memo to his staff about the ongoing retrans fight with Time Warner Cable.
Youtubecaptions.com offers YouTube users an easy ay to get their videos transcribed if they don’t want to rely on the video site’s automatic speech recognition. Read more »