Movile’s PlayKids app has found a niche for toddler-to-preschool kids’ content. Now, it has revamped its app and added even more shows. Read more »
Netflix hasn’t said in a while how many subscribers it has in each of its international markets, but a new report estimates that there are 4.5 million subscribers in the U.K. alone. Read more »
A year after launch, Chromecast streaming sticks have been used 400 million times to cast media to TVs. But the bigger story is that Chromecast is starting to change our concept of a TV itself. Read more »
Otter Media, the adorably named joint venture between AT&T and the Chernin Group, is about to buy a majority stake in Fullscreen, according to a Recode report. The deal would value Fullscreen between $200 and $300 million, according to Recode. Fullscreen is a one of a number of so-called multichannel networks on YouTube, and clocks more than 3.5 billion views every month across its channels. The company’s YouTube talent includes Grace Helbig, Shane Dawson, the Fine Brothers and Michael Buckley.
Radionomy has relaunched Shoutcast and is now offering free hosted broadcasting with ad monetization. Read more »
Video curation startup Frequency added Chromecast support to its Android app this week, making it possible for Frequency users to cast any of the app’s curated channels of online video sources to the TV screen. Frequency’s app offers more than 4000 channels from sources including popular YouTube creators as well as media outlets like CNN, the York Times and BBC News. The company has also struck partnerships with TV manufacturers, and most recently launched a SDK for pay TV operators.
Spotify has teamed up with MTV to bring music to MTV’s apps and sites. The partnership could help to drive new sign-ups for the service. Read more »
Netflix may have raised the price for new members, but it’s still growing its subscriber base, and sees big gains abroad. Read more »
Gmail has had a labs section to test new features for years. Now your cable box is getting one as well. Read more »
Beamly has been building social TV apps for mobile devices for years. Now, the company is working on its first TV app. Read more »
Google wants WebP to become the internet’s next dominant image file format. That’s not likely going to happen anytime soon — but WebP could still have a huge impact. Read more »
Select Netflix members are getting a chance to hide viewing of embarrassing titles from logs, recommendations and Facebook friends. Read more »
Spotify’s Daniel Ek wants to turn VKontakte’s users into paying customers, but he won’t get any help from his former Euro VP Chris Maples, who just left the company. Read more »
One of Google’s most senior executives is leaving the company for a job at Softbank. Read more »
The Firefox-OS powered streaming stick will be shipping later this year, according to Mozilla. Read more »
DirecTV will sell you NFL Sunday Ticket streams even if you don’t have their satellite TV service — but only if you live in an apartment. Read more »
iPhone and iPad users can now cast directly from the Chrome browser on their mobile devices — if they can find a website supporting it, that is. Read more »
Sling is back with a new box, and one that got a new name, along with a few internal updates. Read more »
Google’s Chromecast website is now listing more than 400 apps and counting that are capable of casting content to the TV screen. Read more »
A Better Tomorrrow, Shaolin and Kung Fu Dunk are some of the movies now available on DramaFever, which also plans to launch a dedicated site for documentaries later this year. Read more »
San Francisco-based IoT startup Aether Things is delaying the shipping date of its Cone connected loudspeaker. The Cone, which is supposed to learn from your listening habits and automatically mix music based on past preferences, was scheduled to ship by July 15. On Monday, the company informed prospective buyers via email that it won’t meet that deadline: “We’ve come across some delays in finalizing Cone, which means we are unfortunately postponing the ship date. We’re very sorry to have to extend the wait,” the email reads, without providing an estimate for a new shipping date.
BitTorrent is looking to hire folks for a new BitTorrent TV product that could finally make use of its live streaming technology. Read more »
Even streams of the Netflix kids show Turbo Fast are very slow for Verizon FIOS customers: The ISP continues to decline in Netflix’s monthly speed index. Read more »
Osmo combines real-world play with the iPad, and I was blown away when I saw a demo in May. This week, I had a chance to take it to the test. Read more »
Yahoo just made another online video purchase, acquiring the streaming video tech company RayV. Read more »
News that Chromecast now officially supports Android screen mirroring got a lot of people very excited this week — followed by disappointment by some who had to find out that their Android device isn’t officially supported yet. An unofficial, experimental hack just published on the XDA Developers Forum brings the functionality, which lets users beam anything happening on their phone or tablet screen to their Chromecast-equipped TV, to plenty of additional devices, including the Moto G, Moto X and the first-generation Nexus 7. However, devices have to be rooted in order to get this to work — and with anything of this nature, it’s not for the faint of heart.
SoundCloud is reportedly negotiating with major labels, offering them an equity stake and per-play fees in exchange for being able to use their music. This means the service is about to copy YouTube’s licensing strategy. Read more »
How live is live? That’s a question that soccer fans have been asking themselves when confronted with significantly-delayed World Cup streams. Read more »
Bop.fm is getting a cash infusion to build out its service, which aims to bridge the divide between competing music subscription services. Read more »
SoundCloud was one of the last big music services missing from Sonos, but now it’s been added in beta to the Sonos app. Read more »
Aereo isn’t ready to give up, and just revealed its plan B in a court filing: The company wants to get access to broadcast networks through compulsory licenses, arguing that now that the Supreme Court found it to be like a cable system, it wants to be treated as such (hat tip to the Hollywood Reporter.) That’s a stark contrast from Aereo’s previous stance, but it’s also a maneuver unlikely to succeed, as my colleague Jeff John Roberts recently explained.
Google sold 3.8 million Chromecast streaming sticks last year, which makes the device about as popular as Roku’s streaming devices. Read more »
Cameo is now allowing its users to directly upload clips to Vimeo, and is making the selection of the right soundtrack easier. Read more »
A new Chromium commit hints at native Chromecast support coming to Chromebooks. Read more »
Netflix hasn’t officially launched its service in New Zealand yet, but customers of one local ISP can nonetheless access the service. Read more »
YouTube is profitable, and generates billions — but not as much as some think, according to a new report. Read more »
There’s a video playing on your car’s dashboard, and it looks like an Android app: Android Auto is just one of a growing number of platforms using video streams to virtualize apps. Read more »
Can YouTube avoid its indiegeddon? The Google-owned video service is reportedly in talks with indie labels to strike an eleventh-hour agreement for its upcoming music subscription service. Read more »
Get ready for more video ads on Facebook, and possibly video ads based on your Facebook profile elsewhere: Facebook has acquired video ad tech specialist LiveRail. Read more »