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 »
Samsung’s Video Hub is no more, and existing customers can elect to access their movies through M-Go. So when is Samsung’s “next-generation” video service going to launch? Read more »
Chromecast users are streaming more media than they did six months ago, says Google, contradicting an earlier market research study. Read more »
Soundrop has brought collaborative playlists to Spotify. Now, it wants to give musicians and labels a new marketing tool. Read more »
Fans of the cult comedy Community can be relieved: The show isn’t dead after all, as Yahoo just ordered another season. Read more »
Android used to be all about openness. Now, Google is putting its foot down and putting a bigger emphasis on consistency. Read more »
Android has been way too slow to process audio in real-time, crippling many karaoke and singing apps. That’s about to change with the next major update. Read more »
Bad news for bats, good news for Chromecast fans: Google is using ultrasonic sounds to pair its streaming stick with nearby devices. Read more »
Tastemade thinks that foodies want to do more that just watch videos about restaurants and cooking — which is why the company made apps to let everyone film their own restaurant reviews. Read more »
Android TV promises more consistent design and and more advanced technology than Google TV. Is that enough to win over consumers? Read more »
Join us at 9am PT for the two hour keynote at Google I/O in San Francisco. Google will certainly show off Android Wear smartwatches but what else does it have in store for Android and Chrome? We’ll tell you as it happens! Read more »
Jason Kilar was looking to reinvent the magazine publishing model online. Now, he’s doing online video instead. Read more »
Google’s Chromecast streaming stick just got a bunch of new apps: Digital music service Deezer gave its paying subscribers access to casting through its mobile apps. Video workout service Dailyburn added Chromecast support to its website, iOS and Android apps, and PBS Kids added Chromecast support to its mobile apps as well. Earlier on Tuesday, video discovery app Stevie announced its own Chromecast integration.
Stevie, which is unlike any other video curation app, just added Chromecast support to its mobile apps. Read more »
ABC News is bringing the content of its iPad app to the Apple TV — and has a heart for cord cutters. Read more »
Player FM is the latest Android app that is adding in-app indexing, allowing Google to show app content within its search results. Read more »
Netflix is getting ready to strike a partnership in Germany — but in neighboring Austria, it could soon get a new competitor. Read more »
Vuclip grew to 120 million users without an iPhone app — but this week, it announced to launch one anyway. Read more »
A secretive new project aims to bring Chromecast-like media streaming to a Firefox-OS powered TV dongle. Check out an exclusive first look at a prototype of the device. Read more »
Earbits, the music discovery startup that shut down earlier this week due to lack of funds, unexpectedly announced its return Thursday. “A strategic partner has stepped forward and provided the necessary funding to bring Earbits back online indefinitely,” wrote Earbits CEO Joey Flores on the company’s blog. There’s no word yet on who this strategic partner might be and how big of a stake in Earbits it now holds, but Flores said that he would be sharing additional details soon.
Uruguay sent England packing, and Brazil can teach us all about ways to get people and companies online. Read more »
Months of rumors turned out to be correct: Netflix has teamed up with Chelsea Handler to produce its first talk show. Read more »
Twitter has acquired San Francisco-based video sharing startup SnappyTV, both companies announced Thursday without spilling any beans about the financials of the deal. You may have never heard of SnappyTV, but chances are, you’ve seen some of its work on Twitter before: SnappyTV has helped Turner to share March Madness clips in near-realtime, and also powered the video cards of numerous other TV networks. With the acquisition, Twitter obviously wants to bolster its own media chops, but the company promised Thursday that SnappyTV customers will continue to be able to share media on Facebook and elsewhere as well.
To determine the future of computing, it may be worth taking a look at the past — if only to find out that there are no simple answers. Read more »
Cable subscribers are starting to get access to YouTube and other online video services, thanks to cloud-based technology that brings modern apps to legacy set-top boxes. Read more »
We already knew that DramaFever is venturing into horror and documentaries. What we didn’t know that it was partnering with AMC for these new sites. Read more »
Watching YouTube live streams on the TV just got a bit easier: Chromecast owners can now beam any live video streams straight from the YouTube iOS and Android apps to Google’s streaming stick. Casting of live YouTube’s live streams wasn’t supported at all when Chromecast launched last year, and YouTube added the capability to cast live streams to its desktop app earlier this year. Now, all we need is a way to actually find all those live feeds — YouTube’s live streaming directory mysteriously disappeared a few months ago.
YouTube is officially confirming its music subscription service — but to get ready for its launch, it may take down music from some indie labels. Read more »
Qplay just embraced Google’s Chromecast — and in turn effectively gave up on being a TV hardware startup. Read more »
Will music services win if they get access to tracks a week ahead of their competitor? Amazon doesn’t seem to think so, and it may be on the right track. Read more »
Think all BitTorrent downloads are illegal? Think again: BitTorrent Inc. announced Monday that it has distributed more than 100 million copies of its BitTorrent content bundles ever since the introduction of the promotional format a little over a year ago. Bundles are essentially officially sanctioned torrents which tend to come with a call to action – users have to provide their email address to get access to some of the content. Some of BitTorrent’s most notable content partners included De La Soul, Moby and Tim Ferriss.
Al Jazeera just lifted the curtain on AJ+, its online news network for people who don’t watch cable news anymore. Read more »
Streaming music startup Earbits wanted to compete with Pandora without any ads or subscription fees. In the end, this didnt work out. Read more »
Want to catch up on what’s going on with the World Cup? Now you can access video highlights right on Google.com. Read more »
Pixie wants to keep you from looking at your phone all the time while watching TV by displaying tweets and other information on the big screen. Read more »
Peel got a couple more million dollars from Alibaba, and is striking additional alliances to make further inroads into the Chinese market. Read more »
Comcast wants to give niche audiences access to a wider variety of content trough its set-top boxes, and is looking to test a streaming service later this year. Read more »
DramaFever is going to launch dedicatd platforms for documentaries and horror movies later this year and early next year. Read more »
Dish is moving fast on getting its new internet-based TV service up and running, and it is targeting cord cutters as customers for the new service. Read more »
Sony’s PlayStation TV mini console will be able to access the company’s music and video services — and likely also play a key role in launching its TV service. Read more »