Google’s Nexus 5 launch came with few surprises, but Android 4.4 aka Kitkat shows off how Google wants to dominate international markets, and make everything searchable. Read more »
Pandora made it official Thursday and added Chromecast support to its mobile apps. Users can now launch personalized stations straight from their phone or tablet. Read more »
Cisco may have landed a surprise coup to push for H.264, but Google still thinks that VP8 is the best codec for real-time communication on the web. Read more »
Peter Chernin’s media company is buying a controlling interest in Crunchyroll, reports AllThingsD. The report puts the money spent at less than $100 million, noting that Crunchyroll has raised $5 million to date. Crunchyroll is specializing in the import of anime TV shows, and the company operates a growing subscription business. For more on Crunchyroll, check out my interview with the company’s CEO Kun Gao.
Is Intel looking to get rid of its TV project, or get a partner on board to finally get it launched? The company is talking to Verizon to explore either of those options. Read more »
After long resisting proprietary media formats, Mozilla has agreed to add H.264 to its browser. The move is made possible through a partnership with Cisco, which wants to press the industry to agree on the format for real-time communication. Read more »
Google is now automatically editing videos uploaded by Google+ users to turn shaky, fragmented camera phone clips into shareable videos with soundtracks and video effects. Read more »
Ever wanted to share a short video of the thing you just saw on TV? ConnecTV’s new app lets you do just than in a Vine-like fashion. Read more »
Automatic video editing app Magisto just got a whole lot of new cash, thanks in part to Qualcomm and SanDisk. Read more »
Smart appliances need friends too: Samsung wants to make it easier for your fridge, AC and washer to talk to your TV set. Read more »
Media center app maker Plex launched a feature Monday that allows users to store their videos in the cloud and then play them back on any device with a Plex app on it, including Android and iOS mobile devices. Cloud Sync, as the feature is called, was first shown off at CES, and is now available to paying PlexPass subscribers. Interestingly, Plex doesn’t offer its own storage locker, but instead hooks into Google Drive, Dropbox, Box and other cloud storage offerings, with the ability to spread your files across all of your lockers. Time to sign up for more free cloud storage accounts?
Samsung is taking a page out of the Chromecast playbook by allowing developers to launch media playback straight from a mobile device. But Samsung’s new multiscreen SDK also supports gaming and more. Read more »
Here’s a suggestion for Apple: Forget about building that long-rumored huge flatscreen TV for the living room, and make a small touch-screen TV for the kitchen instead. Read more »
Simple.tv’s new DVR for cord cutters will come with a sticker price of $250 and go on sale in mid-December, according to a product page on Newegg.com. Read more »
We all love binge viewing — but not everyone loves Netflix: FX and Turner are looking to get the rights to stream entire seasons of shows, as opposed to just the last five episodes, to allow their viewers more binging. Netflix is opposed to those demands, and studios have learned to love Netfix’s cash. But which role is cable playing in all of this? Vulture has a fascinating story about one of Hollywood’s next battle lines.
Google TV devices from LG are getting updated to a more recent version of Android. Next up: a new name for the TV platform. Read more »
HBO doesn’t want to sell you direct access to its programming online. But Comcast now came up with an offering that is intended to lure in all those who only want HBO. Read more »
Amazon’s long-rumored Roku killer may be facing delays, forcing the company to postpone a launch until next year, according to a Verge report. The device, which is based on Android, has been in the works at Amazon for more than a year, and the company hired a bunch of Google TV developers from Logitech to work on it after that company decided to get out of the connected TV space. Amazon’s TV box is going to have third-party apps, but obviously also feature Amazon’s own services — but now we might have to wait until after the holiday season to find out how it stacks up against Roku, Apple TV and Co.
Pinterest has confirmed an AllThingsD report that it has raised a $225-million Series E round of funding led by Fidelity Investments, with previous investors including Andreessen Horowitz, FirstMark Capital, Valiant Capital and Bessemer Venture Partners chipping in as well. The investment comes at a $3.8-billion valuation, and the total amount of money raised by Pinterest is now around — brace yourself — $538 million. Pinterest recently started to experiment with ads, or promoted pins, as the company calls them – but so far it isn’t charging brands any money for these experiments.
Chromecast will soon get support for another major media service, as Google is preparing to push the button for Pandora integration any day now. Read more »
First, Netflix brought us binge viewing. Now it wants to shorten the time between TV seasons, stream in 4K and give us access to movies sooner. Read more »
Hulu revamped its mobile website Wednesday, giving users access to free mobile clips. Previously, only paying subscribers could access content on mobile. Read more »
Aereo finally released its Android app Tuesday, which subscribers of the TV streaming service can now download from Google Play. Aereo is currently just available in a handful of cities, but has said that it wants to be in 22 markets by the end of the year. The service still faces opposition from broadcasters, which recently asked the Supreme Court to take up their case after losing repeatedly in lower courts. Aereo had initially promised the release of its Android app for September, and is now calling the release a “public beta.”
When Carl Icahn invested in Netflix a year ago, he raised the possibility of a sale. Now, he’s turned into the company’s biggest fanboy, and is cashing in on Netflix’s soaring stock. Read more »
Chromecast may soon be able to run presentations straight from Google Drive, which is great news for teachers and company meetings. Read more »
Everyone’s been focused on iPad news, but Apple also highlighted some other accomplishments at its press event Tuesday. Check out these key numbers. Read more »
Netflix now has more than 40 million subscribers worldwide, and with strong results, it is now looking to expand into large additional markets in 2014. Read more »
Just three weeks after announcing his departure from Hulu, the company’s SVP of advertising is joining the Fremont Project, the stealthy startup headed by Hulu’s former boss. Read more »
Netflix still sends DVDs to around seven million customers. So when will the company pull the plug on DVD subscriptions and finally go online-only? Read more »
Chill.com laid off 40 percent of its staff this week after plans to turn indie film makers and comedians into Louis CK-style online distribution success stories failed to pay off. Read more »
Mote.io, the Chrome extension that turns your phone into a remote for your web browser, just added support for the Plex media center app, TuneIn’s radio streaming service and Google’s Play Music service. All of these extensions were built by third-party developers, thanks to Mote.io’s API. Check out our previous story about Mote.io here.
Apple will most likely introduce new iPads next week. But will the company also give its Apple TV device a refresh? Read more »
TV guide startup Dijit took the next step towards growing into a real business Friday with the launch of a partnership with three TV networks. Read more »
Google had a great Q3, with revenue growing 12 percent. Google CEO Larry Page would love to spend more of that money on moonshots. Read more »
Verizon’s decision to terminate a joint venture with Comcast and other cable companies puts the end to an ambitious project dubbed Nuon that included online components as well as dedicated streaming hardware. Read more »
isoHunt is shutting down as the result of a settlement with the major movie studios. isoHunt founder Gary Fung agreed to pay $110 million. Read more »
Policy makers should take a look at the Clinton White House for clues on how to regulate mobile technologies, argued a former White House advisor at GigaOM’s Mobilize. Read more »
Vizio launched a new, lower-priced version of its CoStar streaming player Wednesday. The new player, dubbed CoStar LT, will sell for $80, and offer access to apps like Netflix, Hulu Plus and YouTube, as well as second-screen control capabilities similar to Google’s Chromecast. The original CoStar, which Vizio continues to sell for $100, is based on Google TV, but its new sibling uses Opera’s SDK instead. Both devices combine live TV viewing with apps, but Vizio CTO Matt McRae recently told me that consumers are starting to watch more streaming content than traditional TV.
Netflix isn’t going to produce elaborate second-screen apps with a whole bunch of additional content any time soon. Instead, it’s investing in second-screen control – and having high hopes for Chromecast. Read more »
Rhapsody teams up with Telefonica to expand to Latin America and more of Europe. But will the partnership result in a true bundled offering? Read more »