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 »
German TV conglomerate ProSiebenSat.1 has acquired a significant stake of the European music streaming service Deezer, according to a report by local newspaper Die Welt. The companies didn’t release any details about the transaction, but ProSiebenSat.1 is said to hold less that 50 percent of Deezer now, and plans to roll up its own music venture Ampya into the service. Deezer is said to have 16 million active users per month, and there have been rumors that the company may launch in the U.S. this year.
The recent decision of video streaming website Justin.tv to get rid of its archives and delete countless videos hosted on its website prompted the digital archivists of the Archive Team into action: Wirth the help of a number of volunteers, the Archive Team managed to download all Justin.tv videos with more than 10 views, totaling 10TB in archived video content, according to a tweet by Textfiles.com founder Jason Scott. The team apparently also considered to download videos with fewer views, but that would have brought the total amount of data to be saved to 1.1 petabyte – which may explain why Justin.tv decided to get rid of the archives in the first place.
Want to watch the World Cup while at work, on the go, or without cable? Then check out our ultimate guide with all the links you need to know. Read more »
No more finger-pointing from Netflix, at least not within its apps: The streaming service is suspending a controversial congestion notice program. Read more »
VLC wants to add media casting capabilities to its iOS and Android apps as well as to its desktop players. Read more »
The use of online video services is growing quickly in the U.S., and ten percent of pay TV subscribers are getting ready to cut the cord. Read more »
Google has launched its Chromecast streaming stick in Brazil, where the device is selling for R$ 199 (about $87.95) through local retailers. That’s a pretty big markup from the $35 pricing in the U.S., but electronics in general tend to be pretty expensive in Brazil. And for everyone keeping score, this newest expansion means that Chromecast is now available in 19 countries around the world, including large parts of Europe, Australia, Japan, South Korea and Canada.
Shelby TV is closing down its apps and service next month as the team transitions to Samsung. Read more »
What if you could use Bluetooth to send music to multiple speakers? Pure just enabled this on its Jongo loudspeakers by marrying Bluetooth with Wi-Fi. Read more »
Mixify’s Clubcast system allows DJs to play in clubs without physically being there. Think teleconference, but a lot more fun. Read more »
Tablo is a new take on the DVR: The device records free broadcast TV, and streams it to many of your devices. Check out our video for a closer look at the device. Read more »
Six-second videos on 50-inch screens? It’s gonna happen this year, thanks to a new Vine app for the Xbox One. Read more »
Netflix and other video services are growing so fast, they could soon make more money that movie theaters. Read more »
Hong Kong Broadband Network (HKBN) would love to offer its customers Netflix. The local ISP decided to make its love for House of Cards and other Netflix shows public with an open letter to Netflix CEO Reed Hastings, which invites Netflix to come to Hong Kong. Of course, it’s unlikely Hastings would be swayed by a letter like this, but he must have enjoyed this part: “At HKBN, we strongly concur with your vision that with strong net neutrality, new services requiring high-speed internet can emerge and become popular.”
Amazon wanted to launch its FreeTime kids content tier as well as its Cloud Player on Fire TV in May. So what happened? Read more »
Google’s Chromecast streaming stick didn’t just get love from ESPN this week: Chromecast users can now also cast from the iOS and Android apps as well as the website of the Anime video service Crunchyroll, Major League Soccer’s mobile apps, and Google+ iOS and Android apps. The latter can be used to cast photos and videos to the TV, which is especially useful if you auto-upload all your personal media to Google+. And we might even see Chromecast coming to Aereo as early as Wednesday.
Apple is the latest browser maker to ditch plugins for Netflix playback. The move is controversial with opponents of DRM. Read more »
WatchESPN mobile apps are getting Chromecast support, and Watch Disney and WatchABC apps are up next. Read more »
OnCue’s boss Erik Huggers is out at Verizon, and he isn’t alone: at least four other executives have left Verizon, or decided not the join the company when the OnCue acquisition closed. Read more »
WWDC is prime time for new product announcements, but Apple also highlighted a number of accomplishments at the event. Check out this post for key numbers coming out of the event. Read more »
Justin.tv is deleting all of its archived content next month. The company is also getting ready to nix its premium account offering. Read more »
Google is going to launch its new TV platform Android TV at Google I/O in June. Here’s all you need to know about the politics, strategy and technology behind it. Read more »
Netflix is getting another animated kids show from DreamWorks, and Hulu may get its hands on Community. Read more »
Google wants you to know which ISPs provide the best streaming experience, and it wants ISPs to work with it to ensure HD-quality streams without buffering. Read more »
Wil Wheaton isn’t one to freak out about piracy, but he also knows that his new TV show needs good ratings to survive. Read more »
Apple is buying headphone maker Beats Electronics and its digital music subscription service Beats Music for $3 billion. Read more »