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The Kindle Fire isn’t just for watching Amazon and Netflix streams anymore: The newly-released Plex app makes it possible to access videos, music and photos stored on your home PC where ever you are. Users can even share content libraries through a personal cloud service. Read more »

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Many people had the hopes up for something truly revolutionary coming out of Spotify’s mystery event this Wednesday. Instead, we got an app platform that’s restricted to a desktop client, doesn’t offer partners any revenue and suspiciously smells like another platform bully power play. Read more »

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Hulu is getting ready to dust off its Lederhosen as the company is reportedly working on plans to launch in Germany. The launch would consist of an offering that would be different from what’s available in the U.S., which suggests Hulu might ask Germans to pay. Read more »


Winnie the Pooh, Cars, Alice in Wonderland and other Disney and Pixar movies are coming to YouTube, thanks to a new partnership between the mouse-eared Hollywood heavyweight and Google’s video site. Movies will be available for rent through YouTube’s premium content section. Read more »

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Netflix's child-friendly interface.

Kids can now browse Netflix movies and TV shows without accidentally stumbling across NC-17-rated content, thanks to a new children-friendly interface launched today. The roll-out of Netflix for kids marks the beginning of a wider expansion of a children-friendly interface across connected devices. Read more »

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Chill users can now watch the latest TV shows on the social video platform, thanks to an integration of Hulu’s content. However, get ready to set your alarms if you want to chill on while watching House: Hulu’s shows will run synchronized and scheduled. Read more »

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Tired of those interruptions with spinning wheels and progress bars while you’re watching online video? You aren’t alone: Videos without buffering are watched twice as long as videos with unwelcome breaks, and viewers are 54 percent less likely to return if they experience video buffering. Read more »

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Comcast customers will soon find a new UI on their cable box that will look much less like Grandma’s EPG, and more like an iPad app with social recommendations and universal search. But how open will the cable box of the future be for third-party developers? Read more »


Spotify is close to launching a dedicated Roku channel, we’ve been told by a source familiar with both companies’ plans. The music subscription service could launch on Roku devices as early as next month. First screen shots of the channel’s UI look promising. Read more »

vivid google tv

Porn studios have long been on the forefront of technological development, adopting new media distribution models before mainstream content producers even take notice. So what does it mean that porn companies like Vivid and PinkVisual utilize HTML5, and not native apps, to get on Google TV? Read more »

vevo rooms

Vevo gets into the real-time collaborative media consumption game with a new feature called Vevo Rooms that allows music fans to program playlists and chat with one another while they’re watching music videos together, Vevo Rooms is launched in collaboration with Chill. Read more »

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Remember Justin Kan, the founder who broadcasted much of his life online to kickstart his company? Hans Eriksson from Swedish competitor Bambuser tries to bring back some of that early live streaming spirit with a 24-hour live tour of New York this week. Read more »

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Porn stars are coming to Boxee, thanks to a new app from FyreTV. The X-rated VOD content provider is embracing Boxee and other over-the-top video platforms after previous efforts to rent a dedicated streaming device for adult videos to end users failed to take off. Read more »

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Don’t worry, John Locke fans, Lost won’t disappear from Netflix, and other ABC content will remain on the service as well. Netflix and Disney re-upped their licensing agreement, which keeps current shows on the service and adds a bunch of new content as well. Read more »

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