YouTube has struggled to make live streaming work. Acquiring Twitch could change that. Read more »
YouTube is buying Twitch for $1 billion in cash, according to a report. Read more »
TV Everywhere is too complicated and fragmented to be really popular — but it has nonetheless changed television. Read more »
Music discovery startup Exfm announced this week that it will shut down for good on May 19. Exfm first announced that it was going to shut down late last year, at the time blaming “the litigious nature of the music industry” as one of the reason it called quits. However, in January, it just kept going, alluding at the possibility of a partnership. Now, it looks like that partnership won’t include the current service. In a blog post, Exfm’s executive team put it this way: “We are very excited for what’s next and believe we will ultimately provide you with the best music service in the seven kingdoms.”
Following the launch of its new Milk music streaming service, Samsung is now busy assembling a team to build a new video service. Read more »
Gramofon, the router that doubles as a cloud music adapter for your stereo system, just successfully ended its Kickstarter campaign. Read more »
Tired of paying through the nose for movies in hotel rooms? Then check out this video on how to make your Chromecast work on your next trip. Read more »
Music identification specialist SoundHound unveiled a new version of its iOS, Android, Windows phone and Blackberry apps Thursday, offering new ways for users to explore the results of their song searches. The app, which offers the ability to identify songs by listening in what’s playing around you or having users hum a melody, also expanded its lyrics catalog, which it displays in real-time while a song is playing. The new version comes just as competitor Shazam reportedly secured some smaller investments from the major record companies. The three majors each took a $3 million stake in the company, according to the Wall Street Journal.
Chromecast just arrived in one of the best-connected countries in the world. Google hopes that it will lead to more YouTube viewing on the TV screen. Read more »
U.S. internet viewers watch more videos of gamers battling each other online than streams of HBO’s online service, according to new data from Sandvine. Read more »
Project Florida wants to combine health and wellness wearables with data science, and it has hired an impressive launch team. Read more »
Netflix streaming just got a bit less expensive for Xbox users who now don’t have to pay for an Xbox Live Gold subscription anymore to access the video service. Read more »
AT&T is in advanced talks to buy DirecTV for $50 billion, or about $100 per share, Bloomberg reported Monday. AT&T’s plan is to turn the satellite company into an AT&T unit, and keep management on board to run that unit, with plans for DirecTV’s chief executive Mike White to retire in 2016. The acquisition report, which neither company is commenting on, comes after three months after Comcast announced that it was going to acquire Time Warner Cable in a $45 billion deal.
Good news for Comcast customers: Your Netflix streams just got a lot better-looking, thanks to speed increases that are the result of a commercial peering agreement. Read more »
Foreign TV show platform DramaFever has struck a licensing deal to add Chinese-language TV shows to its platform. Read more »
Apple’s plan to spend $3.2 billion for Beats will have ramifications for everyone from Spotify and Rhapsody to Amazon and Google. Read more »
Netflix just raised its price for $8 to $9 a month, but existing subscribers won’t feel the increase for another two years. Read more »
Muve Music has two million paying subscribers, making it one of the most successful subscription music services. But how many would stick around after a sale? Read more »
In this part of our special report on reinventing the internet, the radical changes that reinventing TV on the internet would bring to the underlying economics. AMC, the channel that’s home to Don Draper and Walter White, might lead the way. Read more »
Tons of people are already following radio stations and individual shows on TuneIn. That’s why the service is now relaunching with a more social model. Read more »
Rhapsody has made a strategic investment in a company that specializes in monetizing DJ mix sets. Maybe we will get to hear some of them on Rhapsody soon? Read more »
Orange is the New Black will be back, and then some: Netflix just renewed its hit show for a third season a month before the second season premieres on the service. Read more »
Microsoft’s biggest foray into exclusive content may actually not be all that exclusive: The company is negotiating with Showtime about a partnership for its Steven Spielberg-produced Halo TV show, according to a Variety report. The deal could lead to episodes of the show first airing on Showtime, and then making their way to the Xbox, where Microsoft wants to add interactive features – something Microsoft executives somehow forgot to mention during a recent press event focused on their original content efforts.
A number of startups and tech public advocacy groups headed to the nation’s capital this week to make their voice heard ahead of the FCC’s official release of its new net neutrality regulations. Meetup’s General Counsel told me why his company participated. Read more »
To promote its new horror drama Penny Dreadful, Showtime turned to sites like YouTube and Hulu as well as to mobile wallet apps. Read more »
Chromecast users just got a few more options to beam movies, TV shows and music to the TV screen: Video subscription service Redbox Instant added support for Google’s Chromecast streaming adapter to its Android app this week. Indie movie streaming service Fandor also recently added Chromecast support to its iOS, Android and web apps, and the Android Music app SoundTracker now supports casting as well.
Netflix doesn’t tell viewers which networks the shows it licenses originally ran on, which is upsetting TV executives. Read more »
Kamcord, a startup that helps developers to integrate video capturing and sharing technology into their games, has raised a $7.1M Series A round. Read more »
Video curation startup Frequency wants to make it easier for TV makers and pay TV operators to add online video to their devices. Read more »
Rdio is working on launching a new free and ad-supported offering during thre second half of this year. The service will also get more non-music content from part-owner Cumulus. Read more »
FCC chairman Tom Wheeler told cable industry representatives Wednesday that his commission wouldn’t tolerate broadband service discrimination, even under its proposed new rules. Read more »
Flipps wants to help publishers to cast their media to as many screens as possible, and the company just raised $2.4 million in new funding to do so. Read more »
70 percent of all U.S. TV viewers love to binge watch, and a notable chunk of them would actually pay more if they had access to a whole season. Read more »
Verizon just became the second ISP to get paid by Netflix for direct peering with the video service. This should lead to faster Netflix streams for Verizon customers, but possibly also more disputes about peering. Read more »
Alibaba spent a whopping $1.2 billion on a stake in the Chinese video service Youku. However, the investment could be less than one percent of Alibaba’s IPO valuation. Read more »
Is Netflix going to add P2P technology to its streaming service? A new job offer suggests that the company is at least looking into the possibility. Read more »
One day, Pandora wants to serve billions of people worldwide. To make that happen, it has started to hire people who know a thing or two about international expansion. Read more »
Spotify is getting close to having 10 million paying subscribers worldwide, according to a Guardian report that cites unnamed music industry sources with the estimate that the music subscription service will hit that milestone “in the next few months.” Spotify last shared subscriber numbers a year ago, when it had six million paying and 24 million active users. A Spotify representative also told the paper that it added more than one million active users in the last four months.
Former Apple executive Tim Bucher’s Lyve Minds is starting to sell its first product, the personal media backup device LyveHome. Read more »
Vic Gundotra, one of the most prolific Google executives, is leaving the company. The leadership of Google+ will be taken over by VP of Engineering Dave Besbris. Read more »