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The Department of Justice and the California State Attorney are looking into MPEG LA’s formation of a patent pool for Google’s WebM video format. Regulators are trying to figure out whether the patent pool is meant to stifle competition for the established video format H.264. Read more »

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OEM manufacturers are showing off a number of Android-powered set-top boxes at CeBIT this week. That could mean many of the cheaper media streaming devices available in U.S. stores could soon be based on Android — but it also signals a market shift toward Android. Read more »


Sidereel has been scooped up by Rovi for an undisclosed amount, and Rovi is also launching a new consumer-facing website for media recommendations. However, the real end game seems to be bringing all of this web content to the next generation of connected devices. Read more »


BitTorrent is known as a way to quickly download gigabytes of data, ranging from TV show episodes to Hollywood blockbusters. The technology doesn’t work quite as well over dial-up. Pakistan-based researchers have found a way to change this by tweaking some of BitTorrent’s core design principles. Read more »

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An auto-tuned mash-up featuring Harry Potter‘s Ron Weasley, Toy Story, The Social Network’sSean Parker and Twilight’s Edward, Jacob and Bella was the highlight of the 83rd Oscars. The video was produced by none other than the Gregory Brothers of Auto-Tune The News fame. Read more »


What’s it like to cut the cord from pay TV? What’s working, what’s missing, and what equipment does the best job replacing the cable box? This week’s featured cord cutter is J.T., who uses an elaborate setup including a Mac Mini and an EyeTV tuner. Read more »

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Michael Robertson’s new cloud service makes it possible to remotely record shows from hundreds of radio stations and then stream these recordings to mobile phones and other devices. Robertson is currently fighting with the music industry in court, and may also face some resistance. Read more »

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Linear TV is back! That’s right; people like to tune in at a set time to watch their favorite shows, thanks to the Twitter global water cooler. And new numbers from the U.K. show that online catch-up services don’t exactly hurt ratings either. Read more »


Are you living in a rural area, and an indoor HD TV antenna is just not working for you? Then take a look at these photos documenting one man’s quest to get 67 TV channels for free, despite living some 70 miles away from the closest transmitter. Read more »

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Has Comcast been imposing extra peering fees on Level 3 to hurt Netflix, which is competing with its TV business? That’s what Netflix is alleging in its just-published annual report, without actually stating it that frankly. The warning is carefully worded, but Netflix is clearly concerned. Read more »

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Want to watch the ICC Cricket World Cup that’s starting this week? Then don’t expect to find many live streams on the big streaming sites. Piracy of live sports has moved to smaller for-pay sites, according to the official ICC World Cup streaming partner Read more »

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Anyone interested in following the continuing unrest in the Middle East should pay attention to Al-Jazeera English, whose reporting about Egypt’s revolution has been unrivaled. The network isn’t available through any major U.S. cable provider, but there are still plenty of ways to tune in. Read more »

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The wait is over for Boxee Box owners, as the startup is finally making its Netflix app available today. The app comes as part of a new firmware update, which also features some added security measures. Boxee previously had to delay its Netflix rollout twice. Read more »

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Mercedes Benz New York Fashion Week is starting this week, and Internet users are once again invited to follow the event with front row seating, thanks to multiple live streams. You’ll even be able to chat with Victoria’s Secret models and designer Tommy Hilfiger himself. Read more »


The Packers may have prevailed over the Steelers, but the real winner of the Super Bowl XLV was Twitter: Users of the service sent out more than three million tweets related to the game on Sunday and helped to generate record TV viewing audiences for Fox. Read more »


A few thousand consumers are pledging to never ever download any unlicensed movie via BitTorrent again, as long as Hollywood offers them a legal alternative that comes without DRM, local restrictions, release windows and premium pricing. Illusionary demands, or a necessary attempt to aim high? Read more »


The folks behind the comic book fan site iFanboy got together to discuss their different approaches towards cord cutting for this special guest episode of Cord Cutters. Turns out comic book aficionados are just as obsessed with Netflix and Hulu as everyone else. Read more »

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The BBC wants to bring personal video recommendations to its iPlayer catch-up service, and it’s been testing a number of methods and algorithms as part of a multiyear research project. The broadcaster just finished a final field test, and its lessons learned are worth a look. Read more »

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Did you watch the unrest in Egypt unfold via Al-Jazeera’s English-language live feed? You’re not alone: The Qatar-based news network has seen its traffic syrocket – and it now intends to use some of this momentum to finally gain a foothold in the U.S. cable market. Read more »

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