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What’s it like to cut the cord from pay TV? What’s working, what’s missing, and what kind of equipment does the best job of replacing the cable box? In our weekly Survival Story series, we’re asking cord cutters to tell us about their experiences. Read more »

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Two German music fans were fed up with geo-blocking on YouTube, which has been preventing them from accessing music videos from major-label artists. So they turned the tables and started to block employees of major music labels from accessing popular blogs and other websites. Read more »

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Vevo will soon be available in the U.K., and the music video platform is already looking to expand into additional international markets, with the Middle East being on top of the list. So why can Vevo pull off what Hulu and Netflix can’t? Read more »


Let’s be honest: Those videos you took during your last vacation — are you really ever gonna edit them? The growing amount of video footage on our hard drives can be intimidating, even with easy editing tools. Clipik wants to solve that issue by crowdsourcing video editing. Read more »

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South By Southwest was the place where Twitter and Foursquare took off, and we’re to see a few success stories this year as well. But if you can’t make it, don’t worry: a growing number of panels and concerts will be streamed live online. Read more »

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“So far it has not been that bad” doesn’t exactly sound like a rave review. But when Matt Worley talks about his cord cutting experience, you’ll get a sense that he’s learning to love it. And saving a bunch of money definitely helps as well. Read more »

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Not long ago, the only way to watch movies like Inception in China was to buy a pirated DVD. wants to change that by offering Western blockbusters through VOD and Netflix-like subscriptions. Does the site have what it takes to become China’s Netflix? Read more »


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 »


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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