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Texas customers of cable TV provider Suddenlink will soon receive their first TiVo DVRs, but one crucial feature will be missing from those devices: Netflix is contractually not allowed to deliver its service to gear deployed by cable companies. The reason? Hollywood wants to protect VOD. Read more »

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Is the Netflix interface on your PS3 looking a little funny these days? Then you might have been chosen to participate in an A/B test of new UIs for connected devices, made possible by innovative use of technologies like HTML5 as well as the Netflix API. Read more »

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Want to know what kind of videos are popular in Hong Kong, Honolulu or Houston? YouTube’s new Trends site offers direct access to some of its localized data, offering the ability to compare trends globally — and showcasing how Google could surface videos in the future. Read more »

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Today marks the introduction of GigaOm’s first Net:Work conference. The conference will examine the future of work, with topics ranging from the human cloud to new collaboration tools to the management of a remote workforce. Can’t join us in person? Then check out the live stream. Read more »

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Android users will finally be able to play video encoded with the open source WebM video format: Google’s new Android 2.3 Gingerbread release adds WebM support to the platform. However, it may take until long after the holiday season until the Gingerbread man arrives on handsets. Read more »

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Want to know what the future of Netflix looks like, and what kind of features the company will offer in the months to come? Then pay close attention to its Canadian subscription service, as many new features are rolled out north of the border first. Read more »

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Adobe took another big step toward improving the Flash video playback experience with the release of its Flash player 10.2 today. The new player reduces to CPU load of HD video playback to as little as zero percent by using technology already used by Google TV. Read more »

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There are few companies that evoke such strong emotions as Comcast, and the company’s most recent spat with Level 3 hasn’t really helped its image either. So why does everyone hate Comcast? A look back at a number of strategic missteps that shaped the company’s image. Read more »

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Don’t want to read all those movie descriptions when navigating the Netflix online catalog? Then you might be interested in a new feature the company going to test next month on the PS3: Netflix will start streaming two minute video previews of its titles. Read more »

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Microsoft is reportedly in talks to bring more TV content to its Xbox Live service. One option on the table is to directly license cable networks like HBO and Showtime, another is to compete with Comcast & Co. on their home turf by selling cable-like subscription bundles. Read more »

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A Google TV Blu-ray player for $300, an antenna capable of receiving OTA HD TV signals for $5 and a Roku box for 20% off: Those are only a few of the Black Friday deals we’ve found for people ready to cut the pay TV cord. Read more »

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The best hardware acceleration for Microsoft’s Silverlight… runs on Linux? Developers of the open source Moonlight adaptation of Silverlight have just brought the ability to utilize GPU processing for 3-D rendering and video playback to the platform, and it apparently performs better than the original version. Read more »

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Want to watch The Daily Show, The Colbert Report or Drawn Together on Google TV? Then don’t be discouraged by the fact that Comedy Central’s corporate parent just started blocking Google TV devices, as regaining access to these videos only takes a minute. Read more »

Boxee Monkey

Boxee made a name for itself with a cool media center application and a take-no-prisoners attitude. With its first device shipping this holiday season, the New York-based startup is streamlining its software and warming up to content owners. Question is, will its early adopters follow? Read more »

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Bangalore-based Althea Systems is announcing a $3 million Series A funding from Intel Capital today. The start-up recently launched its social video browser Shufflr this summer, and it has also built a video discovery platform dubbed ShuffleFeed that it plans to open to developers soon. Read more »

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