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 »
Streaming music service Rdio has teamed up with Canadian broadband provider Shaw to grow its subscriber base in the country, both companies announced Thursday. The partnership includes a strategic investment by Shaw as well as yet-unannounced “marketing, content and promotional” initiatives. Rdio recently struck a similar agreement with a big media group in Brazil, and teamed up with terrestrial radio network Cumulus in the U.S. last summer. Thursday’s release comes with the interesting tidbit that Canada is Rdio’s second-biggest market, with Brazil ranking third, and the company is apparently getting some traction in Australia and Mexico as well.
Hulu is adding the capability to cast videos to game consoles to its mobile apps. This makes the company the third major publisher to take multiscreen beyond Chromecast. Read more »
Dish is getting ready to launch its online TV service this summer, thanks in part to regulatory conditions put in place when Comcast and NBC Universal merged in 2011. Read more »
Miramax classics are coming to AOL, free of charge. The partnership is just the latest example of video platforms turning to movies to show more ads. Read more »
Good news for Roku users: The YouTube channel, which first launched on the Roku 3 in December, is now available on all “current-generation devices,” according to a post on the Roku blog, which also lists an exact list of all models that can now access YouTube. All of these devices also support DIAL, which makes it possible to send YouTube videos from your mobile device to your Roku, Chromecast-style.
AT&T and the Chernin Group want to spend $500 million on online video services. How will these services look like? Look no further than to Crunchyroll. Read more »
Move over, cable box, there is a new kid in town: Time Warner Cable customers can now buy Fan TV to access live television and online video services. Read more »
Netflix wants to launch on U.S. cable boxes this quarter. First in line could be Suddenlink and RCN. Read more »
Netflix will raise its streaming prices for the first time since 2010 this quarter. New customers may soon have to pay as much as $10 per month. Read more »
Samsung has stopped selling apps on its smart TV platform, and is offering refunds to some consumers who have bought apps in the past. Read more »
Beats Music, the newly-launched music subscription service spearheaded by Jimmy Iovine, is in the midst of raising another $60 million to $100 million in funding, according to a Billboard report that notes that the company spent tens of millions on advertising, including its Super Bowl TV spot. However, a Beats Music spokesperson denied those claims, sending us the following statement via email: “Beats Music is not in any active process of raising more funding.” Billboard also reported that some in the music industry are disappointed by Beats Music’s uptake, while insiders unsurprisingly say that first numbers exceeded expectations.
Updated at 10:48am with a statement from Beats Music.
Samsung’s Milk Music has been downloaded 380,000 times despite only being available for select Samsung handsets. Samsung now plans to launch a premium version of the service. Read more »
Some consumers want better-sounding audio recordings, and some companies are ready to sell them snake oil, believes Meyer Sound founder John Meyer. Read more »
LG likes Chromecast’s way of casting media to the TV. So instead of copying it for webOS, the company decided to integrate casting into an open SDK capable of playing nice with multiple devices. Read more »
Music subscription service Spotify is getting ready to switch its data delivery technology from P2P to a server-client model, according to a TorrentFreak report. Spotify has long been using P2P for its desktop client, but not for mobile and web listening, and it makes sense that the company is looking to streamline its data delivery as mobile usage grows and bandwidth prices continue to decline. With the shift, Spotify is also closing the book on a little-known part of its past: uTorrent creator Ludvig Strigeus started working for Spotify after he sold his company to BitTorrent Inc. That sale was facilitated by none other than Spotify CEO Daniel Ek, who briefly served as uTorrent’s CEO.
Netflix is getting ready to launch in Germany in September, according to a local media report, and preparing an advertising campaign for multiple German cities. Read more »
Tubi TV is launching with 3,000 movies and TV show episodes on Amazons Fire TV as well as Roku’s set-top box and Microsoft’s Xbox 360. Read more »
iPhone media sharing app DabKick wants to make it easier for you to meet new people, so it introduced a room feature that lets you chat away while watching TV together. Read more »
The makers of Big Buck Bunny and Sintel are raising money for a new animated feature film — but the campaign is still far from being completely funded. Read more »
BitTorrent is teaming up with Netgear to give users of its Dropbox competitor Sync an easy way to back up and sync files and folders from mobile devices directly to a ReadyNAS drive. Read more »
Gramofon wants to connect your home stereo system to Spotify, much like many other connected speaker and home audio players. The unique twist? It will also offer shared Wi-fi. Read more »
Netflix may have only signed the peering agreement with Comcast because it had to, but the results clearly show a better performance for Comcast subscribers. Read more »
Mohu’s Channels is gaining basic time-shifting functionality as well as local file playback, thanks to a successful Kickstarter campaign. Read more »
Social TV app Zeebox is now called Beamly, and wants to focus more on what happens after a show ends, rather than bug you with trivia during a show. Read more »
Aereo has plans to expand to 50 cities within the next 18 months if it wins its Supreme Court case, reports the Houston Chronicle, which recently got a tour of the Aereo facility there. The company is still keeping mum on current subscriber numbers, but CEO Chet Kanojia told the Chronicle that it’s already profitable in Houston, where it has hardware to serve up to 40,000 subscribers. Aereo has to defend itself in front of the Supreme Court in two weeks.