MSN TV is no more: The internet TV pioneer, which launched all the way back in 1996, shut down Monday. Read more »
Direct-to-fan music distribution service CD Baby has paid its musicians more that $300 million since it first opened shop in 1997, according to a post on Hypebot.com. CD Baby began as a CD mail-order service for indie musicians, but has since expanded into digital distribution as well. The company expects to pay musicians $60 million this year alone, which goes to show that some folks are actually making money with digital music, after all.
What happens when one of the most talked-about shows on television airs its final episode? For one thing, a lot of piracy. Read more »
How stealthy radio technology developed for the armed forces is helping consumers to get rid of their expensive cable bill. Read more »
Wuaki.tv wants to compete with Netflix, Lovefilm and others for British eyes — but Netflix says it’s happy with its growth in the U.K., despite all the competition. Read more »
Intel may be ready to partner with Samsung or Amazon to get its TV service off the ground, but it’s unclear how exactly such a partnership would look. Read more »
Netflix has started to serve higher bitrate HD streams to all of its subscribers, but issues around peering and local content caching are far from resolved. Read more »
Stephen Colbert thinks that YouTube comments are the freest form of speech, and he urged his viewers to challenge YouTube’s new comment filters. Read more »
TV maker Vizio noticed something interesting earlier this year: During some weeks, people were streaming more media than watching regular TV. Read more »
Hulu has long insisted that it is less like Netflix and more like cable, giving viewers the option to watch current shows, but also showing them ads, even if they pay for the company’s Hulu Plus subscription service. But the company may be introducing an ad-free tier in the future: Hulu’s interim CEO Andy Forssell said at a Goldman Sachs conference this week that Hulu may give viewers an option to pay more for an ad-free experience, according to a Variety report. How much more are we talking? According to the report, Hulu generates about $7 of ad revenue for every Hulu PLus subscriber.
Hopster combines TV show episodes with interactive games to create an experience that goes beyond just watching episode after episode after episode. Read more »
The popular open source video player app VLC got a significant update Wednesday: VLC 2.1 features support for 4K video, completely revamped audio playback and video hardware decoding, which should make video playback especially on mobile devices a lot smoother. Speaking of which: The new version also comes with new apps for OS X and Android, as well as a partial Windows 8 and WinRT port for all those folks out there who don’t know what else to do with their Surface RT.
Netflix CFO David Wells has some interesting advice for HBO: Become more like us, and you could be twice as big. Read more »
Toothpaste, back-to-school supplies and… movie downloads? Target just launched its very own digital video store. Read more »
Roku’s got some new hardware just in time for the holiday season. The features don’t surprise, but the refresh might nonetheless help to sell some extra boxes. Read more »
RealNetworks wants to help consumers to share videos they’ve shot on their phones – and it won’t even nag them to install RealPlayer. Read more »
YouTube is cleaning up its comment section with advanced moderation features and a closer integration of Google+. Read more »
BitTorrent wants more artists to give away content through its software: The company is now launching a P2P-based direct publishing platform that promises to benefit creatives. Read more »
US-based news junkies can once again access reports produced by Quatar-based Al Jazeera English online after the network stopped blocking access to its YouTube videos from within the US Tuesday. Al Jazeera started to lock out U.S. viewers from its online videos when it launched its new cable channel Al Jazeera America back in August due to contractual obligations. Its contracts with cable operators also forced the network to block its live stream in the US, which remained inaccessible Tuesday. It’s unclear what exactly changed with regards to its YouTube videos, but Al Jazeera English staff celebrated the move online:
Great news. Al Jazeera English video clips are no longer geo-blocked in the US. The last 7 years of all our hard work is back online!—
Cath Turner (@ajecathturner) September 24, 2013
Prepare for the next TV blackout: Dish and Disney are currently in negotiations about their next deal, and the Hollywood Reporter is reminding us that their deadline coming up at the end of the month. After that, blackouts are possible. But could Dish go nuclear and drop Disney’s ESPN network? Most people don’t think so, but Dish boss Charlie Ergen recently said that it may be time to take that step.
How do cultural ideas spread across the world, and why are people in some countries into similar things? A new MIT project looks at YouTube to find answers. Read more »
You can open your eyes again: Tweets about Breaking Bad are now automatically filtered out, thanks to Spoilerfoiler.com. Read more »
Beaming videos straight from your mobile YouTube app to your TV is now also possible with Windows Media Center, thanks to a nifty extension. Read more »
Pakistan started banning access to YouTube a year ago as a response to violent protests against clips of the anti-Islamic film The Innocence of Muslims, and the company has kept up the ban ever since. Now, democracy activists are arguing that the Pakistani government uses those clips as a pretext to suppress freedom of speech. The Christian Science Monitor has an interesting look at Pakistan’s YouTube ban and some of its unintended consequences.
What’s a university to do if students are only watching Netflix streams? Shut down its cable system, team up with Netflix — or invest new ways to watch TV? Read more »
Now this is an interesting move (excuse the pun): SoundCloud has hired Muve Music founder and ex-SVP Jeff Toig as its new Chief Business Officer. Toig not only founded the music subscription service Muve on behalf of its corporate parent Cricket Wireless, but also turned it into a big success story by rolling the cost of music subscriptions into Cricket’s data plans. At SoundCloud, he is likely going to use his music biz contacts to build some new revenue opportunities for the company.
Cox is shutting down its Flarewatch service, ending an experiment to offer a TV subscription over the internet. We talked to a Flarewatch user about his experience. Read more »
Ten years ago this month, Joshua Schachter turned his personal bookmarks collection into Delicious – a move that was going to change the web. Read more »
Boxee’s team is getting ready to shut down its video-sharing service to focus on developing new products for Samsung. Read more »
Microsoft wants to make a lot more exclusive programming for Xbox Live: The company’s Los Angeles-based production team is busy incubating “hundreds of ideas” for new TV shows, Microsoft Studios VP Phil Spencer told Bloomberg. Microsoft is currently producing a live-action Halo show, and plans to make announcements about additional shows in the coming months.
Buying and selling the cloud could be the next big commodity market play — but some challenges remain. Read more »
Pandora’s got a new iPad app, a tweaked iPhone app, a new logo and a new tag line – all on the day that Apple is releasing iTunes Radio. Read more »
RapidShare is offering consumers 700GB of storage for around $27 per month. But the company doesn’t want you to use it’s servers for file trading anymore. Read more »
Social video discovery app Showyou launched a slick new website. Too bad its mobile apps don’t look the part. Read more »
YouTube is starting to let users beam videos to their Chromecast devices from any website. Read more »
Rdio wants to sell consumers music and video streams as part of a bundled offering to set itself apart from Spotify and others. Read more »
German broadcasters kill plans to launch a Hulu-like site after regulators intervene. Is it time for Netflix to sweep in? Read more »
Twitter is working on a redesigned iOS experience that will put a much bigger focus on media consumption, according to a report filed by AllThingsD’s Mike Isaac. The new app will come with a dedicated column for photos shared through the service, and possibly also do the same for TV-related tweets and videos. This makes a lot of sense for the company: Twitter has been working a lot behind the scenes to integrate with TV, and TV ad dollars will play a big role in Twitter’s upcoming IP.
Sony’s got a dongle of its own, and it is combining Google TV with its own set of apps. What does that get you? Hulu Plus, for example. Read more »
Do you tweet about TV shows? Then you’re part of Twitter’s plans to become a global social TV advertising powerhouse. Read more »