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Apple TV, we hardly knew ya… Engadget is reporting today that Apple will rename its living room device to iTV to closer lign up with the branding of other iProducts. There’s also news about the specs of the device: It won’t be able to play 1080p. Read more »

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Bigger screens lead to longer mobile video engagement times: That’s the result of some data crunching over at MobiTV, which analyzed the World Cup viewing patterns of various mobile users. Another result of that research: Users of Android devices watch far more soccer than iPhone users. Read more »

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Netflix is paying an estimated $200 million dollars for its newly-won rights to stream Epix content to its subscribers online. Is that too much? Some analysts are cautioning that costs could become prohibitive once other partners are going to demand the same kind of rates. Read more »

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Slide CEO Max Levchin is joining Google with the acquisition of his company, but some of his thinking could collide with the way Google CEO Eric Schmidt has been approaching social products like Google Wave. One of the biggest issues: Levchin really doesn’t like failure. Read more »

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The Universal Subtitles project launched an early test version of its captioning tool in collaboration with the Mozilla Labs design challenge. The tool allows users to watch videos with subtitles in many different languages and also add their own captions through a nifty online subtitle editor. Read more »

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Dish subscribers will be able to watch their satellite TV programming on their iPad, iPhone and iPod Touch starting in September. Support for Blackberry devices will also be rolled out that month, and Android users will be able to join in on the fun in October. Read more »

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A new bill could force CBS.com, NBC.com and others to add closed captions to all TV content streamed online. Smaller publishers are exempt for now. Still, adding closed captions to your video will make hearing impaired viewers, office workers and even the Google Bot happy. Read more »

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Will NBC push Hulu to go pay only? The broadcaster’s chief executive alluded to this option today in an interview with the Wall Street Journal, saying that keeping TV shows free online is not “a foregone conclusion.” Zucker also expressed optimism about the Comcast merger review. Read more »

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This week’s GUADEC conference in The Hague is the first event ever to be live streamed in the new open source WebM video codec. The livestream is hosted by Flumotion, and the company’s CTO Thomas Vander Stichele believes that WebM could become mainstream soon. Read more »

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There have been rumors this week that Apple is working with TiVo to bring DVR functionality to the next generation of its Apple TV. A cooperation like this seems highly unlikely, but Apple’s app strategy could open the door for a TiVo presence on the device. Read more »

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Netflix users that access the company’s Watch Instantly service through their Playstation can now search its entire catalog without any laptop on their knees. Search is an important update, but it’s unclear yet when PS3 owners will finally be able to ditch their Netflix disks. Read more »

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Still don’t have a 3-D TV? Don’t feel bad: 3-D TV sets aren’t actually the big consumer electronics trend of the year, according to a new report from iSuppli. That title goes to Internet-enabled TV sets, with worldwide shipments reaching 27.7 million units this year. Read more »

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Chatroulette has announced that it is going to take steps against the worst offenders on its service, threatening people who exposed themselves to minors with the police. The site announced it has collected evidence of such incidents, but it didn’t spy on any actual conversations. Read more »

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YouTube is experimenting with a new form of embeds that will play on an iPad right within a web page, making it unnecessary to launch the iPad YouTube app every time you want to watch a video. However, the new format isn’t ready for prime time. Read more »

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A Dutch court let local ISPs off the hook today, deciding that they won’t have to block their customers’ access to The Pirate Bay. However, the founders of the site were ordered to prevent Dutch users from accessing their torrent site just a few days ago. Read more »

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Chatroulette introduced new features this week, but the extensive media coverage of the new Channelroulette and Localroulette offerings inevitably led to tons of penis jokes. So what can the site do to succeed? How can it possibly make money, and what needs to be fixed first? Read more »

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