Chromecast’s home screen has been a never-ending slideshow of pretty pictures ever since the device launched last summer. Soon, Google may add weather forecasts. Read more »
Lyve Minds, the personal media startup founded by former Apple exec Tim Bucher, is opening up pre-orders for its Lyve Home device on April 22nd, according to a newsletter sent out to subscribers Tuesday. Lyve Home, which helps to back up photos and synchronize them across your devices, will sell for $300, and the company just previewed some of its functionality in a stylish new YouTube video. Lyve Minds was previously known as Black Pearl Systems, and Bucher told me all about his plans at CES.
Clips featuring Elmo, Abby and Grover are available on plenty of sites online, but Sesame Go does offer paying users access to a few exclusives. Read more »
Google hasn’t given up on bringing Android to the living room, and it has been working on a very different way to develop and publish apps on TVs. Read more »
Google is reportedly preparing for the launch of a new set-top box dubbed Android TV. Efforts to establish Android in the living room have been a long time coming. Read more »
Amazon is working on a Spotify-like music subscription service, which could launch as early as next month. Read more »
YouTube has delayed the launch of its music service even further. Part of the issue seems to be which videos to show while people play individual songs. Read more »
And the Chromecast apps keeping coming: Music subscription service Rhapsody added Chromecast support to its Android app this week, making it possible for users to cast any of its 32+ million songs to the TV. Chromecast support also popped up in Rhapsody’s Napster app, which is available in a number of European countries. Rhapsody’s embrace of Chromecast comes just days after Rdio rolled out its support for Google’s streaming stick. Competitor Beats Music has said that it wants to support Chromecast in the future as well, but Spotify is still non-committal.
The little icon that lets you cast videos to the TV screen could soon pop up on many more websites: JW Player is adding Chromecast support to its video player. Read more »
Amazon’s first set-top box does a few things differently that competitors like Roku and Apple TV. Check out our video walk-through to get a closer look at the product. Read more »
Amazon is entering a crowded market with its new Fire TV streaming box. But a focus on kids, and parental controls, could help the company move a lot of devices. Read more »
Amazons set-top box is real, and it’s called Amazon Fire TV. In addition to Amazon’s own streaming service, it also comes with Netflix, Hulu Plus and video games. Read more »
Linkedin co-founder Konstantin Guericke just became partner at Berlin-based Earlybird Venture Capital. Now he wants to help German startups target the U.S. market. Read more »
Amazon is set to announce a TV streaming device to compete with Roku, Apple TV and Chromecast Wednesday. Here’s what we already know about the device and Amazon’s plans for it. Read more »
Comedy Central wants you to watch more Jon Stewart, so it made an app that offers next-day access to full episodes of the Daily Show and other shows on the network. Read more »
U.K. electronics retailer Currys sold a Chromecast every 4.5 seconds on launch day, leading to comparisons with the launch of the iPad. Read more »
Music service Raditaz shut down late last year, promising to relaunch in 2014 with a new product. With a new name and $9.6 million in the bank, it now wants to follow through on that promise. Read more »
Google Now is supposed to anticipate our needs before we search for them, but one of its core features is terribly broken. Read more »
Recent FCC filings point to Amazon’s TV streamer, and suggest that the device is indeed a box, and not a dongle. Read more »
Neil Young’s high-definition portable music player Pono is just about $34,000 shy of hitting $5 million in pledged contributions on Kickstarter, and the project still has 17 days to go. Pono surpassed its $800,000 funding goal on day one, and is now the fourth-most successful Kickstarter project ever in terms of money raised, just behind the Veronica Mars movie, the Ouya game console and the Pebble smart watch.
Amazon has been floating the idea of an ad-supported video offering, according to a report by the Wall Street Journal. The service would be separate from its Prime Instant video service and not require viewers to have a Prime subscription. There are few details about what kind of content Amazon would make available through such a service, but the company apparently at one point considered to make some of its original content available outside of the Prime paywall. However, an Amazon spokesperson has since told Variety that it tests many things, but has no plans to launch such a service. Coincidentally, Amazon is also looking to launch a TV streaming device next week.
This post was updated on 03/28 with Amazon’s response.
Amazon is getting ready to unveil its TV streaming device next week. Journalists are invited to a press event in New York next Wednesday. Read more »
The Collective, home of the YouTube hit series Video Game High School, has a new co-owner: German media giant ProSiebenSat.1 has acquired 20 percent of the company. Read more »
Chromecast can do so much more than just stream YouTube clips and Netflix videos. These five apps show whats possible, and where things could go for the streaming stick. Read more »
Last.fm, the CBS-owned digital music outlet, will close down its streaming radio product by the end of April (hat tip to Engadget). Last.fm announced in its forums Tuesday that it wants to concentrate on “scrobbling”, meaning music recognition and recommendation, going forward, and that it will rely on YouTube and Spotify for its music player. The move was widely expected after Last.fm rolled out a YouTube-based radio player in January.
Video advertising company Tubemogul wants to raise $75 million through a listing on the New York Stock Exchange. Read more »
Remember the time De La Soul offered all of its albums as free downloads — only to see the server hosting those downloads go down under the load of excited fans? That won’t happen with the pioneering Hip Hop group’s new digital project: De La Soul has teamed up with BitTorrent to release a new mixtape called Smell the DA.I.S.Y. as a free BitTorrent bundle download. The release is in support of the J Dilla Foundation, which supports music programs in inner-city schools.
Crackle isn’t crackling anymore in the U.K.: The Sony-owned video service will close shop in the market by the beginning of April. Read more »
Food Network programming has disappeared from Amazon Prime Instant just one year after both companies announced a licensing agreement for hundreds of episodes. Read more »
Major League Baseball’s MLB.tv launched on Microsoft’s Xbox One Tuesday, giving users of Microsoft’s new game console a way to watch live baseball games as well as replay full games from the archives. As always, blackout rules apply, and users need to have an Xbox Live Gold subscription as well as a MLB.tv Premium subscription — but if you are a cord cutter who want to follow your team from back home, this may be the best way to do it.
Get ready for Epic Rap Battles to come to Disney World any day now: Disney has officially acquired Maker Studios for $500 million. Read more »
Roku just launched version 3.0 of is remote control app for iOS, Android and Kindle Fire, and the new app doesn’t just look better, it also offers universal search for movies and TV shows across Roku channels. It’s a feature that Roku introduced for its set-top boxes last year, but it makes even more sense on the mobile, where text input is easier to handle. As before, the apps also support local content playback.
Data collected by a music tech hacker reveals that people tweet a whole lot more about SoundCloud than about Spotify or Pandora. Read more »
A proposed new Apple service that resurfaces a dicey issue about Comcast’s online TV business just when the company is about to face new merger conditions? That’s some funny timing. Read more »
AT&T should get paid by Netflix for making more interconnecting capacity available, argues the company’s SEVP Jim Cicconi. It’s just the latest in an increasingly public fight about peering. Read more »
Is Apple getting ready to build its first Android app? Declining digital music sales may force the company to break with long-held beliefs. Read more »
Netflix CEO Reed Hastings suggested tongue-in-cheek this week that the company could switch to P2P video streaming to avoid peering troubles with ISPs. Would that actually be possible? Read more »
Can’t find any good 4K content for your brand-new 4K TV? Samsung wants to help — with a ridiculously overpriced hard drive bundle. Read more »
That security camera that’s staring at you in a store may just be there to scare off shop lifters — but it could also be used to help the store owner decide where to put which products. Read more »
The BBC wants to give its viewers a way to catch-up on shows that have aired a few weeks ago, and also plans expanding support for Google’s Chromecast streaming stick. Read more »