Are you using someone else’s HBO GO password to watch True Blood? Don’t worry, you’re not keeping HBO CEO Richard Plepler awake at night. Instead, he thinks of it as marketing. Read more »
It’s true: Digg is doing original content, and one of its first pieces is a great long-form read titled “Is this thing on?” The article has radio journalist Stan Alcorn wondering why there are tons of viral videos on the internet, but rarely any viral audio stories. Alcorn found one great exception from that rule, but it’s not a podcast — and it may be hard to replicate. A must read for everyone interested in the future of radio, podcasts and online storytelling.
Rdio is now letting U.S. listeners use its music subscription service for free — on the web, anyway: The music service announced Thursday that it is allowing users to listen as much as they want on its website. Rdio is monetizing the new free offering through ads, which are sold by its new partner Cumulus. Ad-free listening still costs $10 a month. The announcement comes a day after Spotify announced that it is removing limits to free listening in all of its territories, and less than a week before Beats Music launches its service in the U.S.
Wikipedia has traditionally only accepted open media formats. But now it’s considering a change in tune to finally get more video contributions. Read more »
Got a movie that’s popular on Kickstarter? Then you may be able to get even more money from Vimeo. Read more »
Kids in Germany, France, Australia and across Latin America just got another way of watching cartoons on the iPad: Movile expanded its Play Kids service into 24 new countries. Read more »
Playboy.tv wants to bring adult entertainment to Chromecast, and is developing an Android app to do so. But will Google allow this? Read more »
Google brought its Google Play Movies and TV app to iOS Wednesday, making it easier for users of the service to watch rented and bought videos on their iPad or iPhone. The app also includes Chromecast support, making it possible to beam titles to Chromecast-equipped TV screens. However, there’s one thing amiss: Users won’t actually be able to rent or buy any movies or TV shows through the app — Google apparently wasn’t willing to send Apple checks for its 30 percent cut on in-app purchases.
One of the bigger surprises at CES was Hisense with its new line of Vidaa smart TVs, which are based on Android and show where Google TV is going now that it isn’t called Google TV anymore. Read more »
http://online.wsj.com/news/articles/SB10001424052702303754404579312904182126302 Verizon’s FIOS TV is the first pay TV provider to get a new, customizable kids TV channel dubbed My Nick Jr. from Viacom in the coming months, according to a Wall Street Journal report. Parents will be able to pick themes like “get creative” to […] Read more »
No matter what you think of Megaupload founder Kim Dotcom, you have to admit that he has a talent to rally the masses — and now, Dotcom wants to take that talent to the next level. Dotcom took to Twitter Tuesday to say that he is […] Read more »
Guten Tag and bonjour, Netflix: As the streaming video service is looking to expand further into Europe, it may come to Germany and France next. Read more »
http://uk.reuters.com/article/2014/01/12/uk-deezer-dailymotion-france-idUKBREA0B09420140112 Samsung is in negotiations to strike a commercial agreement with and possibly acquire a stake in the Paris-based music subscription service Deezer, according to French media reports relayed by Reuters. Deezer seems like an interesting target for Samsung: The service is already available in a […] Read more »
http://www.latimes.com/entertainment/envelope/cotown/la-et-ct-katzenberg-youtube-20140113,0,5717603.story DreamWorks Animation and YouTube are going to launch a new daily video show called YouTube Nation on the service Tuesday. The show will highlight “some of the best and most interesting videos” on the service every day, according to the Los Angeles Times. Each episode […] Read more »
Beats Music isn’t going to launch for another week, but we found the door to its website unlocked, and couldn’t help us but snoop around. Read more »
Beats Music has kept its user interface and key details on the pricing of its offering secret — until now: We got a screenshot showing the service’s UI across three platforms. Read more »
CES isn’t just about big TVs from huge consumer electronics manufacturers. This year, a number of smaller companies showed off interesting new products. Here are three of them. Read more »
Pandora wants to establish a common standard for internet-connected loudspeakers — and it’s looking to the TV space for inspiration. Read more »
Cord cutting-friendly DVR maker Simple.tv showed off cloud storage integration for videos at CES in Las Vegas this week, and Simple.tv CEO Mark Ely hinted at plans to launch a European version of the company’s second-generation device in the U.K. as early as April. Read more »
We took a first look at the new Roku TV that Roku announced at the consumer electronics show in Las Vegas this week. Read more »
IDrive’s new IDrive Safe uses USB hard drives instead of cloud storage to back up data remotely. Read more »
Google may be getting ready to add Chromecast support to its Google+ mobile apps: A resourceful Google+ user has found Chromecast icons in the latest version of the Google+ Android app, suggesting that the app could soon be used to cast photos and videos to a […] Read more »
Channel Master wants its new DVR+ to be the TiVo of people who don’t like to pay TiVo’s fees – and now, it’s developing whole-home DVR functionality as well. Read more »
Vizio is working on glasses-free 3D, but the company’s CTO told me that it won’t be ready to sell that technology until 2016. Read more »
Plex is signing up “hundreds of thousands” of new users every month. Now, it wants to give those users even more features for personal media. Read more »
Former Apple executive Tim Bucher has teamed up with Qualcomm to build the first product of his new personal media storage startup Lyve Minds, Gigaom has learned. Qualcomm’s chips are being used inside of the company’s LyveHome device, which will go on sale some time this […] Read more »
Tablo may have missed the goal of its Indiegogo campaign, but it’s nonetheless getting ready to ship, and showing off some new developments at CES. Read more »
Sony wants to launch its own online TV service with a cloud DVR and live TV feeds. The service will scheduled to go into testing in the U.S. later this year. Read more »
Tim Bucher’s stealth startup Black Pearl System left us guessing — but at CES, he told and showed us everything about the company’s new product LyveHome Read more »
Netflix is firmly in the 4K camp at this year’s CES. The streaming service announced 4K partnerships with four major TV makers on Monday. Read more »
Samsung’s new TVs can identify what you are watching, and suggest related YouTube videos. This could be a first step towards contextual smart TV apps. Read more »
Qualcomm’s new CEO thinks that mobile technology is starting to push the industry forward in other areas as well. It could even one day help build better servers, he hinted. Read more »
Dorky product names? Check. Features that will make broadcasters antsy? Check. Dish announced a number of updates to its Hopper DVR at CES in Las Vegas Monday, including a new extender called Super Joey that makes it possible to record up to eight shows at the […] Read more »
One of the big trends at CES are internet-connected speakers, and for good reason: Industry pioneer Sonos has seen a lot of attention lately as people are turning from local digital files to cloud music. Read more »
Consumers seem to love Chromecast, and they’ve long been hating their cable box. So what if pay TV came through a Chromecast-style dongle? Read more »
Sphero 2B looks different than the original Sphero balls, and it looks like a lot of fun. But the company is also adding some interesting new apps to play with its robots. Read more »
Roku is beating Apple to the punch and releasing an actual TV at CES: The company teamed up with TCL and Hisense to produce a variety of co-branded TV sets. Read more »
Netflix just added director’s commentary to the fist season on House of Cards, giving its subscribers the option to re-watch the political drama with audio commentary from all six season one directors, including most notably David Fincher. It’s a smart move that adds a new twist to the show in time to get people excited for season two, which is coming to the service in February. It also goes to show that original content comes with added benefits for Netflix, including the ability to add new features like this extra audio track, or the 4K resolution that Netflix will offer for season two.
An ongoing legal fight between major record labels and video hoster Vimeo could finally decide whether internet users have the right to record lib dub videos of popular songs, according to the Hollywood Reporter. The lawsuit against Vimeo is heading to appellate review, and one of the issues that is going to be explored there is the legality of lip dubs. Another question raised in a decision this week: Does a video site have knowledge of infringement if some of its employees watch an infringing video?
Gracenote is about to release a new API that will allow anyone to build their own Pandora-like personalized online radio offering. Read more »