Black Friday means that you can save money on devices like Google’s Chromecast, the new Roku 2 or even an Apple TV. Here are the best deals for cord cutters. Read more »
YouTube’s most recent Android app contains a number of references to premium music features, suggesting that the site’s music subscription service could launch soon. Read more »
Japanese TV fans got one more option to get their movie fix this week: Amazon launched its Instant Video service in Japan Tuesday, according to the Hollywood Reporter. The offering has 26,000 movies and TV show episodes available for rent and purchase, but Amazon isn’t currently offering a Prime Instant-like subscription to Japanese customers. The launch coincided with the introduction of the Kindle Fire HDX in Japan.
Google’s Chromecast streaming adapter may get all the attention these days, but Google TV is still around as well — and it just got a small boost from French telco SFR, which is now offering an Android-based TV set-top box to its DSL subscribers. The device offers users access to Google Play, YouTube and Chrome, and combines those apps with live broadcast TV. This is the second such operator partnership for Google, which has been selling Android-powered set-top boxes to LG U+ customers in South Korea for some time. And it’s one more example of Google slowly moving away from the Google TV moniker, something we first reported in October.
BitTorrent Inc. has teamed up with VICE Media, and the first result of this collaboration is a behind-the-scenes look at the shooting of Lady Gaga’s latest music video. Read more »
What if you could ditch cable, but keep the ability to record shows on a DVR? Tablo wants to make that a reality with a new DVR for cord cutters. Read more »
Google just added another major retailer to distribute its Chromecast streaming stick: Walmart started selling Chromecast in its stores as well as online Monday. The addition of Walmart comes just days after news broke that Chromecast now also sells at Staples as well as via Verizon’s and Motorola’s websites, and in time to make the device a big seller this holiday season.
Katie Couric is leaving ABC News for Yahoo, where she will become David Pogue’s new boss, and do some features for Yahoo’s homepage. Read more »
Soundrop may have started as just another Spotify app, but the collaborative listening platform has outgrown its former host, and is now also on Deezer. Read more »
Chill.com is closing down its premium content distribution platform by December 15. Maybe selling content like Louis CK isn’t that easy, after all? Read more »
Hot on the heels of the HBO Go app launch, as well as signs that more apps may be supported soon, comes the news that Chromecast is now more widely available for sale. Google’s TV streaming stick started selling at Staples stores as well as through the retailer’s website this week. Motorola is also selling the device through an online store you probably didn’t know existed, and Verizon has begun to sell it online as well as in its flagship store in the Mall of Americas in Minneapolis as well. There’s no word on when Chromecast will find its way into regular Verizon stores, or other retailers, just yet.
Netflix recently launched a new, unified user interface across most connected devices, but the company made an exception for Microsoft’s Xbox One. The Netflix app on the Xbox One, which was internally code-named “Project Halo” was custom-designed for the game console, and Netflix’s Lead UX Designer Michelle Koh and visual designer Trevor Cleveland show off their work on Behance.
Chromecast currently only supports a limited number of apps, but many more could be available soon, thanks to Google getting ready to release the Google Cast SDK. Read more »
Al Jazeera’s AJ+ is an ambitious attempt to produce news for a generation that doesn’t watch news networks on TV anymore. Here’s a first behind-the-scenes look. Read more »
Hola, Elmo: Hulu added a number of new shows to its Hulu Plus kids section Thursday, including episodes of the Sesame Street in English and Spanish, as well as shows like Strawberry Shortcake, Bob the Builder, Bratz and Angelina Ballerina. All of the content is on a non-exclusive basis, meaning that you’ll likely recognize much of it from Netflix — but it’s nonetheless interesting that Hulu is continuing to invest in kids content, which seems to be working well for all online services. And adding Spanish-language titles to the mix is an interesting twist. Hulu launched its Latino offering in late 2011, and has since struck a number of deals to get content for its Spanish-speaking audience.
Sports fans just got another way to keep up with their favorite teams: ESPN has completely revamped its ScoreCenter app, and is now calling it SportsCenter. Read more »
Intel is getting ready to sell its yet-to-be-launched OnCue TV service, and Verizon is emerging as the most likely buyer. Read more »
Good news for everyone lining up to get an Xbox One: Microsoft’s new game console will have a YouTube app available at launch, after all. YouTube announced the app on its blog Wednesday, explaining that it will make use of both voice and gesture control, and […] Read more »
HBO Nordic isn’t getting much love in Sweden, where a recent survey found Netflix more than ten times as popular. Read more »
The Xbox One promises to combine state-of-the-art video gaming with live TV and streaming apps. Check out or hands-on video for a closer look at the device’s entertainment offerings. Read more »
Rdio may have tripled the number of new sign-ups this year, but the company still laid off a reported 35 people Tuesday to cut costs. Read more »
Apple TV users just got another option to watch Antiques Roadshow: PBS launched an app on Apple’s streaming box Tuesday, promising access to “thousands of hours of your favorite PBS programming.” But don’t expect whole seasons of Downton Abbey: Amazon got an exclusive for that show, […] Read more »
YouTube became inaccessible on the web as well as on mobile and connected devices since a little after 2pm PT Monday, but came back around 30 minutes later. Read more »
Sling rolled out a number of new features to its retail customers Monday — but how will the company’s technology fare once it’s adopted by cable operators with their convoluted TV Everywhere rules? Read more »
Video chatting could soon get a whole lot easier — if only the major browser makers could agree on a common standard. So what’s WebRTC, and why are folks still fighting about it? Read more »
Much like detective Linden, Netflix just can’t let go: The streaming service just revealed that it has renewed crime drama The Killing for a final, six-episode fourth season. This is actually the second time for Netflix to save The Killing: AMC canceled the show after season […] Read more »
Google is looking to hire people to bring Chromecast abroad, and a leak hints at an impending launch of HBO Go support. Read more »
Comcast plans to launch a digital download store for movies and TV shows by the end of the year, according to Reuters. The cable operators plans to offer videos for sale on its website as well as through its cable boxes, presumably to offer subscribers access to more fare than its existing VOD service has in stock. For the studios, this would be another way to push people towards buying digital movies – but is anyone really interested in owning a movie anymore?
Shelby.tv launched an app, then shut it down, then launched another app too late… now it’s back with yet another iteration. Is third time a charm for the social video startup? Read more »
Roku just turned AOL On into its default news source, adding videos right to its home screen. But are such exclusive partnerships really good for consumers and publishers? Read more »
SoundCloud celebrated its fifth birthday Wednesday, and the Berlin-based startup marked the occasion by revealing an interesting usage data point: SoundCloud users now upload twelve hours of audio every minute, according to a blog post penned by the company’s CEO Alex Ljung. That’s impressive, but also shows that audio still isn’t as ubiquitous as video on the web. To compare, YouTube surpassed 13 hours of video uploads per minute a little more than two years after its launch. Nowadays, people upload more than 100 hours of video per minute to the service.
The major pay TV operators have lost a total of 113,000 customers during their last quarter, according to new numbers from independent research firm MoffettNathanson, by the way of the Los Angeles Times. Time Warner Cable took the biggest hit, losing more than 300,000 subscribers thanks to its retransmission fight with CBS. Most of those were absorbed by DISH, DirecTV and At&T, but some decided to cut the cord entirely. It’s worth noting that Craig Moffet long questioned whether cord cutting even existed. This week, his research note said that “the pay-TV industry has reported its worst 12-month stretch ever.”
Arnold Schwarzenegger is not the only fan of YouTube Capture: The app is now used for a third of all YouTube uploads from iOS devices. That’s why YouTube added some updates. Read more »
Netflix is bringing a completely revamped UI to smart TVs and connected devices – and it moved away from Webkit and HTML5 to bring the same features to less powerful devices. Read more »
Google is getting ready to search all your apps. Publishers could benefit, but Samsung may not be too happy about the move. Read more »
Move over, cat videos: More than a third of all YouTube view time can be attributed to videos that are 20 minutes or longer. Read more »
Hulu is looking to partner with pay TV operators to offer Hulu Plus as a bundle or add-on to a pay TV subscription, reports the Wall Street Journal. Talks with operators like Comcast, Time Warner Cable and Cox are still in early stages, according to the paper, but Hulu hopes to eventually have its service included on set-top boxes and become a kind of one-stop-shop for the industry’s authenticated catch-up TV offerings.
ESPN and Disney channel shows are coming to Roku – but to watch it, you’re going to need a pay TV subscription with the right TV provider. Read more »
ISPs who use Netflix’s Open Connect caching appliances have fewer slow-downs during prime time, the company argues. Read more »
Netflix continues to be by far the biggest source for residential internet traffic in North America, and the company is starting to have an impact on Europe’s ISPs as well. Read more »