Are you tired of trying to enter long and cryptic Wifi passwords with your phone’s on-screen keyboard? Then maybe it’s time that router makers came up with a better solution. Read more »
Engadget has some interesting details about the next Google TV device coming from Sony: After the company tried everything from integrating the platform into TV sets to Blu-ray players to standalone boxes, it’s now going down the Chromecast route and putting the whole system on a dongle. Except, this one will offer HDMI pass-through for live TV access as well. No word yet when the device will officially be unveiled.
Samsung isn’t the only one looking to launch a smartwatch. Google quietly snapped up a smartwatch company last year that could lay the foundation for its own wrist-bound products. Read more »
Here’s yet another way to consume Reddit: A new Roku channel makes it possible to check out photos posted to the site on your TV. Read more »
New York-based direct film distribution platform VHX has raised $3.2 million in funding from Union Square Ventures, William Morris Endeavor and existing investors, reports AllThingsD. The company offers Louis CK-like direct distribution for film makers and standup comedians alike, and its biggest get so far was Aziz Ansari’s comedy special Dangerously Delicious. VHX generated $2 million in revenue last year, and raised $1.25 million in seed funding in June of 2012.
Peel has tried for some time to become the next-generation TV remote control. But things only took off when it started to team up with mobile phone makers. Read more »
What if Pandora could automatically recognize who you’re enjoying your music with, and change its personalized station based on these kinds of social settings? Read more »
Online video is getting more popular with older viewers, and mobile viewing is growing all around the world. Read more »
Google is adding HD video quality to its video chats. But the upgrade isn’t just about looks: It’s part of a bigger move towards open standards and a plugin-free video chat experience. Read more »
Net neutrality advocates won’t like Time Warner Cable’s new Xbox app, which gets subscribers access to live streams of up to 300 TV networks without counting against their data caps. Read more »
Arrested Development will finally become a movie, at least if the show’s creator Mitch Hurwitz has his ways. Hurwitz also said in an interview that he’s working on another secret project for Netflix. Read more »
iOS users just got another option to back up photos and synchronize files: BitTorrent’s Sync app is now available on iOS. Read more »
Now this is cool: A small dongle turns any Google TV device into a Z-Wave compatible home automation and security hub. Read more »
How did Intel Media manage to scale from zero to a nearly-finished pay TV service in less than two years? Part of it were a few key acquisitions. Read more »
Love binge watching Netflix shows like Orange is the New Black and House of Cards? Then you have to thank this guy: The L.A. Times has a great profile of Netflix Chief Content Officer Ted Sarandos, who started out as a video store clerk and now has Hollywood all abuzz about releasing entire seasons of a show at once, and refusing to give out ratings. Best choice quote from House of Cards director David Fincher: ”When somebody offers you exactly what you’re asking for, be smart enough to say ‘yes.’”
Recent reports could make you think that Apple, Sony and Google are all getting ready to launch their own pay TV services any day now. Time for a reality check. Read more »
YouTube just significantly raised access limits to its API, making it easier to develop apps for the site. Except if you are Microsoft, that is. Read more »
Variety’s Andrew Wallenstein stumbled across an interesting tidbit in Netflix’s recent 10-Q filing: The company is saying that it may be seeing “higher than initially expected” binge viewing activity for Netflix originals like House of Cards and Orange is the New Black. Why would it be a bad thing if its shows were really popular, you may ask? Because the money spent on this type of content would amortize faster than planned, and Netflix would eventually have to spend even more on content to keep its subscribers watching.
“I cannot describe to you the frustration I feel at the way these negotiations have gone. Never in my most pessimistic moments did I ever think that they would have lasted this long and have been so difficult.”
CBS CEO Les Moonves in a memo to his staff about the ongoing retrans fight with Time Warner Cable.
Youtubecaptions.com offers YouTube users an easy ay to get their videos transcribed if they don’t want to rely on the video site’s automatic speech recognition. Read more »
Quualcomm has bought media streaming startup Orb Networks, which stopped working on its products and will shut down its servers by the end of the year. Read more »
Blip Networks, which transformed itself from a generic YouTube alternative to a platform for serialized online video, is being bought by one of YouTube’s biggest networks of publishers. Read more »
Beats Music has been busy compiling thousands of playlists with the help of a small army of freelancers – but internal documents show that record store clerks with attitude aren’t welcome. Read more »
Al Jazeera America can’t be watched on Time Warner Cable, AT&T Uverse or online – but the network’s corporate parent seems to be readying a new online offering. Read more »
Just hours after releasing its new Android app, YouTube is following up with a new iOS app that brings most of the new features to iPads and iPhones as well. This includes the ability to scour for new videos while you’re watching one, with a kind of picture-in-picture mode, as well as advanced preview capabilities for Chromecast and other DIAL-capable devices. Check out all the details on YouTube’s blog, or download the app via iTunes.
Netflix is quickly transforming itself into a next-generation pay TV network: The company just inked a deal with the Weinstein Company to get access to movies before other TV outlets. Read more »
With its new lineup of devices, TiVo is finally catching up to the age of streaming: Not only is TiVo adding out-of-home streaming, but the devices will also finally have good-looking apps for YouTube, Netflix and Co. Read more »
Streaming locally stored videos and music with Google’s Chromecast streaming stick just got a lot easier: Android hacker Koushik Dutta released an app this weekend that streams any video from your phone’s gallery, Google Drive or Dropbox to a Chromecast device within the same network. And the best thing: It’s not based on Google’s SDK, so you don’t need to jump through extra hoops to make it work. Check out a video of it here, and download the latest release of the Android app here.
Al Jazeera started blocking U.S. visitors from accessing its news videos on YouTube this week. In light of the clashes in Cairo, timing couldn’t be worse. Read more »
Just when you thought that those enterprising third-party Chromecast developers have tried everything, they’re taking it one step further: Leon Nicholls, who previously experimented with local content playback, online shopping and other cool stuff on Chromecast, has managed to hook up his Kinect to a web app running on Google’s new TV stick. The result is a video playing via Chromecast that can be controlled with simple gestures, and us wondering what folks like Nicholls come up with next.
Giorgio Armani, Ralph Lauren and… Michelle Phan? YouTube’s most popular makeup artist has launched her own makeup line in partnership with L’Oréal Luxe. Read more »
Adap.tv, the ad exchange that AOL agreed to buy for $405 million last week, may have a problem with ads running on bogus sites where they are viewed only by bots, according to an Adweek report that quotes multiple researchers and ad buyers, some of which deemed between 30 and 80 percent of Adap.tv’s ad impressions suspicious. The company denies any wrongdoing, but it may just be part of a bigger problem in an industry where hidden ads are standard practice.
Aereo won’t say how many subscribers it has gained from CBS going dark on Time Warner Cable, but there’s data showing that interest in Aereo is definitely up. Read more »
A number of companies including Apple, Intel, Sony and Google have reportedly been trying to secure rights to build an online pay TV offering, and now we’ve got news about the first brokered deal. Sony struck a preliminary agreement to stream Viacom’s TV stations online as part of its still-unannounced TV service, the Wall Street Journal is reporting today. Expect more of those deals to become public over the coming months.
The spat between Google and Microsoft may be about more than just a YouTube app for Windows Phone. Google is now alleging that Microsoft’s mobile browser technology makes it impossible to develop modern HTML5 apps. Read more »
ESPN is opening up streaming of the ESPN3 feed on its WatchESPN iOS app to college students and military personnel that use an on-campus or on-base Wifi network. The cable network, which previously only served up live streams on iOS to pay TV customers, is slated to announce the change as part of the relaunch of its iPad app Thursday. The new app comes with a revamped UI and a number of new features, including the ability to watch a live stream and an archived video at the same time – because, what else is there to do in a dorm room, right?
(Updated at 7:50am to clarify that this only covers ESPN3 live streaming.)
Love talking about food, but don’t like to invest a lot of effort into video production? Then you might be a good candidate for Tastemade, which just got a new round of funding. Read more »
Forget video conferences: Perch wants to connect office workers through always-on video feeds via wall-mounted iPads. Read more »
I tested Google’s new Chromecst TV dongle for three weeks, and it quickly became my default way to watch Netflix and YouTube. Here’s what I liked about and what’s missing from Chromecast. Read more »
Apple has bought Matcha.tv, a social TV startup that shut down three months ago. Here’s what this says about the social TV space as well as Apple’s ambitions. Read more »