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Akamai is rolling out new capabilities to its HD Network for video distribution that will make it even easier for content owners to securely distribute content to nearly any device. Targeting new UltraViolet services, Akamai hopes to simplify distribution while adding more security features for customers. Read more »

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Dijit’s new iPad app expands on mobile features that were already available by taking advantage of the tablet’s larger screen. Viewers can access local TV listings, get recommendations from their Facebook friends, and gather more information about the cast and crew of the shows they’re watching. Read more »

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Those in the consumer electronics industry sometimes cite TV replacement cycles in the range of anywhere from six to eight years. But rapid adoption over the last five years suggests that low prices and new features are spurring consumers to replace their HDTV sets more often. Read more »

lithium

Lithium Technologies has raised a $53.4 million funding round led by New Enterprise Associates and SAP Ventures. The round includes existing investors Benchmark Capital, DAG Ventures, Emergence Capital, Greenspring Associates, Shasta Ventures and Tenaya Capital, and brings total funding to more than $100 million. Read more »

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Those days of watching hours of Netflix together may soon end.

Netflix announced that members watched more than 2 billion hours of video on its streaming video service in the fourth quarter. That comes out to about 83 hours of video per account during the quarter, or an average of 54 minutes of Netflix video each day. Read more »

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While Hulu has mostly built its audience by featuring popular new programming, it’s also building a recommendations system to introduce viewers to new content. It’s leveraging those recommendations with a new set of ads aimed at getting users hooked on shows they didn’t known about. Read more »

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Today, TV might be where people go to be entertained. But make no mistake about it: New entrants are building audiences without being burdened by the cost structure of the traditional TV ecosystem, making them more nimble and a potential threat to bigger media players. Read more »

set-top box

Video discovery startup SetJam just got acquired by Motorola Mobility, according to CEO Ryan Janssen. The company will provide some personalization and recommendations technology which can be integrated into Moto set-top boxes, as its cable and IPTV customers seek to provide more IP- and cloud-based services. Read more »

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Charter Communications picked up one of the hardest-working men in the cable business when it named Tom Rutledge as its CEO. And it couldn’t have come at a more critical time, as Charter faces consumer demand for TV Everywhere and increasing competition from streaming services. Read more »

vidscale

VidScale wants to make more efficient use of existing infrastructure, by introducing content delivery network and transparent caching technology into their networks. It’s been chosen by Avail-TVN, which is helping network operators to roll out TV Everywhere services and offer more streaming content to users. Read more »

Miso Horizontal

Miso is rolling out the latest update to its second-screen app platform, letting users create second-screen experiences that go along with shows they’re watching. The new product adds a crowdsourced aspect to the types of companion content that viewers see when they launch the Miso application. Read more »

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The latest update from Justin.tv live streamed gaming site TwitchTV is in, and it shows pretty impressive growth. In six months since launch, TwitchTV has grown to more than 12 million uniques per month, with visits increasing about 15 percent each month. Read more »

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Social video ad firm Jun Group has raised a small bit of funding, a full six years after being founded. The New York City-based company, which specializes in serving video ads into social environments like casual games, has raised $2.5 million from Western Technology Investment. Read more »

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When he released his latest special straight to consumers and without DRM protection, Louis C.K. asked fans not to torrent the file. That didn’t exactly work as planned, and the special is already on The Pirate Bay. But does that mean his distribution experiment failed? Read more »

Sanjay Mathur of LiveOps and Maksim Ovsyannikov of Rypple at GigaOM Net:Work 2011

How do you get the most out of collaborative teams? It helps if you can quantify their performance and provide feedback to workers. At GigaOM’s Net:Work 2011, executives from LiveOps and Rypple said measurement was key to improving collaboration between teams of contract workers and experts. Read more »

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