Networking giant Ericsson has just beefed up its broadcast services portfolio – on Monday it said its takeover of Red Bee Media, announced in July 2013 with an undisclosed price, was finalized following regulatory approval. Red Bee started off as the BBC’s commercial broadcast management arm (multi-platform distribution, marketing and so on), before being sold off to Australia’s Macquarie in 2005. Ericsson’s own broadcast services efforts began in 2007, but they now benefit from an extra 1,500 employees in Europe (mainly the UK) and Australia, along with a formidable client roster ranging from the BBC and BSkyB to carriers such as EE and brands such as Hyundai.
In a few weeks, you’ll be able to knock another item off the list of things Chromebooks can’t do offline: Support for downloading and then playing Google Play Movies and TV Shows without an internet connection is on the way. Read more »
Book startups face a number of challenges — not least of which is the fact that they are competing with Amazon. Read more »
Apple’s plan to spend $3.2 billion for Beats will have ramifications for everyone from Spotify and Rhapsody to Amazon and Google. Read more »
An internal report that looked at how the New York Times is performing in terms of its digital strategy says the paper needs to focus a lot more on audience engagement and analytics — but can it take the steps necessary to disrupt its traditional culture? Read more »
Netflix just raised its price for $8 to $9 a month, but existing subscribers won’t feel the increase for another two years. Read more »
Amazon is delaying shipments of many Hachette print titles as the companies fight over new terms. Amazon likely wants larger discounts on Hachette books. Read more »
Muve Music has two million paying subscribers, making it one of the most successful subscription music services. But how many would stick around after a sale? Read more »
Felix Salmon is right when he says that only journalists really care about who broke the news about a specific event — what really matters to readers is whom they trust to give them context and understanding Read more »
In this part of our special report on reinventing the internet, the radical changes that reinventing TV on the internet would bring to the underlying economics. AMC, the channel that’s home to Don Draper and Walter White, might lead the way. Read more »
Tons of people are already following radio stations and individual shows on TuneIn. That’s why the service is now relaunching with a more social model. Read more »
Rhapsody has made a strategic investment in a company that specializes in monetizing DJ mix sets. Maybe we will get to hear some of them on Rhapsody soon? Read more »
Dropcam is launching image recognition technology associated with its line of Wi-Fi-enabled cameras as well as a line of sensors. Read more »
Orange is the New Black will be back, and then some: Netflix just renewed its hit show for a third season a month before the second season premieres on the service. Read more »
Eliot Higgins is a blogger — also known as Brown Moses — who has become a leading source of information about Syria, and his success shows how anyone with the right motivation can train themselves to perform many of the key functions we associate with being a journalist Read more »
Microsoft’s biggest foray into exclusive content may actually not be all that exclusive: The company is negotiating with Showtime about a partnership for its Steven Spielberg-produced Halo TV show, according to a Variety report. The deal could lead to episodes of the show first airing on Showtime, and then making their way to the Xbox, where Microsoft wants to add interactive features – something Microsoft executives somehow forgot to mention during a recent press event focused on their original content efforts.
Automattic, the parent company of popular blog-hosting and publishing platform WordPress, has raised a funding round of $160 million to help it develop better online and mobile tools for publishing, a round that values the company at over $1 billion Read more »
To promote its new horror drama Penny Dreadful, Showtime turned to sites like YouTube and Hulu as well as to mobile wallet apps. Read more »
Chromecast users just got a few more options to beam movies, TV shows and music to the TV screen: Video subscription service Redbox Instant added support for Google’s Chromecast streaming adapter to its Android app this week. Indie movie streaming service Fandor also recently added Chromecast support to its iOS, Android and web apps, and the Android Music app SoundTracker now supports casting as well.
Building an advertising-based business from scratch is hard. When we first decided that a platform should have non-traditional advertising, people thought we were crazy (they still do!). We could have plastered our pages with annoying, intrusive banners and hit the jackpot. But we took the long road instead, putting discovery at the center. Read more »
Hulu, like Netflix before it, has tripped over a law that prevents video services from disclosing what their customers are watching. Read more »
Netflix doesn’t tell viewers which networks the shows it licenses originally ran on, which is upsetting TV executives. Read more »
Kamcord, a startup that helps developers to integrate video capturing and sharing technology into their games, has raised a $7.1M Series A round. Read more »
With its latest update, Snapchat is embracing messaging and live video. Read more »
Video curation startup Frequency wants to make it easier for TV makers and pay TV operators to add online video to their devices. Read more »
Rdio is working on launching a new free and ad-supported offering during thre second half of this year. The service will also get more non-music content from part-owner Cumulus. Read more »
Reference publishers are suffering since so much information is available free on the internet. Ebook subscription site Scribd sees reference books as a key component of its service and announced a partnership with Wiley on Wednesday. Read more »
Flipps wants to help publishers to cast their media to as many screens as possible, and the company just raised $2.4 million in new funding to do so. Read more »
70 percent of all U.S. TV viewers love to binge watch, and a notable chunk of them would actually pay more if they had access to a whole season. Read more »
Building an advertising-based business from scratch is hard. When we first decided that a platform should have non-traditional advertising, people thought we were crazy (they still do!). We could have plastered our pages with annoying, intrusive banners and hit the jackpot. But we took the long road instead, putting discovery at the c Read more »
Verizon just became the second ISP to get paid by Netflix for direct peering with the video service. This should lead to faster Netflix streams for Verizon customers, but possibly also more disputes about peering. Read more »
Alibaba spent a whopping $1.2 billion on a stake in the Chinese video service Youku. However, the investment could be less than one percent of Alibaba’s IPO valuation. Read more »
Creating original series for the Xbox owners is, according to Microsoft’s Nancy Tellem, “the opportunity to develop content on a premium level.” But how is the media giant approaching this new platform for distribution? Read more »
Comcast’s controversial plan to acquire Time Warner Cable took a step forward on Monday, as the company confirmed it will shed cable subscribers. The plan doesn’t address ongoing concerns over broadband consolidation. Read more »
Is Netflix going to add P2P technology to its streaming service? A new job offer suggests that the company is at least looking into the possibility. Read more »
One day, Pandora wants to serve billions of people worldwide. To make that happen, it has started to hire people who know a thing or two about international expansion. Read more »
We are surrounded by social tools and the interactive web, and yet many journalists and media outlets — both mainstream and digital-native — still fail to use these tools to create a truly two-way relationship with the people formerly known as the audience Read more »
Spotify is getting close to having 10 million paying subscribers worldwide, according to a Guardian report that cites unnamed music industry sources with the estimate that the music subscription service will hit that milestone “in the next few months.” Spotify last shared subscriber numbers a year ago, when it had six million paying and 24 million active users. A Spotify representative also told the paper that it added more than one million active users in the last four months.
Former Apple executive Tim Bucher’s Lyve Minds is starting to sell its first product, the personal media backup device LyveHome. Read more »
While the internet debates the death of network neutrality, the Comcast and Time Warner Cable merger back-and-forth continues. Sen. Al Franken released Netflix’s response to his request for its thoughts on the proposed merger. Netflix, needless to say, doesn’t like it. In details that have not been aired publicly, the letter accuses Comcast of abusing its market power to charge Netflix an interconnection fee to reach its customers — the first time Netflix has ever paid such a fee to an ISP. However, if the FCC has its way on net neutrality, this may just be one of many fees Netflix will find itself paying.