In preparation for next week’s NewFronts, YouTube has developed a new initiative to showcase the top five percent of channels for advertisers. But how much YouTube-born talent is going to be considered “Google Preferred”? Read more »
With the launch of The Upshot from the New York Times, there are now three major sites going after the “explanatory journalism” market. Each has its own unique flavor, but is the market for that kind of content really large enough to support that many sites? Read more »
Illustrated storytelling platform Storybird is moving beyond picture books and rolling out a platform to let users create longer, serialized stories with art. Read more »
Move over, cable box, there is a new kid in town: Time Warner Cable customers can now buy Fan TV to access live television and online video services. Read more »
The Supreme Court is worried that granting the broadcasters’ request to shut down Aereo would imperil cloud computing – but the Justices also expressed deep skepticism about Aereo’s tiny antenna design. Read more »
AT&T is creating a streaming video service thanks to a $500 million joint venture with the Chernin Group, a producer of a variety of television and media content. Read more »
The fight over Aereo, which has had the TV industry buzzing for months, is going to the Supreme Court on Tuesday: here’s what you need to know. Read more »
The New York Times is launching The Upshot, a new site that its editor says will offer a combination of data journalism and explanatory reporting — and also try to go head-to-head with new high-profile projects like Ezra Klein’s Vox and Nate Silver’s FiveThirtyEight Read more »
Netflix wants to launch on U.S. cable boxes this quarter. First in line could be Suddenlink and RCN. Read more »
Hey, Ma Bell! Your peering policies are so lame, your fiber network is slower than DSL! That’s essentially the insult that Netflix is flinging at AT&T in a shareholder letter accompanying the streaming video service’s first quarter financials. The gist of the accusation is that by refusing to sign an interconnection deal with Netflix, AT&T’s customers are getting a streaming experience that sucks. It’s the same tactic Netflix employed with Comcast, putting the customer in the middle of an esoteric fight about internet interconnection agreements. Absent FCC intervention, we’ll see if the Netflix strategy works a second time around.
Netflix will raise its streaming prices for the first time since 2010 this quarter. New customers may soon have to pay as much as $10 per month. Read more »
Samsung has stopped selling apps on its smart TV platform, and is offering refunds to some consumers who have bought apps in the past. Read more »
Beats Music, the newly-launched music subscription service spearheaded by Jimmy Iovine, is in the midst of raising another $60 million to $100 million in funding, according to a Billboard report that notes that the company spent tens of millions on advertising, including its Super Bowl TV spot. However, a Beats Music spokesperson denied those claims, sending us the following statement via email: “Beats Music is not in any active process of raising more funding.” Billboard also reported that some in the music industry are disappointed by Beats Music’s uptake, while insiders unsurprisingly say that first numbers exceeded expectations.
Updated at 10:48am with a statement from Beats Music.
Instead of a paywall around its existing content, Slate is trying to convince its biggest fans to become members of a community — membership that will bring them additional benefits, including preferential access to writers and editors at the site. But will it be enough to move the revenue needle? Read more »
Samsung’s Milk Music has been downloaded 380,000 times despite only being available for select Samsung handsets. Samsung now plans to launch a premium version of the service. Read more »
Joss Whedon has taken inspiration from comic books and Shakespeare — his latest muse? Beyonce. The fanboy god surprised his fans tonight by releasing the newest film from his production company, exclusively on Vimeo On Demand. Read more »
Record companies are using obscure state laws to take another legal whack at Pandora. Making a scapegoat out of the internet radio service is unlikely, however, to make new money for musicians. Read more »
Thievery Corporation is a Washington DC-based duo that defined and popularized a genre of music loosely called globetronica. They just released their latest album, Saudade. I caught up with Rob Garza (one half of the group) to talk about Internet, creativity, streaming, Pandora and Spotify. Read more »
Some consumers want better-sounding audio recordings, and some companies are ready to sell them snake oil, believes Meyer Sound founder John Meyer. Read more »
Chet Kanojia, the man behind the company that could transform the TV industry, has some very big ideas about how to manage the airwaves and how people will watch television five years from now. Read more »
An appeals court has ruled that a blogger is a member of the media for the purposes of defamation law — another decision that helps support the idea of protecting acts of journalism, rather than just specific people who are defined as professional journalists Read more »
LG likes Chromecast’s way of casting media to the TV. So instead of copying it for webOS, the company decided to integrate casting into an open SDK capable of playing nice with multiple devices. Read more »
App developers will have a new way to reach potential users on Twitter: The company announced Thursday that it will support mobile-app install cards, meaning that users can install apps directly from a tweet. The ads will be powered by MoPub, the ad exchange Twitter acquired in the fall of last year, and will work for both iOS and Android phones. The apps are installed via Twitter’s Card system, and Twitter mentioned participation from Spotify, Kabam, HotelTonight and Deezer. It’s arguably Twitter’s highest-value ad yet, and could stand to bring in good revenue for the company as it establishes its ad network.
Music subscription service Spotify is getting ready to switch its data delivery technology from P2P to a server-client model, according to a TorrentFreak report. Spotify has long been using P2P for its desktop client, but not for mobile and web listening, and it makes sense that the company is looking to streamline its data delivery as mobile usage grows and bandwidth prices continue to decline. With the shift, Spotify is also closing the book on a little-known part of its past: uTorrent creator Ludvig Strigeus started working for Spotify after he sold his company to BitTorrent Inc. That sale was facilitated by none other than Spotify CEO Daniel Ek, who briefly served as uTorrent’s CEO.
U.S. Sen. Al Franken has written to Netflix asking its opinion on Comcast’s efforts to buy Time Warner Cable, implying that Netflix is a good indicator of the potential consumer and content harms of the deal. In his letter, Franken touches on peering challenge, noting that Comcast implied that it was no big thing in its hearing before the Senate Judiciary committee. Since Netflix wasn’t at the hearing, perhaps Sen. Franken just wants to get Netflix’s comments on the record. And while, we aren’t Netflix, if Sen. Franken is interested, here’s how we think regulators should view the deal.
The future of the media business continues to be an important and oftentimes confusing discussion. Here are a few thoughts. Read more »
Twitter appears to have backed down in a legal fight over who can use dead celebrity images. The case could have broader ripples for online expression. Read more »
Netflix is getting ready to launch in Germany in September, according to a local media report, and preparing an advertising campaign for multiple German cities. Read more »
Tubi TV is launching with 3,000 movies and TV show episodes on Amazons Fire TV as well as Roku’s set-top box and Microsoft’s Xbox 360. Read more »
iPhone media sharing app DabKick wants to make it easier for you to meet new people, so it introduced a room feature that lets you chat away while watching TV together. Read more »
Goodreads users can now automatically import the print and ebooks they’ve purchased on Amazon into their Goodreads accounts. Read more »
There’s no end in sight for Apple’s legal misery over an alleged ebook conspiracy. New court reports scold the company, and clear the way for a damages trial to start on July 14. Read more »
The makers of Big Buck Bunny and Sintel are raising money for a new animated feature film — but the campaign is still far from being completely funded. Read more »
There are more ways than ever to measure traffic, readership, attention and engagement with our content. But all that means is there are even more things to distract us from the important questions about who we are trying to reach and how. Read more »
After seven years of producing premium quality content, My Damn Channel is expanding its focus to talent management — and taking on a new name to do so. Read more »
Aereo must go before the Supreme Court next week to explain how its tiny antenna service, which has rattled the TV industry, is legal. Here’s how it will make the case. Read more »
Gramofon wants to connect your home stereo system to Spotify, much like many other connected speaker and home audio players. The unique twist? It will also offer shared Wi-fi. Read more »
Netflix may have only signed the peering agreement with Comcast because it had to, but the results clearly show a better performance for Comcast subscribers. Read more »
The Guardian has been experimenting with limited-edition printed newspapers that are produced by algorithms, based on the sharing habits of readers, and is rolling out a new version in the U.S. soon. But is that really what we want from our newspapers? Read more »
Mohu’s Channels is gaining basic time-shifting functionality as well as local file playback, thanks to a successful Kickstarter campaign. Read more »