Can’t find any good 4K content for your brand-new 4K TV? Samsung wants to help — with a ridiculously overpriced hard drive bundle. Read more »
Like Level 3, Netflix is asking the FCC to make interconnection agreements a network neutrality issue as online video demand and the court decision gutting the Open Internet Order force the FCC to revisit how the web is regulated. Read more »
The BBC wants to give its viewers a way to catch-up on shows that have aired a few weeks ago, and also plans expanding support for Google’s Chromecast streaming stick. Read more »
Pat McGovern, the visionary behind a tech publishing and IT research giant, and philanthropist behind the McGovern Institute for Brain Research died Wednesday. Read more »
Are digital services like Pandora paying their fair share to support musicians? A new ruling will add fuel to the debate: here’s all the details. Read more »
Well this is interesting: Lip sync videos and other fan adaptations of pop hits make record labels more money that the official music videos produced by the labels themselves, according to a report by the Toronto Star (hat tip to hypebot). The paper quotes Universal’s global head of digital business saying calling fan videos a massive growth area, and adding: “We’re very excited about the creativity of consumers using our repertoire and creating their own versions of our videos.” The flow of money is largely due to the fact that YouTube gives record labels the option to monetize third-party videos that use their music, instead of taking them down.
In a manifesto for where he wants to take Bloomberg Media, new CEO Justin Smith talked about expanding the financial news giant’s reach on the web — including a rethinking of its Businessweek strategy — as well as moving aggressively into mobile and video Read more »
Crowdsourced Wifi network operator Fon is getting ready to launch a new product called Gramofon, and we were able to dig up some photos as well as other details ahead of its official launch. Read more »
Even the biggest media companies are being buffeted by the task of collecting and using mass amounts of consumer and audience information — even as the media business itself continues to shift. Read more »
Well, hello there: Chromecast is now available in 10 European countries as well as Canada, and the BBC and some other big publishers are ready to cast. Read more »
Google just rolled out its Play Movies service, which offers Hollywood Blockbusters for rent or sale, in a whole bunch of additional countries — 39, to be precise, including a number of countries in Central and South America, Europe and Africa. This means that Google Play Movies is now available in about 60 countries around the world. However, TV show episodes are still just available in Australia, Japan, United Kingdom, United States.
Longtime Pandora CTO and SVP of Product Tom Conrad is leaving: Conrad announced with a blog post Tuesday that he will be “transitioning to an adviser role” in three months, which is corporate speak for leaving, but on good terms. Former Pandora VP of Engineering Chris Martin has been promoted to Chief Technology Officer, and the company has started to look for a Chief Product Officer. Conrad can be credited for shaping Pandora’s technology strategy, which involved an early focus on mobile, and more recently, an embrace of open standards for connected TV and whole-home audio platforms.
Viacom ended its $1 billion copyright lawsuit against Google over unauthorized YouTube uploads. The companies now plan to work more closely together. Read more »
Sonos is giving its mobile controller apps a much-needed overhaul, starting with the Android app. More support for third-party apps could also be on its way. Read more »
Once again, you’ll be able to watch all 67 March Madness games live online, or on your iPad, iPhone or Android device. But roughly two-thirds of the games will require authentication. Check out our guide for all the details. Read more »
BitTorrent-based video streaming app Popcorn Time may be the media darling of the moment, but it doesn’t account for a whole lot of P2P traffic — at least not yet. Popcorn Time usage makes up for less than 1 percent of torrent downloads in March, according to Variety, which tapped German P2P analytics company Excipio for the data. Popcorn Time offers users the ability to stream videos directly as opposed to having to download them first to their hard drives. The app first surfaced in early March, got briefly shut down by its own developers soon after, and resurfaced only days later on different servers.
Former New York Times blogger Nate Silver launched his new data-driven site FiveThirtyEight on Monday morning, but can he find a broad enough — and deep enough — market for the kind of number-oriented explanatory journalism he wants to focus on? Read more »
Pocket Casts just added Chromecast support to the Android version of its podcast app, making it easier to cast audio and video shows to the TV. Read more »
The deal is indicative both of Vodafone’s current wealth and of the European trend toward converging and consolidating fixed-line and mobile services. Read more »
Forget browsing your TV guide by show names — how about you look for the topics that everyone is talking about right now instead? TV data startup Boxfish, which just raised $7 million, believes it can make this happen. Read more »
People often argue that Twitter is unreliable, but when tweets are looked at in the aggregate they can confirm important events before traditional news sources do. Read more »
Even for a fan who donated to the cause, the effort required to watch crowd-funded “Veronica Mars” on its opening day was just maybe above-and-beyond, thanks to Warner Bros. Read more »
Bonjour and guten Tag, Chromecast: Google seems to be set to launch its streaming adapter in Germany, France, the U.K. an possibly a number of additional markets next week. Read more »
Spotify competitor Rdio has acquired the Indian music subscription service Dhingana, according to local media reports that have since been confirmed by Dhingana executives. The acquisition could be a way for Rdio to quickly get access to a huge market, but it comes after Dhingana had to shut down because it wasn’t able to secure licenses from one of the country’s biggest record labels. Rdio said in a release posted on Dhingana’s website that it wants to launch in India later this year.
Leaks show that Amazon has developed a game controller for an Android device. Is it an accessory for the company’s TV streamer, or part of an even more ambitious video game initiative? Read more »
Advertising Age is taking a deep dive into the future of content marketing, bringing together with the nation’s biggest brands and media leaders at the Digital Conference in New York, April 1 and 2. Read more »
Got a Chromecast streaming stick? Then you can now cast media from Plex, even without paying for a PlexPass subscription. Plex also added automatic personal media uploads to its iOS app. Read more »
Netflix is getting three new original kids shows from DreamWorks Animation, and all of them are based on existing characters. Maybe this will make up for Dora disappearing a year ago? Read more »
Facebook is pulling the trigger on its video ad unit, which it began testing back in December. Read more »
A local man used his drone to capture striking footage of the Harlem explosion, showing both the benefits and the problems of casual drone use. The FAA meanwhile is scrambling to keep up. Read more »
The world is increasingly expecting good design, as everything from platforms to products incorporates this thinking. This philosophy should extend to your company’s communication. Good design reflects your company brand, helping you deliver information in an effective and engaging manner. Read more »
The idea of “fair use” provides a critical exception to copyright law for artists, journalists and others. Increasingly, courts are asking if the new use is “transformative” – does this make sense? Read more »
Home entertainment revenues have been on a steady decline in the U.K. since 2008, but in 2013, that trend got reversed by Netflix and Amazon’s Lovefilm, according to a report from the Guardian. Video subscription services like Netflix and Lovefilm grew 120 percent last year, the paper said, quoting a recent report by the British Entertainment Retailers Association. Digital music services like Spotify and Deezer also fared well, growing 34 percent, but physical media sales were down 8 percent, and now only make up 40 percent of the home entertainment market.
Well, that was fast. Neil Young’s Pono startup, which wants to build a high-resolution digital music player by the same name, shot past its $800,000 funding goal on day one of its Kickstarter campaign. Pono launched a Kickstarter campaign to finance the production of its player Tuesday morning, and at 10pm, it already had raised more than $925,000. This also means that the discounted $200 Pono players are all gone, but backers can still secure a player for $300, which is $100 less than what Pono wants to sell the device for this fall.
Beats Music raised a big round of new funding, according to multiple reports that put the total amount raised between $60 million and $100 million. The new raise comes after Beats secured a $60 million round of financing a year ago, once again proving the point that digital music is a really expensive business. Beats competitor Spotify, for instance, has raised close t0 $540 million so far, and is now looking to go public to bring in more cash.
Spotify wants to keep the Echo Nest open for third parties, but Rdio’s CEO says that he doesn’t want to share his company’s data with a competitor. Read more »
Amazon’s TV streamer will have apps for Netflix and Hulu Plus, and will possibly support DIAL, but don’t hold your breath for a YouTube app. Read more »
The Kickstarter campaign for Pono, the high-resolution music startup founded by Neil Young, is live, with an ambitious goal: Pono wants to raise $800,000 within the next 34 days to fund the production of its portable music player. Early backers have a chance to pick up a Pono player for $200, as opposed to the $400 retail price it will be selling for this fall. Other rewards include posters signed by Neil Young and a private dinner with the rock star. The campaign page also includes a few more technical details, including that Pono will play FLAC files with bit rates of up to 9216 kbps.
Netflix wants to go to Europe later this year, and the CEO of French operator Orange just spilled the beans about a possible partnership. Read more »
The early adopter tax on the first-generation Kindle Paperwhite is nearly gone: A software update is now available that brings Goodreads, Kindle FreeTime and more to the e-reader, bringing it up to par with the newest Kindle Paperwhite model. Read more »