Crackle isn’t crackling anymore in the U.K.: The Sony-owned video service will close shop in the market by the beginning of April. Read more »
Food Network programming has disappeared from Amazon Prime Instant just one year after both companies announced a licensing agreement for hundreds of episodes. Read more »
Major League Baseball’s MLB.tv launched on Microsoft’s Xbox One Tuesday, giving users of Microsoft’s new game console a way to watch live baseball games as well as replay full games from the archives. As always, blackout rules apply, and users need to have an Xbox Live Gold subscription as well as a MLB.tv Premium subscription — but if you are a cord cutter who want to follow your team from back home, this may be the best way to do it.
Something is wrong when publishers — and likely Apple — are paying consumers to go shopping at Amazon. Here’s the latest from an ebook investigation that jumped the shark some time ago. Read more »
A newspaper’s leaked internal presentation on performance metrics and expectations for reporters has caused a furor about the rise of “hamster wheel” journalism, but the strategy also gets a lot of things right about where media outlets need to be focusing Read more »
Customers who bought agency-priced ebooks between 2010 and 2012 are receiving credits for those books as a result of the publishers’ settlements with the states. Kindle customers appear to be the first to get those credits. Read more »
Lara Setrakian, a former foreign correspondent for ABC News, started Syria Deeply because she believed that a news site focused on a specific topic would fill a need in the journalism marketplace — and she is planning to expand that idea with other sites like Arctic Deeply Read more »
Get ready for Epic Rap Battles to come to Disney World any day now: Disney has officially acquired Maker Studios for $500 million. Read more »
Roku just launched version 3.0 of is remote control app for iOS, Android and Kindle Fire, and the new app doesn’t just look better, it also offers universal search for movies and TV shows across Roku channels. It’s a feature that Roku introduced for its set-top boxes last year, but it makes even more sense on the mobile, where text input is easier to handle. As before, the apps also support local content playback.
Data collected by a music tech hacker reveals that people tweet a whole lot more about SoundCloud than about Spotify or Pandora. Read more »
More and more publishers are choosing to tie the compensation they give their writers to some kind of traffic-based measurement — but short-term metrics like pageviews and unique visitors are inherently flawed, and as such aren’t always a good measure of actual value Read more »
The New York Public Library will offer book recommendations to readers through its website via a new partnership with NYC-based startup Zola Books. Read more »
A proposed new Apple service that resurfaces a dicey issue about Comcast’s online TV business just when the company is about to face new merger conditions? That’s some funny timing. Read more »
A court ruled that Pandora should pay songwriters about the same amount as AM/FM stations. The ruling may seem fair, but it disguises the much deeper problems of an outdated system for compensating musicians. Read more »
AT&T should get paid by Netflix for making more interconnecting capacity available, argues the company’s SEVP Jim Cicconi. It’s just the latest in an increasingly public fight about peering. Read more »
Is Apple getting ready to build its first Android app? Declining digital music sales may force the company to break with long-held beliefs. Read more »
Netflix CEO Reed Hastings suggested tongue-in-cheek this week that the company could switch to P2P video streaming to avoid peering troubles with ISPs. Would that actually be possible? Read more »
Blogging platform Medium is now available for iPhone, offering custom reading lists based on who they follow on Twitter. Read more »
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 »