Radio stations all around the world play thousands of songs this very minute. A new site dubbed Radio Search Engine makes all of that music searchable. Read more »
Hulu revamped its Hulu Plus UI on some connected devices last year, and viewers responded by sticking around a lot longer. Read more »
Consumers complaining of poor Netflix and YouTube streams on certain ISP networks are the pawns in a fight over internet business models. Too bad knowing why this happens doesn’t fix this problem. Read more »
Despite the hubbub over the revelation that well-known Youtube gaming channel Machinima takes “marketing partnerships” with game companies that essentially amount to paying vloggers to hype up followers about games, and the mounting gray area over whether such a thing is ethical, the FTC told Polygon that it can’t really do anything about it from a legal standpoint.
Apparently because the FTC guidelines are just guidelines, they are unenforceable in a court of law. There is a possibility that the FTC could go after a big player, like Machinima or the game companies it works with, for unsavory practices at some point, but until then, it’s best to stay smart about which media sources you trust.
Europe’s in the process of thrashing out its first explicit net neutrality legislation, and amendments made on Thursday mean ISPs and content providers will no longer have a legally-protected right to strike deals with one another. Read more »
Is NewsCred a news company or an ad company or a software service? The answer is all three. That, along with its partnerships with names like the New York Times and P&G, is a big reason to take notice of the young company. Read more »
TiVo is laid off most of its industrial designers, according to a Wired report, which initially speculated that this may be part of a bigger strategy shift that would result in TiVo exiting the hardware business. TiVo has since assured me that the company will continue to make hardware, and in fact has plans for future retail products. Of course, TiVo has seen most of its growth coming from its operator business for some time, but last year, it nonetheless revamped its entire hardware line. This story was updated on 1/23 with additional information made available by TiVo.
HBO and Showtime didn’t like a recent media release by the NPD Group that suggested their subscriber numbers are down. The research company took another look at its data – and agreed. Read more »
Lively wants to give concert-goers an option to catch a show of their favorite band, and then listen to a recording of that show on their way home. Investors thought that’s worth $2 million. Read more »
Netflix is getting ready to overhaul its pricing structure and introduce three pricing options for new members. The announcement comes as the company grows to 44 million members worldwide. Read more »
Gradual copyright enforcement legislation, also known as three-strikes laws, don’t curb piracy: That’s the result of a new study that looked at the effectiveness of France’s anti-piracy legislation, which fines and disconnects users after repeat warnings. Researchers found, according to Torrentfreak, that this simply results in users getting smarter about piracy, shifting from monitored file sharing networks to other sources for unlicensed downloads.
Technology marketing conference announces David Pogue, new tech columnist at Yahoo and former New York Times tech columnist, as the fifth and final addition to the keynote lineup. Read more »
The former owners of the Washington Post have relaunched a news-curation and recommendation app called Trove, which they hope will encourage users to find and share content in new ways — but the curation market is a crowded one Read more »
Intel had it all: An A-list team, an intriguing product and even a number of contracts with TV networks, just waiting to be signed. So why did the company end up selling its OnCue TV service to Verizon? Read more »
What if you could record a movie just by looking at? This appears to be one of Hollywood’s deep fears at the moment — but the feds jumped the gun this week by arresting a man wearing Google Glass in a cinema. Read more »
The developer of Freevo, a pioneering media center app for Linux, Windows and OS X, announced that the app won’t receive any future updates. Freevo, which was first released in 2002, combined DVR and media playback capabilities for home theater PCs. Freevo’s developer wrote Monday on a mailing list that Freevo has been surpassed by other technologies including the media center competitor XBMC and Google’s Chromecast.
After his offer of a co-ownership deal was rebuffed, Wonkblog founder Ezra Klein is leaving the Washington Post for his own venture — a departure that reminds more than one media watcher of how the Post lost what would eventually become Politico. Read more »
Verizon is buying Intel Media’s assets to build out its own FiOS service and eventually also offer TV over the internet. But behind all of this is one big plan: to take on former ally Comcast. Read more »
Verizon is buying Intel Media, the Intel unit that has been developing an internet-based television service called OnCue. Read more »
Updated. The iPhone app for Beats Music, the much-anticipated music subscription service that is spearheaded by Jimmy Iovine, went live in Apple’s iTunes app store ahead of its official launch Tuesday morning. Beats will also be available on Android, but the app can’t be found on Google Play yet – and we just got words from Beats that the version on the app store (1.0.0) isn’t actually the final launch version, so installing may not get you very far. Beats has a big focus on mobile; new users that want to take advantage of the services 7-day free trial need to go through an onboarding process that is only available through its mobile apps. A sign-up page with links to the apps is also already available online. This post was updated at 9:12pm with more information on the iOS app.
Netflix apps are available on more than 1000 different devices, but have so far been absent from cable boxes. This is now changing, starting with a cooperation launched in Sweden. Read more »
The team behind the open source video player VLC released an updated iOS version through the iTunes app store on Monday that brings an iOS 7-optimized look to the app. The new version 2.2 also includes a number of new features, including support for streaming media directly from Dropbox or Google Drive, multi-touch gestures and improved UPnP support, which should make the app a better companion for network-attached storage drives. As always, VLC is free and ad-free.
What do you get if you take three of YouTube’s most talented stars, a defining experience like summer camp, and an engaged community willing to open their wallets? In the case of Camp Takota, it may just be a glimpse at the future of indie movies. Read more »
The way Grantland reported a story involving a transgender woman has raised a host of troubling questions, but also reinforced how stories that might once have remained in a specific niche can jump the tracks and smash headlong into competing viewpoints, thanks to the web Read more »
Ars Technica revealed a report that showed Microsoft had an “astroturfing” deal with Youtube gaming empire Machinima. What does it all mean for gaming journalism ethics? Read more »
TV viewers love Netflix, Hulu Plus and Amazon Prime Instant. But while these services are growing, premium cable channels are getting ditched. Read more »
Much like television is experiencing a diversity of new and niche content thanks to the change in distribution wrought by broadband, the enterprise is experiencing a similar explosion of software. Read more »
Looking to watch Broncos-Patriots or Seahawks-49ers on the internet? Here’s a guide that shows how some people have a lot more choices than others. Read more »
An appeals court has struck a blow for free speech and freedom of the press by ruling that First Amendment protection should be available to bloggers, regardless of whether they fit the definition of who qualifies as a journalist. Read more »
Believe it or not, the evolution in television consumption will mimic what happened in mobile phone industry. Here’s how. Read more »
ABC’s brutal restriction of next-day online episodes to cable customers and Hulu Plus subscribers only may have led cord-cutters to turn to pirated content sites. Read more »
Are you using someone else’s HBO GO password to watch True Blood? Don’t worry, you’re not keeping HBO CEO Richard Plepler awake at night. Instead, he thinks of it as marketing. Read more »
It’s true: Digg is doing original content, and one of its first pieces is a great long-form read titled “Is this thing on?” The article has radio journalist Stan Alcorn wondering why there are tons of viral videos on the internet, but rarely any viral audio stories. Alcorn found one great exception from that rule, but it’s not a podcast — and it may be hard to replicate. A must read for everyone interested in the future of radio, podcasts and online storytelling.
Financial documents that Forbes magazine has been handing out to potential buyers show that while the company is doing better than some other publishers, its rumored asking price of $400 million is extremely aggressive based on its revenue growth and profitability Read more »
Google knows a lot about what people listen to because its Play Music service knows what’s in users’ MP3 libraries. A new tool lets people investigate which albums, artists and genres are most popular over time. Read more »
Rdio is now letting U.S. listeners use its music subscription service for free — on the web, anyway: The music service announced Thursday that it is allowing users to listen as much as they want on its website. Rdio is monetizing the new free offering through ads, which are sold by its new partner Cumulus. Ad-free listening still costs $10 a month. The announcement comes a day after Spotify announced that it is removing limits to free listening in all of its territories, and less than a week before Beats Music launches its service in the U.S.
Wikipedia has traditionally only accepted open media formats. But now it’s considering a change in tune to finally get more video contributions. Read more »
AOL chief executive Tim Armstrong dreamed of building a national platform for hyper-local journalism, but after spending more than $300 million and six years, the company has finally thrown in the towel and sold the unit off Read more »
Got a movie that’s popular on Kickstarter? Then you may be able to get even more money from Vimeo. Read more »
Kids in Germany, France, Australia and across Latin America just got another way of watching cartoons on the iPad: Movile expanded its Play Kids service into 24 new countries. Read more »