HBO Nordic isn’t getting much love in Sweden, where a recent survey found Netflix more than ten times as popular. Read more »
Google is stepping up its media game with the launch of Newsstand, a Flipboard-style reading app for Android that also supports subscription walls for newspapers and magazines and replaces its existing Currents reader Read more »
Mobile presents a major challenge to marketers: how to recognize and reach audiences programmatically with support for sophisticated targeting and measurement models while adhering to consumer privacy practices. Here we delve into how mobile RTB — enabled by a new approach to device identification — meets this challenge. Read more »
The “New York Times Minute” launched today, featuring a video with three highlights from current news. Read more »
The Xbox One promises to combine state-of-the-art video gaming with live TV and streaming apps. Check out or hands-on video for a closer look at the device’s entertainment offerings. Read more »
From the front room of his flat in a British suburb, an unemployed man with no journalistic training named Eliot Higgins has become the go-to source for information about weapons and military activity in Syria Read more »
Apple TV users just got another option to watch Antiques Roadshow: PBS launched an app on Apple’s streaming box Tuesday, promising access to “thousands of hours of your favorite PBS programming.” But don’t expect whole seasons of Downton Abbey: Amazon got an exclusive for that show, which means that episodes only show up “for a limited window following the on-air broadcast,” according to a statement given to AllThingsD’s Peter Kafka. Also new on Apple TV: An app for Yahoo Screen, Yahoo’s very own video portal.
Amazon took its first serious plunge into original content beyond pilots last week. It says “Alpha House” was the most popular show on Amazon over the weekend. Read more »
A day after Amazon’s Kindle Fire tablets got a software update, so too does its Paperwhite. Like the tablets, the Paperwhite gains deeper Goodreads integration while also adding some new parental controls that could help children read more. Read more »
Digital First Media CEO John Paton, a vocal critic of paywalls for newspapers, says his chain is rolling out subscription plans because it has to — but he still doesn’t think they are a long-term strategy for media Read more »
YouTube became inaccessible on the web as well as on mobile and connected devices since a little after 2pm PT Monday, but came back around 30 minutes later. Read more »
Sling rolled out a number of new features to its retail customers Monday — but how will the company’s technology fare once it’s adopted by cable operators with their convoluted TV Everywhere rules? Read more »
Video chatting could soon get a whole lot easier — if only the major browser makers could agree on a common standard. So what’s WebRTC, and why are folks still fighting about it? Read more »
Is the current fad of native advertising confusing consumers? A gaggle of experts from the government and tech and media industry will discuss the issue on December 4. Read more »
Got a Kindle Fire tablet? Starting today, you can get new features including deeper Goodreads integration and a function called Second Screen that can wirelessly “fling” video content from a Kindle Fire to a PlayStation 3 or Samsung HDTV set. Read more »
Sports leagues filed a petition in support of broadcasters’ request to shut down Aereo at the Supreme Court. The filing shows how Aereo has become a high-stakes threat, and provides a window into the evolving economics of digital TV. Read more »
The world of web video has changed dramatically since 2004, when iconic host Veronica Belmont first began covering the tech industry online. What changes has she seen, and what has she learned over the years? Read more »
Blogger Andrew Sullivan, whose site has crossed the $800,000 mark in reader funding, is launching a monthly subscription-only magazine that he says will be filled with longform essays, audio interviews and even poetry. Read more »
Much like detective Linden, Netflix just can’t let go: The streaming service just revealed that it has renewed crime drama The Killing for a final, six-episode fourth season. This is actually the second time for Netflix to save The Killing: AMC canceled the show after season two in 2012, but Netflix stepped in and partnered with the network for a third season that didn’t get any better ratings, prompting AMC once again to axe the show this year. However, all three seasons remain available on Netflix, where they have apparently performing well enough to warrant the investment. There’s no word yet on when the fourth season will come to Netflix, but it will once again be released in bulk, and available to all Netflix subscribers worldwide.
Google is looking to hire people to bring Chromecast abroad, and a leak hints at an impending launch of HBO Go support. Read more »
This post from the New York Times‘ Open blog talks about the architecture and algorithms underpinning its content-personalization engine. Its experience speaks to some larger trends around companies moving from batch to stream processing and to cloud services overall. The Times’ recommendation engine used to rely on MapReduce jobs that ran every 15 minutes, but now relies on a homegrown real-time system. It used to run on Cassandra, but now runs on Amazon’s DynamoDB service.
The television industry is in the middle of a shift, but so far most consumers are content to keep both their pay TV subscription and shell out of over-the-top services. How long will that be true? Read more »
Longtime digital hold-out Harpers has finally joined the mobile world. Here’s a look, plus some new observations on sub-compact publishing by 29th Street, an emerging leader in the digital magazine world. Read more »
A new media startup called Beacon wants to give journalists who may not have the ability — or the desire — to run their own site a way to connect with readers who might want to subscribe. I spoke with the founders about their model. Read more »
It’s a heavy duty podcast this week as we talk book scanning, printing metal and quantifying yourself with the new UP24. Read more »
Comcast plans to launch a digital download store for movies and TV shows by the end of the year, according to Reuters. The cable operators plans to offer videos for sale on its website as well as through its cable boxes, presumably to offer subscribers access to more fare than its existing VOD service has in stock. For the studios, this would be another way to push people towards buying digital movies – but is anyone really interested in owning a movie anymore?
Shelby.tv launched an app, then shut it down, then launched another app too late… now it’s back with yet another iteration. Is third time a charm for the social video startup? Read more »
Roku just turned AOL On into its default news source, adding videos right to its home screen. But are such exclusive partnerships really good for consumers and publishers? Read more »
SoundCloud celebrated its fifth birthday Wednesday, and the Berlin-based startup marked the occasion by revealing an interesting usage data point: SoundCloud users now upload twelve hours of audio every minute, according to a blog post penned by the company’s CEO Alex Ljung. That’s impressive, but also shows that audio still isn’t as ubiquitous as video on the web. To compare, YouTube surpassed 13 hours of video uploads per minute a little more than two years after its launch. Nowadays, people upload more than 100 hours of video per minute to the service.
The major pay TV operators have lost a total of 113,000 customers during their last quarter, according to new numbers from independent research firm MoffettNathanson, by the way of the Los Angeles Times. Time Warner Cable took the biggest hit, losing more than 300,000 subscribers thanks to its retransmission fight with CBS. Most of those were absorbed by DISH, DirecTV and At&T, but some decided to cut the cord entirely. It’s worth noting that Craig Moffet long questioned whether cord cutting even existed. This week, his research note said that “the pay-TV industry has reported its worst 12-month stretch ever.”
Arnold Schwarzenegger is not the only fan of YouTube Capture: The app is now used for a third of all YouTube uploads from iOS devices. That’s why YouTube added some updates. Read more »
This year has seen many product refreshes for Apple (a aapl) — including the super high-end Mac Pro — but the Apple TV system has been suspiciously absent from the proceedings. But it’s coming soon, if an analyst report spotlighted by 9to5Mac is on target. Analyst Ming-Chi Kuo predicts that in 2014, Apple TV will use an A7 chip, but that the long-term goal is a set-top box in 2015 or 2016. Both products are reasonably predictable — the A7 upgrade is an easy one to make, and Apple already has patents for a set-top box in place — so it’s worth keeping in mind.
Netflix is bringing a completely revamped UI to smart TVs and connected devices – and it moved away from Webkit and HTML5 to bring the same features to less powerful devices. Read more »
This is the last post we’ll publish from paidContent as we move our media coverage under one Gigaom umbrella and a new Media channel. Read more »
Move over, cat videos: More than a third of all YouTube view time can be attributed to videos that are 20 minutes or longer. Read more »
Hulu is looking to partner with pay TV operators to offer Hulu Plus as a bundle or add-on to a pay TV subscription, reports the Wall Street Journal. Talks with operators like Comcast, Time Warner Cable and Cox are still in early stages, according to the paper, but Hulu hopes to eventually have its service included on set-top boxes and become a kind of one-stop-shop for the industry’s authenticated catch-up TV offerings.
ESPN and Disney channel shows are coming to Roku – but to watch it, you’re going to need a pay TV subscription with the right TV provider. Read more »
Like BuzzFeed, Vice Media often gets dismissed as a joke, or something not worth paying attention to — but it is hiring hundreds of journalists, and is part of the future of media whether traditional journalists like it or not Read more »
Tim Ferriss, the author of popular how-to lifestyle books like “The 4-Hour Body,” says he is launching a custom publishing venture aimed at audio-books. As part of his new venture, which Ferriss calls a book club, he is buying up the audio-book rights to titles that […] Read more »
ISPs who use Netflix’s Open Connect caching appliances have fewer slow-downs during prime time, the company argues. Read more »