DramaFever is going to launch dedicatd platforms for documentaries and horror movies later this year and early next year. Read more »
In a series of interviews, BuzzFeed founder Jonah Peretti talked with blogger Felix Salmon about the rise of Huffington Post, the evolution of BuzzFeed and the future of media. It’s really long, so we picked out the most interesting and/or important parts Read more »
Dish is moving fast on getting its new internet-based TV service up and running, and it is targeting cord cutters as customers for the new service. Read more »
A Dutch startup called Blendle has built what it calls an iTunes for news that allows users to pay small amounts for individual newspaper and magazine articles, something the newspaper industry has dreamed about for some time — but efforts to create one have repeatedly failed Read more »
Glenn Britt spent four decades in the cable industry and saw the transition of the pay TV business from selling analog TV to selling digital services, including broadband. Read more »
Amazon is blocking pre-orders on Warner Bros. DVDs as the companies negotiate a new contract. Read more »
Sony’s PlayStation TV mini console will be able to access the company’s music and video services — and likely also play a key role in launching its TV service. Read more »
The Authors Guild has lost yet another legal battle in a long-running dispute over who can access digital copies of library books created under Google’s book-scanning program. Read more »
A new report from the World Association of Newspapers shows that more people than ever are reading the news, both in print and online — but paying for it is getting harder, as ad revenue continues to fall and digital fails to make up the difference Read more »
German TV conglomerate ProSiebenSat.1 has acquired a significant stake of the European music streaming service Deezer, according to a report by local newspaper Die Welt. The companies didn’t release any details about the transaction, but ProSiebenSat.1 is said to hold less that 50 percent of Deezer now, and plans to roll up its own music venture Ampya into the service. Deezer is said to have 16 million active users per month, and there have been rumors that the company may launch in the U.S. this year.
Every year Cisco puts out its estimates for how the internet and IP traffic will grow. By 2018, it believes global IP traffic will reach 1.6 zettabytes, or 1.6 trillion gigabytes. Read more »
Medium founder Evan Williams tried to clear up some of the confusion around whether his site is a platform, a publisher or a kind of magazine — but some of that confusion can’t be dispelled because the service has elements of all three. Sometimes it’s okay to experiment Read more »
The recent decision of video streaming website Justin.tv to get rid of its archives and delete countless videos hosted on its website prompted the digital archivists of the Archive Team into action: Wirth the help of a number of volunteers, the Archive Team managed to download all Justin.tv videos with more than 10 views, totaling 10TB in archived video content, according to a tweet by Textfiles.com founder Jason Scott. The team apparently also considered to download videos with fewer views, but that would have brought the total amount of data to be saved to 1.1 petabyte – which may explain why Justin.tv decided to get rid of the archives in the first place.
Want to watch the World Cup while at work, on the go, or without cable? Then check out our ultimate guide with all the links you need to know. Read more »
Time Warner has spun off its magazine-publishing arm as a separate company, but the legendary firm faces the same challenge as the New York Times and other traditional media players: How to get from a print-centric world to a digital one Read more »
No more finger-pointing from Netflix, at least not within its apps: The streaming service is suspending a controversial congestion notice program. Read more »
The people behind Paul Mitchell hair products and Patron tequila are launching a mobile carrier. ROK Mobile will be a smartphone-centric virtual operator, but it’s not focusing on data. It’s focusing on music. Read more »
VLC wants to add media casting capabilities to its iOS and Android apps as well as to its desktop players. Read more »
Amazon is largely considered the bad guy as the negotiations with Hachette continue. But not everybody feels that way. Read more »
SCOTUSblog is recognized as one of the leading sites for analysis and commentary on Supreme Court decisions, but it has been unable to get accreditation as an official media outlet from either the court or the Senate press gallery’s committee of journalists Read more »
The use of online video services is growing quickly in the U.S., and ten percent of pay TV subscribers are getting ready to cut the cord. Read more »
After what seemed an eternity, Google Chromebook owners can finally watch Google Play video content offline on their devices. Earlier last month Google announced this requested feature was coming and on Thursday night, the company launched it with a short post on Google+. Chromebook users will first need to install a new Google Play Movies and TV extension in order to download video purchases or rentals for offline playback. Of course, if the screen on your ChromeOS device isn’t big enough, there’s a Chromecast button to send video wirelessly to a larger display.
So who’s to blame for your lousy Netflix streams? Netflix pointed the finger at Verizon, but the telecom giant is not taking the accusation lightly. Read more »
Google has launched its Chromecast streaming stick in Brazil, where the device is selling for R$ 199 (about $87.95) through local retailers. That’s a pretty big markup from the $35 pricing in the U.S., but electronics in general tend to be pretty expensive in Brazil. And for everyone keeping score, this newest expansion means that Chromecast is now available in 19 countries around the world, including large parts of Europe, Australia, Japan, South Korea and Canada.
Shelby TV is closing down its apps and service next month as the team transitions to Samsung. Read more »
RebelMouse, the social-aggregation platform founded by Paul Berry — the former chief technology officer at Huffington Post — is relaunching as a full-fledged publishing system designed for media companies who want to control the social ecosystem around their content Read more »
Stephen Colbert addressed Amazon’s battle with publisher Hachette — his own book publisher — on the Colbert Report last night. “I’m not just mad at Amazon,” Colbert said. “I’m Mad Prime.” Read more »
What if you could use Bluetooth to send music to multiple speakers? Pure just enabled this on its Jongo loudspeakers by marrying Bluetooth with Wi-Fi. Read more »
Mixify’s Clubcast system allows DJs to play in clubs without physically being there. Think teleconference, but a lot more fun. Read more »
It may seem obvious, but it’s a ruling that puts to rest a genuine debate in Europe over the limits of copyright law. Read more »
Tablo is a new take on the DVR: The device records free broadcast TV, and streams it to many of your devices. Check out our video for a closer look at the device. Read more »
Six-second videos on 50-inch screens? It’s gonna happen this year, thanks to a new Vine app for the Xbox One. Read more »
The Justice Department will reexamine rules that require music publishers to license their song catalogs to everyone on a more or less equal basis. Read more »
Netflix and other video services are growing so fast, they could soon make more money that movie theaters. Read more »
Hong Kong Broadband Network (HKBN) would love to offer its customers Netflix. The local ISP decided to make its love for House of Cards and other Netflix shows public with an open letter to Netflix CEO Reed Hastings, which invites Netflix to come to Hong Kong. Of course, it’s unlikely Hastings would be swayed by a letter like this, but he must have enjoyed this part: “At HKBN, we strongly concur with your vision that with strong net neutrality, new services requiring high-speed internet can emerge and become popular.”
Byliner, which seemed like a promising startup for a new form of journalism when it launched in 2011, has apparently hit a rough patch. Read more »
Amazon wanted to launch its FreeTime kids content tier as well as its Cloud Player on Fire TV in May. So what happened? Read more »
Google’s Chromecast streaming stick didn’t just get love from ESPN this week: Chromecast users can now also cast from the iOS and Android apps as well as the website of the Anime video service Crunchyroll, Major League Soccer’s mobile apps, and Google+ iOS and Android apps. The latter can be used to cast photos and videos to the TV, which is especially useful if you auto-upload all your personal media to Google+. And we might even see Chromecast coming to Aereo as early as Wednesday.
Apple is the latest browser maker to ditch plugins for Netflix playback. The move is controversial with opponents of DRM. Read more »
Many traditional news outlets are happy to have “user-generated content” or citizen journalism for their breaking news reports, a Tow Center study finds — but most do a poor job of identifying it as UGC, and don’t provide credit to the original creator Read more »