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During its first-quarter earnings call today, TiVo highlighted its recent broadband moves and positioned itself as a one-stop box for all your digital entertainment needs. Too bad potential subscribers aren’t clamoring to buy the box — the DVR company gained 48,000 TiVo-owned gross subscribers for the […] Read more »

Amazon will be unveiling a new video pay-per-view streaming service in the next couple of weeks, Jeff Bezos said today at the D6 conference. Details were non-existent (Amazon would only confirm the announcement), but one way or another, the move adds another player to the increasingly […] Read more »

Josh Catone over at ReadWriteWeb has an interesting suggestion for Warner Bros. to get folks interested in the upcoming superhero feature, Watchmen: Take a page from Trent Reznor’s book. The Nine Inch Nails front man has been experimenting with innovative distribution and marketing schemes ever since […] Read more »

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Insider Account of Akimbo’s Downfall; scattered strategy, management’s emotional outbursts and even some porn, at least according to one former employee. (TelephonyUnfiltered Blog) Host Joanne Colan Not Leaving Rocketboom; contrary to some reports, creator Andrew Baron tells us Colan is staying with the show. Starz Stops […] Read more »

The American Federation of Television and Radio Artists (AFTRA) reached a tentative deal with the Alliance of Motion Picture and Television Producers (AMPTP) early this morning in a move that will ease — but not eliminate — fears of an actors strike. New media was a […] Read more »

TiVo announced today that its subscribers will soon be able to rent Disney movies through their DVRs directly from their TVs. The service will be provided through an arrangement with CinemaNow. Details like pricing, titles, and when the service will be available were not part of […] Read more »

Ever go to a film festival and think, “Phsaw. I can pick better movies than that.” Well, now you’ll get that chance, as IndieFlix has launched MyFestival, a place where you, the viewer can stream full movies in contention and vote for which one gets into […] Read more »

Foreign Body, the new online series from Michael Eisner’s Vuguru and book publisher Putnam, launched the first of 50 episodes today. The series is doing double duty as the prequel to, and a promotional vehicle for the upcoming Robin Cook book of the same name and […] Read more »

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Sony has joined forces with six of the top cable companies in the U.S. to adopt tru2way technology in its TVs, thus eliminating the need for a set-top box when accessing television and other interactive services. Apple, Netflix, Sezmi and anyone else working on a set-top […] Read more »

The tricks being used by viral marketing campaigns are getting more and more transparent these days, but I still got fooled occasionally: most recently by the folks at Butler, Shine, Stern & Partners, who may have been revealed as the producers of Giant LEGO Boulder: What’s […] Read more »

It’s the dark side of Web 2.0: Now that everyone has the means to produce political videos, anyone can become Fox News. As we saw with the grating Yes We Can video, the irony is that these efforts are often counterproductive to the creators’ intentions. Worse, […] Read more »

More Than One Billion Online Video Viewers by 2013; ABI Research says pay TV operators must tread carefully when taking on the rising competition from the web. (release) Carl’s Jr. Getting Into Original Web Series; burger joint pulling a and exploring the notion of launching […] Read more »

With the big national switch to digital television just nine months away, a new study (PDF) from Nielsen reports that 9.4 percent of U.S. households, or about 10 million people, are completely unready for the transition. In other words, not a single TV set in these […] Read more »

Home Depot and Avot Media are partnering up for a mobile video initiative that delivers home improvement how-to videos to your cell phone while you’re in the store. The program is being tested with a product called Fast Attach, a device that lets you install hard-wired […] Read more »

Cable prices suck, you’re paying more for less — that’s the gist of a New York Times report that said cable prices have gone up 77 percent since 1996, almost double the rate of inflation. Adding insult to injury, we’re only watching 13 percent of the […] Read more »

In papers filed in U.S. District Court in Manhattan late Friday, YouTube owner Google said Viacom’s $1 billion copyright lawsuit threatens the very way hundreds of millions of people exchange information over the Internet. According to the Associated Press, Google said that YouTube “goes far beyond […] Read more »

Warner Bros. is trying to prop up softening DVD sales with a new strategy to promote its upcoming superhero feature film Watchmen. The studio will release a separate a side movie based on the original film on DVD only, prior to the main Watchmen hitting theaters. […] Read more »

You know how for some sites Google will surface internal pages and subdirectories directly within its search results? I don’t know that there’s an official term for these, but Google’s search rankings guru Matt Cutts described them as “useful links from within a site” in a […] Read more »

Mobile operators getting into the mobile TV should not forget about femtocells and sideloading, according to a new report from Analysys Mason. Concerns over the ability of existing 3G networks to deliver video are pushing operators to combine 3G networks with dedicated mobile broadcast networks like […] Read more »

Perhaps still smarting from their precious Firefly being killed off so soon, Joss Whedon fans are already mobilizing to save his next show, Dollhouse… before the first episode airs. The Underwire blog writes that rabid Whedonistas are activating, forming (which sounds like it’s for an […] Read more »

The popular BitTorrent web site Mininova was sued by the Dutch anti-piracy organization BREIN this week in a bid to get Mininova to filter unlicensed content. The organization has had some success in the past against Edonkey and BitTorrent web sites, so there is at least […] Read more »

Now in its 52nd year, the Eurovision Song Contest has made strides in uniting some of the world’s most chaotic areas under one common purpose: the creation of spectacularly awful pop music. Previous winners include ABBA and Celine Dion. They’re on the higher end of the […] Read more »

Hellman’s and Bobby Flay Cook Up Another Season; online show Real Food Summer School has the famous chef teaching people how to cook recipes featuring mayonnaise. (The Wall Street Journal) Page Sees Green in White Spaces; Google co-founder in Washington to pimp his company’s proposal to […] Read more »

VentureBeat is reporting that Akimbo is shutting its doors for good. We have contacted the company for confirmation and will update as soon as we have any further information. Update: We received confirmation that Akimbo has indeed shut down. We’re following up to get more details […] Read more »

You really get the sense from CBS and Viacom that Joost is their forgotten stepchild. Despite their participation in Joost’s $45 million funding round (which in amount alone guarantees the company should have some time to figure out what it’s doing), the companies’ executives have to […] Read more »

Andy Baio over at has an interesting breakdown of the spread of the Star Wars Kid meme from a few years back and his role in it. He lays out not just the early origins of the meme, but also traffic numbers, patterns and referrals […] Read more »

Popular peer-to-peer network BitTorrent is continuing efforts to grow its reach by signing a partnership agreement with Orb Networks. The agreement bundles BitTorrent’s P2P software with that of Orb’s, which allows users to stream their music, movies or other media to their PCs, phones and other […] Read more »

What’s It About: The original Facebook Gangsta raps about the trials and tribulations of being so damn good at social networking sites. Quality lyric writing, flawless cinematography and editing, and committed performances from Sean Modica and Arthur Colombino keep the beat pumping. Premiered: May 19, 2008. […] Read more »

It’s still unclear is if the digital home will be a consumer-controlled environment or a carrier-controlled one. Samsung said today it is realigning to put its digital media assets in its telecommunications division, but meanwhile Forrester sees Apple moving to unify the broadband networks with the […] Read more »

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