Looks like Jason Kilar misses his former Hulu colleagues. Why else would he keep hiring them away from the video service? Read more »
Here’s something cheesy but fun for all you Chromecast users out there: Google Play Music now lets you stream video of a fireplace to your TV while you cast your music. “Just in time for Valentine’s Day, we’ve got the perfect way for you to set the […] Read more »
For Comcast, the big money may be in Time Warner Cable’s broadband subscribers. But for its competition, the pressure is on to reinvent TV. Read more »
Comcast has offered to merge with Time Warner in a $45-billion deal that would combine two of the country’s largest cable providers. Here’s what you need to know about the potential impact of such a merger and whether it is likely to be approved or not Read more »
It’s highly likely that regulators will approve the massive deal to combine the nation’s top two cable companies. This is a bad deal for consumers, innovation and even U.S. broadband. Read more »
When the nation’s largest cable companies merge there are going to be some serious shake ups in the market. We look at who wins and who loses. Read more »
The video game-themed comedy is closing in on the hundreds of thousands of dollars it’s trying to raise for Season 3. But thanks to two successful seasons, it’s money they only sort of need. Read more »
A study from the European Commission finds huge numbers of people streaming and downloading movies for free. Read more »
Ebook subscription service Oyster has added about 100 titles from Disney and is breaking out a separate children’s section. But most of those books are text-based, not illustrated. Read more »
We now have a date for the most closely watched court case in the TV and entertainment industry. A recusal increases the chance of a tie (and a win for Aereo). Read more »
New York-based video platform provider Kaltura has raised another $47 million in funding from SAP Ventures, Nokia Growth Partners, Commonfund Capital, and Brazil-based Gera Ventures. Existing investors .406 Ventures, Nexus Venture Partners, Intel Capital, Mitsui & Co. Global Investment and Silicon Valley Bank are also back for more. Kaltura wants to use the money for further international expansion, and has raised a total of $115 million to date.
The staff of the Libération newspaper in France are protesting plans by the paper’s shareholder group to turn the media entity into a kind of social and cultural hub, but by doing so they could be ensuring the paper’s doom rather than preventing it. Read more »
Pause puts the play button in the music mag: The new iPad magazine from the makers of Shuffler.fm combines the best in music writing with music and videos. Read more »
Live streaming-focused crowdfunding startup Laffster rebranded as Cogo Tuesday to offer artists across genres a way to reach their super fans. Read more »
YouTube has started to allow the casting of “most embedded YouTube videos,” according to an updated support document first spotted by Android Police. This means that Chromecast users can now send YouTube videos embedded on third-party websites to their Chromecast without the need to mirror entire browser tabs. Previously, this functionality was only available on YouTube.com, but YouTube started to experiment with support for embedded videos a few months ago.
Netflix updated its list of ISP rankings Monday, and the online video provider shows that Comcast and Verizon are continuing to fall in its custom rankings. That’s possibly because of peering practices put in place by those ISP’s, but the data corroborates independent data provided by testing platform Measurement Lab, which I reported on last week. Disturbingly, Netflix says the speeds delivered for Brazil, Colombia and Chile are higher than the speeds experienced by end users in the United States, which has seen its average speeds trend downward since October.
First Look Media, the new venture from eBay founder Pierre Omidyar, has launched The Intercept from Glenn Greenwald — the first of what it calls a family of “digital magazines.” But the company’s strategy is much smarter than that term makes it sound Read more »
You’re paying Comcast for internet and cable TV? That still doesn’t mean you get access to live streams from Sochi, as some viewers just found out. Read more »
Fraggle Rock spinoff The Doozers is coming exclusively to Hulu, the streaming service announced Monday. The show’s 50 episodes, which have been produced by the Jim Henson Company, will be available through Hulu’s kids section starting April 25. Hulu also announced an expanded partnership with CBS that will result in the addition of a number of CBS catalog titles to Hulu Plus, including Everybody Loves Raymond, Cheers and the Brady Bunch. This follows an exclusive deal for CBS’s current hit Elementary, which Hulu announced last week.
Want to relive the historic performance of The Beatles on February 9, 1964? Fire up your Apple TV or iTunes to see the full 14 minute television spot as it aired all those years ago. Read more »
Twitter lets people use famous names and icons so long as — in the eyes of Twitter — they’re not harming the original brand. A new lawsuit over James Dean will put that approach to the test, and possibly affect thousands of other Twitter accounts. Read more »
Open Road, the digital publisher cofounded by former HarperCollins CEO Jane Friedman, has acquired E-Reads, an ebook publisher launched in 1999 by literary agent Richard Curtis. Read more »
The term “platishers” is a terrible one, but Jonathan Glick of Sulia has a point about the increasingly blurred lines between platforms and publishers. The real question is what the duties of those platforms are towards the users who create most of the content Read more »
Don’t look at Google’s Chromecast as a $35 piece of hardware. With the new SDK, Chromecast isn’t just a media extender; it’s a platform that developers can use for second screen apps. On this week’s podcast we discuss the possibilities. Read more »
Since Google introduced its Chromecast streaming adapter a few months ago, I’ve been wondering how to use it to stream audio. A bit of scouring on Ebay got me an answer that only set me back around $10. Read more »
Viddler used to be a pioneer of personal video blogging. Now, it’s getting readu to delete most of those early web videos Read more »
The growing popularity of Netflix in Canada has resulted in calls for regulation, reports The Toronto Star. The Canadian Media Production Association, which represents English-language filmmakers in Canada, wants to tax Netflix’s service, and force the company to invest in local film production. The group also wants Netflix to take a tougher stance against VPN services that allow users to access the company’s service in other countries, possibly to make sure that Canada’s users don’t access U.S. films that haven’t been licensed for their country yet.
Here’s a new paywall perk: Digital subscribers to the U.K.’s Times or Sunday Times can get a free year-long membership to Spotify Premium (normally $9.99 or £9.99 per month), through a special offer starting this Sunday. New and existing subscribers to the Times‘ two annual products — a digital-only subscription or a digital-plus-print subscription — are eligible. ”Spotify said [this deal] is the first it has done of this nature with any media owner,” the Guardian notes.
So you want to watch the Olympics, but not on your TV? You are in luck: NBC is streaming more than 1,000 hours of competitions live online — but those streams can only be accessed if you are a pay TV subscriber. Read more »
In a moving story, a father begged Facebook to share a video of his dead son. The story had a happy ending, but points to growing tech companies and families for control of our memories. Read more »
Tesla boss Elon Musk says that Spotify didn’t want to work with his company, so he sealed a deal with Rdio instead. Read more »
Don’t like Roku’s default home screen theme? Soon you’ll be able to exchange it with a custom theme built by a third-party developer. Read more »
Sony is getting out of the ebook business in the United States and Canada, and turning its customers (there aren’t many of them at this point) over to Kobo. Read more »
Beep’s new connected speaker adapter isn’t just geeky on the outside: It renders HTML5 web apps, doing away with the need for proprietary home audio standards. Read more »
The spread of revenge porn, which is used to terrorize women, has led some to hail copyright law as a magic bullet solution. It won’t work and could do more harm than good. There are better options. Read more »
Peering disagreements aren’t fun or consumer-friendly, but they might be the reason consumers’ video streams are suffering. New data purports to show much an effect these fights are having on your broadband. Read more »
Should Netflix be more like TV, and just start playing a continuous stream of content as soon as you launch the app? There are good reasons for and against it. Read more »
Activists and others involved in the war in Syria say Facebook has been deleting pages created by dissidents and removing content because it violates the social network’s standards, and that important information about the conflict is being lost as a result Read more »
Chromecast is getting more music content soon, courtesy of Beats and Rdio. Spotify on the other hand seems to be busy with other things. Read more »
Longtime Google employee Susan Wojcicki will take over as boss of YouTube, and her skills with ads could be what the platform needs to solve its money woes for creators. Read more »