There’s Valley celebrities, and then there’s real celebrities — and both don’t always get along. Case in point: Kim Kardashian is suing YouTube cofounder Chad Hurley, alleging that he illegally recorded Kanye West’s marriage proposal to her to promote his new video venture MixBit. Valleywag has the whole lawsuit, which doesn’t have a whole lot of nice tings to say about Hurley, while the Hollywood Reporter focuses on why Kim & Kanye wanted to keep their party private: to sell exclusive rights to TV.
Plair was doomed to fail when it tried to establish an expensive, Chromecast-like product three months before Chromecast came out. Now, it’s trying again with a different approach. Read more »
Don’t hold your breath for a Netflix app on your Comcast set-top box: Netflix has started to strike deals with pay TV operators abroad to run its app on their devices, and CEO Reed Hastings recently told investors that he would love to be on Comcast’s gear as well — but Comcast cable operations CEO Neil Smit said during the company’s earnings call that this is “not really a high priority” for Comcast, according to Home Media Magazine. On the same call, Comcast also announced that it lost 129,000 video subscribers in its most recent quarter, 12,000 more than during the same time period last year.
Amazon Studios is testing two hour-long dramas — one by X-Files screenwriter Chris Carter, one based on Michael Connelly’s bestselling Harry Bosch series. Read more »
Pandora made it official Thursday and added Chromecast support to its mobile apps. Users can now launch personalized stations straight from their phone or tablet. Read more »
Cisco may have landed a surprise coup to push for H.264, but Google still thinks that VP8 is the best codec for real-time communication on the web. Read more »
Peter Chernin’s media company is buying a controlling interest in Crunchyroll, reports AllThingsD. The report puts the money spent at less than $100 million, noting that Crunchyroll has raised $5 million to date. Crunchyroll is specializing in the import of anime TV shows, and the company operates a growing subscription business. For more on Crunchyroll, check out my interview with the company’s CEO Kun Gao.
Is Intel looking to get rid of its TV project, or get a partner on board to finally get it launched? The company is talking to Verizon to explore either of those options. Read more »
Jim Roberts, a former New York Times editor and Reuters executive, is joining Mashable as executive editor, and says he wants to expand the kinds of journalism the site does while taking advantage of its social-web skills Read more »
Twitter launched a new feature that adds images and video previews to a user’s timeline automatically, a move that is clearly designed to appeal to advertisers — but will it wind up irritating more users than it attracts? Read more »
Google is now automatically editing videos uploaded by Google+ users to turn shaky, fragmented camera phone clips into shareable videos with soundtracks and video effects. Read more »
A study of 18 non-profit news organizations done by the Knight Foundation shows that success in the non-profit sector involves many of the same strategies that for-profit media outlets should also be pursuing Read more »
What do NBC and a YouTuber have in common? They’re both using the same strategies to connect with audiences, thanks to Fullscreen’s semi-new initative. Read more »
Ever wanted to share a short video of the thing you just saw on TV? ConnecTV’s new app lets you do just than in a Vine-like fashion. Read more »
Automatic video editing app Magisto just got a whole lot of new cash, thanks in part to Qualcomm and SanDisk. Read more »
Smart appliances need friends too: Samsung wants to make it easier for your fridge, AC and washer to talk to your TV set. Read more »
In an op-ed piece in the New York Times, an author complained about repeatedly being asked to write for free, but what he finds so insulting is something many others see as an opportunity — and it is not going away any time soon Read more »
Media center app maker Plex launched a feature Monday that allows users to store their videos in the cloud and then play them back on any device with a Plex app on it, including Android and iOS mobile devices. Cloud Sync, as the feature is called, was first shown off at CES, and is now available to paying PlexPass subscribers. Interestingly, Plex doesn’t offer its own storage locker, but instead hooks into Google Drive, Dropbox, Box and other cloud storage offerings, with the ability to spread your files across all of your lockers. Time to sign up for more free cloud storage accounts?
Samsung is taking a page out of the Chromecast playbook by allowing developers to launch media playback straight from a mobile device. But Samsung’s new multiscreen SDK also supports gaming and more. Read more »
Showtime hit Dexter, which recently wrapped its eighth and final season, is coming to Netflix Watch Instantly. The first four seasons of the show will be available October 1; seasons five through eight will start streaming January 1, 2014. Read more »
Telstra may have been first to try out the new technology, but we’ll likely see several other operators follow shortly. Verizon plans to use LTE-broadcast to stream live video from the Super Bowl Read more »
Is objectivity in journalism an outdated concept that has been replaced by transparency and disclosure, or is that a recipe for unbalanced coverage? Glenn Greenwald and the NYT’s Bill Keller debated that question Read more »
Here’s a suggestion for Apple: Forget about building that long-rumored huge flatscreen TV for the living room, and make a small touch-screen TV for the kitchen instead. Read more »
Simple.tv’s new DVR for cord cutters will come with a sticker price of $250 and go on sale in mid-December, according to a product page on Newegg.com. Read more »
We all love binge viewing — but not everyone loves Netflix: FX and Turner are looking to get the rights to stream entire seasons of shows, as opposed to just the last five episodes, to allow their viewers more binging. Netflix is opposed to those demands, and studios have learned to love Netfix’s cash. But which role is cable playing in all of this? Vulture has a fascinating story about one of Hollywood’s next battle lines.
The debate over whether journalists need to code is a lot like the argument over whether bloggers are journalists — a sign of how quickly the field is being disrupted, and of how much we still have left to learn Read more »
Streaming video service Wuaki.tv, which launched in the U.K. this summer, has partnered with Panasonic to make its app available on Viera smart TVs. The company says it expects smart TVs to be the largest viewing platform for its content. Read more »
On this week’s Gigaom Show we talk about Facebook facing a problem with its content, Netflix transforming TV and the importance of good design. Read more »
Google TV devices from LG are getting updated to a more recent version of Android. Next up: a new name for the TV platform. Read more »
Amazon Prime is growing very fast, thanks in part to streaming video, Amazon said in its Q3 earnings Thursday. Read more »
HBO doesn’t want to sell you direct access to its programming online. But Comcast now came up with an offering that is intended to lure in all those who only want HBO. Read more »
For years, people have been chasing the concept of the viral video. But as two companies who made it a business model join forces, it seems the business model is changing. Read more »
Amazon’s long-rumored Roku killer may be facing delays, forcing the company to postpone a launch until next year, according to a Verge report. The device, which is based on Android, has been in the works at Amazon for more than a year, and the company hired a bunch of Google TV developers from Logitech to work on it after that company decided to get out of the connected TV space. Amazon’s TV box is going to have third-party apps, but obviously also feature Amazon’s own services — but now we might have to wait until after the holiday season to find out how it stacks up against Roku, Apple TV and Co.
A new study by the Pew Center and the Knight Foundation shows that while many users come across news while they are on Facebook, most don’t go there specifically looking for it. Read more »
YouTube is reportedly planning to launch its own subscription music streaming service, which would include video, this year. It will enter a very crowded marketplace. Read more »
Facebook originally allowed users to post videos of beheadings, arguing that it was similar to a TV news network, but now the company has removed them — making it unclear how strong its commitment to free speech is. Read more »
Chromecast will soon get support for another major media service, as Google is preparing to push the button for Pandora integration any day now. Read more »
First, Netflix brought us binge viewing. Now it wants to shorten the time between TV seasons, stream in 4K and give us access to movies sooner. Read more »
Hulu revamped its mobile website Wednesday, giving users access to free mobile clips. Previously, only paying subscribers could access content on mobile. Read more »
The BBC is the latest broadcaster to sign a partnership deal with Twitter that will allow the British media entity to embed video clips — complete with pre-roll ads — in its Twitter stream. Read more »