More creators can now take advantage of YouTube’s paid subscriptions. As of Tuesday, free channels that have over 10,000 subscribers and meet some other criteria can create paid channels and charge monthly fees for them. Read more »
Aereo finally released its Android app Tuesday, which subscribers of the TV streaming service can now download from Google Play. Aereo is currently just available in a handful of cities, but has said that it wants to be in 22 markets by the end of the year. The service still faces opposition from broadcasters, which recently asked the Supreme Court to take up their case after losing repeatedly in lower courts. Aereo had initially promised the release of its Android app for September, and is now calling the release a “public beta.”
When Carl Icahn invested in Netflix a year ago, he raised the possibility of a sale. Now, he’s turned into the company’s biggest fanboy, and is cashing in on Netflix’s soaring stock. Read more »
Chromecast may soon be able to run presentations straight from Google Drive, which is great news for teachers and company meetings. Read more »
Amazon and MGM announced a deal Tuesday to make more MGM movies, as well as the History Channel hit Vikings, available for streaming on Prime Instant Video. Previously, Vikings had been available exclusively through Amazon’s European streaming service Lovefilm. It’s not available for streaming on Netflix. Movies included in the deal: Fargo, Platoon and Hoosiers (can also all be streamed on Netflix); Annie Hall and Hotel Rwanda (not available for streaming on Netflix).
Fastly is launching a new streaming media content delivery service. The CDN startup is taking its expertise in small files to handle a large portion of video streams, especially to mobile devices. Read more »
Netflix now has more than 40 million subscribers worldwide, and with strong results, it is now looking to expand into large additional markets in 2014. Read more »
Just three weeks after announcing his departure from Hulu, the company’s SVP of advertising is joining the Fremont Project, the stealthy startup headed by Hulu’s former boss. Read more »
Netflix still sends DVDs to around seven million customers. So when will the company pull the plug on DVD subscriptions and finally go online-only? Read more »
From the stage at our Mobilize Conference, Netflix VP of Product Innovation, Todd Yellin tells how the company is looking to integrate phones into TV watching. Read more »
If companies want to build out a connected home experience that benefits all consumers, they should learn a lesson from Boxee. Read more »
Chill.com laid off 40 percent of its staff this week after plans to turn indie film makers and comedians into Louis CK-style online distribution success stories failed to pay off. Read more »
Twitter is banking on its status as a “second screen” for TV content to drive a lot of the value it is promising as part of its public offering — but what if that value turns out to be a mirage? Read more »
Mote.io, the Chrome extension that turns your phone into a remote for your web browser, just added support for the Plex media center app, TuneIn’s radio streaming service and Google’s Play Music service. All of these extensions were built by third-party developers, thanks to Mote.io’s API. Check out our previous story about Mote.io here.
The BBC is ending a trial to expand its streaming app iPlayer globally, saying that there’s just too much competition from services like Netflix and Amazon. Instead, the BBC wants international users to watch video at BBC.com. Read more »
TV guide startup Dijit took the next step towards growing into a real business Friday with the launch of a partnership with three TV networks. Read more »
Aereo will launch in Detroit at the end of October. The company had said it would expand to 22 cities by the end of 2013, but so far it’s only set launch dates in eight cities. Read more »
Verizon’s decision to terminate a joint venture with Comcast and other cable companies puts the end to an ambitious project dubbed Nuon that included online components as well as dedicated streaming hardware. Read more »
Fox executive Mike Hopkins, who had been considered the frontrunner for the Hulu CEO position, was officially named to it Thursday. Hulu says its revenues will be close to $1 billion in 2013, but co-owners Disney and News Corp have argued over the future of the service. Read more »
isoHunt is shutting down as the result of a settlement with the major movie studios. isoHunt founder Gary Fung agreed to pay $110 million. Read more »
Vizio launched a new, lower-priced version of its CoStar streaming player Wednesday. The new player, dubbed CoStar LT, will sell for $80, and offer access to apps like Netflix, Hulu Plus and YouTube, as well as second-screen control capabilities similar to Google’s Chromecast. The original CoStar, which Vizio continues to sell for $100, is based on Google TV, but its new sibling uses Opera’s SDK instead. Both devices combine live TV viewing with apps, but Vizio CTO Matt McRae recently told me that consumers are starting to watch more streaming content than traditional TV.
Netflix isn’t going to produce elaborate second-screen apps with a whole bunch of additional content any time soon. Instead, it’s investing in second-screen control – and having high hopes for Chromecast. Read more »
Spuul streams Indian movies to audiences worldwide. But with many users struggling with limited bandwidth, the company now added an option for offline viewing. Read more »
Everyone hates banner ads. Everyone loves music. So what happens when you combine one with the other? Read more »
Isn’t it fun to be a billionaire? The CEO of FilmON defied a court order and starting streaming TV over the internet again. A federal judge is not impressed. Read more »
Monty Montgomery, the mastermind behind Ogg Vorbis and Ogg Theora, has joined up with Mozilla to finish the development of an open next-generation video codec. Read more »
The producers of the FX/DirecTV series might have been ahead of their time with Damages — but Netflix is the perfect home for what comes next. Read more »
A German film maker has a radical proposal to fight piracy: force everyone to license everything online. Read more »
Premium movie channel Epix will premiere its documentary Schooled: The Price of College Sports online this Wednesday, giving people without an Epix subscription access to the movie through a live stream at 5pm PT. The movie, which is all about the money in collegial sports, was produced exclusively by Epix. Making it available online could be good promotion for the network, but it’s also an interesting response to piracy and cord cutting. Epix CEO Mark Greenberg told me in a recent interview that the TV industry has to innovate to win over cord cutters:
“Some in the media business call this cord cutting. But three decades ago, we had a different name for this in the industry. We called it competition.”
Vimeo now offers its paying pro members up to one TB of storage per year, after previously limiting them to 50 GB per year. More space for experimental short films, European documentaries and indie rock music videos? Read more »
Netflix is getting a new original drama from the creators of the FX show Damages. The show will be produced by Sony Pictures, a first for Netflix. Read more »
Canada’s cable TV subscribers could soon have the ability to subscribe to just the channels they actually watch: Canada’s Industry Minister James Moore recently said on a local TV show that his government is going to require pay TV providers to unbundle their offerings and offer TV channels a la carte, according to Reuters. Any such move would likely be watched closely by both cable companies and consumers in the U.S., where TV executives have long said that unbundling would actually make TV more expensive for consumers.
Mixing comedy and music to create viral video is a time-honored tradition of online video, but in 2013, according to YouTube’s experts, what gets these videos to spread has evolved. Read more »
Want to see what the stars are watching on YouTube? Celebrity Tweet TV turns all of their shared videos into a TV channel. Read more »
With its international headquarters in Luxembourg for tax purposes, Skype apparently now finds the little duchy’s privacy officials on its back over allegations of NSA collusion, following a complaint by activists. Read more »
Hulu’s new CEO may come from Fox, whose parent company News Corp. owns about a third of the video service. Both Reuters and Bloomberg reported Thursday night that Hulu will name Mike Hopkins, who is currently heading distribution for Fox Networks, as its new CEO soon. Hulu is currently being led by interim CEO Andy Forssell, who stepped in when founding CEO Jason Kilar left the company back in March. Notable about Hopkins’ appointment would be that Fox has been a long advocate of Hulu moving more towards a subscription and TV Everywhere model, which would deemphasize the free, ad-supported side of the service.
Google is getting ready to say good-bye to Google TV: The company is getting rid of the branding, but will continue to make Android available to TV manufacturers. Read more »
A New York Times survey of over 4,000 online video viewers found that 34 percent of millennials (ages 18 to 34) say they watch “mostly online video/no broadcast TV,” compared to 20 percent of Gen X’ers (35- to 49-year-olds) and 10 percent of boomers (50+). Poynter has a bunch of slides from the survey, which Brian Brett, the NYT’s director of customer research, will be presenting at a conference in Las Vegas Thursday. Headline updated when Poynter updated its headline.
A Boston judge refused to shut down TV streaming service Aereo, saying the service is like a remote DVR, not a public transmission. It added that any harm to broadcasters would only appear a few years from now. Read more »
Aereo will finally be available to Android devices this month. The news could dramatically increase the controversial start-up’s user base — and fan a legal fight that could remake the TV industry. Read more »