Netflix CFO David Wells has some interesting advice for HBO: Become more like us, and you could be twice as big. Read more »
Toothpaste, back-to-school supplies and… movie downloads? Target just launched its very own digital video store. Read more »
Do a growing number of “cord-cutters” and “cord-nevers” mean the TV business is about to be battered like other traditional industries? Media investor Terry Kawaja doesn’t think so. Here’s why. Read more »
Mediacom, a U.S. cable company, has turned to Qwilt, a three-year-old startup to solve its over-the-top video woes. Qwilt thinks it can cut costs and solve the business problems of delivering online video. Read more »
Amazon is making some Prime Instant Video content available for download, so viewers can watch it without an internet connection. It’s not available for every video in the Prime catalog, but it’s still an intriguing option that Netflix and Hulu don’t offer. Read more »
Roku’s got some new hardware just in time for the holiday season. The features don’t surprise, but the refresh might nonetheless help to sell some extra boxes. Read more »
RealNetworks wants to help consumers to share videos they’ve shot on their phones – and it won’t even nag them to install RealPlayer. Read more »
Popular Science magazine says it is shutting down comments because they are “bad for science,” but what’s really bad for science is closing off a potential avenue for informed debate around the topics the site is writing about. Read more »
YouTube is cleaning up its comment section with advanced moderation features and a closer integration of Google+. Read more »
Twitter is engaged in a full-on love affair with your television set, because it sees that as the road to advertising wealth — but will the changes the service has to make become its salvation or its ruin? Read more »
US-based news junkies can once again access reports produced by Quatar-based Al Jazeera English online after the network stopped blocking access to its YouTube videos from within the US Tuesday. Al Jazeera started to lock out U.S. viewers from its online videos when it launched its new cable channel Al Jazeera America back in August due to contractual obligations. Its contracts with cable operators also forced the network to block its live stream in the US, which remained inaccessible Tuesday. It’s unclear what exactly changed with regards to its YouTube videos, but Al Jazeera English staff celebrated the move online:
Great news. Al Jazeera English video clips are no longer geo-blocked in the US. The last 7 years of all our hard work is back online!—
Cath Turner (@ajecathturner) September 24, 2013
AT&T is using old MediaFLO spectrum it bought off of Qualcomm to create a broadcast service. The mobile industry has had little success with multicast video in the past, but it has high hopes for LTE-Broadcast. Read more »
Apple has resumed its AppleTV update on Tuesday, says 9to5Mac, after it pulled the software over the weekend amid reports of problems. Whatever the issue was appears to be fixed and version 6.0 of the software is now flowing to devices. The update includes support for iTunes Music, AirPlay from the cloud and more.
I was one of those that unsuccessfully tried to update an AppleTV over the weekend. Why did I jump on the software right away? iTunes Music was the key reason for me: I find the service to be quite good, even compared to Google Play Music All Access, which I won’t be subscribing to any longer.
Prepare for the next TV blackout: Dish and Disney are currently in negotiations about their next deal, and the Hollywood Reporter is reminding us that their deadline coming up at the end of the month. After that, blackouts are possible. But could Dish go nuclear and drop Disney’s ESPN network? Most people don’t think so, but Dish boss Charlie Ergen recently said that it may be time to take that step.
94 hours of South Park might not be your cup of tea, but the live-stream of the complete series to date will make you appreciate the show’s 17 years on the air. Read more »
How do cultural ideas spread across the world, and why are people in some countries into similar things? A new MIT project looks at YouTube to find answers. Read more »
You can open your eyes again: Tweets about Breaking Bad are now automatically filtered out, thanks to Spoilerfoiler.com. Read more »
Your Twitter feed will soon contain clips from CSI or 60 Minutes thanks to the company’s new partnership with CBS. For Twitter, this represents a doubling down on its big bet to pull major money in from TV. Read more »
Netflix lost the big prize for drama series when House of Cards, fell short — but it still came out on top because it distributes the winner. Read more »
It’s time for the online video industry to start a collective discussion about how to implement a video ID system for user-generated content. Here’s what it should look like. Read more »
Tablet and smartphone owners wanting to watch TV content on their mobile devices are no longer stuck using Wi-Fi to do so. Verizon now allows mobile broadband streaming of 9 channels, plus local content in certain markets. Read more »
Beaming videos straight from your mobile YouTube app to your TV is now also possible with Windows Media Center, thanks to a nifty extension. Read more »
Popular video-sharing site Vimeo claims that a “safe harbor” rule shields it from being liable for copyrighted videos uploaded by its users. A judge isn’t so sure — here’s a summary of the latest in the back and forth legal fight over who is responsible for online copyright issues. Read more »
Pakistan started banning access to YouTube a year ago as a response to violent protests against clips of the anti-Islamic film The Innocence of Muslims, and the company has kept up the ban ever since. Now, democracy activists are arguing that the Pakistani government uses those clips as a pretext to suppress freedom of speech. The Christian Science Monitor has an interesting look at Pakistan’s YouTube ban and some of its unintended consequences.
Tired of all the grim news about NSA and eroding civil liberties. A Brooklyn-based outfit has introduced a bit of fun into the process, recounting the NSA scandal to the tune of Blurred Lines. Read more »
What’s a university to do if students are only watching Netflix streams? Shut down its cable system, team up with Netflix — or invest new ways to watch TV? Read more »
Cox is shutting down its Flarewatch service, ending an experiment to offer a TV subscription over the internet. We talked to a Flarewatch user about his experience. Read more »
Boxee’s team is getting ready to shut down its video-sharing service to focus on developing new products for Samsung. Read more »
Microsoft wants to make a lot more exclusive programming for Xbox Live: The company’s Los Angeles-based production team is busy incubating “hundreds of ideas” for new TV shows, Microsoft Studios VP Phil Spencer told Bloomberg. Microsoft is currently producing a live-action Halo show, and plans to make announcements about additional shows in the coming months.
Starting in November, YouTube creators will be able to add an offline viewing option to their videos, allowing viewers to watch them without an internet connection. Read more »
Social video discovery app Showyou launched a slick new website. Too bad its mobile apps don’t look the part. Read more »
Amazon’s Instant Video iOS app now lets users stream content to Apple TV using AirPlay. Thousands of users of the app had requested the feature in iTunes reviews. Read more »
YouTube is starting to let users beam videos to their Chromecast devices from any website. Read more »
Rdio wants to sell consumers music and video streams as part of a bundled offering to set itself apart from Spotify and others. Read more »
German broadcasters kill plans to launch a Hulu-like site after regulators intervene. Is it time for Netflix to sweep in? Read more »
Twitter is working on a redesigned iOS experience that will put a much bigger focus on media consumption, according to a report filed by AllThingsD’s Mike Isaac. The new app will come with a dedicated column for photos shared through the service, and possibly also do the same for TV-related tweets and videos. This makes a lot of sense for the company: Twitter has been working a lot behind the scenes to integrate with TV, and TV ad dollars will play a big role in Twitter’s upcoming IP.
Viral video site Upworthy has raised $8 million in Series A funding, the company announced Monday. It plans to use the funds to hire more employees, build new tech and expand into new editorial areas. Read more »
Sony’s got a dongle of its own, and it is combining Google TV with its own set of apps. What does that get you? Hulu Plus, for example. Read more »
Do you tweet about TV shows? Then you’re part of Twitter’s plans to become a global social TV advertising powerhouse. Read more »
Broadcasters and upstart streaming TV service Aereo are skirmishing in Boston over whether an injunction issued in DC against another streaming service should affect Aereo. Read more »