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 »
Want to play Pandora on your PC while you’re sitting on the couch? That’s exactly what Mote.io was built for. Read more »
CBS’s summer hit “Under the Dome” will return for a second season, and once again, Amazon will have exclusive streaming rights — with new episodes of the show streaming on Prime Instant Video four days after they air on TV. Read more »
Young people can’t afford to pay $100 for cable, and most of us just watch 14 networks anyway: Epix CEO Mark Greenberg thinks cord cutting forces the industry to change. Read more »
LA-based YouTube network Maker Studios has raised an additional $26 million, bringing its total Series C funding round to $62 million. The company will use the funds to expand its international presence. Read more »
Genband has reportedly paid $50 million for fring, and it will use the Israeli firm’s technology to help fixed-line and mobile carriers hit the market with their own “over-the-top” consumer text, voice and video chat services. Read more »
Don’t expect to see any more second screen apps for episodic content from ABC: The network found that these apps are more distracting than useful. Read more »
Apple TV wasn’t mentioned at all during this week’s iPhone press event, but the company’s TV box could nonetheless receive an update soon: AllThingsD’s Peter Kafka is reporting that Apple will make it easier to share content via AirPlay with a software update next week. I argued earlier this week that Apple doesn’t need new hardware, but a new version of AirPlay.
Roku boxes will soon offer some of the same functionality now found on Chromecast, as the company is adding support for the DIAL protocol to its platform. Read more »
Netflix goes to Amsterdam: The video subscription service officially opened up for Dutch consumers late Tuesday, continuing its international expansion with a much more focused target. Read more »
Netflix won’t say when it is going to launch in the Netherlands, but apps for the service started popping up on Dutch app stores this week. Read more »
Can the wisdom of the crowds make for a good movie recommendation engine? Newly launched Movievisor.com thinks so. Read more »
Music streaming service Songza has raised $4.7 million from Amazon, William Morris Endeavor, Lerer Ventures and others, and the company wants to spend that money to grow its native advertising platform. Songza is focused on curated playlists, and the company has been getting companies like Nissan and Taco Bell to sponsor some of these “music moments.” Of course, playlists are also at the core of the upcoming Beats Music service — we will have to wait and see how its launch will affect Songza.
A House member is proposing a new law that would give viewers more power over which channels appear in their TV packages, and end some hardball tactics that arise in disputes between broadcasters and cable providers. Read more »
Online TV subscriptions are already there – if you speak Hindi, that is. Dish is using its DishWorld service to experiment with streaming and pricing. Read more »
U.K. cable operator Virgin Media will start offering its customers access to Netflix through their TiVo set-top boxes. Read more »
An ABC affiliate cited a recent sweeping injunction to press its own case against streaming-TV service, Aereo, in Boston — but don’t look for the larger legal landscape to change much anytime soon. Read more »
Apple needs to innovate on AirPlay, or every other connected TV device is going to have better multiscreen features than Apple TV in just a few months. Read more »
Verizon is arguing its net neutrality lawsuit Monday, and the case is important for consumers, web service providers and could even call the FCC’s ability to regulate the internet into question. This is big. Read more »
How did the creators of viral hit “Ask A Slave” hit huge numbers in less than a week? The formula involves prominent blog coverage, the current state of American race relations, and the ignorance of tourists. Read more »
Netflix has already won a home in the living room, and now its luring creative talent. That, plus it’s agility and data-driven programming could teach old-school TV how to change. Read more »
Fans addicted to AMC’s meth-drama, Breaking Bad, claim Apple short-changed them when it sold them a “Season Pass” for the final season, but only gave them 8 of the 16 episodes. Read more »
Apple isn’t quite ready to launch a new version of its Apple TV device at its press event next Tuesday, says AllThingsD’s Peter Kafka. Instead, it will just tweak the software of the existing Apple TV to make video sharing easier. That report comes after shipping logs indicated that Apple may be getting ready to sell new TV hardware — I guess we’ll have to wait a few more days to see for ourselves.
Original content seems to be working out pretty well for Netflix, according to a RBC Capital Markets consumer survey unearthed by Variety. 64 percent of Netflix subscribers queried for the survey said they watched Netflix originals over the last three months, and one in five said that original content made up for 50 percent or more of their viewing.
It’s official: Maker is buying Blip, and wants to keep the site alive, in part to make use of its distribution partnerships. Read more »
In recent months, unlimited entertainment services for kids have proliferated. We took a look at the options in two categories: Ebooks and video. Read more »
HDMI is getting an upgrade. Here’s what’s new with HDMI 2.0, and why it may be the key to the development of interesting new devices. Read more »
The major broadcasters have scored a legal victory over FilmOn X, the live TV streaming service formerly known as Aereokiller, with the U.S. District Court for the District of Columbia granting an injunction against the service. FilmOn X has structured its offering after Aereo, which is why the broadcasters may try to use this decision to go after the original. However, as our own Jeff Roberts recently noted, Aereo has been winning in court, and a Supreme Court decision on the matter isn’t expected before 2015.
It’s been called the song of the summer — despite the fact that it’s September, and it’s only been online for two days. So why is everyone talking about this strange Norwegian viral video? Read more »
Simple.tv forged a hardware parnership with Silicondust, the premiere maker of networked TV tuners, for the next generation of its DVR. Read more »
Creative’s Senz3D camera is up for pre-order as of Thursday. It’s the first peripheral to use Intel’s perceptual computing tech, which will be built into computers from next year. Read more »
Looking to watch some good TV shows on Netflix? Then take a peek at this list. Read more »
Sony today announced a new US-only 4K video download service, Video Unlimited 4K. Sony also introduced two new 4K television models. It is all part of the company’s big bet on 4K technology as a way to stage a big comeback. Read more »
Viewers can stream over-the-air TV services like Aereo in New York but not California. The case could go to the Supreme Court – but not until 2015 or later, leaving consumers ample time to get to know the new service. Read more »
The digital movie and TV show service M-Go is adding LG TVs to its list of supported devices. In 2014, it wants to offer additional types of content – could it be live TV? Read more »
Vdio just added a bunch free of Korean dramas to its catalog to attract new viewers, and possibly steal some away from Viki and Dramafever. Read more »
Vidora wants to help viewers find videos they like while helping publishers to make money with these videos, which is why it just added a bunch of monetization features. Read more »
CBS and Time Warner Cable resolved a long-running blackout. But the deal did little to address the underlying causes, including sports rights, that are giving rise to a growing number of blackouts in the first place. Read more »
Vimeo is offering film makers $10,000 to sell movies on its website. But for now, the offering is only available to select few. Read more »
Ultra-high-resolution 4K video is likely to be a common feature in upcoming smartphones, with Acer being the first to announce. Meanwhile, Windows 8 desperately needs cheap new laptops to come with touch, and Acer’s new E1 obliges. Read more »