Netflix makes one of the most-used apps for smart TVs and connected devices. Here’s an inside look at the work that went into the app’s most recent relaunch. Read more »
Roku may file for an IPO in 2014, according to a Bloomberg report. Going public could help the company to raise additional funds for an increasingly competitive market. Read more »
Magisto is coming to Russia with a partnership with Mail.ru. The Russian intenet giant also invested $2 million in the video startup. Read more »
Amazon is rolling together its Prime and Lovefilm Instant video services in the U.K. and Germany. That means the cost of an annual Prime membership in the U.K. will rise to £79 per year from £49. Read more »
Mohu makes great TV antennas, but now, it wants to take on Roku & Co. and combine free TV with online video apps. Read more »
K-Drama fans just got one more site to catch up on their favorite shows: KDrama.com serves up newest episodes the same day they air in South Korea. Read more »
BitTorrent had big ambitions for live streaming, but users weren’t biting — so the company is shutting down its live video site and refocusing on mobile. Read more »
Whether you’re already a “Fannibal” or a newcomer to the “Silence of the Lamb” prequel series, NBC and Amazon want your eyeballs this Sunday for a social media-powered binge-viewing. Read more »
Aereo just hit a major roadblock, with broadcasters winning an injunction that will force the company to pull out of two markets. Read more »
A New York judge refused to grant a summary judgment motion to Arianna Huffington — meaning that the liberal media icon may have to take the witness stand in coming months to rebut charges she stole the idea for the Huffington Post. Read more »
This is a pretty fascinating read for all you multimedia geeks out there: Dropbox detailed its approach towards video streaming in a blog post this week that dives deep into the technical details of codecs and transcoding pipelines. In short, Dropbox takes the first few seconds […] Read more »
LinkedIn, which just opened up its publishing platform to anyone for free, has one big strength that most of its traditional publishing competitors don’t have, and that should be keeping them awake at night — if they aren’t already Read more »
BitTorrent is giving its mobile apps a facelift, and adding its content publishing platform directly to its desktop clients. Read more »
Anti-government protests took a deadly turn in Ukraine’s capital Kiev Tuesday, and live streamers were on scene as the situation went out of control. Read more »
Sony is launching the PS4 in Japan this week, and the company hopes that video gamers there will also try out its music service. Read more »
Screen casting may be coming to Android — but is it a third-party development, or something that Google wants to introduce officially? Read more »
Dayframe’s newly-updated Android app is the best way yet to cast personal photos and other imagery to the TV screen. Read more »
Kevin Spacey is back to conquer Washington DC, and what better way to match his ambition than watching the entire second season in one day, binge-viewing style? Read more »
More and more people are connecting their TVs to the internet — and as a result, they may be starting to watch less traditional television. Read more »
Former FCC commissioner Michael Copps says that a decade of mega-merger deals approved by the communications regulator helped destroy independent journalism and local media, and he is sorry for the role he played in making that happen Read more »
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 »
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 »
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.
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.
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 »
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.