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Call this one of those annoying to-be-continued TV shows: While we don’t know what CBS will officially announce during Les Moonves’ keynote at CES Tuesday, we do know some of the people who will be joining him onstage as the big-eye network attempts to burnish itself […] Read more »

Update: Background information added. Heavy.com has received $20 million from Polaris Ventures in its fifth round of funding, the company formally announced today. paidContent broke the number last night. We had previously mentioned the round when PE Week discovered regulatory documents showing it was worth at […] Read more »

We’ve already covered the upcoming PC-to-TV box from Sling, a similar product from Linksys and over at GigaOm the new media devices from Netgear. Even Sony has joined the set-top sweepstakes. So even if the iTV is delayed, there are plenty of new ways to get […] Read more »

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VeriSign has been active on the content delivery front following its announcement of a hybrid P2P-traditional CDN service based on its acquisition of Kontiki. VeriSign says via email it will be collaborating with Adobe for delivery of Flash video “including movies, TV shows, broadcast media and […] Read more »

Day by day, Steve Jobs is having a little more sizzle taken away from his upcoming iTV unveiling, with the latest being Netgear’s announcement of their own network-enabled TV appliance. On the one hand, it has an onerous HDMI port. On the other, it’s got a […] Read more »

Katie’s got the report from CES on Verizon’s Vcast Mobile TV over on GigaOM. She pokes a few holes in the initial presentation — an unclear but probably steep price point, fuzzy plans for incorporating user-generated content, and Verizon President and COO Denny Strigl’s admission that […] Read more »

Xeni Jardin spots ads placed by Google directly in their stream of the Charlie Rose show. I wonder where the money’s going, since Charlie Rose is aired on the Public Broadcasting Service. [BoingBoing] Speaking of Google and network broadcasters, Google has hired NBC Universal’s strategic ventures […] Read more »

Sling Media is scheduled to announce tonight SlingPlayer Mobile support for the Palm Treo 700p, the new smartphone currently offered by Sprint and Verizon. The company is also expected to show a technology demonstration of Slingbox running on Microsoft’s Vista, with some snazzy controls that take […] Read more »

Friday afternoon at Sling Media’s HQ in San Mateo, we got a look at a prototype for one of the first entrants in the bring-Internet-video-to-the-TV race: The SlingCatcher, a sort of Slingbox-in-reverse that should hit the retail shelves sometime this summer, priced at $200 or less. […] Read more »

Leaks of shows before they actually air is old-hat to file-sharing die hards but this one has undeniable mainstream appeal. The first four episodes of popular serial thriller 24 are now available at your local torrent index site. TorrentFreak says the AsiaTeam crew were responsible for […] Read more »

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With Hitachi’s announcement of a one terabyte hard drive with a 3.5″ profile, I got to wondering if it’s not too late for the current ‘next generation’ of optical discs. By the time HD-DVD and BluRay have settled their format war, or learn to coexist, that […] Read more »

If you’ve ever used Skype, you know that part of its allure is that it is simple to use and it just works. Maybe that’s why there’s so much buzz building around the next moves from Skype (and Kazaa) developers Niklas Zennstrom and Janus Friis, first […] Read more »

Between the wealth of motion picture and information technology talent in India, it’s no surprise that some smart projects are coming online. The web allows the Indian music, film and television industries to distribute to a worldwide audience of both Hindi and English speakers, to compliment […] Read more »

Have you heard about the Get NewTeeVee on Your OldTeeVee contest yet? We’ve got five first-place prizes: invites to the Venice Project for the NTV team’s favorite PC-to-TV setups. These are the rules: send us a picture of NewTeeVee.com on your television and tell us how […] Read more »

The hints have been dropped before, but next week expect to hear it loud and clear: The big U.S. television networks no longer fear the Web, but are embracing it as closely as they can, no longer worried whether digital dispersion will dilute their traditional broadcasting […] Read more »

Wallstrip, a three-month-old online videoblog about the stock market, has raised a little over a half a million dollars in funding, creator Howard Lindzon told NewTeeVee Thursday. Wallstrip takes a much more anecdotal than analytical approach, focusing each day on a single stock trading at an […] Read more »

Qflix, a new service from Sonic Solutions (of Roxio fame), has reportedly achieved a feat which, frankly, is a few years past its due: a simple service where you pay a fee, download a movie, burn it to a DVD and watch it on any standard […] Read more »

Across the pond, two members of the European Parliament have moved to amend the second Intellectual Property Enforcement Directive (IPRED2) in order to criminalize even small-scale, non-commercial use of protected intellectual property. French MEPs Nicole Fontaine and Janelly Fourtou simply want to strike the language specifying […] Read more »

Yesterday it was discovered by a number of videobloggers that their content was appearing, without their consent and wrapped in copious advertising, on MyHeavy.com. Shows like Geek Entertainment Television had been indexed by MyHeavy’s search, and the resulting pages had no link to the source of […] Read more »

Looks like the folks at Obvious Corp. have launched their next new toy, a Webcam video-sharing site called Hellodeo. Right now it seems filled with a bunch of hello world bad Webcam greetings, but we are sure to see a lonely girl or two before long. […] Read more »

A Brazilian court agreed yesterday that until YouTube completely removes a sex tape, it should be shut down, according to Reuters. The tape shows Daniela Cicarelli, a model and ex-wife of Ronaldo, having sex with her boyfriend at the beach. Cicarelli sued last year to get […] Read more »

NewTeeVee recently came across a stealthy newly funded video startup called Twistage, which aims to sell white-labeled video functionality for any Web site. It plans to officially launch next month. The company, dually based in San Francisco and New York, provides a customizable video platform, including […] Read more »

Looking to move into the market for digital distribution, copy protection and rights management heavyweight Macrovision has acquired media software developer Mediabolic for $43 million in cash. Mediabolic’s products drive the content navigation screens on PVRs, set-top boxes and other media hardware. The transaction is a […] Read more »

The Iraqi government has arrested the person who used his cellphone to videotape Saddam Hussein’s execution, reports the Associated Press. The man, whose film disturbed the world and instigated Sunni protests around Iraq, “was an official who supervised the execution and now he is under investigation,” […] Read more »

A niche video content company called Next New Networks (which crazily enough is already the top Google result for its incredibly generic name, sans quotations marks) has received $8 million in funding from digital media VC firm Spark Capital, according to various reports. The company, led […] Read more »

According to Greg Sandoval at CNet News, executives Roman Arzhintar and Bart Myers have left Guba — to found their own online video site. Upon his own departure from Guba less than two weeks ago, co-founder and former CEO Tom McInerney had warned of more losses […] Read more »

Looking for a beta invite to the Venice Project? We’ve got a few handy. To make it interesting, we’re holding this site’s first contest: Get NewTeeVee on Your OldTeeVee. Here are the rules: send us a picture of NewTeeVee.com on your television and tell us how […] Read more »

The “Month of Apple Bugs” project is pretty much what it sounds like — a month devoted to finding, proving and publishing the details of exploits in Apple hardware and software. Any coincidence that it’s scheduled for the same month as MacWorld can be chalked up […] Read more »

A core tenet of NewTeeVee is that video is an effective way to tell a story. That goes for everybody from big corporations like Starbucks on down, especially now that it’s so easy to make your film available to viewers using sites like YouTube. This morning, […] Read more »

Based on the Azureus 2.5 codebase, BitTyrant has one distinct feature — it’s designed to maximize the download speed of the user by only connecting to the fastest peers, and to choose peers that send more data than they receive. This means that an individual using […] Read more »

Further software testing might delay an early January launch of the iTV, according to unnamed sources who spoke with AppleInsider — though Steve Jobs is still scheduled to reveal more details soon, presumably at MacWorld. The AppleInsider report said the device should ship by mid-February. Another […] Read more »

Patents, the new business model? That’s what it feels like when you read about the latest technology lawsuit, from a failed business that is suing Apple, Google and Napster over the idea of distributing audio and video over the Internet. A New York Times story today […] Read more »

Vidmeter is a new tool for monitoring popular online video by aggregating the number of times a video is seen across 10 of the most popular video sites. It’s officially launching Wednesday. Vidmeter was created by one-man Website machine Bri Holt. Holt recently sold his Socialmeter […] Read more »

Web video site and social network Stickam made the New York Times today, though it’s not the kind of publicity the company might have liked. Stickam allows users to broadcast live Web cam feeds on their homepages, something that worries some child-protection advocates, the story says. […] Read more »

Something big must be brewing at Disney, given that the company scored back-to-back articles in the New York Times and the Wall Street Journal concerning some much-needed upgrades coming to the Disney.com site. The Times piece, published Sunday, delves more into the business problems Disney has […] Read more »

Former Cadence Design founder Joe Costello has taken over as CEO of place-shifting software startup Orb Networks, adding that title to the chairman role he had previously held. Costello, who helped found the Emeryville-based Orb three years ago, is apparently taking a stronger hand to help […] Read more »

Going to the Web for the uncensored version isn’t always a matter of off-color humor. This weekend, after Saddam Hussein was executed, a cellphone video that kept rolling after the former Iraqi dictator dropped from the gallows quickly became available online. In contrast, American television networks […] Read more »

User-generated content and citizen journalism, seen by some as the next potential wave in online video news reporting, has generated just a few small ripples for cable giant CNN and its five-month-old I-Report program. As the captured-by-phone videos of Saddam Hussein’s execution and Michael Richards’ rant […] Read more »

On Saturday, I took a look at last year’s P2P news. Today I’ll extrapolate from some of those trends to look at what they might mean for the next year. The common thread that jumps out is that the medium of distributing content in general, and […] Read more »

Sittin’ around the small tube tonight? Don’t feel left out — point your browser over to YouTube for an online New Year celebration, which will be spiced up by a lot of mainstream music thanks to big sponsor Chevrolet and Warner Music, which are promising concert […] Read more »

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