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.
So you want to watch the Olympics, but not on your TV? You are in luck: NBC is streaming more than 1,000 hours of competitions live online — but those streams can only be accessed if you are a pay TV subscriber. Read more »
Tesla boss Elon Musk says that Spotify didn’t want to work with his company, so he sealed a deal with Rdio instead. Read more »
Don’t like Roku’s default home screen theme? Soon you’ll be able to exchange it with a custom theme built by a third-party developer. Read more »
Sony is getting out of the ebook business in the United States and Canada, and turning its customers (there aren’t many of them at this point) over to Kobo. Read more »
Beep’s new connected speaker adapter isn’t just geeky on the outside: It renders HTML5 web apps, doing away with the need for proprietary home audio standards. Read more »
Should Netflix be more like TV, and just start playing a continuous stream of content as soon as you launch the app? There are good reasons for and against it. Read more »
Activists and others involved in the war in Syria say Facebook has been deleting pages created by dissidents and removing content because it violates the social network’s standards, and that important information about the conflict is being lost as a result Read more »
Chromecast is getting more music content soon, courtesy of Beats and Rdio. Spotify on the other hand seems to be busy with other things. Read more »
Longtime Google employee Susan Wojcicki will take over as boss of YouTube, and her skills with ads could be what the platform needs to solve its money woes for creators. Read more »
Amazon’s Kindle Worlds program, which secures licenses that allow self-published authors to legally sell Kindle fan fiction based on properties like Gossip Girl and Kurt Vonnegut’s books, added a few more brands to its lineup Wednesday. Among them: Hasbro’s G.I. Joe and Warner Brothers shows Veronica Mars […] Read more »
The video remix platform Mixbit isn’t shutting down, says YouTube co-founder Chad Hurley. Read more »
Former Hulu CEO Jason Kilar is reportedly working on a secretive startup called The Fremont Project that wants to build a Hulu-style model for magazines and other content — but the odds are stacked against such an attempt for a number of reasons Read more »
Ebook company Kobo has replaced its founder and CEO, Michael Serbinis, with a CEO from its Japanese parent company Rakuten. Read more »
Netflix wants to spend close to $3 billion on content in 2014, which is why the company is raising additional debt. Read more »
There’s more than one remake of the sci-fi action hit in theaters this month: “Our Robocop Remake” is an unofficial labor of love, created by a community of filmmakers from the online video world. Read more »
Former NPR editor Andy Carvin says he is joining Pierre Omidyar’s new venture First Look Media because he wants to help create a new media entity that has social elements baked into it from the beginning, instead of just seeing them as an add on Read more »
After losing Chromecast support last August, AllCast is back thanks to the new Chromecast SDK. With it, you can stream local photos, videos and music from an Android device to your Chromecast over Wi-Fi. Read more »
Google doesn’t want publishers of X-rated content to use Chromecast. That’s why the company is including a no-nudity clause in the Chromecast SDK’s Terms of Service. Read more »
YouTube has paid record labels more than $1 billion in ad revenue over the last several years, said Google’s YouTube Content VP Tom Pickett during a panel at the music industry conference Midem in Cannes, France Monday, according to a Music:Ally report (hat tip to TNW). Music […] Read more »
Six months after first releasing Chromecast, Google is now opening the floodgates for more apps by giving developers full access to the Google Cast SDK. Read more »
Millions of videos at your fingertips, from publishers big and small — that was always the promise of online video. In the living room, it’s been broken by backroom deals. Read more »
Digital First Media CEO John Paton has just launched a company-wide effort called Project Unbolt that is aimed at detaching digital from the newspaper chain’s dying legacy print operations — but there is a long road between that and becoming truly digital Read more »
Good news for cord cutters and sports fans alike: Super Bowl XLVIII will once again be live streamed in its entirety. Fox will offer anyone the ability to tune in on the web or via its Fox Go iOS app. Read more »
The Dutch crowdfunded journalism site De Correspondent is already bringing in almost $2 million per year in subscription revenue, and part of its success is being driven by the relationship it is building between its writers and their readers Read more »
Chrome is now telling you exactly which of its tabs is playing audio – but how does the browser actually know this? Read more »
Comcast is preparing to launch its cloud DVR in the Boston market “very soon,” according to a FierceCable report. The company’s SVP and GM of Video Services Matt Strauss told FierceCbale that the new network DVR, which will store customers’ recordings in the cloud, will be rolled out market by market this year. The cloud DVR will only be made available to subscribers who also have Comcast’s new X1 set-top box, which was also rolled out in Boston first.