Pioneering digital music site Last.fm just launched a radio product powered by YouTube videos that will help to keep the music streaming, without adding to Last.fm’s music licensing bill, according to hypebot. Last.fm was one of the first sites to analyze listeners’ music collections and generate personalized radio streams, but the site has been on a steady decline ever since CBS bought it for $280 million in 2007.
A report out from the OECD takes a look at connected televisions and what it will mean for broadband networks, peering, set-top-box makers and consumers. Read more »
Radio stations all around the world play thousands of songs this very minute. A new site dubbed Radio Search Engine makes all of that music searchable. Read more »
Hulu revamped its Hulu Plus UI on some connected devices last year, and viewers responded by sticking around a lot longer. Read more »
TiVo is laid off most of its industrial designers, according to a Wired report, which initially speculated that this may be part of a bigger strategy shift that would result in TiVo exiting the hardware business. TiVo has since assured me that the company will continue to make hardware, and in fact has plans for future retail products. Of course, TiVo has seen most of its growth coming from its operator business for some time, but last year, it nonetheless revamped its entire hardware line. This story was updated on 1/23 with additional information made available by TiVo.
HBO and Showtime didn’t like a recent media release by the NPD Group that suggested their subscriber numbers are down. The research company took another look at its data – and agreed. Read more »
Lively wants to give concert-goers an option to catch a show of their favorite band, and then listen to a recording of that show on their way home. Investors thought that’s worth $2 million. Read more »
Netflix is getting ready to overhaul its pricing structure and introduce three pricing options for new members. The announcement comes as the company grows to 44 million members worldwide. Read more »
Gradual copyright enforcement legislation, also known as three-strikes laws, don’t curb piracy: That’s the result of a new study that looked at the effectiveness of France’s anti-piracy legislation, which fines and disconnects users after repeat warnings. Researchers found, according to Torrentfreak, that this simply results in users getting smarter about piracy, shifting from monitored file sharing networks to other sources for unlicensed downloads.
Technology marketing conference announces David Pogue, new tech columnist at Yahoo and former New York Times tech columnist, as the fifth and final addition to the keynote lineup. Read more »
Intel had it all: An A-list team, an intriguing product and even a number of contracts with TV networks, just waiting to be signed. So why did the company end up selling its OnCue TV service to Verizon? Read more »
The developer of Freevo, a pioneering media center app for Linux, Windows and OS X, announced that the app won’t receive any future updates. Freevo, which was first released in 2002, combined DVR and media playback capabilities for home theater PCs. Freevo’s developer wrote Monday on a mailing list that Freevo has been surpassed by other technologies including the media center competitor XBMC and Google’s Chromecast.
After his offer of a co-ownership deal was rebuffed, Wonkblog founder Ezra Klein is leaving the Washington Post for his own venture — a departure that reminds more than one media watcher of how the Post lost what would eventually become Politico. Read more »
Verizon is buying Intel Media’s assets to build out its own FiOS service and eventually also offer TV over the internet. But behind all of this is one big plan: to take on former ally Comcast. Read more »
Verizon is buying Intel Media, the Intel unit that has been developing an internet-based television service called OnCue. Read more »
Updated. The iPhone app for Beats Music, the much-anticipated music subscription service that is spearheaded by Jimmy Iovine, went live in Apple’s iTunes app store ahead of its official launch Tuesday morning. Beats will also be available on Android, but the app can’t be found on Google Play yet – and we just got words from Beats that the version on the app store (1.0.0) isn’t actually the final launch version, so installing may not get you very far. Beats has a big focus on mobile; new users that want to take advantage of the services 7-day free trial need to go through an onboarding process that is only available through its mobile apps. A sign-up page with links to the apps is also already available online. This post was updated at 9:12pm with more information on the iOS app.
Netflix apps are available on more than 1000 different devices, but have so far been absent from cable boxes. This is now changing, starting with a cooperation launched in Sweden. Read more »
What do you get if you take three of YouTube’s most talented stars, a defining experience like summer camp, and an engaged community willing to open their wallets? In the case of Camp Takota, it may just be a glimpse at the future of indie movies. Read more »
Ars Technica revealed a report that showed Microsoft had an “astroturfing” deal with Youtube gaming empire Machinima. What does it all mean for gaming journalism ethics? Read more »
TV viewers love Netflix, Hulu Plus and Amazon Prime Instant. But while these services are growing, premium cable channels are getting ditched. Read more »
An appeals court has struck a blow for free speech and freedom of the press by ruling that First Amendment protection should be available to bloggers, regardless of whether they fit the definition of who qualifies as a journalist. Read more »
ABC’s brutal restriction of next-day online episodes to cable customers and Hulu Plus subscribers only may have led cord-cutters to turn to pirated content sites. Read more »
Are you using someone else’s HBO GO password to watch True Blood? Don’t worry, you’re not keeping HBO CEO Richard Plepler awake at night. Instead, he thinks of it as marketing. Read more »
It’s true: Digg is doing original content, and one of its first pieces is a great long-form read titled “Is this thing on?” The article has radio journalist Stan Alcorn wondering why there are tons of viral videos on the internet, but rarely any viral audio stories. Alcorn found one great exception from that rule, but it’s not a podcast — and it may be hard to replicate. A must read for everyone interested in the future of radio, podcasts and online storytelling.
Financial documents that Forbes magazine has been handing out to potential buyers show that while the company is doing better than some other publishers, its rumored asking price of $400 million is extremely aggressive based on its revenue growth and profitability Read more »
Rdio is now letting U.S. listeners use its music subscription service for free — on the web, anyway: The music service announced Thursday that it is allowing users to listen as much as they want on its website. Rdio is monetizing the new free offering through ads, which are sold by its new partner Cumulus. Ad-free listening still costs $10 a month. The announcement comes a day after Spotify announced that it is removing limits to free listening in all of its territories, and less than a week before Beats Music launches its service in the U.S.
Wikipedia has traditionally only accepted open media formats. But now it’s considering a change in tune to finally get more video contributions. Read more »
Got a movie that’s popular on Kickstarter? Then you may be able to get even more money from Vimeo. Read more »
Kids in Germany, France, Australia and across Latin America just got another way of watching cartoons on the iPad: Movile expanded its Play Kids service into 24 new countries. Read more »
Playboy.tv wants to bring adult entertainment to Chromecast, and is developing an Android app to do so. But will Google allow this? Read more »
One of the bigger surprises at CES was Hisense with its new line of Vidaa smart TVs, which are based on Android and show where Google TV is going now that it isn’t called Google TV anymore. Read more »
http://online.wsj.com/news/articles/SB10001424052702303754404579312904182126302 Verizon’s FIOS TV is the first pay TV provider to get a new, customizable kids TV channel dubbed My Nick Jr. from Viacom in the coming months, according to a Wall Street Journal report. Parents will be able to pick themes like “get creative” to […] Read more »
No matter what you think of Megaupload founder Kim Dotcom, you have to admit that he has a talent to rally the masses — and now, Dotcom wants to take that talent to the next level. Dotcom took to Twitter Tuesday to say that he is […] Read more »
Guten Tag and bonjour, Netflix: As the streaming video service is looking to expand further into Europe, it may come to Germany and France next. Read more »
http://uk.reuters.com/article/2014/01/12/uk-deezer-dailymotion-france-idUKBREA0B09420140112 Samsung is in negotiations to strike a commercial agreement with and possibly acquire a stake in the Paris-based music subscription service Deezer, according to French media reports relayed by Reuters. Deezer seems like an interesting target for Samsung: The service is already available in a […] Read more »
http://www.latimes.com/entertainment/envelope/cotown/la-et-ct-katzenberg-youtube-20140113,0,5717603.story DreamWorks Animation and YouTube are going to launch a new daily video show called YouTube Nation on the service Tuesday. The show will highlight “some of the best and most interesting videos” on the service every day, according to the Los Angeles Times. Each episode […] Read more »
Beats Music isn’t going to launch for another week, but we found the door to its website unlocked, and couldn’t help us but snoop around. Read more »
Beats Music has kept its user interface and key details on the pricing of its offering secret — until now: We got a screenshot showing the service’s UI across three platforms. Read more »
The latest redesign of the New York Times website includes a lot of nice features — but for an industry-leading publication, the Times has done very little in terms of pushing the envelope for readers. Here are a few things I think they could and should have done. Read more »
Pandora wants to establish a common standard for internet-connected loudspeakers — and it’s looking to the TV space for inspiration. Read more »