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Well, this is interesting: NBC Universal is working on a comedy video subscription service, according to a report from the Wall Street…
Don’t expect Comcast to target customers of Cox or Cablevision with a internet-based TV service like the ones Sony and Dish are getting ready to launch.
More and more people are connecting their TVs to the internet — and as a result, they may be starting to watch less traditional television.
Viber is now selling international long distance. The latest version of its iPhone and Android apps will connect calls to outside landline and mobile phone numbers.
From Apple earnings to the AP Twitter hack to Amazon’s set-top box, this week provided tons of fodder for a great podcast.
New investor Foundation Capital led the round bringing with on board Twitter veteran Anamitra Banerji. Kik is evolving from a texting clone to an HTML5 app platform, which has helped drive big growth in recent months.
Orange’s Skype-and-WhatsApp rival is gaining functionality and reach for users around the world, with particular benefits for customers of certain Orange carriers.
The beta release of Viber for BlackBerry 2.4 is the first to include Skype-rivalling VoIP functionality. However, this only applies to older versions of the BlackBerry platform, not the freshly-launched BB10.
Intel registered a trademark for Intel inside and out last week, which seems to be connected to its TV plans – and which turns out to be virtually identical to another mark registered in secrecy last year.
Verizon just turned tablets and PCs into fully functioning SMS clients. It’s new Verizon Messaging service virtualizes its texting and MMS capabilities on the iPad, Android tablets and multiple web browsers.
Open Garden needs scale, TextMe needs a means for its customers to reach the Internet. These two might just be a match made in heaven.
The growth in signaling traffic not only is an indicator of success but also shows that mobile data has come of age, not just as the mobile extension of the fixed internet but as an emerging way to stay connected.
A data plan to charge consumers extra for Skype, Google Talk or other VoIP calls has been squashed by TeliaSonera; sort of. Instead of the planned 6 Euro fee for 5 to 10 hours of VoIP calls, the operator is simply raising rates for all.
BSkyB has disclosed the startup costs for its new over-the-top internet TV venture. The amount tells us how much the UK pay-TV leader will invest in seeking new online customers and protecting its satellite business from IPTV challengers.
“Operators treat partners like vendors.” That quote comes form Google director of global android partnerships John Lagerling, who said it at a Dublin conference where it was captured by Light Reading. It’s a telling statement — one that sums up a big problem facing the wireless industry.
Yet another app has joined the growing ranks of over-the-top mobile VoIP services, but Sidecar is offering up a twist on the usual VoIP format. The startup is using the voice call merely as the starting point from which users can share video, location and contact info.
Sony has big plans for a competitive home video service to compete with programming offers from the cable and satellite companies – or maybe I should say ‘had’. Those plans are on hold until regulators decide if Comcast can keep prioritize its content over everyone else’s.
Roku is officially starting to sell its devices in Canada: The company will initially make two devices available for pre-order through its own site as well as online retailers this week. The boxes will pop up in stores later this month.
Call it the year of lessons learned, if not quite bubbles burst. In 2011, several trends in the connected consumer space that appeared inexorable at the start of the year seemed disorganized by the end. What does that mean for the next 12 months? From cloud-based media storage to daily deals to the fight for the digital living room, 2012 will be a year of consolidation and integration. Both entrepreneurs and investors will figure out that many once-promising standalone business models need to be grounded on more solid, integrated platforms to create real value. Companies mentioned in this report include Hulu, LivingSocial, Netflix and Zynga. For a full list of companies, and to read the full report, sign up for a free trial.
Porn stars are coming to Boxee, thanks to a new app from FyreTV. The X-rated VOD content provider is embracing Boxee and other over-the-top video platforms after previous efforts to rent a dedicated streaming device for adult videos to end users failed to take off.