Video advertising company Tubemogul wants to raise $75 million through a listing on the New York Stock Exchange. Read more »
Broadband is the great enabler, the catalyst for some of the most exciting and innovative work being done in the digital media ecosystem. It’s also at the core of the Cable Show 2014, happening April 29-May 1, 2014, in Los Angeles. Find out more. Read more »
Remember the time De La Soul offered all of its albums as free downloads — only to see the server hosting those downloads go down under the load of excited fans? That won’t happen with the pioneering Hip Hop group’s new digital project: De La Soul has teamed up with BitTorrent to release a new mixtape called Smell the DA.I.S.Y. as a free BitTorrent bundle download. The release is in support of the J Dilla Foundation, which supports music programs in inner-city schools.
The New York Times is launching new paid digital products: NYT Now, which is supported by native ads and is $8 a month, and Times Premier, which at $45 a month is more expensive than a regular digital subscription. Read more »
Crackle isn’t crackling anymore in the U.K.: The Sony-owned video service will close shop in the market by the beginning of April. Read more »
Food Network programming has disappeared from Amazon Prime Instant just one year after both companies announced a licensing agreement for hundreds of episodes. Read more »
Major League Baseball’s MLB.tv launched on Microsoft’s Xbox One Tuesday, giving users of Microsoft’s new game console a way to watch live baseball games as well as replay full games from the archives. As always, blackout rules apply, and users need to have an Xbox Live Gold subscription as well as a MLB.tv Premium subscription — but if you are a cord cutter who want to follow your team from back home, this may be the best way to do it.
Customers who bought agency-priced ebooks between 2010 and 2012 are receiving credits for those books as a result of the publishers’ settlements with the states. Kindle customers appear to be the first to get those credits. Read more »
Lara Setrakian, a former foreign correspondent for ABC News, started Syria Deeply because she believed that a news site focused on a specific topic would fill a need in the journalism marketplace — and she is planning to expand that idea with other sites like Arctic Deeply Read more »
Get ready for Epic Rap Battles to come to Disney World any day now: Disney has officially acquired Maker Studios for $500 million. Read more »
Roku just launched version 3.0 of is remote control app for iOS, Android and Kindle Fire, and the new app doesn’t just look better, it also offers universal search for movies and TV shows across Roku channels. It’s a feature that Roku introduced for its set-top boxes last year, but it makes even more sense on the mobile, where text input is easier to handle. As before, the apps also support local content playback.
Data collected by a music tech hacker reveals that people tweet a whole lot more about SoundCloud than about Spotify or Pandora. Read more »
The New York Public Library will offer book recommendations to readers through its website via a new partnership with NYC-based startup Zola Books. Read more »
A proposed new Apple service that resurfaces a dicey issue about Comcast’s online TV business just when the company is about to face new merger conditions? That’s some funny timing. Read more »
AT&T should get paid by Netflix for making more interconnecting capacity available, argues the company’s SEVP Jim Cicconi. It’s just the latest in an increasingly public fight about peering. Read more »
Netflix CEO Reed Hastings suggested tongue-in-cheek this week that the company could switch to P2P video streaming to avoid peering troubles with ISPs. Would that actually be possible? Read more »
Blogging platform Medium is now available for iPhone, offering custom reading lists based on who they follow on Twitter. Read more »
Can’t find any good 4K content for your brand-new 4K TV? Samsung wants to help — with a ridiculously overpriced hard drive bundle. Read more »
The BBC wants to give its viewers a way to catch-up on shows that have aired a few weeks ago, and also plans expanding support for Google’s Chromecast streaming stick. Read more »
Pat McGovern, the visionary behind a tech publishing and IT research giant, and philanthropist behind the McGovern Institute for Brain Research died Wednesday. Read more »
Well this is interesting: Lip sync videos and other fan adaptations of pop hits make record labels more money that the official music videos produced by the labels themselves, according to a report by the Toronto Star (hat tip to hypebot). The paper quotes Universal’s global head of digital business saying calling fan videos a massive growth area, and adding: “We’re very excited about the creativity of consumers using our repertoire and creating their own versions of our videos.” The flow of money is largely due to the fact that YouTube gives record labels the option to monetize third-party videos that use their music, instead of taking them down.
Crowdsourced Wifi network operator Fon is getting ready to launch a new product called Gramofon, and we were able to dig up some photos as well as other details ahead of its official launch. Read more »
Well, hello there: Chromecast is now available in 10 European countries as well as Canada, and the BBC and some other big publishers are ready to cast. Read more »
Google just rolled out its Play Movies service, which offers Hollywood Blockbusters for rent or sale, in a whole bunch of additional countries — 39, to be precise, including a number of countries in Central and South America, Europe and Africa. This means that Google Play Movies is now available in about 60 countries around the world. However, TV show episodes are still just available in Australia, Japan, United Kingdom, United States.
Longtime Pandora CTO and SVP of Product Tom Conrad is leaving: Conrad announced with a blog post Tuesday that he will be “transitioning to an adviser role” in three months, which is corporate speak for leaving, but on good terms. Former Pandora VP of Engineering Chris Martin has been promoted to Chief Technology Officer, and the company has started to look for a Chief Product Officer. Conrad can be credited for shaping Pandora’s technology strategy, which involved an early focus on mobile, and more recently, an embrace of open standards for connected TV and whole-home audio platforms.
Sonos is giving its mobile controller apps a much-needed overhaul, starting with the Android app. More support for third-party apps could also be on its way. Read more »
Once again, you’ll be able to watch all 67 March Madness games live online, or on your iPad, iPhone or Android device. But roughly two-thirds of the games will require authentication. Check out our guide for all the details. Read more »
BitTorrent-based video streaming app Popcorn Time may be the media darling of the moment, but it doesn’t account for a whole lot of P2P traffic — at least not yet. Popcorn Time usage makes up for less than 1 percent of torrent downloads in March, according to Variety, which tapped German P2P analytics company Excipio for the data. Popcorn Time offers users the ability to stream videos directly as opposed to having to download them first to their hard drives. The app first surfaced in early March, got briefly shut down by its own developers soon after, and resurfaced only days later on different servers.
Pocket Casts just added Chromecast support to the Android version of its podcast app, making it easier to cast audio and video shows to the TV. Read more »
Forget browsing your TV guide by show names — how about you look for the topics that everyone is talking about right now instead? TV data startup Boxfish, which just raised $7 million, believes it can make this happen. Read more »
Even for a fan who donated to the cause, the effort required to watch crowd-funded “Veronica Mars” on its opening day was just maybe above-and-beyond, thanks to Warner Bros. Read more »
Bonjour and guten Tag, Chromecast: Google seems to be set to launch its streaming adapter in Germany, France, the U.K. an possibly a number of additional markets next week. Read more »
Spotify competitor Rdio has acquired the Indian music subscription service Dhingana, according to local media reports that have since been confirmed by Dhingana executives. The acquisition could be a way for Rdio to quickly get access to a huge market, but it comes after Dhingana had to shut down because it wasn’t able to secure licenses from one of the country’s biggest record labels. Rdio said in a release posted on Dhingana’s website that it wants to launch in India later this year.
Leaks show that Amazon has developed a game controller for an Android device. Is it an accessory for the company’s TV streamer, or part of an even more ambitious video game initiative? Read more »
Advertising Age is taking a deep dive into the future of content marketing, bringing together with the nation’s biggest brands and media leaders at the Digital Conference in New York, April 1 and 2. Read more »
Got a Chromecast streaming stick? Then you can now cast media from Plex, even without paying for a PlexPass subscription. Plex also added automatic personal media uploads to its iOS app. Read more »
Netflix is getting three new original kids shows from DreamWorks Animation, and all of them are based on existing characters. Maybe this will make up for Dora disappearing a year ago? Read more »
The world is increasingly expecting good design, as everything from platforms to products incorporates this thinking. This philosophy should extend to your company’s communication. Good design reflects your company brand, helping you deliver information in an effective and engaging manner. Read more »
Home entertainment revenues have been on a steady decline in the U.K. since 2008, but in 2013, that trend got reversed by Netflix and Amazon’s Lovefilm, according to a report from the Guardian. Video subscription services like Netflix and Lovefilm grew 120 percent last year, the paper said, quoting a recent report by the British Entertainment Retailers Association. Digital music services like Spotify and Deezer also fared well, growing 34 percent, but physical media sales were down 8 percent, and now only make up 40 percent of the home entertainment market.
Well, that was fast. Neil Young’s Pono startup, which wants to build a high-resolution digital music player by the same name, shot past its $800,000 funding goal on day one of its Kickstarter campaign. Pono launched a Kickstarter campaign to finance the production of its player Tuesday morning, and at 10pm, it already had raised more than $925,000. This also means that the discounted $200 Pono players are all gone, but backers can still secure a player for $300, which is $100 less than what Pono wants to sell the device for this fall.