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Media giant Comcast has a cunning plan to develop a new video platform, infiltrate tens of millions of homes with it by 2017 using its existing infrastructure, and seduce customers and content publishers along the way. It's called "Watchable" and it could launch within a matter of weeks. According to Business Insider who cites several anonymous individuals familiar with the plan, Comcast wants to tap into the creativity of digital-video producers like The Onion, AwesomenessTV, Vice, and more established brands like NBC sports and roll it into a service that will be watchable on Comcast's XFinity... Read more...
While the Federal Communications Commission sorts through all the feedback and arguments regarding net neutrality and internet fast lanes, Senate Judiciary Committee Chairman Patrick Leahy has been taking a more direct approach. Recently, Leahy sent a letter to Comcast executive vice president David Cohen pressuring the company to make assurances that it will continue to support the old net neutrality rules and implement additional protections. During Comcast’s merger with NBC-Universal, it agreed to follow the old net neutrality rules until 2018 in order for the deal to go through. But that... Read more...
The Olympic games officially begin tonight in Sochi, but if you're one of several million US citizens who don't pay for cable access, you're not going to be watching much of that content online. While NBC is officially streaming the entire games, those streams are reserved for paying cable customers. In 2011, NBC cut a deal with the International Olympics Committee to hold exclusive rights to the Olympic Games through 2020. That means NBC gets to decide who sees the feed -- and who doesn't. Those broadcast fees are now a huge percentage of total Olympic Games revenue, according to the Washington... Read more...
By now you've undoubtedly heard about Google Glass, the wearable computer with a head-mounted display (HMD) that will allow you to interact with the environment in a smartphone-like manner, but without using your hands. You speak commands and it responds, so you want to take a picture of what you're seeing, you simply tell Google Glass to do so. The idea that anyone at any time could be recording you in a public setting without your knowledge -- in a restaurant restroom, for example -- has led to some privacy concerns, but on Saturday Night Live this past weekend, a whole slew of other potential... Read more...
Yesterday’s terror in Boston was an awful reminder that we aren’t as safe as we thought. Someone managed to plant at least two bombs near the finish line of the Boston Marathon, and reports indicate that among the dozens injured, three were killed, including an 8-year-old boy. (I personally had friends--parents of two young children--who were standing at that spot just 15 minutes or so before the explosion.) But it could have been much, much worse; NBC News reported last night that the size of the “backpack bombs” could have delivered a payload that reached as far as 150... Read more...
Well, it's good to see broadcasters are getting with the times when it comes to major sporting events. NBC is going to be showcasing the 2012 Olympics from London, and naturally, they're doing everything they can to deliver the events in every way possible. But, there are a few catches. Coming soon, users will be blasted with over 5,000 hours of coverage, spread across NBC, NBC Sports Network, MSNBC, CNBC, Bravo, Telemundo, NBCOlympics.com, Two Specialty Channels & 3D. Sounds like quite the undertaking, and we're betting you'll be hard pressed to keep up. But for avid fans, this will be the... Read more...
Dish Network has a new “PrimeTime Anytime” feature that’s part of a whole-home DVR service called “Hopper”. The service lets you access Fox, NBC, CBS, and ABC primetime content from the last eight days on demand and record up to six programs simultaneously with a storage capacity of up to 2,000 hours of content. However, one little bonus feature called AutoHop has a team of broadcasters hopping mad. Simply put, AutoHop automatically skip commercials on recorded content, unlike typical DVR programming that requires the user to fast forward with the remote control. Apparently,... Read more...
The Olympics. Just the phrase catches people's attention, and much like the Super Bowl, zillions of people from all corners of the globe will press pause on their lives to tune in. But the 2012 games in London will be different than any other: technology has advanced to a point where there's more just one medium. The TV isn't it. The internet is here, 3D is here, and 4K is here. And with the Summer Olympics, when 11,000 athletes from 205 countries will gather to compete for glory in more than 300 events, NBC plans to make history. Have a listen: "With YouTube as our official video-on-demand partner,... Read more...
And, well, that's that. First off the block, then on the block, and now off again. The drama that has surrounded Hulu in recent months came to an abrupt end this past week, as the company decided to "terminate the sale process" before it was ever truly near its logical completion. The following is a joint statement from Hulu owners News Corporation, Providence Equity Partners, The Walt Disney Company and the Hulu senior management team: “Since Hulu holds a unique and compelling strategic value to each of its owners, we have terminated the sale process and look forward to working together... Read more...
Earlier this week, Hulu CEO Jason Kilar posted a blog entry on the joint venture's second quarter. Overall results were good, with Hulu Plus ramping significantly more quickly than anticipated. Kilar notes that Hulu Plus, the website's paid subscription service, "added more paying subscribers in June than we did in April and May combined." The site now expects to break the one million subscriber mark by the end of the summer as opposed to by the end of the year. These figures do not count anyone testing the one week free subscriber trial. According to Kilar, content owners currently earn approximately... Read more...
NBC has fired the source of the recently leaked "Today Show" footage that showed then (1993) Today Show anchors Katie Couric, Bryant Gumbel, and Elizabeth Vargas asking "What is the Internet? Then, the Internet wasn't something we couldn't live without, and thus, the hosts' confusion over it was understandable. The video was originally off-air footage, though NBC did air it at one point and had a laugh about it. Thus, it wasn't really a "leak," but according to what NBC said, it's not just that the network doesn't have a sense of humor. Rather, it seems the source had a history of doing this sort... Read more...
Most of the major television networks—CBS, ABC, and NBC, as well as Hulu.com—have blocked Google TV's from accessing their online offerings, on the grounds that allowing users to watch videos at CBS.com damages the website's ability to earn revenue. The networks' stance almost guarantees that the question of what is and isn't blockable will end up in court—but irate Google TV owners and hackers in general aren't waiting for a legal decision. According to a recent blog post on the subject, the Google TV block isn't based on a browser string or on the technical capabilities of the... Read more...
Netflix just keeps getting bigger and bigger, and better and better. Cable TV isn't going anywhere soon, but when it does, it will have Netflix to thank for pushing it out of the way. Netflix, and NBC Universal Domestic Television Distribution today announced an expanded license agreement through which Netflix members can instantly watch a selection of broadcast series from the NBC television network and – for the first time on Netflix – content from some of NBC Universal's popular cable channels. The deal includes prior season episodes from NBC, USA, Syfy and Saturday Night Live re-runs,... Read more...
Enjoy watching Hulu? Well, you better go ahead and take the next week off of work in order to catch up on all of those old episodes of your favorite show, because the Free Lunch Parade may be ending. Ever since Hulu was introduced, users and analysts wondered if NBC would be able to keep it free. Users are forced to watch ads during the show, but it's still a pretty great deal for consumers when you look at just how expensive pay-TV is. Recently, rumors about pay-access to Hulu began to gain even more steam, and now it seems like an inevitability that pay access is coming sooner rather than later.... Read more...
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