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It was starting to feel like the saga that wouldn't end, and honestly, like Hulu was puffing itself up way, way too much. Now, after much discussion, it appears that Hulu's owners will retain that ownership, and a sale won't be on the table. While the likes of Yahoo! were rumored to have placed bids on the video delivery service, a press release this week confirmed that 21st Century Fox, NBCUniversal and The Walt Disney Company will be maintaining their stakes in Hulu. Sorry, bidders! Together, the three owners will place a cash infusion of $750 million into Hulu in order to propel future growth.... Read more...
Something's brewing at Facebook, and as we reported last week, the social networking service is planning a launch event for June 20, 2013. Early speculation suggested the big reveal would be a news reader, which would fill a ginormous void left by the shuttering of Google Reader. However, sources say Facebook has something else up its sleeve. According to TechCrunch, Facebook is likely to unveil a new video shooting and sharing feature to Instagram. Similar to Twitter's Vine service, Instagram videos would be short clips between 5 second and 10 seconds long. While nothing has yet been confirmed,... Read more...
Three cheers for democracy! The voting public has done their duty, and now Amazon is making known which of its original series will remain on the air. After a month or so of broadcasting via Amazon Instant, five pilots were chosen as the top-rated, and only those five will see production beyond the initial pilot episode. It was a highly unique tactic; Amazon funded and developed a number of new programs, and then aired them exclusively to Prime members for viewing. Then, it asked those viewers to vote on which they enjoyed the most. Comedy pilots Alpha House and Betas, along with kids pilots Annebots,... Read more...
Remember what it was like to be the cool kid in class? Or, perhaps you remember wishing you were the cool kid in class? Either way, it seems that Hulu knows exactly what it's like to be in high demand. The video streaming service has been the token streaming service up for acquisition over the past year or so, and while a lot of rumors have surfaced, the company has yet to be swooped up. But, of course, that may be changing soon. Yahoo has been on an unprecedented spending spree, forking out $30 million for Summly, $1.1 billion for Tumblr, and countless other smaller purchases in 2013. So, when... Read more...
Well, well -- the fight for the living room continues. With Microsoft marketing the Xbox One not as a game console, but as an "all-in-one" living room product, it's clear that consumer companies are intently interested in claiming the eyeballs of those plopped down in front of the television. Google TV was Google's own effort to accomplish that, but it never really went anywhere. That said, there's always time for a second chance, and LG is looking to make that happen. A new Korea Times report suggests that LG Electronics could see its TV sales rise due to integration with Google TV. Presently,... Read more...
When NVIDIA introduced the GeForce GTX Titan a few months back, the company created a huge gap in its single-GPU product line-up. With its GK110 GPU and massive 6GB frame buffer, the GeForce GTX Titan was easily able to outrun the GK104-based GeForce GTX 680 and it hung with the dual-GPU powered GeForce GTX 690 as well. That gap between the GeForce GTX 680 and GTX Titan could have potentially been filled by a scaled down GK110 with a smaller frame buffer, and in fact, one of the first questions we asked of NVIDIA during our briefing on Titan was if a more affordable version of the card was in the... Read more...
When NVIDIA introduced the GeForce GTX Titan a few months back, the company created a huge gap in its single-GPU product line-up. With its GK110 GPU and massive 6GB frame buffer, the GeForce GTX Titan was easily able to outrun the GK104-based GeForce GTX 680 and it hung with the dual-GPU powered GeForce GTX 690 as well. That gap between the GeForce GTX 680 and GTX Titan could have potentially been filled by a scaled down GK110 with a smaller frame buffer, and in fact, one of the first questions we asked of NVIDIA during our briefing on Titan was if a more affordable version of the... Read more...
Sure, you love video. You love streaming it, and you love storing it. But have you ever stopped to wonder where all of that digital goodness is stored? Seagate is thinking about that, hence the introduction of the industry's first purpose-built 4TB Video HDD. The Seagate Video 3.5 HDD has been built specifically for use in video applications such as digital video recorders (DVRs), set-top boxes (STBs), and surveillance systems. Purpose-built for video solutions, the Video 3.5 HDD can store up to 480 hours of high-definition (HD) content making it the industry’s highest-capacity drive designed... Read more...
Ah, the war on conventional television networks rages on. With Netflix scooping up exclusive, Internet-first programs on a regular basis now, Amazon is doing its best to keep pace. After all, it has to give users even more reason to spend $79 on an annual Prime membership, right? This week, Amazon's streaming video service (Prime Instant Video) gained a major asset: exclusive subscription access to some highly sought after NBCUniversal programming. The likes of Defiance, Grimm, Hannibal, Covert Affairs and Suits will soon join Amazon's streaming ranks, and if you want to watch them online, you'll... Read more...
You had to have expected this, right? With YouTube investing millions of dollars to equip producers with the tools necessary to create actual channels on the service that people would bother to subscribe to, Google was simply laying the foundation for YouTube to become something greater than a repository for weird cat videos and low-quality phone uploads. Instead, it wants to hop on the bandwagon that Amazon and Netflix are riding, where online natives are creating top-notch content for mass consumption. Reports are suggesting that Google is planning a video subscription service for YouTube, with... Read more...
If you're a conventional TV channel, there's no question that Netflix has your attention. In fact, Amazon as well. Streaming video services the world over are stepping their games up, acting as more than just dumb pipes that channel content made elsewhere. In order to bolster their appeal, they're now diving into the art of content creation. Netflix has a hit on its hands with House of Cards, and now it's clear that the company is planning to dive head-first into original productions. Netflix announced this week yet another new series: Orange is the New Black. It's premiering exclusively on Netflix... Read more...
It's earnings season in the technology world yet again, and as usual, Amazon is one of the big guys worth paying attention. As Apple and Samsung rake in billions in net profit, Amazon has yet again shown that it's really not in the business of clearing absurd numbers. It's just in the business of providing low prices, good service and jobs for a lot of people. That's probably an oversimplification, but look at the figures. First quarter sales were up 22% to an astounding $16.07 billion, but the net profit line is but $82 million. That's incredibly low margin, and in fact, the net income is down... Read more...
Guess what? No sooner than Google announced that Glass Explorer Edition headsets were in production, it appears that select users have received a set. And this offers up the first glimpse into a world dominated by wearable technology. The $1500 package includes the Glass headset, a micro-USB cable + charger, a pouch and attachable shades. But here's what is really important: the video. This particular user strapped his Glass headset on during a ride at a local Go Kart track. It's one of the cooler ways to debut the technology, and while the resulting footage doesn't look much different than what... Read more...
The HTC First went on sale this past Friday, to coincide with the availability of Facebook Home, the social networking giant’s launcher that puts Facebook content front and center on some Android devices. We’re hard at work cranking out our full review of the HTC First, but while that’s being worked on, we thought some of you would like to see some video of the phone in action. If you’re unfamiliar with Facebook Home, it essentially replaces a phone’s home screen and app launcher with Facebook content that’s pumped in from your feed, and incorporates a handful... Read more...
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