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The future of television may not rest in the hands of typical content creators. Or, perhaps not directly in the hands of the same distribution channels that we're used to. While ISPs have typically been the ultimate gatekeepers for content, smaller firms like Amazon and Netflix are quietly paving the way for a new type of distribution that bypasses Comcast, Viacom, HBO and all of the rest. They're forking out funds to produce original content that only their subscribers have access to, flipping the equation entirely. Soon, it'll be pay-TV subscribers that are clamoring for access to shows that debut on Netflix, and unless Netflix licenses that distribution to companies like Comcast, those subscribers... Read more...
Intel is getting into the TV business, that much we already knew. But how soon? That's a question that's seemingly close to being answered. According to a new Bloomberg report, Intel -- the chip-making giant -- is "making progress in talks with Time Warner, NBC Universal and Viacom to obtain TV shows and films for a first-of-its-kind pay-TV service." Of course, these reports aren't being confirmed nor denied by Intel, but it's awfully likely to be true. After all, Intel wouldn't announce that it would be trying its hand at TV distribution without some deals being within reach. It sounds as if money is the major hurdle remaining. Intel isn't hoping to deliver a la carte content; rather, it's in... Read more...
For AT&T U-verse TV subscribers, life just got a little better. If you're wondering why those monthly fees are so high, no doubt a solid chunk of 'em are headed to ESPN. But now, AT&T is joining the WatchESPN fray, giving U-verse TV patrons the ability to stream live ESPN channels on the go via the Web, mobile, or app. Oh, and through Xbox LIVE for Gold members. Just weeks ahead of the start of the MLB season and in advance of major sporting events like The Masters and NBA Playoffs, customers who receive ESPN's linear networks as part of their AT&T U-verse TV subscription can now stream live events and programming from ESPN, ESPN2, ESPN3 and ESPNU from the convenience of their computers,... Read more...
Slowly but surely, the television is becoming just another place to watch content. Increasingly, savvy users are choosing to engage with content on mobile devices, and even notebooks. Now, Time Warner Cable is allowing its pay-TV subscribers to access a wealth of on-demand content from twctv.com, so long as you're surfing with a PC or Mac. The on-demand material was already available on the TWC TV app for iPad, but now, "certain" free and subscription on-demand content will be available via a Web browser. That amounts to over 4,000 on-demand TV shows and movies from 91 providers, metadata for that material, search, pause, fast-forward, and rewind capabilities. The site requires IE 7.0 or higher... Read more...
Intel being in the set-top business isn't news. The company has been producing SoCs that are ideal for boxes that hum along 24/7 handling media-related tasks, and while these chips aren't nearly as well-known as the Xeons and Pentiums of the world, they're being shipped in a large amount of products. But what if we told you those shipments were just the taste of larger aspirations for the company? A new report from TechCrunch suggests that Intel could be about to launch a "virtual cable TV service" as well as a dedicated set-top box, which could begin the up-ending of the pay-TV universe. To be honest, that universe has long been ripe for disruption, and people have been hounding Apple to do... Read more...
Cord cutting is still pretty painful. You can get some content through Hulu Plus, a bit through Roku, and a lot via Netflix or Amazon. But live sporting events and certain dramas are still locked away in the pay-TV word, far away from those using the Internet to get their content fix. But YouTube is moving in a direction that may one day make it easier to live without those basic cable services. The company has been investing heavily in original material over the past few years, and now it looks like they're going to double down and produce even more. There's a new breed of original channels developing, and now it's coughing up the dough to create 60 more channels across the globe. Already, YouTube... Read more...
These days, retail companies are moving in all sorts of interesting new directions in a bid to remain interesting. Just look at Toys R Us, which is not only offering a tablet this holiday season, but will also be launching a new family-friendly digital entertainment service. The program is called Toys R Us Movies, which will be accessible at Toysrusmovies.com. All told, it will feature over 4,000 titles, specially selected to supply hours of entertainment and fun for parents and children. In addition, the service is equipped with customizable parental controls to help moms and dads choose the most appropriate content for their family's viewing. The backend is provided by Rovi, which knows a thing... Read more...
Sad days for Blockbuster. The once mighty video rental chain has fallen on hard times in a world where Netflix, VUDU and other video streaming services are proving more affordable and convenient. There was, however, a glimmer of hope. Charlie Ergen had planned to have Dish Network acquire Blockbuster from bankruptcy in April of 2011, and then morph it into a Netflix rival. His master plan was to equip Blockbuster stores with Dish mobile devices that could then be used to stream Blockbuster movies. The plan didn't work out. U.S. regulators weren't willing to immediately approve a waiver for Dish to use its spectrum in new ways, and slowly, time took its toll. Now, according to a Bloomberg report,... Read more...
In America, you can't have your cake and eat it to, but in Scandinavia, you can. Allow us to explain. Throngs of HBO content lovers have requested that HBO allow its HBO Go services to be paid for on a per-user basis, but in America, HBO forces you to have a pay-TV subscription to HBO before it's ever an option. It's one of the longstanding ills of television: you buy the pack of channels, or you get none. But in Nordic lands, things have been rolling a bit differently for some time now, and that's continuing with HBO. The first HBO branded service will be available in Sweden, Norway, Finland and Denmark in the middle of October to bring Boardwalk Empire, The Newsroom, Game of Thrones and the... Read more...
Can you believe it's been a year since Spotify launched in the US? Since then, the music streaming outlet has enjoyed tremendous growth. In the past year, Americans have played more than 13 billion tracks on the service. Sharing is even more popular, with 27,834,742 being shared. A little over half of that sharing occurred through Facebook, as you can see from Spotify's cool infographic below. Spotify has also grown with the launch of its free apps. Currently, Spotify offers apps for iOS, Android, Symbian, Windows Phone, Palm, BlackBerry, and a free mobile radio. Some of Spotify's popular features include the ability to create playlists, search and share music, and more. In addition to its free... Read more...
Strangely, it feels like DRM is getting a second wind. When Apple announced that the iTunes Music Store would go DRM-free, the world took notice. A few years later, DRM is creeping back, and we suspect this wave will be harder to stop. Twentieth Century Fox Home Entertainment, Warner Bros. Home Entertainment Group, SanDisk and Western Digital have all aligned on one thing: DRM, or piracy protection. The working title of the group is Project Phenix, and it's described as an initiative that will give consumers an easier and faster way to organize, store and move their high definition digital movies and TV shows – including new releases in up to full 1080p quality - across multiple devices.... Read more...
There's something pretty interesting happening in the world of online programming: original content. While Hulu and Netflix were used to simply acting as an online pipe to funnel other programming through, recently they have both decided to start investing in making their own content. In other words, creating programming that can only be seen at one portal or the other. It's possible that this tactic is a method of long-term preservation; their streaming models can be replicated, but get people hooked on original content and you have something that they'll continue to pay for. This week, Hulu is announcing their original programming slate for the first half of 2012. The line-up kicks off on February... Read more...
Glasses-free 3D -- it's the wave of the future, man. Actually, the jury is still out on 3D as a whole, but that won't stop a flood of companies from trying to hop on the bandwagon at CES next year. Stream TV Networks is preparing to launch a new 3D-without-glasses product line at the convention, using a proprietary Ultra-D technology. Stream TV Networks is the producer of the eLocity brand of mobile tablets launched first in 2010, the Ultra-D technology is strictly proprietary and leverages custom hardware, middleware techniques and software algorithms to create unprecedentedautostereoscopic 3D imagery. This technology will provide consumers with access tounlimited 3D content by enabling real-time... Read more...
Netflix may have taken some seriously flack earlier in the month for the spin-off of their DVD rental business, but it looks like it's back to good news today. Well, sort of. The company just landed a deal with DreamWorks Animation -- a multi-year premium pay-TV window agreement that stands solely in the U.S. for now. It will enable Netflix streaming customers to enjoy DreamWorks' animated library at home, and it's huge for the service. Netflix will be the exclusive subscription television service for first-run feature films and select television specials from DreamWorks Animation, but the downside is the wait. Although this is being announced now, the deal doesn't begin until 2013. Beginning... Read more...
Does physical media really have a future? The world seems to be rapidly moving away from discs and DVDs, and streaming media is swooping in to take their place. Orb Networks has just launched a service that can provide free streaming of premium online TV shows, sports, movies, and more. The new offering, named Orb Live, is the first service to stream free, ad-supported Hulu to mobile devices and is priced at a one-time fee of only $9.99. The service features premium online content, including full TV show episodes from Hulu, ABC, CBS, Fox, ESPN and more, with unique technology that streams TV to mobile phones. Users can also watch a huge array of sports and movies via services such as Netflix... Read more...
Netflix took a beating this week as they raised prices without actually providing a fundamental improvement in their offerings, but at least there's some bright news in the Netflix camp to focus on. Netflix streaming is now available on one of the most popular handheld gaming consoles out there: Nintendo's 3DS. Starting now, 3DS owners in the U.S. and across Canada can download a free application that allows Netflix members with unlimited streaming plans to instantly watch TV episodes and movies streaming from Netflix. Interestingly, there's actually not any 3D content on Netflix to enjoy just yet. Why launch on a 3D product without 3D content? Hard to say, but we're sure 3DS owners will be glad... Read more...
There's a lot of talk these days surrounding 3D. It's obviously the hottest topic around in the cinema business, but it's also getting a lot of attention in the consumer universe. Sales of 3DTVs has analysts and companies alike buzzing, and while many suggest that the adoption has been relatively slow and lackluster, much of that is blamed on a lack of content. In other words, what enticement do consumers have to invest in a 3DTV when there's hardly any 3D content to enjoy? NHK, a broadcasting outfit based in Japan, may have a solution to the subpar 3D image quality coming across typical wires. The company recently demonstrated a new content delivery system prototype, called Hybridcast Streaming.... Read more...
Are you a Comcast subscriber? Judging by their massive customer base, there's a pretty good chance you are, or at least that someone you know is. And if so, you've probably ventured out to try the new Xfinity TV app, which aims to extend the Pay-TV universe into the world of the iPad and iPhone. For Comcast subscribers, this is the easiest way to watch content on their mobile iOS device, and for Comcast, it's a way to continue to hang on to subscribers who may be thinking of dropping their service. Beginning today, customers using these devices and the iPad can download a new version of the Xfinity TV app, and have access to a vast collection of entertainment - nearly 6,000 hours of On Demand... Read more...
The title pretty much says it all here. Hulu has just made available an update (v2.3) for Hulu Plus on iOS, which brings new search results that are organized into tabs, amongst other things. There's also a new dedicated button on the Movies menu for our popular and growing Criterion movie collection. The company's also making "a number of changes" to boost performance, and that  included fixing an issue with the resume functionality, which was affecting a small number of users. That's about it -- so do your duty and give the update a look. Let us know if it was worth the trouble...... Read more...
It's not unusual for Hulu to block access on mobile devices, and it's not even expected if the device doesn't support Flash. But when RIM's BlackBerry PlayBook launched earlier in the month, a pretty nice Easter Egg was found: Hulu support! But that didn't last too long. Around a day after launching, the PlayBook suddenly stopped loading Hulu, much to the dismay of early adopters who were thrilled with having access. Hulu has made a habit out of dissing mobile devices in order to encourage people to view content strictly on notebooks and desktops. But it looks as if RIM is hoping to change that for their PlayBook. According to a new Wall Street Journal report, RIM is currently "in talks with... Read more...
VUDU has remained one of the only movie streaming services that deliver true 1080p material. The vast majority of them peak at 720p, but VUDU XL is 1080p. And proud of it. But even VUDU knows that the web is the future, and if you aren't streaming through a browser, you're missing out on a major chunk of the market. The company has this week revealed their latest trick, in-browser movie streaming, but there's a long way to go before those VUDU XL videos come to Firefox. For now, all browser streaming is capped at an SD resolution, and that's likely due to the browser technologies currently available and VUDU's desire to ensure a good experience even on PCs that aren't exactly "modern." From what... Read more...
There's no question that Internet TV has changed the entire entertainment landscape. Pay-TV providers don't have the assurances they once had, and now they're branching out and providing all sorts of extra services in an effort to entice consumers to stay who might otherwise ditch cable / satellite and rely solely on Hulu / Netflix for their entertainment fix. DirecTV is obviously a huge player in all of this, and they're certainly working to beef up efforts to keep consumers happy. One of the ways is by launching HBO Go and MAX Go on April 12th, which gives customers who subscribe their TV lineup access to the premium channels on-the-go. It's an extension of their pay-TV offerings, and it's... Read more...
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