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Roku could file for IPO soon, raise as much as $150 million

NewTeeVee - Fri, 10/24/2014 - 13:30

Roku wants to go public and raise as much as $150 million, but the filing could be confidential.

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Don’t toss that old Android: Turn it into a Chromecast receiver!

NewTeeVee - Fri, 10/24/2014 - 11:56

With the right cable you can connect and Android device to an HDTV. Add in Cast Receiver software and your Android can act like a Chromecast for many different apps and…

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Twitter’s new Fabric offering isn’t just a pitch for developers — the company’s future is at stake

NewTeeVee - Fri, 10/24/2014 - 10:55

With the launch of the Fabric suite of tools, Twitter is betting the company on a plan to become a full-fledged mobile services provider for other apps and services -- but…

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Good news for Europeans: embedding YouTube videos is legal after all

NewTeeVee - Fri, 10/24/2014 - 09:05

Merely embedding a video doesn't constitute copyright infringement, Europe's highest court ruled this week, as long as the video was already publicly available.

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VideoNuze Podcast #247 - Hybrid Set-Top Boxes Poised to Play Critical Role Analysis - Fri, 10/24/2014 - 09:02

I'm pleased to present the 247th edition of the VideoNuze podcast with my weekly partner Colin Dixon of nScreenMedia.

This week we talk about so-called "hybrid set-top boxes" and why we believe they're poised to play a critical role in the video ecosystem, especially for pay-TV operators. A hybrid STB can handle both traditional linear TV feeds and also broadband/IP/apps. Comcast's X1 is a great example, as are TiVo's boxes. Another technology approach which creates the same capability is from ActiveVideo Networks.

Colin and I both like hybrid STBs because they give the operator the ability to blend pay-TV/VOD/DVR with OTT. One prime opportunity of this that I see is for Netflix to be included in Comcast's X1, as I explained earlier this week. Just to give one example of how compelling these integrations can be, Colin cites the example of UPC Hungary, which integrated the YouTube app. Within a few months, 72% of its subscribers have used YouTube, averaging 45 minutes per session.

Colin notes the big win for subscribers here is convenience - it's just easier for people to use one device to access everything. We share additional thoughts on why we think hybrid STBs are beneficial and will become a big trend going forward.

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Music streamer Deezer gets talkative with Stitcher buy

NewTeeVee - Fri, 10/24/2014 - 07:44

The French Spotify competitor Deezer, which recently launched in the U.S., has bought the on-demand internet radio and podcast service Stitcher. There's no public price tag on the deal and, according…

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Shakira Partners With Fisher Price for Web Series, Line of Baby Toys News - Thu, 10/23/2014 - 22:00

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Comcast Rolls Out, Tests New X1 Features News - Thu, 10/23/2014 - 22:00

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Nearly 80% of U.S. Households Get Broadband At Hom News - Thu, 10/23/2014 - 22:00

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Season Two Of `Alpha House` Is Now Available On Amazon Prime News - Thu, 10/23/2014 - 22:00

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Comcast Throws Cold Water On HBO OTT's Disruptive Potential Analysis - Thu, 10/23/2014 - 16:55

Following HBO's announcement of HBO OTT last week, a lot of the media coverage has focused on how disruptive it will be to the pay-TV ecosystem. But on today's Comcast Q3 '14 earnings conference call, company executives threw cold water on these prospects, highlighting the challenges and risks that HBO faces in going direct to consumer.

Responding to analysts' questions, NBCU CEO Steve Burke said:

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Responding to DVD subscription decline, Netflix closes call center

NewTeeVee - Thu, 10/23/2014 - 14:31

Remember those red envelopes? Fewer and fewer people use Netflix to get DVDs, which is why the company is now closing a call center in Oregon.

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Judge says Aereo must shut for good as live TV, but service may survive as a cloud DVR

NewTeeVee - Thu, 10/23/2014 - 14:22

Broadcasters put the final nail in the coffin of Aereo as a live-streaming TV service Thursday, but a judge's ruling could open the door to it operating as a cloud-DVR service.

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Amazon’s gigantic operating loss sends shares sliding 10% after hours

NewTeeVee - Thu, 10/23/2014 - 12:21

Amazon saw big losses again in its Q3 2014 earnings, missing analyst estimates and reporting a whopping operating loss of $544 million.

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Prizm want to build a context-aware music streaming adapter

NewTeeVee - Thu, 10/23/2014 - 10:25

What if your stereo knew who was in the room, and which music they liked? That's what Prizm wants to do with its context-aware streaming adapter.

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VideoSchmooze on Dec. 4th - New Sessions Added, Save Now, Win a TiVo Roamio Plus Analysis - Thu, 10/23/2014 - 09:05

The next VideoSchmooze: Online Video Leadership Forum is coming up on Thursday morning, Dec. 4th in NYC and the program is continuing to get stronger, with 2 new sessions added: "TV, Disrupted: Online Originals Hit Their Stride" and "The Connected TV Audience: Not Who You Might Think."

Viewership of online original programming has been surging and there's now a massive ecosystem creating great high-quality originals well beyond marquee shows from Netflix, Amazon, Hulu, etc. For many millennials in particular, online programming is now more appealing than traditional TV. This session brings together executives at 3 of the biggest players in online originals - Fullscreen, DEFY Media and Vimeo, to discuss what drives originals' success, why fans are so engaged, how originals are being monetized and what it all means for traditional TV.

Helping enable online originals is the fact that connected TVs are now in more than half of all U.S. homes. But you might be surprised about who's driving this adoption. In a special research session, Tremor Video's head of market research Doron Wesly will present brand-new data about who owns connected TVs, how their behavior differs from traditional TV viewers and how this is changing the video ecosystem.

I'll be unveiling the final pieces of VideoSchmooze's exciting morning-only program in the next couple of weeks. As always, it's shaping up to be an amazing morning of learning and networking for 250+ industry executives who need to be in the know.

Early bird tickets are available now for $95, with 5-packs for $430 and 10-packs for $760. As an extra incentive, all early bird registrants will be entered to win a TiVo Roamio Plus DVR with Lifetime service - $1,000 value, generously provided by TiVo. I've owned one for a while and in my opinion it's the BEST connected device around.

I look forward to seeing you on Dec. 4th!


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Studios to Reap $6.8 Billion From SVOD Syndication in 2015 News - Wed, 10/22/2014 - 22:00

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Amazon Prime Increases Physical Media Sales News - Wed, 10/22/2014 - 22:00

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Comcast Dubious About HBO`s Web Video News - Wed, 10/22/2014 - 22:00

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Aereo`s Last Legal Hope Dashed As Court Grants Nationwide Injunction News - Wed, 10/22/2014 - 22:00

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