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Diary Of A Cord Cutter In 2015 (Part 4: Favorite Apps And Resources)

It’s now been over three months since I’ve adopted the cord-cutting lifestyle, thanks to finally following through on a long overdue New Year’s Resolution. Today, my “TV” diet largely consists of streaming video from the top three services, Netflix, Amazon Prime Instant Video and Hulu Plus. I also …

Cord-Cutting

The Diary Of A Cord Cutter In 2015

New Year’s Resolution, 2015: Cut the cord.<p>I know I’m late to the party by some accounts.<p>Early adopters cut the cord years ago and haven’t looked back. For me, turning off cable TV was an idea I flirted with, yet I just kept renewing my package deal for some reason.<p>But there has been no better time …

Digital – Variety

Pluto TV Inks Video-Distribution Deals with Endemol, AOL (Exclusive)

Pluto TV, a startup that curates web-video content into TV-like channels, has reached distribution agreements with AOL and Endemol Beyond USA, adding …

Facebook Dives Into March Madness with Turner Live-Streaming Deal

Social-media giant Facebook is teaming with Turner Sports to live-stream coverage of the NCAA’s March Madness college basketball bracket announcement …

Universal Music CEO Lucian Grainge Wants You to Pay Up: The Code/Media Interview

Expect more subscription services for music and less free stuff.<p>The world’s biggest music label used to be OK with people streaming music on the Web without paying for it. But now it has changed its mind: Universal Music Group CEO Lucian Grainge says the music industry needs to shift away from …

Universal Music

Google's Pay TV Push Is Slow. Google's Broadband Push Is a Question Mark.

After three years, Google Fiber has more than 10 percent of the Kansas City pay TV market. We don't know about broadband, though.<p>Three years after getting into the pay TV business, Google now has more than 10 percent of the market in the first metro area it targeted.<p>That data comes from …

Pay-TV

The DeanBeat: The promise and the peril of virtual reality

I’ve been checking out a Samsung Gear VR Innovator Edition virtual reality headset. And it’s been a fun experiment. The mobile virtual reality headset tells me a lot about the promise of VR, and the challenges that lie before it. Next week, at the Game Developers Conference, we’ll see a second …

Virtual Reality

Amazon’s Twitch Site Bets on Poker

The streaming service now draws 100 million users each month; adding poker expects to bring in more young, male users<p>Amazon.com Inc. is upping the ante on its $1 billion bet on videogame-streaming site Twitch.<p>Twitch draws 100 million users each month to watch others play online games such as …

Online Poker

Coming to a Console Near You: Free-to-Play Games

Dow Jones

Vimeo Finally Adds Chromecast Support Via Its iOS App

Streaming video service Vimeo now works with Chromecast, the company announced this morning, making it one of the more high-profile services to support Google’s dongle-based media player which plugs into your TV’s HDMI port and allows you to “cast” video, photos, music and more from your phone or …

Apps

Snapchat Now Lets You Shoot Video And Play Music At The Same Time

Snapchat has solved one of the most annoying problems with mobile video so you can finally record your dance parties, even if you’re the DJ.<p>The startup been experimenting for some time with ways to better integrate music into its application. Today it’s launching a new feature that allows you to …

Music Videos

YouTube: 1 Billion Viewers, No Profit

Revenue growing at Google video site, but still limited by narrow audience<p>Google Inc. nurtured YouTube into a cultural phenomenon, attracting more than one billion users each month. Still, YouTube hasn’t become a profitable business.<p>The online-video unit posted revenue of about $4 billion in 2014, …

Profit

Sling TV's Owner Tells the TV Guys It's Not About Cord-Cutting. It Tells Customers Something Else.

Dish says its new Web-TV service isn't about taking away from traditional pay-TV players, but it's being marketed that way.<p>Is Sling TV for cord-cutters or cord-nevers?<p>Depends on whom you’re talking to at Sling TV.<p>The official talking points around Sling — both for Dish Network, the satellite TV …

Pay-TV

Netflix already killed your video store and it’s coming after broadcast TV next

U.S. viewership of linear television has been dipping at a speed of few percentage points per year: In some quarters, the drop stabilized for a spell while in others, it briefly expanded to 4% or 6%. But the Nielsen numbers from the second half of 2014 are the worst on record for a six-month period …

Consumer Behavior

Cutting the Cord: Surfing through Sling TV

Sling TV is the answer to cord-cutters' prayers.<p>Until its official launch last week, TV lovers who get their programming over the Internet rather than through traditional pay TV service could not watch live feeds of many popular channels.<p>And many current pay-TV subscribers who might consider …

Cinemacraft Raises $3.9M For Its Interactive Video Embed Technology

Cinemacraft, a Tokyo-headquartered startup that provides an alternative to the traditional video embed for publishers and content creators, has closed a $3.9 million Series A round to expand its focus on international markets and product development.<p>Existing investor 500 Startups led the round, …

Interactive Video

How YouTube changed the world

The 40-year old MP for Witney scrapes plates into a bin, while his wife helps their children get ready for school in their handsome kitchen.<p>“Watch out BBC, ITV, Channel 4. We're the new competition. We're a bit wobbly, but this is one of the ways we want to communicate with people properly,” says …

Is GoPro Inc.'s Deal With Roku a Media Game Changer?

Is GoPro’s deal with Roku a vote of confidence for its media ambitions?<p>Action camera maker <b>GoPro</b> (NASDAQ:GPRO) recently announced a deal with Roku to …

Super Bowl on Social: Twitter, Facebook Tally Records for NFL Championship Game

Sunday’s Super Bowl XLIX was the most-social NFL championship ever on both Twitter and Facebook.<p>But even with the down-to-the-wire finish in the New …

Chelsea Handler Talks Netflix Projects, Super Bowl Ads

If you are looking for Chelsea Handler to replicate her E! latenight show when she brings an ongoing series to Netflix, keep on gazing.<p>The …

Comedy Central

Updated: Netflix Prices $1.5 Billion in Debt to Fund Content, Other Initiatives

[UPDATED, 5 p.m. PT] Netflix is raising $1.5 billion in additional long-term debt — up from its original $1 billion target, announced earlier Monday …

Virtual Reality: Don’t Drink the Kool-Aid Yet

In the scheme of all that Google has going on, Google Glass isn’t exactly a pressing concern. Nevertheless, the company’s fourth-quarter earnings …

Univision Joins Lineup of Dish’s Sling TV

Spanish-language broadcaster Univision Communications has struck a deal with Dish Network’s over-the-top Sling video distribution service. Sling will …

‘Access Hollywood’ Debuts Facebook Daily Video Series (Exclusive)

Celeb-driven syndie “Access Hollywood” has launched a new video series — distributed exclusively on Facebook — that promises a behind-the-scenes look …

Sony Online Entertainment Sold to Investment Firm Columbus Nova

As Sony looks to offload more of its assets as part of an ongoing restructuring, the company has sold “EverQuest” creator Sony Online Entertainment …

Ditch Cable in 2015 for These New Streaming Services

Source: Dish Network<p>If your cable bill is a constant drain on your bank account, 2015 might be a good year for your finances. That’s because a number …

CBS Internet-Video Subscribers Are Watching Twice as Much Content, Says Digital Chief Jim Lanzone

CBS last fall launched a direct-to-consumer Internet TV service to deliver more content to “super-fans” of its content — and the Eye’s theory has …

CES: Millennials More Into Netflix Than Broadcast or Cable TV

This shouldn’t come as a shock: About half of consumers aged 13-34 say their Netflix subscriptions are very valuable — more than those who said the …