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NBC Triples Live-Streaming Olympics Viewership From 2014

The 2018 Winter Olympics in PyeongChang, South Korea still have a few days to go before they end on Sunday, but NBC Olympics is already touting the …

We still don’t know when net neutrality rules will come off the books [Updated] | Ars Technica

Lawsuits against the FCC can begin as repeal is published in Federal Register.<p>The Federal Communications Commission's net neutrality repeal has been …

Sling TV now has 2.2M subscribers, making it the largest internet-based live TV service

Dish-owned streaming TV service Sling TV now has 2.21 million subscribers at the end of the fourth quarter, the company announced this morning. This is the first time that Dish has broken out its Sling TV subscribers separately from its larger pay TV subscriber base, and confirms earlier estimates …

Televisions

How Netflix works: the (hugely simplified) complex stuff that happens every time you hit Play

Not long ago, <i>House of Cards</i> came back for the fifth season, finally ending a long wait for binge watchers across the world who are interested in an …

Televisions

The Exploding Cost of Streaming Live Sports

In the past 25 years the cost of broadcast rights for English Premier League soccer has surged thirtyfold as deep-pocketed media companies have grown …

Pay-TV

Could 2018 Be The Year Of The OTT Breakthrough?

The stars may be aligning for 2018 to be a breakthrough in the over-the-top video world.<p>Consider, next year Netflix will spend as much as $8 billion …

Microsoft Xbox One X Gets Amazon Prime Video in All Its 4K Glory

Microsoft’s Xbox One X is adding support for a popular video-streaming service.<p>When the Xbox One X debuts next week, it’ll ship with support for …

Televisions

NASA installs a sweet new HD camera on the space station

See first video from the enhanced HD camera a NASA astronaut installed during a spacewalk.<p>The International Space Station has been in orbit since 1998. Camera technology has come a long way since then. Astronauts out on a spacewalk on Friday just installed a new enhanced HD camera and NASA posted a …

Space Science

LG's OLED TVs now pack loss-free 3D audio

There's a dirty secret to listening to Dolby Atmos sound on LG's current OLED TVs: all the audio is compressed, so you're losing a little fidelity for the sake of immersive 3D sound. You won't have to make that sacrifice before long. LG is trotting out an update later in October that will add …

Televisions

Why Competing With Netflix and Amazon Is Impossible

Televisions

BBC will use machine learning to cater to what audiences want to watch

Today, BBC’s R&D team announced a five-year initiative to use machine learning to work out what audiences want to watch. To accomplish this, the team is partnering up with data scientists and experts from UK universities as well as media and tech companies based in Europe and internationally.<p>The …

Machine Learning

WB, Fox & Universal To Join Disney Movies Anywhere

Disney Movies Anywhere, a cloud service for – What else? – Disney’s catalogue of movies, is set to partner up with UltraViolet, a similar cloud …

Disney and Fox Join Forces With Other Studios for New Download Service

Several major Hollywood movie studios have signed up to a new digital film service led by Walt Disney Co. that lets consumers buy movies and store …

Walt Disney Company

Amazon no longer sells the Fire TV

Amazon has stopped selling the Fire TV amid rumors it's planning to introduce new devices. The dedicated landing page for the Fire TV says it's "currently unavailable" with no date of when it might be back in stock. You can still buy a refurbished one, however. The Fire TV is also no longer …

Gear & Gadgets

Apple embraces live sports watching revolution with new TV 4K service

US tech behemoth Apple has announced it will make live sports a fulcrum of its new Apple TV 4K digital media platform.<p>As part of its product launch …

Televisions

Android TV is coming to the cable box thanks to new 4K HDR options from Arris

If you have a cable box in your home, there’s a pretty decent it’s made by Arris. Multiple cable providers around the globe turn to Arris for sourcing hardware, and today Android TV is looking at its biggest potential expansion thanks to several new set-top boxes from the company.<p>Arris’ new set-top …

Disney Is the Only Major Hollywood Studio Not Backing Apple's Plan to Sell 4K Films at $20

Apple yesterday revealed the Apple TV 4K, a new set-top box that will bring all the features of the fourth-generation Apple TV, along with the ability to stream 4K HDR video content. This includes iTunes 4K movies, which the company confirmed will be sold for the same price as HD movies at $20 …

Smart TV

Another half-million Americans cut the cord last quarter

A historically horrible Q1.<p>The pay TV business used to deny that cord-cutting was a thing. It doesn’t make that argument any more.<p>Related: The pay TV business just posted a historically horrible number, at least in terms of subscribers, by losing 762,000 customers in the first three months of …

Televisions

Verizon will pay the NFL more than $20 million to stream a single football game this fall

The NFL finds another buyer for its product.<p>Verizon will pay the NFL more than $20 million to stream one regular-season football game over the internet this fall: A week-three matchup between the Jacksonville Jaguars and the Baltimore Ravens, set to take place in London.<p>Verizon already pays the NFL …

NFL

Twitter partners with Bloomberg for 24-hour news service

Twitter is partnering with Bloomberg Media for a round-the-clock streaming television news service on the social networking platform, the Wall Street …

Jack Dorsey

Dish Network loses twice as many subscribers as expected

Dish Network Corp said on Monday its quarterly revenue missed analyst estimates as the US satellite TV provider lost more subscribers than …

Pay-TV

‘Orange Is the New Black’ Leak Shows: Hollywood Cybersecurity Lives and Dies With Third-Party Vendors

This weekend’s leak of the upcoming fifth season of Netflix’s “Orange Is the New Black” may turn out to be Hollywood’s biggest breach since the Sony …

Televisions

Chrome casting tweak streams all videos directly to your TV

As a general rule, you send an entire Chrome browser tab to your Chromecast (or other Cast-ready devices) as a last resort. The quality is lousy enough that you only really want to use it when a service doesn't have native casting support, like Amazon Prime Video. Google may soon give you a good …

Google

Watch David Hasselhoff in an AI-scripted short film

Robots are slowly taking more and more jobs -- and soon, they'll come for the writers (<i>gulp</i>). That's the pitch behind director Oscar Sharp and AI researcher Ross Goodwin's short film <i>It's No Game</i>, in which an artificial intelligence swoops in during a Hollywood writer's strike to pen a script for …

LG OLED55E7P, LG OLED65E7P review: Same great picture, for even more money - CNET

Amazing picture and striking design, but requires money to burn<p><b>The Good</b> With the exception of other 2017 OLED TVs, the LG E7 outperforms every other TV we've tested. It delivers perfect black levels, wide viewing angles, accurate color and a great bright-room picture. It's compatible with both …

Televisions

Google search on iOS will now help you find TV shows, movies and music on streaming services

Google is today launching an update for iOS users that will make it easier to find media content — like TV shows, movies and songs — on various streaming services and content marketplaces, including iTunes, Hulu, Amazon Video, Google Play, YouTube, Spotify and others. The feature, which is still …

Smart TV

Local channels in streaming bundles: Why they're hard to get, and how that's changing

If your TV diet includes major broadcast networks, cutting cable can be a challenge. Live streams from ABC, CBS, NBC, and Fox stations are only …

Televisions

Why your 4K TV is probably the only 4K converter you need

If you have a 4K TV, you don't need to use an upconverting Blu-ray player or receiver. Here's why.<p>OK, so you've got your spankin' new 4K TV. Do you also need a spankin' new Blu-ray player and/or an AV receiver that upconverts high-definition sources to 4K?<p>The truth is, no, you don't. Your TV will …

Cinematography

Ajit Pai announces plan to eliminate Title II net neutrality rules | Ars Technica

Vote to begin net neutrality rollback scheduled for May 18.<p>The Federal Communications Commission will vote next month to start the process of …

Roku leading the way in streaming TV boxes, with fireTV, Chromecast & Apple TV following

New data from comScore shows that Roku leads the market in streaming TV boxes, with an 18% market share, giving it close to the combined totals of its closest rivals, Amazon’s fireTV and Google’s Chromecast. Apple TV completes the top four, with a 5% share …<p>comScore collected the data in December …