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AOL's Tim Armstrong Likes Periscope for Company Meetings and Says Content Will Matter More as Competition Rises (Video)

High-quality content will matter more and advertising will get more expensive.<p>Remember when AOL CEO Tim Armstrong publicly fired an employee for taking a picture during a company conference call?<p>Armstrong does, but he’s not too concerned about any further incidents since he just Periscoped his …

We're Closer to an Encrypted Internet than You Think

Two thirds of all North American Internet traffic could be encrypted by 2016. No, it’s not because of privacy activists. It’s actually because of …

Meerkat embraces Facebook, distances itself from Twitter

Live-streaming video app Meerkat launched a few weeks ahead of Periscope, Twitter's own take on live-streaming, and for a short while it seemed as though that would be enough to keep Meerkat ahead. Then Twitter limited Meerkat's access to its social graph and suddenly, Meerkat's future wasn't so …

Boxing match pops up on phones as TV habits change

NEW YORK (AP) — It should have been a proud moment for TV: A much-hyped sports event drawing in millions of paying viewers and showcasing the clout …

User Generated Content

Comcast brings Periscope-style live streams to the cable box

Live stream from anywhere in the world to your living room<p>Comcast is joining Meerkat and Periscope with its own take on a live-streaming app that lets X1 cable subscribers beam live video back to their own TV or the big screen of a friend or family member. Xfinity Share is available beginning today …

Author And YouTuber John Green Tells Advertisers To Stop Worrying About Eyeballs

YouTube just held its annual Brandcast event in Madison Square Garden, where it trotted out online video stars for an audience of advertisers.<p>The big message was that YouTube stars are huge celebrities, attracting lots of passionate fans — so advertisers should spend their money on, you guessed it, …

Netflix Eats Into TV Ratings, With Help From the TV Industry

Netflix accounted for 43 percent of lost TV ratings last quarter -- and that number will grow.<p>Netflix wants to replace TV, and there’s a growing consensus that Reed Hastings has already started: The new conventional wisdom is that Netflix is the reason behind a mysterious decline in TV ratings that …

Hulu acquires streaming rights for ‘Seinfeld’ for nearly $180 Million

In another sign that Hulu is stepping up its game, the digital video giant has landed the streaming video on demand rights to “Seinfeld,” cutting a deal with Sony Pictures TV for all 180 episodes of the enduring NBC comedy.<p>The deal is said to be valued at just under $1 million an episode, which …

ESPN sues Verizon over customizable FiOS TV plan

We knew ESPN wasn't happy with Verizon's recently announced flexible TV plans, and now it is ready to take legal action on the matter. According to <i>CNBC</i>, The Worldwide Leader in Sports is suing Verizon over the FiOS Custom TV package, only days after letting it be known that it objected to it. ESPN …

ESPN2 will air a live e-sports match this Sunday for the first time ever

E-sports is making the big leap to mainstream cable.<p>Publisher Blizzard has announced that the Grand Finals of its collegiate tournament for online multiplayer arena battler Heroes of the Storm will air live on ESPN2. At 6:30 p.m. Pacific (9:30 p.m. Eastern) on Sunday, the final two teams in the …

The live-stream video tweet battle: Meerkat’s still fighting, but Periscope is winning

<i>[Correction April 29: Please note that the top user, number of users, and ratings in the chart below are reversed for the two services.]</i><p>I started using Meerkat right as buzz started to build up in early March. For those still unfamiliar, Meerkat is the app that lets you live stream video to …

Social Media

Comcast officially gives up on Time Warner Cable merger

The rather unpopular, $45 billion merger attempt between Comcast and Time Warner Cable has been officially called off. In a very brief statement, Comcast CEO Brian L. Roberts said that he would have liked to pair the two companies together, but governmental pressure has killed the deal. The biggest …

Snapchat signs deal for a second season of ‘Literally Can’t Even’

<i>Literally Can’t Even</i> will live on past season one.<p>Snapchat is getting a second season of Sasha Spielberg and Emma Goldwyn’s original series.<p>“We’re very excited about ‘Literally Can’t Even,’ especially the creative storytelling and the unique, made-for-mobile, vertical video format,” Snapchat’s …

Verizon Fios' shift to 'skinny bundles' runs afoul of ESPN

Verizon's plan to offer cheaper, à la carte bundles to Fios subscribers has raised the ire of ESPN. Verizon "does not have the right" to offer ESPN's channels outside of a standard cable package, representatives of the sports channel told The Wall Street Journal.<p>In Verizon's proposed à la carte …

Most of You Watched 'Game of Thrones' on HBO's Old Streaming Service, Not the New One

HBO Now may be the future, but HBO Go is what streamers are using right now.<p>HBO Now had its first major test on Sunday night, and it seemed to do just fine. The streaming service served up “Game of Thrones” and the rest of the pay TV channel’s shows without any major outages.<p>That’s not surprising, …

Apple is giving Netflix and Hulu a pass on its 30 percent tax

A lower subscription fee from Apple could make its Apple TV a serious option for cable channels<p>Apple has been charging a 30 percent subscription fee to publishers using subscription models in its App Stores since 2011, but it looks like that practice hasn't been extended to the Apple TV. According …

Netflix Boss Believes Global Service Will Cut Down on Piracy

A global solution.<p>Reed Hastings, the CEO of Netflix, believes a global video-streaming service would cut down on piracy considerably.<p>According to …

Sling TV Stumbles During HBO’s “Game Of Thrones” Premiere, As Customers Report Roku App Issues

Cord cutters who have been considering switching to Dish Network’s streaming service Sling TV may be having second thoughts as of this morning. The company, which offers a $20 per month bundle of TV channels you can watch over the internet in addition to various add-on packages, was earlier this …

The Mobile Video Moment Has Finally Arrived

Do you always feel like somebody's watching you? They are -- because the eyes have it.<p>Mobile video is definitely having a moment.<p>Consider: It’s helping people feeling connected to each other while broadcasting on new live apps, it’s enabling instant virtual appointments with plumbers and nurses …

Los Angeles

CarMax, Airbnb and the salesman’s delusion

Buying a used car can be a nightmare.<p>If you’ve ever bought one on Craigslist or AutoTrader, you probably had to go through a frustrating process of contacting private sellers, arranging times to meet them, driving out to inspect the vehicles, being disappointed by many of the cars you saw, and …

YouTube to Video Makers: Join Our Subscription Service or Go Somewhere Else

The world's biggest video site flexes some muscle.<p>YouTube is getting ready to launch an ad-free subscription service. And the world’s largest video site is flexing some muscle to make sure its new product is as big as possible.<p>YouTube is doing that with new rules that will make it difficult for …

The Future Of Watching Netflix, Or Why Smartwatches And VR Are Dumb

Netflix is about a week late to the April Fool’s Day party with a new video that jokes about the streaming company releasing a comically-huge …

HBO launches on Sling TV in advance of Game of Thrones debut (updated)

<i>Update April 9: Sling TV confirmed that HBO is now available.</i><p>With television, everything seems to be revolving around the debut of Season 5 of <i>Game of Thrones</i> and Season 2 of <i>Silicon Valley</i> on HBO. Sling TV is hopeful that it will launch HBO for its customers before the April 12 season debuts.<p>Sling …

Smart TV

HBO CEO reached out to his old boss Jimmy Iovine to land Apple’s HBO Now launch

As HBO’s new standalone streaming service launches today exclusively on Apple TV and iOS devices, FastCompany has a story profiling HBO CEO Richard Plepler and the motivation behind the new service and partnership with Apple.<p>In the story, Plepler denies that an $80 billion bid to buy Time Warner …

Viacom Says the Internet Made Its Reruns Less Valuable

Old reality shows aren't what they used to be, which is one of the reasons the cable giant just took a $750 million charge.<p>Sorry, Snooki. You’re not worth as much as you used to be.<p>Blame Amazon, YouTube and the rest of the Internet.<p>That’s part of the message Viacom sent out today, when it announced …

CBS' internet TV service is now available on Roku

CBS's internet TV service is arriving on Roku today. For $5.99 a month, Roku owners will be able to subscribe to CBS All Access, which gives subscribers streams of many current and past CBS TV series and allows viewers to actually watch CBS as it's live on the air, so long as they're within certain …

HBO Now goes live for Apple TV, iOS and Optimum users

We knew HBO’s new Now streaming service would launch ahead of the Season 5 premiere of the popular <i>Game of Thrones</i> series, but as of today it’s actually gone live for Apple TV, iOS and Cablevision’s Optimum Online users.<p>The channel lets users stream any of HBO’s original content, as well as its full …