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The FCC just proposed a rule change that could kickstart internet TV

Internet TV may have just gotten the break it needed. The Federal Communications Commission officially proposed a rule change today that would give any company that wants to carry television shows the ability to license them from cable and broadcast networks. That's a big deal, because networks …

HBO Gone: CTO leaves after HBO outsources streaming service

Advertisement<p>2 Comments<p>Credit: Christian Bertrand / Shutterstock.com<p>HBO CTO Otto Berkes quit his job Tuesday after news broke that the cable network …

Why CBS went dark on Dish: it’s all about the internet

Advertisement<p>9 Comments<p>Credit: Suzanne Tucker / Shutterstock.com<p>After weeks of threats, CBS followed through late Friday afternoon and took its …

Goodbye, TiVo

You'll be missed, but not really<p>There are precious few constants in my life. In the past decade I’ve lived at five different addresses in two cities. I’ve changed insurance providers a half dozen times. My go-to Starbucks order has morphed from a latte, to an Americano, to a mocha, to plain black …

TV ratings: 'Sunday Night Football' dominates; Fox benefits from NFL overrun

"Sunday Night Football"elevatedNBCto the top of the TV ratings butFoxfollowed closely behind in the key 18-to-49-year-old demographic with help from anNFLoverrun.<p>The<p>New England Patriots-San Diego Chargersgame on NBC notched a rating of 6.1 in the key demographic, according to early Nielsen ratings. …

Sony Wants to Change the Way You Watch TV

Sony on Thursday unveiled the PlayStation Vue, a new cloud-based TV service that combines live shows and on-demand content for delivery over Sony’s …

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Paymentwall launches a payment suite for smart TVs so you can buy with your remote control — or smartphone

Paymentwall is hoping to fuel the growth of smart TVs by making it easier for people to buy things using them.<p>A global payment platform, San Francisco-based Paymentwall has assembled the software necessary to monetize digital goods and services. Today, it is unveiling PW Smart TV, a payment …

Here’s Overwhelming Proof That Overnight Nielsen Ratings Are Now Completely Meaningless

Ratings that include 30 days of DVR-viewership, online viewing (Hulu, etc.), and VOD are rolling in now for the first week of the fall season back in September, and for Fox anyway, ratings for certain shows are growing exponentially. More specifically, once all those devices are taken into account, …

Video discovery company Rovi buys set-top box Fan TV maker Fanhattan

Video company Rovi has acquired video discovery and set-top box maker Fanhattan for an undisclosed amount, the companies announced today.<p>Rovi is known for providing media companies and distributors with its own entertainment discovery technologies, analytics, and more. The purchase of Fanhattan …

Man who owns a smart TV says he’s ‘afraid’ of using it after reading its privacy policy

Just like with other electronic devices that used to be “dumb,” TVs have become increasingly smart lately, but that doesn’t mean that’s necessarily a …

Google Play Movies & TV Arrives on Roku

Good news for Roku users – the Google Play Movies & TV app has landed on its streaming devices and dongles in the US, UK, Ireland and Canada.<p>Google Play Movies & TV is Google’s on-demand streaming service, delivering the latest movies and TV shows, as well as older titles, on a pay-per-title basis. …

Google Play Now Available on Roku Devices

Stream, stream, stream...<p>Roku owners now have access to movies and television through Google Play's streaming application.<p>Similar to other services …

Did the dam just open for internet TV? What the FCC news means for the cable industry and you

Advertisement<p>12 Comments<p>Credit: Michele Piquiado/Thinkstock<p>Why can no one figure out how to sell TV over the internet? Some of the biggest names in …

Amazon Adds $39 Fire TV Stick to Its Streaming Video Arsenal

Seven months after introducing Fire TV, a streaming video box that competes with boxes from Apple and Roku, Amazon has rolled out the Fire TV Stick, a streaming video dongle aimed at Google’s Chromecast device. Like Chromecast, it is priced below $40 ($39 for Amazon’s, $35 for Google’s*) and lets …

Adobe report finds massive 43% growth in online video watching

<i>Updated 8:45 p.m. Pacific with Adobe comment.</i><p>We’re wasting more time than ever watching video, and we’re increasingly doing it online, a new Adobe report has found.<p>What’s more, “online” no longer means “on a computer” — it increasingly means on a smartphone, a game console, or a set-top box like a …

Dish Network loses 7 Turner channels, including CNN, over contract dispute

Dish Network and Turner Broadcasting have been unable to resolve a contract dispute, and the result is that several channels, including CNN and the Cartoon Network, are no longer on the satellite TV service.<p>In a battle of press releases today, each side blamed the other for the channels being …

Microsoft Xbox One Digital TV Tuner Now on Sale in Europe

Back in August, we revealed that Microsoft was launching a digital TV tuner in Europe, so that Xbox One owners could use their console to access and control live TV. Well, this is now available to buy, costing £24.99 in the UK or €29.99 in France, Germany, Italy and Spain.<p>With the USB device, you …

Adobe and Nielsen team up to deliver ratings for online TV & digital content

Adobe and media tracking company Nielsen are teaming up to add a new set of audience ratings for online videos and other digital content, the companies announced today.<p>Nielsen is probably best recognized for TV show audience ratings, which help advertisers understand what kind of reach a particular …

Good News, TV Guys: ComScore Found Your Missing TV Watchers

They're still watching TV -- just not on TVs. But about those cord-cutting numbers ...<p>If you’re a TV programmer, you’re very worried about the recent erosion in TV ratings, which have hit networks across the board this year. The best-case scenario: People are still watching your shows, but they’re …

HBO’s upcoming web-only subscription could unlock the full potential for Apple TV

HBO CEO Richard Plepler shared today that the premium satellite and cable network will begin offering a web-only package sometime in 2015 as it attempts to gain new paid subscribers. A web-only offering for HBO (and other popular networks) is something cable cutters have wanted for years although …

Nexus Player Is the First Android TV Device, Pre-Orders Oct 17

Google today announced its first Android TV device will be the Nexus Player, a set-top streaming box made in partnership with Asus.<p>Android TV was first announced back in June, and is Google’s newest attempt to taking a hold of your living room, following the popular Chromecast and less successful …

Alibaba Invests $50 Million in Smart Remote App Peel

Alibaba is inching deeper into consumers' homes with its latest investment.<p>The Chinese ecommerce giant has invested $50 million into Peel, a startup …

Ofcom: one in three children under 15 has own tablet computer, supplanting TV

Research finds 34% of five-to-15 year olds have their own tablet, up from a fifth in 2013 – but TV in bedroom is going away<p>Tablet computers have replaced the TV in the bedroom as the must-have gadget for children, with over one-third of those aged from five to 15 owning their own tablet, says Ofcom.<p>…

Chromecast tops the list of most popular apps for connected TVs and other smart devices

Google’s Chromecast media-streaming app is the most popular app in the U.S. for connected devices such as smart TVs, according to a report by market researcher App Annie.<p>The other top-ranking apps for August include health and fitness app Fitbit, AT&T’s DirecTV media app, Hewlett-Packard’s HP …

Apple TV HomeKit integration will create hub for smart home

Will the Apple TV become a hub for controlling your smart home in the near future? Signs are pointing to yes.<p>Apple is quietly testing HomeKit support for its TV set-top box with developers. The functionality can turn an Apple TV into an always-conntected bridge device for communicating between …

Looks like web TV is going to be as expensive as cable — unless you use an antenna

Advertisement<p>9 Comments<p>Web-based TV services were supposed to cater to cord cutters and others looking for alternatives to the expensive cable …

The cloud DVR is going mainstream before anyone knows if it’s legal

It’s perfectly legal in the US to record television programs for personal use, but the situation gets murkier when those recordings touch the web. American courts haven’t really decided if cloud DVRs, which store and play back TV shows over the internet, are just as acceptable as regular DVRs with …

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