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TIME Names The Chromecast Number One Gadget Of 2013 As Part Of 'Top Ten Of Everything' Series

To wrap up the year, TIME's been working on a "Top Ten of Everything 2013" series, listing off the top ten items in various categories from Pop …

Google could launch 'Nexus TV' Android set-top next year, says report

Google isn't giving up its living room ambitions. The company is said to be working on a "Nexus TV" device that will run Android, stream video from services like Netflix, Hulu, and YouTube, and play a selection of video games. The rumor comes from <i>The Information</i>'s Amir Efrati, who cites an …

Netflix to Release First Five Episodes of 'Turbo' Kids Series on Christmas Eve

UPDATED: Additional episodes of the DreamWorks Animation program will premiere throughout the year, it was announced today, a deviation from the …

Christmas Eve

Time Warner Cable offers cheaper HBO cable package to counter Comcast

Time Warner Cable is making it a bit less expensive for new subscribers to sign up for HBO. As spotted by <i>Variety</i>, TWC is now advertising a promotional package called "Starter TV with HBO" that costs $29.99 per month for the first year, not including the price of a cable box. Though the package is …

Amazon Instant Video launches in Japan with selection of 26,000 movies and TV shows

Amazon's Instant Video streaming service has arrived in Japan, letting local customers purchase or rent from a selection of 26,000 movies and TV shows. Roughly 15,000 of those are available in HD, according to <i>The Hollywood Reporter</i>. With the expansion, Amazon joins both local competitors and …

Startup Comedy 'Betas' Tries To Be Too Cool With 'Girls'-Type Humor

In the second episode of Amazon's <i>Betas</i>, the main character makes a tongue-in-cheek launch video for the hookup app he's developing. It's to poke fun …

Intel reportedly looking to sell its internet TV technology for $500 million

Consumers have never even used Intel's OnCue internet TV platform, but that's not stopping the company from trying to sell it for top dollar. According to <i>Bloomberg News</i>, Intel is looking to sell the technology behind its online pay-TV service for as much as $500 million. <i>Bloomberg</i> says that during …

NFL and MLB request Supreme Court ruling against Aereo, threaten move to cable

<i>Aereo CEO Chet Kanojia.</i><p>The NFL and MLB are pushing for the Supreme Court to hear a challenge to Aereo, the service that allows viewers to stream privately broadcast television feeds online. In an amicus brief, the leagues argue that Aereo is designed solely to avoid paying copyright holders for …

Netflix ditches Webkit to roll out slick new UI for smart TVs, Roku boxes and game consoles

Advertisement<p>12 Comments<p>Netflix (s NFLX) rolled out a big revamp of its user interface for smart TVs and connected devices Tuesday night, moving away …

Is Netflix Playing A TV Game of Moneyball?

For those that don’t know sports and didn’t see the Brad Pitt movie from a couple years back, the concept of moneyball, in its basic form, is to hire baseball players cost effectively in order to build a roster. In theory, for the cost of one A-Rod you can buy three Scott Hattebergs that, as Brad …

CBS Corp. CEO Talks Time Warner Cable Dispute, Netflix Competition

Leslie Moonves also says TV is a better business than film and discusses "pre-historic" thinking about retrans fees, why only ESPN should get paid …

Media Industry

You can watch Amazon's first original series, 'Alpha House,' right now

Amazon's first original series is now available to watch on Prime Instant Video. The first three episodes of <i>Alpha House</i> are available on the service now — the first season will be 11 episodes long — with additional episodes launching every Friday. The political comedy was created by <i>Doonesbury</i> …

Netflix is bringing 'The Killing' back to life

The crime drama <i>The Killing</i> was recently cancelled for the second time, but Netflix has stepped in to give it one more chance. According to <i>The Hollywood Reporter</i>, the company will be producing six more episodes of the show, which will be billed as its final season. The show's writing staff and crew …

New bill would give streaming video services same protections as cable providers

Senator Jay Rockefeller (D-WV) is introducing legislation today that would put streaming videos services on similar legal footing to traditional cable services, potentially prohibiting anticompetitive practices. Under the legislation, online video providers would be given the same protections that …

Netflix introduces one unified TV interface to rule them all

The streaming-video giant turns into a TV channel programmed just for you<p>Watch Netflix instant streaming on your television and you know what content you’ll get — but you likely won’t know how you’ll find it. Whether it’s the PlayStation 3, Roku, or the Apple TV, every flavor of Netflix is slightly …

Want to see Aereo survive? This senate bill does too

If courts decide the streamer of over-the-air TV isn't breaching copyright, proposed legislation would keep hefty content fees out of Aereo's costs. It's one facet of a bill Sen. Jay Rockefeller says will make online video more competitive.<p>West Virginia Democrat Sen. Jay Rockefeller plans to …

Televisions

Roku adding live streaming apps for WatchESPN and Disney Channels

Roku has announced a deal with Disney and ESPN networks to stream live programming and on-demand content, so long as your cable service is an affiliated provider. Roku owners will be able to download the WatchESPN app to stream ESPN video starting today. Disney programming will come to the set-top …

Hulu in talks with Time Warner, Comcast, and others about possible cable bundling deals: WSJ

Hulu officially appointed its new CEO last month, and it appears the company may now be pursuing a new business strategy as well. <i>The Wall Street Journal</i> is reporting that the streaming video service is in talks with several high-profile television providers about potential bundling deals that could …

Marvel TV shows to debut on Netflix

<b>Netflix has announced it will buy four new live-action TV series from comic book firm Marvel, bringing some lesser-known superheroes to the small screen.</b><p>The film and TV streaming service has committed to four 13-episode series, based around the characters Daredevil, Jessica Jones, Iron Fist and …

Comic Books

Netflix will stream its first original documentary 'The Short Game,' on children's golf, in December

Netflix is quickly following through on its promise to expand into original documentaries, announcing today that its very first one will premiere online just over a month from now on Thursday, December 12th. The documentary is called <i>The Short Game</i> and follows a number of seven-year-old golfers as …

FCC proposes to eliminate its sports blackout rules, but blackouts aren't going away

The US government may soon get its hands out of the business of sports blackouts. Acting Federal Communications Commission chairwoman Mignon L. Clyburn sent out a proposal today to dismantle the commission's rule that requires sporting events to be blacked out under certain conditions. She notes in …

The Secret Magic Behind Netflix Customer Service

Pretending to be a fictional character or offering dating advice would probably get you reprimanded -- or possibly fired -- from the customer service department of most companies.<p>At Netflix, taking on the persona of a Star Trek captain during a live chat with a customer gets you on national TV, a …

Intel may leave delayed web TV service in Verizon's hands, says new report

Struggling to obtain essential content deals and facing no shortage of other obstacles, Intel is reportedly considering handing off its mythical web TV service to Verizon. That's according to <i>All Things D</i>, which claims that the two sides are "close to a deal to hand over control" of Intel Media, the …

GetGlue CEO out as company fights for second-screen relevance

Twitter's recent push into TV market does not bode well for startups whose entire premise is "Tweets about TV." The category's biggest player, …

Android 4.2 starts rolling out to LG Google TVs

Advertisement<p>3 Comments<p>Owners of LG’s Google (S GOOG) TVs are finally getting their Jelly bean update: LG started updating its Google TV devices with …

New Simple.tv pricing, features revealed: DVR for cord cutters will retail for $250

Advertisement<p>18 Comments<p>Simple.tv hasn’t said a whole lot about its upcoming second-generation DVR for cord cutters, except for saying that it will …