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Comcast is about to have more customers for internet than TV

<i>This post has been corrected.</i><p>This chart explains the dynamics at play in America’s cable industry better than words could:<p>Comcast, America’s biggest cable company, is also its biggest home internet service provider (and the company could get bigger if it is allowed to buy Time Warner Cable). It …

Net Neutrality

Warner Bros. Leads $24 Million Investment in Machinima

The studio previously led an $18 million investment in the gaming-centric digital media company and YouTube network.<p>Warner Bros. is building on its …

YouTube is 10 years old: the evolution of online video

Allow me to make a bold statement: YouTube, at 10 years old, is the most interesting place on the internet. It’s not about the platform or the brand, of course, but rather the sheer amount of content it hosts and its diversity.<p>300 hours of video are uploaded to YouTube every minute. Not all of it …

Internet

Why Hollywood is now trying to save film after all its digital trailblazing

The biggest Hollywood studios recently reached a deal with Kodak to continue to supply them with film stock for at least for “a few” more years to make their movies. That is quite an investment on both sides—Kodak says it costs $50 million a year to keep manufacturing film—and a big turnaround for …

iPhone

CES: Millennials Value Netflix More Than Broadcast or Cable, Study Finds

A NATPE/Content First and Consumer Electronics Association study finds that streaming devices dominate young people's viewing preferences<p>Netflix …

Sony Hack: 'Interview's' VOD Strategy Probably Won't Change Anything

Despite the big experiment, VOD releases will remain a niche play, say analysts, as the Sony movie heads for a major loss<p><i>This story first appeared in</i> …

YouTube’s 10 most profitable channels of 2014 were, um, not what I expected

There is a handful of YouTube stars making serious bank. Some are the usual celebrities, like Taylor Swift. But, according to analytics startup OpenSlate, which estimates YouTube earnings based on a formula of total monthly views and subscriptions, some of the YouTube rich are not the usual …

Profit

Facebook is the new AOL

The '90s are back.<p>They’re back in fashion, they’re back in music, and they are most certainly back in technology.<p>In a way this makes sense; the top end of the Millennial generation was just entering high school in the '90s, and now they’re in the workplace and armed with spending power, so it’s …

YouTube apocalypse: old media still struggle to understand web superstars such as Zoella

YouTubers, vloggers and Vine celebrities came above ground in a big way in 2014. However, in the same way that Taylor Swift already seemed pretty successful last January, so last year’s online video action will seem pathetically insignificant by the end of next year.<p>Think of the past 12 months as a …

Media Industry

Sony execs used old BlackBerrys found in a basement after getting hacked

With its computer systems crippled worldwide, Sony executives did what any of us would do: turn to simpler technologies to get them moving again. According to <i>The Wall Street Journal</i>and <i>The New York Times</i>, that tech included notepads, a manual paycheck machine, and also a stash of BlackBerrys found …

Everything we know about how people watched “The Interview” and what it means for the future of internet video

How ironic that North Korea, of all places, was responsible for the film industry’s biggest leap into the future this year. The simultaneous release of <i>The Interview</i> in theaters and online may be unorthodox, but with movie theater attendance falling and streaming video rising, such arrangements will …

Televisions

Taylor Swift, Mary J. Blige upend music world with creative disruption

No less than the taxi industry or the news media, the music business was defined in 2014 by disruption: that tech-world buzz word referring to the way a given field is upset — and in some cases remade — by new players armed with new strategies.<p>Think of Beyoncé releasing her self-titled album one …

Music

Huge FCC rule change could make internet TV a reality

Internet TV providers are just starting to emerge, but they might soon get the jumpstart they need in order to turn into real competitors for traditional cable TV. The US Federal Communications Commission is beginning to consider a rule change that would put internet TV providers on the same …

Long live the TV remote control!

Netflix regularly updates its “long-term view” on the future of TV and the company’s role within it. Some revisions reflect major shifts in Netflix’s thinking; others are more subtle but still telling, like peering over the shoulder of a writer—in this case, Netflix CEO Reed Hastings—struggling to …

Televisions

HBO Without Cable, Coming In 2015

HBO has built a robust and popular online presence over the past couple of years with its app, HBO GO. But to get it — as is the case with many streaming services that offer television over the Internet — you've needed a cable subscription. In other words, HBO GO was an add-on for people who …

The US is ready to redefine “television” to include the internet

The US Federal Communications Commission is considering whether to treat certain online video services like cable and satellite TV providers.<p>The move would help the online services get cheaper access to major network programming and could allow them to become stronger competitors to the dominant …

Net Neutrality

Senators cave to industry, abandon unbundling of broadcast TV channels

Proposal to let TV customers choose which channels to pay for killed for now.<p>The Senate Commerce Committee is scheduled to vote today on a satellite …

30 Years of Music Industry Change, In 30 Seconds or Less

<i>Now inflation-adjusted!</i><p><i>US-based recordings. Data supplied by the Recording Industry Association of America (RIAA); animation created by Digital Music</i> …

Variety to Publish Weekly TV and Film Fan Engagement Measurement Combining All Major Digital Platforms

Committed to helping the entertainment industry understand how consumers are engaging with U.S. content, <i>Variety</i> will begin publishing a new …

FCC Commissioner: "Time to sack the sports blackout rules for good"

Approval ratings for the federal government have never been lower. Gridlock, partisan politics, and scandal have rocked America’s faith in Washington.<p>…