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Mobile broadband, free Wi-Fi, tablets killing TV, statistics show

A convincing report arguing that mobile broadband, free business-subsidized WiFi, and tablets are sucking the life out of American cable and …

Twitch update for iOS more than triples live channels, revamps chat

Twitch streams a lot of events these days, and it's improving its iOS app to keep up with the flood of new content. The just-posted 2.3.5 update more than triples the number of accessible live channels from 200 to over 750, giving viewers a better chance of seeing a local tourney or a "let's play" …

Netflix adds Chief Platform Officer as its consumer electronics clout grows

Netflix (s NFLX) just added a new position to its leadership team: Greg Peters, who previously worked as VP of Product Development for the company, …

CheapCast is an emulator that turns any Android device into a Chromecast (sort of)

The Chromecast is very cheap, even without the three months of free Netflix that Google gave away in the first day of availability. But for some, it may still be too expensive, while many others simply can’t get hold of the device due to the limited availability of the device.<p>For those who want to …

Android News

Will Google use Chromecast to put banner ads on your TV?

The home screen of Google’s new Chromecast device may not stay this serene forever: Code snippets discovered by independent Chromecast developer Leon …

Why an Apple TV game console is a no-brainer

For almost as long as there's been a rumor of a next-gen Apple TV, there's been a rumor of an Apple game console. In a year where Apple's product portfolio has been conservative -- to be kind -- it feels like new products, like the fabled iWatch, might be sliding off toward 2014.<p>So what, if …

Apple Acquires Matcha

Earlier this summer, video-discovery outfit Matcha disappeared without explanation, leaving behind just a “this service is no longer available” …

Matcha

Roku beats Apple TV in owner engagement as video streaming device market picks up

A report released Wednesday focusing on the U.S. streaming video device market says more Roku owners use their set-top streamer than those who have …

Smart TV

Sony Is Planning To Launch A Cable TV Killer For Playstations By The End Of This Year

Amol Sharma and Shalini Ramachandran just broke the news for The Wall Street Journal.<p>S0ny is in talks with all the biggest cable channel owners, including Viacom, Disney, Time Warner, and CBS.<p>In fact, Viacom and Sony have just reached a preliminary agreement. Viacom owns MTV, Comedy Central, …

Comedy Central

Apple bought Matcha because it “found the answer” with its recommendation algorithm

Following reports earlier this week that Apple had acquired video aggregation and discovery service Matcha, TechCrunch claims today that its sources have provided a bit more info on the motivation behind the acquisition. While noting that the purchase price was actually closer to $10-$15 million …

The Samsung Galaxy S II TV brings broadcast TV to your smartphone

Don’t let the branding fool you. The Galaxy S II TV is a new smartphone from Samsung with ties to the original in name only. This phone uses a …

Twitter reportedly testing giant cards to replace your TV Guide

Twitter may be testing a new TV-focused feature to its mobile app, at least for some users. A tip from <i>TechCrunch</i> reader ASG on Twitter shows a new card that's placed at the top of his timeline. The card suggests a trending TV show, listing how many tweets mention it and when it last aired. Tapping …

Apple TV review: A great streaming box, especially for Apple fans - CNET

MSRP: $99.00<p><b>The Good</b> The <b>Apple TV</b> lets you stream all the video content in the iTunes Store to your HDTV, with purchases stored in the cloud. Netflix, Hulu, HBO, YouTube and dozens of other online services are available, plus music, videos, and photos can be streamed from iOS devices using</b> …

Why Apple TV Is a Cord-Cutter’s Gateway Drug

From the “not surprising, still interesting” file: People who link their TV to the Web to the Internet say they’re more likely to stop paying for …

Smart TV

Showtime and LG Launch Interactive Smart TV App

UPDATED: The latest iteration of SHO Sync will give viewers the chance to participate in broadcasts of such network series as "Dexter" and Ray …

LG Electronics

Apple Could Release ‘Some Sort’ Of Television Product This Fall

It could turn out to be a very expensive fall for Apple users. After new iPhones and iPads are released, Cupertino could launch some sort of new …

Inside the bitter YouTube battle between Microsoft and Google

Why do these companies love to hate each other?<p>The gloves are off: Microsoft and Google find themselves battling in more product areas than ever while fighting a very public war of words. The latest spat has led Google to block a Microsoft-developed YouTube app for Windows Phone, despite a promise …

Apple Said to Be Working with Foxconn, Corning and Innolux on 'iTV' for 2014 Launch

Apple is in the development stages of an long-rumored television, partnering with glassmaker Corning, G-Tech Optoelectronics, Foxconn, and display maker Innolux -- if a report from Taiwan's <i>Economic Daily News</i> is to be believed [Google Translate].<p>The paper has a spotty track record at best, but it …

Adap.tv Founders Discuss Their $405M Acquisition And The Company’s ‘Secret Ingredients’

A week after AOL (which owns TechCrunch) announced that it’s acquiring video ad company Adap.tv for $405 million, we drove down to the company’s office in San Mateo to speak to co-founders Amir Ashkenazi (the CEO) and Teg Grenager (the chief product officer).<p>Ashkenazi told me that there were …

Sky+ iOS App Update Now Lets you Search in More Detail

BSkyB, better known as Sky, has updated its Sky+ iOS app for the iPhone and iPad to include new features like a more powerful search tool, new DVD cover art and an easier way to find out more information about a show or the cast.<p>The update to version 4.5 of the Sky+ app was released today and …

Apple manufacturer Hon Hai cuts out the middle man, sells TVs in Taiwan

Hon Hai Precision Industry (aka Foxconn), one of the best known manufacturers of Apple products, has sold over 10,000 televisions to consumers in Taiwan. As the <i>Wall Street Journal</i> reports, the company began selling 7-Eleven branded TVs through a partnership with the retailer back in June, and the …

Twitter hires former Google exec to drive movie, TV expansion

Jennifer Prince to oversee ongoing entertainment ad sales campaign<p>Twitter has hired Jennifer Prince, former head of Google's media and entertainment ad sales, to expand its movie and TV partnerships. As <i>Variety</i> reports, Prince will hire a sales team to market Twitter as a valuable "social …

There Could Still Be A November Surprise For Apple TV

The Apple TV is the Cheshire cat of consumer tech. One minute smiling cat, the next, no cat, just smile. But as we approach the release of the next iPhone, and beyond that, the holiday season, there are signs that there is movement on the Apple TV front.<p>First, and most persuasively, Apple just …

Bell TV app expands channels for tablet, phone viewing

After years of whining, I can finally watch live news on my phone and tablet.<p>It may not sound like that big a deal, but my inability to watch Canadian news in real time online without paying additional money has bothered me for a long time. It seems so archaic – I pay for television, I pay for …

Samsung launches Wuaki.tv streaming service

Wuaki.tv, which is owned by the internet company Rakuten, will now offer its catalogue of films and series through the Samsung Smart TV platform.<p><b>Samsung</b> announced the partnership with the streaming service on Tuesday.<p>The service combines subscription with renting and buying films, with users able …

Netflix modernizes Instant Queue for post-DVD world, renames it 'My List'

The Netflix instant queue is dead. But don't fret, subscribers; your streaming experience isn't going to change drastically. Instead, the company is working to modernize what has for years remained a static list of movies and TV shows its customers eventually hope to watch. "We’ve found through …

Kevin Spacey on Netflix: 'we have learned the lesson that the music industry didn't'

When David Fincher and Kevin Spacey's <i>House of Cards</i> debuted earlier this year, it didn't just make waves because Netflix was creating high-profile original content — it also made an impact because it was released with all episodes available at the same time. <i>The Telegraph</i> reports that Kevin Spacey …

Ready for the future of TV? Too bad the industry is still just talking

Judging from some of the headlines of the last couple of days, it looks like the future of television is just around the corner.<p>First, news broke …

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