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Jay Rockefeller Wants to Revolutionize How You Watch TV

Sen. Jay Rock­e­feller is get­ting ready to settle in­to re­tire­ment. But be­fore he does, he’d like to upend the en­tire tele­vi­sion …

Cirrus Insight Launches iOS App

Cirrus Insight has unveiled a pilot program for its new iOS mobile app that lets users save messages in their Gmail inbox to Salesforce. Cirrus Insight Mobile also lets users set reminders to follow up on emails, create new leads and contacts in Salesforce from their inbox, and close sales …

What really happened to Intel's failed TV ambitions?

Intel rented retail space in New York, Los Angeles, and Chicago earlier this year in which it planned to launch and sell Intel TV: a new living room-based entertainment service that was described as "far superior" to existing cable and satellite packages by early users. But these stores won't ever …

LG said to be shifting resources from smartphones to TV

LG has plans to shift its resources and focus on businesses in which it believes it can be more successful, according to a new report.<p>Korean IT news outlet ET News reported on Wednesday that LG has started to shift some resources from its smartphone operation to its television business. The main …

Google building Spark, a Web-based development tool

Google likes Web apps, but one area where native software remains dominant is programming tools. A Google project called Spark that came to light Thursday could change that.<p>Spark is a Web-based IDE (integrated development environment) that runs in a browser for developers writing Chrome apps, …

One Way or Another, Big TV Is Getting Bigger. Will You Care?

Shutterstock / Stokkete<p>Can Comcast, the country’s biggest pay-TV provider, really get bigger?<p>That’s the scenario that’s floating out today, sparked …

Cable consolidation isn’t about TV: It’s about broadband

Given the rumors that Comcast (s cmcsa) is talking with regulators to see if it could find a way to buy Time Warner Cable (s twc) and that Liberty …

The Cable Industry is Imploding: What Providers Must Do to Stay Alive

Cable is dying of a slow, drawn out death.<p>It’s not at the hands of Netflix, nor at the hands of fiber optic technology. It’s not even at the hands of the Internet. Cable is strangling itself with its own wires.<p>Before we get to cable’s end, let’s start at its beginning. Cable companies thrive …

Learning To Code On The Street

It’s 7:33 AM. Leo is leaning over his laptop writing some practice lines of code while I sit nearby on leftover sandbags from Hurricane Sandy. It’s cold, but it is a great morning.<p>A little less than three months ago, Leo became an Internet icon when he declined my offer of $100 in cash in favor of …

Apple hires former CableLabs exec, sets TV rumor alert level to mauve

Until Apple actually produces a new TV related device, rumors about what it <i>might</i> be working on will continue to flow, with no end in sight. While we still don't know what's next out of Cupertino, <i>Multichannel News</i> reports the company has hired a former CableLabs executive for the job of engineering …

Amazon Set-Top Box Coming By End Of Year: WSJ

Amazon is planning to invade your TV set.<p>The Wall Street Journal reports that the world's largest online retailer will release a set-top box that will stream online video to your TV. The device is code-named "Cinnamon," and will have apps for playing games and streaming video and music from other …

Twitter rolls out Nielsen rating to track TV tweets

Twitter is rolling out its "Nielsen TV Twitter Rating" system in the US today. The metric was first announced in 2012, and was developed in partnership with TV ratings-tracker Nielsen. It will show both the number of tweets mentioning specific shows, and the number of accounts those tweets …

Google and Microsoft join ambitious UK white space trial

British telecommunications regulator Ofcom has revealed that 20 organizations will participate in a major trial of UK white space over the next six months. White space is simply unused spectrum that separates over-the-air TV stations. Due to its low frequency, signals that use white space can …

Facebook Extends Its TV Data Reports Overseas

Facebook’s efforts to rival Twitter for the attention of TV networks and producers has spread overseas, as the Wall Street Journal reports that the social networking site will announce on Monday plans to provide data on its user interactions about TV programs to 10 networks in eight countries.<p>Among …

Can Twitter Save TV? (And Can TV Save Twitter?)

<b>On the eve of its fervently-hyped IPO, the micro-messaging service has a radical plan for nabbing the ad dollars it needs to thrive: helping TV networks survive the digital media revolution. This is the cover story of the October 28, 2013 issue of Forbes.</b><p>It’s Emmys night at the Nokia Theatre in Los …

Telecast Pivots To Give YouTube Superfans A Better Viewing Experience

Pivot! Pivot! Pivot!<p>Telecast, the video curation service born out of betaworks, has today pivoted into a fan-centric video service that gives hardcore YouTube viewers a way to connect with their favorite creators.<p>According to founder Matt Hackett, who was one of the first engineers at Tumblr, …

HBO brings its brand of 'not TV' to Google Play for a la carte purchase

If you're not an HBO subscriber and you don't know someone who's willing to give you their HBO Go login credentials, then you're pretty much locked out of the pay cabler's walled original content garden. But as of today, HBO's granting access to seven of its most popular series via Google Play. …

Time Warner Cable buys high-speed fiber Internet firm DukeNet for $600M

Internet service provider company Time Warner Cable is set to acquire fiber optic network firm DukeNet in a deal with $600 million, the companies announced today.<p>DukeNet is a regional fiber network that supplies service to North Carolina, South Carolina, and five other states. The purchase will …

Twitter tunes in to TV partnerships ahead of IPO

People don't just watch TV anymore; they talk about it on Twitter. From the comfort of couches, they share reactions to touchdowns and nail-biting season finales - and advertisers and networks are taking note.<p>Examples of Twitter's influence abound. The recent finale of "Breaking Bad" generated a …

Facebook Says It’s Pretty Good at TV, Too

Perhaps you’ve heard: Twitter is really into TV.<p>Dick Costolo and company have spent the last couple of years honing their pitch, which they are …

No Matter How Hard You Squint At It, the New York Times Can’t Be a TV Company

The New York Times continues to struggle with advertising. That’s not getting better anytime soon.<p>But the publisher has had luck getting readers to …

Why TV Execs Are Still Skeptical Of Twitter’s Power To Attract Eyeballs

As Nielsen begins to track how shows get tweeted, networks see Twitter’s reach confined to small groups of fans. “I think it maybe adds a tenth of a rating point. I don’t think it’s significant,” says former Fox scheduling chief Preston Beckman.<p>On Monday, Nielsen unveiled its much-anticipated …

HBO brings 'Game of Thrones' to Google Play

HBO's "Game of Thrones," the fantasy series that follows the tale of George R. R. Martin's novel series "A Song of Ice and Fire," is now available in the Google Play marketplace.<p>When customers open up Google Play on Wednesday, they'll find they can download the past two seasons of the show. Fans of …

Lovefilm updates LG Smart TV app with better search and Watchlist support

Sure, it's great to have thousands of movies and TV shows at your fingertips, but finding the right one can be a total pain. That's one of the reasons why Amazon's Lovefilm has pushed live a new update for LG Smart TVs which introduces new search and recommendation features for customers in the UK …

Twitter Gets Its Strongest TV Tie-Up So Far, With an Ambitious Comcast Deal

Twitter has been trying to buddy up with the TV industry for the past few years. Now it has its biggest payoff yet: A far-reaching deal with Comcast …

Vevo outfits Samsung Smart TVs with native app, HD music videos and more in tow

Perusing music selections in video form with Vevo is about to get easier for owners of Samsung Smart TVs. The streaming content provider has announced an app that brings HD music videos, live performances and other original programming to those displays and the outfit's Blu-ray players. Access to …

VEVO Launches Music Video App For Samsung Smart TVs & Blu-Ray Players

VEVO announced that it is launching on yet another connected TV platform today, making its music videos now available on the latest Samsung Smart TV products. The launch will grow the number of viewers who will have access to the company’s streaming service, while also improving monetization of its …