Monday 7.29: News to Know
Review: Google Chromecast
“Any sufficiently advanced technology is indistinguishable from magic.” -Sir Arthur C. Clarke. It’s probably the most overused quote in tech writing… which sucks, because I’d really like to use it to describe how I feel about the Chromecast.
Chromecast in the News
Chromecast, Cord-Cutting, Streaming, Smartphones, and YouTube
For those who have a home Wi-Fi network, but need a simpler way to get videos from their handheld devices to their HDTVs than a bundle of tangled and ridiculous cords, Google released the Chromecast on Wednesday.
Google Chromecast’s Real Genius: It’s Cheap and Dumb
After spinning its wheels for years trying to cram intelligence into TVs and set-tops, Google has landed on a far smarter approach to cracking into the living room with Chromecast: a simple, low-cost video-streaming device that treats televisions as stupid display devices, not computers.
Opinions & Analysis
Now That We Have Chromecast, is it Time For ‘Xbox TV’ ?
Microsoft’s Xbox can stream plenty of Internet content to your TV. But it might get overlooked by those considering Chromecast, Roku, or Apple TV because of its high price. Is it time for Microsoft to make non-gaming version of Xbox?
Apple TV, Google Chromecast and Aereo Put Broadcast Television On Death Watch
Over the last few years, there has been a significant shift in how we consume digital content from music and movies to books and television (TV). The intersection of new technologies, devices and high speed networks has served to accelerate that change, particularly for TV.
Streaming Video News
Scene + Heard: The ‘Video Game High School’ Season 2 Premiere
Cast, crew, Collective Digital Studio talent, and friends arrived at YouTube Space in LA on Wednesday to find a red carpet and numerous libations (the most dangerous of which was the tequila, as per usual).
Amazon Studios May Crowdsource Selection of its Web TV Show Pilots
First, Amazon wanted your help in deciding which of its original Web series pilots got the green light to become season-long series. Now it may be asking for your help much earlier in the screening process.
‘Husbands,’ ‘Burning Love,’ ‘Chosen’ Creators Praise No-Network Freedom of Web TV
During a morning producers panel at TCA that focused on the brave new world of web television, a handful of pros held court to talk about all of the ways the Internet is changing the content game and taking the programming monopoly away from the living room. The five included Jane Espenson and Jeff Greenstein, producers of the Internet sensation Husbands (along with many network series); Mike Rosenstein and Stuart Cornfeld, exec producers of the web reality dating spoof Burning Love; and Ryan Lewis, exec producer of the web series Chosen.
Netflix in the News
Netflix UK to Offer New ‘Breaking Bad’ Episodes in Very TV-Like Way
The final half-season of Vince Gilligan’s critically acclaimed crime drama “Breaking Bad” returns to AMC in August. Fans of the show in the UK and Ireland will be able to (legally) watch new episodes the day after they air on American television — a rarity for British viewers who are accustomed to having to wait for new American programming. Here’s the interesting thing: thanks to a deal with Sony Pictures Television, each new episode will be available exclusively on Netflix — the company currently trying really hard to compete with cable networks.
Your Poor Couch! Netflix Viewers Don’t Cut Back on Regular TV
Are you watching a ton of Netflix? Then you had better make sure you’re getting fresh air and exercise. Because you’re probably not cutting back on your regular TV habit.
Netflix Doesn’t Cannibalize Traditional TV Viewing: Study
This may sound counterintuititve to those who see Netflix as a haven for cord cutters, or viewers who want an alternative to prime time’s current sitcoms, dramas, and reality shows. But TiVo Research and Analytics (TRA) says today that data from 9,956 TiVo subscribers collected in May shows that there’s “no significant difference” between those who subscribe to Netflix, and those who don’t, in the amount of time spent with the 28 most-watched networks.
Why YouTube Buffers: The Secret Deals that Make – and Break – Online Video
Lee Hutchinson has a problem. My fellow Ars writer is a man who loves to watch YouTube videos—mostly space rocket launches and gun demonstrations, I assume—but he never knows when his home Internet service will let him do so.
Videos to Watch Now
Allen’s High Fives: Videos to Watch
This week on my High Fives we have a Turtleman, a badass British debt collector, and some second-chance chefs showing their bravado… or is that Bravo?
Aereo Counsel in NY Cites California Dish ‘Hopper’ Ad-Skipper Decision
Earlier this week, as The Hollywood Reporter reported, Fox lost an appeal in a California case in which the network is challenging Dish’s ad-skipping feature called AutoHop or the Hopper, which allows users to automatically skip commercials in recorded programs. The appeal concerned denial of an injunction; the case now continues in the lower court.
Yahoo And Google Are Both Spending Big Money On Acquisition Sprees And What That Says About Their Futures
These days it seems as if a startup so much as glances in Marissa Mayer’s direction, it can expect a bid within 24 hours. There’s been a lot of buzz about Yahoo’s new role as an acquisition hound of late, and Mayer’s attempts to turn the beleaguered giant into a mobile-first company and energize its ranks with young, acqui-hired talent.
I’m putting the finishing touches on my Music Hack Day Denver hack. My hack is called The MobiusTube. It’s the Infinite Jukebox for Youtube. With The MobiusTube you can watch a never-ending and ever-changing version of your favorite music video.
10 of the Week’s Top Showbiz Stories
In case you missed it: Netflix got a confidence boost, “Saturday Night Live” lost its last famous cast member, and “Breaking Bad” had its last red carpet premiere.
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