video killed the _____ star
Posted by Sheila Shayon on November 13, 2013 05:16 PM
Netflix has finally fixed its fragmentation problem by implementing a new interface for its TV-based service that better melds Netflix's vast library with intuitive viewer preferences.
"In [the old] Netflix experience, we give you all this stuff," said Chris Jaffe, VP product innovation, according to The Verge. "But the question we don’t answer for you is 'Why should you watch this title?'"
So Netflix now markets content much like television, rather than lining up an indiscriminate batch of on screen choices. The company has made visual and search changes since 2011, but this recent round of changes is described by The Verge as “like parking your TV on a glossy, high-end station that’s programmed just for you.”Continue reading...
video killed the _____ star
Posted by Sheila Shayon on July 25, 2013 04:02 PM
Google’s internet dominance took an exponential leap with the introduction of its $35 Chromecast dongle device, which allows users to pull content from the cloud, as well as smartphones, tablets and laptops to stream on HDTVs.
The simplistic streaming solution is essentially brand agnostic, making it a boon for some—and a detriment to others.
Quick to recognize the growing opportunity that Smart TV technology poses, Netflix comes bundled with the device, along with a three-month free trial. "The world is moving from linear TV to Internet TV, and Netflix is leading that evolution," CEO Reed Hastings and CFO David Wells wrote in a letter to shareholders. The company, whose shares dropped after the latest numbers indicated it was adding subscribers at a slower pace, likely welcomes Google's device with open arms as it proliferates its service.Continue reading...
Posted by Sheila Shayon on July 17, 2013 06:39 PM
As if traditional pay-TV operators weren't already feeling the heat from streaming companies like Netflix and Hulu, the internet TV space is ramping up with some of the tech world's biggest players throwing in their bids.
“If launched, the Internet-TV services could have major implications for the traditional TV ecosystem, creating new competition for pay-TV operators that are already struggling to retain video subscribers," notes the Wall Street Journal. “Existing online-video players like Netflix, Hulu and Amazon.com offer on-demand TV, but the latest efforts are aimed at offering conventional channels, allowing consumers to flip through channels just as they would on cable, as well as on-demand programming.”
Google’s service would offer live TV broadcasts via consumer’s internet connections, bypassing cable operators, with channels bundled so less popular networks would be included—like it or not.Continue reading...
Posted by Shirley Brady on August 16, 2012 08:44 AM
Comedy Central partners with Urban Outfitters on Indecision 2012 collection.
7-11, Walmart, Target and other big retailers team up on mobile wallet to combat Google Wallet.
Apple reportedly in talks with U.S. cable operators to develop a set-top box; and takes a swing at Amazon.
Johnson & Johnson launches ingredient transparency website for baby and beauty products as J&J removes formaldehyde from products.
Bumbo foam child seats recalled following injuries.
Calvin Klein sued by Lululemon for alleged patent infringement.
Chick-fil-A uproar may have inspired gunman.Continue reading...
tech in the spotlight
Posted by Sheila Shayon on May 30, 2012 03:18 PM
Apple watchers have been combing over the tidbits dropped by CEO Tim Cook as he took center stage at the All Things D Conference last night. At the 10th annual gathering of A-list Silicon Valley technology and media executives in Rancho Palos Verdes, Cook spoke on a broad array of topics from Apple’s current vision, to plans for the living room, an iPhone made in the U.S. and his views on China’s labor practices.
Cook didn’t disclose details about Facebook plans for the iPhone, but in response to a question about why the world’s largest social networking platform isn’t integrated into the smartphone like Twitter, he simply said “stay tuned.”Continue reading...
Posted by Dale Buss on December 19, 2011 08:50 AM
Al Gore promotes "sustainable capitalism."
Apple aims to reimagine TV and how we consume media, while graphic novel imagines Steve Jobs' design thinking.
AT&T's dream to acquire T-Mobile's US operation may be over.
Barclays enables charitable giving with the tap of a card.
BT files patent suit against Google.
Disney and Atlanta Braves are involved in a trademark dispute.
Facebook sues a different Mark Zuckerberg, sees profits hit $1B ahead of IPO.
Goldman Sachs rises as finance powerhouse.
History Channel struggles at the top.
Jersey Shore's Snooki sued by branding partner.
Morton's steakhouse chain finds a buyer.Continue reading...
Posted by Shirley Brady on August 1, 2011 06:00 PM
U.S. House is expected to pass debt ceiling bill tonight, with the Senate set to vote Tuesday.
Amazon launches AmazonLocal daily deals in Groupon's hometown of Chicago; launches MyHabit app to compete with Gilt Groupe; beefs up streaming offering to compete with Hulu by adding Universal titles; and looks to expand Kindle library.
Apple iPhone 5 now rumored for October; Apple TV lets users buy TV shows with streaming update; and Apple blocks Samsung tablet release in Australia.
Twitter confirms "significant" ($800M?) funding round led by Russia's DST Global; adds Dutch and Indonesian local sites; and opens NYC office.
Adobe bows to Apple and builds Flash alternative.
Airbnb looks to defuse user security concerns by offering $50,000 guarantee to homeowners.
Allstate to shut banking unit, posts $620M in losses on tornado claims.Continue reading...
Posted by Caroline Smith on December 3, 2010 05:15 PM
American Apparel grants 6.5M shares to employees.
Angry Birds on Android projected to generate $1 million per month in advertising.
Apple TV is #13 best-selling gadget at Amazon; Google TV is #430.
Google acquires technology to humanize robo-voices; and urges developers to get ready for Chrome extensions.
Groupon adds options for restaurants.
J.Crew sale faces legal challenges.Continue reading...