TVNewser TVSpy AgencySpy PRNewser SocialTimes AllTwitter AllFacebook InsideFacebook InsideSocialGames InsideMobileApps GalleyCat FishbowlNY FishbowlDC
KRON is looking for a Account Executive. see all

Cord Cutting

4SeTV App Lets You Stream Four Channels At Once

4SeTV standalone imageMore is always better when it comes to television, right? That’s the idea of 4SeTV, a set top box and app that streams over the air broadcasts to a tablet or smart television. You buy the hardware and there are no monthly subscription fees or other costs, so getting into it is easy.

Through the free app, available for iOS and Android, you can split the screen, watching up to four channels at once. You can easily switch audio between the screens so when you want to flip between MSNBC and CNN morning shows or Thursday Night Football and “Scandal” it’s no problem.

It’s kind of like Aereo but with more screens, except that 4SeTV isn’t rebroadcasting the signal, so you can’t pause or record. But you can also count on it to not disappear because the FCC says so.

The bummer is that founder Hyung Lim started a Kickstarter campaign, ending this Thursday, and won’t reach his goal of $50,000. But that’s not going to stop him he says:

There are a lot of things I learned running the Kickstarter campaign for the first time and there are a lot of things I want to improve. One thing is that I’m targeting sports fans, and though they’re watching over the air broadcasts, they also watch a lot of ESPN and that’s been a major issue. I’m going to fix it by creating additional hardware and come back to the Kickstarter so that I can include content like ESPN along with the other.

He’s backed by hardware company DMT, “so I can continue the operation and development to reshape my messaging and things like that for the second round,” he says.

You can watch a demo from Lim here and check out the Kickstarter here.

Mediabistro Course

Reel Reporting: Create Your Reel

Mediabistro Presents: ReelReporting Create Your ReelA good TV reporter won't go far without a standout Demo Reel! Starting November 13, MediabistroEDU and Reel Reporting offer a three-day series for students interested in hosting and news reporting. In this Los Angeles based course, students will learn from and work side-by-side TV agents and On-Air talent to better understand the hiring process and  shoot their best reel yet. Register now! 
 

How Mohu is enabling a future for cord-cutters

5b656a8cab214431de81cc43f2cc05faThe future of cord-cutting is now. The trend is happening faster and faster and new companies are emerging as the providers of platforms, technology and devices that can give you the content you want without a hefty cable subscription. One of these companies is Mohu a company that made a name for itself by designing an indoor HD antenna and then made an even bigger name for itself with a successful Kickstarter campaign to bring smart TV tech into the technology. Now, Mohu is moving beyond just antennas and addressing the larger cord-cutting picture, in hopes of being a true resource for all cord-cordcutters. We interviewed Mark Buff, Mohu’s founder and CEO about what they’re up to and what life will be like for cord-cutters in the post-Aereo Supereme Court decision market. Read more

If Aereo loses in court, you can try the Winegard FlatWave antenna to get free HD TV

image003While the Supreme Court continues to deliberate on a decision in the Aereo case, consumers and media are continuing to wonder what will happen to cord-cutters if Aereo loses? While there isn’t another service quite like Aereo out there (since they’d of course be in court too right now), there are definitely alternatives to get HD quality free TV from the airwaves. We connected with the Winegard FlatWave antenna team, which is one of the great solutions to still get the content Aereo provides without needing a cable subscription. The “indoor amplified HD antenna” retails at $69.99 and is built for homes that are far away or out of sight from a broadcast tower.  We spoke with Grant Whipple, the Consumer Electronics Product Manager for Winegard about the Aereo case,  his company’s products and how needing old school “rabbit ears” is a myth in today’s digital era. Read more

Is ‘cord-cutting’ happening faster than we thought?

2014-cross-device-video-analysisAs fewer and fewer companies describe themselves as “second screen” apps, it becomes clearer and clearer that for consumers the second screen (or even third and fourth screens) can be interchangeable as content is easily made available across all types of screens. A main driver to this reality is what the industry knows as “cord-cutting”, the act of getting rid of your cable subscription (or for the young ones) never having one to begin with. Circa recently reported on a new study that reveals this is happening more quickly than we thought. Read more