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Why Time Warner Cable is Offering Fan TV to Subscribers

fan-tv-thumbAhead of its potential merger with Comcast, Time Warner Cable announced this week that Fanhattan’s Fan TV set-top boxes are now available to subscribers for $99. Fan TV is meant as a replacement for current set-top boxes, and blends the pay TV and online streaming experiences in a more visually appealing way.

Fan TV debuted at AllThingsD’s D11 conference last year, but has since lacked support from major cable providers. The partnership with Time Warner Cable should help Fan TV secure more deals, both with cable service providers and streaming services. Still, Fan TV currently remains limited in its streaming content offerings. Fan TV users can, as of now, only access Crackle, Target Ticket, Rhapsody, and Redbox Instant. HBO GO and Netflix – streaming device stalwarts – are conspicuously missing. 

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Showtime Anytime Launches on Roku

Showtime AnytimeShowtime just renewed hit shows  “House of Lies” and “Shameless” for fourth and fifth seasons, and announced today that Showtime Anytime, the network’s second-screen on-demand app, is now available on streaming device Roku.

Showtime subscribers can now stream the network’s shows, movies, comedy specials, documentaries, and sports specials on their Roku player, which connects to home networks wirelessly, taking content from the Internet and connecting it to TV’s.

Roku side CEO Anthony Wood says the company sold 8 million players last year.

HBO GO is coming to PlayStation 3 and PlayStation 4

hbogo_logoLast week at the inaugural Buzzfeed Brews event in New York, BuzzFeed Business Editor Peter Lauria interviewed HBO’s CEO Richard Plepler about “about the future of the industry, changes at Time Warner, and digital and streaming video’s encroachment on cable TV.”

At the event, Plepler also announced that HBO and PlayStation have partnered to offer HBO GO on PlayStation 3, with PlayStation 4 soon to follow. This is a big addition to PlayStation’s app offerings, and it will certainly help bolster HBO GO’s growing streaming numbers.

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CES: Roku not only makes products for TVs, it now makes TVs

roku_logo_lRoku has come a long way since last year’s CES, when it first announced the Roku Streaming Stick – a device that allowed consumers to essentially turn any TV into a smart TV. This year at CES, Roku has introduced Roku TV, its own line of hardware. TCL and Hisense will manufacture the TVs, but it will be Roku-branded and will encompass everything that makes Roku distinct. Read more

Preview of the Lost Remote Show #TVEverywhere panel [vines]

header_logoAs we gear up for tomorrow’s Lost Remote LA Show, we’re excited to tell you more about a great panel, “TV Everywhere: Challenges and Opportunities for Consumers, Content Owners and MVPDs.” Some of our panelists produced Vines to explain what TVE really is. Read more

Bandwidth, bundles and blackouts mean hard times for the cable industry

86043_86206_2_Image2_cable vs fiber(This is a guest post by Alexis Caffrey (@AlexisCaffrey), a freelance writer with a focus on technology, new media, and design. You can find more of her work at AlexisCaffrey.com).

The cable TV industry may be looking at a big change in the future, according to Cablevision’s CEO Jim Dolan. In an interview with the Wall Street Journal, Dolan stated “there could come a day’ when his company stops offering television service, making broadband its primary offering.” Read more

Sling Media releases updated app, announced partnership with Roku

sling-media-logo-courtesy-sling-media-inc1Last week, Sling Media made big waves, releasing SlingPlayer 3.0 and announcing a new partnership with Roku. A new version of SlingPlayer for iPhone and Android smartphones is also available, and an app for Windows 8.1 will be introduced in December. Read more

Livestream launches Roku channel bringing more live web content to TV

Roku, Apple TV and now Chromecast have all been innovative in bringing tons of web content to your TV. Until now most of this content has been from Netflix, Hulu, HBO Go, Amazon Instant and many other on-demand style options. Livestream, the popular live streaming platform has launched its first Roku channel to bring “more than 75,000 live events a month,” from the web to your television. Read more

Digital advocacy expert Dan McSwain on the FCC becoming more ‘consumer friendly’

The FCC, the US Federal Communications Commission can often seem mysterious and complicated  in a world of social entrepreneurship that doesn’t need to navigate the complicated infrastructure and regulation of radio and TV. An organization that is often misunderstood has taken to social media to become more “consumer friendly,” according to Dan McSwain a former Senior New Media Fellow at the FCC, who focused on reinventing FCC.gov in the digital era. Read more

How to Get Your Web TV Show Featured on Blip

Since joining the company last spring, CEO Kelly Day has been hard at work making Blip.tv the go-to source for short-form video entertainment, particularly content that will play well on mobile or devices like Roku and Google TV. In the latest So What Do You Do?, she explained to Mediabistro what her team looks for when scouting new programming.

“We have a pretty simple application process, and we have a human being actually watch your video and look at your application.” Day said. “We review the content, we rate it and a lot of this — we’re not very apologetic about saying it — is kind of subjective. We’re looking for quality, good storytelling with character development. We’re looking for episodic content, because that is what we focus on. We’re looking for production values, content that is often TV-14 and above.”

The best part? Once your content has been accepted and uploaded, Blip splits the revenue with you 50-50. Read more in So What Do You Do, Kelly Day, CEO of Blip?.

Nicholas Braun

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