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Is Apple About to Make a Big Social TV Play?

AppleLogoTrip Chowdhry, a co-founder and analyst at Global Equities Research, has been interviewing developers ahead of an Apple announcement set for October 16. ”All these developers strongly believe that Apple has opened its Apple TV APIs to some big developers including Facebook, Twitter, CNBC and Disney” Chowdhry said. “These developers feel that Facebook and Twitter APIs may be built into (the) Apple TV Platform API, which if true, could jump-start a completely new TV experience called ‘Social TV.’”

“A new experience called ‘Social TV’”? Really?

Regardless, there appears to be strong evidence that Facebook and Twitter will have the opportunity to integrate social features into the next Apple TV release. Adam Levy of The Motley Fool thinks that all companies involved would benefit: Read more

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Roku (Finally) Gets a Chromecast-Like App with MyMedia

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MediaMall Technologies recently announced an updated version of MyMedia for Roku that will give users the ability to stream personal media to their TVs via Roku and the MyMedia channel in a Chromecast-like fashion.

The upgrade includes support for streaming high definition personal media files for free as well as an optional upgrade to include webcasting. The in-channel upgrade costs $4.99.

“MyMedia is a fantastic, extremely low-cost solution for Roku users that want to stream personal media files like videos, pictures and music, as well as web videos that may not be readily available on an existing Roku channel,” said Jeff Lawrence, CEO, MediaMall Technologies. “MyMedia is easy-to-use, can be set up in less than five minutes, and at a price of only $5 for the casting capability, it is a steal for Roku users.” Read more

Roku Kicks off ‘Summer of Endless Streaming’

Roku FacebookStreaming-TV device innovator Roku is kicking off its “summer of endless streaming” sweepstakes today, with Roku users getting the chance to win dozens of prizes.

Roku launched the sweepstakes after a study it sponsored showed that watching TV is one of people’s favorite summer activities. 80% of respondents answered they’ve stayed inside to watch their favorite TV show, even on a nice summer day. 43% even came up with an excuse to justify doing so. Of those creating excuses, the biggest culprits fell between the age range of 18-24.

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Not Fit to Print: MyRecipes Becomes First Time Inc. Brand to Get its Own Roku Channel

PrintLess than a week removed from its spinoff from Time Warner Inc., Time Inc. is already making a big digital splash. The company yesterday announced that MyRecipes.com – a top-five food destination according to comScore – will be getting its own Roku channel. ‘MyRecipes’ is the first example of a distribution partnership between Time Inc. and Roku announced in May.

“We want to connect with consumers wherever they are consuming video content and Roku is a leader in streaming entertainment,” said JR McCabe, Time Inc.’s Senior Vice President of Video. “MyRecipes is the perfect brand to launch this new partnership with its wealth of content and passionate audience base.” Read more

Roku Declares ‘National Streaming Day’

In honor of its sixth anniversary, Saratoga, California Mayor Emily Lo declared today “National Streaming Day” outside streaming-TV innovator Roku‘s California headquarters.

The streaming-TV device, the first one to stream Netflix to TV boxes, has spawned many second screen advancements over the years, including similar products like Google Chromecast and Apple TV. Overall, about 42 million U.S. households have a TV connected to the Internet. Also, devices like Roku gave original, web-only streaming shows like Netflix’s “House of Cards” and “Orange Is the New Black” an important platform for viewing.

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Les Moonves on Imminent CBS News Digital Channel, Aereo

cbs-news-logoLes Moonves, Chairman and CEO of CBS, appeared on Bloomberg TV yesterday and revealed plans to launch a 24-hour digital news channel.

“Look, we’re not in the cable space obviously,” said Moonves. “There are already too many players there for us to start a brand new cable network. So we thought with all the content going digital right now, wouldn’t it be a good idea to do a 24-hour digital channel taking all the resources that CBS News has, and you were part of it in the not too distant past, all over the world. And there is so much information that we get every day that doesn’t fit into a 22-minute news cast at 6:30 or “CBS This Morning.” So we can do that. We can go direct digital. So that’s in the early stages under the tutelage of David Rhodes, the president of CBS News, and it’s an exciting alternative to cable news.”

NBC and Fox are the chief rivals in the cable news space, while CBS has been conspicuously absent. But a digital-only channel could give cord-cutting political junkies a viable alternative. More, companies like Roku, Amazon (Fire TV), and Microsoft (Xbox) competing to acquire exclusive rights to content could jump at the opportunity to host a 24-hour CBS News channel. Read more

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

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