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Watchup Launches on Xbox 360

watchuprecent1Watchup, the personalized news aggregator and streaming service, launched this week on Xbox 360. Users can now access the app and stream news from The Wall Street Journal, The Washington Post, Sky News and CNET, and others without a cable subscription. The app is already available in both the iOS and Google Play store. With the Xbox, users can navigate through the app and the latest news using Kinect. CEO and co-founder Adriano Farano said in a statement:

Watchup on Xbox 360 is a dream come true for cord-cutters and digital savvy users who want to watch trusted news channels via the Internet. Our mission is to bring the power of global news to people on all the most popular platforms, whether it’s smartphones, tablets, streaming media devices or gaming consoles.

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TV Everywhere Let’s You Stay Plugged In During the Holidays Anywhere You Go

TV EverywhereThe holidays are here and that means long lines at department stores, waiting at the airport for delayed flights, or sitting in the carpool lane in holiday traffic. TV Everywhere is your new best friend to help pass the time and is here to remind you that you #CouldBeWatchingTV through your smartphone, tablet or laptop anywhere you go.

Dear Aereo: You Were Loved

aereo-logoAereo swooped in and saved me last year. I was in the middle of a New York City breakup, which meant moving into a tiny apartment and giving up the fancy smart television and expensive cable bundle that only two working adults could afford.

How was I going to watch “60 Minutes” on Sundays? You can take your companionship, but do not take my Sunday night CBS. I was already a subscription video streamer: I had the big three. My best friend gave me her HBOGo login. Aereo rounded it out. I paid extra so I could DVR more than one show. A woman really could have it all.

But it always felt like one day I was going to try to log in and the site would disappear, like if you stayed in Europe before you could get Netflix and had to use those weird, illegal streaming websites that offer porn and every “It’s Always Sunny in Philadelphia” season on the same homepage (can we say Megavideo?). But Aereo just had “Downton Abbey” and “Good Morning, America.” It meant no harm. This is all to say that when Aereo lost their battle this summer, I took it personally. I bought a TV and cheap cable bundle. Last week, when they filed for bankruptcy protection, I knew it was really over.

If this were a Muppet movie, I would lead the gang to fight the big, bad, networks and make the Supreme Court rethink that transmit clause just in time to stream the “Charlie Brown Christmas” broadcasts and live happily ever after. But this is the real world, broadcasting corporations are people, copyright laws will never evolve, and streaming content (for eight dollars!) is for crazy hippies. Read more

Friday Links: 12 Years of ‘Star Wars’ Titles and More

starwarsIs it really Friday already? Here are some stories you may have missed this week.

1) JP Lespinasse, social media director at BET, tweeted a link to some highlights from a webinar he did for Bitly on social television marketing. You can watch the whole thing here over the weekend and learn how he strategized and succeeded in making the BET Video Awards a social hit this year. Some key points:

There are a lot of people out there who are doing a lot in social, including programming to our target audience, talking about what we talk about. Clutter is the biggest obstacle and challenge right now, making sure we get our message out there and reaching the people we want to reach.

What this means is that we have to be that much more inventive, cut-through and strategic. We focus on the platforms that give us scale – Facebook, Twitter, Instagram, YouTube – to meet our goals of building awareness and site traffic. We’re also trying new platforms – including Snapchat and Ello, among others – to see what that community looks like and how we can best reach that community.

2) So, the new “Star Wars” movie name was announced and people were far from thrilled and kept it trending all day Thursday.

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CBS Launches Digital News Network CBSN

CBSNAfter announcing a subscription based streaming service last month, CBS  launched an all-digital streaming news network Thursday. So now you can watch live, anchored news whenever you want, for free.

Here are the features of CBSN from the official statement:

  • Live, anchored coverage from 9:00 AM – midnight ET every weekday;
  • Simulcasts of CBS News special reports for breaking news;
  • Additional content from a range of CBS sources including CBS News, CBS affiliate stations, CNET, CBSSports.com, Entertainment Tonight and more. Read more

CBS Launches Subscription Streaming Service, ‘All Access’ Today

cbs all accessYesterday, pigs finally flew and HBO announced that it was going to offer a standalone streaming service in 2015. Today, CBS announced a similar service called All Access, available for $5.99 a month. At the time of launch, consumers in fourteen cities will have live access to their local CBS station. So you can stream the news and “The Good Wife” as they air.

It’s like Christmas in October.

Ok, well not for sports fans. You won’t be able to stream Thursday Night Football, or any NFL content for that matter. And though there are thousands of episodes available of vintage CBS — like “Twin Peaks,” and “Star Trek” — you can’t watch old seasons of “The Big Bang Theory,” which is OK because haven’t you seen them all already?

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Netflix Is ‘Buffering’ All Day

battlefornetNo, your Netflix video won’t really be buffering all day, but they’re doing their best to make you think it is.

Visitors to the video streaming site, and others like Vimeo, Reddit, and Twitter are protesting the FCC’s net neutrality proposal with “Internet Slowdown” day. You won’t really have to wait for that episode of “Friday Night Lights” to load, but the spinning widget displayed on Netflix and other participating websites hits an emotional cord.

It’s hard to get people to pay attention to how and why we should defend net neutrality, but that buffering, spinny wheel is infuriating — even when it’s fake. Instead of technical jargon, the widget speaks plain English:

iinternet slowdown widget

You can take action and sign petitions here, but some are already calling the widget a wimpy move. If you really want the general population to care about protecting the fast lanes, we might have to actually slow the internet down to drive the point home. You don’t know what you’ve got till it’s gone, right?

 

How Giraffic’s AVA Technology ‘Rebuffs’ Re-Buffering Issues and Low Quality Streams

home-main-stripEven with a lightning-fast internet connection, you’ve likely experienced re-buffering – whether in the form of total stoppage or a transition from high to low quality – in the recent past. Sure, streaming technology is improving, but at the same time there are more households with smart TVs consuming content on Netflix and Hulu. Couple that with multiple devices in the same household connected to broadband, and the result is bandwidth issues.

In comes Giraffic, a Tel Aviv-based company that has pioneered “Adaptive Video Acceleration” (AVA), technology designed to eliminate re-buffering issues. Samsung will incorporate the technology in its 2014 smart TV and BlueRay player lineup. AVA accelerates content that is streamed or downloaded to the device’s native video player without any further integration or implementation required by the content provider. “Rather than relying on a single stream,” Giraffic CEO and Founder Yoel Zanger tells Lost Remote, “Giraffic’s AVA requests multiple data sessions from the content servers for smaller pieces of a video stream, then stitches them all back together for seamless playback.”

We spoke with Zanger about how AVA works, what viewers with AVA-equipped devices will notice, and why re-buffering and suboptimal resolution is a persistent problem.

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These Charts Explain Why Twitch is Worth $1 Billion

twitchchartWatching someone play video games was once the bane of every high school girl’s existence, but as of this week, it’s a billion dollar business. On Tuesday, Amazon announced that it was buying Twitch, a social and live-streaming platform for gamers, for just over $1 billion. Who knew that so many people were watching and streaming video games? While it’s still unclear how Amazon plans to use it, these charts, via The New York Times illustrate just how many people are streaming and broadcasting themselves as they game.

Sometimes, it’s viewership rivals major cable networks. While game companies hold tournaments and garner some 200,000 viewers, single “full time” broadcasters can get around 20,000 viewers on their own. If you really want to see how Twitch has grown, twitchapps has all the raw data on how many people are watching someone else play Minecraft and when they’re doing it. It will make you think twice the next time you look at your clock: almost 200,000 gamers were tuning in at 7 a.m. this morning.

The Emmys Were Boring

fmentionsMaybe we had our hopes set too high. But there was little to no great use of social media last night at the Emmys.

Facebook and Access Hollywood promised to embarass celebs (and themselves) by bringing a Facebook Mentions question box, but it was used little on the Red Carpet. NBC promised it would be the “most social” Emmys ever, but even a Twitter zip line and Vine stations missed the mark.

So what gives? It’s all about trying too hard. Like flirting, there’s a thin line between too much and not enough. Networks were begging for social engagement last night and it looked a little desperate. Did we talk about the Twitter zip line camera?

All of this begging for a little Internet love and you can’t even watch the Emmys online. Sure, you can stream a little Red Carpet on E! but it cuts as soon as the main event begins. You want people to watch and interact? You should make it easy for them. Not having a livestream on your homepage makes you look grumpy, networks.

The again, viral selfies can only happen when you’re least expecting them. And an awards show where Breaking Bad and Modern Family win every other category? Bo-ring. Weird Al is great, but he’s no Beyonce. Social media engagement only works when there’s something to talk about. Am I the only one who couldn’t bring herself to scroll through Emmy tweets last night?

NBC becomes first broadcast network to offer exclusive content on SoundCloud with ‘Last Comic Standing’

Screen Shot 2014-07-09 at 2.22.34 AMSoundCloud has changed the way we experience sounds and music on the web. The platform which stands out as one of the top audio streaming destinations is becoming increasingly important to TV, a medium that’s always had close ties with music and sounds. For Last Comic Standing (airing Thursdays at 10/9c) NBC’s comedy competition that recently returned, the network become the first broadcast shop to offer exclusive content on the platform. Here are the details. Read more

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