The battle between Comcast and TiVo continues. TiVo says it’s filed a new round of lawsuits in California and Massachusetts involving features and capabilities of Comcast’s X1 platform. They include the ability to pause and resume shows on different devices and advanced search and voice functionality. TiVo is investing heavily in content discovery/recommendation based on […]
Facebook enters the local news biz
Go global, think local seems to be Facebook’s current mantra. It’s just begun to test a feature in its app titled “Today in,” beginning in six U.S. markets. Facebook is seeking input from its potential competitors – regional newsrooms and local journalists – to help shape the new feature. It’s available in one city in […]
Data leak shines light on Snapchat users
While it’s a notoriously secretive company, Snapchat isn’t immune to data leaks that shine light on its inner workings. And so it was when The Daily Beast this week published a slew of information detailing Snapchat user activity from April to late September of 2017. Here’s one snippet from the story headlined This Is The […]
Facebook working on a digital voice device
Move over, Amazon Echo. Cheddar reports that Facebook is readying a video chat device called Portal, marking the social platform’s planned entry into consumer hardware. A major point of differentiation will be Portal’s positioning as a way for families and friends to stay connected through video chatting and other social features. Cheddar cites sources as […]
Hulu by the numbers
Yes, Hulu is growing, but just how fast over a given period of time isn’t easy to discern, even when the company releases numbers. The last time it did so – back in May of 2016 – Hulu said it had 12 million subscribers. This week, the streaming TV pioneer said the figure is now […]
Oculus launching headset in China
China hasn’t been particularly good to Facebook. But now the company is gaining access to the country – not with its social media platform, which is blocked, but via a virtual reality headset partnership with Chinese phone manufacturer Xiaomi. In a deal announced Monday at CES, Facebook’s Oculus will launch a headset in China called […]
GoPro shutters drone division, will consider sale of company
No way around it: It’s been a catastrophic couple of years for GoPro. According to a new report from CNBC, the action camera-maker has hired JPMorgan to help it explore a possible sale. CEO Nick Woodman confirmed the news to Bloomberg Technology. (He did clarify that, while GoPro is potentially open to a sale, it […]
Hulu renews ‘Future Man’ and ‘Runaways’
Hulu just greenlit second seasons for two of its newer shows. Sci-fi comedy Future Man and Marvel-based series Runaways have both been given 13-episode second season orders. Both shows debuted in November. The season-one finale of Runaways bows today.
David Letterman’s Netflix talk show gets January 12 premiere
David Letterman’s new Netflix talk show will debut on Friday, January 12, the service announced. Called My Next Guest Needs No Introduction With David Letterman, Netflix is billing the series as a “monthly event.” It will continue through June. Letterman landed a pretty big name as his first guest on the series: It’ll be former […]
Amazon adds CBS All Access as add-on option
Amazon Prime members can now access CBS All Access, CBS’s SVOD service, as an add-on channel. It’s the first time that an Amazon Channels partner will offer a linear feed of local broadcast television. The CBS All Access service also features more than 10,000 on-demand episodes of TV shows, including the original shows Star Trek: […]
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