Yahoo may have failed in its bid to acquire Hulu last year, but CEO Marissa Mayer announced it's snagged rights to show something the streaming site has been known for: Saturday Night Live. The deal with Broadway Video will give Yahoo exclusive online access to archived SNL content from 1975 through 2013 including show clips, "select" musical performances, behind the scenes and dress rehearsal clips. Yahoo will also have non-exclusive access to show current season Saturday Night Live clips in the US and a license for to distribute library show clips internationally. Beginning September 1st, those archived clips will be pulled from other internet video platforms (presumably Hulu and Netflix) for one year. The press release (included after the break) indicates Broadway and Yahoo will celebrate the partnership at Yahoo!'s Digital Content NewFront event on the 29th, we'll wait and see if we learn more about its media strategy then.
08/01/2013 - ActiveVideo announces Cloud TV developer program, hopes to woo web developers to television
When Nintendo's Wii U launches this weekend, it won't arrive with most of its primary multimedia features -- namely, Nintendo TVii, Amazon Instant Video, Hulu Plus, or Netflix. All were said to come pre-loaded on the new console, but reviewers found out early that a launch day patch would enable the functionality. As it turns out, that patch will actually arrive at some point in December, bearing Nintendo TVii, with the rest of the apps arriving "in the coming weeks" (no hard date is given for any of the apps). The console is still expected to launch with Miiverse, Nintendo Network, and backwards compatibility with the Nintendo Wii -- none of which is currently enabled on the Wii U (presumably still arriving in some form of day-one patch). We've reached out to Nintendo to see if those things are still planned for launch.
Wii U's Nintendo TVii, Amazon Instant Video, Hulu Plus, and Netflix pushed to December originally appeared on Engadget on Fri, 16 Nov 2012 09:47:00 EDT. Please see our terms for use of feeds.Permalink Joystiq | | Email this | Comments
We got a peek at DirecTV's Genie system just a few weeks ago with promises of a system that would both suggest related shows and optionally record them unbidden. It's here, and it's being joined by some rebranding. The company's flagship HR34 DVR has been relabeled as the Genie and makes the new software its centerpiece, with those five tuners letting even the chronically uncommitted take new recommendations as seriously as they like. As before, simultaneous viewing is otherwise the biggest angle: there's support for up to eight RVU-capable TVs hooked up at once, two shows playing on one TV and up to four TVs watching the same show. You'll have to be a new subscriber to get the video recorder under the Genie moniker, although we don't see too many existing customers dropping everything to get that symbolic distinction.
DirecTV Genie DVR and interface launch with advice for the indecisive originally appeared on Engadget on Thu, 11 Oct 2012 22:42:00 EDT. Please see our terms for use of feeds.Permalink | DirecTV | Email this | Comments
21/08/2012 - 2011 Sony HDTV Still Leads the Industry
When it comes to its competition however, Netflix cosigned a rumor indicated today by the New York Post that Amazon may spin off its Prime Instant video service into a cheaper-than-Netflix standalone offering. For now however, it believes Amazon and Hulu offer only a fraction of its content, and net subscriber viewing hours that are less than 10 percent of the 2 billion --around 30 per member -- it reported during Q4. Regarding the new 56-day delay for DVDs and Blu-ray discs from Warner Bros., it "didn't like" the new terms, but decided it was more efficient to keep a direct relationship for discs than to try buying discs from retail again, and expects more "differentiated dates" from studios going forward. We're still digging through the numbers and remarks by executives, check out the press release itself linked below.
Netflix Q4 results: 220k new streaming-only customers, beats earnings estimates originally appeared on Engadget on Wed, 25 Jan 2012 16:06:00 EDT. Please see our terms for use of feeds.Permalink | Netflix Q4 results (PDF) | Email this | Comments
Poll: What's the most important feature for a Netflix competitor? originally appeared on Engadget HD on Sun, 24 Apr 2011 14:30:00 EST. Please see our terms for use of feeds.Permalink | Email this | Comments
Sony's Qriocity movie service launches in Japan on the 26th originally appeared on Engadget HD on Thu, 20 Jan 2011 04:56:00 EST. Please see our terms for use of feeds.Permalink | Email this | Comments
Samsung puts up cash, HDTVs for developers in 'Free the TV Apps' contest originally appeared on Engadget on Wed, 11 Aug 2010 11:00:00 EST. Please see our terms for use of feeds.Permalink | Email this | Comments
TiVo Premiere to receive yet another performance and stability update originally appeared on Engadget HD on Thu, 08 Jul 2010 22:13:00 EST. Please see our terms for use of feeds.Permalink | Email this | Comments
Though we didn't get hands-on for ourselves, the scrolling, card-based interface seemed plenty polished in its present, five-button (up, down, left, right, ok) iteration -- the challenge now is to find a device manufacturer who'll build it into a set-top box or connected TV. Vuze CEO Gilles BianRosa said he might settle for it becoming a Google TV app or Yahoo widget itself, but only if the final combined product was simple; no offense to septuagenarian matriarchs, we're sure, but he told us it must be "grandmother" easy. While he said he's already received interest from unnamed consumer electronics companies, the product will launch one way or another -- even if Leap doesn't land in embedded hardware quite yet, a beta will be available in September for Mac and PC.
Project Leap hopes to hop into your TV screen, source-agnostic VOD in tow originally appeared on Engadget on Fri, 11 Jun 2010 04:12:00 EST. Please see our terms for use of feeds.Permalink | Email this | Comments
25/03/2010 - TiVo Premiere review
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New Sony Blu-ray players do 3D, WiFi, iPhone remote, more originally appeared on Engadget on Wed, 06 Jan 2010 19:30:00 EST. Please see our terms for use of feeds.Permalink | Email this | Comments
VIDEO INTERVIEW. VideoWeb has developed a receiver that combines HDTV broadcasting, internet TV and numerous internet applications in a single unit.
Doris Kucera, Press Officer of VideoWeb gave Biz-News.com reporters a short introduction to the company as well as a live demonstration of Plus X Award-nominated WidoWeb S500.
06/10/2009 - IFA 2009: Hybrid Blu-Ray/HD Media Player
VIDEO INTERVIEW. “After watching Blu-ray video or other HD content, you will never go back to Standard Definition,” assured Konstantin Dyshlevoy, Chairmain of HDI Dune, interviewed by Biz-news.com at IFA 2009.
During this year’s Berlin exhibition HDI Dune was showing its new versions of hybrid Blu-ray/HD media players that have been recognized as “IFA 2009 INNOVATION”.
16/09/2009 - IFA 2009: iSuppli Analyst About HDTV Market
VIDEO INTREVIEW. This time at IFA 2009 our reporters interviewed Riddhi Patel, the iSuppli analyst. Riddhi is responsible for the television and plasma display panel (PDP) analysis. She shared with us her latest discoveries on HDTV market as well as her opinion of the nearest future of LCD technology that has dominated our living rooms.
She was visiting this year’s Berlin expo looking for some big innovations. Watch the video to check out if she has found anything that took her breath away.
Netflix taking everyone to Oz for free via streaming, subscribers go in HD originally appeared on Engadget HD on Wed, 09 Sep 2009 14:40:00 EST. Please see our terms for use of feeds.Read | Permalink | Email this | Comments
28/08/2009 - IFA 2009: The Countdown Is On!
IFA 2009 - the business event no. 1 for consumer electronics - will take place in Berlin from September 4-9.
For one week international media interest will be concentrated on IFA. Also the Biz-News journalists will be reporting directly from Berlin covering the latest in CE products.
10/08/2009 - Atlona Announces New AT-HD530 Down-Converter
Atlona Technologies announced their soon to be released HDMI/DVI to Composite and S-Video Down-Converter, the AT-HD530. This device will covert high-definition television video signals to standard-definition video that can be viewed on conventional television receivers or computer monitors.
30/07/2009 - VUDU's streaming service demoed live on an LG TV
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23/07/2009 - VOD Viewing Jumps 15% in June
The number of people watching video-on-demand (VOD) programming in the US surged in June - fuelled by rises in the popularity of pay-per-view content and more children taking advantage of free programming, according to Rentrak.
The increases made June the most-viewed month for video-on-demand this year, delivering more than 589 million transactions.
Wireless HD chipmaker Amimon has raised USD $10 million in its latest round of funding.
The Israeli company's announcement comes as demand for HDTVs capable of wirelessly transferring HD video from one device in the home continues to grow.
15/07/2009 - CAST Releases H.264 IP Core for HD Video Compression
Silicon Intellectual Property (IP) provider CAST has launched a new H.264 encoder core intended for applications that require the transmission of the highest quality video over low bit-rate channels.
The company claims that the CAST H264-E Encoder Core delivers some of the best looking compressed video available.
Demand for web video on TVs and whole-home DVR capability is driving demand for coax and phoneline networking, according to In-Stat.
This is making it an increasingly important solution for home network connectivity, particularly for service provider provisioned networks.