Microsoft has pulled the plug on its MSN TV service, the company announced on its website and in an email to subscribers.
Satellite TV service provider Dish Network officially debuted its new broadband Internet service dishNet today, giving U.S. consumers yet another way to gain high-speed access to the web.
Over the last 10 years Everyday Health has built one of the biggest tech companies native to New York, with more than 500 employees centered here in Silicon Alley. Today the company cemented its presence as the number one health site on the web when it announced that it was partnering with YouTube as the first network dedicated to health in the video giant’s new channel initiative.
I’m sitting in my office (by which I mean my kitchen) watching Rachel Ray on my iPad and Kathy Lee on my laptop. These aren’t clips or day or old episodes. It’s live programming that’s streaming to me via Aereo, the web TV service locked in a legal battle with the big TV networks, which launches to the public in New York City this morning.
Aereo, the New York startup that is building a new system for streaming and recoding live TV, is countersuing the big TV networks that filed a lawsuit against it at the beginning of this month. The company, which is backed by local investors like First Round Capital and Barry Diller’s IAC, says that the courts have already ruled in favor of their technology, just not in this innovative new form.
Incumbent industries have a history of challenging new technologies that disrupt the established way they do business. For example, AT&T sued to keep everything from the answering machine to the Hush-A-Phone out of the market. Yesterday’s news that all the major TV networks are filing suit against streaming TV service Aereo is the latest in a long line of battles about how technology evolves. And Aereo, which recently raised $25 million from backers that include billionaire Barry Diller’s IAC, is ready for a war.
Apple has big plans to launch a streaming TV service by Christmas, and of course the rumor mill is already running wild on when it will sell an actual TV. But first Apple will need to clear a hurdle: Getting the rights to shows for its new TV service. So far, its negotiations with the big media companies are not going well, because Apple has been taking its usual approach: “our way or nothing at all.”
If you want to launch a successful Web TV show, thinking small may be better than thinking big, said Felicia Day, writer and star of the popular online series The Guild.
Hulu unveiled some new features today that could help users discover more content on the TV- and movie-watching site, as well as make it a little more social.
A video infrastructure startup called BNI Video is launching today, and it’s unveiling its first two products. With a focus on back-end technology, BNI might not be particularly glamorous, but chief executive Conrad Clemson said traditional cable providers need the company’s technology if they’re going to stay relevant.