Over The Aereo
Following a series of dramatic court battles this past summer, as well as dozens of recent lay-offs, streaming service Aereo today filed for Chapter 11 bankruptcy.
The service, which is funded by IAC’s Barry Diller, long butted heads with broadcast TV networks, as it used antennae to collect TV signals from the airwaves, and — for $8 per month — let users stream live TV on their Internet-connected devices.
Networks like ABC, CBS, Fox, NBC, Univision and PBS claimed Aereo was violating copyright laws and stealing their content, and proceeded to take the company to court. Ultimately, things didn’t go in Aereo’s favor.
While it’s hard to miss Amazon while they’re flying drones around the Space Needle and building a 10,000 strong robot army, we would’t blame you if you’ve been too captivated by Netflix to care that Amazon has a ton of content available for instant streaming.
In what we assume is a tactic to bring some avid streamers to Amazon Instant Video, the company is offering Prime customers Instant Video credits in exchange for a little more time to deliver their packages.
The rights to dozens of films and TV series are about to expire on Netflix next week as if you needed another excuse for not putting on real clothes. On Reddit, a user collected nearly 90 titles that will soon disappear from the streaming site–and there arfe some decent movies on the list.
Just in time for awards season, Netflix has released the season’s hottest trailer. Fresh from the company’s original content factory, Fireplace For Your Home appears to be a dramatic homage to the heat emitting box that primarily pisses off your dad because he can’t remember the last time it was cleaned.
Fans of hot person/rubbable GIF Ryan Gosling recently received distressing news that he was taking a gentleman’s intermission from acting to “find perspective.” But life is not completely over.
British video-on-demand service Blinkbox has created an indispensable new service called “The Gosline,” a 24-hour phone number that plays his best dialogue to help sooth devastated women and gays.
In 2010 Swedish music streaming service Spotify was on the rise, with a 151 percent jump in revenue. According to PrivCo, a company that tracks financial data, the bottom almost fell out for Spotify in 2011 and the service’s current model is “unsustainable.”
CNET obtained confirmation from Spotify that numbers reported by PrivCo were correct–but not news. Spotify’s losses since jumping into the U.S. market were first reported in August by the Wall Street Journal.
Regardless of who reported what first, PrivCo’s assessment might sting at Spotify HQ:
At its I/O developer conference today, Google introduced a new hardware device that streams music and video to a variety of Wifi-connected devices. A black orb with a glowing blue stripe, the Nexus Q is not just pretty, it’s Apple-quality pretty. In fact, as AllThingsD reports, its two main developers boast Apple design pedigrees.
But design isn’t everything. Functionality and already-established technology habits could derail the Nexus Q’s goal of catching up to the success of Apple’s iTunes store.
Sometimes when it’s a boring news day, we like to troll the depths of Craigslist for story ideas, and today we unearthed quite a gem. It’s an ad posted to the NYC jobs section, seeking “mobile ambassadors” for the Valley-based startup Veetle, a Viddy-like service that allows users to stream live video clips.
Of course, you need active users to build a successful service like Veetle. If Reddit built their site with an army of fake accounts, Veetle will build its platform with an army of beautiful people, ugly users be damned.
“We’re looking for actors and actresses to be Mobile Ambassadors – aka use our free mobile app to broadcast their lives on a semi-regular basis,” reads the ad entitled “Good looking people needed.” “You will use the mobile app to to broadcast live (can be anything – trips to the store, gyms, conversations, anything random in your life… ).” Because who wants to watch ugly people doing mundane things?
The Secret Sauce
A new TV Everywhere-oriented start-up, NimbleTV, begins beta-testing its service in New York City on Monday. One question about this new bid to give TV junkies an easy, anytime fix is will they be sued like Aereo? After all, as Brian Stelter reports in his Times article about NimbleTV, the services have a few similarities:
Spotify has had a very successful entrance to America, adding 500,000 users since integrating with Facebook two months ago. A new academic paper reveals that Spotify relies heavily on its friends, namely its users, to help stream tracks to one another and avoid hiccups in the playback.