Why Did These Dating App Founders Turn Down the Largest Offer in ‘Shark Tank’ History?

The Kang sisters pitch their dating app to the Sharks. (ABC)

A few years ago, sisters Dawoon, Arum and Soo Kang launched Coffee Meets Bagel: a dating site that serves users a potential match—or “bagel”—every day at noon. Users have 24 hours to decide whether they’ll “like” or “pass” on a match, and can only start messaging once they’ve both approved each other.

The Kang sisters pitched their dating app on Friday night’s episode of Shark Tank, where, after turning down the largest offer in the show’s history, they walked away empty-handed.

After the Shark Tank episode aired, Betabeat chatted with Dawoon to learn more about her and her sister’s experience. Read More

Over The Aereo

Streaming Service Aereo Files for Bankruptcy

Broadcast networks were pissed that Aereo let people do this. (Facebook)

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. Read More

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Looking For Netflix’s Highest-Rated Titles? This Site Can Help

Well, looks like we're squared away for Friday night. (Getty)

Are you a pretentious movie-watcher? Will you only grace a TV show with the honor of your attention if it has a solid rating on IMDb?

Betabeat recently stumbled upon whatisonnetflix.com, a simple website that tells you which of IMDb and Rotten Tomatoes’ top-ranked movies and TV shows are currently on Netflix. The site also lets you search by genre, as well as for individual titles. Read More

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TV Streaming Service Includes Coffee So You’ll Finally Stay Awake Through ‘Mad Men’

Yeah, pourquoi? (Screengrab: Insomnycoffee.canalplay.com)

With the holidays in full swing, chances are you’re looking forward to some time off at the end of this month. And thanks to Netflix, you don’t have to leave the house and fraternize with your hometown frenemies.

Instead, why not stare at a screen for 12 hours while your mom brings you bowl after bowl of hot popcorn and leftovers? It’s the millennial way!

But sometimes all that sitting still can get tiring–it’s pretty similar to sleeping, after all. To combat this, one French TV streaming service, Canalplay, is now including promo codes for free artisanal coffee beans with a two-month free trial, PSFK reports. Read More

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Nielsen Is Now Tracking Your Annoying Tweets About Television

More of this. (Photo: Twitter)

Look at what you Scandal fans did: TV ratings service Nielsen will now track your show-related tweets, as part of a new strategy to better track the “unique audience” of each program.

The New York Times reports that the new, creatively titled product called “Twitter TV Ratings,” will measure every tweet and conversation related to what’s happening on the tube and how far they reach. Twitter’s betting big on TV for ad dollars–the word appears more than 40 times in the company’s IPO filing. Read More

Disrupt This

Sweet, Sweet Stasis: Lazyglasses Let You Watch TV While Lying Flat on Your Back

Hehe (Photo: Thinkgeek.com)

Do you ever wake up with a terrible stiffness in your neck because you spent half the night prior propped up on your elbow marathoning a Netflix show? A simple pair of glasses retailing at Think Geek promises to let you enjoy multimedia from your TV or laptop while laying flat on your back for the low, low price of $15.99, shipping and handling and looking like a total nerd. Read More