All but one episode in Season 5 included one of our Future Tech installments. However, our favorite of the bunch got … Read more
The Canadian government is trying to change the way cable providers offer their programming, according to a Reuters report.
Canada's industry minister announced on Sunday that cable and satellite television providers soon will be required to offer individual channels to customers, rather than bundles that force customers to pay for channels they don't watch, according to reportedReuters.
The move flies in the face of how many cable and satellite providers offer their programming, which forces customers into packages that can include hundreds of channels. The Canadian government's idea is to allow customers to buy only the … Read more
Television broadcasters Friday petitioned the US Supreme Court to get involved in their fight against Aereo, the online service that streams their over-the-air programming to its paying members.
Aereo, which is backed by IAC Chairman Barry Diller, uses tiny individual antennas to let consumers watch live, local broadcasts on some Internet-connected devices and store shows in a cloud-based DVR. Television giants including Disney's ABC, CBS (the parent of CNET), Fox, and Comcast's NBCUniversal sued Aereo, alleging that the service violates their copyrights and that Aereo must pay them.
In the petition Friday, the broadcasters asked the court to … Read more
Hulu might soon have a new, permanent CEO.
The streaming-video company is currently in talks with Fox Networks Group president of distribution Mike Hopkins to be its next chief executive, Reuters reported on Thursday, citing people who claim to have knowledge of Hulu's plans.
Hulu, which is owned by Fox, Walt Disney Co., and Comcast, has been searching for a new chief executive since earlier this year when former CEO Jason Kilar announced his resignation. Andy Forssell has been filling in for Hulu as its interim CEO until a replacement is named.
Hulu declined CNET's request for comment.… Read more
Without a lot of fanfare, Instagram updated both its Android and iOS apps on Thursday. The updates bring new video features to both apps and add photo straightening to the Android app -- something the iOS app had for months.
Besides getting photo straightening, the Android app also has been updated with "new sound and data usage controls for Instagram videos." The same goes … Read more
Another day, another district, another broadcaster fails to halt Aereo's operations.
In US District Court in the District of Massachusetts, Judge Nathaniel Gorton has denied a motion by Hearst and its Boston broadcast TV station, WCVB, for a preliminary injunction against Aereo.
"Hearst has not demonstrated a sufficient likelihood of success on the merits nor the requisite irreparable harm," Gorton said in an ruling dated Tuesday.
The nation's television networks will petition the US Supreme Court during the next week to review lower court decisions over the legality of Aereo's retransmission of TV signals on the Internet, Variety reports.
Apparently frustrated with the conflicting courtroom record, the broadcasters have decided to file their petition, or writ of certoriari, by October 15, the entertainment newspaper reported Wednesday night, citing anonymous sources familiar with the case.
CNET has contacted Aereo and the four major broadcast TV networks, which includes CNET parent CBS, for comment and will update this report when we learn more.
Aereo, which launched … Read more
Vevo has brought its music videos to Samsung Smart TVs.
The company on Wednesday announced that its 75,000 HD music videos are now available through a Vevo app on Samsung Smart TVs. The app is also available on Samsung Blu-ray players and is optimized to work on both devices.
When users boot up the free app, they'll find Vevo TV, a linear music channel featuring different songs and videos throughout the day. Users can also choose to browse the company's list of videos, search for content, or pick a genre and let songs stream all day.
Vevo'… Read more
Nokia's made a name for itself in manufacturing tough phones, without feeling the need to tack words like "rugged" or "active" to the model name. That being said, it doesn't mean the phones can necessarily handle a good ol' fashioned grape stomping. It's a shame, considering the 41 megapixels of wine tasting the phone is capable of capturing.
Sure, the purple juice, along with an assortment of skins, stems, and water, turned out the lights on the 1020. However, given Nokia's nature, we believe there's a chance it can be revived. … Read more
Microsoft has gone back to basics with the latest version of YouTube for Windows Phone.
Released on Monday, version 3.2 of the app has jettisoned all of the extra features in prior versions. Clicking on a link to a YouTube video now just redirects users to YouTube's mobile Web site, according to Windows Phone Central, essentially negating the whole purpose of using a dedicated app in the first place.
Why did Microsoft dumb down the YouTube app?