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Monday, July 11, 2016

Sharing Netflix Or HBO Go Passwords Is Technically Federal Crime Under 9th Circuit Ruling

“The majority is wrong to conclude that a person necessarily accesses a computer account ‘without authorization’ if he does so without the permission of the system owner,” Reinhardt wrote in his dissent. He cited examples where the ruling would make it illegal to engage in some common examples of password-sharing, such as logging in to a Facebook account on behalf of a friend or relative.

The trend of people freeloading off the Netflix or HBO passwords of paying subs has lon ...read more

Tuesday, May 24, 2016

Smart Home Gadgets Need To Live Together

Home devices will incorporate new Google virtual assistant software introduced by chief executive Sundar Pichai.

"Our ability to do conversational understanding is far ahead of what other virtual assistants can do," Pichai told a packed audience.

"We are an order of magnitude ahead of everyone else."

Home devices combine machine learning, online search, voice recognition and more to allow people to get answers to questions, manage tasks or control devices by speaking ...read more

Monday, April 25, 2016

WWE Ramps Up China Expansion With New Executive

So far, WWE has launched the 24-hour video service in 180 countries in Asia, Europe and other regions.

WWE Network had 277,000 paid international subscribers by the end of 2015, or 23% of its worldwide total. Citing Parks Associates, WWE said the network is the fifth most popular direct-to-consumer subscription service in the U.S. behind Netflix (NASDAQ:NFLX), Amazon.com (NASDAQ:AMZN), Hulu and MLB.TV.

From the article "WWE Ramps Up China Expansion With New Executive" by ...read more

Monday, April 18, 2016

Amazon's New Netflix Competitor Is A Bad Deal For Most People

This move brings Amazon's video service into more direct competitor with services like Netflix and Hulu.

But a little simple math shows that it actually isn't a great deal unless you plan on canceling soon. Here's the breakdown:

- Prime Video as a standalone service will cost $8.99 per month, coming out to $107.88 per year.

- The complete Prime "bundle" will cost $10.99 per month, coming out to $131.88 per year.

- Amazon Prime, the whole package, costs $99 per ye ...read more

Monday, April 18, 2016

Netflix Need Not Fear New Amazon Prime Spinoff Service

For those who think Amazon has the clout to steal away Netflix subscribers, the logic there isn’t too easy to follow: the $9 price point for the new service simply isn’t compelling enough to siphon away any meaningful portion of the Netflix sub base, and the Amazon library of originals and licensed TV shows and movies isn’t substantially better, either.

It’s more likely that Bezos is betting that Netflix subs are willing to pay for a second or third SVOD option (Hulu) than p ...read more

Friday, February 12, 2016

Action Cams Are For Birthday Parties Not Bungee Jumping

Wearable cameras such as the GoPro may be advertised as the must-have audio-visual accessory for extreme sport thrill-seekers, but according to new research, their most common uses are much more mundane

New top-line data from Parks Associates shows that almost 40% of consumers who own wearable cameras or camcorders use them for capturing the events of daily life. 

From the article "Action Cams Are For Birthday Parties Not Bungee Jumping" by sg.news.yahoo.com

Tuesday, January 19, 2016

The Time To Cut The Cord And Switch To Streaming TV Is Now

ESPN will also be coming to Sony’s PlayStation Vue service, available in select markets. Sony’s streaming offering looks more like a traditional cable bundle in that its basic package runs $49.99 and covers more than 50 channels, including local stations. But as Parks Associates research director Brett Sappington observed: “The pricing of the service makes Vue a tough sell.”

From the article "The Time To Cut The Cord And Switch To Streaming TV Is Now" by Rob Pegoraro.

Tuesday, January 19, 2016

HBO Is Replacing Its Cable TV Option In Spain With A New Streaming Service

The initiative is an ambitious play, but it makes sense. Spain has lower cable subscriber rates than the US and a large amount of online piracy. So HBO is sacrificing its licensing revenue to appeal to homes that either gave up on cable or never bought it in the first place. "We follow the money," HBO chief executive Richard Plepler told Bloomberg. "We’re making a determination of where we think the most profits lie." The company has 138 million subscribers, two thirds of which ...read more

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