Report: If Aereo Survives, Expect Similar Services from DirecTV, Time Warner

DirecTV, Time Warner Cable and Charter Communications, taking a page from Aereo, are considering capturing free broadcast-TV signals to avoid paying billions of dollars in so-called retransmission fees, said people with knowledge of the deliberations. Aereo, which charges $8 a month for online access to broadcast TV, is locked in a court battle with CBS … Continue reading

Report: Apple’s TV Service Would Let You Skip Ads and Still Pay Media Companies

Apple has a new trick up its sleeve as it tries to launch a long-awaited television service: technology that allows viewers to skip commercials and that pays media companies for the skipped views. For more than a year, Apple has been seeking rights from cable companies and television networks for a service that would allow … Continue reading

Full Steam Ahead: Court Refuses to Rehear Case Against Aereo

In another victory for Aereo, the controversial TV-over-the-Web startup, a federal appeals court on Tuesday refused to rehear an earlier decision allowing the service to continue in the New York City area. Aereo, which is backed by IAC Chairman Barry Diller, uses antenna/DVR technology to let consumers watch live, local over-the-air television broadcasts on some … Continue reading

Report: Google is Working on a Streaming TV Service

Google has approached media companies about licensing their content for an Internet TV service that would stream traditional TV programming, people familiar with the matter say. If the Web giant goes ahead with the idea, it would join several other companies planning to offer such “over-the-top” services, delivering cable TV-style packages of channels over broadband … Continue reading

Reports: Apple Close to Adding Live Time Warner Cable Service to Apple TV

As we’ve heard for the past month, Apple and Time Warner Cable are close to inking a deal that would bring a TWC app to the Apple TV’s homescreen – for the first time bringing live TV broadcasts to the device. But some recent reports are bringing things into sharper focus, giving us some more … Continue reading

Comcast’s ‘Internet Plus’ Offers Alternative HBO Bundle

Just last month Time Warner CEO Jeff Bewkes said he was open to the possibility of bundling HBO Go with broadband subscriptions, and it looks like that vision is now being executed – in a way. As spotted by DSL Reports and GigaOM, Comcast is now offering a package called Internet Plus. It puts together … Continue reading

Amazon Studios Greenlights Five Children’s Pilots

Amazon Studios has announced its first foray into original content for children, with five pilots given the greenlight. Just to recap, Amazon Studios uses audience feedback to develop original entertainment and, since the division’s launch in November 2010, thousands of movie scripts and series pilots have been submitted. You may remember that back in June … Continue reading