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Celeb-backed music gambit rebrands as 'Roxi', prays for IPO

The company behind what was dubbed the "most ridiculous digital music launch in history" is rebranding its product and hoping to raise $100m by selling shares to the public. Electric Jukebox finally launched, following several delays, last November, a year after it was first unveiled. It positioned itself as the music service …
Andrew Orlowski, 17 Aug 2017
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Ofcom: Blighty has devolved into a nation of unwashed binge-streaming mole people

Online streaming has freed consumers from the tyranny of gawping at the crap telly other family members insist on watching, with one-third regularly sitting together in the same room to watch different programmes – according to a major report by Ofcom. Of the 2,356 surveyed, only 30 per cent said they sit together with family …
Kat Hall, 3 Aug 2017

House fire, walk with me: Kodipocalypse now includes conflagration

Pirate TV boxes may not be safe, IP champions FACT and Westminster Council, in the south of the UK, have claimed. "The safety issues we have found so far are to do with the device's power supply. It is not double insulated nor does it have another grounding system (it only has a two-pin plug) meaning if a short were to occur …
Andrew Orlowski, 25 Jul 2017

Tapping the Bank of Mum and Dad: Why your Netflix subscription is poised to rise (again)

Analysis If Silicon Valley still does one thing better than anybody else, it's propping up profitless corporations, just like the Bank of Mum and Dad. Gulf states pour money into Premier League teams, but not on anything like the scale of Uber and Netflix, two examples of capital-swallowing money pits. On Monday, Netflix warned …
Andrew Orlowski, 19 Jul 2017

All your bass are belong to us: Soundcloud fans raid site for music amid fears of total collapse

Music hosting biz SoundCloud, having just axed 40 per cent of its staff, is now trying to ward off rumors that it will go broke in less than two months. The song-sharing service was rumored to be in crisis mode and had to shut its doors, with just 50 days of funding left before it ran out of cash. A spokesperson insisted …
Shaun Nichols, 13 Jul 2017
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Auntie sh!tcans BBC Store after 18 months

The Beeb is to shut its online paid-for streaming service BBC Store from November, just 18 months after it launched. The online facility failed to get off the ground against stiff competition from Netflix and Amazon. Its closure comes as Old Auntie is under increasing pressure to generate cash outside the Licence Fee. …
Kat Hall, 25 May 2017

EU pegs quota for 'homegrown' content on Netflix at 30 per cent

The European Parliament has set content quotas for OTT video services like Netflix and Amazon Prime even higher than the Commission originally wanted. 30 per cent of the services' catalog must be European works, Parliament has decreed. The Commission asked for a 20 per cent quota. Some member states already operate a quota, …
Andrew Orlowski, 25 May 2017

MP3 'died' and nobody noticed: Key patents expire on golden oldie tech

Key patents held on the MP3 audio format expired last month – and it's taken three weeks for anyone to notice. And the Fraunhofer Institute has declined to renew the intellectual property it owns on the MPEG Audio Layer III technology – as well as terminating its licensing programme. So yup, now you can use MP3 encoding in …
Andrew Orlowski, 16 May 2017

Netflix investor sues vid giant for 'covering up' subscriber stats stumble

Netflix is facing a class-action lawsuit from one of its investors, who claims executives withheld bad news from shareholders – and cost them billions of dollars in losses. The video-streaming giant is accused of failing to promptly warn shareholders that raising the cost of its monthly subscriptions was putting off potential …
Shaun Nichols, 2 Mar 2017
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BBC admits iPlayer downloads are broken

Updated The BBC has acknowledged that problems with the latest iPlayer software for PCs and Macs have left users unable to download shows to watch offline. The problems have affected the current build for over a week. The BBC notes that shows requested for offline viewing stall after about 12MB have been downloaded. Others report …
Andrew Orlowski, 23 Feb 2017

Biggest Kodi sweep: Brit cops nab five, bag some dodgy sticks

UK copyright cops made their biggest sweep yet in the crackdown on preloaded Kodi TV streaming kit. Five people were arrested today in Rhyl in Wales, and Bootle, Bolton, Manchester and Cheadle in England. Police did not release names. The five were quizzed by investigators and have all been released on bail. It is believed the …

Comcast is totally down with you using a Roku to watch Xfinity cable TV – but it'll cost you extra

Comcast has kicked off a beta program that will let customers watch TV on Roku hardware, but only if they pay extra. The US cable giant has released a beta Xfinity TV app for newer Roku devices that will allow customers to watch cable channels directly from the device. This lets customers use their streaming hardware in place …
Shaun Nichols, 2 Feb 2017

DirecTV Now plagued with faults, but uptake not slowing

AT&T's freshly hatched DirecTV Now OTT streaming service is forecast by most industry analysts to hit around 1 million subscribers after one year, following its launch at the end of November, but here at Faultline Online Reporter we believe the service has the potential to take off on a much bigger scale – providing it can …
Faultline, 20 Jan 2017

BBC surrenders 'linear' exclusivity to compete with binge-watch Netflix

The BBC is abandoning linear exclusivity as it goes for broke to make the iPlayer a global Netflix rival. The corporation says it will throw entire series on to the on-demand streaming service before the first episode in a series is even broadcast on terrestrial TV. Director-General Tony Hall will call for the BBC to "reinvent …
Andrew Orlowski, 11 Jan 2017

Banned! No streaming live democracy from your phones, US Congress orders reps

The next session of the US Congress will include a ban on representatives shooting and streaming video from the floor of the House. The Republican-dominated House of Representatives voted 234-193 to enact the new rules ahead of the opening of the 115th session of the US Congress. The rule calls for a ban on any use of an …
Shaun Nichols, 5 Jan 2017

Vinyl and streaming sales offset CD decline in UK music sales

Vinyl sales, which reached a 25-year high, and a continued increase in streaming offset decline in CD sales as music consumption rose last year, according to official music industry figures. Figures from the BPI out Tuesday show UK music consumption rose 1.5 per cent last year to reach 123 million albums. A total of 45 billion …
John Leyden, 3 Jan 2017

Hollow, world! Netflix premieres Java in-memory database toolkit

Just as the National Security Agency in 2005 came to the conclusion that it would be easier to store everything, Netflix has decided to store all of its content metadata with its customers rather than serving data from a central repository and caching frequently accessed data at the network edge. The streaming media service on …
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Watch your back, Netflix: Viu on track for 10 million subs next year

Analysis Hong Kong pay TV operator PCCW Media claims it has racked up 4 million active users on its OTT video service, Viu, after just one year of activity. An uptake of this pace presents Netflix, which recently made its belated entrance into South East Asia, with an almighty mountain to climb. Viu has every chance of surpassing the …
Faultline, 5 Dec 2016

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