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Google Adding 'Channels' to YouTube, Looking to Compete With TV

Google is looking to make some major changes to YouTube in an attempt to keep up with the expansion in services that allow users to stream content directly to their TVs. Sources close to the matter told the Wall Street Journal that YouTube is planning to introduce new channels on the site, featuring both professionally produced, original content, as well as content that already exists on the pl...

Netflix to Stream 'Mad Men' Reruns, Ease Our Withdrawal Symptoms

Netflix has obtained the rights to stream 'Mad Men' reruns in the U.S. as part of a new deal with Lionsgate, the show's producer. The agreement allows Netflix to stream all seven seasons of the series, including the four that have already aired, and the three final seasons. That's 91 episodes in total, at a price of nearly $91 million. Unfortunately for everyone, this doesn't change the fact th...

Britain's Oldest Working TV Up for Sale 75 Years After Purchase

For a little over $8,000, you could be the proud owner of a 75-year-old Marconi television set -- the oldest working TV in Britain. The family of the set's late owner, G.B. Davis, is putting it up for auction later this month in London, where the set will likely sell for more than the $8K experts have projected. When Davis bought it, there was only one channel and one hour of programming every ...

More Fox Shows Coming to Netflix, Including 'The Wonder Years'

The Netflix library just keeps getting bigger and bigger. Today the company announced that it struck a deal with Fox to bring older shows like 'The Wonder Years' (huzzah!) and 'Ally McBeal' (meh) to the streaming media service, as well as more recent titles like 'Glee' and the FX series 'Sons of Anarchy.' Fox will also be bringing "library" movies to Netflix after their pay-TV licenses expire....

Time Warner Removes TV Channels From iPad App, Appeases Media Companies

Time Warner Cable has pulled a handful of TV channels from its iPad app after receiving complaints from three media companies. The app, released earlier this month, allows users to choose from over 30 channels streamed directly to their iPads. Yesterday, however, Time Warner suddenly removed several of the channels (including MTV and FX), after Viacom, Discovery Communications and the News Corp...

Time Warner Sends Ohio Man $16 Million Cable Bill

Daniel DeVirgilio of Beavercreek, Ohio was understandably shocked last week when he received a letter from Time Warner Cable. DeVirgilio, a 26-year-old engineer, had apparently failed to pay his cable bill, and owed the provider a chunk of cash -- $16.4 million, to be exact. Turns out, the company made what it's calling a "human error" in calculating DeVirgilio's bill. An employee reportedly ty...

Science Proves That the Remote Is Stuck Under the Cushion

We're not exactly sure why, but there's something really satisfying about science proving conventional wisdom right. A recent survey conducted by Logitech has confirmed what we've all long known: that, if you've lost your TV remote, it's probably between the couch cushions. In fact, there's a 49-percent chance it's there. Tied for the second most likely hiding place are the bathroom and a dresser ...

IMDB App Update to Bring 'Watchlist,' Ticket Purchasing to iPhone, iPad

IMDB will release a major update to its app for iPhone and iPad today, designed to allow users to follow a movie's development from start to finish. With the update, users will be able to receive news on films and TV shows from the moment they're greenlit and up until the second they're produced via updates from IMDB. Selected projects can be added to a user's 'Watchlist,' which will display...

Biz Stone on Conan: Twitter Was Once the 'Seinfeld of the Internet'

Twitter co-founder Biz Stone made an appearance on Conan the other night, in honor of his company's 5th birthday. The occasion gave Stone a chance to take a brief look back on the early days of Twitter when, as O'Brien duly pointed out, many people thought the microblogging platform served no real purpose. "Everybody said 'Twitter's useless,'" Stone recalled. "To which my co-founder Evan ...

Netflix Taking on HBO With Original Programing?

Rumor has it that Netflix, no longer content as a mere outlet for streaming video, is making a serious run at becoming a producer and distributor of original content. The company previously helped bankroll and distribute independent features through its Red Envelope Entertainment division (including the stellar and depressing 'Born into Brothels'). But the division has been largely quiet since ...

Are 'NCIS' Writers Part of a Conspiracy to Troll Gamers?

We're more than used to (and frequently annoyed by) the gross misrepresentations of technology and videos games on TV and in movies, but 'NCIS' has gone to new heights by failing to even approximate reality in this scene that's supposedly about MMORPGs. We just hope this Reddit commenter is right that it's all part of a massive conspiracy by TV writers to troll nerds....

Thanks to Targeted Advertising, Now Your TV is Watching You

Targeted ads have long lived online, but nobody's quite figured out how to take advantages of personalized advertising and apply them to other media -- that is, until now. Cable and satellite companies are now testing systems that monitor your TV viewing habits and deliver ads based on that data. Cablevision is already broadcasting different ads to different customers watching the same show throug...

Get Al Jazeera on Your TV, Even if Your Cable Provider Doesn't Carry It

Al Jazeera has been one of the best sources of news coming out of the Middle East lately. The problem for news junkies like us is that cable and satellite companies in the U.S. don't carry it. You can watch it as a live stream on your PC, but who wants to squint at a 15-inch laptop screen when you've got a nice, 42-inch TV sitting in your living room? Thankfully, there are a few ways to get Al ...

'American Idol' Adding Facebook to Voting Methods

Surely tired of dealing with busy signals and spam texts, 'American Idol' fans will soon be able to ditch the tiresomely anachronistic practice of voting for favorite contestents by phone. 'Idol' addicts will be able to head to Facebook, and vote up to 50 times during a broadcast's designated voting period. The new voting page is expected to launch March 1st, according to Entertainment Weekly....

Read This: The Arrival of Interactive TV via Your Phone and Laptop

Even with the best interfaces - and few TV interfaces would qualify as among the best of anything - it's a special kind of frustration to watch someone else manipulating a cursor or some other kind of U.I. selector while you, as a passive viewer, have no control over where it goes or what it does. This is what makes the televisions screen so different from other screens: our phones, laptops and ...