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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...

MPAA Files Lawsuit Against Movie Rental Start-Up

Six movie studios have filed a federal lawsuit against Zediva -- a movie rental start-up that allows users to watch films shortly after they're released on DVD, but before they become available on services like Netflix or Redbox. According to Zediva's founder and chief executive, Venky Srinivasan, the company operates like any other brick-and-mortar DVD rental service. Users pay to rent indi...

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...

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...

Music Site Settles Beatles Suit for $1 Million

BlueBeat, a site that sells streaming music by a range of artists, just settled a federal lawsuit that a bunch of pissed-off record labels had brought against it for selling and streaming Beatles songs. The songs were posted about a year before Apple released them on iTunes and were sold for just $0.25 each. By the time BlueBeat was forced to pull them, more than 67,000 songs had been sold. The...

Starz Follows Suit, Withholds From Netflix

Oh Starz, you saucy minx. Just days after Showtime announced some pretty dispiriting caps on Netflix content, Starz has announced similar intentions. Starting April 1st, a 90-day delay will be applied to all original shows and movies that are currently airing. Starz says that older shows and movies won't be touched, but still this is terrible news for you folk just dying to see what this 'Camel...

Google Testing Google Music Internally, Still Needs Music

CNET is reporting that employees at Google have begun internally testing Google Music, meaning that the music streaming service could be ready for launch. There is, however, one slight problem: that Google Music needs music. Sources close to the company say that Google is still negotiating with the four major record labels, and that the talks have been delayed primarily because of the complexit...

Showtime Puts Up Dukes, Plans to Pull New Shows From Netflix

So long, 'Dexter.' We hardly knew thee. Just days after Netflix announced its first foray into the content business (a political drama starring Kevin Spacey), Showtime said it would not be renewing streaming rights come summer for its shows that are currently on-air, such as 'Dexter' and 'Californication.' It's a little tit-for-tat; Showtime will be offering these shows on its own online service. ...

Fandor Wants to Be Netflix for the Indie Film Crowd

Netflix has a reasonable selection of independent films, but it only represents just a tiny fraction of the indie movies that get made every year. Many more may draw critical acclaim or wow audiences at festivals, but there are only so many distribution deals to be signed. A site called Fandor is interested in those movies that don't get picked up by studios or shown in theaters around the coun...

Warner Bros. Launches Facebook Movie Rental Program

Fans of 'The Dark Knight' can now rent the film on Facebook through a new program that Warner Bros. began testing today. Users who "like" the film's page can rent it for 30 Facebook credits ($3), giving them a 48-hour window to stream it. During that rental period, fans can leave comments on the movie, or pause and resume it as many times as they like, simply by logging into Facebook. Warner expec...

'Sheen's-Korner' Takes on Trolls With Truth Torpedoes

Charlie Sheen, for whatever reason, simply refuses to shut up and go away. Instead, he took his lawyers' advice to "stop talking with the press" to mean that it's fine to rant and rave via streaming video, as long as there is no interviewer present. And thus was born 'Sheen's-Korner,' a 50-minute live USTREAM show with the tag line, "You're either in Sheen's-Korner or you're with the trolls." T...

March Madness On Demand to Bring Free Live Games to iPad, iPhone

There's really no reason why college basketball fans should miss any of this year's NCAA basketball tournament, which kicks off on March 15th. Aside from watching live games on TV or streaming for free on the Web, live tournament games will be available for free on the iPad and iPhone for the first time. In the past, you needed a paid app to stream live games on the iPhone. CBS, which is now sh...

Nintendo Announces Netflix on the 3DS

At the Game Developers Conference earlier today, Nintendo announced that everyone's favorite movie-streaming service, Netflix, will make its way to the 3DS this summer. Subscribers will be able to watch videos over Wi-Fi on the handheld's higher-resoution top screen, which happens to be the same display with the funky 3-D effect. Might there be streaming 3-D movies in Nintendo's future?...

Google Discusses Broadcasting Live NBA, NHL Games on YouTube

Last year, when YouTube broadcast an Indian Premier League Cricket tournament, rumors began to circulate about Google's plans to show more live sporting events on the video site. Now Google, the NBA and the NHL are discussing a plan to broadcast entire live games on YouTube -- possibly as soon as this fall or winter, according to Bloomberg News. Clearly, Google wants to broadcast live sports on Y...

Amazon Prime Now Offers Unlimited Streaming Video

Amazon has now opened its long-rumored, unlimited video-streaming service to paying Prime members. Anyone coughing up the $79 annual fee for Amazon Prime can now stream 5,000 movies and TV shows, either via the Amazon website or a Roku. The new service is a direct challenge to Netflix, the current king of subscription-based streaming video....