• ABC relaunches its streaming service with expanded lineup, digital originals

    ABC relaunches its streaming service with expanded lineup, digital originals

    ABC this morning has relaunched its streaming service in an effort to better target cord cutters, with an expanded lineup of shows, including dozens of “throwback” series as well as seven, new digital short-form series and over 40 more in development. The app, which features a redesigned interface for iOS and Apple TV devices, also offers exclusive content for pay TV… Read More

  • How To Stream The 2016 Oscars Tonight

    How To Stream The 2016 Oscars Tonight

    The Oscars are finally here. Will Leonardo DiCaprio finally get his Oscar? Will we see another epic celeb-filled selfie from Ellen? If you want to catch all the action but won’t be in front of a TV, here are all the ways you can stream the event tonight, starting at 5:30pm PT / 8:30pm ET. The show will stream live on and the Watch ABC app to cable subscribers in the eight… Read More

  • A Sneak Peek At ABC Family’s New Silicon Valley Reality Show Starring Tim Draper

    The latest Silicon Valley reality series Startup U begins tomorrow night on ABC Family and we got a sneak peek at what the show is about. Startup U features 10 student entrepreneurs as they compete in a seven-week program at Draper University. Each of the show’s subjects must go through the fundamentals of launching a startup the Draper U way – including wilderness survival… Read More

  • The “Shark Tank” Effect On Apps

    The “Shark Tank” Effect On Apps

    Sitting at the top of the iTunes App Store for the fourth day in a row and counting is Scholly, another one of the many mobile applications that found its way onto the national stage by way of ABC’s popular TV pitch competition Shark Tank. The show now has a history of being able to move the market when it comes to turning apps that would otherwise be also-rans into mobile hits –… Read More

  • Network Giants Argue In Appeals Court: Aereo Should Be Treated Like A Cable Company

    Network Giants Argue In Appeals Court: Aereo Should Be Treated Like A Cable Company

    Today the Southern District Court of NY heard the oral argumentsfrom Fox, ABC, Univision and a handful of other cable broadcast providers who wish to see streaming network TV startup Aereo’s business shut down. This is just the latest development in an unwinding legal battle over whether the startup’s service, which uses hundreds of tiny antennas to stream live and recorded TV… Read More

  • Nielsen Teams With Disney/ABC To Measure Consumers’ iPad Usage Behavior

    Nielsen Teams With Disney/ABC To Measure Consumers’ iPad Usage Behavior

    A little bit of news from Nielsen that flew under the radar a few days ago hints at big things ahead for the measurement firm and its goals of understanding user behavior across all platforms. The company said it was teaming up with Disney/ABC Television Group to measure video consumption trends on the iPad. In the study, participants will download a special “metering” app to… Read More

  • Video Apps Vs. Web Video: Apps Are Invisible To Search

    Videos on the iPad and other tablets look great, and increasingly apps are being created specifically for watching videos on tablets. There is just one problem: they cannot be found by search. This problem is true for information in all apps in general, but it is particularly one for video. A couple weeks ago, I moderated a panel at Beet.TV’s Video Strategy Summit where this topic came up. Read More

  • The Future Of TV Is HTML

    The Future Of TV Is HTML

    The title of this post is both a very old idea and a very new one. With the prevalence of fiber connectivity and pervasive broadband speeds, this year has been a hot one for bringing together the home computer and the living room TV. While companies like Apple and Google battle over share of TV viewers, they have left open and promoted the web for content distributors to control their own… Read More

  • Apple Looking To Slice Up Cable 99 Cents At A Time

    Apple Looking To Slice Up Cable 99 Cents At A Time

    The wheels are in motion. The rumors have persisted for a while now that a new Apple TV (soon to be called “iTV”) is approaching. It’s thought to be a cheaper, smaller version of the current device that puts an emphasis on streaming rather than storage. The killer app of such a device could literally be apps — as in, the iPhone/iPad/iPod touch variety. But… Read More

  • Going Global: George Stephanopoulos And ABC News Execs Discuss New iPad App

    Earlier this week, ABC News launched a new iPad application that adds a twist to the way most apps present the news: a third dimension. Fire up the app and you’re immediately faced with a nifty-looking globe that’s covered in headlines and photographs depicting the day’s top stories; tap one and you’ll be linked to the relevant video clip or news article. It’s… Read More

  • Apple Gives In To Local ABC Affiliate: Cash For iPads Program Is A Go

    A recent report by the local ABC affiliate in the Bay Area uncovered some startling information: Apple Stores weren’t accepting cash for iPads. That’s right, you had to pay with credit or no iPad for you. Following the 7 On Your Side report, there was “outcry all across the country,” ABC 7 reports. Not anymore. Apple has responded. Thank God. Read More

  • The Best iPad Apps At Launch

    The Best iPad Apps At Launch

    In preparation for the launch of the iPad tomorrow, iPad Apps are live in iTunes and we’re sorting through the best ones as fast as we can. But with more than 2,000 iPad apps in the App Store, the choices are already daunting. To help you find the best apps at launch, we’ve put together the definitive list below. It includes all the iPad apps reviewed on TechCrunch, as well as… Read More

  • uTest Finds 908 Bugs In Web And Mobile Apps Of Major U.S. TV Networks

    Software testing marketplace uTest today announced the results of its so-called “TV Networks Bug Battle” competition. More than 500 software professionals from 30 countries around the world participated in the quarterly competition, reporting a total of 908 technical, functional and GUI bugs in the web and mobile apps of NBC, CBS, Fox and ABC. Testers were challenged to search… Read More

  • Video play-by-play: The first seven minutes of the new sci-fi TV show ‘V’

    To paraphrase the great Joe Rogan, from last Saturday’s UFC 104, I don’t watch much TV, maybe the Discovery Channel here and there to see a documentary or two. I bring this up because I’ve been told to write about some TV show called “V,” and the beauty is that I have no idea what it’s about! My first thought was, “V For Vendetta? Oh, no? Oh, well… Read More

  • Goes From Cluttered With Information To Cluttered With Pictures is undergoing a major overhaul and redesign of its sites to make them easier to navigate, more visually compelling, faster and more focused on driving users to content. The new home page features a rotating list of top stories on the left, next to the list of the latest and most important headlines. CBS News programs, as well as the latest videos, photo galleries and blogs, are… Read More

  • Major networks to keep analog signals on until June 12, DTV Coupon program might get more funds

    Now the DTV Delay Act succesfully navigated through the US Capitol, there are some large, looming questions. Primarily, now that the analog switch-off is optional until June 12, what stations will switch off when? And is the Government going to pump more money into the bankrupt DTV vouchers program? Read More

  • ABC fiddling with ‘Lost’ broadcasts, making them harder to capture (read: pirate)

    Bad news, “Lost” fans. Well, those of you who download 720p caps of the show. It looks like ABC, per juicy message board rumors, is doing something screwy with the video as it airs in order to fit in more commercials—removing frames after the 2:3 pulldown, that is. So, when cappers convert the video into bite-sized x264 chunks for us, it results in jerky playback. (Dupe… Read More

  • The Claw Bike Storage device up for presale on Amazon

    Fans of ABC’s American Inventor should remember The Claw from last season. It’s a neat bike-hanging device that grabs and releases the bike, or other items, at a touch of the large button. The thought is all you need to do is lift your bike high enough to engage the button that releases the spring-equipped claws, therefore holding the bike in place. To release, you simple lift… Read More

  • HD TV shows from all four major networks on iTunes

    Fire up iTunes and you’ll find, for the first time, TV shows from the four major networks (ABC, CBS, NBC and Fox) in HD. It’s still $2.99 per HD episode, and that includes a standard-def version of the TV show for your iPhone or iPod. HD shows now include hits like Lost, CSI, 30 Rock and The Office. But we all know The Shield is the best show on TV now, so whatever. Read More