television

  • Roku is planning an IPO for this year

    Roku is planning an IPO for this year

    Internet TV provider Roku is planning an IPO for this year, sources tell TechCrunch. Confirming an earlier report by the Wall Street Journal, sources tell us that Morgan Stanley, Citigroup and Allen & Co. have been selected as underwriters for the offering. The company is said to be seeking a $1 billion market cap in the public markets. Roku has been able to capitalize on the… Read More

  • HBO and Netflix lead this year’s Emmy nominations

    HBO and Netflix lead this year’s Emmy nominations

    Streaming services once again top the list of this year’s Emmy nominations – another indicator of the shift in how today’s consumers are watching TV. HBO, which has been available over-the-top since 2015 via HBO NOW, leads all networks with a total of 110 nominations, and Netflix is close behind, with a total of 91 nominations. HBO’s lead is even more remarkable this… Read More

  • Pendo closes $25M Series C from Meritech to scale its customer understanding platform

    Pendo closes $25M Series C from Meritech to scale its customer understanding platform

    Just seven months after announcing a $20 million Series B, Pendo, a platform to help businesses better understand their customers, has closed a new $25 million Series C led by Meritech Capital Partners. The North Carolina-based startup has been growing at a rapid clip — ballooning to 106 employees across offices in San Francisco, New York and Raleigh. Read More

  • AT&T’s streaming service DirecTV Now is getting cloud DVR, parental controls, and other features

    AT&T’s streaming service DirecTV Now is getting cloud DVR, parental controls, and other features

    AT&T’s streaming TV service for cord cutters, DirecTV Now, is finally getting a cloud DVR, among other features, the company announced today. The addition is part of a larger platform upgrade for AT&T’s TV applications, which includes both the streaming service DirecTV Now and the app for current DirecTV pay TV subscribers. The cloud DVR is among the most anticipated… Read More

  • Alexa brings hands-free TV to more devices

    Alexa brings hands-free TV to more devices

    Alexa’s latest trick is offering a hands-free TV viewing experience, that will allow consumers to turn on or off their television, change inputs, fast forward, rewind and more, without having to first invoke a specific skill, or even press a button on their remote. Instead, makers of smart home devices are today adding new “entertainment controls” to their own skills, which… Read More

  • Suppose.tv launches a service that helps cord cutters find the best deal

    Suppose.tv launches a service that helps cord cutters find the best deal

    With a growing number of streaming TV services entering the market, it’s becoming difficult for consumers to make comparisons. People want to know which service is best for them in terms of channel selection, feature set and price, but this involves a lot of research these days. A new startup launching today called Suppose.tv aims to help, offering an online utility that lets consumers… Read More

  • Starz expands, promises 40% larger content library, more kids’ shows by year-end

    Starz expands, promises 40% larger content library, more kids’ shows by year-end

    As premium cable networks transition to become over-the-top services aimed at cord cutters, they’re finding that they need to offer more diverse content libraries, in order to compete with streaming giants like Netflix. HBO tackled this problem a couple of years ago, by partnering with Sesame Workshop to secure the multi-season rights to “Sesame Street,” and other… Read More

  • HBO and Cinemax come to Hulu, but you’ll need the new app to watch

    HBO and Cinemax come to Hulu, but you’ll need the new app to watch

    Hulu this morning announced it’s finally adding HBO as an optional add-on for subscribers, as well as HBO-owned Cinemax. The premium networks will be offered to those who subscribe to Hulu’s on-demand service plus those who pay for Hulu’s new live TV service, including both the ad-supported and commercial-free versions. As on most other streaming services, including HBO NOW… Read More

  • U.S. cord cutters watch more Netflix than Amazon Video, Hulu and YouTube combined

    U.S. cord cutters watch more Netflix than Amazon Video, Hulu and YouTube combined

    Netflix is continuing to dominate streaming services in the U.S., not only in terms of penetration in cord cutters’ homes, as reported in April, but also in time spent watching. According to data from comScore, cord cutters are watching more Netflix each month than YouTube, Hulu and Amazon Video combined. But Hulu users are more engaged with the service on a daily basis, the study… Read More

  • AMC launches a $5 per month ad-free TV streaming service — but not for cord cutters

    AMC launches a $5 per month ad-free TV streaming service — but not for cord cutters

    Cable network AMC today announced the launch of a new streaming service called AMC Premiere, which allows subscribers to pay $5 per month for access to commercial-free versions of its current TV shows, along with uncut movies, while also allowing customers to stream new TV episodes at the same time as they’re airing on television. But AMC Premiere is not for cord cutters — yet. Read More

  • Tablo’s new Android TV app turns the Nvidia Shield into a cord-cutter’s DVR

    Tablo’s new Android TV app turns the Nvidia Shield into a cord-cutter’s DVR

    On the heels of launching its next-gen DVR for cord cutters who want to record TV over-the-air from a digital antenna, the maker of the Tablo DVR is today releasing a new app for Android TV owners, for recording live TV without the need for additional DVR hardware. The app, Tablo Engine, initially works with the Nvidia Shield. Of course, you’ll still need an HDTV antenna in order to… Read More

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