$5 Blu-rays? Blame Amazon overstocks

By Chris Meadows
April 16, 2015 // 3 Comments

The critically-acclaimed, Oscar-winning movie “Birdman” was only released two months ago. I just bought this movie on Blu-ray for $5. The case was in great condition, had a blank label over the [...]

Netflix, VPN Users and the Real Question for Content Providers

By Joanna Cabot
January 7, 2015 // 1 Comment

Two articles crossed my inbox yesterday on the issue of international customers using VPNs to watch American Netflix. One article came via GigaOM, and was included in today’s morning links. The [...]

Amazon releases Prime Instant Video app for non-Fire Android devices

By Chris Meadows
September 9, 2014 // 3 Comments

We and Nate at The Digital Reader have previously written about a workaround for watching Android Prime Instant Video on non-Fire Android devices. Until now, it required installing the Dolphin web [...]

Audience migration to digital pulls The Legend of Korra off Nick TV channel

By Chris Meadows
July 26, 2014 // 2 Comments

The digital transition: it’s not just for books. With the advent of tablets and smartphones with fast cellular connections (or wifi), there’s been a critical shift in the way media are consumed. [...]

Amazon Prime streaming video app coming soon to Android, Amazon says

By Chris Meadows
July 23, 2014 // 0 Comments

It might be a bit surprising, but one of our most popular articles here at TeleRead deals not with books but rather with video—in particular, how to use a Flash-enabled web browser to watch Amazon [...]

YouTube pressures independent music labels in Amazon/Hachette-like way

By Chris Meadows
June 18, 2014 // 0 Comments

A major electronic media company and its suppliers face contentious contract renegotiations, with the company making it harder for its customers to find the supplier’s products. It’s a story [...]

Violinist Lindsey Stirling’s success story is like those of self-publishers

By Chris Meadows
June 11, 2014 // 2 Comments

A creative talent is told by the establishment that she’s “unmarketable,” but goes on to leverage social Internet media to become a new rising star. This is the success story of many [...]

Post-mortem for another web pioneer: Television Without Pity

By Joanna Cabot
March 31, 2014 // 0 Comments

I wrote earlier this month about the closure of Collage Video, a pioneering niche online retailer who fell victim to growing competition from Amazon, YouTube and other market forces. The eulogies for [...]

How TV is Looking to Novelists for Inspiration

By a TeleRead Contributor
March 27, 2014 // 2 Comments

By Miles Young Game of Thrones. The Walking Dead; if you’ve ever had trouble tearing yourself away from one of these hot TV programs, you understand why critics call today’s menu of [...]

Collage Video: the death of a niche retailer

By Joanna Cabot
March 13, 2014 // 8 Comments

I received the news via the Video Fitness forum I visit, that Collage Video, a pioneer in the home exercise market, is closing after more than 20 years in business. One message board poster spoke [...]

Thirty years of time shifting: The Supreme Court decision legalizing the VCR

By Chris Meadows
January 18, 2014 // 1 Comment

Today marks an important anniversary for our digital media era—an era that couldn’t have been foreseen thirty years ago, but nonetheless relies to a very great extent on a legal decision exactly [...]

Have you ever been ‘vidnapped’? A new term defines our times

By Dan Bloom
January 14, 2014 // 1 Comment

In criminal law, a ”kidnapping” is, of course, the taking away or transportation of a person against that person’s will, usually to hold the person in false imprisonment — and [...]

Bill Gates, Nathan Myhrvold seek patent to convert text to video

By libertyc
August 18, 2013 // 1 Comment

Need an imagination? There’s an app for that. Or soon will be. Among the wackier wheezes worked up lately to improve on plain old Mark One printed text is a patent application filed by Bill [...]

Netflix Finally Adding Profiles

By libertyc
August 1, 2013 // 2 Comments

Oh happy day! We’ve been cord cutters relying on Netflix for years, and yes, our son in college is one of those “digital moochers” that Joanna wrote about earlier this year. [...]

Google’s New Nexus 7 Tab Will Get You Some Tail (Video)

By Matthew Marchesano
July 24, 2013 // 2 Comments

Say it with me: Tech is sexy. Feels a bit weird, right? But hey, I’m not the first to say it—I even felt a bit squeamish when I first heard a friend’s reaction to the form factor of a certain [...]

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