Amazon bans Apple TV, Chromecast sales on Marketplace

By Chris Meadows
October 1, 2015 // 0 Comments

Bloomberg Business reports that Amazon has emailed its marketplace sellers to announce that it will no longer accept new listings for Apple TV and Chromecast products, and as of October 29, it will remove existing listings. Amazon explains that the devices don’t work with Prime Video, and it [...]

Khan Academy releases an Android application

By Chris Meadows
September 25, 2015 // 0 Comments

We first mentioned Khan Academy in 2011. An innovative education program, it started when Salman Khan, a triple-MIT graduate with a Harvard MBA, started creating educational YouTube videos while tutoring his cousins, and found they were so popular that he began making more and more of them, on many [...]

$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 bar code, but had no shrinkwrap seal. The disc appeared in excellent order, with a little bit of [...]

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 other came via the Beloved coming home and gleefully announcing to me that he read, in 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 browser and a deprecated Flash app, then setting Amazon Streaming Video to use Flash instead of [...]

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. I’ve talked about that before: In the early days of the Internet, companies invested in [...]

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 Prime streaming videos on Android devices. Since there’s no native Android player application for [...]

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 familiar from the last few weeks…except this time I’m not talking about Amazon and Hachette. The BBC [...]

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 them on-line were sentimental, heartfelt, and usually followed by the frank admission that the [...]

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 tantalizing cable offerings the “New Golden Age of Television.” The shows keep you up past your [...]

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 with a rep who said that management made the decision because they felt they could no longer compete [...]

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 thirty years old. Today is the 30th anniversary of the landmark Supreme Court decision that declared [...]

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 sometimes to demand a ransom. But in the online world of viral videos, a new term has surfaced, and [...]

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

By Paul St John Mackintosh
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 Gates, Nathan Myhrvold, and a bunch of other Washington State dreamers to autoconvert text to video. [...]

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