Roku Lowers Prices; How Long Before it's "Free"?

Roku announced today that it is lowering prices on its Set-Top-Box from $79.99 to $59.99 for its SD version and from $99.99 to $69.99 for their HD-XR model which will soon be capable of 1080P HD. These reductions are to make it even more competitive with forthcoming STBs from Google, Apple and others, but it [...]

ESPN Partners With YouTube for Local Highlights

What young athlete doesn’t dream of being on SportsCenter? Now amateur and high school athletes around the country will have their shot. Through a new partnership with YouTube, ESPN is looking to crowdsource highlights. The best may wind up on ESPN’s flagship program.

Broadcasting & Cable calls it a stunt, but it’s more than that. [...]

Yahoo!'s 'Who Knew' Driving TV Size Ratings

Branded entertainment has long been one of the few profitable business models for online video content – the chicken and egg problem of selling content to marketers without a guaranteed audience has kept advertising CPMs lower for independent web content compared to mainstream TV, but we’re beginning to reach TV-size audiences for some of this [...]

Watch for a Good Cause

Megan McNeil is a teenager who wrote a song while battling the very aggressive cancer she still fights. The song is called “The Will To Survive” and was produced by Garth Richardson (Rage Against the Machine, Chevelle, The Red Hot Chili Peppers and Nickelback). According to McNeil’s YouTube page, “The Will to Survive to give [...]

UFC Suing Justin.TV & UStream Over Pirate Streams

Back in March, live streaming provider Livestream issued a zero-tolerance policy in an open letter to the industry. The Ultimate Fighting Championships wishes that other streaming platforms offered the same assurances right about now.

Pay-Pay-View events, like the UFC’s, have traditionally been high priced affairs that attract a loyal fanbase, but limits the appeal to [...]