RIAA Head: We’ll Never Have A Fair Deal With YouTube Under Current Copyright Law

RIAA Head: We’ll Never Have A Fair Deal With YouTube Under Current Copyright Law

Streaming video is the best medium for the delivery of music videos, but it’s also a great medium for posting pirated music videos and entire albums. That’s why the Recording Industry Association of America, record labels’ trade group, wants more money from YouTube for music videos that users watch. The problem, the group’s head explains, is that rampant piracy makes it impossible to negotiate with YouTube’s owner, Google. [More]

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Confirmed: Netflix Price Hikes Coming Next Month For 17 Million U.S. Customers

If you’ve got a grandfathered Netflix Standard plan that has you paying just $7.99 per month for HD streaming, here’s your reminder that you’ll either be paying $9.99 come May for the same quality and the ability to watch content on two screens at a time, or will be stuck in standard definition on only one screen. You’re not alone — an estimated 17 million customers in the U.S. will be affected by the change, and many of them aren’t aware of it. [More]

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The Cable Industry Is Either Incredibly Stupid, Or Thinks You Are Really Gullible

The Comcast-connected faux grassroots group created to protect the cable industry’s $20 billion annual revenue stream of set-top box rental fees is now claiming that it caught FCC Chair Tom Wheeler in a real “gotcha” moment, proving that there is indeed no need for competition on these devices. But either this group has no idea what it’s talking about, or it thinks the American consumer is incredibly gullible. [More]

YouTube Stops Complaining About T-Mobile’s Binge On, Joins Program

YouTube Stops Complaining About T-Mobile’s Binge On, Joins Program

Remember all those years ago, when YouTube publicly railed against T-Mobile’s Binge On program, saying the wireless company may have violated FCC rules by throttling all video traffic? And then it led to a war of words, culminating in the T-Mobile CEO cursing out his critics on Twitter and accusing the Electronic Frontier Foundation of taking money from his competition? That was only a matter of weeks ago, but it’s all water under the bridge because YouTube has agreed to be part of Binge On after T-Mo made changes to give content companies more control over streaming quality. [More]

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HBO, CNN Concerned Time Warner Cable/Charter Merger Will Harm Streaming

The proposed merger of Charter, Time Warner Cable, and Bright House would create the second-largest cable company behind Comcast, at a time when it’s possible to access most of the content that was once exclusive to cable TV through streaming services. Yet the company that brings you HBO and CNN is concerned that a larger, stronger Charter might work to hold back progress in streaming video, the main competition for its cable service. Time Warner filed its concerns with the Federal Communications Commission. [More]

No Satellite Needed: DirecTV To Offer Online-Only Pay-TV Service

No Satellite Needed: DirecTV To Offer Online-Only Pay-TV Service

More than a year after competitor Dish launched its Sling TV live streaming service, DirecTV is following suit with the announcement of a new product called DirecTV Now. [More]

Vevo Planning Ad-Free Subscription Streaming Video Service

Vevo Planning Ad-Free Subscription Streaming Video Service

The latest streaming video brand to jump on the subscription bandwagon is Vevo, which announced that it’s working on a paid, ad-free music video service that it could debut as early as next year. [More]

Time Warner Wants Hulu To Stop Airing Current Seasons Of TV Shows

Time Warner Wants Hulu To Stop Airing Current Seasons Of TV Shows

One of the things that has allowed Hulu to compete in the streaming video subscription market is the fact that it offers users the ability to watch some currently airing shows shortly after they’ve premiered on TV. But a new report claims that if content powerhouse Time Warner Inc. has its say, even Hulu subscribers may have to wait a long time before seeing recently aired shows. [More]

T-Mobile Adds Amazon Video To Binge On, Claims Users Are Streaming Twice As Much

T-Mobile Adds Amazon Video To Binge On, Claims Users Are Streaming Twice As Much

Three months after launching its Binge On streaming streaming video program, which doesn’t count content from certain partners against a customers’ monthly data allotment, T-Mobile has made new deals with Amazon and others to include their content. Additionally, the company claims that Binge On has doubled the amount of video its customers are watching. [More]

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Nearly 90% Of Millennials Can’t Stop Looking At Their Phones When Watching TV

When you watch TV, is your phone always within reach? More importantly, are you just listening to the TV while you fiddle around on your phone, tablet, laptop, smartwatch, web-connected crockpot? If so, then you’re like the 88% of millennials who are regularly using “second screens” while watching video. [More]

Spotify Introducing Streaming Videos On Its Mobile Apps

Spotify Introducing Streaming Videos On Its Mobile Apps

You may be familiar with Spotify, a streaming music service that offers commercial-free listening for a monthly subscription price, as well as a free version that comes with ads. The streaming platform is now branching out with the debut of music content on its mobile apps this week. [More]

MLB To Offer In-Market Streaming Starting In 2017 (But You’ll Still Need Cable)

MLB To Offer In-Market Streaming Starting In 2017 (But You’ll Still Need Cable)

The settlement of a years-old class-action lawsuit against Major League Baseball means that fans will have more streaming options for watching their favorite teams. Unfortunately, it also means that if you live in the same market as your favorite team, you still need to pay for cable. [More]

Netflix Laughs Off NBC’s Obsession With Streaming Service’s Ratings

Netflix Laughs Off NBC’s Obsession With Streaming Service’s Ratings

Last week, NBC spent a good chunk of its Television Critics Association press event claiming that it has reliable Netflix ratings, and that once people bore of binge-watching a show they go back to “watching TV the way that God intended.” Now Netflix wants to know why NBC is wasting its time focusing on something other than NBC. [More]

You May Soon Not Be Able To Access Any International Netflix Content You Want

You May Soon Not Be Able To Access Any International Netflix Content You Want

Sure, your U.S. Netflix account offers a wide variety of movies and TV shows, but those offerings vary from country to country. Some show that aired in Europe last year may not even be available for Netflix to license to stateside viewers. Or an American movie may be unavailable locally because HBO or some other service has an exclusive, but people in Colombia can watch it on their Netflix. Clever Netflixers have long employed various workarounds to access international Netflix offerings, but now the streaming video service is warning that these may soon not work. [More]

Would You Ditch ESPN To Shave $8/Month Off Your Cable Bill?

Would You Ditch ESPN To Shave $8/Month Off Your Cable Bill?

ESPN is, by far, the most expensive single channel on most cable customers’ basic cable bill, responsible for more than $5/month, with some industry analysts putting an approximately $8/month price tag on ESPN and ESPN 2 together. While it’s long been considered a basic cable must-have, millions of Americans have been dropping their pay-TV packages altogether, and recent surveys show that ESPN wouldn’t be a part of many folks’ ideal a la carte cable menu, meaning not everyone has a desperate need for ESPN. So, could cable companies hold on to their customers by lowering rates in exchange for saying goodbye to the 24-hour sports channel? [More]

T-Mobile Execs Say YouTube Is “Absurd” For Complaining About Downgraded Video Quality

T-Mobile Execs Say YouTube Is “Absurd” For Complaining About Downgraded Video Quality

The war of words between T-Mobile and YouTube continues, with executives from the wireless company claiming it’s “absurd” that the streaming service should care so much about T-Mo downgrading the quality of YouTube videos. [More]

Netflix Goes Live In More Than 130 New Countries (But Not China)

Netflix Goes Live In More Than 130 New Countries (But Not China)

In the span of an hour this morning, Netflix more than tripled the number of countries in which it offers service, effectively serving everywhere in the world with one huge exception: China. [More]

Yahoo Kills Streaming Video Service You Probably Hadn’t Heard Of

Yahoo Kills Streaming Video Service You Probably Hadn’t Heard Of

Unless you were, like some of us here at Consumerist HQ, such an ardent fan of Community that you followed the sitcom when it made the leap from network TV to streaming video, you are probably only vaguely aware that something called Yahoo Screen even existed. Well it did. Notice the use of the past tense. [More]