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Amazon rolls out original TV shows aimed at preschool kids

Amazon Studios has long been releasing original TV content for adults, but now the kids will have something to watch, too. Amazon today announced its scheduled rollout for three new original TV shows directed at preschool children. Two animated shows, Tumble Leaf and Creative Galaxy, will arrive on Amazon Instant Video on May 23 and June 27, respectively. Annedroids, a live-action adventure… Read More

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Zulily cranks up marketing machine to draw in customers for non-kid categories

Wall Street didn’t like that Zulily reported a wider loss than expected, so they probably won’t like hearing this: The Seattle retailer plans to increase its marketing spend beyond what it originally budgeted in 2014. Zulily’s CEO Darrell Cavens and CFO Marc Stolzman made the case during the company’s conference call yesterday as to why this was… Read More

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Bing Don’t Lie: Microsoft algorithm accurately predicts outcome of ‘The Voice’

So far, so good for Microsoft’s foray into pop-culture predictions. By crunching data from social networks and the company’s Bing search engine, Microsoft was able to correctly predict the two contestants eliminated from “The Voice” on Tuesday night. Sorry, Dani Moz and TJ Wilkins, but the algorithm was right. Maybe that’s what Shakira was pissed about. Microsoft had originally predicted that… Read More

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Microsoft Bing starts predicting outcome of ‘The Voice’ and other shows using search and social data

Can a search engine tell you the outcome of your favorite TV competition before it even happens? Microsoft believes it can. The company this morning is launching a new feature for its Bing search engine that analyzes search queries and data from social networks to predict the winners and losers of television shows in which the outcome… Read More

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Big Fish reeling in more casino gamers with high-stakes TV spot

Seattle-based game company Big Fish said last year that nearly half of its revenue came from mobile, and now it’s betting some of that cash on its first-ever national TV campaign. Commercials for game companies are nothing new. We’ve seen the blockbuster console titles, like Call of Duty and Battlefield, compete for massive amounts of airtime…. Read More

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Google Chromecast: Welcome to the Post-Nerd Era

Don’t try to be smarter than a smart device. That’s the main lesson I learned from an otherwise flawless first Google Chromecast experience. Chromecast is Google’s new entry into a dizzying array of options to cut (or at least seriously fray) the cable television cord. And like many things Googley, it’s very different from most… Read More

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Supreme Court refuses to hear case of streaming video startup Ivi, handing key victory to big media

Ivi, a Seattle startup that was attempting to shake up the media industry by rebroadcasting TV programming over the Internet, was delivered a serious setback today when the U.S. Supreme Court declined to hear its case. A federal judge ordered the company to curtail its live, streaming TV service in 2011, a service which allowed customers… Read More

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Amazon inks deal with CBS to stream ‘Under The Dome’

The content licensing agreements just keep on rolling in for Amazon, as the Seattle online giant just announced another exclusive subscription deal today with CBS. Amazon will become the exclusive provider for Under the Dome, an upcoming series based on Stephen King’s 2009 novel. The show will debut on CBS on June 24 and episodes will be replayed… Read More

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New Apple TV details: There’s gotta be more to it than this

Apple is moving forward with plans for its own television set, according to a Wall Street Journal report today, citing unnamed people familiar with discussions between Apple executives and big media companies. Steve Jobs hinted at this at when he told biographer Walter Isaacson that he had “finally cracked it” and come up with a… Read More

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Netflix kills Qwikster, says DVDs will stay on Netflix site

Farewell, Qwikster, we never got a chance to know you. And maybe that’s a good thing. That’s no doubt the sentiment among many Netflix subscribers this morning after the company abruptly reversed its plan to spin off its DVD-by-mail service into a new site. The change would have required many Netflix users to maintain two… Read More

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Xbox Live TV: Details from Microsoft expected today

A few months back, Microsoft revealed plans to debut a new TV service through Xbox Live, with news, sports and local channels. Comcast and Verizon Communications are among the providers that will funnel content through the new service, according to a Bloomberg News report last week. Official details have been scarce up to this point,… Read More

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Amazon lands Fox movies and TV shows for Prime members

Amazon.com this morning announced a new digital licensing agreement with 20th Century Fox that will increase the catalog of streaming content available to members of its Amazon Prime subscription service to more than 11,000 movies and TV shows, up from 9,000 previously. The agreement comes two days before Amazon’s expected announcement of a tablet computer… Read More