Big Fish's launches a national TV campaign to advertise its casino games to women.

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


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


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


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


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


Amazon lands Fox movies and TV shows for Prime members 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


Google’s bigger game: The subplot behind the Motorola acquisition

“Having at least one area where we can do integrated hardware and software and learn from that probably produces better products.” – Google’s Eric Schmidt, speaking about the company’s Motorola acquisition yesterday. Guest Commentary: Many people in the tech industry would assume that Schmidt was thinking about mobile phones when he said that. But the… Read More

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Chart: How TV viewing habits are changing

The erosion of the traditional broadcast TV business has been well documented. But it is not deteriorating as fast as we thought. According to Ericcson’s TV & Video Consumer Trend Report, 84 percent of respondents watched a scheduled TV broadcast in 2011. That compares to 88 percent who did so last year. Meanwhile, 33 percent… Read More


Comcast inks deal with NW companies to stream video to the iPad and iPhone

With Hulu reportedly for sale and Netflix taking heat over its price hike, Comcast is making a bigger push to deliver online video content to mobile devices. The cable giant today announced that it plans to begin using video processing technology from Portland-based Elemental Technologies and video management technology from Seattle-based thePlatform — a Comcast subsidiary… Read More


RealNetworks bets big on social TV, backs ClipSync

One of RealNetworks’ longest running online initiatives is its partnership with Big Brother, the CBS reality TV show. Now, Seattle-based Real is looking to bolster that offering (and other reality programs for that matter) through an investment in Campbell, California-based ClipSync. For the past two years, ClipSync has powered RealNetworks’ SuperPass offering, which, among other things, provides… Read More