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Netflix Player stand-alone hardware revealed (and why you can’t have it)

Netflix Player stand-alone hardware revealed (and why you can’t have it)

This week we're coming into the understanding that Netflix has had and likely still has a working collection of stand-alone Roku-like devices in their warehouse collecting dust - and why they were cut from production at the zero hour back in 2007. This device was known as the Netflix Player and was outlined in a lovely video presentation made in-house by Netflix under the title "The Griffin Initiative". This project was, as its creators recall, just "weeks" away from launch when it was cut down to the ground by Netflix CEO Reed Hastings.

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Looxcie HD Explore Review

Looxcie HD Explore Review

It's time to have a close-up look at the newest model wearable camera ready for 1080p recording, direct-to-Facebook live streaming, and the ability to connect to your smartphone for remote control - the Looxcie HD. This machine builds on the abilities of the past with the original Looxcie Bluetooth video camera that we reviewed back in April of 2011. Back then the camera was an ear-wrap sort of situation while here we've got a slightly larger machine, made for mounting to your hiking backpack, your helmet, or basically anything flat that you'll be able to stick to with the sticky pads included in the box.

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Hulu asks investors for $200 million

Hulu asks investors for $200 million

The Wall Street Journal reports that Hulu CEO Jason Kilar has asked the owners of the streaming video site for about $200 million in additional funding. Three major movie and TV companies own Hulu including Walt Disney Co., Comcast Corp., and News Corp. Hulu hopes to use the additional $200 million to fund the purchasing of more programs and overseas expansion.

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YouTube to start another big round of content investment

YouTube to start another big round of content investment

YouTube has announced that it is investing more money to bring a professional level of content to its website in an attempt to lure more viewers and advertisers. The new round of investments, nearly a year after YouTube invested $100 million to create over 100 new channels, including a lot of celebrity content. Google says that it will provide a second round of funding to between 30% and 40% of its original partners.

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YouTube search rankings no longer based on clicks

YouTube search rankings no longer based on clicks

The days of using thumbnails of scantily-clad and well-endowed women to drive clicks to your YouTube videos - thereby placing them higher in the search results - are over. Today, YouTube announced that it's changing what it bases its search rankings on. Instead of determining search placement by looking at the number of clicks a video has received, YouTube will instead be basing its search results on the time spent viewing the video.

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BBC debuts new Media Player for Android phones and tablets

BBC debuts new Media Player for Android phones and tablets

If you're a fan of TV shows on BBC such as Doctor Who and others, BBC has good news for you if you use an Android device. The BBC has begun rolling out a new secure video player for Android phones and tablets called BBC Media Player. The BBC mobile technical team says that the new Media Player is being used with the mobile view of BBC's iPlayer website.

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Looxcie live video streaming hits iOS, Android, and Facebook

Looxcie live video streaming hits iOS, Android, and Facebook

The folks at Looxcie have brought their fabulous mobile-connected streaming camera abilities to iOS and Android devices this week along with Facebook too! This update brings the Looxcie streaming video environment out to your smartphone - no longer requiring that you use the Looxcie Bluetooth Video Camera device - and also connects you with a new Facebook app to make the whole experience perfectly simple and smooth!

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Hulu CEO reportedly on the way out

Hulu CEO reportedly on the way out

Hulu might be going through some big changes within the next month, Variety reports. According to an uncovered internal memo, Hulu may find itself without a CEO at some point September, and the company may end up with less content to offer its viewers. If all of this is true, it could potentially change the streaming service as we know it.

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