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Aereo Chromecast app to bring streaming broadcast TV to the TV

Aereo Chromecast app to bring streaming broadcast TV to the TV

Aereo is testing a Chromecast app, CEO Chet Kanojia said today. The app would effectively bring the company's streaming broadcast TV service full circle in a historical sense, returning broadcast TV to the TV. From locally installed antennas on Aereo property to mobile devices and browsers around the United States to the Google streaming media dongle to the display on your TV, this confluence of technology is poised to bring the broadcast and cable TV lawsuit machine down even harder on Aereo -- if it's even possible for this David-and-Goliath legal saga to get more spectacular.

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Mobile broadband, free Wi-Fi, tablets killing TV, statistics show

Mobile broadband, free Wi-Fi, tablets killing TV, statistics show

A convincing report arguing that mobile broadband, free business-subsidized WiFi, and tablets are sucking the life out of American cable and broadcast TV networks has appeared on Business Insider. While this in itself may not be news to our readers, the nitty gritty details and the statistics to back it all up should confirm what you might already suspect. TV watchers, movie buffs and sports fans are no longer anchored to a physical home.

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NFL, MLB join the Aereo legal pile-on in Supreme Court petition

NFL, MLB join the Aereo legal pile-on in Supreme Court petition

The National Football League and Major League Baseball have filed a petition with the US Supreme Court arguing that antenna-streaming service Aereo violates copyright law and should be stopped by legal injunction. The petition is an amicus ("friend-of-the-court") brief in support of the four major TV broadcasters, whose most recent of many failures to stop Aereo occurred in a New Court Court of Appeals suit. The Supreme Court is expected to hear the case sometime in 2014.

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Decade-long study shows video games not linked to negative social behavior

Decade-long study shows video games not linked to negative social behavior

A study has been released this month by a group working with the University of Glasgow which shows the effects of television and video game use in children starting at age 5 spanning through age 7. This study began when the children were 9 months old and ran through age 7, with the full study taking place over the past 10 years - this study was first completed by the study group in December of 2011 and was just published by BMJ this week, having been "accepted" by Open Access in December of 2012. The study makes a point to separate their findings between the effects of watching TV for 3 hours or more daily and playing video games in general.

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ConnecTV second-screen TV companion app adds 6-second clip-and-share functionality

ConnecTV second-screen TV companion app adds 6-second clip-and-share functionality

ConnecTV, the second-screen app that syncs to whatever you're watching on TV for an information-rich, social sharing experience, is today rolling out a new feature that lets you select 6-second clips and share them via Twitter, Facebook, and email. The Vine- and Instagram-like clipping feature automatically loads the previous two minutes of the program and lets you swipe to cue to the moment you want to share. The update represents a major addition to the app and brings it more in line with the industry trend of TV- and device-pairing.

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Time Warner and DirecTV reportedly considering plan to avoid retransmission fees

Time Warner and DirecTV reportedly considering plan to avoid retransmission fees

According to sources who spoke to the folks at Bloomberg, both Time Warner Cable and DirecTV are contemplating adopting a free broadcast TV signals model similar to Aereo, which has been embroiled in a long legal case. Under such a business plan, both companies could avoid having to pay retransmission fees, saving astronomical amounts in fees. In addition, one source says Time Warner Cable is looking into buying Aereo.

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Doctor Who 50th Anniversary Trailer Debuts

Doctor Who 50th Anniversary Trailer Debuts

It's difficult for many TV shows make it through a few episodes these days. Television networks in the US are always keen on ensuring significant viewership or they'll axe a new show before it even has a chance to gain a following. It's rare for a show to make it 15 or 20 years. It's even rarer still for a television show to last 50 years.

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Twitter expands revenue sources in prep for Nov. 15 IPO

Twitter expands revenue sources in prep for Nov. 15 IPO

With its Nov. 15 IPO less than a month away, Twitter recently explained its latest revenue model additions. They include lead generation, traffic conversion and TV targeting. Having been in business since 2006 but yet to show a profit in any year since, Twitter is under pressure from the investing community to show why its IPO is worth $1 billion.

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