Never has it seemed a more chaotic time at the boundary of Internet and “TV,” as a recent triple play of news from the front suggests.
First, in a 10-2 decision, a federal appeals court this week decided that Aereo–that cheeky startup that puts thousands of tiny antennas in datacenters to capture free over-the-air broadcasts and send them over the Internet to individual subscribers (see “Aereo’s on a Roll”)–isn’t stealing from broadcasters. That leaves the chagrined incumbents one last shot – with the U.S. Supreme Court. No word whether they’ll go the distance.
Second, more evidence is emerging that the two of the biggest contestants in Internet TV, Apple and Google, are pursuing divergent tracks for getting deeper into the TV space. The New York Times explains that Apple is increasingly collaborating with existing giants like Time Warner Cable and programmers such as Walt Disney on app-based ways of delivered content via Apple TV (see “Apple’s Next Innovation: TV”) while Google’s TV push (see “Searching for the Future of Television”) is more of a direct challenge to the entire model of cable and satellite service. Some of these dealings were also eludicated in a recent Variety piece.
And third, that showcase of TV-industry self-regard, the Emmy awards, has an unusual new contestant: Netflix. That’s right, as the New York Times reports, two shows created for the Internet-streaming service–”House of Cards” and “Arrested Development”–are up for best actor and best program awards.
What’s next? Twitter gets in on Super Bowl ads? Actually, that already happpened (see “Buying Bluefin Will Give Twitter a Piece of TV’s $72 Billion Ad Market”).
Meet Altos Labs, Silicon Valley’s latest wild bet on living forever
Funders of a deep-pocketed new "rejuvenation" startup are said to include Jeff Bezos and Yuri Milner.
Tonga’s volcano blast cut it off from the world. Here’s what it will take to get it reconnected.
The world is anxiously awaiting news from the island—but on top of the physical destruction, the eruption has disconnected it from the internet.
Going bald? Lab-grown hair cells could be on the way
These biotech companies are reprogramming cells to treat baldness, but it’s still early days.
A horrifying new AI app swaps women into porn videos with a click
Deepfake researchers have long feared the day this would arrive.
Get the latest updates from
MIT Technology Review
Discover special offers, top stories, upcoming events, and more.