It's officially Olympics season. NBC's already sunk $1.3 billion into the games, hoping it can effectively promote the network's fall lineup during commercial breaks in front of a large engaged audience. The network is planning to broadcast and stream more than 5,500 hours of coverage across nine channels, 2,000 more hours than the last time around at the Beijing Olympics.
Apple also failed to wow investors
. But one highlight from its earnings call is chatter about Apple TV
. The company's CFO Peter Oppenheimer still considers it a "hobby," but said Apple will "continue to pull the string to see where it takes us." Though the Cupertino, Calif.-based company is "not one to keep around projects that we don't believe in, [there are a] lot of people here that believe in Apple TV," he added.
Roku is giving Dish exclusivity for foreign-language content
on its platform. It started by removing 25 channels and told developers they would have to strike licensing agreements with Dish. This move now puts the service provider in charge of distribution and billing, GigaOM noted.
It appears NBC is still searching for the next "Friends." The network's entertainment chief introduced its fall schedule earlier this week, noting NBC is moving away from shows such as the cult favorite "Community" in favor of broader programming
to appeal to a general audience.
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Bluefin Labs has a new CEO: Jean-Philippe Maheu. The outgoing CEO and co-founder will return to MIT Media Lab
, where Bluefin was birthed.
Google understands that people hate waiting for videos to buffer. New details of Google Fiber, which will arrive in Kansas City, Mo. and be 100 times faster than a basic cable modem
, have emerged. A gigabit and Google Fiber TV package, which includes hundreds of channels, is priced at $120 a month. Say goodbye to waiting.