Netflix (free) For many avid watchers of television and movies, Netflix is a godsend. To start, it's got a smooth set of controls, reliable performance, and a clear picture with no blips, glitches, or freezes to speak of (in our tests, anyway). But most importantly, the Netflix app lets you access the service's full catalog of streaming content, which is chock-full of videos ranging from classic TV shows to documentary films to recent popcorn flicks. While the app doesn't let you manage your DVD queue, its high-quality streaming should be more than enough reason to download it.… Read more
MTV is music television again, for just one day. Actually, not even that.
MTV, the channel founded on the concept of music videos aired 24/7, is partway through a 12-hour stint as a music-centric enterprise again. It and fellow Viacom cable networks VH1 and CMT are showing videos, performances, music moments from history, and artist interviews from 6 a.m. to 6 p.m. ET/PT Thursday, in an event they've branded Music Independence Day.
What killed music on MTV? YouTube? Google's video site is definitely a beneficiary of the dearth of music on TV, but its … Read more
Google confirmed Tuesday that YouTube has renewed its agreement with Vevo, ensuring that the music-video site's videos stay on YouTube.
As part of the deal, Google will make an investment in the joint venture owned by Universal Music, Sony Music Entertainment, and Abu Dhabi Media Group. Terms of the investment were not revealed, but Billboard, which first reported on the deal, speculated the investment to be between $40 million and $50 million, in line with previous reports about a possible investment.
"We made an investment in Vevo," Google said in a statement. "We are excited by … Read more
Windows 8 and RT users can now check out their favorite artists and music videos via the new Vevo app.
Debuting in the Windows Store on Wednesday, Vevo lets you view music videos and watch live concerts from an array of artists. The app offers access to more than 75,000 high-definition music videos, according to Vevo.
Tapping into the Windows 8 Search charm, you can track down your favorite songs by title to find related music videos. You can also hunt for your favorite artists and bands, and in return, Vevo displays links to their music videos, shows you … Read more
YouTube might soon invest some cash in Vevo, according to a new report.
Google's video site may be investing $50 million in Vevo, a joint-venture music-video site established by Universal Music and Sony Music Entertainment for music videos, according to a Bloomberg report today, citing people who claim to have knowledge of the negotiations. In return for the $50 million, YouTube would acquire less than 10 percent of the company, indicating Vevo might be valued at over $500 million.
Perhaps more importantly for Google, the deal would also ensure that Vevo's music videos stay on YouTube, according to … Read more
We're back from CES, and getting right back into the swing of the rumor mill.
This week, rumors of a 4.8-inch iPhone "Math" (say, what?) have been swirling, but we're blaming it on a bad translation. Also, Microsoft might be desperate to save the PC, YouTube might be eyeing music video site Vevo, and Sony's vice president of home entertainment hints at something that really made Karyne's day. We bet you can guess what it is (hint: read the headline of this post).
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Word has it that YouTube is looking to throw some cash in the direction of the music video site Vevo, according to AllThingsD. If these rumors are true, it shows that YouTube is increasingly moving toward the content market.
YouTube was supposedly courting Vevo last May and is now reportedly ready to make an investment, according to AllThingsD. If indeed the video giant does partner with Vevo, the way consumers view content on the site will supposedly stay the same -- which means watching big label music videos for free.
Vevo was tallied as the third most-watched video site in … Read more
Roku is getting its groove on to deliver music streaming service Spotify and music video service Vevo to living room TVs via its set-top boxes.
Available only to paying Spotify subscribers on select Roku devices, the new music streaming offering allows users to listen to music and manage playlists. However, Spotify says new customers can try the premium subscription free of charge for 30 days.
"Spotify wants to make all of the world's music available for people to enjoy whenever and wherever they are," Pascal de Mul, global head of hardware partnerships at Spotify, said in a … Read more
Vevo has launched today in Spain, Italy and France, bringing the expansion of the online music service to 10 countries.
The free entertainment platform first appeared in the United States in 2009. Other markets where Vevo is available include the U.K., Australia, New Zealand, and Brazil.
Today's launch means consumers in the new European markets will be able to access over 50,000 tracks and 4,500 music videos currently hosted on the platform.
People in the U.S. have an insatiable appetite for watching online videos.
According to new numbers released by market research firm ComScore, 85.5 percent of people in the U.S. with Internet access watched online videos in July -- that's 184 million people who watched a total of 36.9 billion online content videos in only one month. For comparison, that is equal to every single person on Earth watching at least five videos each.
And U.S. viewers' venue of choice is Google, which is not really surprising given the growth and popularity of YouTube. However, … Read more