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Hulu's Former CEO Launches Subscription-Based YouTube Rival

YouTube pretty much won the video war years ago, but there are still plenty of people vying for some of the action. Remember Viddy? Former Hulu CEO Jason Kilar thinks that his new startup video site, Vessel, offers a unique subscription-based model ($US3/month) that can pull YouTube stars over to a new platform. Long story short: Vessel will pay them more.


Chromecast Is Getting A Bunch Of Smartphone-Controlled Games

Your Chromecast is about to be a little more like Amazon Fire TV. The streaming dongle is getting a whole slew of family-friendly games.


Nearly Half The Names On The US Terrorist Watch List Have No Terrorist Ties

Today in bad news about the government watching you, we learnt that the US government’s terrorist watch list has doubled in recent years. What’s worse, however, is that the government admits that over 40 per cent of the people on that list have “no recognized terrorist group affiliation”. None.


Australia's New Digital Content Guide Points To Your Legal Movie, TV And Gaming Download Choices

Piracy is apparently a big problem in Australia. One of the root causes for piracy is availabilty — it’s easier for anyone with a computer to illegally download files than it is to purchase them. A collaboration between Foxtel, Village Roadshow, News Corp, APRA-AMCOS and other media rights-holders in Australia wants to show you where to find the best places to quickly, easily and legitimately acquire movies, TV shows, games, music and other media.


Report: Apple Is Buying Talk-Radio App Swell For $US30 Million

A report by Re/Code suggests that Apple is buying — and swallowing whole — the talk-radio app Swell for $US30 million. The report suggests that according to “multiple sources” Apple will take control of the startup, currently funded in part by Google Ventures, very soon.


The Uncanny Valley Of Old Futurism

In 1995 Eugene Volokh wrote the most paleofuturish article ever written. By that I mean it’s an incredibly prescient meditation on the future of media and technology. But it has just enough weird anachronisms to remind us that nobody can predict the future with absolute certainty.


You Can Check Your YouTube Stream Quality From Home Now

Man, if you’re trying to watch a YouTube nature video — or any type of YouTube video for that matter — it’s just not the same if it’s not streaming in the full glory of HD. Now, thanks to the Google Video Quality Report, you can check on your stream quality right from home.


Android TV Was Hiding In Plain Sight At CES Three Months Ago

Google TV has been dead in the water for a while now, but rumour has it that a flashy new successor, Android TV, is on the way. There are rumours, and also it was hiding in plain sight at CES three months ago.


Amazon Fire TV Review: A Fast Ride That Will Cost You

Take your pick of streaming devices — there are already plenty out there. Amazon says its new Fire TV can best every Roku, Chromecast and Apple TV in the land on speed, ease of use and a treasure box of extras. In most cases, Fire TV delivers on those promises. But it comes at a price.


Meet The Crazy Camera That Can Make Movies For The Oculus Rift

Gamers love Oculus Rift; the virtual reality system offers a mind-blowing immersive way to experience digital worlds. Jaunt, a new tech company, brings the platform into live-action, cinematic territory. I saw their stuff. It was incredible. And it’s a Pretty Big Deal for movies and media.