Supreme Court agrees to hear Aereo case

The US Supreme Court has agreed to hear broadcasters' case against Aereo, the streamer of over-the-air television programming.

The terse order published on the Supreme Court's Web site simply said that the court granted a writ of certiori in the case, which means at least four justices agreed that the case should be heard, and that Justice Samuel Alito didn't take part in the decision.

Aereo last month welcomed the prospect of a US Supreme Court case to weigh in on the legality of its service.

Aereo CEO Chet Kanojia said in a statement Friday that Aereo has &… Read more

Amazon nabs streaming rights to entire 'Veronica Mars' TV series

"Veronica Mars" fans who want to brush up on the TV series before the movie comes out later this year can now do it online at Amazon.

The Internet retail giant announced Thursday that it has struck a deal with Warner Bros., making Prime Instant Video the exclusive online streaming home of the fan-favorite television series.

Brad Beale, director of digital video content acquisition for Amazon, said in a news release that the "Veronica Mars" series -- centered on a high school student who doubles as a private investigator -- has been a popular DVD and … Read more

Digital movie sales climb 47 percent in 2013

It appears that digital sales could breath new life into the movie industry.

According to data from Digital Entertainment Group, consumers spent $18.2 billion on digital home entertainment in 2013, an increase of 1 percent from 2012. While that doesn't sound like a big increase, if you look specifically at digital movie sales, you can see a 47 percent rise over last year to $1.19 billion.

"Stability in home entertainment continued for the second straight year in 2013 as total consumer spending rose nearly one percent to $18.2 billion," Digital Entertainment Group director Lyndsey … Read more

Hulu satirizes 'Real Housewives' in new original series

If "Real Housewives" didn't already provide enough fodder for satire, Hulu is adding in Orlando for good measure.

The streaming-video site -- jointly owned by the parent companies of ABC, NBC, and Fox -- unveiled its original and exclusive slate of programming at CES 2014 Wednesday. Don't come looking for any surprises. The 2014 slate is straight out of the company's recent playbook, filled with half-hour comedies and international imports that have been remade for American audiences elsewhere.

The only new true original that wasn't previously known is "The Hotwives of Orlando," … Read more

MPAA joins Web standards group amid video DRM dispute

The movie business now will have a direct voice in a controversy about how to handle copy protection of videos on the Web.

That's because the Motion Picture Association of America (MPAA) has joined the World Wide Web Consortium (W3C), a group that creates Web standards, such as the HTML technology that underlies every Web page on the Internet.

"Just met with W3C CEO Jeffrey Jaffe. We're excited to join W3C and look forward to listening, learning and contributing," tweeted Alex Deacon, the MPAA's senior vice president for Internet Technology at the MPAA. Jaffe has … Read more

'Hunt or be Hunted' - 'House of Cards' Season 2 trailer debuts

Those of you who relished the Machiavellian antics on the first season of "House of Cards" can now peek at what's in store for season 2.

The new two-and-a-half minute trailer entices viewers with the ongoing exploits of Frank Underwood, deliciously played by Kevin Spacey, as he battles to win the White House. Upon being sworn in as the new vice president, Underwood tells the audience: "One heartbeat away from the presidency, and not a single vote cast in my name. Democracy is so overrated."

But Underwood's quest for the presidency will face some … Read more

Vimeo speeds its online videos, goes HTML5 by default

Vimeo has sped up its video-streaming technology and made the shift from Flash-powered video to HTML5 by default, the company said Tuesday.

The new player software improves performance, social links, and post-production capabilities, Vimeo Chief Technology Officer Andrew Pile told CNET. It loads in half the time -- not only when the video player populates on a Web page, but also when people click the play button.

Faster performance generally helps Web-based businesses -- Vimeo's new on-demand video-purchasing program through which people can rent or own videos, for example. Indeed, as Vimeo gradually distributed the new player to viewers, … Read more

Samsung teams with Amazon, Comcast, studios on 4K video

Amazon, as well as television and film studios, cable company Comcast, and pay-as-you-go digital movie and TV streaming service M-Go, have teamed up with Samsung to deliver 4K video.

The announcements were released to coincide with a Samsung press conference Monday in Las Vegas as part of the 2014 Consumer Electronics Show.

Amazon Instant Video said it was working with Samsung, as well as top Hollywood studios and TV programmers like Warner Bros., Lionsgate, 20th Century Fox, Discovery, and more to offer Amazon customers a premium 4K video experience.

Without providing many details, the e-commerce giant's announcement about broad … Read more

Dish at CES 2014: Join us at 11 a.m. PT Monday (live blog)

TV has always been a hot area for the Consumer Electronics Show, and Dish will be on hand to show its newest innovations.

The satellite television provider will host a press conference at 11 a.m. Monday at the Mandalay Bay hotel. CNET's David Carnoy, James Martin, and I will be there to bring you all the news, photos, and commentary.

Tune into CNET's Dish press conference coverage.

Many companies have tried to reinvent TV. The Xbox One wants to take over the cable box. Apple TV has been rumored for years. Intel worked on its own product … Read more

Grand Theft Auto in real life? Here you go

Some Russians, it might appear, tend to enjoy life at the sharp end.

Some bathe in a certain appreciation for drama, conflict, and intimidation (or at least a certain familiarity with it).

This may make them excellent video game players. It also offers an additional dimension to Russian dashcam footage.

The latest to emerge has more than a soupcon of Grand Theft Auto. Cars speed maniacally. Side-swiping occurs with the minimum of conscience.

Then it all ends in a fight.… Read more