'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

NFL playoffs get free streaming on CBS, NBC

Networks are gearing up for Super Bowl 2014, and this year online viewers are getting a little something extra: NFL playoff coverage.

Both NBC and CBS, which is the parent company of CNET, will be streaming playoff coverage for free, according to Variety.

NBC is re-upping on what it offered customers last year by streaming its two wild card match-ups scheduled for Saturday and the NFL Pro Bowl on January 24. CBS is offering pre-Super Bowl streaming for the first time this year, which means it will be showing all four of its playoff games. This means fans will be … Read more

YouTube: 2014 is the year of the high-def stream

YouTube has announced that it will be demonstrating high-definition video streams at the Consumer Electronics Show next week, thanks to the relatively new Google video codec VP9.

The new format is advantageous for YouTube and other video streaming sites because it allows them to transmit high-definition, 4K quality streams without slowing down your network. One anticipated effect is that you'll experience a lot less buffering while watching online video.

Google is working hard to ensure that VP9 enjoys broad adoption, and the demo partners include Sony, Panasonic, and LG, who will show off the the high-def streams on 4K … Read more

Winamp could start the new year with a new owner

Winamp may continue to play another day but in the house of a new owner.

Current parent AOL has cut a deal to sell the software to Radionomy, TechCrunch reported Wednesday. Located in Belgium, Radionomy provides access to around 6,000 online radio stations. The deal should be completed by Friday, if not sooner, a "reliable source" told TechCrunch.

The tipoff that Radionomy would be the new owner was spotted by a person on the Winamp forums and a blogger, both of whom discovered that the domain name servers for had been changed to point to … Read more

Netflix tests cheaper single-screen streaming plan

Some new Netflix users may be able to sign up for the streaming service for a dollar less than the regular rate.

According to Adweek, a new $6.99 per month plan is available for some people who want to stream on only one device in standard definition. Any extra devices or high-definition streaming will still cost $7.99 per month.

It appears that Netflix is testing this discounted plan for just some users when they sign up for the service. Some users aren't offered the $6.99 single-screen plan when signing in as a new customer.

It's … Read more

Netflix reportedly plans streaming purge for January 1

If you think you're going to need a "Top Gun" or "Titanic" fix from Netflix soon, you'd better get it out of the way before Wednesday.

Those titles are among the dozens of movies and TV shows scheduled to be purged from the movie rental site's list of instant streaming offerings on January 1, according to a Reddit post this week. As opposed to purges past, this housecleaning doesn't appear to threaten many uber-classics, although "Roman Holiday," "Serpico," and "The Odd Couple" will be checking out … Read more