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Winamp may live to play another day

Don't play taps for Winamp just yet. The program may yet get another lease on life.

Last month, Winamp maker Nullsoft announced that parent AOL was going to pull the plug on the software come Friday, December 20, after which point it would no longer be available for download. But blog site TechCrunch, which is also owned by AOL, said that a suitor may swoop in to save the program.

Citing information from "a source with knowledge of the discussions," TechCrunch said on Thursday that AOL has been chatting with a potential buyer about purchasing Winamp and … Read more

LG, Samsung vie to unveil the first 105-inch curved TV

Want to see a 105-inch curved TV? LG and Samsung will each unveil their own respective models next month.

The two electronics rivals both annnounced on Thursday that they will show off a 105-inch curved TV at the 2014 Consumer Electronics Show in January. Both TVs will display 11 million pixels at a resolution of 5,120x2,160 and an aspect ratio of 21:9.

In this corner is LG with its new really big-screen TV -- model number 105UC9. LG said that it was was able to curve the display by refining its TFT (thin film transistor) LCD technology … Read more

Hulu in 2013: Sales up nearly half to $1B with 5M paid users

Mike Hopkins, the new chief executive of Hulu, said the next-day TV streaming site saw its revenue rise at least 44 percent to $1 billion in 2013, as its paid subscribers jumped by two-thirds.

In a blog post on Wednesday, Hopkins recounted the highlights of the year but gave few hints about his idea of how Hulu should move forward. He wrote:

As we scale the business in 2014, we will continue to invest in content, technology and people. 2014 will bring even more opportunity as we find new ways to grow the business from the strong foundation we have … Read more

Roku enters early 21st century, offers YouTube

Roku owners are getting their Christmas a week early: Google and Roku on Wednesday finally made YouTube available as a channel on the streaming set-top box.

The Roku YouTube channel includes high-definition streaming; a Send to TV option that lets you use your phone as a YouTube remote control, as with Chromecast; and access to subscribed channels.

The channel is available on Roku 3's in the United States, Canada, the United Kingdom, and Ireland. A Google spokesperson said that there are plans to add more features and expand to more countries in 2014, but wouldn't comment directly on … Read more

Amazon Studios to begin shooting original series in 4K

As the world moves into higher and higher digital resolution, production companies have to keep up. Amazon Studios appears to be looking to one such company to lead the charge in shooting its television series with 4K technology.

The company announced Monday that it plans to shoot all of its 2014 full-length original series, as well as any new pilots, in 4K ultra HD.

"As a premium original content creator, we're excited about 4K and the future of Ultra HD technology, particularly as we move into drama series next year," Amazon Studios director Roy Price said in … Read more

Yahoo, NBC extend digital pact to 2014 Winter Olympics

NBCUniversal and Yahoo announced Monday that they have extended their digital content and promotion partnership to include the network's digital video rights to the 2014 Winter Olympics in Sochi, Russia.

In addition to providing live streams of competitions and video highlights from the Games, the partners will jointly develop digital segments of news and analysis that will be promoted on Yahoo and NBCOlympics.com, the Web portal said in a company blog post. In addition, Yahoo content and products, such as Yahoo Search, Flickr, and Tumblr will be integrated into NBC's broadcasts of the Games.

"For the … Read more

Google talks up Chromecast in 2014

Google has big plans for its surprise hit Chromecast to take it far beyond its status as a low-cost, limited-function dongle for streaming media.

The company wants to make it available to an international audience, Mario Queiroz, Google's vice president of product management, told GigaOm on Friday. Fans of the device will be "pleasantly surprised," he said.

As more people are able to get the device, Google expects that they will want more apps to be compatible with it, Queiroz said. That requires finalizing and opening the Chromecast Software Development Kit (SDK), which the company hopes to … Read more

YouTube opens up live streaming to all verified accounts

YouTube is turning up the volume on live streaming, allowing anyone with a verified YouTube account in good standing to stream live video to the Web.

The expansion includes the ability to launch a Google+ Hangout on Air directly from the YouTube Live events manager, allowing easier access to followers on the Web giant's social network, YouTube said Thursday.

"This gives you a simple way to reach your fans live and is the ideal way to invite participants to join your show," wrote Satyajeet Salgar, product manager, and Tim James, software engineer, in their company blog post. … Read more

Aereo to broadcasters: Supreme Court? Bring it on

Aereo on Thursday said it will not oppose broadcast television companies' petition for the US Supreme Court to rule on the legality of the online service that streams over-the-air programming.

"While the law is clear and the Second Circuit Court of Appeals and two different federal courts have ruled in favor of Aereo, broadcasters appear determined to keep litigating the same issues against Aereo in every jurisdiction that we enter," Chief Executive Chet Kanojia said in a statement. "We want this resolved on the merits rather than through a wasteful war of attrition."

Television broadcasters in … Read more

Blockbuster to call it quits in the UK

Blockbuster is closing the doors on all of its remaining stores in the UK.

The decision was revealed in a statement Thursday by Moorfields Corporate Recovery, which was in administrative charge of the Blockbuster UK chain. All 91 remaining stores in the UK will close by December 16, resulting in a loss of 808 jobs, according to Moorfields. Any items still in stock will be sold by December 15 at up to 90 percent off the regular price.

An FAQ posted on Blockbuster's UK site offers full details for existing customers and subscribers.

"It is with regret that … Read more