HBO GO launches on Google’s Chromecast

HBO’s catch-up service GO has launched on Chromecast, the internet giant’s digital media player. The launch means that consumers with the Chromecast device, which is currently only available in the US, can watch signature HBO series including Game of Thrones, Girls and Boardwalk Empire. Google announced the news in a blog post from Shanna Prevé, […]

CBS says new platforms allow it to ‘reset’ content sales business

CBS’ COO Joe Ianniello has told analysts that the introduction of new platforms and digital services is allowing the company to “reprice and reset” what it can command for its content. CBS recently issued bullish forecasts for its international content business and Ianniello told a Wells Fargo TMT conference this week that the advent of […]

Google starts using ‘Android TV’ brand

Google is reportedly preparing to ditch its struggling Google TV brand and align its TV efforts more closely with the Android platform. The US-based GigaOm website, citing an executive from a consumer electronics manufacturer that had been producing Google TV devices, reported that Google was referring to its new strategy as ‘Android TV’. Google recently […]

Google launches TV streaming dongle

Google has launched a low-price TV dongle designed for people to stream web content to their TV set. Google said the Chromecast device is designed to “make it easy to bring your favourite online entertainment to the biggest screen in your house”, and is its latest attempt to break into the living room, launching alongside […]

Google ‘in talks over online TV service’

Google has reportedly approached media companies about licensing content for an internet TV service, in a bid to offer a cable TV-style service over the web. According to an Wall Street Journal report, Google has made “made overtures to some programmers in recent months” about the initiative, and is looking to license linear channels – […]

Machinima looking for funding to boost originals slate

Videogame-focused online video network Machinima is reportedly looking to raise a new round of funding after hiring financial advisors Allen & Co. According to an All Things D report, Machinima is aiming for a “mega-round” of financing that could reach the “US$70 million-plus” range, in order spend more money licensing original shows. It is also […]

MTG creates digital hub in VOD drive

Modern Times Group is to create a new ‘digital hub’ to accelerate the pace of its innovation and expansion into digital distribution. The new unit, MTGx, will he headed by MTG executive VP and chief digital officer Rikard Steiber. The division will be charged with developing video-on-demand experiences, building a portfolio of new entertainment services […]

Google plots YouTube video subscriptions

Google is looking to launch subscription options for video site YouTube in a bid to boost revenues, the company has confirmed. The news follows a Financial Times report, which claimed that the new pay options could roll out as early as this week and would allow viewers to pay from US$1.99 per month, per channel. […]

YouTube reportedly planning subscription offering

YouTube is reportedly preparing to take its TV ambitions to the next stage by launching subscriptions for individual channels. According to US-based trade title Advertising Age, citing sources familiar with the plans, the Google-owned video sharing site has approached selected channel providers to ask them to submit proposals for paid channels that are likely to […]

MTG hires Google exec as chief digital officer

Modern Times Group (MTG) has named Google executive Rikard Steiber in the new role of executive vice-president and chief digital officer, effective February 4. MTG has also promoted Matthew Hooper to the new position of executive vice-president of group corporate communications, effective February 1, and has named Richard Beeston as vice-president of finance. Beeston will […]