Chromecast is now available in 18 countries – GigaOm

Turns out Chromecast didn’t just launch in Japan and Australia this week: Google is also bringing its streaming stick to Belgium, Switzerland and Portugal. Combined with the European launch earlier this year and the expansion to South Korea two weeks ago, this means that Chromecast is now available in a total of 18 countries.…

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Samsung is hiring to build a new mobile video service – Newteevee

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the launch of its new Milk music streaming service, Samsung is now busy assembling a team to build a new video service.

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Kaltura Raises $47 Million to Fuel International Growth – Videonuze

Online video platform Kaltura has raised $47 million, bringing its total capital raised to date to approximately $100 million. The round was led by new investors SAP Ventures, Nokia Growth Partners, Commonfund Capital and Gera Ventures, along with participation from existing investors. Kaltura plans to use the new funding for product development and to expand internationally in Brazil, Mexico, China, Japan, Australia, Singapore and Korea.”

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Ooyala Raises $35 Million as It Picks Up the Pace in Digital Video – Bloomberg

“The latest deal, announced today, is with Telstra, Australia’s biggest phone company. Telstra, which also offers Internet and pay TV services, plans to use Ooyala’s software to deliver its television content online and to resell it to other media companies and corporations. In addition, Telstra led a $35 million round of financing in Ooyala, which brings the total raised by the Mountain View, California-based company to $79 million.”

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Turn Your Phone Into A Universal Media Hub | Lifehacker Australia

“Your phone is already the centre of your digital life, handling everything from calls to games to email to entertainment. Let’s take your phone and all of the media you have on it to the next level, by turning it into a jukebox full of music, movies, and photos that you can play on almost any TV, stereo system, computer or other device you may come across, whether you’re moving from the living room to your bedroom or your house to a friend’s place. The technology is already built into your phone and the gear you have at home; all you need to do is unlock it.”

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The Perfection Paradox: Apple TV 3: A Perfect TV Set?

“From the recent revelations in the Steve Jobs’ biography and articles in the Wall Street Journal, as well as leaks from suppliers in Japan and Australia, the rumor mill is pounding the drums. Below are my own speculations about what the Apple TV set will be like, based on taking seriously Steve Jobs’ obsession with perfection.


Full disclosure: I have a personal interest in the outcome. Back in the summer of 2010, I placed a $1 bet that Apple would announce a TV set during Mac World of Jan. 2012.”

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