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Amazon Announces $99 Fire TV Set-Top Box New device aggregates all your streaming subs into a single menu

The venue for the press conference was decked out like a swanky home theater, from the cushy chairs and giant TV on top of a low bookshelf to the Junior…

April 2, 2014, 11:28 AM EDT

You Can Buy Nielsen Ratings on YouTube Starting Next Month OCR product ready to roll with pre-roll ads on Google's ubiquitous video service

Google is now confident enough in Nielsen's Online Campaign Ratings product (which has been nipped and tucked by the data company over the last few years in ways that have…

April 1, 2014, 3:19 PM EDT

What Women Watch on TV Their viewing habits may surprise you

In last season’s premiere of FX’s American Horror Story, two teenagers are lying on the bed, nervously making out. “I don’t want to hurt you,” says the boy, moments before…

March 31, 2014, 11:09 PM EDT

Chelsea Handler Wants Everyone to Know She's Looking for a Job Lately host still has 9 months left on her contract

Chelsea Handler is going to leave her show on E! at the end of the year, her manager told The Hollywood Reporter as loudly as possible, proclaiming as well that…

March 31, 2014, 2:51 PM EDT

Hulu Hires Another High-Level Traditional TV Exec Former Warner Horizon TV boss Craig Erwich will head content

Hulu is doubling down on originals, if its new hire is anything to go by: the over-the-top service has snagged Warner Horizon TV executive Craig Erwich just as his contract…

March 31, 2014, 1:59 PM EDT

A Recent History of the Heckler's Veto From #IStandWithPhil to #CancelColbert

The television world has weathered quite a few controversies in the last several months, many of which have one disturbing thing in common: They are fomented and sustained by people…

March 29, 2014, 2:10 PM EDT

Amazon Denies Plans to Launch Free Ad-Supported Streaming Kindle already a fledgling ad platform

UPDATE: E-tailer giant Amazon is contradicting reports that it's set to launch an ad-supported streaming service using its original content (which recently entered a second crowdsourced "season" of new shows)…

March 27, 2014, 5:30 PM EDT

E! Green-Lights The Royals Starring Elizabeth Hurley Upfront slate includes plastic surgery reality show, resort competition

It's finally happening: E!'s scripted series, The Royals, will grace its viewers with its presence in 2015. A one-hour drama by Mark Schwahn about the British royal family and starring…

March 26, 2014, 3:25 PM EDT

Disney Acquires Maker Studios $450 million earn-out possible on top of $500 million base

Disney has acquired Maker Studios, the digital video network that distributes such strange hits as PewDiePie and Shay Carl (the work of co-founder Shay Carl Butler), as well as a series…

March 24, 2014, 6:03 PM EDT

A&E Pulls Another Show From Its Lineup: Breaking Boston Southie reality series on the shelf next to Those Who Kill

That needle scratch you hear is A&E pulling new reality show Breaking Boston off its prime-time lineup after just one airing—the show debuted to an anemic 313,000 total viewers (suggesting…

March 20, 2014, 5:17 PM EDT

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