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YouTube Makes a Big Move Against Pedophiles

Suspends comments on almost all videos that feature kids

(Newser) - YouTube said Thursday it will turn off comments on nearly all videos featuring kids—potentially affecting millions of posts on the site—after reports last week that pedophiles were leaving inappropriate comments on innocuous videos of children. The change comes as YouTube grapples with moderating content across its platform as... More »

Apple Teams Up With Spielberg to Revive '80s Show

It's bringing back Amazing Stories in bid to take on likes of Netflix

(Newser) - Apple is teaming up with no less than the likes of Steven Spielberg for its first major push into TV programming. The iPhone maker is bringing back Spielberg's 30-year-old anthology series Amazing Stories in its attempt to build an online video subscription service to challenge those of Netflix, Amazon,... More »

Netflix Makes Big Change to Ratings System

Stars are out, thumbs are in

(Newser) - After years and more than 10 billion ratings under its one- to five-star system, Netflix is ditching that model in favor of one where you just give a movie a thumbs-up or thumbs-down. The company says it settled on the new system after testing it with hundreds of thousands of... More »

Yahoo Is the New Netflix? Mayer Shopping for TV Shows

Service looks to compete with Netflix, Amazon

(Newser) - Yahoo is looking to cash in on online TV in a serious way, with insiders telling the Wall Street Journal that it's aiming to roll out four new half-hour comedy series. The series, whose budgets could run to several million dollars per episode, would consist of 10 episodes headed... More »

Amazon Scores Big Win Over Netflix

Viacom brings content to online retailer

(Newser) - Last month, with the two companies at odds over renewal terms, Viacom's licensing deal with Netflix ended. Now, Viacom is bringing its shows, from the likes of Nickelodeon, MTV, and Comedy Central, over to Amazon in a multiyear streaming deal , the Wall Street Journal reports. (You can see them... More »

Americans Are Cheating on Their Partners ... on Netflix

Half have or would commit 'Netflix adultery'

(Newser) - Are you guilty of "Netflix adultery"? That's secretly watching a video on Netflix you were supposed to be waiting to watch together with your significant other. According to a survey by the site itself, 51% of adults in committed relationships said they had or would cheat. Only... More »

30 Skiers Hold Hands, Do Backflip

But they miss the Guinness deadline, so they'll try again next year

(Newser) - Thirty skiers grabbed hands, sped down a hill in Canada, and did a joint backflip, hoping for a Guinness record. The good news: It's probably the biggest simultaneous skiing backflip in history, the Telegraph reports. The bad: The group missed the entry deadline, so they'll try again next... More »

YouTube Joins 1B-Users Club

...5 months after Facebook arrived at mark

(Newser) - Five months ago, Facebook announced it had reached a billion users per month—now, you can add YouTube to that exclusive club, Mashable reports. The video-sharing site announced the unique-visitors milestone on its blog , which notes that "nearly one out of every two people on the Internet visits YouTube,... More »

Twitter May Create Its Own Video Service

Meanwhile, Jack Dorsey denies that he's prickly

(Newser) - Twitter is looking into the idea of developing its own video hosting capabilities, so users won't have to turn to third-party services like yFrog, TwitVid, or Vodpod to share their videos with the world, sources tell All Things Digital . While Twitter still expects most users to upload their videos... More »

In a First, Most Watch Web Video on TVs Now

Television replaces the PC as No. 1

(Newser) - The AllThingsD blog takes note of a tech milestone: When people want to watch videos off the Internet, they're more likely to do so on a TV rather than on a desktop or laptop PC. It's the first time televisions have ranked first (45% to 31%), and the... More »

YouTube Sending 10 Films to Venice Film Festival

2 US films make the cut

(Newser) - The Venice Film Festival is truly coming into the 21st century: This year's festival will include screenings of 10 short films submitted by YouTube. The films were chosen as part of the site's first Your Film Festival contest, overseen by Ridley Scott, the AP reports. Finalists, which included... More »

We Spent 1 Billion Hours Watching Netflix Last Month

That is indeed a record

(Newser) - It looks like Netflix's image has handily recovered after last year's pricing furor : Last month, viewers spent more than a billion hours watching content on the site, its CEO says, setting a new record. And "when House of Cards and Arrested Development debut, we’ll blow these... More »

Artificial Brain Learns to Watch Cat Videos

Google experiment may make you feel better about your online habits

(Newser) - It turns out our future robot overlords love watching cats on the Internet, too. Google used 16,000 computer processors to create an artificial brain, connected it to the Internet, and fed it random images from 10 million YouTube videos so it could "learn." Its response was to... More »

Netflix May Have to Provide Captions Online

Deaf advocacy groups win one round of legal battle over disability act

(Newser) - Netflix could soon be legally forced to offer closed captions on its streaming videos. The National Association for the Deaf sued the company, saying it violated the Americans with Disabilities Act by failing to provide captions for the bulk of its online content. Netflix asked a federal judge to dismiss... More »

Feds Suspect Cable Firms of Stifling Online Videos

DoJ conducting antitrust probe, sources say

(Newser) - Federal authorities suspect cable companies worried about competition from online video have acted improperly to quash their emerging rivals, sources tell the Wall Street Journal . The Department of Justice has opened a wide-ranging investigation, and officials have spoken to online video providers and cable companies, including Time Warner and Comcast,... More »

Hulu Moves to Zap Free TV

...Unless you're already paying for cable

(Newser) - Using Hulu to avoid paying for cable may not work for much longer: The TV site plans to implement a new "authentication" model, forcing viewers to prove they're pay TV customers by signing in with their cable or satellite account number, sources tell the New York Post , adding... More »

Quiet Startup Might Change Business of Online Video

Ooyala might figure out the riddle of monetization: Forbes

(Newser) - There's a startup company you've probably never heard of, but chances are you've seen its work, writes Michael Humphrey in Forbes . It's called Ooyala, and it powers an enormous number of videos across the web. ESPN highlights, Miramax movies, videos that appear on the sites of... More »

Iraq's 'King of Clubs' Appears Online

Former deputy to Saddam Hussein rails against Shiites, Iran

(Newser) - He was the king of clubs. Izzat Ibrahim al-Douri, the highest-ranking member of Saddam Hussein's government still at large, appears to have turned up in an online video posted yesterday, railing against Iraq's government, reports the AP . In the hour-long video, which appears on a website linked to... More »

Larry King Back With Internet Show

Carlos Slim taps former CNN anchor for

(Newser) - He's baaaack. Larry King will strap on his suspenders once more to host an online-only TV show on a new network financed by Carlos Slim Helu, the New York Times reports. The new network, which will be called, will be officially announced today. King says the show... More »

Netflix Was Supposed to Beat Cable, Not Join It

Atlantic blogger hopes service doesn't join the dark side

(Newser) - Netflix's rumored attempt to bring its content to cable on-demand boxes isn't sitting well with Rebecca Greenfield of the Atlantic , who reads the report thusly: "The streaming service 'of the future' would join forces with the established companies we'd hoped it would help us get... More »

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