More stories from Janko Roettgers

http://www.fiercecable.com/story/comcast-prepares-launch-network-dvr-boston/2014-01-29 Comcast  is preparing to launch its cloud DVR in the Boston market “very soon,” according to a FierceCable report. The company’s SVP and GM of Video Services Matt Strauss told FierceCbale that the new network DVR, which will store customers’ recordings in the cloud, will be […] Read more at GigaOM »

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Los Angeles-based music marketing and merchandise sales startup Topspin Media laid of a significant number of its staff Wednesday. Music blog hypebot first reported the news, calling it “major layoffs,” and laid off employees said on Twitter that “half“or even “the majority” of the company’s staff […] Read more at GigaOM »

http://www.theatlantic.com/business/archive/2014/01/the-behavioral-psychology-of-netflixs-plan-to-charge-higher-prices/283367/ Netflix CEO Reed Hastings recently said that it wants to do away from the one-price-fits-all model and introduce three pricing tiers for new members. Why three? The Atlantic looks at the behavioral psychology of pricing, and explains why the Goldilocks effect is always making us […] Read more at GigaOM »

http://online.wsj.com/news/articles/SB10001424052702303277704579348774128548520 Netflix is trying to lock down content rights ahead of its planned expansion to Europe later this year, according to the Wall Street Journal. The paper is reporting, as we did just last week, that Netflix is eyeing Germany and France in particular – but there […] Read more at GigaOM »

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http://www.hypebot.com/hypebot/2014/01/lastfm-to-go-youtube-powered-in-last-ditch-survival-effort.html Pioneering digital music site Last.fm just launched a radio product powered by YouTube videos that will help to keep the music streaming, without adding to Last.fm’s music licensing bill, according to hypebot. Last.fm was one of the first sites to analyze listeners’ music collections and generate personalized […] Read more at GigaOM »

http://www.wired.com/gadgetlab/2014/01/tivo-lays-hardware-design-team-gets-ready-exit-hardware/ TiVo is laid off most of its industrial designers, according to a Wired report, which initially speculated that this may be part of a bigger strategy shift that would result in TiVo exiting the hardware business. TiVo has since assured me that the company will […] Read more at GigaOM »

http://torrentfreak.com/three-strikes-law-does-nothing-to-curb-piracy-research-finds-140122/ Gradual copyright enforcement legislation, also known as three-strikes laws, don’t curb piracy: That’s the result of a new study that looked at the effectiveness of France’s anti-piracy legislation, which fines and disconnects users after repeat warnings. Researchers found, according to Torrentfreak, that this simply results […] Read more at GigaOM »

The developer of Freevo, a pioneering media center app for Linux, Windows and OS X, announced that the app won’t receive any future updates. Freevo, which was first released in 2002, combined DVR and media playback capabilities for home theater PCs. Freevo’s developer wrote Monday on […] Read more at GigaOM »

Updated. The iPhone app for Beats Music, the much-anticipated music subscription service that is spearheaded by Jimmy Iovine, went live in Apple’s iTunes app store  ahead of its official launch Tuesday morning. Beats will also be available on Android, but the app can’t be found on Google […] Read more at GigaOM »

Rdio is now letting U.S. listeners use its music subscription service for free — on the web, anyway: The music service announced Thursday that it is allowing users to listen as much as they want on its website. Rdio is monetizing the new free offering through […] Read more at GigaOM »

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