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Aereo and the Supreme Court: What can happen?

Now that the U.S. Supreme Court has agreed to hear the Aereo case, it's worth examining some of the ways the case could be resolved.

Netflix renews "Lilyhammer," orders "Marco Polo"

Netflix announced two deals this week to keep its original programming lineup stocked.

YouTube and DreamWorks Animation partner on 'YouTube Nation'

YouTube and DreamWorks Animation introduced a new series called "YouTube Nation," a daily look at the top trending videos on the site.

Court overturns FCC's Open Internet Order

A federal appeals court struck down FCC rules that restricted the way broadband providers could handle Internet content. The court's decision Tuesday could change the way companies like YouTube and Netflix do business with ISPs.

Aereo to get Supreme Court review

Broadcasters and Aereo will get their day at the U.S. Supreme Court sooner rather than later. The high court on Friday agreed to hear an appeal that could help settle whether the online video distributor is violating copyright law.

Online movie sales jumped in 2013

Sales of movies online increased 47 percent from a year earlier to $1.19 billion, according to the Digital Entertainment Group, which tracks home entertainment sales. 

OTT and 4K: Vaporware and a field of dreams

Headlines from the Consumer Electronics Show in Las Vegas are heralding the arrival this year of two would-be milestones in online video: a full-fledged online pay-TV service and streaming 4K.

Akamai to support Olympics streaming

Akamai said it will provide online streaming video delivery and other services to NBC during the 2014 Winter Games in February. 

Online video companies talk up 4K at CES

TV and online video executives hoping to prime the market for 4K TV sets and content talked up the benefits of both this week at the Consumer Electronics Show in Las Vegas.

Aereo raises another $34M

Aereo, the online-video startup that offers access to local TV stations in some markets, said it raised another $34 million to help it expand more broadly.

Sony to start testing online TV service this year

Sony released a few new details about its planned over-the-top video service at the Consumer Electronics Show in Las Vegas this week.

Roku TVs are coming as provider readies OEM co-marketing push

Roku, the maker of an online video streaming set-top box and HDMI dongle, said it will work with two Chinese TV set manufacturers this year to build its software directly into "actual TV" sets.

Netflix loses nearly 100 programs as year-end licensing expires

The end of the year often brings the end of certain licensing arrangements. For Netflix, one enterprising Reddit user put together a comprehensive list of movies and TV shows that were set to expire from the company's streaming video catalog Jan. 1, 2014.

How I learned to stop worrying and love Netflix

When I began writing this column in April, I saw trouble ahead for Netflix. The company was still in the process of bouncing back from the Qwikster disaster and I was feeling vindicated for believing I had seen the fiasco coming.

Two popular YouTube series winding down in 2014

Two of the more popular series on YouTube are planning to end their runs in 2014, TubeFilter notes. On Monday, Ray William Johnson, the creator of the hit "=3" tweeted that he plans to end the show this year.

Netflix testing $7 monthly plan for some new users

Netflix is testing a $7 monthly plan that would limit users to watching SD programming on one device at time, according to multiple reports. 

Reality TV producers pushing into online video, report says

The production companies behind some of the most successful reality TV franchises are preparing a big push into online video next year, according to a report in Advertising Age.

Broadcasters want to keep Aereo out of FilmOn X appeal

TV broadcasters asked a federal appeals court in Washington, D.C., to keep Aereo out of an appeal involving fellow streaming provider FilmOn X last week. 

Vdio streaming service closes, issues refunds via Amazon gift cards

Vdio, the video-streaming service from the people behind the music service Rdio, closed this week after concluding it could not "deliver a differentiated customer value proposition or a business model which is attractive to shareholders."

Tribune beefs up metadata business with Gracenote acquisition

Tribune agreed to buy Sony's Gracenote division, which provides metadata for digital media. The unit will be run out of Tribune's media services group, which will pay $170 million to Sony.