Boston, Mass. (April 23, 2013) –Aereo, Inc., today announced plans to launch its groundbreaking online television technology in the Boston metropolitan area. Beginning May 15, consumers who have pre-registered with Aereo will receive a special invitation to join and be one of the first to experience Aereo’s technology. After May 30, Aereo will make membership available to all eligible consumers across the Boston designated market area (DMA), which includes more than 4.5 million consumers in 16 counties in Massachusetts, New Hampshire and Vermont.
Boston has some of the highest cable rates in the country. In less than a month, people from Cape Cod to Southern New Hampshire will have an inexpensive alternative. For $80 a year plus the cost of a Roku, cord cutters will receive 28 over-the-air broadcast channels live. Aereo also includes a DVR function. Interested? Preregister here.
Recently, a number of sources have speculated that Amazon is getting ready to unveil their own streaming media box. No details have emerged, so this is the perfect time to fantasize about what kind of OTT experience Jeff Bezos has in store for us. Let’s play! Continue reading →
VideoBuzz is now opensource and can be installed using a script. More here.
YouTube is a popular channel on OTT streamers. Roku has never officially supported a YouTube channel, but there are a number of private channels that support it. One of these has been removed. The VideoBuzz channel has been ‘voluntarily’ removed from the list of Roku channels. VideoBuzz was unique among Roku YouTube channels in that it was simple to install, easy to use, and worked.
Why did RokuVideoBuzz Roku pull the channel? No one knows. Roku won’t say, but the mods and VCMs on http://forums.roku.com claim that there was an IP issue…
There’s been a fair bit of speculation about VideoBuzz and the reason it is being deactivated. I want to take a moment to elaborate:
Every developer agrees to abide by the terms of the Roku developer agreement when creating a developer account. Among the requirements in the agreement, we require that every channel publisher must have the appropriate rights or permission to distribute the content within their channel through Roku. Other requirements include written authorization is required for channels with international or foreign language content. Channels that violate the developer agreement are subject to deactivation, though typically we do give them a chance to come back into compliance (or prove they are not violating it) before acting on it — we do realize that it can be a complicated world when it comes to rights for content. Sometimes we’re made aware of channels through formal notices (e.g. DMCA takedown notices or cease and desist notices) and other times we are notified more informally. Since we respect all content owners’ rights, we have to take each notification seriously and explore it for violation. Regarding VideoBuzz specifically, we don’t believe that today a Roku channel can stream from YouTube without violating YouTube’s terms of service (at least specifically section II paragraph 14 of the YouTube Developer TOS).
That’s not really true. It can’t be. The mods and VCMs have been promoting the use of Plex as an alternative…
Plex on Roku, out of the box, won’t receive YouTube. If the user modifies the setup to enable it, neither Plex nor Roku is at fault. They took deliberate steps to prevent YouTube on Roku through Plex, and the user subsequently took deliberate steps to enable it.
Playon also streams YouTube to a Roku (right out of the box without the user deliberately doing anything except installing server and channel) — despite the fact that mention of the channel can get you banned from the forums.