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Netflix and CBS sign deal for more streaming shows

Netflix has just signed a deal to add CBS shows to its streaming library. The two-year agreement means Netflix subscribers can watch Medium, Frasier, Cheers, Star Trek, Twin Peaks and more via the Watch Instantly feature. Unfortunately for viewers, CBS is still wary of putting recent or currently-running shows on Netflix, because they want to keep the reruns (and the ad revenue) for themselves. ...

Google asks ABC, NBC and CBS to unblock Google TV

Google has entered into negotiations with three major TV networks -- ABC, NBC and CBS -- to allow Google TV users to access streaming TV episodes on the network websites. The three networks currently block their full-length episodes from Google TV, and a fourth network, Fox, is reportedly considering blocking Google TV as well. Meanwhile, cable channels, including HBO and Turner Broadcasting, have...

CBS, Amazon launch Windows 7 apps

You probably knew Microsoft was officially launching Windows 7 today after months of beta testing. But that doesn't mean that CEO Steve Ballmer didn't have a few surprises up his sleeve at launch event. Some of the coolest new features weren't actually from Microsoft. Partners including CBS, Netflix, and Amazon introduced new applications that work with Windows 7. CBS content including...

Last.fm HD radio stations coming to major US cities

CBS, the parent company of Last.fm, is launching HD radio stations in the four largest US markets, powered by Last.fm. We've seen traditional radio stations go online before, but it's rare to see an online service take to the airwaves like this. The stations will play music based on Last.fm's weekly charts, which sounds like a Web 2.0 twist on the old call-in countdown votes on the radio stations...

TechCrunch vs. Last.fm vs. the RIAA, Round 2

Remember the panic a while back about social music site Last.FM supposedly leaking listener data to the RIAA? TechCrunch sure does, because they started the rumor, and then faced accusations of shoddy reporting from basically the whole Internet when it turned out to be false. Well, now TechCrunch have uncovered some new information that shows they were right after all ... sort of. Last.fm's...

TV.com wants to be a social Hulu

CBS, which owns the online TV portal TV.com recently redesigned the site, and today the company is announcing deals that will allow it to show online video from PBS, Sony, MGM, and other studios in addition to the Hulu and CBS content that's already available. In other words, you can add TV.com to the long list of online video portals, most of which are showing pretty much identical content....

CBS begins adding full length TV shows to YouTube

You know how online video site Hulu is working to differentiate itself from YouTube by focusing on professionally produced video from TV networks? Yeah, YouTube's starting to branch out into that territory too now. CBS and YouTube recently began rolling out full length episodes of selected TV shows from the CBS archives. Right now there's not a ton of content to choose from. Just a few episodes...

CBS launches live, social, chatty video player

CBS has launched a new online video service that lets you watch live video streams while chatting with other users at the same time. The service is part of CBS Labs, the experimental arm of the CBS web site. While watching a program you can type into a comment box to interact with other users, answer quizzes, or be obnoxious and throw virtual items including darts, hearts, and lips at the...

AOL Radio: Now with CBS

AOL has relaunched AOL Radio, with live streams from 140 CBS-owned radio stations from around the country in addition to hundreds of web-only channels. That includes a handful of talk radio stations and dozens of music stations. But more importantly, the CBS deal could help AOL bring in local advertising deals, which could be a vital component in making AOL Radio profitable. The New York Times...

Condé Nast scoops up Ars Technica for Wired

Condé Nast Publications (which owns Wired, Wired.com, and a whole bunch of major magazines) has agreed to purchase Ars Technica for an undisclosed sum. According to TechCrunch, Ars will be placed under the Wired Digital umbrella under CondéNet, which was made whole with the 2006 acquisition of Wired.com, and may be combined with Wired and Wired.com. The sale will be announced some...

How I met your Download.com: CBS buys CNET

CBS is buying CNET. For $1.8 billion in cash. While that might seem like a drop in the bucket compared to some buyout offers we've seen recently, that's still a lot of cash flowing from an old media company to a new one. CBS is no stranger to new media. The company purchased the internet radio service Last.fm last year. But according to a press release put out by CBS this morning, this...

Last.fm launches full album streaming, announces subscription service

Online streaming service Last.fm is making a few major announcements today. The good news is that you can listen to practically any song you like, even full albums for free. The bad news, is you can only listen to a track three times before a notice pops up suggesting that you sign up for Last.fm's upcoming subscription based service. The CBS-owned music discovery/online radio service has signed...

CBS experiments with streaming ad-laden Price is Right

Drew Carey isn't the only thing new about the Price is Right, CBS's long-running daily game show. While Bob Barker may have skipped into retirement, it seems CBS is using its beloved game show as an experiment in streaming network content online--in this case, all sixty minutes of Price every day, just four hours after the original air time. That's 3 p.m. eastern time at CBS.com. Now, this...

CBS launching new short video service

While television networks continue looking for the best way to distribute full-length episodes online, CBS is taking a new approach that might seem a little old fashioned. The network is launching EyeLab, a production studio tasked with creating short video clips based on CBS content. The funny thing is that when internet video first became viable a few years back, networks were pretty much just...

CBS buys Last.fm for $280 million

While early rumors had Viacom preparing to purchase UK-based internet radio site Last.fm for $450 million, it looks like the CBS corporation has snatched up last.fm for the bargain price of $280 million. (If you're scratching your head, yes, CBS used to be part of Viacom, but the two split up last year). Last.fm had set itself the (possibly unrealistic) goal of adding every music track every...