When Small Screen Is First Screen (Re/Code)

Don’t look now, but the smartphone is now the “first screen.”

Actually, you probably are looking now: IDC research shows that 80 percent of smartphone users check their phones within 15 minutes of waking up, and 79 percent of smartphone users have their phone on or near them for all but two hours of their waking day.

For the first time since such things began to be measured, says research from… [Read more on Re/Code]

Netflix Will Launch In Six European Countries This Year (Re/Code)

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Netflix Inc will launch its online movie and TV subscription service later this year in France, Germany and four other European countries, in a major push into new markets.

The other new countries Netflix will enter in late 2014 are Austria, Switzerland, Belgium and Luxembourg, the California-based company said in a statement on Wednesday.

Netflix previously said it… [Read more on Re/Code]

NimbleTV Wants to Sell You the TV Everywhere You’re Already Supposed to Have (Re/Code)

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If you pay for cable TV, would you pay more for a service that rounded up lots of the channels you’re already getting and let you watch them over the Web whenever you wanted to see them?

Anand Subramanian thinks you will. He says his NimbleTV startup will start selling a new service that gives pay TV customers access to a Web-based DVR, which will let them… [Read more on Re/Code]

Purge Pay TV, Binge on Data: Cord-Cutters Are Gulping Down Bandwidth (Re/Code)

Here’s a question that may be increasingly relevant for some of you: If you don’t pay for cable, and you get all your video from the Internet instead, how much bandwidth do you eat up each month?

Quite a bit, it turns out. And much more than everyone else.

Sandvine, the broadband networking company that provides periodic reports on Web usage, says that the top 15 percent of streaming video users go through 212 gigabytes of data month. That’s more than 7 times the… [Read more on Re/Code]

TuneIn Wants to Become Twitter for Web Radio (Re/Code)

TuneIn, a Web service that lets you listen to radio shows and podcasts from all over the world, for free, says it has 50 million users. But it would like many more, and it would like them to do more stuff when they visit.

So here’s a format change aimed at accomplishing that. TuneIn is trying to present itself as a social network, a la Facebook and Twitter, except that… [Read more on Re/Code]

Hellooo and Welcome to (New) Moviefone! — AOL Debuts Redo of Iconic Web Brand (Re/Code)

AOL, which has been working on a redesign of its iconic but old-style Moviefone site with Whalerock Industries, released the new version today.

The redo — its last one was in 2010 — includes, new search tools, a new website and app, as well as television content. Users of the service can find theaters, channels, and streaming services offering movies and television shows.

“The line between television and film content… [Read more on Re/Code]

NBC Pokes a Hole in Twitter’s TV Story (Re/Code)

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You know how Twitter is supposed to be TV’s friend?

Things look a little less congenial today.

That’s after a pointed article in the Financial Times, where a top NBC executive says that Twitter’s most important selling point to the TV industry — “We’ll deliver eyeballs to your shows” — hasn’t panned out.

That’s a red flag for Twitter, which… [Read more on Re/Code]

Beats Bites the Bullet, and Starts Selling Subscriptions From Apple’s App (Re/code)

Apple has a crazily powerful digital store, used by hundreds of millions of customers. But if you want to sell something there it will cost you: In almost every case, Apple keeps 30 percent of the purchase price on whatever its users buy.

Beats Music, the new subscription music service that launched in January, figures that’s worth it.

Beats updated its iPhone app today, and now lets users… [Read more on Re/code]

Amazon’s Fire TV Lets You Search for Videos by Voice (re/code)

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If you’re like me, your main TV not only has a cable or satellite box attached to it, but at least one smaller appendage, like an Apple TV or Roku box, so you can watch all the Internet-streamed shows and content, like Netflix, that the cable box omits. Now there’s yet another, similar small box, at a similar price, with similar content. [Read more on Re/code]