September 9, 2009 |
If you're watching more TV on your computer these days -- and less on an actual TV -- you're not alone. A survey by the nonprofit Conference Board released Tuesday showed that nearly a quarter of households in the U.S. now watch television programs online. That's up from 20% last year. The quarterly Consumer Internet Barometer survey found that news shows were viewed by 43% of online watchers, followed by the 35% who watched sitcoms, comedies and dramas. Slightly less than 20% viewed reality shows online, and 18% favored sports.
January 21, 2010 |
Hulu soared to popularity by offering free online viewing of popular TV shows. Now that free ride may soon end. The Internet video site is weighing plans to charge users to watch episodes of "30 Rock," "Modern Family" and "House." The move would mark a sharp change of course for the venture, which was launched nearly two years ago by a consortium of studios to distribute without charge TV shows and movies over the Internet. The site has spent months studying how to strike a balance between what people expect to watch free online and what they would be willing to pay for, said people familiar with the matter who were not authorized to speak publicly.
May 14, 2010 |
Just because popular social networks, such as Facebook and Twitter, encourage members to use their actual identities doesn't mean people are presenting themselves online the way they do in real life. Some psychologists and sociologists who have studied usage habits on Twitter, Facebook and popular dating sites say there's little correlation between how people act on the Internet and how they are in person. Research into how personality traits are filtered through the Web, especially the new breed of short-message online services, is slim, but digital-health experts have observed numerous transformations when someone ascends the Internet's world stage.
January 23, 2012 |
Lego toys have always seemed pleasantly gender-neutral. Perhaps that's why the new Lego Friends line for girls has triggered a fair bit of protest from some health and equal-rights organizations. The new line, whose characters sport slim figures and stylish clothes, will contribute to gender stereotyping that promotes body dissatisfaction in girls, said Carolyn Costin, an eating disorders specialist and founder of the Monte Nido Treatment Center in Malibu. Online petitions have been started to protest the line, which includes a Butterfly Beauty Shop and a Your Fashion Designer Workshop. The International Assn.
February 5, 2009 |
A series of lawsuits filed across the country allege that Wal-Mart Stores Inc. and Netflix Inc. benefited illegally when the world's largest retailer exited the online DVD rental business in 2005. Lawyer Daniel Becnel of Reserve, La., complained in a lawsuit filed this week in Baton Rouge, La., that Wal-Mart and Netflix improperly negotiated Wal-Mart's departure from the online video market. He says the current rates are higher than they would have been if Wal-Mart had remained in the online DVD business.
March 1, 2010
$27.3 billion Amount U.S. consumers say they spent in 2008 for arts and crafts supplies. $2.5 billion Amount spent in 2008 on scrapbook and memory crafts, the largest craft category. $34 The average sale on Etsy.com, an online market for handmade and vintage goods with 400,000 active online shops. Sources: Times research; Etsy Inc.; Craft & Hobby Assn.
June 2, 2010 |
Nearly two-thirds of software bought online is delivered via digital downloads, rather than on discs that came in the mail, according to an NPD Group report released Tuesday. "People's comfort with downloading software online has grown and will continue to grow," NPD analyst Stephen Baker said. "It's kind of a halo effect from things like Netflix and iTunes, things that got people to trust the idea of buying things online. "More and more people are leaving the product boxes behind.
April 6, 1999 |
America Online Inc., the world's top provider of Internet services, said it acquired When Inc. in a move that allows AOL to offer free Internet calendar and event-planning services to its members. Dulles, Va.-based AOL paid an undisclosed amount of stock for Redwood City, Calif.-based When. Its easy-to-use calendar service, known as When.com, allows Internet users to keep track of their personal schedules online and to coordinate events with a fast-growing network of other online calendar-keepers.