Analyst Takes Another Look at Discovery’s Hulu Deal

October 26, 2018 | 122 views

Analyst Todd Juenger of Sanford C. Bernstein has been taking another look at the deal Discovery touted that put more of its networks on Hulu’s live streaming service.Earlier this year Discovery acquired Scripps Networks Interactive, which had Food Network, HGTV and Travel Channel on the Hulu Live service. The new deal in September added legacy Discovery channels to Hulu: Discovery Channel, TLC, Investigation Discovery, Animal Planet and Motor Trend.At the time, the deal was hailed by Discovery because programmers without sport rights have been having trouble getting on virtual MVPDs. With traditional pay TV subs shrinking, programmers not on vMVPDs faced difficulty maintaining their distribution revenue and possibly their ad revenue.

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One of the world’s fastest growing media services companies, TVT Media brings an exciting new approach to content services. We combine a strong ethos of customer service with the industry’s most complete, end-to-end content management, media logistics and distribution offering.A longstanding international player in content versioning, localisation and related services, we extended the scope of our global offering with the acquisition of Amsterdam-based DMC (Digital Media Centre) from AMC Networks International in July 2017. We offer the expertise and reach that content owners and media brands need today to meet the growing demands of modern consumers, helping them transform the viewer experience and drive next generation entertainment.

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Microsoft’s xCloud game streaming arrives on iOS with some Apple restrictions

Article | August 2, 2022

Microsoft is expanding its Project xCloud service to the iPhone today. The software giant is launching a beta of xCloud through Apple’s TestFlight service, allowing xCloud testers to try the service on an iPhone or iPad. It’s the first time we’ve seen a cloud game streaming service appear on iOS since the days of OnLive — and OnLive’s iOS app wound up in limbo when Apple didn’t approve it. Google’s Stadia and Nvidia’s GeForce Now are still not available on Apple’s devices, either, and neither company has been able to tell us when that might change.

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Apple's AR & VR headset may not need external input for orientation & motion detection

Article | February 14, 2022

Apple is continuing to investigate headsets like its "AR Glasses," as part of its exploration of Augmented and Virtual Reality systems. One such headset in future may utilize sensors that can detect angular rotation, such as that experienced when the device is placed on a user's head or removed. "[It] may be beneficial for the VR headset to be able to detect when a head-worn device (e.g., headset, eyeglasses, headphones, etc.) is being removed from the user's head, is being placed on the user's head, or both," says Apple in US Patent No. 10,557,724, "Angle detection of a rotating system using a single magnet and multiple hall sensors."

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Game On: These Entertainment Stocks Hit New Levels

Article | July 7, 2022

Some Chinese entertainment stocks listed in the U.S. got a boost last week after the People Bank of China (PBOC) said it would pump $173 billion into the economy. Since news of the report from Beijing hit the street, one of the biggest gainers was Chinese gaming giant NetEase Inc. (Nasdaq: NTES) NetEase, a partner of California-based Blizzard Entertainment in China, traded as low as $317.48 per American depositary share within the last couple of weeks, and soared as high as $347.95 apiece last week. NetEase rolled out its international presence in recent years in Japan and North America, lowering its China dependency.

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The Future of Tech: Gaming Consoles, the Xbox and PlayStation of Tomorrow

Article | February 10, 2020

Consoles have come a very long way since the arrival of first-generation machines from Atari and Coleco in the seventies. Even the original PlayStation (1994) and Xbox (2001) look dated compared to the 4K/HDR-capable machines of today, and that divide will grow even larger once the PlayStation 5 and Xbox Series X arrive at the end of 2020. But what about the future? More than once console makers have tried to break new ground, by focusing on functionality beyond gaming, but for the most part those attempts have failed. Nintendo has found the most success with specialized hardware that still focuses on games first, while Sony and Microsoft have seemingly understood that building powerful general purpose machines that are akin to PCs is their best and safest bet.

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One of the world’s fastest growing media services companies, TVT Media brings an exciting new approach to content services. We combine a strong ethos of customer service with the industry’s most complete, end-to-end content management, media logistics and distribution offering.A longstanding international player in content versioning, localisation and related services, we extended the scope of our global offering with the acquisition of Amsterdam-based DMC (Digital Media Centre) from AMC Networks International in July 2017. We offer the expertise and reach that content owners and media brands need today to meet the growing demands of modern consumers, helping them transform the viewer experience and drive next generation entertainment.

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Cresset Merges with TRUE Capital Management, Establishes Presence in Sports and Entertainment Industry

PRnewswire | May 10, 2023

Cresset Asset Management (Cresset) and TRUE Capital Management (TRUE) announced today that they have merged, creating a multi-family office with nearly $33 billion in assets under management (as of 5/02/2023) and with offices in 19 locations around the nation. The strategic combination expands Cresset's presence in the sports and entertainment industry. TRUE is a multi-family office that specializes in guiding a diverse roster of clients across sports, entertainment, and entrepreneurism to financial security and generational wealth. TRUE manages $1.7 billion (as of 2/22/2023) of assets on behalf of more than 350 clients, including Deandre Ayton, Robert Griffin III, Marshawn Lynch, Nneka Ogwumike, Kelsey Plum, Albert Pujols, Logan Ryan, Richard Sherman, Breanna Stewart, and Diana Taurasi. Together with Cresset, TRUE clients will enjoy access to Cresset's scale and national footprint, including its extensive family office services, goals-based financial planning, institutional-quality private investments, and lifestyle services. "We are thrilled to be joining forces with Cresset. Since we started TRUE in 2007, our priority has been to build relationships with our clients based on transparency and trust as they navigate the rare opportunities and unique challenges that come with wealth. That commitment will only be strengthened and enhanced with Cresset," said Doug Raetz, CEO of TRUE. "As we've worked closely with Cresset, it has become clear that the entire Cresset team shares our goals and values. It's an excellent cultural fit, and we are excited to explore new ways to create and deliver success stories for our clients," added TRUE COO Heather Goodman. "When we first met the TRUE team several years ago, we found kindred spirits in terms of how we believe clients should be treated and the positive impact wealth can have," said Avy Stein, Cresset Co-Founder and Co-Chairman. "Our mutual dedication to providing access to a full suite of sophisticated family office services and private investment opportunities makes this an ideal partnership." About TRUE Capital Management Founded in 2007, TRUE Capital Management is a wealth management firm that specializes in guiding its diverse roster of clients to financial security and generational wealth. The firm has built a reputation for serving high-profile clients across all major sports worldwide, the global entertainment industry, and entrepreneurs innovating in our ever-evolving business world. About Cresset Cresset is an independent, award-winning multi-family office and private investment firm with nearly $33 billion in assets under management (as of 5/02/2023). Cresset serves the unique needs of entrepreneurs, CEO founders, wealth creators, executives, and partners, as well as high-net-worth and multi-generational families. Our goal is to deliver a new paradigm for wealth management, allowing clients to pursue what matters most to them.

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ViewLift and Google Enable Multi-cloud and Cloud Agnostic Deployment for OTT

ViewLift | February 13, 2023

ViewLift, a leading provider of OTT and streaming technology solutions, recently announced a novel approach for its clients: the ability to use any major cloud provider or multiple clouds with the click of a button in ViewLift's back-end. The company provides content owners with a comprehensive end-to-end solution for distributing and monetizing their content across multiple device platforms, such as web, mobile, over-the-top, connected TV, smart TVs, and gaming consoles. It will now integrate its technology stack via a new partnership with Google Cloud, offering enterprises a multi-cloud and cloud-agnostic deployment advantage. This deployment capability makes it one of the only platform providers in the OTT solutions industry to provide such agility and flexibility. ViewLift, a longtime partner of Amazon Web Services (AWS), will now offer customers the technology stack of their choosing or the option to run both Google Cloud and AWS in parallel to ensure the highest platform uptimes. In addition, cloud-agnostic deployment provides access to new functionalities and features available on any major cloud, significantly improving the quality, availability, and resilience of ViewLift's solution. Manik Bambha, President of ViewLift, said, "With the Google Cloud integration, we take a major step towards the next level in technology leadership; our customers can choose exactly what cloud services work best for them, letting them mix and match features and functionalities to arrive at an ideal bouquet of services." (Source – Cision PR Newswire) About ViewLift ViewLift, headquartered in New York, is a comprehensive digital content distribution platform that enables media companies, broadcasters, sports leagues and teams, and others to monetize their content using native branded apps on major OTT devices, such as the web, mobile, TV-connected devices, and Smart TVs and gaming consoles. Its proprietary intellectual property constitutes a complete tech stack, offering extensive functionality with hundreds of purpose-built features and a shorter time to market. The company's clients include NBCUniversal, Monumental Sports & Entertainment, Nexstar, RugbyPass, MotoAmerica, TEGNA, MyOutdoorTV, WSX.TV, and many others

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Kargo Integrates Videobyte’s Connected TV Platform to Expand Its Portfolio

Kargo | February 07, 2023

Kargo, an advertising service provider, has recently integrated VideoByte, a video advertising platform for connected TV (CTV) and over-the-top (OTT) streaming, to expand its portfolio of video formats, commerce and exclusive social formats, and publisher tools with CTV advertising formats. This integration will enhance the connected experiences of the audiences between desktop, mobile, and now connected televisions, gaining the attention of different channels for its brand partners. Founded in 2020, VideoByte has become a prominent advertising service provider in CTV and OTT, integrating top media companies like LG, Tegna, and Viacom. Kargo has expanded its reach across the television advertising industry with this integration. It will launch new advertising products, and Kargo's current customers will get direct access to them. CEO of VideoByte, David Naffis, who will join Kargo as General Manager of CTV, said, "We are thrilled to join the Kargo team and are in lockstep with their mission to develop uniquely differentiated ad experiences that grab attention and drive performance for publishers and brands alike. Kargo's recent growth, scale, and reputation as market innovators will accelerate our go-to-market as we continue to push innovating new CTV formats." (Source - GlobeNewswire) Kargo's CEO and Founder, Harry Kargman, said, "Acquiring VideoByte is a clear next step in our growth and evolution. Kargo has been expanding across multiple screens and the Connected TV experience is calling for this kind of ad format innovation and disruption that Kargo has brought to the mobile screen. VideoByte shares our mission and vision to create unique and performant ad creatives, but they do it on the Connected TV screen which has not been in our product lineup. With VideoByte, we will bring an amazing Kargo experience to Televisions everywhere and change the landscape with new capabilities while driving massive value and success for both brands and publishers." (Source - GlobeNewswire) About Kargo Kargo, an advertising solutions provider, attracts consumer attention across mobile, video, and social advertising platforms for advertising brands with its exclusive omnichannel advertising suite and increases return on advertising spend (ROAS), incremental brand lift, and revenue per impression through creative targeting solutions. Headquartered in New York, it has had offices worldwide since 2003. It provides solutions for load time, identity problems, non-skippable video, poor creatives, advertisements, and infinite scrolls with direct integration and specialized market supplies, optimizing impressions from the best publishers.

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Cresset Merges with TRUE Capital Management, Establishes Presence in Sports and Entertainment Industry

PRnewswire | May 10, 2023

Cresset Asset Management (Cresset) and TRUE Capital Management (TRUE) announced today that they have merged, creating a multi-family office with nearly $33 billion in assets under management (as of 5/02/2023) and with offices in 19 locations around the nation. The strategic combination expands Cresset's presence in the sports and entertainment industry. TRUE is a multi-family office that specializes in guiding a diverse roster of clients across sports, entertainment, and entrepreneurism to financial security and generational wealth. TRUE manages $1.7 billion (as of 2/22/2023) of assets on behalf of more than 350 clients, including Deandre Ayton, Robert Griffin III, Marshawn Lynch, Nneka Ogwumike, Kelsey Plum, Albert Pujols, Logan Ryan, Richard Sherman, Breanna Stewart, and Diana Taurasi. Together with Cresset, TRUE clients will enjoy access to Cresset's scale and national footprint, including its extensive family office services, goals-based financial planning, institutional-quality private investments, and lifestyle services. "We are thrilled to be joining forces with Cresset. Since we started TRUE in 2007, our priority has been to build relationships with our clients based on transparency and trust as they navigate the rare opportunities and unique challenges that come with wealth. That commitment will only be strengthened and enhanced with Cresset," said Doug Raetz, CEO of TRUE. "As we've worked closely with Cresset, it has become clear that the entire Cresset team shares our goals and values. It's an excellent cultural fit, and we are excited to explore new ways to create and deliver success stories for our clients," added TRUE COO Heather Goodman. "When we first met the TRUE team several years ago, we found kindred spirits in terms of how we believe clients should be treated and the positive impact wealth can have," said Avy Stein, Cresset Co-Founder and Co-Chairman. "Our mutual dedication to providing access to a full suite of sophisticated family office services and private investment opportunities makes this an ideal partnership." About TRUE Capital Management Founded in 2007, TRUE Capital Management is a wealth management firm that specializes in guiding its diverse roster of clients to financial security and generational wealth. The firm has built a reputation for serving high-profile clients across all major sports worldwide, the global entertainment industry, and entrepreneurs innovating in our ever-evolving business world. About Cresset Cresset is an independent, award-winning multi-family office and private investment firm with nearly $33 billion in assets under management (as of 5/02/2023). Cresset serves the unique needs of entrepreneurs, CEO founders, wealth creators, executives, and partners, as well as high-net-worth and multi-generational families. Our goal is to deliver a new paradigm for wealth management, allowing clients to pursue what matters most to them.

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ViewLift and Google Enable Multi-cloud and Cloud Agnostic Deployment for OTT

ViewLift | February 13, 2023

ViewLift, a leading provider of OTT and streaming technology solutions, recently announced a novel approach for its clients: the ability to use any major cloud provider or multiple clouds with the click of a button in ViewLift's back-end. The company provides content owners with a comprehensive end-to-end solution for distributing and monetizing their content across multiple device platforms, such as web, mobile, over-the-top, connected TV, smart TVs, and gaming consoles. It will now integrate its technology stack via a new partnership with Google Cloud, offering enterprises a multi-cloud and cloud-agnostic deployment advantage. This deployment capability makes it one of the only platform providers in the OTT solutions industry to provide such agility and flexibility. ViewLift, a longtime partner of Amazon Web Services (AWS), will now offer customers the technology stack of their choosing or the option to run both Google Cloud and AWS in parallel to ensure the highest platform uptimes. In addition, cloud-agnostic deployment provides access to new functionalities and features available on any major cloud, significantly improving the quality, availability, and resilience of ViewLift's solution. Manik Bambha, President of ViewLift, said, "With the Google Cloud integration, we take a major step towards the next level in technology leadership; our customers can choose exactly what cloud services work best for them, letting them mix and match features and functionalities to arrive at an ideal bouquet of services." (Source – Cision PR Newswire) About ViewLift ViewLift, headquartered in New York, is a comprehensive digital content distribution platform that enables media companies, broadcasters, sports leagues and teams, and others to monetize their content using native branded apps on major OTT devices, such as the web, mobile, TV-connected devices, and Smart TVs and gaming consoles. Its proprietary intellectual property constitutes a complete tech stack, offering extensive functionality with hundreds of purpose-built features and a shorter time to market. The company's clients include NBCUniversal, Monumental Sports & Entertainment, Nexstar, RugbyPass, MotoAmerica, TEGNA, MyOutdoorTV, WSX.TV, and many others

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Kargo Integrates Videobyte’s Connected TV Platform to Expand Its Portfolio

Kargo | February 07, 2023

Kargo, an advertising service provider, has recently integrated VideoByte, a video advertising platform for connected TV (CTV) and over-the-top (OTT) streaming, to expand its portfolio of video formats, commerce and exclusive social formats, and publisher tools with CTV advertising formats. This integration will enhance the connected experiences of the audiences between desktop, mobile, and now connected televisions, gaining the attention of different channels for its brand partners. Founded in 2020, VideoByte has become a prominent advertising service provider in CTV and OTT, integrating top media companies like LG, Tegna, and Viacom. Kargo has expanded its reach across the television advertising industry with this integration. It will launch new advertising products, and Kargo's current customers will get direct access to them. CEO of VideoByte, David Naffis, who will join Kargo as General Manager of CTV, said, "We are thrilled to join the Kargo team and are in lockstep with their mission to develop uniquely differentiated ad experiences that grab attention and drive performance for publishers and brands alike. Kargo's recent growth, scale, and reputation as market innovators will accelerate our go-to-market as we continue to push innovating new CTV formats." (Source - GlobeNewswire) Kargo's CEO and Founder, Harry Kargman, said, "Acquiring VideoByte is a clear next step in our growth and evolution. Kargo has been expanding across multiple screens and the Connected TV experience is calling for this kind of ad format innovation and disruption that Kargo has brought to the mobile screen. VideoByte shares our mission and vision to create unique and performant ad creatives, but they do it on the Connected TV screen which has not been in our product lineup. With VideoByte, we will bring an amazing Kargo experience to Televisions everywhere and change the landscape with new capabilities while driving massive value and success for both brands and publishers." (Source - GlobeNewswire) About Kargo Kargo, an advertising solutions provider, attracts consumer attention across mobile, video, and social advertising platforms for advertising brands with its exclusive omnichannel advertising suite and increases return on advertising spend (ROAS), incremental brand lift, and revenue per impression through creative targeting solutions. Headquartered in New York, it has had offices worldwide since 2003. It provides solutions for load time, identity problems, non-skippable video, poor creatives, advertisements, and infinite scrolls with direct integration and specialized market supplies, optimizing impressions from the best publishers.

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