Samsung HMD Odyssey+: Full Feature Tour

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A mind-bending escape into the future. Play interdimensional games distraction-free with the new HMD Odyssey +, where Mixed Reality meets the extreme. Featuring Dual AMOLED displays with Anti-Screen Door Effect, premium built-in AKG headphones, and a wide 110-degree field of view.

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

Article | August 3, 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 | August 2, 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 | June 21, 2021

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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The Sports Network is the largest privately owned sports information service in North America, servicing hundreds of clients and millions of viewers world-wide. The company combines the success of its own site - www.sportsnetwork.com - with its expansion into "branding" and servicing clients for their own needs through its wire service feed.

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WarnerMedia-HBO Max Distribution Deal Locked with 7 New Partners Including Samsung, PlayStation, Xbox

WarnerMedia | May 22, 2020

WarnerMedia’s HBO Max, the company has locked distribution deals with seven partners, ranging from small cable operators to major gaming and smart-TV platforms. Altice USA, Cox Communications, Microsoft Xbox, Samsung, Sony PlayStation, Verizon and the National Cable Television Cooperative have all signed on to offer HBO Max. WarnerMedia drives toward its goal of reaching 75 million to 90 million global subscribers in the next five years. A week before the long-awaited launch of WarnerMedia’s HBO Max, the company has locked distribution deals with seven partners, ranging from small cable operators to major gaming and smart-TV platforms. Altice USA, Cox Communications, Microsoft Xbox, Samsung, Sony PlayStation, Verizon and the National Cable Television Cooperative have all signed on to offer HBO Max starting May 27. They join Charter Communications, Hulu, YouTube TV, Apple TV and AT&T’s own outlets, including DirecTV, in offering the $15-a-month streaming service. Three notable holdouts, for now, are Comcast, Amazon and Roku. The blitz of well-funded new entries into the streaming derby, with Apple TV+, Disney+, Peacock, Quibi and now HBO Max reaching the market in a six-month span, has been amplified by third-party distribution. Disney, for example, set a key pact with Verizon and NBCUniversal announced Cox as a launch partner for Peacock and anticipates broader adoption by pay-TV operators as a natural next step. The economics of streaming distribution represent a shift from the decades-old wholesale model in pay-TV that HBO spearheaded in the 1970s. Owning the customer relationship is the key objective. Learn more: CORONAVIRUS PANDEMIC WILL IMPACT IN-FLIGHT ENTERTAINMENT (IFE) MARKET DEVELOPMENT . “The launch of HBO Max is an important milestone for our company, and we’re excited that these valued partners will be on board for the launch.” ~ Rich Warren, President WarnerMedia Distribution AT&T CEO John Stankey acknowledged the lack of an Amazon agreement during an appearance at a Wall Street conference last week. “We feel really good about the distribution dynamic, the availability of the product,” he said. “Those that are HBO subscribers immediately move into Max. It’s going to be a really strong first day.” Among the new partners, setups with Cox, Verizon, Altice and NCTC will enable millions of existing HBO subscribers to activate HBO Max accounts at no additional cost. The existing HBO offering is included in HBO Max, in addition to thousands of hours of additional programming, including Max originals, Warner Bros. “Those that are HBO subscribers immediately move into Max. It’s going to be a really strong first day.” Films and off-network mainstays like South Park and Friends. For venues where customers have not been able to subscribe to HBO via a broader bundle, such as Samsung, Xbox and PlayStation, the new deals will simply allow customers to directly subscribe to Max through those ecosystems. Momentum on the distribution front has been building as WarnerMedia drives toward its goal of reaching 75 million to 90 million global subscribers in the next five years. When executives presented plans for HBO Max to investors and press last October, they had no distribution deals beyond AT&T platforms, which account for roughly 10 million HBO subscribers who are eligible to turn on Max for free. The launch of HBO Max is an important milestone for our company, and we’re excited that these valued partners will be on board for the launch,” said Rich Warren, president of WarnerMedia Distribution. “Through our expansive distribution pipeline, millions of customers will have immediate access to a best-in-class streaming experience come May 27. WarnerMedia is a leading media and entertainment company that creates and distributes premium and popular content from a diverse array of talented storytellers and journalists to global audiences. WarnerMedia’s brands are world leaders in creating premium content. They operate one of the world’s largest TV and film studios and own a deep library of entertainment. They also manage popular digital sites such as Bleacher Report and some of our growing family of streaming services including HBO NOW, Boomerang and DC Universe. And, we offer a strong portfolio of advertising solutions. With the recent merger of AT&T and Time Warner, we’re now bringing a fresh approach to how the media and entertainment industry works for consumers, content creators, distributors and advertisers. Learn more: WHY VR AND AR SHOULD BE PART OF YOUR AUDIENCE BUILDING CAMPAIGN .

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WarnerMedia-HBO Max Distribution Deal Locked with 7 New Partners Including Samsung, PlayStation, Xbox

WarnerMedia | May 22, 2020

WarnerMedia’s HBO Max, the company has locked distribution deals with seven partners, ranging from small cable operators to major gaming and smart-TV platforms. Altice USA, Cox Communications, Microsoft Xbox, Samsung, Sony PlayStation, Verizon and the National Cable Television Cooperative have all signed on to offer HBO Max. WarnerMedia drives toward its goal of reaching 75 million to 90 million global subscribers in the next five years. A week before the long-awaited launch of WarnerMedia’s HBO Max, the company has locked distribution deals with seven partners, ranging from small cable operators to major gaming and smart-TV platforms. Altice USA, Cox Communications, Microsoft Xbox, Samsung, Sony PlayStation, Verizon and the National Cable Television Cooperative have all signed on to offer HBO Max starting May 27. They join Charter Communications, Hulu, YouTube TV, Apple TV and AT&T’s own outlets, including DirecTV, in offering the $15-a-month streaming service. Three notable holdouts, for now, are Comcast, Amazon and Roku. The blitz of well-funded new entries into the streaming derby, with Apple TV+, Disney+, Peacock, Quibi and now HBO Max reaching the market in a six-month span, has been amplified by third-party distribution. Disney, for example, set a key pact with Verizon and NBCUniversal announced Cox as a launch partner for Peacock and anticipates broader adoption by pay-TV operators as a natural next step. The economics of streaming distribution represent a shift from the decades-old wholesale model in pay-TV that HBO spearheaded in the 1970s. Owning the customer relationship is the key objective. Learn more: CORONAVIRUS PANDEMIC WILL IMPACT IN-FLIGHT ENTERTAINMENT (IFE) MARKET DEVELOPMENT . “The launch of HBO Max is an important milestone for our company, and we’re excited that these valued partners will be on board for the launch.” ~ Rich Warren, President WarnerMedia Distribution AT&T CEO John Stankey acknowledged the lack of an Amazon agreement during an appearance at a Wall Street conference last week. “We feel really good about the distribution dynamic, the availability of the product,” he said. “Those that are HBO subscribers immediately move into Max. It’s going to be a really strong first day.” Among the new partners, setups with Cox, Verizon, Altice and NCTC will enable millions of existing HBO subscribers to activate HBO Max accounts at no additional cost. The existing HBO offering is included in HBO Max, in addition to thousands of hours of additional programming, including Max originals, Warner Bros. “Those that are HBO subscribers immediately move into Max. It’s going to be a really strong first day.” Films and off-network mainstays like South Park and Friends. For venues where customers have not been able to subscribe to HBO via a broader bundle, such as Samsung, Xbox and PlayStation, the new deals will simply allow customers to directly subscribe to Max through those ecosystems. Momentum on the distribution front has been building as WarnerMedia drives toward its goal of reaching 75 million to 90 million global subscribers in the next five years. When executives presented plans for HBO Max to investors and press last October, they had no distribution deals beyond AT&T platforms, which account for roughly 10 million HBO subscribers who are eligible to turn on Max for free. The launch of HBO Max is an important milestone for our company, and we’re excited that these valued partners will be on board for the launch,” said Rich Warren, president of WarnerMedia Distribution. “Through our expansive distribution pipeline, millions of customers will have immediate access to a best-in-class streaming experience come May 27. WarnerMedia is a leading media and entertainment company that creates and distributes premium and popular content from a diverse array of talented storytellers and journalists to global audiences. WarnerMedia’s brands are world leaders in creating premium content. They operate one of the world’s largest TV and film studios and own a deep library of entertainment. They also manage popular digital sites such as Bleacher Report and some of our growing family of streaming services including HBO NOW, Boomerang and DC Universe. And, we offer a strong portfolio of advertising solutions. With the recent merger of AT&T and Time Warner, we’re now bringing a fresh approach to how the media and entertainment industry works for consumers, content creators, distributors and advertisers. Learn more: WHY VR AND AR SHOULD BE PART OF YOUR AUDIENCE BUILDING CAMPAIGN .

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