Amazon’s IMDb Launches Free Ad-Supported Movie, TV Service in U.S.

Variety | January 10, 2019

Amazon has extended its tentacles into the ad-supported VOD space — stocking IMDb with a back-catalog of dozens of movies and TV shows that are free to watch.The Amazon-owned movie database site has launched IMDb Freedive (imdb.com/freedive), a free streaming video channel available in the U.S. An IMDb rep declined to say how many titles are initially available, other than to say there are “hundreds.” The site currently lists a relatively slim lineup of over 130 featured movies and 29 TV shows to stream for free.TV shows on IMDb Freedive include past seasons of “Fringe,” “Heroes,” “The Bachelor” (seasons 20 and 21), “Gilligan’s Island,” “Duck Dynasty,” “Quantum Leap,” “Born This Way,” “Kitchen Nightmares” and “Without a Trace.” Movies on the service include “Awakenings,” “A Few Good Men,” “Adaptation,” “Drive,” “Foxcatcher,” “Gattaca,” “Memento,” “Run Lola Run,” “The Illusionist,” “The Last Samurai,” “True Romance,” Patty Jenkins’ “Monster,” and Woody Allen’s “Midnight in Paris.”Titles licensed for Freedive come from studios and networks including CBS, NBCUniversal Television, Sony Pictures Entertainment/Columbia Pictures, Newmarket Films, Warner Bros. Television, A+E Networks and Annapurna Pictures.

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SVoD services have had a huge impact on the content market. Acting as new buyers; increasingly commissioning original production, working as co-production partners and introducing new global rights acquisition models, their impact is far-reaching.This exclusive report from Ampere Analysis dives into the changing dynamics of content in the SVoD space. Using data from Ampere’s content tracking service and drawing on the insight of industry executives, it offers a glimpse of where content trends will head next.

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SVoD services have had a huge impact on the content market. Acting as new buyers; increasingly commissioning original production, working as co-production partners and introducing new global rights acquisition models, their impact is far-reaching.This exclusive report from Ampere Analysis dives into the changing dynamics of content in the SVoD space. Using data from Ampere’s content tracking service and drawing on the insight of industry executives, it offers a glimpse of where content trends will head next.

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Foresight Sports Named Callaway Golf's Official Partner for Launch Monitor Technology

Foresight Sports | July 12, 2022

Foresight Sports, the leading developer of professional-grade launch monitors and a Vista Outdoor Inc. (NYSE: VSTO) brand, has become the official launch monitor partner of Callaway Golf and Topgolf Entertainment Group. Strengthening an already long-established relationship between the two companies, the newly announced official partnership will further extend the use of Foresight Sports' launch monitor technology throughout Callaway Golf's Tour and sales channels, as well as accelerate the pace of availability throughout Topgolf Entertainment Group, which includes Topgolf owned and operated golf entertainment venues and Toptracer's global portfolio of partner's range and golf course properties. "Golf is being played by more people, in more places and with more technology than ever, This partnership between Foresight Sports and Callaway and Topgolf brings together industry leaders that jointly will enable more people to experience and enjoy the competitive and entertainment value golf provides. We are thrilled that Foresight Sports, in conjunction with Callaway and Topgolf, is now poised to provide data-driven golf tools to a wider audience, further establishing itself as golf's preeminent launch monitor technology provider. This partnership will not only help the sport capture new participants and continue unprecedented momentum for on- and off-course play, but also leverage partnerships that simplify the consumer ecosystem for golfing technology." -Vishak Sankaran, President, Outdoor Accessories and Golf, Vista Outdoor. According to Foresight Sports' Director of Sales, Rick Cuellar, the new partnership offers immediate benefits for Callaway's global community of players. Anyone following the current trends in the industry understands that golf has become a massively data-driven sport," Cuellar said. "From watching the pros on Tour to hitting shots on the home range to playing a round on a golf simulator, everyone wants to know their performance numbers. Callaway Golf has partnered with Foresight Sports because, when it comes to club and ball launch performance analysis, they recognize that our technology delivers shot data with the highest level of quality, accuracy, and reliability. Combining this with Toptracer's industry-leading ball flight performance analysis delivers unmatched data to the golfer. Callaway Golf will immediately begin incorporating Foresight's Tour-dominating GCQuad launch monitor and all-new GC3 personal launch monitor into its Topgolf facilities, including select venues and Toptracer-equipped ranges. The partnership will also provide attractive benefits to Toptracer Range owners – which alone commands a presence in over 600 locations globally and is growing fast. Both launch monitors deliver industry-leading ball and club performance data, and their small form factors combined with calibration-free setup equate to the perfect data-delivery solution from the outdoor range to the indoor simulator. Ben Sharpe, Global President of Toptracer, considers the new partnership a perfectly timed intersection of technology and opportunity. One of the key opportunities inherent in this agreement is integrating Foresight into Toptracer locations with a singular objective – to provide more data," Sharpe said. "This partnership combines Toptracer's most accurate ball flight technology with Foresight's most accurate club and launch data technology. The justification for this is simple – we know the marriage of our two technology platforms and data will produce an experience that is greater than the sum of its parts. For more information on Foresight Sports' game-changing launch monitors, golf simulators and performance and entertainment software, visit the company's website at foresightsports.com. About Foresight Sports Headquartered in San Diego, California, Foresight Sports develops the most advanced and most trusted performance analysis solutions in the golf industry. Outdoors or indoors, from cutting-edge launch monitors and software to the ultimate virtual golf experience, Foresight Sports is your total technology solution. About Toptracer Toptracer, an innovative technology from Topgolf Entertainment Group, is the most-used and most-trusted advanced ball-tracing technology. The first of its kind to be introduced to the game of golf, Toptracer has revolutionized the way viewers experience the game at select Topgolf venues, at driving ranges and while watching major golf tournaments. Today, Toptracer technology powers over 600 Toptracer Range driving ranges in 31 countries. Learn more at toptracer.com. About Vista Outdoor Inc. Vista Outdoor (NYSE: VSTO) is the parent company of more than three dozen renowned brands that design, manufacture and market sporting and outdoor products. We serve a broad and diverse range of consumers around the globe, including outdoor enthusiasts, golfers, cyclists, backyard grillers, campers, hunters, recreational shooters, athletes, as well as law enforcement and military professionals. Our reporting segments, Outdoor Products and Sporting Products, provide these consumers with a wide range of performance-driven, high-quality and innovative outdoor and sporting products. Our operating model leverages shared resources across brands to achieve levels of excellence and performance that would be out of reach for any one brand on its own. Brands include Remington Ammunition, Bushnell, CamelBak, Bushnell Golf, Foresight Sports, Fiber Energy Products, Bell Helmets, Camp Chef, Giro, QuietKat, Stone Glacier, Federal Ammunition and more. Vista Outdoor products are sold at leading retailers and distributors across North America and worldwide. For news and information, visit our website at www.vistaoutdoor.com.

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Zype Releases New Feature-Rich Apps Creator for OTT

Zype | May 25, 2022

Zype, the leading video API and infrastructure platform, announced that it has released the second generation of its Apps Creator platform for building high-quality OTT streaming applications. Apps Creator is Zype’s turnkey solution for media companies looking to build and launch beautiful and performant enterprise-grade OTT apps across digital platforms, including web, mobile, connected/smart TVs, connected devices, gaming consoles and more.Zype’s Apps Creator equips media companies with the tools and infrastructure to build and launch streaming applications that meet the needs of modern consumers. "With Zype Apps Creator we were able to move quickly and accelerate our time to market with a premium app offering that provided the right viewing experience and economic model for our business requirements, an early adopter of the new Apps Creator which used the technology to launch apps for web and mobile to provide on-demand concerts and exclusive live event streaming performances using hybrid SVOD and TVOD monetization models. We're thrilled to be able to offer so many music fans access to premium concert live streams and on-demand entertainment across almost any device they've chosen as their preferred viewing method." -Jean-René Grimard, director, Whitebox Entertainment Apps Creator addresses the needs of content publishers and distributors who want to create streaming apps to engage and extend their content across all OTT platforms including their owned and operated channels. This second generation is rich with features and functionality that will deliver a premium app experience, including: App layouts that are easy to design with a responsive and intuitive new dashboard A new content cataloging system that allows for seamless grouping based on video metadata, tagging and more Flexible monetization models like TVOD, SVOD, AVOD and hybrid approaches, and the ability to offer multi-tier subscriptions mean applications can be designed to maximize revenue Multi-region configuration and multilingual support that allows apps to look, feel and behave differently in different regions to provide streamers with uniquely engaging experiences New sophisticated security and analytics features including Digital Rights Management capabilities and support for Google Analytics 4 ensure that content is protected and analyzed to safeguard ROI Third-party integrations with subscriber management and payment processing platforms like Cleeng and Stripe that can help reduce churn and provide a seamless transaction experience for users Apps Creator’s no-code app building platform allows users to focus on content creation and programming, making it easy to build beautiful apps without engineering expertise. Apps Creator productizes the app building process, easing the lift for in-house development teams who are able to rapidly replicate their designed applications across a variety of OTT platforms. Once an app design is configured in Apps Creator, adding additional platforms for distribution is a small incremental lift with just a few clicks, saving time for content managers while offering a single platform for governance. Apps Creator’s deep integration with Zype’s Streaming Platform, including its CMS and CRM, mean that videos in the Zype library are easily synced in Apps Creator via an API integration, making it possible for customers to leverage a single-vendor solution for the management, distribution, and monetization of OTT video across TV and digital platforms. Users also have access to Zype’s robust 1st party data and analytics platform which provides cross-device streaming analytics offering a holistic picture of streaming metrics to help owners create smarter content and distribution workflows. Alternative app building solutions typically may require customers to perform coding or wait on lengthy custom development cycles and offer limited platform support. Apps Creator offers broad platform support and a wide range of Enterprise-grade features and integrations with no customization required. Using Zype Apps Creator, customers can be in-market in days, not months, and launch OTT apps at scale with no development needed, lowering operational costs. Zype’s technical team can manage app publishing workflows, covering app store submissions and OS updates, which alleviates the many burdens of the publishing process on internal teams. About Zype Zype provides infrastructure for digital video, with a cloud-based platform to manage and distribute enterprise-grade video across web, mobile, TV, and social media. Offering both developer-friendly tools such as customizable APIs as well as turnkey solutions for automated app publishing and playout, Zype's SaaS enables video creators, publishers or distributors to quickly build, launch and manage superior video products at scale. With a wide ecosystem of video connectors and technology partners and an award-winning support team, Zype's customers confidently increase reach, engagement and monetization by delivering premium entertainment experiences. Acquired by Backlight in 2021, Zype is a privately held company with more than 300 customers worldwide. www.zype.com.

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New ZVOX Sound Bar Features Industry-Disrupting Voice Clarity Technology So You Hear Every Word of TV Dialogue

ZVOX | July 05, 2022

ZVOX, the industry leader in dialogue clarification technology, has introduced a freshly designed ultra-slim sound bar, the AV355. This low-profile speaker is the latest in ZVOX's best-selling line of AccuVoice® TV speakers. The sound bar offers six levels of the company's patented hearing aid technology that lifts voices out from the rest of the soundtrack, as well as six levels of its new SuperVoice technology, which "softens" background sounds, so they don't interfere with voice intelligibility. Unlike competing products, the ZVOX algorithms boost and clarify voices without any significant volume or tonal change to other parts of the soundtrack. The AV355 is available now at ZVOX.com Amazon.com and Walmart.com for $199.99.The AV355 includes both digital and analog input options so it works with virtually any TV. The big, immersive sound is generated by three high-performance speakers with powerful neodymium magnets, along with a "virtual subwoofer" technology for extra bass. It also includes another ZVOX signature innovation, its Output Leveling feature that tames loud commercials instantly. The speaker has voice assistant compatibility so users can connect it with Amazon® Echo® products. Finally, ZVOX's PhaseCue® virtual surround technology delivers the room-filling 3D sound from this compact sound bar cabinet measuring 24" w x 2.2" h x 3.5" d. The AV355 is housed in a sleek, black molded cabinet with a colored steel grille available in black, bronze or graphite. The AV355 is purpose-designed to merge seamlessly and effortlessly with a user's current home entertainment system. For total user convenience, it can easily be programmed to work with any remote control. The inconspicuous yet elegant molded cabinet is strong and light, with a large, easy-to-read display that makes set-up and control a snap. And at just 24" wide and 2.2" high, the AV355 fits about anywhere and is easy to install either above, below, or next to any flatscreen TV. "Our proprietary AccuVoice technology is the 'gold standard' for clear voice reproduction. We have implemented a number of techniques used in the world of audiology to make dialogue easy to understand, even at low volumes. But the AV355 also excels with music and big movie soundtracks. The neodymium speakers create big, high-fidelity sound including surprising bass out of a slim, stylish cabinet that fits underneath most TVs." -ZVOX CEO Tom Hannaher. ZVOX: A New Kind of Hearing Company. Committed to enhancing and discovering hearing solutions for over 18 years, ZVOX was founded in 2003 by two long-time consumer electronics veterans. From its start as a traditional home theater speaker company, ZVOX soon gained success and industry recognition for its line of critically acclaimed sound bars and SoundBases. In 2014, ZVOX introduced a landmark technology that would change the company's focus and establish it as the unrivalled leader in dialogue clarity enhancement. ZVOX's patented AccuVoice technology uses advanced algorithms to mimic the function of a hearing aid, resulting in a dramatically new level of dialogue boosting and voice clarity. With the launch of its AV200 AccuVoice TV Speaker, ZVOX created a new category of dialogue clarifying soundbars, speakers and headphones and found a broader audience among the over-fifty-five demographic and consumers with mild hearing loss. Today ZVOX offers a variety of hearing-related products including speakers, wireless headphones, and hearing aids. Based in Swampscott, MA, ZVOX sells though zvox.com, Amazon, Home Shopping Network, and selected retailers including Magnolia stores within Best Buy locations.

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