Maoyan: China's Online Entertainment Market Booming with the COVID-19 Pandemic

prnewswire | April 08, 2020

Maoyan Entertainment ("Maoyan" or "the Company") (Hong Kong: 1896), a leading platform providing innovative Internet-empowered entertainment services in China, released a report on the impact of the COVID-19 pandemic on China's entertainment industry. While China's movie industry was severely hit by the pandemic, the online entertainment market, including TV and streaming platforms, were booming as people were confined to their homes, according to the report.

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As virtual reality (VR) technology has entered the mainstream in the last three years, businesses and other organizations have begun to show increased interest in this new and powerful medium for engaging their customers, employees and other stakeholders. VR applications and 360 video have been employed for everything from fans virtually hanging out with celebrities to hospital residents studying brain surgery. The possibilities are vast but how can 360 video benefit your business?This white paper aims to provide an introductory guide to the best practices for planning, producing and distributing 360 video content. It is intended for both brands and organizations considering further investment in 360 video content development, as well as for video production companies looking to move into this growing market.

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As virtual reality (VR) technology has entered the mainstream in the last three years, businesses and other organizations have begun to show increased interest in this new and powerful medium for engaging their customers, employees and other stakeholders. VR applications and 360 video have been employed for everything from fans virtually hanging out with celebrities to hospital residents studying brain surgery. The possibilities are vast but how can 360 video benefit your business?This white paper aims to provide an introductory guide to the best practices for planning, producing and distributing 360 video content. It is intended for both brands and organizations considering further investment in 360 video content development, as well as for video production companies looking to move into this growing market.

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DXC and Manchester United Stand 'Shoulder to Shoulder' in Multiyear Technology Partnership

DXC Technology | July 07, 2022

DXC Technology (NYSE: DXC) and Manchester United (NYSE: MANU) have signed a major, multiyear partnership agreement as the football club turns to technology to transform its operations and enhance the football experience for its global fanbase.Through the agreement, DXC will become principal partner of Manchester United focussed on the club's digital transformation and innovation. As principal shirt sleeve partner, DXC will have a global presence on the shoulder of the team's home, away and third kits. DXC will also become a partner of Manchester United Foundation, collaborating on the care it gives to the community. "We are proud to welcome DXC as our principal partner for digital transformation, Manchester United Foundation and shirt sleeve in this exciting new era for the club, We are two organizations with a shared belief in the power of technology to win." -Victoria Timpson, Manchester United's CEO of Alliances and Partnerships. As one of the world's most globally recognized sports teams, Manchester United will work with DXC to become more data driven and optimize its digital offering to fans, helping to improve the way they engage and interact with the club. "Through this partnership, Manchester United is turning to DXC for its experience in enterprise transformation as it strives to engage fans and inspire young people, Whether it's running one of the most popular and successful sports teams in the world, or transforming business for Fortune 500 organizations, Manchester United and DXC are experts in running mission-critical activities. We stand united in delivering excellence." -Chris Drumgoole, Chief Operating Officer, DXC Technology The agreement, which commences July 2022, covers the following areas: Manchester United's Digital Presence DXC will deliver and develop Manchester United's digital presence including the club's website and media platforms, bringing a global community of 1.1 billion fans and followers closer to the heart of the club. Starting immediately, DXC will manage Manchester United's app, which has users in 214 global territories and is the top downloaded sports app in 68 global markets. For example, DXC will streamline analytics data helping the club to deliver a more personalized experience for fans across the club's digital channels. Data Driven With its experience in data analytics and engineering, DXC will help Manchester United to harness the power of data to enhance fan experience and certain business operations. In a first step, DXC and United will deliver a new data platform that will aggregate data across the club and enable new insights to inform strategic business planning and performance. Partner to Manchester United Foundation DXC will also become the Presenting Partner of Manchester United Foundation. The partnership will focus on how technology can have a positive impact on people, the environment, and society, working together to educate and inspire a new generation of STEM students, through digital workshops, programs and in-person seminars. Digital Transformation Roadmap DXC and Manchester United will work together to set a digital vision and strategy to help the club benefit from powerful emerging technologies as it prepares for opportunities of tomorrow. For example, DXC will work with the Man Utd Academy to support coaching staff with data analysis, tracking and reporting technologies. Shirt Sleeve Partner As principal shirt sleeve partner for the 2022/23 season, DXC will be visible on the club's home, away and third kit, for the men's, women's and youth teams, receiving worldwide brand exposure to football's expansive global audience. DXC joins Teamviewer and adidas as principal partners on the new kit which will be launched later this week. "DXC's technological expertise will help put Manchester United at the forefront of digital transformation, providing effective ways of working and new and exciting opportunities to interact with fans. The possibilities are endless, and we are looking forward to working with DXC on our future digital offerings," added Victoria Timpson. About DXC Technology DXC Technology (NYSE: DXC) helps global companies run their mission critical systems and operations while modernising IT, optimising data architectures, and ensuring security and scalability across public, private and hybrid clouds. The world's largest companies and public sector organisations trust DXC to deploy services across the Enterprise Technology Stack to drive new levels of performance, competitiveness, and customer experience. Learn more about how we deliver excellence for our customers and colleagues at DXC.com. About Manchester United Manchester United is one of the most popular and successful sports teams in the world, playing one of the most popular spectator sports on Earth. Through our 144-year football heritage we have won 66 trophies, enabling us to develop what we believe is one of the world's leading sports and entertainment brands with a global community of 1.1 billion fans and followers. Our large, passionate and highly engaged fan base provides Manchester United with a worldwide platform to generate significant revenue from multiple sources, including sponsorship, merchandising, product licensing, broadcasting and matchday initiatives which in turn, directly fund our ability to continuously reinvest in the club.

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T-Mobile Customers Get Apple TV+ On Us with Magenta MAX

T-Mobile | August 30, 2022

The Un-carrier just made binge-watching even easier. in a video announcement, T-Mobile CEO Mike Sievert shared that T-Mobile (NASDAQ: TMUS) will include Apple TV+ in its most popular plan Magenta MAX. Apple TV+ is the home of premium Apple Original drama and comedy series, feature films, documentaries, and kids and family entertainment, including this year’s Oscar Best Picture winner CODA, record-breaking Emmy Award winner Ted Lasso, and hit series such as 14x Emmy Award-nominated drama Severance, as well as Pachinko, For All Mankind, Loot and many more, plus sports, beginning with Friday Night Baseball. This is another incredible benefit just for being a Magenta MAX customer. And it starts August 31.Today’s news is part of T-Mobile’s ongoing quest to give customers the best value in wireless. Magenta MAX is the plan T-Mobile customers choose more than any other, in large part because it delivers over $225 in added value every month with two or more lines, in addition to unlimited talk, text and premium smartphone data. “Magenta MAX customers love streaming. So of course, we’re giving them more of what they love, because that’s just what the Un-carrier does It’s moves like this — giving customers more without asking more from them — that have made T-Mobile the value leader in wireless. Now, with America’s most-awarded 5G network, T-Mobile customers don’t have to choose between the best value and a great network.” -Mike Sievert, CEO at T-Mobile Magenta MAX is T-Mobile’s best plan, made for America’s leading 5G network. It’s packed with unmatched benefits like: Unlimited premium smartphone data that won’t slow down based on how much you use Streaming services on us, now including Apple TV+ Unlimited in-flight Wi-Fi and high-speed data abroad in 215+ countries and destinations Scam Shield Premium protection, including Scam Block and free Caller ID to stop annoying scam calls AAA membership for a year with 24/7 roadside assistance Perks and extras every week with T-Mobile Tuesdays… and so much more. It all adds up to over $225 in added value every single month for two lines. T-Mobile Magenta MAX customers can stream their favorite movies and shows almost anywhere on America’s largest, fastest and most reliable 5G network. The Un-carrier’s Extended Range 5G covers nearly everyone in the country — delivering more 5G coverage than the Carriers’ 5G networks combined. Moreover, 235 million people nationwide are covered with super-fast Ultra Capacity 5G, and T-Mobile expects that number to jump to 260 million by the end of the year and 300 million in 2023. With top honors from nearly 30 independent reports, T-Mobile is also the nation’s most-awarded 5G network. In addition, Magenta customers can get Apple TV+ on Us for 6-months. Visit t-mobile.com/offers/apple-tv-plus-deal to learn more. To learn more about all the unbeatable customer benefits at T-Mobile, visit t-mobile.com/brand/benefits. About Apple TV+ Apple TV+ is available on the Apple TV app in over 100 countries and regions, on over 1 billion screens, including iPhone, iPad, Apple TV, Mac, popular smart TVs from Samsung, LG, Sony, VIZIO, TCL and others, Roku and Amazon Fire TV devices, Chromecast with Google TV, PlayStation and Xbox gaming consoles, and at tv.apple.com, for $4.99 per month with a seven-day free trial. For more information, visit apple.com/tvpr and see the full list of supported devices. Follow T-Mobile’s Official Twitter Newsroom @TMobileNews to stay up to date with the latest company news. Receive Apple TV+ (up to $4.99/mo. value) while you maintain one qualifying Magenta Max or Plus line in good standing. For Magenta customers, after free trial, plan automatically renews at $4.99/month until cancelled. Valid only for Apple TV+ in the United States. Complete registration with Apple in the Apple TV app; requires iTunes/Apple Media Services account. One offer per account; may take 1-2 bill cycles. Apple TV+ is a registered trademark of Apple Inc. Apple is not a sponsor of this promotion. Like all plans, features may change or be discontinued at any time; see T-Mobile Terms and Conditions at T-Mobile.com for details.5G: Capable device required; coverage not available in some areas. Some uses may require certain plan or feature; see T-Mobile.com. Fastest: Based on median, overall combined 5G speeds according to analysis by Ookla® of Speedtest Intelligence® data 5G download speeds for Q2 2022. Ookla trademarks used under license and reprinted with permission. Most Reliable: According to an audit report conducted by independent third-party umlaut containing crowdsourced data for user experience including task completion collected from November 2021 to May 2022. Full details at: www.umlaut.com/en/benchmarking/USA. About T-Mobile T-Mobile US Inc. (NASDAQ: TMUS) is America’s supercharged Un-carrier, delivering an advanced 4G LTE and transformative nationwide 5G network that will offer reliable connectivity for all. T-Mobile’s customers benefit from its unmatched combination of value and quality, unwavering obsession with offering them the best possible service experience and undisputable drive for disruption that creates competition and innovation in wireless and beyond. Based in Bellevue, Wash., T-Mobile provides services through its subsidiaries and operates its flagship brands, T-Mobile, Metro by T-Mobile and Sprint. For more information please visit: https://www.t-mobile.com.

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Veritone Creates AI-Driven Revenue Opportunities for Enterprise Media & Entertainment Companies on AWS

Veritone, Inc | August 09, 2022

Veritone, Inc. (NASDAQ: VERI), creator of aiWARE, a hyper-expansive enterprise artificial intelligence (AI) platform, has announced an extension of its work with Amazon (NASDAQ: AMZN) and Amazon Web Services (AWS) to support its Media & Entertainment (M&E) customers. Last year, Veritone joined the AWS for Media & Entertainment initiative that helped content creators, rights holders, producers and distributors easily identify industry-specific AWS capabilities and accelerate transformation across five key industry innovation centers. By continuing to support the AWS for Media & Entertainment initiative, Veritone reaffirms its commitment to modernizing how IP owners of all sizes produce, distribute and ultimately monetize their content.Veritone brings a portfolio of content-enabling technologies and services that, when running on AWS, allows for end-to-end production in the cloud. With aiWARE as the enterprise platform, companies can build and deploy AI-powered workflows while seamlessly integrating with their current datasets, applications and processes. “Working in lockstep with AWS allows us to deliver the most current content production, management and monetization tools, which help M&E customers to overcome the challenges of processing digital content at greater speeds and depth with metaverse and Web3 activations, Combining the power and scale of AWS along with our aiWARE technology, applications and services ensure that IP owners and content creators have a complete arsenal to create and maximize revenue opportunities regardless of where they exist or appear.” -Ryan Steelberg, president and co-founder of Veritone With Veritone, we can combine our skill sets and capabilities to offer a revolutionized way to create and monetize content no matter where creative workforces are located, said Chris Blandy, global leader of strategy and business development for media & entertainment, AWS. Leveraging Veritone’s AI platform on AWS, content creators and distributors are unlocking new ways to monetize existing libraries and create more engaging programming. The demand for content is not slowing down, and having the ability to identify and access the right asset immediately is essential for meeting the demanding pace of production. Veritone and AWS magnify benefits for Media & Entertainment organizations With aiWARE serving as a foundation to incorporate AI and intelligent workflow capabilities into a content production environment, M&E brands can leverage aiWARE-based applications on AWS, such as Veritone Digital Media Hub, to streamline the management of unstructured data to activate the monetization of their vast media archives. By automating metadata tagging and creating intelligent and actionable media data lakes, content creators can efficiently uncover valuable content and ensure new assets do not become lost, allowing brands like the San Francisco Giants and CBS News to activate decades worth of content. “Leveraging AI to structure our digitized archive of 80-plus years of Giants baseball history, aiWARE and Digital Media Hub have accelerated and expanded our content projects,As part of the Veritone ecosystem, we like how we can incorporate more tools and capabilities as needed, future-proofing our content production for omnichannel fan engagement including Web3.” -Paul Hodges, vice president of content and entertainment, San Francisco Giants. As the next phase of content creation becomes more immersive and driven by “phygital” experiences, creators need tools to extend the content lifecycle to reach and access customers wherever they are consuming media. Veriverse, a portfolio of metaverse-ready solutions for the Enterprise, provides that much-needed bridge M&E brands are trying to cross to capitalize on the Web3 opportunity. Winner of back-to-back NAB Product of the Year awards for Veritone Voice and Veritone Avatar, Veriverse adds another layer of capability that is positioned to become industry standard. Veritone Voice and the rest of the Veriverse portfolio change how brands engage with their customers. With the ability to deploy internationally, including in the U.K., Veritone accelerates international product and service implementations while also taking into account GDPR standards, said James Poulter, CEO, and co-founder, Vixen Labs. From conversational AI applications to human-driven digital personas in immersive environments, we can truly make the digital experience feel human and authentic anywhere. In addition to Digital Media Hub and Veriverse, the Veritone portfolio of applications on AWS includes Attribute and Discovery, broadcast solutions designed to track and search content and provide proof-of-performance metrics. Additionally, through Veritone One, a performance-based audio and influencer agency creating impactful advertising for some of the world’s most recognizable brands, and Veritone Licensing, a full-service content licensing and clearance service activating content from some of the world’s most sought-after archives, companies have a one-stop-shop to implement a modern content practice to unlock their full revenue potential. Veritone’s artificial intelligence products and services are available at www.veritone.com. About Veritone Veritone (Nasdaq: VERI) is a leading provider of artificial intelligence (AI) technology and solutions. The company’s proprietary operating system, aiWARE™ powers a diverse set of AI applications and intelligent process automation solutions that are transforming both commercial and government organizations. aiWARE orchestrates an expanding ecosystem of machine learning models to transform audio, video and other data sources into actionable intelligence. The company’s AI developer tools enable its customers and partners to easily develop and deploy custom applications that leverage the power of AI to dramatically improve operational efficiency and unlock untapped opportunities. Veritone is headquartered in Denver, Colorado, and has offices in Costa Mesa, California; London and San Diego. To learn more, visit www.veritone.com.

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