Philo Adds Cheddar, Tastemade and PeopleTV Channels to Internet-TV Skinny Bundles

Variety | May 31, 2018

It’s a trend: Philo is the latest internet pay-TV service to plug linear channels from digital-media companies into its low-cost “skinny” bundles.Philo, whose backers include four big cable programmers, is adding three channels to its base packages — Cheddar Big News, Meredith’s PeopleTV, and Tastemade — available to all new and existing subscribers for no additional cost.Tastemade, which features food, home, and travel lifestyle original programming, will go live Thursday on Philo. Coming soon are Cheddar Big News, providing general news and headline news targeted at younger auidences, and PeopleTV, a blend of celebrity, pop-culture, lifestyle and human-interest content from People and Entertainment Weekly.

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Getting started with live streaming can be an intimidating process. The technology is complex, and there are so many different options to choose from.However, things are getting simpler. Live streaming technology is getting better and better all the time. People are becoming more used to live internet broadcasts. The technology is being adopted all over the world. Individuals, non-profits, and Fortune 500 corporations are all getting in on live streaming.

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eWorld Companies, Inc. and Big M Entertainment Move Forward with Angelini Trading Company Docuseries

EWORLD COMPANIES, INC. | June 30, 2021

eWorld Companies, Inc. announced today that its multi-part docuseries on the history and evolution of its subsidiary Angelini Trading Company have progressed from development to pre-production, with casting and shooting to follow. The plot follows the Angelini and Adamo families' 400-year trade history in Italy, their migration to the United States, and the present company's purpose, activities, and business strategy. Big M Entertainment Pictures, a division of HQ Global Education, Inc., is producing the unnamed series for eWorld. Additional producers may be added as the project progresses. The plan is to premiere on Amazon and then develop into an ongoing TV series with occasional stand-alone "special feature" parts. Future parts and episodes will also be marketed to other streaming providers such as Netflix, Hulu, and others. ABOUT EWORLD COMPANIES, INC. Angelini Trading Company is the Parent Company of eWorld Companies, Inc. This Los Angeles-based company distributes 26 varieties of wine from 5 different family-owned wineries, two different handmade Italian pasta factories, a premier olive oil company that won the 2014 award for best olive oil globally, and other specialty food items rarely seen in the US market. Angelini Trading's line of Caponero and Benevento brand wines for the US consumer market is eWorld's main priority and only emphasis right now. Wines have already been delivered, and purchase orders have been received from the first 200 retail locations, with many more orders and deliveries anticipated shortly. Richard Angelini and his cousin, Roberto Adamo, founded Angelini Trading Company in 2012 with the goal of sourcing the highest-level products accessible from the Italian peninsula for export to the rest of the world, with a primary emphasis on the US market. Since the 1600s, the Angelini and Adamo families have been merchants and artists. Unfortunately, Richard Angelini passed away in 2017, but the company is still in family hands, with his wife, Christina, currently serving as President.

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AORUS Offers Preview of Future Gaming with Concept Gaming PC with 5G

GIGABYTE | October 20, 2021

GIGABYTE, a leading manufacturer of motherboards and graphics cards, showcased a new concept 5G gaming PC, Project Cielo by AORUS. Combining 5G connectivity, modular design, and portability, Project Cielo, which stands for sky in Spanish, gives an intriguing depiction of the future of PC gaming with endless possibilities. Project Cielo - The Gaming PC with 5G Project Cielo is a gaming PC with built-in 5G connectivity. Compared to the traditional wired or 4G wireless networks, 5G makes PC gaming on the go possible by offering greater bandwidth, ultra-low latency and near-instant access to cloud gaming. Project Cielo comes with an accommodating falcon-wing antenna that symbolizes AORUS. The design also cleverly integrates the 5G antenna into PC chassis. Players can save the expense of purchasing additional 5G antennas and the trouble of cable arrangement; at the same time they can enjoy the ultimate gaming experience on the go brought by 5G. Exclusive modular design for multiple uses Project Cielo features a modular design for endless possibilities. Consisting of three parts, the top is the main PC system; the middle is the battery module; and the bottom is the Bluetooth speaker module. Users can mix and match any of these three to form different configurations according to their needs. While at home, the main PC system and the speaker module can be joined as an entertainment center. The Bluetooth speaker module can also be stacked with the battery module to become speakers for smart devices. The combination of the main PC system and the battery module also makes it possible for gaming on the go. Players could enjoy the constraint-free PC gaming experience anytime, anywhere brought by 5G. Play anytime, anywhere without constraint Gigabyte believes that the popularization of 5G technology will make PC gaming anytime and anywhere. With that vision in mind, Project Cielo combines 5G connectivity and modular design to make this imagination come true. Gamers would only need to combine the main system unit with the battery module and take the games to wherever they want. Given Project Cielo's ultra-fast 5G connection, gamers will no longer be tied up to the desktop anywhere. Instead they can play wherever they go and have the most immersive gaming experience anytime, anywhere.

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Xfinite and Eros Now Expand Partnership for Blockchain-based Content Engagement Program on Algorand

Eros Now, Xfinite | June 10, 2021

Xfinite and Eros Now, a leading over-the-top (OTT) South Asian entertainment platform owned by global entertainment company Eros STX Global Corporation, announced it had deepened its partnership with Xfinite's Mzaalo platform, a gamified video streaming service on track to have 10M users by year-end. The association further establishes Eros Now's footprint in advertising video-on-demand (AVOD), a still-developing segment of the India streaming market with significant growth potential, while allowing Eros Now to continue building its core subscription video-on-demand (SVOD) service. This partnership also adds to the 25 premium linear TV feeds and VOD platforms and plans to expand further to reach 200 content partners. Given Xfinite's innovative business model, this agreement also puts ErosSTX in a leadership position regarding digital asset growth and the use of blockchain technology. 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