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    PLAYSTATION EXEC SAYS PSVR WILL SEE A DRAMATIC CHANGE IN NEXT 10 YEARS

    Feb 18, 2019

    PlayStation’s PSVR headset hasn’t exactly taken over the world, but the head of PlayStation says the company has big plans for its VR console.Shawn Layden told Game Informer that the next 10 years of the PSVR’s development will be dramatic, but he didn’t provide any specifics...


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    FIX YOUR OCULUS RIFT’S AUDIO ISSUE USING PALMER LUCKEY’S FREE REPAIR KIT

    Feb 18, 2019

    The Oculus Rift will soon be celebrating its third anniversary, helping launch high-end virtual reality (VR) gaming into the world. Like most pieces of hardware, it hasn’t been completely smooth sailing, with customers experiencing issues that sometimes only appear once a device is in the hand...


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    USA TODAY LAUNCHES OSCARS AR EXPERIENCE TO HIGHLIGHT WORK OF COSTUME DESIGNERS

    Feb 18, 2019

    USA Today is getting ready for the Academy Awards with an augmented reality (AR) experience dedicated to the work of the costume designers on some of the Oscar-nominated movies.The experience, which went live in USA Today’s Android and iOS app Monday, presents wardrobe from 6 movies in augment...


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    WOULD SAUDI ARABIA BE THE FUTURE PROMISING LAND FOR ENTERTAINMENT?

    Feb 16, 2019

    Saudi Arabia, which hosted a series of path-breaking concerts last month, is preparing to host a regional forum on cinema in April. The message is clear: The kingdom is opening up entertainment options for its citizens that even two years ago would have been unthinkable. Not just that, these project...


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    HERE ARE THE GAMES LEAVING XBOX GAME PASS THIS MONTH

    Feb 15, 2019

    Ten games are leaving Xbox Game Pass at the end of February, headlined by Shadow Warrior, Massive Chalice, Sonic CD, and Resident Evil Revelations 2.Xbox Game Pass offers a “curated selection” of about 200 titles to subscribers, with the catch being they can disappear from the library at...


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    NEW SWITCH ‘BUNDLE’ INCLUDES $35 NINTENDO ESHOP GIFT CARD

    Feb 15, 2019

    A new Nintendo Switch bundle will include a $35 eShop gift card, the company announced this week. The bundle will be available starting Feb. 15 at participating retailers.$35 won’t cover the full cost of a first-party Nintendo Switch game, but it’ll take a good chunk off the price tag. O...


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    TRANSFORMERS ORIGIN STORY COMING TO NETFLIX AS ANIMATED SERIES IN 2020

    Feb 15, 2019

    Netflix and Hasbro have partnered with Rooster Teeth to bring “Transformers: War for Cybertron” — telling the origin story of the Transformers universe — to the global streaming service in an original series set to launch in 2020.The producers promise that the series will fea...


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    GIANT ‘DEAD CELLS’ UPDATE BRINGS CUSTOM GAME MODE TO CONSOLES

    Feb 14, 2019

    Console-owning fans of Motion Twin’s critically-acclaimed roguelike metroidvania “Dead Cells” are finally getting a massive update that adds a new game mode, balance changes, and more. The patch is available now for PlayStation 4, Xbox One, and Nintendo Switch. The PC version alrea...


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    FIBRUM HOSTS CHILDREN’S CHARITY VR EVENT FOR WORLD CANCER DAY

    Feb 14, 2019

    The 4th February is World Cancer Day and to honour international awareness of the disease virtual reality (VR) company Fibrum held a special charity event for the children’s oncological ward in Balashikha Central District Hospital, Russia. World Cancer Day sees cancer communities and organizat...


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    AUDICA IS A NEW RHYTHM ACTION SHOOTER FROM THE TEAM BEHIND ROCK BAND VR

    Feb 14, 2019

    When it comes to rhythm action videogames Beat Saber is the current darling of the virtual reality (VR) industry, loved by gamers and bestowed with numerous awards. However, Beat Games is still new at this and is about to be challenged by a veteran of the genre, Harmonix – the developer behind...


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    ‘FIRE EMBLEM HEROES’ IS NINTENDO’S SECOND-MOST LUCRATIVE MOBILE GAME

    Feb 14, 2019

    Nintendo strategy game “Fire Emblem Heroes” has become the second most lucrative mobile release from the company, reaching $500 million in revenue within the past five months, Sensor Tower reports.The majority of sales have come from Japan, which accounts for 56% of the total revenue. Th...


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    AWARD-WINNING MOBILE GAME ‘FLORENCE’ GETS A VINYL SOUNDTRACK

    Feb 14, 2019

    Production company iam8bit is celebrating the one year anniversary of Annapurna Interactive’s critically-acclaimed mobile game “Florence” by releasing a vinyl record of its soundtrack, it announced on Thursday.Created by indie developer Mountains and “Monument Valley” d...


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    LINKEDIN ADDING LIVE VIDEO STREAMING WITH ASSIST FROM MICROSOFT

    Feb 13, 2019

    After finally adding native video to its platform back in 2017, LinkedIn is following up with the beta launch of LinkedIn Live, a live video broadcast service.According to TechCrunch, the beta launch is kicking off this week in the U.S. and it will be invite only. The social network for professional...


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    ASTRAL CHAIN IS PLATINUM GAMES’ NEXT SWITCH GAME

    Feb 13, 2019

    During this week’s Nintendo Direct, the company announced a new game from Platinum Games and director Hideki Kamiya due on Switch later this summer: Astral Chain, an action game starring two characters in a futuristic world.The two characters are suited up in police uniforms, and appear to fig...


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    PLAYSTATION US BOSS: PSVR’S CHANGE IN 10 YEARS ‘WILL BE DRAMATIC’

    Feb 13, 2019

    PlayStation’s Shawn Layden has us hopeful that PSVR 2 will happen. And maybe even PSVR 3 and 4, for that matter.In a recent interview with Game Informer, Layden, who heads up Sony Interactive Entertainment (SIE) US, said that PSVR’s change over the next 10 years will be “dramatic&r...


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    FINAL FANTASY 9 RELEASES ON NINTENDO SWITCH, FF7 COMING IN MARCH

    Feb 13, 2019

    The remastered Final Fantasy 9 is available on Nintendo Switch today, and Final Fantasy 7 will follow on March 26, Nintendo announced during today’s Nintendo Direct.The updated classics join Final Fantasy 10 and Final Fantasy 10-2, which release April 16 on the console. All four remastered gam...


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    ‘GOD OF WAR’ WINS DICE GAME OF YEAR, EIGHT OTHER AWARDS

    Feb 13, 2019

    The PlayStation 4’s “God of War” was named Game of the Year at the 22nd annual DICE Awards in Las Vegas Wednesday night and took home eight other awards.The SIE Santa Monica Studio developed and Sony Interactive Entertainment published game also took home awards for outstanding ach...


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    BOUNTY SYSTEM, VISIBILITY CHANGES COMING TO ‘RED DEAD ONLINE’

    Feb 12, 2019

    A number of new features and updates are coming to the “Red Dead Online” beta on Feb. 26, developer Rockstar Games announced on Tuesday.The biggest change is the addition of a new law and bounty system that will punish players who engage in a lot of in-game criminal activity. Now, they&r...


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    ABC’S OSCARS RED CARPET LIVE-STREAM MOVING FROM FACEBOOK TO TWITTER

    Feb 12, 2019

    ABC is moving its Oscars red-carpet preshow from Facebook to Twitter for 2019, marking the first time “Oscars All Access: Red Carpet Live” will be streamed live exclusively on Twitter.Twitter’s live stream will be available at @TheAcademy account on Oscars Sunday, Feb. 24, starting...


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    EDITORIAL: FOR VR TO SHINE, FILM AND GAMING MUST OVERLAP

    Feb 12, 2019

    Virtual reality has an identity crisis. Whether talking about games or movies, the medium can’t seem to escape the shadows of the past. But, three years on, the template for what makes VR tick may finally be starting to emerge.It was the recent surprise announcement of Groundhog Day VR that go...


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    VRX EUROPE EARLY BIRD TICKETS ENDING SOON, GET A FURTHER 15% OFF WITH VRFOCUS

    Feb 11, 2019

    Whether you’re already in the virtual reality (VR) and augmented reality (AR) industry, or looking to get involved, VR Intelligence’s annual VRX Europe event which takes place during April in Amsterdam, is one of the best industry-focused events to attend. With the conference only a coup...


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    PLAYSTATION’S SHAWN LAYDEN EXPLAINS WHY SONY DROPPED OUT OF E3 2019

    Feb 11, 2019

    Sony’s decision to drop out of the long-running E3 trade show this year was a result of the event’s loss of “impact” in recent years, SIE Worldwide Studios chairman and former SIE president and CEO Shawn Layden told CNET.“When we decided to take video games out of CES, ...


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    SEACHANGE DROPS $5.5M TO BUY OTT VIDEO SPECIALIST XSTREAM

    Feb 11, 2019

    SeaChange International is looking to deepen its over-the-top video business by acquiring European OTT video platform provider Xstream in a deal worth $5.5 million. SeaChange is paying $4.6 million in cash and 541,738 shares of SeaChange common stock for Xstream. Xstream’s customers include Ca...


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    ‘TERMINATOR SALVATION: FIGHT FOR THE FUTURE’ VR EXPERIENCE OPENS IN SAN JOSE

    Feb 09, 2019

    Cinemark and Spaces, the VR startup that spun out of Dreamworks 3 years ago, opened one of the Bay Area’s first location-based virtual reality (VR) experiences in San Jose, Calif. this weekend. “Terminator Salvation: Fight for the Future” allows up to 4 players to enter the world o...


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    NINTENDO TALKS VIDEO GAME ADDICTION AND HOW IT COMBATS IT

    Feb 08, 2019

    Nintendo president Shuntaro Furukawa briefly addressed the issue of video game addiction during a recent investor Q&A and outlined one or two steps he believes can help combat the problem.“I think the problem of game addiction is more about becoming overly dependent on video games than is ...


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    SYNERGY BLUE RELEASES NEW REPORT ON THE STATE OF SKILL-BASED GAMING

    Feb 05, 2019

    Synergy Blue, the premier creator of skill-based games and platforms for an emerging class of players, today released a new report showing the state of adoption and expectation for skill-based games in casinos, and how casinos believe the addition of skill and arcade-like components is impacting how...


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    STARBREEZE, UNIVERSAL TEAM UP FOR COPS VS. ROBBERS ‘PAYDAY’ PHONE GAME

    Feb 05, 2019

    Starbreeze AB on Tuesday announced plans to bring its popular “Payday” franchise to smartphones with the help of Universal Games. News of “Payday: Crime War” comes as the company continues to deal with a decision to file for reconstruction, a brief criminal investigation into...


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    PUBG MOBILE: HOW TO FIND AND COLLECT SNOWBALLS, CHECK OUT IF THESE COULD BE USED TO DESTROY IN-GAME BOTS

    Feb 04, 2019

    If you are an early adapter of PUBG Mobile, then it is essential that you pick up vital in-game skills through which effective gameplay could actually be accomplished in reality; and this promises not to stay as a pipe dream anymore. With skill-building being the criteria, you could check out on whe...


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    MADEFIRE COMICS APP LAUNCHES ON MAGIC LEAP AR HEADSET

    Feb 04, 2019

    Electronic comic book publisher Madefire brought its app to the Magic Leap AR headset Monday, enabling Magic Leap owners to explore comic panels in a spatial environment.“I think of it as a new stage for storytelling,” said Madefire CEO Ben Wolstenholme during a recent interview with Var...


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    MICROSOFT PREPPING XBOX LIVE FOR NINTENDO SWITCH, IOS, ANDROID

    Feb 04, 2019

    Microsoft is releasing a software development kit which will allow game developers to integrate Xbox Live into titles across multiple platforms, including the Nintendo Switch, according to a presentation planned for the Game Developers Conference 2019.GDC attendees can get a first glimpse of the sof...


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    FORTNITE: MARSHMELLO LIGHTS UP THE STAGE IN FORTNITE

    Feb 04, 2019

    There is no denying that Fortnite is super popular and is one of the most-played titles out there. The game has now stepped up even more by holding a mega concert in collaboration with Marshmello. Christopher Comstock or popularly known as Marshmello is super popular EDM producer and DJ.The concert ...


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    PUBG MOBILE: NEW BONUS CHALLENGE LETS YOU CONVERT BC TO UC, SEE HOW

    Feb 04, 2019

    PlayerUnknown's Battleground Mobile upcoming update 0.11 is already one of the most awaited update. As the new update will bring the new zombie event mode, in response to the PUBG X RE2 Remake collaboration. Though the new update offers a far greater thing than a new event mode. Finally, PUBG Mo...


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    APPLE COULD BUY NETFLIX, BUT IT WOULD COST $189B, ANALYST SAYS

    Feb 04, 2019

    At least one analyst is reigniting the “Apple acquiring Netflix” debate, but any deal that sets a premium on the streaming service’s market value would carry an enormous price tag.J.P. Morgan analyst Samik Chatterjee said Netflix leads in terms of original content and engagement an...


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    HOW TO GET COMMANDO AND MAXED OUT TITLE IN PUBG MOBILE EASILY

    Feb 03, 2019

    PlayerUnknown's Battleground Mobile has a wide variety of achievements which can be earned by completing tasks in the game. The achievement titles are only exclusive to the mobile version of PlayerUnknown's Battleground and is quite fun to get. Though Players might face some difficulty in ac...


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    STEEREO WORKS WITH 15,000 RIDESHARE DRIVERS TO PROMOTE MUSIC IN UBERS, LYFTS

    Feb 01, 2019

    Like that song that’s playing in your Uber? Chances are, your driver is being paid to play it to you.That’s if you are in Los Angeles, New York, Austin, Philadelphia or DC, where a startup called Steereo has been recruiting rideshare drivers to become mobile music promoters. Steereo has ...


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    META AR ASSETS ACQUIRED BY FORMER INVESTOR (EXCLUSIVE)

    Feb 01, 2019

    The saga surrounding the now-defunct augmented reality (AR) headset maker Meta isn’t quite over just yet: At least some of the company’s assets have been acquired by a former investor in the company, who is keeping mum on future plans.All of Meta’s trademarks were recently reassign...


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    WHAT’S COMING TO AMAZON PRIME VIDEO IN FEBRUARY

    Feb 01, 2019

    Just in time for Valentine’s day, Amazon Prime Video is bringing in a haul of Prime Originals — seven to be exact. For those who air on the cynical side this V-day, check out the twisted love story that led to “Lorena,” which details the story of Lorena Bobbitt, the woman who...


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    SPOTIFY IS LOOKING TO ACQUIRE PODCAST STARTUP GIMLET MEDIA

    Feb 01, 2019

    Music streaming service Spotify is in talks to acquire Gimlet Media, the startup behind popular podcasts like “Crimetown” and “Reply All,” according to reports from multiple outlets including Recode and the Wall Street Journal. An acquisition would help Spotify with its podca...


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    WALMART’S VUDU WARNS CUSTOMERS TO NOT UNLINK ULTRAVIOLET ACCOUNTS AHEAD OF SHUTDOWN

    Feb 01, 2019

    UltraViolet is shutting down this summer and Vudu, Walmart’s video-streaming service, is notifying customers who have used the movie-locker system to not cancel or unlink their UltraViolet accounts prior to the July 31 shutdown date, because doing so would wipe out their entire libraries. As f...


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    FREE DEMO NOW AVAILABLE FOR PUZZLE OUT VR

    Jan 31, 2019

    In December 2018 indie developer Glock Software released an Early Access title called Puzzle Out VR, a videogame involving against the clock block placement. This week, the studio decided to release a free demo to give Oculus Rift and HTC Vive players a taste of the gameplay. Set inside what looks l...


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    ‘OVERWATCH’ LEAGUE SHOP GOES LIVE WITH GEAR FROM ALL 20 LEAGUES

    Jan 31, 2019

    The official “Overwatch” League Shop is now live for users in the United States, with free shipping available on all orders until Feb. 1.The “Overwatch” league Shop features a collection of jerseys, shirts, hats, and more for all 20 “Overwatch” League franchises, ...


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    DR. MARIO WORLD IS NINTENDO’S NEXT MOBILE GAME

    Jan 31, 2019

    Nintendo announced Dr. Mario World today, a new mobile puzzle game coming to iOS and Android this summer. The app will be free-to-play with in-game purchases. Nintendo is targeting an initial release in around 60 countries, including U.S. and Japan.This will be the second Nintendo mobile game to com...


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    DOJ TO EXAMINE HOW ONLINE ADVERTISING AFFECTS LOCAL TV

    Jan 30, 2019

    The Department of Justice’s Antitrust Division will hold a two-day workshop to look at how online advertising affects the competitive landscape for local TV stations.That is potentially significant for broadcasters, who argue that the competition from tech giants should be weighed as regulator...


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    CERTAIN AFFINITY OPENS TORONTO STUDIO, SHIFTS TO LEAD GAME DEVELOPMENT

    Jan 30, 2019

    Certain Affinity will open a second development studio in Toronto and plans to shift its focus to “lead game development”, the company announced via news release Wednesday.Certain Affinity, based in Austin, is the studio perhaps best known for its work as co-developer of “Halo 4&rd...


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    XBOX LIVE HITS 64 MILLION ACTIVE USERS

    Jan 30, 2019

    Xbox Live now has 64 million monthly active users, up 8% from the same time last year, Microsoft noted in its second quarter 2019 earnings report released Wednesday.The news comes alongside news of a 12% revenue jump —  which includes an 8% increase in gaming revenue — compared to t...


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    WHERE IS AUGMENTED REALITY GOING IN 2019 — AND BEYOND?

    Jan 29, 2019

    In 2018, augmented reality started to heat up as Magic Leap released its much-anticipated headset, paving the way for others to explore and support massive AR development on their platforms. AR continues to be a rapidly growing space, as more tech companies continue building out their own competitiv...


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    APPLE STREAMING SERVICE LAUNCHING IN MID-APRIL, REPORT SAYS

    Jan 29, 2019

    A launch date may finally be in sight after years of Apple hiring executives and amassing original content for its video streaming service.According to The Information, Apple is eyeing a mid-April launch for its subscription streaming service. The report said that Apple will update its TV app and ad...

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    STREAMING TV VIEWERSHIP UP 165% IN Q4, CONVIVA SAYS

    Jan 29, 2019

    Streaming TV viewership numbers increased significantly during the fourth quarter, according to Conviva’s new Annual State of the Streaming TV Industry report.Across the measurement firm’s customer base which includes HBO, Hulu, Sky, Sling TV, Turner and Univision streaming TV viewership...

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    PIXELOGIC OPENS NEW DIGITAL CINEMA, AUDIO MIXING THEATERS

    Jan 29, 2019

    Content localization and distribution services provider Pixelogic has opened new theaters and production suites at its London facility, offering end-to-end workflow services, covering mastering of digital cinema packages, screening of digital cinema content, and episodic audio mixing, supporting for...

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    COMCAST, NBCUNIVERSAL INK ORIGINAL CONTENT DEAL WITH MILLENNIAL-FOCUSED FINANCIAL APP ACORNS

    Jan 28, 2019

    NBCUniversal and Comcast Ventures, the investment arm of the media conglomerate, are getting into bed with Acorns, a financial app aimed at millennials.The strategic partnership is centered on opportunities for editorial content and events.Acorns, which says it has more than 4.5 million accounts, wi...

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    VITEC ACQUIRES OTT TECH VENDOR T-21 TECHNOLOGIES

    Jan 28, 2019

    Video encoding and streaming solutions company Vitec is sharpening its focus on OTT products for broadcasters by acquiring OTT tech vendor T-21 Technologies.The companies did not disclose financial terms for the transaction.Kevin Ancelin, founder and CEO of T-21 Technologies, will join Vitec as vice...

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    MATTERPORT ENTERS VIRTUAL TOUR PRODUCTION PARTNERSHIP WITH INSTA360

    Jan 28, 2019

    Virtual reality (VR) isn’t just about transporting you to fantastical, otherworldly locations dreamed up by creators, it just as easily has the power to take you wherever you want in the world. It was this ability that Matterport seized upon to create its VR tours for applications such as prop...

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    A NETFLIX FOR VIDEO GAMES? WHY A LONGTIME DREAM IS CLOSER THAN EVER TO COMING TRUE

    Jan 28, 2019

    When Cory Burdette awoke recently to learn that Winter Storm Gia had caused a two-hour school delay in Reston, Va., he seized the chance to do a little family bonding. Plopping down in front of the TV, Burdette and his 5-year-old daughter spent the morning together playing Minecraft, the Lego-like a...

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    UPGRADE YOUR GAMING RIG AND SAVE UP TO $400 ON A PRE-BUILT MACHINE RIGHT NOW

    Jan 28, 2019

    The first is the $1,400 VR-ready rig from iBuyPower. It's down from $1,799 and features an Intel Core i7 8700K six-core processor, 16GB DDR4 RAM, a 1TB hard drive plus 240GB SSD, 4 USB 3.1 ports, 802.11ac Wi-Fi, and more. It also has the NVIDIA GeForce RTX 2070 8GB dedicated gaming video card an...

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    LEAP MOTION SHOWCASE LATEST DESIGN UPDATES FOR PROJECT NORTH STAR

    Jan 27, 2019

    Better known for its hand-tracking technology, Leap Motion delved into augmented reality (AR) headset design in 2018 announcing Project North Star. Designed as an open source reference for developers to create their own headset, Leap Motion has recently the latest major design update, further improv...

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    XR PORTAL IS AN IMMERSIVE CONTENT LIBRARY SPECIALISING IN EDUCATION [UPDATE]

    Jan 26, 2019

    As virtual reality (VR) continues to grow outside the realms of the videogame industry there’s a mounting need for easy access to the wealth of educational content being created. Which is why XR entrepreneur and strategist, Maryam Sabour, has launched curated content library XR Portal.XR Porta...

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    FACEBOOK KNOWINGLY LET KIDS RACK UP HUGE GAMING BILLS ON THEIR PARENTS’ CREDIT CARDS

    Jan 26, 2019

    Court documents detailing how Facebook allowed and encouraged mobile games on its platform to take advantage of children will be made public, a federal judge ruled this month. The more than 135 pages of documents pertain to a class action lawsuit that was filed in California in 2012 and settled in 2...

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    FACEBOOK AND MICROSOFT PATENT FILINGS OFFER DUELING VISIONS OF SMALL AR HEADSETS

    Jan 25, 2019

    Augmented reality headsets are too large for mainstream users, commonly sporting design elements that look inspired by Star Trek and Star Wars props. That’s about to change: After more natural-looking AR headsets were shown at the 2019 CES, patent documents submitted by Facebook and Microsoft ...

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    HTC VIVE PRO STARTER KIT NOW AVAILABLE TO PRE-ORDER IN UK

    Jan 25, 2019

    Launched last year during CES, the HTC Vive Pro upgraded the original headset with better resolution and the Deluxe Audio Strap already built-in. To begin with, just the headset was available then HTC Vive confused things by releasing a ‘starter kit’ in North America, while European cust...

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    ADOBE JUST BOUGHT IN BIG ON GAMING

    Jan 23, 2019

    This morning Adobe acquired Allegorithmic, the makers of the application family called Substance. With this buy, Adobe just became a big name in 3D textures and material creation in both video game and major motion picture video post-production. This is in essence the most major power move of the ye...

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    HULU PRICE CHANGES HAVE GOOD NEWS AND BAD NEWS

    Jan 23, 2019

    Hulu is making some big pricing changes today, and the news can be either good or bad depending on the plan you’re paying for each month. Those subscribed to Hulu’s basic plan are actually going to be getting a discount on their monthly bill, while those with a Live TV account are lookin...

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    SONY CRACKLE NABS ‘RAINBOW SIX SIEGE’ ESPORTS DOCUMENTARY STREAMING RIGHTS

    Jan 23, 2019

    Sony Crackle has secured exclusive streaming rights to Ubisoft’s esports documentary “To Win it All: The Road to The Six Invitational,” following three pro players of “Tom Clancy’s Rainbow Six Siege” shooter as they head to the title’s biggest tournament of ...

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    EPIC GAMES ACQUIRES DIGITAL HUMANS TOOL MAKER 3LATERAL, CUTS AD DEAL WITH APPODEAL

    Jan 23, 2019

    Fortnite maker Epic Games has acquired 3Lateral, a startup that makes tools that makes crafting digital humans easier. This tool finds use in video games, animated entertainment, and enterprise applications.The Novi Sad, Serbia-based 3Lateral will continue supporting game industry, film, and televis...

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    MAJOR INNOVATIONS THAT COMBINE TRAVEL AND ENTERTAINMENT ARE UNDER WAY

    Jan 23, 2019

    In an era where consumers demand experiences and not just products or services, there is a great opportunity for hospitality, media, and entertainment industries to come together and offer unique travel experiences and adventures. The good news for consumers that innovations are starting to happen, ...

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    QUAKE 2 IS THE BEST ARGUMENT FOR NVIDIA’S RAY TRACING

    Jan 22, 2019

    If you want to see the potential of ray tracing, you should look to Quake 2. A new mod called Q2VKPT (Quake 2 with Vulkan path-tracing) is out now that adds real-time ray tracing to the classic shooter. And while Nvidia has turned to cutting-edge releases to hype people up for RTX, maybe it should u...

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    NINTENDO SWITCH DOMINATES PLAYSTATION 4 AND XBOX ONE

    Jan 22, 2019

    Nintendo Switch sales are off the charts. The system was the best-selling gaming console in the United States in December and for all of 2018, according to industry-tracking firm The NPD Group. The Switch sold well throughout the year, but the release of Super Smash Bros. Ultimate gave it a massive ...

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    VIACOM HAS ACQUIRED PLUTO TV STREAMING SERVICE FOR $340M

    Jan 22, 2019

    Viacom has acquired Los Angeles-based video streaming service Pluto TV for $340 million in cash, both companies confirmed Tuesday.“Today marks an important step forward in Viacom’s evolution, as we work to move both our company and the industry forward,” said Viacom CEO Bob Bakish ...

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    VIACOM HAS ACQUIRED PLUTO TV STREAMING SERVICE FOR $340M

    Jan 22, 2019

    Viacom has acquired Los Angeles-based video streaming service Pluto TV for $340 million in cash, both companies confirmed Tuesday.“Today marks an important step forward in Viacom’s evolution, as we work to move both our company and the industry forward,” said Viacom CEO Bob Bakish ...

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    APPLICATIONS ARE NOW OPEN TO JOIN DIGITAL CATAPULT’S CREATIVEXR PROGRAMME

    Jan 22, 2019

    A year ago digital technology innovation centre Digital Catapult and the Arts Council England launched CreativeXR, a programme aimed at supporting the development of new virtual reality (AR), augmented reality (AR) and mixed reality (MR) experiences. Today, they’ve announced that applications ...

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    NETEASE GAMES REVEALS WESTERN-THEMED FPS STAY SILENT, SIGN UP FOR BETA TEST

    Jan 22, 2019

    NetEase Games, the developer behind open-world virtual reality (VR) adventure Nostos has revealed another VR project in the form of Stay Silent. Set in the Wild West, the new title is an online multiplayer-focused first-person shooter (FPS), and the studio is looking for beta testers.Remember that c...

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    THESE RARE SONOS SPEAKER DEALS INCLUDE OUR FAVORITE SOUNDBAR

    Jan 21, 2019

    There are plenty of multi-room audio options out there, but few have the reputation that Sonos does, which is why a Super Bowl season deal on some of its best connected speakers is worth paying attention to. Sonos kit is rarely on sale, and you have until February 3 – the kick-off date for Sup...

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    ORIGIN'S CHRONOS PC IS NO LOOKER, BUT IT PLAYS GAMES WITH EYE-POPPING DETAIL

    Jan 21, 2019

    We love giant tower computers. They’re big, bold, absurd, and we frankly prefer our computers to look more like an alien monolith than a useful piece of modern technology. Yet our way of thinking is certainly on the out. Computers continue to shrink in size as they grow in power.Which brings u...

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    NEW ART HOUSE FILM STREAMING SERVICE OVID.TV COULD FILL VOID LEFT BY FILMSTRUCK

    Jan 21, 2019

    A new subscription streaming service, OVID.TV, specializing in art house, documentary, and social issue films could help fill the void left after Turner shuttered FilmStruck last year.OVID.TV is launching in March 2019. It’s a collaborative effort by six founding content partners: Bullfrog Fil...

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    BLACKBERRY MAKING ITS HEVC PATENTS AVAILABLE THROUGH VELOS MEDIA

    Jan 21, 2019

    Velos Media announced that BlackBerry has joined the platform and will make its entire portfolio of HEVC patents available for license through the Velos Media marketplace.With the addition of BlackBerry, Velos Media now offers HEVC patents from six companies. Ericsson, Panasonic, Qualcomm, Sharp and...

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    GAEMS LETS ESPORTS ENTHUSIASTS AND STREAMERS TAKE PC AND CONSOLE GAMES ON THE GO

    Jan 20, 2019

    Some gamers and esports enthusiasts really want to be mobile, even when it comes to playing games on PCs and consoles. That’s why GAEMS has unveiled the Guardian Pro XP, a combination portable gaming display and traveling case that lets you play with a real video game console while on the road...

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    THE NVIDIA SHIELD TV GAMING EDITION COMES WITH A CONTROLLER AND IS ON SALE FOR $168

    Jan 20, 2019

    The Nvidia Shield TV 4K streaming media player gaming edition is down to $168 on Amazon. This version of the NVIDIA Shield TV normally sells for around $190 and often as high as $200. Today's price is one of the lowest we have seen outside of Black Friday sales. This price gives you the controll...

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    RYOT TO DEBUT 3 XR PROJECTS AT THE 2019 SUNDANCE FILM FESTIVALS

    Jan 19, 2019

    Next week sees the start of the annual Sundance Film Festival in Park City, Utah, bringing filmmakers together from across the globe for the industry’s first big event of the year. As VRFocus has seen over the previous few years, there’s been a growing contingent of immersive films appea...

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    DISCOUNTED 128GB IPADS, AND HUNDREDS OFF OF LG OLED 4K TVS ARE THIS WEEK’S BEST DEALS

    Jan 19, 2019

    2019 has delivered some pretty decent deals already, and this weekend’s roundup showcases the wide range of tech that’s available for less. Super Bowl LIII and the Academy Awards ceremony loom, which means that some great deals on home entertainment gear like TVs and soundbars will be co...

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    THE BEST WIRED OR WIRELESS MOUSE FOR GAMING

    Jan 18, 2019

    There couldn’t be a more personal PC gaming accessory than a mouse. You use it for everything from turning off your computer to highlighting this text, editing photos, and yes, playing games. And while computer mice might be easily recognizable gadgets in today’s world, gaming mice are s...

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    HOW TO BECOME AN XBOX AMBASSADOR: UPDATED FOR 2019

    Jan 17, 2019

    Here’s a quick update to those wondering about how to join the Xbox Ambassadors Program. The Xbox Ambassadors Program is made up of a group of diehard Xbox gamers who want to share their expertise with the Xbox community. Their goal is to make Xbox the most inclusive and the best place to play...

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    FACEBOOK EMPLOYEES BUSTED LEAVING 5-STAR REVIEWS FOR PORTAL ON AMAZON

    Jan 17, 2019

    Facebook’s Portal smart displays have had an uphill battle, trying to convince people to willingly give the notoriously security-lax social media company another avenue into their homes. But it seems some people are pretty happy with their Portals: Facebook employees, who were just caught leav...

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    WALMART REPORTEDLY ABANDONS NEW STREAMING SERVICE TO FOCUS ON VUDU

    Jan 17, 2019

    Walmart is shelving its streaming service ambitions and ditching plans to launch a competitor to Netflix and Hulu, anonymous sources told CNBC. The retailer had considered launching a service aimed at “Middle America,” but it decided against it due to the large investment needed to make ...

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    EPIC WILL HOLD OFF ON RELEASING GAME-CHANGING FORTNITE UPDATES BEFORE BIG TOURNAMENTS

    Jan 17, 2019

    It’s been less than a year since Epic Games kicked off the competitive circuit for Fortnite, but the company says it’s learned enough to make a substantial change to how it balances the consumer version of the game with the one played by pros at big tournaments. In an announcement on its...

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    PIMAX INTERVIEW: DISCUSSING 8K, 5K PLUS AND THE YEAR AHEAD

    Jan 17, 2019

    Earlier this week VRFocus wrote a full hands-on of Pimax’s offerings at CES 2019, detailing what we thought of the 8K and 5K Plus headsets, as well as the eye-tracking and hand-tracking modules. The company was certainly at the show to impress, with a much larger stand than the previous year, ...

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    NPR HAS TURNED ‘WAIT WAIT… DON’T TELL ME’ INTO A GAME FOR SMART SPEAKERS

    Jan 17, 2019

    NPR has turned its popular “Wait Wait… Don’t Tell Me!” news quiz show into an interactive game for smart speakers: Owners of speakers powered by Google’s Assistant or Amazon Alexa will be able to play along to questions about the news of the week.Just like the radio sh...

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    THE ENTIRE HARDLIGHT VR PROJECT IS NOW OPEN SOURCE

    Jan 17, 2019

    It’s always a sad day when a successful Kickstarter project has to close due to a lack of continued interest. That’s what befell the Hardlight VR team back in September, with the founders issuing a statement notifying backers that the company was closing due to lack of funds. Recently th...

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    THE CHANGING FACE OF GAMING HOUSES AND ESPORTS TRAINING FACILITIES

    Jan 16, 2019

    Gaming houses are nothing new, but they're becoming more prevalent in the UK scene and orgs around the globe are thinking more about their format and how to maximise their effectiveness.From expert gaming hardware to dedicated sports psychologists and even team chefs, team facilities are on the ...

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    CONSOLIDATION IS COMING TO GAMING, AND JAM CITY RAISES $145 MILLION TO CAPITALIZE ON IT

    Jan 16, 2019

    A slew of banks are coming together to back a new roll-up strategy for the Los Angeles-based mobile gaming studio Jam City and giving the company $145 million in new funding to carry that out.There’s no word on whether the new money is in equity or debt, but what is certain is that JPMorgan Ch...

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    FORTNITE DOMINATES GAMING INDUSTRY AFTER MAKING $2.4B IN 2018, SAYS ANALYST

    Jan 16, 2019

    Fortnite, the popular multiplatform video game, helped the game developer earn $2.4 billion in revenue last year, leading the market for free-to-play games, according to analysis by market research company SuperData.The shooter game has made a major impact in the free-to-play market because Fortnite...

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    PROJECT ALIAS FEEDS SMART SPEAKERS WHITE NOISE TO PRESERVE PRIVACY

    Jan 16, 2019

    Smart speakers have a problem: They occasionally record things they shouldn’t. In May of last year, a woman claimed that her Amazon Echo taped a private conversation and forwarded it to a person she didn’t know. And in December, a technical error resulted in Amazon sending an Alexa user ...

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    XBOX GAME PASS WILL ADD WE HAPPY FEW, SHADOW OF MORDOR, SAINTS ROW: THE THIRD, AND MORE

    Jan 16, 2019

    Microsoft announced more new titles coming to Xbox Game Pass in January. These include the creepy dystopian game We Happy Few, the Tolkien-inspired open-world game Middle-earth: Shadow of Mordor, and the over-the-top open-world game Saints Row: The Third.Xbox One console exclusives from Microsoft li...

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    HERE’S HOW AND WHERE YOU CAN WATCH THE BEST 4K CONTENT

    Jan 16, 2019

    If you recently purchased a 4K Ultra HD television — or you’re thinking about scooping one up — you’ll likely find yourself on the hunt for the best 4K content to enjoy (and show off) in all of its sweet, eye-popping glory. Fortunately, it’s easier than ever to do.While...

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    PUZZLE PLATFORMER ANYONE’S DIARY WILL BE EXCLUSIVE TO EUROPEAN PLAYSTATION VR OWNERS

    Jan 15, 2019

    There’s a lot of good content due for release on PlayStation VR this year, but one that you’re unlikely to have heard of is Anyone’s Diary. Developed by Spanish studio World Domination Project in collaboration with Lanzadera, and thanks to content accelerator PlayStation Talents Ga...

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    GOOGLE FI IS GETTING SUPPORT FOR THE NEXT-GEN MESSAGING STANDARD, RCS CHAT

    Jan 15, 2019

    Google Fi users are about to get much better texting. Google announced that it’s rolling out RCS Chat to the Google Fi network, meaning users will get higher resolution images and videos, read receipts, typing indicators, and more.Chat, which was largely developed by Google, has been rolling o...

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    DREAMSCAPE IMMERSIVE WANTS TO BRING LOCATION-BASED VR TO THE MASSES, STARTING WITH A SHOPPING MALL

    Jan 15, 2019

    Walk into the new Southern California flagship location for location-based VR company Dreamscape Immersive, and the sights and sounds of the bustling shopping center it’s located in quickly fade away. A large clock hangs over a wooden concierge desk, while a pair of monitors advertises “...

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    WHAT WE KNOW ABOUT NBCUNIVERSAL’S FUTURE STREAMING SERVICE

    Jan 15, 2019

    NBCUniversal’s announcement this week that it intends to launch a streaming service in 2020 presents a new challenge to the media industry: The digital pool is about to get very crowded with fierce rivals and competing consumer options.The Comcast-owned media conglomerate’s yet-to-be-nam...

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    T-MOBILE’S NETFLIX ON US WILL REMAIN THE SAME FOR THE TIME BEING

    Jan 15, 2019

    T-Mobile customers who are worried that Netflix’s price hikes will affect Netflix On Us, fear not — T-Mobile CEO John Legere confirmed on Twitter that the program won’t change. For now.That caveat gives Legere and T-Mobile some wiggle room in the event that things do change. For no...

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    A.I.’S HUMOROUS SIDE: HERE ARE THE FUNNIEST THINGS TO ASK ALEXA

    Jan 14, 2019

    Alexa has a very humorous side — if you know how to bring it out. Of course, you can ask Alexa at any time to “tell me a joke” and she’ll respond with a basic pun, but that’s only scratching the surface. Many unique questions will get you some funny replies. Check out o...

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    BATTLEFIELD V LAUNCHES CHAPTER 2: LIGHTNING STRIKES UPDATE WITH SMALLER SQUAD BATTLES

    Jan 14, 2019

    Battlefield V is starting the new year with a new multiplayer update for its Tides of War live operations series. The Chapter 2: Lightning Strikes update goes live on Tuesday, January 15, as a free downloadable content (DLC) update.Included is Squad Contest, a tighter and more intense version of the...

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    SLING TV ADDS FREE STREAMING OPTION FOR ROKU DEVICE OWNERS

    Jan 14, 2019

    Livestreaming TV service Sling TV has launched a free viewing experience for Roku users, enabling them to browse the service as a guest and watch content without paying. The free access is offered to new Sling TV customers who can access the content without creating an account or signing in. In addi...

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    HOW 3 AUGMENTED REALITY HARDWARE STARTUPS ARE PREPARING FOR THE CONSUMER MARKET

    Jan 14, 2019

    Among the thousands of companies showing off their products at the Consumer Electronics Show (CES) in Las Vegas last week, there were also a few dozen startups dedicated to augmented reality (AR). And while a lot of the focus around AR hardware has been on enterprise use, an increasing number of com...

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    15 BEST VR GAMES FOR MOST VR HEADSETS!

    Jan 14, 2019

    Virtual reality gaming is growing at a rapid pace. It made $5.8 billion in 2017 and just shy of $10 billion in 2018. That trend should continue over the next several years. There are a few big VR platforms. They include Google Cardboard, Google Daydream, Samsung Gear VR, Oculus, and the HTC Vive. We...

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    VERIZON VIDEO GAME STREAMING SERVICE LEAKED, CURRENTLY TESTING ON NVIDIA SHIELD

    Jan 13, 2019

    Verizon is currently in alpha testing for a streaming service that will function like Netflix for video games, for a platform that will not require users to buy expensive hardware to enjoy gaming.The service, named Verizon Gaming, was leaked through an exclusive report from The Verge, which obtained...

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    BLOCKCHAIN AR/VR GAMES, BIGGER THAN PUBG?

    Jan 13, 2019

    Real gamers know the struggle, it was not always like this, this glam, this fanatic. Sure yes, when Donkey Kong, The family computer and video games first came out, say the Nintendo’s and Space war’s, it made all they hype and people went bonkers.But, the journey from that to today&rsquo...

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    TOP 5 COUNTRIES FOR SOFT-LAUNCHING HYPER-CASUAL GAMES

    Jan 12, 2019

    Hyper-casual games have some unique advantages over other genres when it comes to soft launches.Their minimal designs often require little-to-no localization for international audiences, and their largely ad-based monetization strategies, mean CPIs can be more than 10-times cheaper than other game g...

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    VLC EXPECTED TO BREAK 3B DOWNLOADS AT CES, WILL ADD AIRPLAY SOON

    Jan 12, 2019

    Open source video player app VLC was mere hours away from surpassing 3 billion downloads Friday, and the Videolan team celebrated the occasion with a special download counter at their CES booth in Las Vegas.VLC is expected to surpass the milestone some time Friday afternoon, according to Jean-Baptis...

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    EPIC GAMES STORE REVISES REFUND POLICY

    Jan 11, 2019

    The Epic Games Store officially changed its refund policy this week, according to Epic Games’ Director of Publishing Strategy Sergey Galyonkin.Galyonkin took to Twitter on Friday to announce that the policy had been altered, citing “unlimited refunds within 14 days of purchase and under ...

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    SINCLAIR, HARMAN COLLABORATING ON BROADCAST TV PLATFORM FOR CARS

    Jan 10, 2019

    Sinclair is staying busy at CES drumming up excitement around the ATSC 3.0 next-generation TV standards. The company’s latest move looks to capitalize on the technology’s mobile reception capabilities.Sinclair announced a nonbinding agreement today with audio specialist Harman and Korean...

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    ESPORTS GROUP FNATIC TEAMS UP WITH BLOCKCHAIN FIRM WAX ON DIGITAL COLLECTIBLES

    Jan 10, 2019

    Esports organization Fnatic has branched out into game hardware, leveraging the fame of its esports athletes. And today, the London-based company is teaming up with the World Asset Exchange (WAX) to create digital collectibles using WAX’s blockchain technology.Blockchain is the transparent and...

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    HTC VIVE PRO EYE HANDS-ON: GAZE INTO VR’S FUTURE WITH FOVEATED RENDERING

    Jan 10, 2019

    Unexpectedly announced at an early CES 2019 media event, HTC’s latest and highest-end VR headset is the Vive Pro Eye — an upgraded version of the already premium Vive Pro with integrated eye-tracking hardware. The eye tracking can be leveraged for in-app controls, analysis of user attent...

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    HERE’S THE EVIDENCE AMAZON IS BUILDING A CLOUD GAMING SERVICE

    Jan 10, 2019

    It sure looks like Amazon wants to stream games to your home. No, not the kind of streaming where you watch somebody play games over the internet — Amazon already owns Twitch — but the kind where you can play games without waiting for a download or buying a disc, because they’re ac...

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    ANOTHER FUTURE VIDEO GAMING PARLOR MAKES ILLINOIS TOWNS QUESTION “HOW MUCH IS TOO MUCH?”

    Jan 09, 2019

    The explosion of video gaming in Illinois has some communities asking, “when is enough, enough?”In Whiteside County, Fulton’s City Council is trying to put a cap on gaming.“Video gaming in Fulton is pretty good, without it I don’t think there’d be a tavern open in...

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    XUMO TO GO INTERNATIONAL IN 2019, LAUNCH LINEAR OTT CHANNELS IN SIX COUNTRIES

    Jan 09, 2019

    Irvine, California-based connected TV startup Xumo is preparing for an international expansion this year: The company plans to launch in France, Germany, Spain, the UK, Brazil and Italy this year, CEO Colin Petrie-Norris told Variety on the sidelines of the Consumer Electronics Show (CES) Wednesday....

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    AMD UNVEILS 7NM GAMING GPU RADEON VII AT CES 2019

    Jan 09, 2019

    Earlier in the week to mark the start of CES 2019 NVIDIA made its big announcement of the show, revealing the GeForce GTX 2060 GPU. Today, it was the turn of AMD, with the company unveiling its new gaming GPU the Radeon VII, alongside a new processor, the 3rd Gen AMD Ryzen desktop processor.The new ...

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    PLAYING PUBG MOBILE ON A GAMING PHONE: HERE’S A LIST OF ADVANTAGES IT PROVIDES

    Jan 09, 2019

    We have seen companies like Asus, Nubia, Xiaomi and Razer launch gaming-centric phones like the Asus ROG Phone, Nubia Red Magic and more. These gaming phones appeal to consumers in various ways with overclocked processors, RGB lighting, aggressive design and other such features. But the most importa...

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    SONOS HAS STARTED BETA TESTING GOOGLE ASSISTANT INTEGRATION, WILL LAUNCH THIS YEAR

    Jan 08, 2019

    Sonos has started a private beta test of Google Assistant on its smart speakers, and is looking to launch the integration to the public this year. Google Assistant will be directly integrated into speakers with voice input, while older models will work in conjunction with Google Home and similar sma...

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    SHARING PASSWORDS FOR A VIDEO STREAMING SITE? THIS COMPANY WILL USE AI TO TRACK YOU DOWN

    Jan 08, 2019

    A password for Netflix or HBO Go can be a precious thing that’s offered to a romantic partner or gifted from a family member (and saved for future use). But for UK company Synamedia, a password like that is a password to be hunted down. At CES this year, the firm unveiled a new service that us...

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    SIX GREAT GAMING PHONE FEATURES APPLE, SAMSUNG SHOULD BORROW

    Jan 08, 2019

    Despite rumors of their death, gaming phones are still alive and well, but they’ve got a long way to go before they’re widely adopted.That doesn’t mean that the growing list of smartphones with features created with the gamer in mind — from a faster display to better audio to...

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    HTC VIVE, AMAZON & MOZILLA TAKE VR WEB INTEGRATION TO THE NEXT LEVEL

    Jan 08, 2019

    One of the important factors when helping virtual reality (VR) go mainstream is its ability to browse the web. Being online and navigating the digital world has become part of everyday life for billions of people around the world, so it makes sense that being in VR shouldn’t hinder that abilit...

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    DISNEY/VERIZON PARTNERING FOR 5G MEDIA, ENTERTAINMENT

    Jan 08, 2019

    The Walt Disney Co. and Verizon Communications reportedly are partnering to explore entertainment and media opportunities in the nascent 5G wireless network platform.5G claims to be able to deliver upwards of 10 gigabits of data per second, which could enable the downloading of a movie within second...

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    AUDI AND DISNEY WANT TO SPICE UP YOUR UBER RIDE WITH VR

    Jan 07, 2019

    iIron Man needs help. He’s being chased through outer space by some of Thanos’ baddies, so Rocket Raccoon and I rush to his aid. We make a few jumps using the Universal Neural Teleportation Network, and a few rollicking minutes later, I’ve helped blast the enemies to bits. Rocket s...

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    VIZIO, LG ADD AIRPLAY AND SIRI SUPPORT TO THEIR TVS

    Jan 07, 2019

    Two more TV makers are bringing Airplay support to their smart TVs: Both LG and Vizio announced Monday morning that Airplay 2 support is coming to their TV models this year.Vizio  announced at CES Monday that it is adding Airplay and Siri support to the newest version of its smart TV operating ...

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    JBL’S ANDROID TV SOUNDBAR WITH GOOGLE ASSISTANT GETS SPRING RELEASE DATE

    Jan 07, 2019

    JBL has confirmed that its Link Bar will finally be released this spring. The Android-powered soundbar was first announced all the way back in May 2018 at Google I/O. It was originally planned for an October release, but unknown delays pushed this date back.Although it has the form factor of a sound...

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    HTC ANNOUNCES A PC-POWERED VR HEADSET CALLED THE VIVE COSMOS

    Jan 07, 2019

    HTC has announced a new virtual reality headset called the Vive Cosmos. Based on a very brief appearance during the company’s CES presentation, the Cosmos is HTC’s bid at a relatively mainstream VR headset. It doesn’t require external sensors and uses fully tracked motion controlle...

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    THERE WERE NO GOOD XBOX ONE EXCLUSIVES IN 2018, ACCORDING TO METACRITIC SCORES

    Jan 06, 2019

    Xbox One owners were not treated well in 2018, according to Metacritic which said that no good exclusives were released for the console last year.Metacritic, which aggregates reviews on video games from various sources to come up with average scores, reports the highest-rated games for each console ...

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    SAMSUNG TO ADD ITUNES MOVIES APP TO ITS SMART TVS

    Jan 06, 2019

    Talk about unlikely bedfellows: Samsung has struck a deal with Apple to include an iTunes Movies and TV Shows app on its 2018 and 2019 smart TVs. The TVs will also support Airplay, making it easier for iPhone owners to beam music and videos to their TV sets.

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    SMOOTH GAMING: TIME FOR MSM TO RESPECT VIDEO GAMING INDUSTRY

    Jan 06, 2019

    ‘Smooth Gaming‘ is a new column to ValueWalk which will discuss various aspects of the video game industry. From AAA titles, business aspects, and independent developers who often go under-reported. ‘Smooth Gaming’ will take a multi-pronged look at the world of gaming. This w...

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    NVIDIA’S FIRST 65-INCH 4K HDR GAMING DISPLAY ARRIVES IN FEBRUARY FOR $4,999

    Jan 06, 2019

    Nvidia originally unveiled its giant 65-inch 4K HDR gaming displays at CES last year, promising a summer launch. Summer came and went and although the displays were supposed to debut last year, the first is now arriving in February. Unsurprisingly, the displays are going to be very expensive, with H...

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    PUBG TIPS: HOW TO GET THE BEST OUT OF UMP9 IN ALL PUBG MAPS IN PUBG MOBILE, PUBG PC, PUBG PS4 & PUBG XBO

    Jan 06, 2019

    PlayerUnkown's Battlegrounds' latest update in December 2019 introduced the Vikendi snow map, which has taken the world by storm due to its visuals and unique gameplay mechanics. Despite the map being 6 km X 6 km, Vikendi offers tonnes of SMGs over snipers, DMRs and the assault rifles, which...

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    PUBG’S NEWEST MAP, VIKENDI, IS ALL ABOUT STEALTH, BUT IT’S STILL A LITTLE TOO FAMILIAR

    Jan 06, 2019

    Each map in PlayerUnknown’s Battlegrounds has to set itself apart in one way or another. Whether it’s the open deserts of Miramar, the expansive forests of Erangel or the densely packed jungle of Sanhok, each of the game’s map offers an experience that is at least slightly differen...

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    PS5: WHAT'S THE LATEST PLAYSTATION 5 NEWS AND WHEN WILL SONY RELEASE IT?

    Jan 03, 2019

    Now that the PS4 is officially reaching the end of its life cycle (that's direct from Sony), our thoughts are inevitably turning to the PS5 – so what exactly is in store for the Sony PlayStation 5 and when can be expect it to release?Sony is currently keeping tight-lipped when it comes to ...

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    VIDEO SERVICES MAY USE ARTIFICIAL INTELLIGENCE TO CRACK DOWN ON PASSWORD SHARING

    Jan 03, 2019

    Still using your ex-roommates cable credentials to watch “Game of Thrones?” That may soon be getting a lot harder, thanks to new efforts to crack down on password sharing for pay TV and online video services. One of these efforts, launched by London-based Synamedia ahead of next week&rsq...

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    XBOX ONE S VS. XBOX ONE X: IS THE COSTLY UPGRADE WORTH THE MONEY?

    Jan 03, 2019

    Most of us, when we buy a new game console, have certain expectations about how it’s going to improve how we play. We want better graphics, better processing capabilities, bigger and better-looking games. With the 4K-capable Xbox One X, Microsoft wants to convince you that adding more technica...

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    GETTING INTO VR IS SPENDY. WHICH HEADSET IS TRULY WORTH YOUR HARD-EARNED CASH?

    Jan 03, 2019

    Back in 2016, the world of consumer virtual reality changed forever with the launch of the HTC Vive and Oculus Rift VR headsets. While both were solid options in their own rights, our favorite was the HTC Vive. With room-scale experiences, bundled motion controllers, and a pretty decent starting lin...

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    2019: NEW & EMERGING TECHNOLOGIES IN GAMING

    Jan 03, 2019

    The biggest game-changer in the way we consume anything these days has to be the technology considering it has a role to play in all the facets of our lives. From Hospitality to entertainment, it has had a wide reach. Particularly, the Gaming industry is at an advanced stage where the most casual of...

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    NEW GAMING PLATFORM WILL DEBUT ONE SHORT GAME EACH DAY OF THE YEAR

    Jan 02, 2019

    A new gaming platform called Meditations could be a great fit for people who love playing those random online games a few minutes a day to decompress. It promises to launch one new "tiny game" every day in 2019, each one accompanied by text to serve as a "meditation, distraction, less...

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    THE BEST MACOS GAMES FOR 2019

    Jan 02, 2019

    Gaming and Mac computers haven’t always been on the best of terms. Many believe the optimal PC gaming experience comes via a Windows-based machine and won’t waste their time shelling out the dough for a Mac. The argument usually begins and ends with most Macs’ lack of a powerful GP...

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    15 BEST VR APPS FOR GOOGLE CARDBOARD, GOOGLE DAYDREAM, AND GEAR VR!

    Jan 02, 2019

    Virtual reality is taking off in a big way. However, it is still a very young industry. There are several VR platforms, including three mobile platforms with Google Cardboard, Google Daydream, and Gear VR. Of course, Google Cardboard is also compatible with other simple, third party VR headsets. The...

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    10 PREDICTIONS ABOUT THE MEDIA INDUSTRY IN THE NEW YEAR

    Dec 31, 2018

    2018 was a year of massive mergers and acquisitions, with AT&T/Time Warner, Disney/Fox and Comcast/Sky. The #MeToo movement made headlines, and the dominant emotion in boardroom discussions around Hollywood and beyond was fear … lots of fear in the ranks of our tech-infused world of media...

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    HOW NETFLIX IS CHANGING THE WAY WE CONSUME ENTERTAINMENT

    Dec 31, 2018

    Recently, at a gathering of friends, during a lull in the conversation, someone asked: “So, what have you been watching lately on Netflix?” And someone else laughed and said: “This is the question that has replaced ‘What have you been reading lately?’”Everyone pre...

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    HOW AR AND VR WILL SHAPE THE FUTURE OF WORK AND PLAY

    Dec 28, 2018

    After a prolonged technology “winter” or what I like to call the ‘deceptive growth’ phase of any exponential technology the hardware and software that power virtual (VR) and augmented reality (AR) applications are accelerating at an extraordinary rate.Unprecedented new applic...

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    THE BEST OCULUS RIFT GAMES OF 2018

    Dec 24, 2018

    Putting together these sorts of lists can be both good and bad. They can be a major headache as they can’t be infinite, so there’s alway’s going to be a few people disappointed that their favourite wasn’t included, while on the flip side they can help you pick out some choice...

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    MULTIPLAYER GAMING IN VR: WHAT’S IT LIKE?

    Dec 20, 2018

    Virtual reality (VR) is an experience unlike any other – at least, that’s true to a degree.The ability to look around freely and interact with the virtual environment, especially with hand presence and six degrees of freedom, far exceeds the sense of inhabiting a space that you’d g...

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    NBC SPORTS LAUNCHES FANDUEL-STYLE FANTASY SPORTS CONTEST APP, OFFERING UP TO $50,000 IN WEEKLY PRIZES

    Dec 20, 2018

    NBC Sports is betting that fantasy-sports contests will help boost viewership and subscriptions to its over-the-top video packages. The sports programmer launched the free-to-play NBC Sports Predictor games app, offering fans the chance to win up to $50,000 each week, tied to its TV and live-streami...

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    MEDIA’S BIG 2019 CHALLENGE: BUILDING NEW NETFLIXES WHILE CONSUMERS KEEP CUTTING CORDS

    Dec 20, 2018

    Netflix’s amazing success over the past decade has been so significant that many others are hoping to repeat it. Discovery Inc. CEO David Zaslav vows a new streaming outlet that brings golf content to overseas markets will become a “Netflix for golf.” 21st Century Fox recently laun...

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    FACEBOOK OPEN-SOURCES ITS AI PLATFORM DEEPFOCUS TO IMPROVE VR VISUAL RENDERING

    Dec 20, 2018

    Facebook Reality Labs (FRL) has been experimenting with a number of ways to improve the realism of virtual reality (VR), through both hardware and software means. During the Facebook Developers Conference (F8) 2018 in May the company unveiled Half Dome, a prototype headset with a varifocal mechanism...

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    FACEBOOK OPEN-SOURCES DEEPFOCUS ALGORITHM FOR MORE REALISTIC VARIFOCAL VR RENDERING

    Dec 19, 2018

    DeepFocus is Facebook’s AI-driven renderer that’s said to produce natural looking blur in real-time, something that’s poised to go hand-in-hand with the varifocal displays of tomorrow. Today, Facebook announced that DeepFocus is going open source; while the company’s wide fie...

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    HOW TO DOWNLOAD PUBG VIKENDI MAP ON MOBILE, PC, AND XBOX

    Dec 19, 2018

    PUBG Vikendi Map is covered with snow and measures 6x6 on the scale. The location is based on European countries that get heavy snowfall during the winter seasonThe latest addition to the massively famous gaming phenomenon called PUBG is the Vikendi Map that introduces the players to ski on the ice ...

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    PUBG MOBILE VIKENDI UPDATE DOWNLOAD LIVE AS RELEASE COUNTDOWN BEGINS

    Dec 19, 2018

    The PUBG Mobile Vikendi update is a little different from other map expansions, which has led to some confusion over when it will playable.Players will have already seen multiple updates made to the game, none of which has allowed for the launch of the new snow map.So there are a few things to know ...

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    AKAMAI'S CDN CLAIMS NEW RECORD FOR PEAK TRAFFIC

    Dec 19, 2018

    Akamai said that earlier this month it set a new record for peak data traveling across its global content delivery network.The company said that on Dec. 11, the volume of data passed 72 Tbps, surpassing the 70 Tbps threshold for the first time in the company's 20-year history.The volume, which A...

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    OCULUS REVEALS DEEPFOCUS, AN OPEN SOURCE AI RENDERER FOR VARIFOCAL VR

    Dec 19, 2018

    When Facebook’s Oculus unit revealed a next-generation prototype VR headset called Half Dome in May, one of its signature features was a “varifocal” display system that actually moved the screens inside to mimic focus changes in the user’s eyes. Now the company has revealed D...

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    CABLE NETWORK 2018 RATINGS RANKINGS: THOSE NOT COVERING DONALD TRUMP WRAP TRYING YEAR; USA TOPS ENTERTAINMENT CHARTS

    Dec 19, 2018

    USA Network will close out 2018 celebrating its 13th consecutive year as the most watched ad-supported cable entertainment network (non-news/non-sports), and its second as tops in the genre among 18- to 49-year-olds.The NBCUniversal network ends the year with an average of 1.48 million viewers, and ...

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    FAMILIARITY WITH AR/VR ISN’T TRANSLATING INTO PRACTICAL USAGE

    Dec 18, 2018

    While the virtual reality (VR) industry has been doing a better job over the last couple of years at getting its message across regarding the wonders (and many use cases) of the technology, that isn’t necessarily translating into consumer usage, a new survey by Artec 3D has found.A developer a...

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    SPYRO REIGNITED TRILOGY HAS STRONGER DEBUT MONTH THAN ALL PAST SPYRO GAMES COMBINED

    Dec 18, 2018

    Spyro the Dragon has some fire left in him. Spyro Reignited Trilogy was the No. 9 best-selling game in the U.S. in November, according to industry-tracking firm The NPD Group. Reignited Trilogy’s launch month dollar sales were 30 percent higher than the launch month sales for all over Spyro ga...

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    TELLTALE LEAD WRITER SLINGS TO SPIDER-MAN STUDIO INSOMNIAC GAMES

    Dec 18, 2018

    Insomniac Games is one of the developers scooping up talent from the dissolution of The Walking Dead studio Telltale Games. Former Telltale lead writer Mary Kenney announced on social media that she is going to work for the Marvel’s Spider-Man company in 2019.Kenney worked as lead writer on Th...

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    TELLTALE LEAD WRITER SLINGS TO SPIDER-MAN STUDIO INSOMNIAC GAMES

    Dec 18, 2018

    Insomniac Games is one of the developers scooping up talent from the dissolution of The Walking Dead studio Telltale Games. Former Telltale lead writer Mary Kenney announced on social media that she is going to work for the Marvel’s Spider-Man company in 2019.Kenney worked as lead writer on Th...

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    ZSPACE UNVEILS LAPTOP THAT ENABLES EASY AR/VR INTERACTION

    Dec 18, 2018

    Zspace has dedicated itself to “spatial content,” and today it is unveiling a laptop targeted at kids that lets them easily interact with augmented reality or virtual reality content.The company will show the device, which is available now, at the CES 2019 trade show event in January. Th...

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    ‘FORTNITE’ UPDATE 7.10 BRINGS A ROTATING SELECTION OF MODES BIG AND SMALL

    Dec 18, 2018

    Christmas is quickly approaching, and Fortnite is getting even more into the holiday spirit with update 7.10. With “14 Days of Fortnite,” you’ll be able to relive some of the game’s greatest moments, whether you’re a fan of enormous team battles or smaller skirmishes.St...

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    ORQA TO OFFICIALLY DEBUT ITS FPV.ONE HEADSET AT CES 2019

    Dec 17, 2018

    The CES show in Las Vegas, Nevada, is the biggest technology show on the planet and it’ll be opening its doors for another week of high tech debuts in a few weeks time. While some companies like to leave their announcements to the last minute, others are more than happy to reveal an early prev...

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    PLAYSTATION VR’S POPULAR FPS FIREWALL ZERO HOUR TO RECEIVE NEW CONTENT DLC TOMORROW

    Dec 17, 2018

    First Contact Entertainment has been one of the few developers to prove that multiplayer only titles can work in virtual reality (VR) when done correctly. Having launched Firewall Zero Hour in the summer, the studio has released two DLC packs up until now, announcing that the third will be released ...

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    TURTLE BEACH ELITE PRO 2 REVIEW — INNOVATING HIGH-END GAMING HEADSETS

    Dec 17, 2018

    One of my favorite headsets ever was the Turtle Beach Elite Pro. Specifically, I dug the Elite Pro PC Edition that had the built-in USB connector. By swapping out the included mic for a noise-cancelling upgrade, I had a really decent headset that was excellent for communicating and even for recordin...

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    THE AUTONOMOUS CAR IS THE NEXT ENTERTAINMENT FRONTIER

    Dec 17, 2018

    Self-driving cars are an inevitability and will unlock the potential for cars to transform beyond a simple means of transport.In the not too distant future, drivers will find themselves with a great deal of free time in-car. Rather than having to focus on driving, time can be spent on working, being...

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    TIVO FCC FILING SUGGESTS ANDROID TV DEVICE COMING IN TIME FOR CES

    Dec 17, 2018

    A filing for a new TiVo remote control suggests that the company may be getting ready to show an Android TV-based set-top box at CES in Las Vegas next month. The device likely won’t be sold to end users, but instead ship to TV operators looking to combine TiVo’s DVR capabilities with Goo...

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    DRILLING DEEP ON HOW TO MONETIZE ESPORTS

    Dec 16, 2018

    Monetizing esports is still a work in progress. The idea of watching people get paid to play games seemed far-fetched not long ago. But market researcher Newzoo estimates that 165 million esports enthusiasts are now watching esports, with that number expected to reach 250 million by 2021. Occasional...

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    UNDERWATER SURVIVAL GAME ‘SUBNAUTICA’ FREE ON EPIC GAMES’ ONLINE STORE

    Dec 15, 2018

    Subnautica, the underwater survival game that recently won PC Game of the Year at the 2018 Golden Joystick Awards, is being offered as a free download on the Epic Games store.Epic Games, which is looking to attract more PC players to its recently launched online store, promised to offer a new free g...

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    DISNEY REORGANIZES INTERNATIONAL BUSINESS UNIT

    Dec 14, 2018

    Disney appointed the top executives who will head three units of the international business, once the agreement with Twenty-First Century Fox closes. Diego Lerner will continue as President of The Walt Disney Co. Latin America.In the new structure, Rebecca Campbell, current president of The Walt Dis...

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    HULU SAYS VIEWERS STREAMED 26M HOURS OF CONTENT PER DAY IN 2018

    Dec 14, 2018

    Hulu just dropped a bunch of data points about its service in 2018, and they show just how much time viewers are spending with content on the platform.According to Hulu, its users streamed more than 26 million hours of content per day in 2018. That comes out to approximately 10.2 billion hours per y...

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    FILMINLATINO STREAMING SERVICE TO SHUT DOWN

    Dec 13, 2018

    The Mexican Cinematography Institute (Imcine) announced that the OTT service FilminLatino will shut down on January 1. Through her Twitter account, María Novaro, Imcine director, said that it is “a well-founded and necessary decision to be able to promote Mexican cinema in a more compre...

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    IMAX IS SHUTTING DOWN ITS VR BUSINESS, CLOSING REMAINING THREE VR CENTERS IN Q1

    Dec 13, 2018

    Imax is making its exit from virtual reality (VR) official: The company notified shareholders with a SEC filing Thursday that it will close down its remaining three VR centers, and write off “certain VR content investments.”A company spokesperson confirmed the planned closures and shared...

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    KARTRIDGE AND INDIE MEGABOOTH HIGHLIGHT INDIE GAMES IN ALTERNATIVE PC GAME STORE

    Dec 13, 2018

    Kartridge, the PC gaming store that was recently started by Kongregate, has announced a partnership with the Indie Megabooth (IMB) to highlight indie games from around the world.They will create a traveling showcase that will highlight the best indie games from the IMB Alumni Network, hand-picked to...

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    BLIZZARD CANCELS HEROES OF THE STORM ESPORTS, SLOWS DEVELOPMENT

    Dec 13, 2018

    Blizzard Entertainment announced that it is scaling back its support for Heroes of the Storm. It is canceling the Heroes of the Storm and Heroes of the Dorm esports events in 2019, and it is also shifting some developers off the ongoing game, according to a blog post.Heroes of the Storm hasn’t...

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    FORTNITE CREATORS ANNOUNCE SOME EPIC CROSS-PLATFORM GAMING PLANS FOR

    Dec 13, 2018

    Epic Games, the creators of Fortnite, laid out their “Epic 2019 Cross-Platform Online Services Roadmap.” As noted in a post on the Unreal Engine blog, Epic announced what it has in the works for Fortnite for 2019. Epic already released a creator, called Fortnite Creative, that lets playe...

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    JINGLE PUNKS AT 10: HOW THE PRODUCTION MUSIC PLATFORM’S PLAYER WORKS

    Dec 13, 2018

    Though its primary function is creative, Jingle Punks is built on a foundation of technology and administration. The patented Jingle Player that lets customers search for music using pop culture terms is both intuitive and efficient. Typing in “Reservoir Dogs” or “Starbucks” ...

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    NETFLIX’S INDIA CONTENT HEAD SWATI SHETTY MAKES EXIT

    Dec 12, 2018

    Swati Shetty, who has headed Indian content operations at Netflix is to step down from the global streaming giant. She joined the streamer in August 2016 as director of international originals and acquisitions.The company said it is placing more emphasis on India and that the role should ideally be ...

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    SOME ‘FORTNITE’ PLAYERS AREN’T TOO HAPPY WITH THE NEW INFINITY BLADE WEAPON

    Dec 12, 2018

    The most recent Fortnite update added the Infinity Blade weapon to the game’s battle royale mode, as a way of paying tribute to the now-delisted trilogy of games on the App Store. The introduction of a melee weapon seemed like a great way to shake up the multiplayer formula, but players are co...

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    NINTENDO SWITCH VS. XBOX ONE: CAN THE NEW HYBRID BEST THE ESTABLISHED CONSOLE?

    Dec 12, 2018

    The Nintendo Switch, as with many Nintendo systems, seeks to innovate on what we view as the traditional video game console. As a hybrid console, the Switch offers a form of play similar to that of its competitors — namely the Xbox One and PlayStation 4 — while acting as a bridge between...

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    ACORN TV EXPANDS TO MORE COUNTRIES IN LATIN AMERICA

    Dec 12, 2018

    North America’s streaming service Acorn TV, which offers British and international content, announced that is now available in thirty new countries, including Paraguay, Bolivia, Venezuela and Uruguay.Launched in Canada and the United States in 2011 Acorn TV quickly became a reference for premi...

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    THE IMPACT OF VOICE TECHNOLOGIES ON CONSUMER ENTERTAINMENT

    Dec 11, 2018

    Voice technology is an emerging trend in the consumer entertainment world, with voice control increasingly becoming embedded in devices such as smart speakers, TV remotes, and smart TVs. This report presents an overview of the voice technology landscape for consumer entertainment services, with a fo...

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    DUSUN PROMOTES ANDROID TV REMOTE CONTROL AND GAMEPAD FOR VOICE-CONTROLLED ENTERTAINMENT SYSTEMS

    Dec 11, 2018

    Dusun Electron Ltd. will be demonstrating its Android TV remote control and gamepad at the 2019 Consumer Electronics Show held in Las Vegas. The remote control features Bluetooth BLE (low energy wireless communication) and Google Voice to interact with Android TV-enabled devices such as Smart TV, Se...

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    HOW VR IS BEING USED TO HELP CHILDREN WITH LEARNING DISABILITIES, AUTISM

    Dec 11, 2018

    The United States Department of Education is betting on virtual reality to help students with high-functioning autism and learning disabilities in schools across the country. This month the Office of Special Education and Programs announced its investment of $2.5 million toward a new program that wi...

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    CLOUD CONTENT DELIVERY NETWORK MARKET: MEDIA AND ENTERTAINMENT INDUSTRY TO EXHIBIT HIGH DEMAND

    Dec 11, 2018

    The global cloud content delivery network market is yet to graduate from its transformational phase. Nevertheless, the market is speeding its way through on the back technological breakthroughs and generous spending by the leading companies. The investment spike will give thrust to the market’...

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    AT&T COMMITTING 'MAJOR STRATEGIC ERROR' WITH THREE-TIER STREAMING SERVICE PLANS, ANALYST SAYS

    Dec 11, 2018

    AT&T’s WarnerMedia last month revealed the three-tier service structure for its upcoming streaming product, and one industry analyst sees the plan as a big mistake.MoffettNathanson analyst Michael Nathanson said the structure for WarnerMedia’s direct-to-consumer streaming service, co...

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    KILL YOUR CABLE AND SWITCH TO STREAMING WITH OUR PAINLESS GUIDE

    Dec 11, 2018

    Streaming is hotter than ever these days, with on-demand services such as Netflix and Hulu, along with a litany of live TV streaming services such as Sling TV, DirecTV Now, and PlayStation Vue, all attempting to capitalize on the cord-cutting phenomenon. Channels and hit series once strictly bound b...

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    NETFLIX ORIGINAL SERIES VIEWING CLIMBS, BUT LICENSED CONTENT REMAINS MAJORITY OF TOTAL U.S. STREAMS

    Dec 10, 2018

    Is Netflix moving fast enough to bulk up on originals to offset programming that’s about to get pulled by studios like Disney, Fox and WarnerMedia?Original content accounted for 37% of Netflix’s U.S. streams in October 2018, up from 24% a year earlier (and just 14% in January 2017), per ...

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    SLEDGEHAMMER GAMES COFOUNDER GLEN SCHOFIELD LEAVES ACTIVISION

    Dec 10, 2018

    Glen Schofield, co-creator of several Call of Duty games, announced today on Twitter that he was leaving Sledgehammer Games, the game studio he cofounded in 2009 with Michael Condrey.Schofield and Condrey worked together at Electronic Arts’s Visceral Games studio before starting Sledgehammer, ...

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    ANALOG TV USERS WILL HAVE CHANNELS WITH SAME NUMBER ON DTT

    Dec 10, 2018

    Peruvian Ministry of Transportation and Communications (MTC) proposed to make some modifications to the Master Plan for the Implementation of Digital Terrestrial Television in the country.The ministry specifically proposes to make changes in articles 3, 9 and 15, “with the objective that the p...

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    HOLOLENS 2 COULD GIVE THE ALWAYS CONNECTED PC A NEW, ‘AGGRESSIVE’ FORM

    Dec 10, 2018

    Microsoft’s next-generation Hololens will be an augmented reality Always Connected PC. Qualcomm reassured us that more “aggressive form factors” will be coming to the Snapdragon PC platform, and the latest rumor suggests that Microsoft could release its Hololens with the same Snapd...

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    PLAY ‘SUPER SMASH BROS. ULTIMATE’ THE BEST WAY WITH A SWITCH GAMECUBE CONTROLLER

    Dec 10, 2018

    If you’re a longtime fan of Super Smash Bros., you know in your bones that there’s only one true way to play. Nintendo knows it, too: Alongside the recent launch of the new Super Smash Bros. Ultimate, the Japanese company has brought back the legendary GameCube controller along with a US...

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    NETFLIX’S BIGGEST COMPETITION ISN’T SLEEP — IT’S YOUTUBE

    Dec 09, 2018

    Each day in India’s capital New Delhi, hundreds of thousands of people take the quiet subway across the widely crowded suburbs to reach their work. The quietness is interrupted every few minutes as the train reaches a station and an ever-growing population jostles to find a seat. Seconds later...

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    ESL AND OCULUS PARTNER FOR VR CHARITY CHALLENGE GAME SHOW

    Dec 07, 2018

    Esports company ESL is teaming up with Oculus for the Change the Game VR Charity Challenge (VRCC), it announced on Friday.Two teams of influencers will compete for a $100,000 prize during the event. Each will represent one of two gaming charities — Stack Up or Take This. Stack Up is a nonprofi...

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    DEEPER DIVE HOW NETFLIX IS BRACING FOR THE COMING LICENSED CONTENT EXODUS

    Dec 07, 2018

    Netflix is well aware that Disney, WarnerMedia, Comcast and others will eventually pull back their content for their own platforms. But new figures paint a dire portrait of the aftermath of that shift.Ampere Analysis’ research—spotted by Recode—suggests Netflix could lose 20% of it...

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    DIRECTV ACQUIRES COPA SUDAMERICANA RIGHTS

    Dec 07, 2018

    DirecTV Latin America has acquired rights to broadcast the Copa Sudamericana and the Recopa in Spanish-speaking Latin America and the Caribbean for the period 2019-2022.The operator was selected in “an open and competitive bidding process that included the participation several bidders,”...

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    HOW TO RECORD AND SHARE GAMEPLAY ON THE PLAYSTATION 4

    Dec 07, 2018

    For lots of players, saving and sharing their favorite gameplay moments and playthroughs has become essential to the video gaming experience. Considering how much players like to use Twitter, Facebook, YouTube, and streaming services like Twitch to show off their gaming experiences, it makes perfect...

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    LINEAR TV CHANNEL OFFERING TO REDUCE IN THE NEXT 10 YEARS, SAYS HULU CEO

    Dec 06, 2018

    Randy Freer, CEO of the streaming platform Hulu, said that the traditional pay TV offering that includes more than 300 linear channels is going to shrink dramatically over the next 10 years.The executive participated this week in the BI Ignition conference in New York. According to Freer, only cable...

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    AMAZON MUSIC ROLLS OUT NEW VOICE FEATURES TO PERSONALIZE LISTENING

    Dec 06, 2018

    Amazon Music today announced the rollout of new voice features that enables listeners to personalize their streaming music experience. Essentially, listeners can have a conversation with the service’s Alexa to find playlists and music for specific moods or occasions, “liking” or re...

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    DIRECTV TO STOP BUYING SATELLITES, TO FOCUS ON ONLINE VIDEO BUSINESS

    Dec 06, 2018

    AT&T, owner of DTH operator DirecTV, announced that is finished buying satellites. Instead, it will focus on growing its online video business. The announcement was made by John Donovan, CEO of AT&T Communications, in a meeting with analysts.“We’ve launched our last satellite,&rd...

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    DIGITAL CONTENT PLATFORM ‘OTRO’ LAUNCHES WITH SOCCER STARS

    Dec 05, 2018

    The new online service “Otro”, focused on the soccer universe, was recently announced globally. It is backed by some of the sport’s biggest stars. It is available in eight languages (including Spanish) and offers a free version with limited access, and a monthly subscription model....

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    DIRECTV LATIN AMERICA HAS A NEW PRESIDENT

    Dec 05, 2018

    Manuel Abelleyra was appointed president of DirecTV Latin America, a new organizational unit of Vrio Corp. as of October 2018. Previously, the executive was in charge of the operation in Argentina and the Southern Region.Abelleyra will be responsible for the operations and the management teams of Ar...

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    ‘FORTNITE’ WAS THE MOST TALKED ABOUT GAME ON TWITTER IN 2018

    Dec 05, 2018

    Now that 2018 is ending, Twitter is sharing some of the topics that got people talking this year, including the most-tweeted video games in the U.S. Unsurprisingly, Epic Games’ popular battle royale title “Fortnite” tops the list.“Fortnite” is a pop culture phenomenon w...

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    HULU ON PACE TO HAVE 23M SUBSCRIBERS BY YEAR-END

    Dec 05, 2018

    Hulu CEO Randy Freer says his company is growing at a fast pace and is on track to have more than 23 million subscribers by the end of 2018.That’s according to TechCrunch, which picked up on Freer’s remarks at a Business Insider conference and did some math. Freer said that Hulu expects ...

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    AMAZON PRIME VIDEO IS FINALLY COMING TO COMCAST XFINITY

    Dec 05, 2018

    Four months after Comcast announced it was integrating Amazon Prime Video, the app is finally rolling out to Comcast’s Xfinity platform nationwide.Over the next week, Comcast will start allowing its pay TV subscribers to search for and watch Prime Video content on their X1 set-top boxes in 4K ...

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    NVIDIA’S NEW A.I. CREATES ENTIRE VIRTUAL CITIES BY WATCHING DASH CAM VIDEOS

    Dec 05, 2018

    From the Grand Theft Auto franchise to the plethora of available Spider-Man titles, plenty of video games allow you to explore a three-dimensional representation of a real (or thinly fictionalized) city. Creating these cityscapes isn’t easy, however. The task requires thousands of hours of com...

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    VOTE NOW TO DECIDE WHO IS THE MOST POWERFUL PERSON IN THE U.S. VIDEO INDUSTRY: 2018

    Dec 04, 2018

    Like FierceWireless is doing this year and has done in years past, FierceVideo is letting our readers pick the most powerful person in the U.S. video industry for 2018.Every workday for the next five days, we’re going to run a new round of voting in a tournament-style bracket. Voting starts ea...

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    COMCAST REMAINS CAGEY ON DIRECT-TO-CONSUMER STREAMING PRODUCT PLANS

    Dec 04, 2018

    Fellow media conglomerates AT&T and Disney are slowly revealing plans for their direct-to-consumer streaming products launching in 2019. But Comcast has yet to join the fray.Comcast CFO Mike Cavanagh spoke during a UBS investor conference and declined to provide much detail into any similar plan...

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    WHAT 5G WILL DO FOR VR/AR

    Dec 03, 2018

    People using AR and VR might be accessing information on train times while on the move, holding conference calls with colleagues or playing computer games with friends in different locations around the world, all in real time.It’s set to revolutionise the way we communicate and consume content...

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    MODERN TIMES GROUP INVESTS IN 11 U.S. AND EUROPEAN GAME STARTUPS

    Dec 03, 2018

    Modern Times Group (MTG) said it has invested in 11 gaming startups during the past year or so. The Stockholm, Sweden-based MTG made the investments in categories, including online gaming, esports, virtual reality, and augmented reality.This disclosure makes MTG one the most active investors in the ...

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    U.S. STREAMING TV SERVICE FUBOTV LAUNCHING IN SPAIN

    Dec 03, 2018

    FuboTV can check off another first among its virtual MVPD competitors: The U.S.-based streaming TV service is heading to Europe with the launch of fuboTV España in Spain.With the launch, fuboTV says it will be the first vMVPD to offer service in both North America and Europe. FuboTV Espa&ntil...

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    TWO MONTHS RUNNING, PLAYSTATION DOMINATES FIRST PLACE IN GAMING INDUSTRY’S MOST-SEEN TV ADS RANKING

    Dec 03, 2018

    In the last 30 days, Sony-owned PlayStation edged its lead with a third of all industry TV ad impressions, while Nintendo extended its market share at second place, Xbox fell from third to fourth, and chart newcomer Riot Games joined at No. 5.GamesBeat has partnered with iSpot.tv, the real-time TV a...

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    NEXSTAR WILL ACQUIRE TRIBUNE MEDIA FOR $4.1 BILLION

    Dec 02, 2018

    Reuters reports that Nexstar Media Group has agreed to acquire the Tribune Media Company for $4.1 billion, which will make the combined company the largest television station operator in America. The deal could be announced on Monday.Based in Irving, Texas, Nexstar is presently the second-largest lo...

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    AMAZON MUSIC WILL SOON BE AVAILABLE FOR ANDROID TV

    Nov 30, 2018

    Looks like Amazon Music is coming to Android TV, as Android Police has spotted a listing for the TV version of the app appearing now in the Google Play Store. It’s not available just yet, but there is an option to pre-register for it.Other music streaming services have been available on Androi...

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    A+E, MEDIATEK JOIN NIELSEN’S DYNAMIC AD INSERTION PILOT PROGRAM

    Nov 29, 2018

    Nielsen is growing the membership for its U.S. dynamic ad insertion (DAI) pilot, adding the smart TV chipmaker MediaTek and national cable network group A+E Networks.A+E joins CBS in the Nielsen trial working on replacing advertisements in live linear programming on select networks.Nielsen’s D...

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    DREAMSCAPE IMMERSIVE TO OPEN CUTTING-EDGE VR CENTRE IN LA NEXT MONTH

    Nov 28, 2018

    You may remember VRFocus reporting on location-based virtual reality (VR) specialist Dreamscape Immersive opening a pop-up location in Los Angeles earlier this year to showcase its brand new experience, Alien Zoo, for a month. That was just a precursor to today’s announcement, with the company...

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    DISNEY DITCHES COMCAST AND ALIGNS ONLINE AD EFFORTS WITH GOOGLE

    Nov 28, 2018

    Disney is consolidating all of its online ad initiatives with Google’s Ad Manager and ending its agreement with Comcast’s Freewheel.According to The Wall Street Journal, Disney’s networks including ABC and ESPN will use Google for ads appearing on video, mobile, apps and display fo...

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    DISCOVERY CONTINUES ITS PUSH INTO DIGITAL WITH SLING TV CARRIAGE DEAL

    Nov 28, 2018

    Discovery Inc. has made a series of big moves into streaming video over the last month—launching several new TV Everywhere apps, licensing a big catalog of shows to free, ad-supported streamer Pluto TV, and announcing its GolfTV SVOD service for non-U.S. markets—and launched three of its...

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    DREAMSCAPE IMMERSIVE TO OPEN ITS FIRST VR VENUE IN WESTFIELD CENTURY CITY

    Nov 28, 2018

    Dreamscape Immersive, the location-based VR startup backed by some of Hollywood’s heaviest hitters, will open its first venue this month at the Westfield Century City mall.The opening marks the start of a period of expansion that will bring four stand-alone and in-theatre VR experiences to the...

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    SEGA DREAMCAST AT 20: THE FUTURISTIC GAMES CONSOLE THAT CAME TOO SOON

    Nov 28, 2018

    The Dreamcast looked like nothing else out there. A lighter box than the uniform black or grey, four joypad ports, a bizarre controller with a memory card that had its own screen and worked as a separate miniature games console. The name – a portmanteau of Dream and Broadcast – was stran...

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    JW PLAYER, MAZ TEAM FOR INTEGRATED HOSTING/DISTRIBUTING VIDEO PLATFORM

    Nov 27, 2018

    Video platform JW Player and content logistics software firm MAZ Systems have teamed up to combine video hosting and distribution functions onto one dashboard.Brands that are already using JW Player for hosting and organizing playlists can authenticate once and have access to all JW Player playlists...

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    YOUTUBE OFFERS STUDENT DISCOUNTS ON MUSIC, PREMIUM SUBSCRIPTIONS

    Nov 27, 2018

    YouTube hopes to reel in college students as paying customers with steeply discounted pricing plans for its ad-free streaming services.The video service has launched student plans for YouTube Music Premium priced at $4.99 per month — a 50% discount off the regular $9.99 monthly price — a...

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    MOBILE EDGE GIFT IDEAS FOR GAMERS AND GAMING ENTHUSIASTS ON YOUR HOLIDAY GIFT LIST

    Nov 27, 2018

    With the world of professional eSports and recreational gaming growing by leaps and bounds each year, Mobile Edge is continuously innovating new designs and new products that offer cutting edge mobility solutions for a wide range of gamers and gaming enthusiasts. From the three versions of our award...

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    NBCUNIVERSAL HAS BUILT A MACHINE LEARNING TOOL TO TARGET TV ADS

    Nov 27, 2018

    NBCUniversal has a plan to use machine learning to drill down further into data about its programming so it can better target consumers and serve relevant television ads.The Comcast-owned broadcaster has cooked up something called the Context Intelligence Platform, which scours scripts, closed capti...

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    STREAM NETFLIX, CONTROL SMART HOME ESSENTIALS, AND MORE WITH THE $119 NVIDIA SHIELD TV 4K

    Nov 26, 2018

    There are only a few hours left to take advantage of Target's sitewide sale, and there are still plenty of deals you'll want to know about, or you might just be kicking yourself tomorrow once prices rise back up. This price drop on the Nvidia Shield TV 4K Streaming Player is one of those dea...

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    TEAM VITALITY RAISES $22.7 MILLION TO LIFT EUROPEAN ESPORTS

    Nov 26, 2018

    European esports organization Team Vitality has raised €20 million, or $22.7 million, in an investment from entrepreneur Tej Kohli.Team Vitality said it believes the investment is the largest ever for a European esports team. The sector is hot now, as market researcher Newzoo expects the busine...

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    DIRECTV’S SUBSCRIBER CHURN WOES COULD CONTINUE IN Q4 AS PROMO PRICING ENDS

    Nov 26, 2018

    DirecTV was hit with record subscriber losses during the third quarter, and that trend could continue due to the timing around some promotional pricing.During the third quarter, AT&T posted net subscriber losses of 346,000 for its traditional pay TV services, DirecTV and U-verse. In a new resear...

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    HTC FILES VIVE COSMOS TRADEMARK

    Nov 25, 2018

    HTC may finally be rolling out its Vive Focus standalone headset to businesses this month, but a new trademark filing has us wondering what else the company is working on.The Taiwanese smartphone maker recently filed a trademark at the EUIPO (first spotted by Dutch site Mobielkopen) for something ca...

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    YOUTUBE TRIES BUNDLING ADS TOGETHER FOR A BETTER VIEWING EXPERIENCE

    Nov 25, 2018

    YouTube is aiming to create a more enjoyable viewing experience by bundling ads together to reduce the number of interruptions viewers have to deal with while watching a video.So while it could mean increasing the number of videos it shows before and during a video, doubling them up at least means f...

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    AMAZON ECHO OR GOOGLE HOME: WHICH SMART SPEAKER IS RIGHT FOR YOU?

    Nov 23, 2018

    If you’re in the market for a small speaker, you can go for an Apple HomePod with Siri inside or this $2,250 Bang and Olufsen deal, but if you’re looking for the most value, top features, and a solution that lets you spread music throughout your home, you only really have Amazon’s ...

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    LOGITECH WANTS TO ACQUIRE HEADPHONE MAKER PLANTRONICS FOR OVER $2 BILLION

    Nov 23, 2018

    Logitech, a Swiss manufacturer of keyboards and webcams, is in discussions to acquire Plantronics, a U.S. maker of Bluetooth earpieces and gaming headsets, people familiar with the matter said on Friday.The deal would be by far Logitech’s largest acquisition and would illustrate the company&rs...

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    SMELL THE IMMERSION WITH THE VAQSO VR SCENT DEVICE

    Nov 22, 2018

    As virtual reality (VR) companies strive for greater immersion within experiences how would you imagine they could achieve that? Better visuals, improved spatial audio, the ability to feel and touch virtual objects? Well for VAQSO Inc. its the addition of one of our other senses, smell. The tech sta...

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    SOMERSAULTS AND SIDEFLIPS ARE COMING TO ACTION FPS SAIRENTO VR

    Nov 22, 2018

    After an Early Access release in 2016 followed by a full launch in January, Mixed Realms’ ninja-based action title Sairento VR has proved to be a tidy little success, receiving a positive response from press and gamers alike. But the team hasn’t stopped there, continually releasing impro...

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    THE GOLDEN AGE OF STREAMING SPORTS ISN'T PERFECT, BUT IT'S STILL DAMN GOOD

    Nov 22, 2018

    As the air turns colder and we approach the holidays, we also find ourselves knee-deep in one of the best times of the year for sports: The NBA and NHL are in full swing, college basketball is getting warmed up, college football is barreling toward Bowl Season, and the NFL season is getting hot as t...

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    XBOX ONE PLAYERUNKNOWN’S BATTLEGROUNDS (PUBG) PLAYERS GET ANOTHER EVENT MODE THIS WEEKEND

    Nov 22, 2018

    Xbox One gamers will be getting a new Huntsmen and Marksmen Xbox Event Mode this weekend in the popular PlayerUnknown’s Battlegrounds (PUBG) video game.The special event will run from Nov 22nd at 7pm PST (23rd 4am CET) and will last until Nov 25th at 7pm PST (26th 4am CET). The game mode will ...

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    UNDERGROUND SURVIVAL EXPERIENCE ECHOES VR IS HEADING TO KICKSTARTER

    Nov 22, 2018

    Spanish indie videogame studio Rogue Titan Games announced its debut virtual reality (VR) title Echoes VR several months ago, revealing that it was the team’s final project for their masters at the Politechnic University of Madrid. As this will be their first videogame the studio is seeking fu...

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    FLEX YOUR THUMBS (AND YOUR BRAIN) WITH THESE FUN TEXTING GAMES

    Nov 21, 2018

    Smartphones are more powerful than ever, and that means gaming on phones has never been better. It wasn’t always possible to play graphically intensive games on a phone. In fact, believe it or not, there was a time SMS texting games were all the rage, and they still are for some. Whether it&rs...

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    SUPERHOT TEAM PUTS TOGETHER A ‘VR ESSENTIALS’ BUNDLE ON STEAM

    Nov 21, 2018

    When it comes to virtual reality (VR) videogames – depending on the headset you own – there are generally several titles that are considered ‘must haves’. Experiences that really showcase the power and immersive qualities of the technology, whilst being great introductions fo...

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    PLAYVS RAISES $30.5 MILLION FOR HIGH SCHOOL ESPORTS PLATFORM

    Nov 20, 2018

    PlayVS has raised $30.5 million for its platform for high school esports. The round comes just five months after PlayVS raised $15 million.Elysian Park Ventures, the private investment arm of the Los Angeles Dodgers ownership group, led the round. Other existing investors who also participated are N...

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    ADMIX COMPLETES ACQUISITION OF VRFOCUS.COM

    Nov 20, 2018

    Admix, who announced a $2.1M fresh capital injection last week, has today completed its acquisition of VRFocus.com, one of the leading publications focussed on AR and VR. As part of a philanthropic effort to assist the developing AR and VR industries, Admix has ensured that VRFocus.com will retain i...

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    COMCAST, CHARTER RACIAL DISCRIMINATION SUITS HEADED TO TRIAL

    Nov 20, 2018

    A federal appeals court has denied attempts by Comcast and Charter to dismiss lawsuits filed by Byron Allen’s Entertainment Studios claiming violations of the Civil Rights Act.The plaintiffs—Entertainment Studios and the National Association of African-American Owned Media (NAAAOM)&mdash...

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    SKYPE CALLING NOW AVAILABLE ON ALEXA

    Nov 20, 2018

    Microsoft is bringing its Skype calling service to Amazon’s Alexa-enabled devices this week. Amazon’s Echo range will be able to access Skype’s basic calling, and hardware like the Echo Show will also include video calling support for Skype. This integration also lets Skype users c...

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    AMAZON BIDDING ON FOX’S 22 REGIONAL SPORTS NETWORKS: REPORT

    Nov 20, 2018

    Amazon has reportedly jumped in with a bid for 21st Century Fox’s 22 regional sports networks that Disney is selling off as part of its $71.3 billion Fox acquisition.According to CNBC’s David Faber, Amazon is bidding on all of the networks, which include distribution deals with major spo...

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    SOUND BLASTERX G6 AMPLIFIER REVIEW — THE BEST HEADPHONE AUDIO

    Nov 19, 2018

    Creative Labs always seems like it is fighting an uphill battle to convince people that they should want better audio. While some are seeing diminishing returns going to 4K or even HDR, most gaming fans have plenty of room to improve their sound setup. And the Sound BlasterX G6 DAC and headphone amp...

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    NZXT’S HUE 2 LIGHTING KITS ARE A GREAT WAY TO ADD RGB TO YOUR PC RIG

    Nov 19, 2018

    Some people can’t wait to tell you how much they don’t care about RGB lighting in their PC hardware. And to them I say this: “OK.” And then, I will walk back into the warm, glowing embrace of the Hue 2 lighting kits from NZXT.Let’s say that you or a loved one already ha...

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    SNAP ANNOUNCES LENS CREATIVE PARTNERS PROGRAM TO CONNECT BRANDS WITH AR CREATORS

    Nov 19, 2018

    A year ago, Snap launched its first desktop app, Lens Studio, to give artists and agencies the ability to create and run their own sponsored AR lenses. But companies still might not readily know what agencies have prior experience creating lenses. So Snap is today announcing the launch of a Creative...

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    THESE ARE THE COOLEST GAMES YOU CAN PLAY ON YOUR GOOGLE CHROME BROWSER RIGHT NOW

    Nov 18, 2018

    The Chrome Web Store offers a lot more than just a healthy dose of extensions, themes, and other nifty apps. It also houses an impressive collection of games that can be directly played on the browser for a small fee, or nothing at all.Many of the same great titles that are available on your smartph...

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    INXILE ENTERTAINMENT IS STILL WORKING ON VR DESPITE MICROSOFT ACQUISITION

    Nov 17, 2018

    This week, The Mage’s Tale developer InXile Entertainment was acquired by Microsoft, becoming a member of its Microsoft Studios family. Given that the Xbox-maker doesn’t have its own VR headset for consoles (and only partners with others on its PC devices), this threw into question the s...

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    DEVELOPERS CAN APPLY FOR GRANTS UP TO $500,000 THROUGH MAGIC LEAP’S INDEPENDENT CREATOR PROGRAM

    Nov 16, 2018

    Do you happen to be a developer with an idea that would be great for augmented reality (AR)/mixed reality (MR) headsets but need some funding to get it off the ground. Well, you’re in luck, as Magic Leap has recently announced its new  Independent Creator Program, a development fund looki...

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    AT&T IS INVITING DIRECTV NOW USERS TO TEST ITS UPCOMING STREAMING BOX

    Nov 15, 2018

    AT&amp;T is inviting DirecTV Now users to sign up for a chance to test its upcoming streaming set-top box. The company sent an email to select DirecTV Now subscribers this morning, asking them to sign up to test the device for “about six months.” AT&amp;T Communications CEO John Donovan anno...

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    THINK VIRTUAL REALITY IS JUST FOR GAMES? THESE AWESOME APPS WILL CHANGE YOUR MIND

    Nov 15, 2018

    If there’s anything we’ve learned from Hollywood movies, it’s that there’s only a matter of time before the machines inevitably become sentient, take control of the earth, and ruthlessly hunt down any and all remaining humans in impressively efficient fashion. For now, though...

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    FORTNITE’ GIFTS PERFECT FOR THE VIDEO GAME FAN IN YOUR LIFE

    Nov 15, 2018

    Chances are you have someone on your holiday shopping list who is a big fan of Fortnite. The battle royale game has become an untouchable worldwide phenomenon in 2018. As such, plenty of Fortnite-themed products are being made by companies both big and small.From board games to figurines to shirts a...

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    COMCAST'S XFINITY STREAM JOINS NIELSEN'S DIGITAL RATINGS

    Nov 14, 2018

    Comcast’s Xfinity Stream app and web portal are being added to Nielsen’s digital ratings. Now Xfinity TV audiences watching on computers and mobile devices will be included in Nielsen Digital in TV Ratings and Digital Content Ratings.The inclusion of Stream is an expansion of Comcast&rsq...

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    REMEMBER RTX? IT’S IN A VIDEO GAME NOW

    Nov 14, 2018

    If you’ve purchased an Nvidia RTX graphics card, you can finally enjoy your fancy new GPU’s namesake feature. All you have to do is update a handful of programs and join Electronic Arts’ premium subscription service.Battlefield V is officially the first game to support real-time ra...

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    VR FIRM ESTABLISHES NEW TEAM FOR LOCATION-BASED ENTERTAINMENT MARKET

    Nov 14, 2018

    nDreams, a virtual reality (VR) developer and publisher which is backed by an investment group, has set up a new team to create games and experiences for the location-based entertainment market.The Farnborough business, which is a direct investment of Warwickshire-headquartered Mercia Technologies, ...

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    HYPERX CLOUD MIX REVIEW — A GREAT HEADSET FOR DAILY USE

    Nov 14, 2018

    Computer component company Kingston started its HyperX gaming brand years ago, and it has earned a reputation for building great peripherals like its Cloud headsets. But as great as the HyperX Cloud Flight, Cloud Stinger, and Cloud Alpha all are, none of them would work well as your daily headphones...

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    INDUSTRY VOICES MULLIGAN: SVOD USERS WERE THE DRIVING FORCE BEHIND CORD CUTTING IN Q3

    Nov 13, 2018

    Cord cutting is now a firmly entrenched component of the pay TV business, especially in the U.S. Pay TV providers of all kinds continue to shed subscribers each quarter, all against the backdrop of a continually expanding streaming market. However, the real story behind cord cutting is not how many ...

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    PLAYSTATION 4 GETS PLAYERUNKNOWN’S BATTLEGROUNDS IN DECEMBER

    Nov 13, 2018

    The PUBG Corporation is announcing today that it is bringing PlayerUnknown’s Battlegrounds to PlayStation 4. Preorders for the $30 game kick off today, and the battle royale launches December 7. This marks the end of console exclusivity for the Xbox. It also gives PlayStation fans one more opt...

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    DISNEY IN TALKS WITH HEARST TO SELL A+E NETWORKS EUROPEAN CHANNELS

    Nov 13, 2018

    Disney is in talks with Hearst to sell off its interest in five European cable channels that are part of the larger A+E Networks joint venture between the companies.Disney last week agreed to divest the channels as a condition of receiving approval for the 21st Century Fox transaction from the Europ...

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    YOUTUBE VR BRINGS ITS WEALTH OF CONTENT TO OCULUS GO

    Nov 13, 2018

    A couple of months ago Oculus made the long-awaited announcement that YouTube VR would finally be coming to its standalone headset, Oculus Go. That time has now come, with Oculus Go owners now able to download the app for free via Oculus Store.The app gives Oculus Go access to the video platform&rsq...

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    VERIZON WANTS TO OFFER ITS APPLE TV, YOUTUBE TV DEAL TO MORE OF ITS SUBSCRIBERS

    Nov 12, 2018

    Verizon is reportedly considering expanding its partnership with Apple and Google to more of its pay TV and wireless subscribers, not just its 5G customers.Earlier this year, Verizon announced a deal in which its 5G in-home, fixed wireless customers would receive either a 4K Apple TV streaming devic...

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    NETFLIX TESTING LOWER PRICES IN SOME MARKETS

    Nov 12, 2018

    Netflix is testing lower prices for its service in some international markets to better grow and compete with other local streaming services.According to Bloomberg, the company is looking into offering a fourth pricing tier its current U.S. plans range from $7.99 per month to $13.99 per month that w...

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    PUBG, ORI AND THE BLIND FOREST, MORE JOINING XBOX GAME PASS

    Nov 11, 2018

    Even though most viewers were focused at the new games coming out of X018, Microsoft made some major movements with Xbox Game Pass. The company’s Netflix-like subscription service for games is getting a bunch of new games this month and December just in time for your Christmas holidays.Microso...

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    MICROSOFT ACQUIRES INXILE TO MAKE ROLE-PLAYING GAMES FOR XBOX, PC

    Nov 10, 2018

    The Xbox team’s acquisition storm continues. The publisher revealed today that it is folding Wasteland 2 and Torment: Tides of Numenera studio InXile Entertainment into its portfolio of game development teams. InXile founder Brian Fargo helped revealed the partnership at Microsoft’s XO18...

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    YOUTUBE ARRIVES ON NINTENDO SWITCH TODAY

    Nov 08, 2018

    YouTube is launching on the Nintendo Switch today. It becomes just the second major video app to be released on the console since the Switch hit shelves in March 2017. (Hulu led the way last November.) YouTube can be downloaded for free from the Nintendo eShop.The app is exactly what you’d exp...

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    SAMSUNG REPORTEDLY PLANS PROJECT WHARE CLOUD SERVICE AND AR HEADSET

    Nov 05, 2018

    Until now, Samsung’s mixed reality efforts have been largely focused on virtual reality headsets such as Gear VR and the Odyssey HMD, but the South Korean company will dive deeper into augmented reality this week, Variety reports. During its annual developers conference in San Francisco, the c...

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    OCULUS GO: HOW TO USE PS4, XBOX ONE, AND SWITCH CONTROLLERS

    Nov 04, 2018

    The Oculus Go is a wonderful VR headset that’s easy to jump into with a great motion controller to play games with. But, sometimes, you just can’t beat the response and control afforded by a proper gamepad.Oculus Go allows you to connect a more traditional controller via Bluetooth. But, ...

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    HTC IS TAKING APPLICATIONS FOR 6DOF DEV KITS

    Nov 04, 2018

    The company this week opened applications for developer kits for its newly announced six degree of freedom (6DOF) controllers for the Vive Focus standalone headset. Viveport President Rikard Steiber launched the applications during a talk at the 2018 XRDC conference. He also confirmed that the new c...

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    CBS LAUNCHES ET LIVE, ITS THIRD FREE, AD-SUPPORTED STREAMING CHANNEL

    Nov 01, 2018

    On Wednesday, CBS made good on its plans to launch an Entertainment Tonight streaming service with the announcement of ET Live, a free-to-watch ad-supported channel.ET Live will feature content complementary to Entertainment Tonight, which is still on broadcast television. The channel will feature e...

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    VIRTUIX AND FUNOVATION LAUNCH VR ARENA FOR VIRTUAL REALITY ESPORTS

    Nov 01, 2018

    Virtuix tried to get home consumers to use its Omni virtual reality treadmill in years past, without much success. Now the company is targeting its treadmill tech for esports VR contests in VR arcades in a partnership with Funovation.Back in 2014, the company raised millions in funding on Kickstarte...

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    SPOTIFY GIVES AWAY FREE GOOGLE HOME MINI SPEAKERS TO FAMILY PLAN SUBSCRIBERS

    Oct 31, 2018

    Spotify is giving some of its members an early holiday gift: The company is gifting subscribers to its $14.99 family plan a free Google Home Mini speaker, it announced Wednesday morning.The music service is using the offer to tout its close integration with Google’s voice assistant, which allo...

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    AMAZON MAKES MUSIC SKILL API PUBLICLY AVAILABLE

    Oct 31, 2018

    Spicing up voice apps on Amazon’s Alexa assistant with jammin’ tunes just got a whole lot easier. The Seattle firm today announced the general availability of the Music Skill API, which allows developers to stream songs from online services to Alexa devices and Amazon Echo speakers in th...

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    SCREAM AND HIDE IN VIRTUAL REALITY FILMS AND VIDEOGAMES THIS HALLOWEEN

    Oct 30, 2018

    We all love a little bit of a scare, scream and adrenaline rush. Virtual reality (VR) is particularly good at making viral videos when we see our friends and family members tremble, scream or fall off chairs. Be prepared to go through those same emotions in these latest experiences in VR and augment...

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    FROMSOFTWARE’S PLAYSTATION VR EXCLUSIVE DERACINE ARRIVES NEXT WEEK

    Oct 30, 2018

    Unveiled at the Electronic Entertainment Expo (E3) in June, FromSoftware and Japan Studio’s upcoming virtual reality (VR) title Déraciné is due to hit PlayStation VR next week. Ahead of launch Masaaki Yamagiwa, Producer, SIE Japan Studio, has revealed a few more details about the...

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    HOW TO CONNECT A PS3 CONTROLLER TO YOUR PC

    Oct 29, 2018

    Five years into a new console generation, the PlayStation 3 is all but extinct. Gamers have few reasons to break out their PS3 (unless they need an oversized paperweight). Still, if you’ve got a game-worthy PC, those old DualShock 3 controllers can be put to good use. With a few minutes and a ...

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    MIXED REALITY CREATION TOOL MICROSOFT MARQUETTE LEAKS

    Oct 29, 2018

    Though Microsoft have been involved in virtual reality (VR) and mixed reality (MR) for some time, notably with the Microsoft HoloLens and the various Windows MR devices, its growth has been slower than the company expected. However, Microsoft may be hoping to change that with the release of a new to...

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    AMAZON SAYS IT HAS NO PLANS FOR AN AD-SUPPORTED VIDEO SERVICE

    Oct 26, 2018

    Amazon threw cold water on reports that it has an ad-supported streaming service in the works during its third-quarter earnings call Thursday.Amazon-owned IMDb was reportedly working on an ad-supported streaming service but Dave Fildes, direct of investor relations for the company, said that’s...

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    ‘NIGHTMARE ON OCULUS’ SALE OFFERS HALLOWEEN SAVINGS FOR RIFT, GO, AND GEAR VR

    Oct 26, 2018

    Oculus launched its ‘Nightmare on Oculus’ sale across Rift, Go, and Gear VR, with reduced prices on dozens of Halloween themed VR games on the Oculus Store. The sale will last for 7 days, ending next Friday.As well as the individual game sales, Oculus is also offering four Halloween them...

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    A NEW OCULUS FEATURE LETS YOU RECORD AN ABUSIVE VR USER’S BEHAVIOR AND REPORT THEM

    Oct 24, 2018

    Oculus is rolling out new features, including a system-wide option for reporting abuse. The update is available on the Oculus Go and Samsung Gear VR mobile headsets, and it will arrive on the PC-based Oculus Rift next month. In addition to the new reporting tools, Oculus Go is getting a beta feature...

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    THE FUTURE OF VIRTUAL REALITY IS WIRELESS

    Oct 23, 2018

    In recent months we’ve been talking about some new definitions and marketing terms that are coming into more popular use — “wireless” and “standalone” VR. While we’ve seen hints of it in 2018, next year is when the technology will really take off.Before I ge...

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    TEAMVIEWER ANNOUNCES NEW AUGMENTED REALITY CAPABILITIES

    Oct 23, 2018

    TeamViewer has become almost ubiquitous among remote support teams for connecting to another PC and guiding users through a process, or finding a particular fault. The company has now announced a new version of its software which introduced augmented reality (AR) capabilities.TeamViewer 14 Preview i...

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    STREAMING TV SERVICES WILL NAB 25% OF VIDEO MARKET BY 2022, ANALYST SAYS

    Oct 23, 2018

    Sling TV, DirecTV Now and other streaming TV services will continue their current growth trend over the next few years and expand their share of the pay TV market.That’s according to UBS analyst John Hodulik, who said that despite recent price increases, virtual MVPDs will account for about 25...

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    DISCOVERY AND PGA TOUR ANNOUNCE GOLFTV SUBSCRIPTION STREAMING SERVICE

    Oct 22, 2018

    Discovery Inc. and the PGA Tour have announced GolfTV as the brand for their upcoming live and on-demand subscription streaming service launching outside the U.S.The service is part of a 12-year, $2 billion distribution deal between the companies announced earlier this year. The new streaming servic...

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    FACEBOOK DISCONTINUES MOVIE RENTALS, PURCHASES ON OCULUS RIFT

    Oct 22, 2018

    Facebook’s VR subsidiary Oculus is shutting down its VOD efforts on is Oculus Rift headset this week, and is reimbursing anyone who has bought titles in the past. Oculus told Rift users in an email about the changes Monday, and confirmed the move in a comment sent to Variety.“Over the ye...

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    SAMSUNG ANNOUNCES NEW VERSION OF WINDOWS MIXED REALITY HEADSET

    Oct 22, 2018

    There are a variety of options available for users who want to go into virtual reality (VR). One of the most cost-effective is the Windows Mixed Reality line of head-mounted displays, of which there are several variants, provided by various different Microsoft partners, including Samsung. Samsung la...

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    HTC VIVE PRO UPDATE BRINGS FINGER TRACKING TO VR

    Oct 22, 2018

    So you’d like to dive in to the virtual reality universe, but you’d rather not have to hold controllers. The most recent announcement from HTC’s Vive crew suggests that the HTC Vive Pro will soon have 6DoF hand and finger tracking with a simple software update. “Through the f...

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    HOW YOU CAN GIVE YOUR PS4 A FRESH START WITH A FACTORY RESET

    Oct 21, 2018

    Sometimes, you just need to start from scratch, even with a game console. Whether you’re trying to fix an error you haven’t been able to solve with our solutions guide or you’re having trouble beta testing the latest Playstation software update, you’ll want to know how to ret...

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    PLAYSTATION VUE IS NOW INTEGRATED WITH APPLE’S TV APP

    Oct 20, 2018

    PlayStation Vue has integrated with Apple’s TV app, allowing users to view on-demand content and live sports right in the TV app on iOS and tvOS, Sony announced this week. Vue is the first pay-TV provider to be featured in the TV app, which already features content from nearly every major stre...

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    NEXTVR’S NBA STREAMING SLATE BEGINS WITH TWO-TIME DEFENDING CHAMPION GOLDEN STATE WARRIORS

    Oct 20, 2018

    Startup NextVR is preparing to stream the 2018-2019 NBA season across all platforms.NextVR’s focus is on live capture and streaming content in 3D, and the startup’s partnership with the NBA has offered basketball fans in VR courtside seats at games for the last couple years. NextVR&rsquo...

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    HUAWEI: MATE 20 X SMARTPHONE BETTER GAMING DEVICE THAN NINTENDO SWITCH

    Oct 17, 2018

    Huawei rolled out a bit of a surprise this week at the tail end of an event meant to reveal two new phones: A third device, a 7.2-inch smartphone, that the company president said is “the best portable mobile gaming machine” on the market, including the Nintendo Switch.“Today we als...

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    OUR GAME STREAMING FUTURE: A DYSTOPIAN RETREAT FROM INNOVATION, RISK

    Oct 17, 2018

    Imagine a world where your favorite game is playable on any device: your PC, your phone, your toaster. This idyllic daydream — our amusements readily available in all places, finally unchained and free — is being promised to us not by niche hobbyists working in their garage but the bigge...

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    SIXENSE WILL REFUND ITS VR CONTROLLER BACKERS, SWITCH TO ENTERPRISE

    Oct 16, 2018

    Sixense pioneered hand controllers for virtual reality applications in 2013, but the company hasn’t been able to produce its Stem consumer product for VR. And so the company is announcing today that it will refund all of the money raised from its Kickstarter campaign backers and preorder custo...

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    STARTUP LUDENSO TAKES ON MAGIC LEAP AND HOLOLENS IN AUGMENTED REALITY

    Oct 16, 2018

    Norwegian technology start-up Ludenso (formerly MovieMask) has started a Kickstarter crowdfunding campaign for its augmented reality glasses for mobile devices, dubbed MagiMask.MagiMask and its tracking system has been quietly in development for two years, and it is now available to preorder, priced...

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    SONY RESOLVES PLAYSTATION 4 BUG THAT ALLOWED SPECIFIC MESSAGE TO LOCK-UP SYSTEM

    Oct 15, 2018

    Sony has reportedly resolved an issue with PlayStation Network messages that could cause a particular string of messages sent to a PlayStation 4 to lock-up the system until reset.After a slew of user reports came in via Reddit and other social media accounts from PlayStation 4 owners that detailed t...

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    VIRTUAL MVPD FUBOTV HAS NEARLY 250,000 SUBSCRIBERS

    Oct 15, 2018

    Virtual MVPD FuboTV, which competes with the likes of Sling TV and DirecTV Now, said that it is approaching 250,000 total subscribers.That includes 30,000 subscribers added during the third quarter and marks more than 100% growth year over year compared to the 100,000 subscribers the service had bac...

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    TWO YEARS ON: PLAYSTATION VR – VIDEOGAMES

    Oct 12, 2018

    Though the PlayStation 4 is capable of a fair number of functions, it is primarily designed as a videogames console, so you would expect the focus for its software to be on videogames.Some of the earliest virtual reality (VR) titles released for the PlayStation VR amounted to be mostly tech demos, b...

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    CORTANA, MEET ALEXA: BUY AN XBOX ONE FROM AMAZON AND GET A FREE ECHO DOT

    Oct 11, 2018

    If you’re looking to add some new technology to your living room in a hurry, Microsoft and Amazon have just the deal for you. Starting Friday, October 12, anyone who purchases an Xbox One bundle from Amazon will receive an Amazon Echo Dot device.The deal applies to several different Xbox One X...

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    WHY INTEL AND NVIDIA CONTROVERSIES PROVE YOU SHOULD ALWAYS WAIT FOR BENCHMARKS

    Oct 11, 2018

    The last couple of months have been exciting times for those looking to upgrade their PCs. SSD prices have continued to fall and both Nvidia and Intel have showcased new hardware that is more powerful than anything they’ve ever released before, especially when it comes to games. But in both th...

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    GAMING LAPTOPS WITH NVIDIA’S FLAGSHIP RTX CARDS COULD ARRIVE BY CES 2019

    Oct 11, 2018

    If you’re waiting for Nvidia to make its flagship GeForce RTX 2080 series graphics card available on laptops, you may not have to wait much longer. While it was previously rumored that Nvidia may launch the card as early as November, a new report suggests that mobile RTX graphics won’t l...

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    PROTOTYPE MICROSOFT HOLOLENS HEADSET SPOTTED IN NASA VIDEO

    Oct 11, 2018

    It appears that the HoloLens headset spotted in the NASA video is a prototype version of the original developer HoloLens, as noted by Road to VR’s Scott Hayden. While Microsoft is indeed working on a second-generation version of the HoloLens, the model shown here is unlikely to be that device....

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    INSOMNIAC GAMES TO LAUNCH ‘SEEDLING’ AR GAME ON MAGIC LEAP

    Oct 10, 2018

    Insomniac Games previewed its very first game for the Magic Leap One headset at the L.E.A.P. conference in Los Angeles Wednesday. The title, dubbed “Seedling,” will be released on the Magic Leap One headset in November.“’Seedling’ is more of an experience than a traditi...

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    GOOGLE LAUNCHES THIRD-GEN CHROMECAST WITH 60FPS VIDEO, MULTIROOM AUDIO SUPPORT

    Oct 10, 2018

    Google announced a new version of its Chromecast streaming adapter, the third generation of the company’s streaming device, which supports playback video at higher frame rates and can also stream multiroom audio.The new device goes on sale Tuesday in the U.S., Australia, Canada, Denmark, Finla...

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    SCORE A FREE GOOGLE HOME MINI WHEN YOU BUY AN NVIDIA SHIELD TV FROM WALMART

    Oct 10, 2018

    If you’re looking for a good streaming device but you also want something that can let you get your game on, then you’re in luck: For a limited time, you can score a two-in-one bundle from Walmart that includes the Nvidia Shield TV streaming media player along with a free Google Home Min...

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    CRAZY MACHINES VR WHIRRS INTO LIFE ON PC VR LATER THIS MONTH

    Oct 09, 2018

    You’d not think it but the Crazy Machines franchise has actually been around for 13 years. Originally released in October 2005 for PC and Mac, as well as on both the Nintendo DS and Wii. We’ve known that the creation crafting title that sees users manufacture elaborate machines in a Rube...

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    HYPERX ANNOUNCES NEW CLOUD MIX BLUETOOTH-ENABLED GAMING HEADSET

    Oct 08, 2018

    HyperX announced its first Bluetooth-enabled gaming headset Monday, called the Cloud MIX.The Cloud MIX, created with gamers looking for portability in mind, boasts a wide variety of features, with a long battery life of 20 hours, dual chamber technology, and 40mm drivers for high-quality sound up to...

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    FACEBOOK’S NEW PORTAL VIDEO-CALLING DEVICES LET USERS CO-STREAM MUSIC, VIDEO

    Oct 08, 2018

    Facebook unveiled Portal, video-communication devices that incorporate smart-speaker features using Amazon’s Alexa, and provide a way to listen to music and watch videos together with friends.Portal ($199) and the larger-screen Portal+ ($349) will begin shipping in November. The devices, which...

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    THIS NEW HEADSET LETS YOU SEE VR AS CLEARLY AS THE REAL WORLD

    Oct 08, 2018

    With AR and VR companies racing to build the ultimate headset that can truly embrace mixed reality, a Finnish startup, Varjo, just made waves with their near to human eye resolution VR headset - The “Bionic Display”.Many innovations have come to wearable VR headsets, most of them trying ...

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    TWIN PEAKS IS BRINGING THE RED ROOM INTO VR

    Oct 06, 2018

    Just the thought of David Lynch-level weirdness in virtual reality is already enough to make my head spin, but I’m sure lots of people will be pretty excited for this official Twin Peaks VR experience.The cult classic series is indeed getting its very own experiential piece for the Oculus Rift...

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    OBSERVER ANALYTICS MEASURES USER INTERACTIONS IN VR, AR, AND MIXED REALITY

    Oct 05, 2018

    Observer Analytics has launched its analytics platform for virtual reality, augmented reality, and mixed reality. That’s a lot of realities, but the truth is it isn’t clear which of these new technologies will become the biggest.Observer Analytics believes they all have to be quantified ...

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    OCCULT 3D NOVEL THE MIDNIGHT SANCTUARY OUT TODAY, PLAYSTATION VR AND STEAMVR SUPPORT STILL TO COME

    Oct 04, 2018

    Today, Sony publishing label UNTIES and developer CAVYHOUSE have launched their occult suspense 3D novel The Midnight Sanctuary for Nintendo Switch, PlayStation 4 and Steam. The title will also get virtual reality (VR) support for PlayStation VR, Oculus Rift and HTC Vive in the near future.A Japanes...

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    HTC VIVE LOOK TO RECREATE READY PLAYER ONE’S THE OASIS IN VR

    Oct 04, 2018

    One of the more high-profile depictions of virtual reality (VR) recently was The Oasis depicted in Ready Player One, both the book and the Steven Spielberg film. In Ready Player One, The Oasis is an all-encompassing VR simulation where people can enjoy a huge range of experiences, from going to scho...

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    NOMADIC WILL LAUNCH ARIZONA SUNSHINE VR ARCADE IN ORLANDO

    Oct 04, 2018

    Nomadic will open its first virtual reality arcade featuring the first-person shooter game Arizona Sunshine in Orlando, Florida.The San Rafael, California-based Nomadic will partner with Rotterdam, The Netherlands-based Vertigo Arcades  to take the popular shooter game into VR arcades, where pl...

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    SCIENTISTS SHOWCASE BRAIN-TO-BRAIN COMMUNICATION WITH GAME OF 3-PLAYER ‘TETRIS’

    Oct 03, 2018

    In the future, we might be able to use brain implants like Elon Musk’s proposed Neuralink to directly connect both with other electronic devices and human beings; transmitting thoughts through a kind of high-tech telepathy. That’s still a long ways away, but researchers from the Universi...

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    STARLIGHT AND SOTI BRING LENOVO MIRAGE SOLO VR TO HOSPITALIZED KIDS

    Oct 01, 2018

    After decades of using wall-mounted TVs, hospitalized patients have recently started using virtual reality to “transport” themselves into more relaxing settings. Hot on the heels of last week’s Oculus-VRHealth initiative to manage pain for chemotherapy patients and mothers in labor...

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    NETFLIX MUM AS OTHERS IN MEDIA REACT TO CALIFORNIA’S NET NEUTRALITY LAWS

    Oct 01, 2018

    California signed new net neutrality laws over the weekend, months after the FCC reversed federal net neutrality rules. The media industry, on both the content and distribution sides, reacted, while Netflix, once a strident defender of net neutrality, stayed quiet.California’s new rules, which...

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    NETFLIX IS NO. 1 COMPANY TECHIES WANT TO WORK FOR, SURVEY FINDS

    Oct 01, 2018

    Netflix beat out Silicon Valley’s biggest heavy-hitters on a new survey of the most-coveted places to work among technology pros.Netflix took the No. 1 spot on Hired’s 2018 survey of tech workers ranking the companies they’d most like to work for, moving up from fifth place on the ...

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    LOTS OF PEOPLE ARE CANCELING HBO NOW AND AMAZON PRIME, STUDY SAYS

    Oct 01, 2018

    Customer churn is a dreaded reality for streaming products that don’t require service contracts, and it could be that some SVODs are being hit harder with it than others.That’s according to Juniper Research, which released a new study suggesting Amazon Prime and HBO Now are feeling the b...

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    ROBIN HUNICKE INTERVIEW — WHY DEVELOPERS SHOULD COLLABORATE WITH VR PLATFORM MAKERS

    Sep 30, 2018

    Virtual reality is still a fledgling industry, and it’s hard to make money on the relatively small installed base of VR headsets. But that doesn’t bother Robin Hunicke, the CEO and cofounder of San Francisco-based indie game studio Funomena.Hunicke, who is also director of the Art, Games...

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    CHOOSING BETWEEN INTEL AND AMD FOR GAMES? THESE ARE THE BEST CPUS AT EVERY PRICE

    Sep 30, 2018

    If you want to completely revamp your computer to play the latest PC games, it’s smart to start with the processor and work outwards. Of course, the graphics component is the important half of the PC gaming equation along with the motherboard, system memory, and storage. But the processor is t...

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    FL STUDIO GETS ITS OWN DEDICATED MUSIC-MAKING HARDWARE

    Sep 29, 2018

    Oculus Quest owners will have an exclusive Star Wars VR series to look forward to this spring: Vader Immortal. We only got a brief glimpse of it during the Oculus Connect 5 keynote today, but it looks like it'll place you on Mustafar, the volcanic planet that houses Vader's lair. The three e...

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    EXPLORING AI SOLUTIONS FOR THE ENTERTAINMENT & MEDIA INDUSTRY

    Sep 26, 2018

    This insideHPC guide series explores how artificial intelligence is revolutionizing and evolving the media and entertainment industries. This post walks readers through a variety of AI solutions for the entertainment and media industry, as well as what to consider when choosing the right solution fo...

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    OCULUS GO GETS FOVEATED RENDERING, VISUAL IMPROVEMENTS, AND YOUTUBE VR

    Sep 26, 2018

    Alongside other announcements today at its Connect 5 event, Facebook-owned virtual reality company Oculus announced a number of new additions to its Oculus Go standalone VR headset: several new visual rendering features that will improve optical quality, as well as YouTube VR support.Most interestin...

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    FACEBOOK ANNOUNCES $399 OCULUS QUEST STANDALONE VR HEADSET

    Sep 26, 2018

    Facebook CEO Mark Zuckerberg used his keynote at the company’s Oculus Connect VR developer conference in San Jose, Calif., Wednesday to announce the next major product coming out of the company’s VR subsidiary: Oculus Quest, which was previously known as Project Santa Cruz, will ship nex...

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    NVIDIA GEFORCE RTX 2070 JOINS THE RAY TRACING FUTURE ON OCTOBER 17 FOR $499

    Sep 25, 2018

    If Nvidia’s RTX 2080 Ti is a bit too rich for your gaming blood, you can pick up the RTX 2070 next month instead. Nvidia announced through its GeForce Twitter account that the RTX 2070 will be available on October 17 at a starting price of $499. If you opt for the Founders Edition card, that v...

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    VIRTUAL REALITY BREAKS FREE AS THE HTC WIRELESS ADAPTER HITS STORE SHELVES

    Sep 25, 2018

    Gamers can finally break free from the tethers of virtual reality (VR) as HTC’s Vive wireless adapter officially hits store shelves today, September 25. With models available for both the HTC Vive and Vive Pro, hardcore gamers and developers alike can enjoy stepping into VR without needing to ...

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    HOW MANY GPU VIDEO PORTS IS TOO MANY? THE AORUS RTX 2080 PACKS SEVEN

    Sep 25, 2018

    Nvidia’s new RTX-series graphics cards have only been shipping for a few days, but already aftermarket versions are starting to appear with simply ludicrous configurations. The Aorus GeForce RTX 2080 Xtreme 8G comes with all of the Turing cores, RT cores, and general processing power of a stan...

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    ROKU STARTS SELLING NEW PREMIERE 4K STREAMING ADAPTERS, ROKU TV WIRELESS SPEAKERS

    Sep 24, 2018

    Streaming device maker Roku unveiled its fall device lineup Monday, which includes two new streaming devices as well as the company’s previously-announced smart speakers. The common thread for all those announcements is an attempt to introduce better audio and video, thanks to 4K streaming and...

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    ALASKA AIRLINES BEGINS OFFERING VR MOVIES ON SOME FLIGHTS

    Sep 24, 2018

    For many people, travelling by air is not a pleasant experience. It is often cramped, crowded and uncomfortable. As a result, the use of virtual reality (VR) to escape from the pressurised environment inside the aircraft cabin is on the rise. A trend that Alaska Airlines has picked up on, as they ar...

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    AMAZON UNVEILS NEW ECHO SPEAKERS, SUBWOOFER, AUDIO ADAPTER, RECEIVER AND AMPLIFIER

    Sep 20, 2018

    Amazon unveiled a broad new line-up of Alexa-powered smart speakers and accessories at an event in Seattle on Thursday. These devices include a revamped Echo Dot that is designed to be louder than its predecessor, a streaming audio adapter, a Alexa-controlled subwoofer, a receiver and an amplifier a...

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    PLAYSTATION NOW OFFERS PS4, PS2 GAME DOWNLOADS

    Sep 20, 2018

    Sony has rolled out a new download feature for PlayStation Now users that allows most PS4 and PS2 titles to be played offline.“Almost all” PlayStation 4 games included with the service, such as “Until Dawn,” “Bloodborne,” and “God of War 3 Remastered” ...

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    VALVE REVEALS NEWS KNUCKLES VR CONTROLLERS WITH IMPROVED BATTERY AND MORE

    Sep 19, 2018

    Earlier this year Valve revealed the second iteration of its long-anticipated Knuckles motion controllers for SteamVR. The controllers, which were sent out to VR developers for testing, represented a more complete version of the successor to the position-tracked wands that come with the HTC Vive but...

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    PALMER LUCKEY: FACEBOOK BUYING OCULUS ‘THE BEST THING THAT’S EVER HAPPENED TO VR’

    Sep 19, 2018

    Despite parting ways with the company in 2017, Oculus Rift inventor Palmer Luckey still insists that Facebook buying Oculus was “the best thing that’s ever happened to the VR industry.”Luckey said as much in a recent interview with Wired. The 26-year-old left Facebook in March 2017...

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    ANGRY BIRDS IS COMING TO MAGIC LEAP ONE CREATOR EDITION

    Sep 19, 2018

    Magic Leap One is getting its first videogame from a major brand: Rovio Entertainment’s Angry Birds.Resolution Games, a Stockholm-based developer best known for VR games like Bait! and Narrows (and was notably founded by former members of Candy Crush Saga developers, King), today announced Ang...

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    CHECK OUT THE BEST XBOX ONE DEALS AND BUNDLES FOR SEPTEMBER 2018

    Sep 18, 2018

    Microsoft has seen its share of ups and downs since the Xbox One was first released. Although it hit store shelves with a limited selection of titles and a higher price tag than Sony’s PlayStation 4, it has come a long way since that initial debut. Console exclusives such as Halo, Forza, and G...

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    FIREFOX REALITY WANTS TO BRING THE ‘WHIMSICAL WEB’ TO VR

    Sep 18, 2018

    Have you ever been surfing the web and found yourself wishing it was pressed up against your face in a pair of VR goggles?Yeah, neither have we. But this morning, Mozilla officially launched Firefox Reality, a VR-powered web browser that does just that. The phrase “VR web browser” rolls ...

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    BLUESTACKS 4 INTRODUCES FASTER EMULATOR TO PLAY HIGH-END MOBILE GAMES ON A PC

    Sep 18, 2018

    ​BlueStacks has launched a new version of its mobile gaming platform, which uses virtualization technology that runs Android mobile apps on a PC.BlueStacks 4 is eight times better in performance over the current flagship iOS and Android devices. And that should make the company’s 300 million u...

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    AMAZON PLANS TO LAUNCH ALEXA-POWERED HIFI EQUIPMENT

    Sep 17, 2018

    Amazon is looking to move upmarket by making its own Alexa-powered Hifi equipment, according to a new CNBC report. The e-commerce giant will introduce at least 8 new devices before the end of the year, including an amplifier, a receiver and a subwoofer, CNBC reported Monday afternoon.Some of the oth...

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    NVIDIA'S NEW FLAGSHIP VIDEO CARD IS DELAYED BY A WEEK

    Sep 17, 2018

    Many people have been waiting in eager anticipation for NVIDIA's GeForce RTX 2080 Ti, the video card that promises to be the fastest GeForce card ever. Now, it appears that those clamoring to buy it will have to wait a little longer.NVIDIA announced on its forums that the general availability da...

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    LATENCY, DEVICE PLAYBACK TOP CONCERNS FOR VIDEO STREAMERS, REPORT SAYS

    Sep 11, 2018

    Broadcast delay, or latency, and device playback are the top two concerns for consumers streaming online video, according to a new survey from Bitmovin.The company’s study, based on 456 survey submissions from more than 67 countries, shows that 55% of all respondents (and 74% of respondents in...

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    FOR VR AND AI, THE FUTURE ISN’T FAR OFF AT IBC 2018

    Sep 07, 2018

    At IBC's Future Zone, the future is… Well, maybe not now, but pretty close. The 2018 show in Amsterdam will have its usual corner dedicated to the startups, old-hats with new ideas, and collaborations between the two to take video to the next level. Here are some of the innovators attende...

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    INSTAGRAM STILL EXPLORING HOW IGTV WILL MAKE MONEY FOR CREATORS

    Sep 06, 2018

    Instagram isn’t ready yet to reveal how it will turn on the monetization spigots for IGTV, its longer-form video product, but the company promises those will be arriving.“Right now, we’re focused on delivering on what we said we would — connecting you to creators and content ...

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    EVE ONLINE MAKER CCP GAMES SELLS TO BLACK DESERT ONLINE’S PEARL ABYSS FOR $425 MILLION

    Sep 06, 2018

    Eve Online maker CCP Games, Iceland’s biggest game studio, has agreed to be acquired by Black Desert Online creator Pearl Abyss of South Korea for $425 million.That’s a huge sum, but CCP has been around for 21 years, and its Eve Online massively multiplayer online role-playing game conti...

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    FX+ IS GROWING WHILE STAYING TETHERED TO PAY TV

    Sep 06, 2018

    Two and a half years ago, FX Networks CEO John Landgraf indicated the network was in no hurry to go over the top. "We need to fix the existing business model," Landgraf said at the Television Critics Association Press Tour in January 2016.The OTT landscape looks a little different than it ...

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    COMCAST’S X1 SET-TOP BOXES GET ESPN3, ACC NETWORK EXTRA & SEC NETWORK + SERVICES

    Sep 05, 2018

    Comcast continues to add streaming video services to its Xfinity X1 set-top boxes: The communications giant launched three new ESPN services on eligible devices Wednesday, giving users access to live-and on-demand content not available on ESPN’s cable channels.ESPN3, ACC Network Extra and SEC ...

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    NIELSEN ACQUIRES SUPERDATA RESEARCH TO BETTER TRACK DIGITAL GAMES AND ESPORTS

    Sep 05, 2018

    Nielsen wants to get better at tracking video games. To fill in the digital-shaped gap in its data reporting, the market analysis firm has acquired industry intelligence firm SuperData Research, which extrapolates data estimations for digital games by looking at the behavior of 160 million people.Th...

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    SYNAMEDIA EMERGES AFTER ACQUIRING CISCO'S VIDEO SERVICES BUSINESS

    Sep 04, 2018

    After Cisco sold off its Service Provider Video Solutions business to private equity firm Permira earlier this year, a new company called Synamedia has risen from those assets.Former NDS chairman and CEO Abe Peled has been tapped as chairman of the new company, and Yves Padrines, current vice presid...

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    IMAX, DTS LAUNCH CERTIFICATION AND LICENSING PROGRAM FOR HOME ENTERTAINMENT

    Sep 04, 2018

    IMAX and audio company DTS are partnering to launch IMAX Enhanced, a new certification and licensing program for consumer electronics products and content.The program will deal in IMAX digitally remastered 4K HDR content and DTS audio technologies for home entertainment. IMAX said its proprietary po...

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    AMAZON'S ALEXA ASSISTANT NOW WORKS WITH OVER 20K DEVICES

    Sep 01, 2018

    Amazon executive Daniel Rausch stood onstage before a crowd of hundreds at Berlin's IFA tech show Saturday to share a few big numbers about Alexa."Just this year," he said, "Alexa has sung Happy Birthday millions of times to customers, and she's told over 100 million jokes.&qu...

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    HOW AI-GENERATED MUSIC IS CHANGING THE WAY HITS ARE MADE

    Aug 31, 2018

    The idea that artificial intelligence can compose music is scary for a lot of people, including me. But music-making AI software has advanced so far in the past few years that it’s no longer a frightening novelty; it’s a viable tool that can and is being used by producers to help in the ...

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    THIS COCKPIT-STYLE SIMULATOR WILL MAKE YOUR VR EXPERIENCES MORE IMMERSIVE

    Aug 31, 2018

    Are you a virtual reality fan, who wishes the whole experience could be made even more immersive than it already is? Do you have the cash to throw down for a gaming chair that looks like something a Star Trek captain or James Bond villain would sit in? If so, you may be interested in the new “...

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    THE NVIDIA VS. AMD BATTLE HAS ONLY GOTTEN MORE INTERESTING IN 2018

    Aug 30, 2018

    Talking about Nvidia versus AMD is like stirring up a den of snakes. Fans on both sides will strike out in defense of their preferred brand and Nvidia’s new RTX-series graphics cards only add fuel to that fire. Whether you think they’re great or more like expensive enterprise cards, they...

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    EDGE COMPUTING WILL BE A HOT TOPIC DURING IBC 2018

    Aug 30, 2018

    As 5G networks inch closer to reality and next-generation video technology like VR and 8K threaten to stretch the limits of streaming, edge computing will become a hot topic.During the annual IBC Show in Amsterdam next month, mobile edge computing will gain more relevance as cloud video and services...

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    ROKU LANDS JVC AS LATEST SMART TV LICENSING PARTNER

    Aug 29, 2018

    The Roku TV licensing program is getting its newest manufacturer today as Shenzhen MTC brand JVC said it will begin making smart TVs with Roku’s operating system.JVC will use Roku’s TV hardware reference designs and Roku OS to create a line of JVC smart TVs with the first HD JVC Roku TVs...

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    NEWZOO EXPECTS THAT ESPORTS WILL HELP VIDEO GAMES OUTGROSS TRADITIONAL SPORTS

    Aug 29, 2018

    Every few years, research firm Newzoo makes predictions about the future of esports. It has done that recently for the consumer side, but now it’s back to do that again for the business of esports. And it continues to expect big things for this space, like $1.7 billion in revenues 2021.Newzoo&...

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    ACER’S NEW WINDOWS MIXED REALITY HEADSET HAS A DETACHABLE MODULAR DESIGN

    Aug 29, 2018

    Acer is introducing a new version of its Windows Mixed Reality headset at IFA in Berlin today. The Acer OJO 500 includes a more modular design with detachable parts. It’s designed for businesses like museums or attractions that might have customers using the headset multiple times per day, and...

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    SYNAPTICS CHIP PAVES THE WAY FOR DUAL 2K VR HEADSETS WITH 1,000 PPI

    Aug 28, 2018

    Every new computer screen depends upon a chip to update millions of pixels faster than your eyes can detect the changes  a particular challenge for VR, which requires dual displays. Today, Synaptics is raising the bar for flagship VR headsets by announcing two new components: a VR display drive...

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    SWANN IS ARMING ITS 4K ULTRA HD SECURITY CAMS WITH GOOGLE ASSISTANT

    Aug 28, 2018

    “Hey, Google, show me the front door,” seems like an increasingly popular command among owners of security cameras, and today smart home company Swann becomes the first firm to launch Google Assistant voice control on its wired multi-camera 4k surveillance systems. Potential thieves bett...

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    NVIDIA’S RTX CARDS COULD CREATE A BREAKTHROUGH FOR EYE-TRACKED RENDERING

    Aug 27, 2018

    During the presentation of its GeForce RTX 2080 graphics cards last week, Nvidia spent most of its time on ray tracing. This is the high-end light modeling tech that could bring a new level of realism to games. But these new cards can do more than just ray tracing. One of the other potential standou...

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    OCULUS FOUNDER ROASTS MAGIC LEAP ONE AS ‘HOLOLENS 1.1’, BEMOANING HYPE

    Aug 27, 2018

    After giving his personal Magic Leap One development kit to iFixit for a physical teardown last week, controversial Oculus founder Palmer Luckey has posted a blunt and detailed conceptual teardown of the Creator Edition on his personal blog. Calling the augmented reality headset a “tragedy in ...

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    CUTTING THE CORD? THIS GADGET LETS YOU WATCH TV IN REAL TIME.

    Aug 26, 2018

    If you haven't already cut the cord, chances are you're at least thinking about it  and for good reason.Studies show that approximately 14.1 American households access content through streaming services, and that number has only tripled since 2013.Sure, streaming services help cut down ...

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    GOOGLE AND LABSTER OPEN VIRTUAL SCIENCE LABS TO DAYDREAM VR USERS

    Aug 24, 2018

    Virtual reality offers the tantalizing prospect of visiting remote locations from the comfort of your home — but it also has educational and scientific applications, as a collaboration between Google and Labster illustrates. Building on a brief May announcement, the companies today confirmed t...

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    SONY RELEASING A CLOUD REMOTE FOR PLAYSTATION 4

    Aug 23, 2018

    Sony’s got a new remote for your PlayStation 4 media needs.Whether streaming from Hulu, Netflix, or Amazon – or even just playing blu-rays – you can do it all from the PlayStation 4 provided controller. But, this new cloud remote has a couple of handy features and a more recognizab...

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    HULU LIVE TV NEARS 1M SUBSCRIBERS AS U.S. VMVPDS GREW BY 868,000 SUBSCRIBERS IN Q2, ANALYST SAYS

    Aug 23, 2018

    Strategy Analytics has compiled some interesting figures including subscriber growth rates for all the major virtual MVPDs.In all, the firm said that U.S. vMVPDs added 868,000 new subscribers during the quarter. Only two, Sling TV and DirecTV Now, publicly disclosed how many subscribers they added. ...

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    XBOX GAME PASS: WHY MICROSOFT CALLS IT A BLESSING, NOT THREAT TO CONSUMERS, DEVELOPERS

    Aug 23, 2018

    On its surface, Xbox Game Pass seems like a sort of Netflix for video games. The Microsoft-run service charges players a monthly fee for unlimited access to a library of titles.But the results of that service, which has been live now for about a year, show a number of surprising, meaningful changes ...

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    WALMART LAUNCHES ONLINE STORE FOR EBOOKS, AUDIOBOOKS

    Aug 22, 2018

    Amazon just got yet another competitor in the ebook and audiobook space: Walmart launched its very own digital book store Wednesday, selling ebooks as well as audiobooks through its website and dedicated apps.The retail giant’s digital book service is being powered by Kobo, the ebook company o...

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    INSTA360 PRO 2 SHOOTS STABILIZED 8K VR VIDEO THAT YOU CAN WATCH ON 4K HEADSETS

    Aug 21, 2018

    Insta360’s pro-level immersive camera is getting an 8K upgrade — but more importantly, you’ll be able to watch that 8K footage on a standard 4K headset. On Tuesday, Aug. 21, Insta360 launched the Insta360 Pro 2, a ball-shaped six-lens virtual reality camera. Besides packing in 8K 3...

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    ESPN INSIDER SUBSCRIBERS BEING SWITCHED TO ESPN+ STREAMING SERVICE

    Aug 21, 2018

    ESPN Insider is going away after 20 years: The Disney-owned sports media giant is switching Insider subscribers over to ESPN+, its recently launched premium streaming service.ESPN has begun notifying Insider subscribers about the change, which takes effect next Tuesday (Aug. 28). With the latest upd...

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    NETFLIX DISABLES SIGNUP THROUGH APPLE’S APP STORE IN BROAD IOS APP TEST

    Aug 21, 2018

    Netflix is currently running a test of its iOS app in more than 30 countries that doesn’t allow users to pay for the service through Apple’s App Store billing system — which would let the company avoid paying the Apple “tax” on subscriptions.“We are constantly inn...

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    GOOGLE AND IMAX’S VR CAMERA PROJECT CANCELED

    Aug 20, 2018

    Google and Imax won’t be building a virtual reality (VR) camera together after all: A joint camera project that the two companies embarked on in 2016 has quietly been canceled, Variety has learned.A Google spokesperson declined to comment on the partnership, but an Imax spokesperson acknowledg...

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    AMAZON JUST RUINED ITS VIDEO GAME PRE-ORDER BONUS FOR PRIME MEMBERS

    Aug 20, 2018

    Amazon Prime used to offer substantial discounts for members pre-ordering video games. Now it gives members a gift card for a future purchase.Amazon changed its video game pre-order discount policy Monday to a new system that gives customers a $10 credit, which forces Prime members to purchase anoth...

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    COULD AMAZON'S DVR PLANS THREATEN TIVO'S PAY TV BUSINESS?

    Aug 20, 2018

    Amazon is reportedly building a live TV recording device, one that could eat into TiVo’s digital video recorder business. The rumor sent TiVo’s stock on a sharp decline Friday and could be bad for the company’s pay TV business.According to Bloomberg, Amazon’s live video recor...

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    VRGINEERS XTAL HANDS-ON — GIVING A 5K VR ENTERPRISE HEADSET A SPIN

    Aug 19, 2018

    Last week, I got the chance to try the new enterprise-focused 5K VR headset (that’s 2,560-by-1,440 per eye, or 5,120-by-1,440 total,) XTAL, from VRgineers, the same company behind the VRHero 5K headset. For all intents and purposes, the XTAL is taking the place of the VRHero in the company&rsq...

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    NVIDIA GEFORCE RTX 2080 TI LEAK REVEALS A VERY POWERFUL GRAPHICS CARD

    Aug 17, 2018

    Nvidia has been teasing its upcoming GeForce event for weeks now, and it looks like the company will unveil a new series of GeForce RTX 2080 graphics cards on Monday. While Nvidia typically launches Ti (Titanium) versions of its most powerful graphics cards after the base models are launched, VideoC...

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    GOOGLE TO RELEASE NEW CHROMECAST WITH BLUETOOTH, BETTER WIRELESS NETWORKING

    Aug 17, 2018

    Google is looking to release an updated version of its Chromecast streaming adapter that comes with support for Bluetooth as well as better wireless networking, according to a new FCC filing. The revised version dons the model number NC2-6A5B.Don’t expect the company to make a big deal about t...

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    FRAUD HAS BECOME THE LATEST HURDLE FOR MUSIC STREAMING

    Aug 16, 2018

    Twitter’s recent housecleaning of some 70 million fake and automated accounts illuminates just how pervasive audience manipulation has become in the digital era. For Twitter, the fake accounts can create a shadow army of followers that has comparatively little monetary effect. But perform the ...

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    GRACENOTE WANTS TO BETTER TRACK VIDEO STREAMING ON MOBILE APPS

    Aug 16, 2018

    Nielsen-owned Gracenote launched a new Mobile Video Analytics solution to dig deeper into viewership and performance on mobile video streaming applications.The company is planning to offer mobile operators, MVPDs, video streaming services and hardware manufacturers a look at mobile app performance a...

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    FUTURE OF IMAX VR UNCERTAIN AFTER COMPANY CLOSES TWO CENTERS

    Aug 15, 2018

    Los Angeles, New York, Shanghai, Toronto: When Imax opened up virtual reality centers in a handful of cities around the world last year, the company painted it as a first step toward a possible massive global initiative. The iconic brand was looking for a chance to expand beyond cinemas and become a...

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    UNDERSTANDING THE POWER OF THE AVATAR WILL BE ESSENTIAL FOR VR’S FUTURE

    Aug 13, 2018

    Digital self-expression has evolved rapidly throughout the past couple of decades, particularly thanks to the gaming industry and strange new social worlds like Second Life that have been key in accelerating the pace. Our conception of the “avatar” has transitioned from Ultima’s sy...

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    HUNDREDS OF STOLEN PASSWORDS FOR NETFLIX, HBO, HULU AND MORE DISCOVERED FOR SALE ON ‘DARK WEB’

    Aug 13, 2018

    Pirates are selling hundreds of stolen login details for popular over-the-top services on “dark web” marketplaces, according to new research by content-security firm Irdeto.For the month of April 2018, Irdeto discovered 854 listings of OTT credentials from 69 unique sellers across more t...

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    NVIDIA WILL SHIP ITS FIRST RAY-TRACING QUADRO GRAPHICS CHIP IN Q4

    Aug 13, 2018

    Nvidia announced its first graphics chips that take advantage of its new Turing-based computer graphics architecture, the Quadro RTX series. The new chips for workstations enable real-time ray tracing, a rendering technique that traces the paths of rays of light to create highly realistic animations...

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    WITH YOUTUBE TV DEAL, VERIZON RECONFIRMS IT DOESN'T NEED CONTENT

    Aug 13, 2018

    Verizon revealed its plans to package YouTube TV and Apple TV devices with its 5G service and reconfirmed it has no intention of battling AT&T on the original content front.The wireless carrier said that customers buying its 5G in-home internet service later this year in Houston, Indianapolis, L...

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    COMSCORE ADDING INSCAPE'S SMART TV DATA TO ITS MEASUREMENT PLATFORM

    Aug 10, 2018

    ComScore is partnering with Vizio subsidiary Inscape to add smart TV viewership data to its TV measurement platform. Inscape provides opt-in automatic content recognition (ACR) TV viewing data in the U.S. ComScore intends to use Inscape’s data in its ad effectiveness studies built so clients c...

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    DEEPER DIVE—HOW EPIX GOT ITS 4K CONTENT ONTO THE APPLE TV

    Aug 10, 2018

    The concept is simple enough: People have devices like Apple TV that support 4K playback and networks like Epix have 4K content to offer. But the process of connecting those dots is more complicated. Epix earlier this year announced plans to make 4K content available to its subscribers. This week, t...

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    VIACOM SAYS ITS STREAMING CONTENT BUSINESS WILL BE WORTH $1B BY 2020

    Aug 08, 2018

    Viacom has ramped up its production of content for streaming services and the company has high hopes for the business.Viacom CEO Bob Bakish said his company’s content production business for third-party video platforms will be worth $1 billion by 2020. Those numbers apply to Viacom media netwo...

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    MAGIC LEAP TWO MIXED-REALITY HEADSET, NOT CURRENT MODEL, DESIGNED FOR GENERAL CONSUMERS

    Aug 08, 2018

    Magic Leap One Creator Edition went on sale today in a half-dozen major cities, but it’s not the mixed reality goggles intended for general consumers. That system, the Magic Leap Two, will include support for AT&T’s growing 5G network and will launch with demo stations and a much bro...

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    NICOLAS WINDING REFN’S NEW STREAMING SERVICE TRIES TO SHAPE A BETTER FUTURE OUT OF A SLEAZY PAST

    Aug 08, 2018

    A few years ago, Danish director Nicolas Winding Refn began buying and restoring old exploitation films just because he could. Last week, he took the hobby public with the launch of byNWR, a new, free website designed to showcase and share that collection a few titles at a time, via selections curat...

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    FOUNDER OF 2K GAMES CHRISTOPH HARTMANN NEW VP OF AMAZON GAMES

    Aug 07, 2018

    Games industry veteran Christoph Hartmann will take over as Vice President of Amazon Game Studios, according to an announcement made on Tuesday.Hartmann is the former president of Take-Two Interactive, where he remained for 20 years, and the founder of 2K games.He led the teams behind “Borderl...

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    MAGIC LEAP ONE: EVERYTHING WE KNOW SO FAR

    Aug 07, 2018

    First fully revealed to Rolling Stone in 2017, the first publicly available version of the Magic Leap One headset will go on sale in the next month or so.The ever-growing team behind the mixed-reality headset and pocket-computer system say they believe the gear will reinvent the way people interact ...

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    LOCAST EXPANDS FREE LOCAL TV STREAMING TO THE DALLAS, TEXAS MARKET

    Aug 06, 2018

    If you’re not familiar with Locast it’s most likely because you don’t live in the New York area where it’s available. Locast is streaming service run by the non-profit organization Sports Fans Coalition NY. The organization already operates the service in New York and has jus...

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    LEAKS SUGGEST MICROSOFT READY TO JOIN MOVIES ANYWHERE

    Aug 06, 2018

    Microsoft is set to join Disney’s Movies Anywhere service, if leaks discovered by the tech press Monday morning are any indication. The two companies haven’t made their announcement official yet, but mentions of Movies Anywhere appeared on Microsoft’s website Monday, only to be rem...

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    GOODBYE NETFLIX: THIS COULD BE POTENTIALLY 23X BIGGER

    Aug 06, 2018

    Netflix may have just passed Disney as the largest media company in the world, but Wall Street Analysts could be missing the big picture.Because while Netflix continues to grow and expand, we DON’T think it is the future of entertainment.Research firm PwC anticipates revenue from media and ent...

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    VIRTUAL REALITY LANDS AT NEW YORK’S JOHN F. KENNEDY INTERNATIONAL AIRPORT

    Aug 06, 2018

    Virtual reality arrived at John F. Kennedy International Airport in New York City earlier this summer when PeriscapeVR set up 12 stations in Terminal 4. It’s the location-based company’s first installation, and it targeted the international terminal specifically to capture the attention ...

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    NINTENDO ROCKETS TO FIRST PLACE IN JULY FOR GAMING INDUSTRY AD SPEND ON TV

    Aug 05, 2018

    It’s a Nintendo TV world, and Sony’s just living in it, dropping out of the top 5 for gaming ad spend in July.GamesBeat has partnered with iSpot.tv, the real-time TV ad measurement company with attention and conversion analytics from more than eight million smart TVs, to bring you a mont...

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    LUFTHANSA DEBUTS PROTOTYPE IN-FLIGHT VR EXPERIENCE

    Aug 05, 2018

    Lufthansa passengers flying from Frankfurt to Dubai on flight LH630 were the first to experience the airline’s new prototype “VR Moving Map”, while on board the Airbus A330.Passengers wearing special VR glasses were able to view the moving landscape below them as a 3D map and even ...

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    WHY VIRTUAL REALITY ‘COULD BE THE FUTURE’ FOR PORTSMOUTH ENTERTAINMENT

    Aug 05, 2018

    Visitors can try their hand at more than 140 games and go head-to-head in popular games such as Beat Saber, Project Cars Two and Tower Tag.Centre VR manager Charlie Plaskitt explained why VR could be the way forward in the world of entertainment.He said: ‘VR has massively exploded in the past ...

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    WARNER MUSIC GROUP ACQUIRES UPROXX

    Aug 02, 2018

    Warner Music Group has acquired the web entity UPROXX, the 10-year-old online hub and video production house aimed at youth that boasts a reach of 40 million people across social media, YouTube and beyond.UPROXX CEO and Chief Creative Benjamin Blank and co-founder and Publisher Jarret Myer will stay...

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    PICTURES OF A BLANK GEFORCE GTX 1180 CARD REVEAL CONNECTORS AND MEMORY SLOTS

    Aug 02, 2018

    Pictures of the upcoming GeForce GTX 1180 graphics card have supposedly surfaced on Baidu showcasing only the card’s printed circuit board. Based on the certification logos, it’s a final design and presumably a reference board used by Nvidia’s hardware partners to create their own ...

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    TECHNOLOGICAL ADVANCEMENTS ARE DISRUPTING TRADITIONAL MEDIA

    Aug 02, 2018

    New technologies are expected to change the telecommunications and media market. A research report by Deloitte indicates that the initial commercial rollout of the fifth-generation wireless network technology (5G) is expected to connect the various sectors of mobile technology, such as the Internet ...

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    VIZIO INTEGRATES PLUTO TV WITH NEW AD-SUPPORTED WATCHFREE SERVICE

    Aug 01, 2018

    Vizio is adding a new way to watch free, ad-supported TV programming to its TV sets: The company launched a new service dubbed WatchFree Wednesday that promises access to 100 channels, including programming from NBC / MSNBC, Fox Sports, MST3K and The Surf Channel.WatchFree is powered by Pluto TV, an...

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    CBS LAUNCHING LOCAL NEWS STREAMING SERVICES

    Aug 01, 2018

    CBS Interactive and CBS Television Stations are teaming up to launch CBSN Local, a group of direct-to-consumer streaming services focusing on local news.The first CBSN Local will launch in the fourth quarter of 2018 in the New York City market in partnership with WCBS, the flagship of the CBS Televi...

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    CHARTER CEO SAYS VIDEO IS NO LONGER A STANDALONE PRODUCT

    Jul 31, 2018

    Charter President and CEO Tom Rutledge made it clear, amid another quarter of lost video subscribers, that his company’s video business was no longer built to go it alone.“We’re going to use video aggressively. But what we’re saying is, it really isn’t a standalone prod...

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    CHARTER TRIMS VIDEO SUBSCRIBER LOSSES TO 73,000 IN Q2

    Jul 31, 2018

    Charter Communications on Tuesday announced its second-quarter earnings, including 73,000 lost video subscribers, which is both a quarterly and annual improvement.In the second quarter of 2017, Charter lost 91,000 video subscribers and last quarter, the company gave back 112,000 video subscribers.Th...

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    ELECTRONAUTS VR MUSIC APP LAUNCHES WITH CHAINSMOKERS, TIESTO AND DJ SHADOW TRACKS

    Jul 31, 2018

    Los Angeles-based virtual reality startup Survious is getting ready to launch Electronauts, a new virtual reality (VR) app that allows users to playfully mix and remix songs in real-time. Electronauts will launch on HTC Vive, Oculus Rift and PlayStation VR headsets on August 7, and come with remixab...

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    NVIDIA CONFIRMS ITS PRESHOW GAMESCOM EVENT, PROMISES ‘SPECTACULAR SURPRISES’

    Jul 31, 2018

    Nvidia now confirms previous rumors that the company will host a special event just before the Gamescom gaming convention in Germany. Called the GeForce Gaming Celebration, the event will be held off-site on August 20 at a location the company is currently keeping secret. Anyone in the Cologne, Germ...

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    VIVENDI TO SHUT DOWN STUDIO+, ITS MOBILE SERIES APP

    Jul 30, 2018

    Vivendi is preparing to shut down Studio+, its app dedicated to mobile-native scripted series, barely two years after its launch in 2016.A spokesperson for the company confirmed to Variety that the Studio+ app is about to be axed. But he said production of short-format digital series, suitable for v...

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    MY 180-DEGREE VACATION: A REVIEW OF THE LENOVO MIRAGE VR180 CAMERA

    Jul 28, 2018

    I’m sweating, dizzy, and nauseous, and my phone is warning me that it is overheating. What a way to relive my vacation.Lenovo recently sent me a review unit of its new Mirage camera, which takes 180-degree 3D photos and videos. I decided to bring the camera along to my family’s recent tr...

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    WALMART ENLISTS MARK GREENBERG, FORMER EPIX CEO, TO DEVELOP NETFLIX COMPETITOR

    Jul 28, 2018

    Walmart has turned to cable-industry veteran Mark Greenberg to help develop a low-cost subscription video-streaming service, sources confirmed to Variety.Greenberg exited Epix last fall after nearly a decade running the premium TV venture as CEO, which he helped launch. Epix is now owned by MGM, whi...

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    VR IS NOT DYING, SAYS HTC

    Jul 27, 2018

    HTC wants to reassure everyone that the death of virtual reality is greatly exaggerated.The technology company debunked a Digital Trends article called “VR Is In A Tailspin And The Sales Numbers Prove It” on its blog Thursday. Using Amazon sales rank data, the publication claimed purchas...

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    COMCAST COULD LOSE AS MANY AS 430,000 VIDEO SUBSCRIBERS IN 2018, ANALYST SAYS

    Jul 27, 2018

    Comcast might be in store for a bumpy year, as one media analyst is predicting significant losses for the company’s video subscriber base.Macquarie Capital’s Amy Yong is forecasting Comcast’s net video subscriber losses could total 123,000 during the third quarter and 430,000 for 2...

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    DEEPER DIVE—THE CDN BATTLE RUMBLING UNDERNEATH LIVESTREAMED SPORTS

    Jul 27, 2018

    Competition, and the concept of a winner and a loser, are what make sports compelling. Those same ideas are at play in streaming live sports—at least, for the content delivery network vendors facilitating those streams.During any large-scale livestreaming event expected to attract a large audi...

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    AMAZON ADDS CASTING TO ALEXA DEVICES, STARTING WITH AMAZON MUSIC

    Jul 26, 2018

    Amazon is taking a page from Google’s playbook: The company is adding a new feature to its Echo speakers and other Alexa-enabled devices that allows users to control media playback from their phone. Alexa Cast, as the feature is being called, is launching with Amazon Music — but a compan...

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    TELEFONICA’S MOVISTAR + FOCUSES ON HIGH-VALUE CLIENTS IN CONTENT DRIVE

    Jul 26, 2018

    Telefonica shares rose 3.3% to €7.6 in early morning trading on July 26 as the telecom delivered a solid set of second quarter results across business, core territories and key metrics, with revenues at €12.1 billion ($14,.25 billion),a drop of 6.3% due to foreign exchange markets, but up ...

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    EA’S SUBSCRIPTION SERVICE ORIGIN ACCESS PREMIER LAUNCHES NEXT WEEK

    Jul 26, 2018

    Origin Access Premier, Electronic Art’s all-you-can-play subscription service for Windows games announced during E3 earlier this year, launches on July 30, EA CFO Blake Jorgensen said during an earning’s call on Thursday.A help page that went live Thursday seems to offer further details ...

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    PLAY NYC WILL FEATURE GAMES FROM FIRST-GENERATION IMMIGRANT DEVELOPERS

    Jul 25, 2018

    Video game expo Play NYC will be showcasing the work of first-generation immigrants in its Graffiti Games installation second year.Playcrafting, the organizer of the event, says that diversity is in the DNA of New York, which is why it is “proud to celebrate what makes New York and the America...

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    MICROSOFT RELEASES TWO NEW WINDOWS 10 PREVIEWS WITH MIXED REALITY, EDGE, TIME, UPDATE, AND GAMING IMPROVEMENTS

    Jul 25, 2018

    Microsoft today released two new Windows 10 previews for PCs. The first build is from the RS5 branch, which represents the Windows 10 update the company plans to release later this year, and the second is from the 19H1 branch, which, as its name indicates, will arrive in the first half of next year....

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    YOUTUBE VR APP LAUNCHES ON GEAR VR, GETS CO-VIEWING FEATURE

    Jul 25, 2018

    YouTube is bringing its virtual reality (VR) video app to Samsung’s Gear VR headset, a move that could potentially bring millions of new viewers to VR content hosted on YouTube. The video service also announced a new co-viewing feature for its VR app Wednesday.The YouTube VR app is going live ...

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    MICROSOFT’S NEW XBOX STREAMING DEVICE REPORTEDLY RUNS ON SCARLETT CLOUD PLATFORM

    Jul 24, 2018

    Rumors are swirling about Microsoft’s next generation of Xbox consoles, and a new report features additional details about what a streaming-focused release from the company may be capable of. If new information released regarding Microsoft’s smaller, cloud-based platform is true, it coul...

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    WIN IN-GAME REWARDS WATCHING ‘GTA ONLINE’ STREAMS THIS SUMMER

    Jul 24, 2018

    Rockstar Games is teaming up with Facebook to provide in-stream rewards on its After Hours Live Stream Series, according to a news release.The series will start Friday, and the premiere stream will be hosted by radio personality Lazlow Jones (who is also known for his in-game counterpart in the &ldq...

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    CORD-CUTTING KEEPS CHURNING: U.S. PAY-TV CANCELERS TO HIT 33 MILLION IN 2018

    Jul 24, 2018

    Have you recently pulled the plug on cable or satellite TV? You’re not alone: Millions of Americans have already scrapped traditional pay-TV service, and the exodus is expected to continue apace in 2018.This year, the number of cord-cutters in the U.S. — consumers who have ever cancelled...

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    DIGI-CAPITAL LAUNCHES AR-VR ANALYTICS PLATFORM

    Jul 23, 2018

    Augmented reality and virtual reality consulting firm Digi-Capital reported earlier this year that AR/VR startups raised over $3.6 billion in funding during a 12-month period. To dive deeper into the numbers, it has launched a new analytics tool focused on helping entrepreneurs get a better look at ...

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    AMAZON MAKES ECHO SHOW MORE ACCESSIBLE WITH TAP TO ALEXA

    Jul 23, 2018

    With no more than a few simple commands, Amazon’s Echo Show can highlight restaurants nearby, aggregate sports scores, and serve up viral YouTube videos. But the voice-centric nature of the Echo Show makes it difficult for deaf and speech-impaired users to use.That’s changing today with ...

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    SANSAR AND INTEL REMAKE THE SMITHSONIAN’S ART OF BURNING MAN EXHIBIT IN VR

    Jul 23, 2018

    Virtual reality helped me appreciate the art of Burning Man. Inside a VR exhibit, I stood next to a statue of a woman, and the 55-feet-tall work of art towered over me as I stood on the sands of a virtual space.Intel, Linden Lab’s Sansar Studios, and the Smithsonian are revealing today a VR ex...

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    SWITCHING IT UP: NINTENDO NOW LEADS THE GAMING INDUSTRY’S MOST-SEEN TV AD CHART

    Jul 21, 2018

    Nintendo has surged ahead of King (June’s leader, now in third place) as well as Warner Bros. Games to take the lead with over a quarter, or 438.6 million, of the industry’s impressions.GamesBeat has partnered with iSpot.tv, the real-time TV ad measurement company with attention and conv...

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    WITH FLIP-OUT LENSES, THE VUZE XR TRANSFORMS FROM 360- TO 180-DEGREE VR CAMERA

    Jul 21, 2018

    HumanEyes announced details on a new consumer 360-degree camera, the Vuze XR. It’s a compact, dual-lens camera with an integrated handle and a neat party trick: The back-to-back lenses can flip forward to transition from 360-degree two-dimensional video, to 180-degree three-dimensional video.T...

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    NETFLIX, HULU COULD SEND EMERGENCY ALERTS IF NEW BILL COMES TO PASS

    Jul 20, 2018

    Streaming services like Netflix, Hulu and Spotify could begin serving up emergency notifications thanks to a bill being introduced in the U.S. Senate.TechCrunch spotted a new bill named Reliable Emergency Alert Distribution Improvement (READI) Act of 2018 being sent out by U.S. Senators Brian Schatz...

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    WALMART EYES Q4 LAUNCH OF VUDU-BRANDED SERVICE TO RIVAL NETFLIX

    Jul 19, 2018

    Walmart is in fact looking at entering the subscription-video space to compete with Netflix, Amazon and Hulu, sources confirmed — and the retailing giant is planning to launch the service through its Vudu digital-entertainment division, Variety has learned.Vudu has set plans to launch a low-co...

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    SPOTIFY LAUNCHES FEATURE TO HELP ARTISTS, LABELS SUBMIT MUSIC TO PLAYLISTS

    Jul 19, 2018

    Spotify on Wednesday announced a new feature designed to make it easier for artists and labels to submit unreleased music to the Spotify editorial team for playlist consideration. The feature, which is launching into beta, will be modified based on partner feedback before a full rollout.“The n...

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    T-MOBILE AND VERIZON 4G SPEED BUMPS HINT AT A 5G REVOLUTION

    Jul 19, 2018

    As the 5G cellular era is now only months away from kicking off in the United States, carriers have quietly — and not-so-quietly — been upgrading their towers to prepare for higher-speed 5G devices. Now OpenSignal is quantifying what those upgrades are already doing for users of current-...

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    VIACOM LEADS $15M FUNDING ROUND FOR KIDS' MEDIA BRAND POCKET.WATCH

    Jul 18, 2018

    Kids media brand Pocket.watch closed a new $15 million Series B funding round led by Viacom and other new and existing investors including Greycroft’s Tracker fund and UTA Ventures.Beside chipping in a strategic investment, Viacom is entering a commercial agreement covering content, advertisin...

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    FRVR RAISES $3 MILLION FROM ACCEL FOR HTML5 CROSS-PLATFORM GAMES

    Jul 18, 2018

    FRVR has made its name as a publisher of lightweight HTML5 games such as Basketball FRVR, which has been played more than 5.6 billion times. And now it has raised $3 million in a round of funding led by Accel Partners.The Malta-based game publisher will use the money to expand its games to new marke...

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    8BITDO’S DIY MOD-KIT ADDS BLUETOOTH TO YOUR ORIGINAL CLASSIC GAMEPADS

    Jul 18, 2018

    Playing classic games on PC or Nintendo Switch is a great way to get a taste of the past, but playing with an Xbox controller or even a replica from a company like 8Bitdo might take away from the authenticity of the experience. But 8Bitdo has a new option for all of you who wish you could plug your ...

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    SPOTIFY, SNAPCHAT, AND MORE ARE DOWN FOLLOWING GOOGLE CLOUD INCIDENT

    Jul 17, 2018

    Multiple online services are experiencing outages and slow responses today due to a problem with Google’s Cloud platform. The company has confirmed that it is having issues with many of the tools that websites and services like Discord, Spotify, and Snapchat rely on to function.In a note on it...

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    IS WALMART PREPPING A STREAMING-VIDEO RIVAL TO NETFLIX AND AMAZON?

    Jul 17, 2018

    Retailing giant Walmart is mulling a move into the subscription VOD business — to take on the likes of Netflix and Amazon Prime Video, according to a published report.According to a report by The Information, citing anonymous sources, Walmart is contemplating introducing a streaming-video prod...

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    NETFLIX REPORTS 'STRONG BUT NOT STELLAR' 5.2M NEW CUSTOMERS IN Q2

    Jul 16, 2018

    Netflix turned in better key numbers in its second quarter than it did in its first, but almost all of those key numbers were lower than the company predicted.The company reported revenue of $3.9 billion in the second quarter, up from $2.78 billion in the same period a year ago, and also up sequenti...

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    CNN, WASHINGTON POST EXPAND WITH STREAMING NEWS SITES

    Jul 16, 2018

    CNN will launch a streaming video service that focuses on technology news. The company is also reorganizing some of its web sites, also with the aim of emphasizing news from the tech world.Separately, The Washington Post has launched a streaming news channel on Twitch, the service focused on gamers....

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    WILL LOCATION-BASED VR GAMES LIKE MARIO KART VR BE LOST TO HISTORY?

    Jul 14, 2018

    I enjoy both virtual reality and Mario Kart games, so I’ve wanted to play Mario Kart VR ever since it was announced. Unfortunately, like 99.994 percent of the population, I would have to physically travel to a different city just to play it: One year after its release, Bandai Namco and Nintend...

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    PS4 AND XBOX ONE CONTROLLER MOD WILL SUPERCHARGE YOUR RUMBLE

    Jul 13, 2018

    The PlayStation 4 and Xbox One controllers offer a fair amount of rumble in games, providing you with that much-needed feedback for whenever you’re hit by a bullet or start skidding off the racetrack, but what if you could get more? That’s what ex-NASA engineer Jake Middleton hopes to do...

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    CURIOSITYSTREAM COMES TO YOUTUBE AS $3 ADD-ON

    Jul 12, 2018

    CuriosityStream, a science, technology and nature channel launched by Discovery Channel founder John Hendricks, has jumped aboard YouTube TV as a $3 per month add-on.“We are thrilled to partner with YouTube TV to bring CuriosityStream’s incredible library of original and premier titles t...

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    APPNEXUS TRACKING 748% EXPLOSION IN CONNECTED TV AD SALES

    Jul 12, 2018

    AppNexus, the ad tech firm that was just scooped up by AT&T for $1.6 billion, said it has seen a rapid acceleration in ad spending on its connected TV marketplace.The company said it tracked 748% year-over-year growth and 69% quarter-over-quarter growth during the second quarter of this year.&ld...

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    AT&T TO SELL THE MAGIC LEAP ONE CREATOR EDITION AR HEADSET IN U.S. THIS SUMMER

    Jul 11, 2018

    AT&T signed a deal to be the exclusive wireless distributor of Magic Leap’s products in the United States. First up to bat will be the Magic Leap One Creator Edition headset that will be sold in select stores in Atlanta, Boston, Chicago, Los Angeles, and San Francisco later this summer. AT...

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    MAGIC LEAP WILL DEMO IN SELECT AT&T STORES, SHIPS THIS YEAR

    Jul 11, 2018

    The Magic Leap mixed reality headset will get demo stations at AT&T stores in Atlanta, Boston, Chicago, Los Angeles, and San Francisco, once the system is available for consumers, AT&T and Magic Leap announced this morning.AT&T has also signed on to be the exclusive wireless distributor ...

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    TRIBUNE GOES LIVE WITH 24/7 PROGRAMMATIC TV AD MARKETPLACE

    Jul 11, 2018

    Tribune Broadcasting has launched a 24/7 programmatic TV ad sales operation in partnership with technology company WideOrbit.The new service comes along after Tribune and WideOrbit had already been working together via WO Programmatic Open Marketplace on local spot advertising.Tribune is using WideO...

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    VIDEO GAMES INVADE REALITY AS ‘FORTNITE’ CREATES A NARRATIVELY-DRIVEN SHARED MOMENT

    Jul 10, 2018

    Lama pinatas are appearing across Europe. The Durr Burger showed up in a California desert. Epic’s “Fortnite” is bleeding into the real world, and the mystery of their dimensional warp has players scrambling both online and in that dusty thing we call the real world to figure just ...

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    COMCAST SNIFFING OUT BUYERS FOR FOX'S RSNS AS IT READIES RIVAL BID

    Jul 10, 2018

    Comcast has seen the conditions on Disney’s $71.1 billion bid for Fox, and it wants to have buyers lined up for Fox’s regional sports networks as it preps a rival bid.According to Reuters, Comcast is speaking with private equity firms including Blackstone and Apollo, as well as gauging i...

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    NETFLIX WILL ACTUALLY SPEND AS MUCH AS $13B ON CONTENT THIS YEAR, REPORT SAYS

    Jul 09, 2018

    Netflix’s almost unimaginably high budget for movies and TV shows will actually be significantly larger than previously expected, reaching around $13 billion, according to The Economist.The projection greatly exceeds the $8 billion figure that has been widely reported. This compares to just $2...

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    YOUR TV JUST GOT EVEN MORE HANDS-FREE: GOOGLE ASSISTANT COMES TO DISH

    Jul 09, 2018

    If you’re looking for a reason to choose Dish Network over DirecTV for your satellite TV service, you just got one more, as Dish announced that it is rolling out Google Assistant across many of its devices. If you’re wondering what this means for you, it’s simple: Now you can contr...

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    IS NETFLIX PLANNING A NEW ULTRA PLAN FOR 4K HDR IN EUROPE?

    Jul 05, 2018

    Netflix is one of the most affordable methods of getting the latest and greatest video content on the market, thanks mainly to its ever-growing catalog and generally steady subscription prices. But now, the popular streaming service may be looking into raising costs for folks in Europe, though that ...

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    VTR OFFERS NEW APP WITH LINEAR TV AND VOD

    Jul 04, 2018

    Chilean largest cable operator VTR is offering its subscribers a new multiplatform app – called VTR Play – that integrates 65 TV channels and 4,000 VOD contents. The application was launch in May and since then has been downloaded by 50,000 users and about 25,000 have played at least one...

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    STRICTLY BUSINESS PODCAST: PLUTO TV’S TOM RYAN ON THE POWER OF FREE OTT

    Jul 04, 2018

    Pluto TV isn’t concerned about the growing number of cord-cutting consumers seeking content via paid streaming options.In this week’s episode of the Variety podcast “Strictly Business,” Pluto CEO Tom Ryan expressed his faith in the OTT service, which delivers hundreds of chan...

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    PLAYSTATION VUE: THE MASTER GUIDE TO SONY’S INTERNET TV SERVICE

    Jul 03, 2018

    PlayStation Vue is one of the primary options available for the ever-growing tribe of cord cutters who hate cable but must have live TV. Vue began life in March 2015 as a service primarily geared toward those with PlayStation gaming consoles, but since then the service has gone through a number of c...

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    ‘WE ARE’ RELEASES VIDEOS FROM WOMEN IN GAMES PANELS

    Jul 03, 2018

    The ESA Foundation released a series of videos related to women in the games industry on the website of their We Are initiative.The objective of We Are is to connect women in the games industry, while recognizing their impact and legacy and inspiring more women to contribute to the industry. The We ...

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    TWITCH PRIME MEMBERS GET FREE GAMES DAILY IN LEAD UP TO AMAZON’S PRIME DAY SALE

    Jul 03, 2018

    Twitch Prime members can take part in one of the service’s biggest free game promotions yet in the lead-up to Amazon Prime Day. During a countdown that began on July 2 and will run throughout July 18, Twitch Prime members can download a different, free game each day. Once downloaded, they&rsqu...

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    YOU CAN NOW PLAY VIDEO GAMES DURING YOUR LAYOVER AT DALLAS FORT WORTH AIRPORT

    Jul 03, 2018

    The Dallas Fort Worth International Airport now has two gaming lounges, according to a report from the Dallas Business Journal.The lounges function similar to the popular PC/game rooms in South Korea, except they are not quite as wallet-friendly. For 42 cents per minute, customers can sit down at an...

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    AT&T IS HIKING DIRECTV NOW PLAN PRICES BY $5 PER MONTH

    Jul 02, 2018

    AT&T is raising the prices of DirecTV Now starting this month, by an additional $5 monthly for all plans a move that the telco says brings its entry-level internet-TV bundle in line with competitors.AT&T’s $5-per-month price increase takes effect July 26, 2018. For customers who subscr...

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    SAMSUNG’S UPDATED FRAME TV BRINGS AN ARTIST’S TOUCH TO YOUR LIVING ROOM

    Jul 02, 2018

    As TV’s get larger and larger, they’re dominating the living room more than ever before, and while that may be fine if your home theater serves as a shrine to audio and video, it’s not something everyone is looking for. Samsung is trying in a few different ways to change this. The ...

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    GAME STREAM SERVICE FOUND ADWARE PLAGUING OVER 78,000 ‘FORTNITE’ PLAYERS

    Jul 02, 2018

    Game streaming service Rainway recently discovered adware plaguing over 78,000 Fortnite players. Rainway is a game streaming client installed on your PC that will stream your games to other devices using an internet connection. The platform itself includes a tracker that records error reports for th...

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    INSTAGRAM: HERE’S HOW TO SHARE AN IGTV VIDEO OUTSIDE OF THE APP

    Jun 29, 2018

    Earlier this month, Instagram launched IGTV, a new tab in the Instagram mobile application (and a standalone app) that lets users watch videos that are up to one hour long. If you come across an IGTV video you’d like to share outside of the Instagram app, our guide will show you how this done....

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    HISTORY CHANNEL ADDS FREE CONTENT TO XUMO STREAMING PLATFORM

    Jun 29, 2018

    The History Channel is adding some select short-form video content to ad-supported streaming TV service Xumo. History’s shows are now viewable on channel 350.The content is also available through Channel Plus for LG and through smart TV, mobile, web and other streaming device integrations.&ldq...

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    WHICH VIDEO STREAMING SERVICE IS RIGHT FOR YOU?

    Jun 28, 2018

    It’s no secret how popular streaming video services have become. According to Deloitte’s 2018 Digital Media Trends Survey, over 55 percent of U.S. households were subscribed to a paid video streaming service in 2017. In early 2018, 10 percent of all TV usage was through video streaming, ...

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    FACEBOOK’S VIRTUAL REALITY SCULPTING PLATFORM GETS A 2.0 UPGRADE

    Jun 28, 2018

    Eighteen months since its initial release, Oculus  is delivering some major updates to its Medium “immersive sculpting tool” in a free 2.0 update that’s being released today.The artistic tool is one of the company’s few first-party apps on the PC Rift platform. Today&rsq...

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    SONY OFFERS A MORSEL OF HOPE FOR PS4 ‘FORTNITE,’ CROSSPLAY

    Jun 27, 2018

    Sony is “looking at a lot of the possibilities” when it comes to crossplay on the PlayStation 4. At least, that’s what president and CEO of Sony Interactive Entertainment America Shawn Layden recently told Eurogamer at the Gamelab conference in Spain.“We’re hearing it,&...

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    FACEBOOK’S OCULUS TV IS A HALF-BAKED SMART TV APP FOR VR

    Jun 25, 2018

    Facebook released a new app for its Oculus Go virtual reality (VR) headset Monday: Oculus TV is meant to be a one-stop-shop for watching streaming video content in VR. However, during a test over the past few days, it became clear that Oculus TV is still very much a work in progress.When Facebook&rs...

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    HULU AND VIACOM SET NEW LIBRARY DEAL FOR SERIES AND MOVIES

    Jun 25, 2018

    Hulu and Viacom, which have had previous deals for shows including South Park, announced a comprehensive new agreement to bring hundreds of series episodes and 20-plus films to the streaming service.The new library deal makes Hulu the exclusive streaming home to full libraries of series including Da...

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    MICROSOFT EXEC ON FUTURE OF XBOX, GAME STREAMING, GAME PASS

    Jun 22, 2018

    While Microsoft says it remains committed to the Xbox console, it also has come to understand that to succeed in gaming at a scale that matches the growing form of entertainment, the company can’t simply court people who play games on a console.And that is Microsoft’s goal, to reach not ...

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    NVIDIA HANDS OUT $3,000 TITAN V GRAPHICS CARDS FOR FREE TO A.I. RESEARCHERS

    Jun 21, 2018

    You know a company must shower in money if it’s handing out $3,000 graphics cards for free. That is exactly what happened during the Computer Vision and Pattern Recognition (CVPR) conference in Salt Lake City, Utah, as Nvidia CEO Jensen Huang randomly selected 20 individuals from more than 500...

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    HDR10+ IS COMING TO MORE TVS, COULD BE SERIOUS COMPETITION FOR DOLBY VISION

    Jun 21, 2018

    When it comes to high dynamic range (HDR), you generally have two options: Dolby Vision or HDR10. Dolby Vision currently seems to be king, but if companies want to use it, they need to pay to license it. HDR10 is an open standard but doesn’t support many of the key features of Dolby Vision, so...

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    2K GAMES LOOKS TO DOUBLE GAMING PORTFOLIO OVER NEXT FIVE YEARS

    Jun 20, 2018

    Made up of a half-dozen studios responsible for games like “BioShock 2,” “Civilization,” and “Mafia III,” 2K Games is looking to grow significantly by 2023, 2K Games president David Ismailer told Variety.“Our aspiration is to double our size in five years,&r...

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    SONY’S NEW PLAYSTATION HITS LINE GIVES YOU ACCLAIMED GAMES FOR $20 EACH

    Jun 19, 2018

    There are well more than 70 million PlayStation 4 consoles out in the wild, but Sony’s console still continues to light up the sales charts every month. If you’re a new PlayStation 4 owner, it can seem overwhelming to build up a library of games for the system, but Sony’s new PlayS...

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    GOOGLE LAUNCHES PODCAST LISTENING APP ON ANDROID

    Jun 19, 2018

    Google launched its very own podcast app Tuesday, giving Android users yet another way to listen to their favorite podcasts. Google Podcasts, as the app is aptly called, is integrated with the company’s assistant, making it possible to listen to the same shows on Google Home speakers and simil...

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    FACEBOOK WATCH AIMS TO REINVENT TV WITH NEW INTERACTIVE SHOWS

    Jun 19, 2018

    Facebook Watch will launch a slate of new shows boasting interactive features like polls and quizzes to make good on the social platform’s intent to foster a greater sense of community between creators and users.The new features will be employed across content like “Outside Your Bubble,&...

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    YOUTUBE MUSIC AND YOUTUBE PREMIUM OFFICIALLY LAUNCH IN US, CANADA, UK, AND OTHER COUNTRIES

    Jun 18, 2018

    YouTube Music and YouTube Premium have officially launched today in 17 countries. As of today, both services are available to all in the US, Australia, New Zealand, Mexico, South Korea, Austria, Canada, Finland, France, Germany, Ireland, Italy, Norway, Russia, Spain, Sweden, and the United Kingdom. ...

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    TV4 ENTERTAINMENT LAUNCHES CONCRETE CLUB AS GENRE-BASED STUDIO

    Jun 14, 2018

    Streaming channels specialist TV4 Entertainment has launched Concrete Club as an independent original content studio, Variety has learned exclusively.The genre-based studio will develop, produce and distribute feature films and television series targeting underserved, global audiences for all screen...

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    FIRE TV USERS QUERIED ALEXA NEARLY HALF A BILLION TIMES LAST YEAR

    Jun 13, 2018

    Most people still associate Amazon’s Alexa assistant with the company’s iconic Echo speakers, but Alexa is also getting a lot of traction in the living room, courtesy of Fire TV streaming devices: Fire TV users queried Alexa close to half a billion times in 2017, the company revealed Wed...

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    MOBITV’S MANAGED IPTV PLATFORM FOR OPERATORS GETS OK FROM BIG PROGRAMMERS

    Jun 13, 2018

    MobiTV has received approval form several TV programming groups for its white-label, hosted streaming-delivery service  paving the way for it to offer a fully managed internet-deliverd platform to smaller pay-TV providers in the U.S. this summer.The company’s MobiTV Connect system has bee...

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    NETFLIX TO INSTALL A DIRECTOR FOR ORIGINAL DOCUMENTARIES IN NEW LONDON OFFICE

    Jun 12, 2018

    This week completely scrambled the video landscape, and its implications are going to take months to fully understand.First is the district court’s decision to approve the merger of AT&T  and Time Warner announced just moments ago. That will create one of the largest content creation ...

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    MICROSOFT IS WORKING ON ITS OWN GAME STREAMING, NETFLIX-LIKE SERVICE

    Jun 10, 2018

    Microsoft is working on a game-streaming service that will deliver “console quality gaming on any device,” Phil Spencer, executive president of gaming at Microsoft, announced during Microsoft’s E3 press conference on Sunday.“Gaming is now at its most vibrant,” he said. ...

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    MICROSOFT CAME TO E3 2018 WITH A NEW VISION FOR XBOX AND A ‘HALO’ TEASER

    Jun 10, 2018

    Microsoft and the Xbox platform had to make a statement at this year’s E3. The show we saw on June 10, however, has us very excited for the future of Xbox. In addition to announcing several new exclusives from fan-favorite series, Microsoft has significantly bolstered its internal development ...

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    SONY PICTURES LAUNCHES INNOVATION STUDIOS FACILITY

    Jun 07, 2018

    Sony Pictures Entertainment is in the process of building out a new state-of-the-art digital technology facility dubbed Innovation Studios, which is scheduled to open later this fall. Innovation Studios is being housed on the Sony Pictures lot in Culver City, Calif., and is designed to bring advance...

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    AMAZON’S FIRE TV CUBE GIVES YOUR ENTIRE HOME THEATER THE POWER OF ALEXA

    Jun 07, 2018

    Like the crazed killer in a campy horror film, cable boxes refuse to die. Sure, the number of cord-cutters continues to grow, but the cable box remains a stalwart in millions of homes across the country, despite repeated reports of its death. There have been plenty of valiant attempts from would-be ...

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    SONOS INTRODUCES BEAM, A COMPACT $399 SOUNDBAR WITH INTEGRATED VOICE CONTROL

    Jun 06, 2018

    Smart speaker maker Sonos unveiled a new living room audio product dubbed the Sonos Beam at a press event in San Francisco Wednesday. The Beam can best be described as a compact soundbar with integrated far-field microphones for voice control. It is priced $399 and scheduled to go on sale on July 17...

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    APPLE’S AIRPODS WILL GET A HELPFUL NEW FEATURE IN IOS 12 FOR PEOPLE WHO ARE HARD OF HEARING

    Jun 05, 2018

    One of Apple’s most thoughtful accessibility features on iOS is Live Listen. The feature gives someone using a hearing aid a way to stream audio picked up by an iPhone’s microphone to the device in their ear so long as the hearing aid is compatible with the Made for iPhone specification....

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    FACEBOOK LAUNCHES NEW MUSIC FEATURES, INCLUDING ‘LIP SYNC LIVE’

    Jun 05, 2018

    Months after Facebook struck licensing deals with prominent music companies, the social-media platform announced today the first results of those deals.First, the platform is beginning to roll out the a function whereby users can include music in their personal videos, which it is testing in servera...

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    APPLE TO BRING IOS APPS TO MACOS

    Jun 04, 2018

    Today at Apple’s  Worldwide Developer Conference, Craig Federighi, SVP, Software Engineering, announced Apple is working to bring the best of the iPhone to the Mac. But this will not happen overnight, Federighi basically said. This is a multi-year project, he stressed, adding the first iO...

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    TWITTER REORGS CONTENT-PARTNERSHIPS GROUP, FOLDS LIVE-VIDEO TEAM INTO REGIONAL STRUCTURE

    Jun 04, 2018

    Twitter has disbanded the live-video business unit responsible for deals with programming partners like Disney/ESPN, MLB and BuzzFeed, moving to consolidate those functions under its content-partnerships team, Variety has learned.The move is part of a larger reorganization under Kay Madati, Twitter&...

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    XBOX ONE MAY SOON WELCOME ALEXA AND GOOGLE ASSISTANT

    Jun 03, 2018

    Rumors have been swirling for months about Microsoft’s plans to integrate virtual assistants such as Alexa with the Xbox One console, and Windows Central has uncovered some evidence that such a move may come sooner than expected.A screenshot reportedly from an upcoming Xbox One build shows a &...

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    CAN THIS EXPLOSION-PROOF AR HEADSET CHANGE HOW INDUSTRIES DO BUSINESS?

    Jun 02, 2018

    Augmented reality (AR) hasn’t truly permeated the mainstream consciousness yet, but the technology is swiftly being adopted by global industries. It’ll soon be unsurprising to find a pair of AR glasses strapped to a helmet sitting on the heads of service workers, and RealWear, a company ...

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    THE BEST VIDEO-EDITING SOFTWARE

    May 31, 2018

    If you’re working on a professional vlog, building a business brand online, or just trying to impress everyone with some great family video — then you need a great video editor. These editors will help you manage the largest projects, find just the effects you want, or create professiona...

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    APPLE IS LAUNCHING A PRIDE APPLE WATCH FACE ON JUNE 4 — BUT YOU CAN GET IT NOW

    May 30, 2018

    It looks like Apple is preparing to launch yet another watch face for the Apple Watch. A beta version of iOS 11.3 suggested that Apple would launch a special pride watch, and now with the release of iOS 11.4, the release of that face has been confirmed, according to a report from 9to5Mac.The new ver...

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    GAMESTOP’S EXCLUSIVE NEW NINTENDO 2DS XL HYLIAN SHIELD EDITION COMING JULY 2

    May 29, 2018

    “The Legend of Zelda” fans can soon get their hands on a lovely Hylian Shield version of the New Nintendo 2DS XL. It’s coming exclusively to GameStop stores on July 2 for $159.99.The New Nintendo 2DS XL is a streamlined version of the New Nintendo 3DS XL released in 2015. It has mo...

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    LOCATION-BASED VIRTUAL REALITY IS INCREASING ITS FOOTPRINT IN THE U.S

    May 27, 2018

    Earlier this year, in a small, grey-walled storefront inside a very large mall in Torrance, Calif. (just past the AMC Center) , the virtual reality game-maker Survios planted its first flag in the market for location-based gaming.It’s one of several companies (many based in Los Angeles) that a...

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    COLOMBIA TO DISCUSS THE NEW TV BUSINESS

    May 25, 2018

    NexTV Series Colombia 2018 will gather more than 35 executives from the main companies to discuss trends in TV, OTT and video. The sixth edition of the leading conference in the region will be held on June 7 at the Convention Center of the Tequendama Hotel in Bogota.

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    YOUTUBE MUSIC IS REPLACING GOOGLE PLAY MUSIC: HERE’S WHERE, WHEN, AND WHY

    May 24, 2018

    Google’s music strategy is confusing, and its latest effort to streamline everything isn’t helping. The company announced major changes to its streaming lineup on Thursday, May 24, including a reimagined YouTube Music service, but there are some real lingering questions left unanswered a...

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    MICROSOFT PATENT COULD MAKE PLAYING ‘NBA 2K18’ IN VR FEEL MORE REALISTIC

    May 24, 2018

    Microsoft’s patent for an augmented and virtual reality accessory could make interacting with the virtual world feel more realistic by giving users more tactile feedback in the real world. The patent for a device called an electrostatic side clutch was originally filed in 2017 and was recently...

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    NIELSEN’S GRACENOTE USES ARTIFICIAL INTELLIGENCE TO CLASSIFY 90 MILLION SONGS BY STYLE

    May 23, 2018

    Nielsen-owned media data specialist Gracenote wants to help music services make better mixes with fewer outliers: The company announced a new music dataset called Sonic Style Wednesday that classifies 90 million tracks not by the genre the artist is known for, but the actual style of the recording.T...

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    DISH’S NEW AIRTV DEVICE IS A CONNECTED TUNER FOR FREE BROADCAST TV

    May 23, 2018

    Dish is doubling down on cord cutting: The company’s AirTV subsidiary introduced a new device Wednesday that allows users to watch free live feeds from broadcast networks like ABC, NBC, CBS and Fox on TVs and mobile devices around their house and on the go. Later this year, AirTV plans to add ...

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    OSSIC X 3D HEADPHONES WON’T SHIP, AS COMPANY SHUTS ITS DOORS

    May 21, 2018

    While plenty of headphones offer surround sound, they don’t really emulate 3D space around you. For example, as soon as you move your head, the sound moves with you, instead of staying relative as it would in an actual space. The Ossic X claimed to be the world’s first true 3D headphones...

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    NETFLIX WIDENS LEAD AS HAVING ‘BEST ORIGINAL PROGRAMMING,’ BEATING HBO, AMAZON, HULU, SHOWTIME ON SURVEY

    May 21, 2018

    Netflix’s multibillion-dollar content binge is paying off if, for no other reason, by boosting the perception that its original TV shows and movies are the best in the biz.About 39% of U.S. consumers said Netflix, which dramatically outspends streaming and premium-cable rivals on content, offe...

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    NETFLIX BRINGS HDR PLAYBACK TO HUAWEI AND SONY’S LATEST PHONES

    May 17, 2018

    Netflix has quietly rolled out HDR playback for three more phones, the Huawei Mate 10 Pro, Huawei P20 Pro and the Sony Xperia XZ2.This builds off of the video streaming company’s already-robust lineup of supported devices, which include several models from our list of the best Android phones, ...

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    YOUTUBE TO LAUNCH MUSIC STREAMING SERVICE NEXT WEEK

    May 16, 2018

    Google's YouTube will launch a music streaming service next week, it said on Thursday, looking to use its popular internet video brand to tap the growing market for paid music streaming.YouTube Music, which will offer both ad-supported and $9.99-per-month versions, will compete directly with ser...

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    ZAPPING TV AIMS AT CORD CUTTERS WITH ITS LINEAR OTT OFFER IN LATIN AMERICA

    May 14, 2018

    Zapping TV is looking to gain space in the Latin America market with its linear OTT offer that aims to “transform the cable industry through a personalized, low-cost service,” said in an interview with NexTV News Latam, the CEO and founder of the company, Gustavo Morande.The executive wi...

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    TIVO ADDS ALEXA VOICE CONTROL TO ITS DVRS

    May 14, 2018

    TiVo’s  DVRs are getting Alexa support. The company is announcing its lineup of DVRs, including Series 4 (Premiere), 5 (Roamio), and 6 (Bolt) boxes like TiVo BOLT VOX introduced last fall, will be gaining support for Amazon’s virtual assistant, Alexa. The assistant will be able to d...

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    FORMULA 1’S STREAMING SERVICE GOES LIVE IN LATIN AMERICA

    May 10, 2018

    Formula 1’s new streaming service, called F1 TV, is already operational in Latin America, ahead of the Spanish Grand Prix, which will take place this weekend. In Mexico, F1 TV’s top tier costs MX$ 169 (USD 8.6) per month or MX$ 1,349 (USD 69) per year (as a promotion).The service is also...

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    VALVE’S STEAM LINK APP CAN STREAM GAMES TO PHONES AT 4K, 60FPS

    May 10, 2018

    When the Steam Link app hits smartphones later this month, most of users Steam Library of games will be playable on their phone in 4K resolution at 60 frames-per-second, but only when they are connected to their home network — and its best if that network is 5 GHz, not 2.4 GHz networks, Valve ...

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    DISNEY DETAILS COSTS ASSOCIATED WITH HULU, BAMTECH, AS IT INVESTS IN AN INCREASINGLY DIGITAL FUTURE

    May 08, 2018

    Disney’s second quarter earnings results provide a small window into the costs a traditional media company incurs as it tries to compete with technological rivals like the dominant streaming service, Netflix.The company’s high-profile, $52.4 billion offer to acquire much of 21st Century ...

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    MARSHALL’S MAJOR III HEADPHONES CRANK UP AUDIO QUALITY, KEEP CLASSIC DESIGN

    May 08, 2018

    Marshall’s first take on its Major headphones weren’t as impressive as we expected, but the company remedied that with the Major II. Not only did the second generation deliver on the promise of the original headphones, but they also introduced a wireless model. Now Marshall is delivering...

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    THE BEST VR APPS FOR GAMING AND MORE

    May 06, 2018

    If there’s anything we’ve learned from Hollywood movies, it’s that there’s only a matter of time before the machines inevitably become sentient, take control of the earth, and ruthlessly hunt down any and all remaining humans in impressively efficient fashion. For now, though...

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    THE BEST HDR MONITORS

    May 05, 2018

    Computer monitors are starting to support high dynamic range (HDR), which means they can handle more detail in the brightest and darkest parts of an image, along with a wide color gamut. HDR has proven a revolution among HDTVs, and every high-end television now supports it.Our selection of the best ...

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    SPOTIFY TESTS CONSUMER INTEREST IN A BUNDLE WITH BOTH HULU AND SCRIBD’S AUDIOBOOKS

    May 04, 2018

    In April, Spotify  and Hulu teamed up on a discounted bundle of both of their services for $12.99 per month, following a similar deal for students launched last fall. Now, it seems, the streaming service is considering expanding its entertainment bundle offerings to include one with Scribd&rsqu...

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    THIS 50-INCH VIZIO 4K SMART TV HAS CHROMECAST BUILT IN AND IS ON SALE FOR $299

    May 03, 2018

    The VIZIO 50-inch Class 4K (2160p) Smart LED Home Theater Display (E50x-E1) is part of their SmartCast line, which means that Chromecast is built in. Instantly stream more than 1,000 Chromecast enabled apps like Netflix, HBO NOW, and Spotify, and connect an Amazon Echo or Google Home device for hand...

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    OCULUS GO WIRELESS VR HEADSET HITS SHELVES TODAY FOR WAY LESS THAN A VIVE

    May 01, 2018

    In an age when leaks spoil every surprise, Facebook came very close to surprising everyone with the launch of its highly anticipated Oculus Go stand-alone VR headset. Announced at Facebook’s F8 developer conference (and given out to everyone at the keynote), the Oculus Go will hit store shelve...

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    8 AMAZING ACCESSORIES THAT COULD MAKE VIRTUAL REALITY EVEN MORE IMMERSIVE

    May 01, 2018

    Virtual reality headsets can be pretty darn amazing, with the ability to transport us into other settings, locations and even lived experiences in a way that’s simply not possible in other mediums.But while modern VR headsets are impressive, today’s handheld VR controllers are only passa...

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    LEAP MOTION IS PIONEERING HOW USERS INTERFACE WITH MENUS IN MIXED REALITY

    Apr 26, 2018

    Along with advancing the idea of augmented reality “goggles” that have their own AR headset, Leap Motion may also pioneer a new way to interface with menus in its mixed reality environments. In a new demonstration of a prototype in the works, Leap showed off how its translucent user inte...

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    EVERYTHING YOU NEED TO KNOW ABOUT TERRARIUM TV

    Apr 25, 2018

    If you’ve ever had the feeling you’re paying too much for TV, you’re far from alone. Whether its the constant price gauging, or the simple fact that all TV was once free (albeit ad-supported), people are always looking for a way to pay less for their TV time. Then along comes somet...

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    XBOX ONE APRIL UPDATE BRINGS A SLEW OF NEW VIDEO AND STREAMING OPTIONS

    Apr 24, 2018

    Microsoft announced that the Xbox One April update is available to all users starting Tuesday, April 24. The April update includes a number of new audio and video features, user interface options, and other small changes.Perhaps the biggest addition in the update is a new resolution option: 1440p, w...

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    BATTERY-FREE HIGH-DEFINITION VIDEO STREAMING IS ON THE WAY

    Apr 23, 2018

    Despite the popularity of live video streaming, a lot of recording devices are incapable of recording and streaming in HD quality. That is because devices like smart glasses, aka wearable cameras, would overheat were they to attempt to stream at this resolution.But researchers at the University of W...

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    NETFLIX DOUBLES ORIGINAL PRODUCTIONS FROM EUROPE, MIDDLE EAST AND AFRICA

    Apr 19, 2018

    From a supernatural drama set in Jordan to a Turkish series called “The Protector,” Netflix is nearly doubling its film production in Europe, the Middle East and Africa — with over 100 projects originating in the region in 2018.
The US-headquartered company said regional film produ...

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    FORMULA 1 TO LAUNCH STREAMING SERVICE IN MAY

    Apr 17, 2018

    Formula 1 announced that it will launch its streaming service, called F1 TV, in May, ahead of the Formula 1 2018 Gran Premio De Espana. Until that time, Formula 1 will continue to run a closed beta version of the service to a small subset of fans.F1 TV will have two service levels at two different p...

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    SES LAUNCHES ULTRA HD PLATFORM IN LATIN AMERICA

    Apr 17, 2018

    Global satellite operator SES announced the launch of its Ultra HD platform in Latin America to accelerate commercial 4K rollouts among leading pay TV operators of the region.The new solution will open with four Ultra HD channels, including Nasa TV UHD, produced by Harmonic, as well as the SES Ultra...

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    NETFLIX IS LIKELY TO HIKE PRICES, BUT NOT ANYTIME SOON, SAYS CEO

    Apr 16, 2018

    Netflix added more new subscribers than expected,  a quarter after the online streaming services company raised prices.There's no plan to raise prices again right away. That will likely happen, but only when Netflix has earned it, company executives said Monday.Netflix's value the most ...

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    DREW BROWN NAMED HEAD OF TELEVISION FOR THE CARTEL

    Apr 16, 2018

    The Cartel, a full service management and production company, has appointed Drew Brown as head of television to oversee the company’s growing development slate. Brown, the former president of Brownstone Entertainment and Fascination Street, will be based in Los Angeles and start immediately, t...

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    APPLE MUSIC APPOINTS NEW HEAD, HITS 48 MILLION SUBSCRIBERS

    Apr 11, 2018

    Apple Inc on Wednesday appointed a new executive to oversee its Apple Music streaming business and hit 48 million subscribers, the company said.Apple said it had appointed Oliver Schusser as vice president of Apple Music and international content. Schusser, who joined Apple 14 years ago, will report...

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    HULU WITH LIVE TV HAS AN UPDATED UI THAT RUNS ON EVEN MORE PLATFORMS

    Apr 10, 2018

    Hulu with Live TV is a great option if you want to keep up on your favorite shows but still have access to Hulu’s expansive library of on-demand content. Now it’s available on even more devices, while some devices that already had the app are getting an updated user interface that makes ...

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    TAMPA BAY ENTERTAINMENT PROPERTIES ANNOUNCES LAUNCH OF OFFICIAL DIGITAL NETWORK, THE IDENTITY TAMPA BAY

    Apr 09, 2018

    Tampa Bay Entertainment Properties, LLC (TBEP) announces today the launch of its full-service digital network applications as part of phase one for The Identity Tampa Bay. With dedicated applications now available on web, iOS, Android, Roku, and Apple TV, The Identity Tampa Bay brings together exclu...

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    GLOBANT LAUNCHES ITS MEDIA OVER-THE-TOP (OTT) STUDIO

    Apr 06, 2018

    Today Globant (NYSE: GLOB), a digitally native technology services company, launches its specialized Media OTT Studio to complement the expansive offerings Globant already provides to media companies. The launch includes the appointment of key leaders along with new offerings and expanded partnershi...

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    AMAZON ROLLS OUT MUSIC AND PODCAST FEATURES FOR ALEXA'S SMART HOME 'ROUTINES'

    Apr 04, 2018

    Amazon's Alexa virtual assistant has become pretty popular over the years. It's gained advanced smart home control features and a host of user-created "skills" that give the AI extra functionality.However, Amazon hasn't left the development of new features entirely up to the co...

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    3 VIDEO TRENDS SHAPING THE FUTURE OF DIGITAL MEDIA

    Apr 03, 2018

    Evergreen content will always be an important part of content marketing. However, relying too heavily on evergreen to drive engagement is not going to be the most effective strategy for marketers going forward. Today’s consumers expect content that’s live, on-demand and hyper-relevant.If...

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    EVERYTHING COMING TO NETFLIX, AMAZON PRIME, AND HBO NOW IN APRIL

    Apr 01, 2018

    Next month is April, which means it’s time for the second season of HBO’s Westworld to arrive. Yes, there’s also going to be some “movies” at your local “theater” that may be considered “important if you want to stay remotely in touch with mainstream p...

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    AMAZON’S ALEXA CAN NOW RECORD SHOWS ON DIRECTV AND TIVO

    Mar 30, 2018

    Amazon today announced updates to Alexa’s Video Skills API, which will soon allow users of TiVo, DirectTV, DISH, and Verizon television services to record their favorite shows using their voice on an Alexa-enabled device so a user will be able to say “Alexa, record the Warriors game&rdqu...

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    SPORTS EMMY NOMINATIONS: ESPN LEADS THE LEAGUE, WITH CBS & FOX TIED FOR 2ND

    Mar 29, 2018

    ESPN‘s channels scored 54 Sports Emmy nominations today, the most of any network group, while CBS’ Army-Navy football game, ESPN’s SC Featured and ESPN2’s E60 tied for the most-nominated program.The National Academy of Television Arts and Sciences announced the nominees today...

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    AT&T-TIME WARNER TRIAL: TURNER CEO HIGHLIGHTS THREAT OF GOOGLE, FACEBOOK TO AD BUSINESS

    Mar 28, 2018

    Turner Networks CEO John Martin, testifying in the AT&T-Time Warner antitrust trial on Wednesday, highlighted a key argument for the merger: The threat coming from Google and Facebook for advertising dollars.“We are not even playing in the same arena,” Martin said under cross-examina...

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    THE NEXT GENERATION OF GLOBAL OTT PLATFORMS HAS BEEN UNVEILED OFFERING CUTTING-EDGE STREAMING TECHNOLOGY - AND IT'S FOR SALE

    Mar 28, 2018

    Global OTT Solutions LLC announced today it has developed and is offering for sale its first fully tested, operational and proven global OTT streaming network.Similar to what Amazon has done for shopping, the company claims to have revolutionized the global streaming space by having fully tested and...

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    INCREASING PROMINENCE OF LIVE AND LIVE LINEAR OTT STREAMING SERVICES DEMONSTRATES PROVIDER CONFIDENCE

    Mar 28, 2018

    Akamai Technologies, Inc. (NASDAQ: AKAM), the world's largest and most trusted cloud delivery platform, today released survey data demonstrating growing confidence from online video service providers (OVSPs) in their live and live linear streaming offerings to compare favorably to traditional br...

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    CAN A NEW PRESIDENT AND STREAMING SERVICE HELP ESPN WIN AGAIN?

    Mar 27, 2018

    A nor’easter has descended on ESPN headquarters one wintry day in March, and the outside world in Bristol, Conn., is still trying to dig itself out from under the snowstorm just hours prior. Nearly a foot of snow has fallen in some parts of the state, complicating commutes for the local workfo...

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    GOOGLE PLAY MOVIES & TV APP ADDS LISTINGS OF THIRD-PARTY STREAMING SERVICES — BUT NOT NETFLIX

    Mar 27, 2018

    Google is promoting Android streaming-media apps from partners — including HBO, Amazon, Hulu, ABC, CBS, Fox and NBC — by providing links to them from listings for TV shows and movies from the Google Play Movies & TV app.Notably absent, for now, is Netflix. Google says it’s in t...

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    VIACOM STRIKES CONTENT DEAL WITH TREVOR NOAH’S DAY ZERO PRODUCTIONS

    Mar 26, 2018

    Trevor Noah is likely to gain a berth wider than that provided by “The Daily Show” under a new content partnership he’s struck with Viacom.Under terms of the agreement, Viacom will have exclusive “first look” rights on all projects developed by Noah and his production c...

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    NETFLIX AND FORMULA ONE TEAM UP FOR DOCUMENTARY SERIES

    Mar 24, 2018

    Netflix are to make a documentary series chronicling the 2018 Formula One season and which will be screened next year, the sport’s rights holders announced on Saturday ahead of the opening race in Australia.Formula One said the makers of the 10-part series would have unparalleled and exclusive...

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    GAME DEVELOPERS LOOK TO UNIONS TO FIX THE INDUSTRY’S EXPLOITATIVE WORKPLACE CULTURE

    Mar 23, 2018

    In a meeting room on the second floor of the newly renovated Moscone South exhibition complex, a wide-ranging and diverse group of game developers came together on Wednesday to voice interest in unionizing their industry. The discussion was billed as a roundtable event to be held during the Game Dev...

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    AMAZON, NETFLIX GAIN GROUND IN JAPANESE STREAMING MARKET

    Mar 21, 2018

    Amazon nearly doubled its share and Netflix grew strongly in Japan’s streaming market last year as the two global services try to raise their profiles in Asia.dTV from Japanese telco NTT DoCoMo topped the list of SVOD services in Japan in 2017, with a 20.3% share, but that is 3.8 percentage po...

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    NETFLIX OPENS ITS BUG BOUNTY PROGRAM TO THE PUBLIC

    Mar 21, 2018

    Netflix launched a bug bounty program today that is open to the public. Now, anyone can catch security bugs on the platform and point them out in exchange for cash rewards.Netflix says that the highest payout so far is a $15,000 reward for identifying a “critical vulnerability.” It evalu...

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    THE STRENGTH OF BROADCAST TV -- AND WHY NETFLIX IS CATCHING UP

    Mar 20, 2018

    As the prime-time broadcast TV season winds down, we are starting to see headlines about which network is going end up in first place.  But does it really matter which network “wins,” when none of them can muster even a 2.0 average rating among adults 18-49 or 25-54, and less than h...

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    RESOLUTION GAMES DIVES INTO AUGMENTED REALITY, REVEALS INITIAL DETAILS OF FIRST AR GAME 'BAIT! UNDER THE SURFACE'

    Mar 20, 2018

    After three years spent establishing themselves as a market leader in virtual reality (VR), Resolution Games will be expanding their efforts to include new gaming experiences in augmented reality (AR) and have announced initial details on their first title, which is slated for release in 2018.Bait! ...

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    AT&T'S FIGHT TO BUY CNN, HBO COULD AFFECT HOW YOU STREAM TV AND MOVIES

    Mar 19, 2018

    The Justice League could have resolved this battle in an epic way.Instead, AT&T's fight to buy Time Warner — home to DC Comics heroes Batman, Superman and Wonder Woman, as well as HBO's Game of Thrones and CNN — heads to a high-stakes throw-down with the Trump administration ...

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    WANT A 5G WIRELESS BOX IN FRONT OF YOUR HOUSE?

    Mar 18, 2018

    The next big thing in wireless is on its way. It's called 5G, or fifth generation. It won’t be an incremental shift, like the move from 3G to 4G, but rather a quantum leap that greatly increases the speed and capabilities of handheld devices. It might even emerge as an competitor to cable....

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    CNN RELEASES A STRANGE VR NEWS APP FEATURING WOLF BLITZER

    Mar 15, 2018

    CNN made a big push into virtual reality last year when it launched a new CNNVR unit staffed by correspondents in 12 cities around the world. Shortly after, the company released an Android VR app and desktop site for anyone interested in exploring its immersive, 360-degree videos.Now, the company is...

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    LYFT IS TESTING A NETFLIX-STYLE MONTHLY SUBSCRIPTION PLAN

    Mar 15, 2018

    Lyft is testing monthly subscription plans for high-frequency users, a sign that the company is shifting toward a Netflix or Spotify model for transportation.The terms of the subscription models seem to vary, but appear targeted at users who spend up to $450 on ride-hailing a month. One all-access p...

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    APPLE MUSIC REACHES 38 MILLION SUBSCRIBERS — UP 2 MILLION IN FIVE WEEKS

    Mar 13, 2018

    Apple Music has reached 38 million subscribers, a gain of 2 million in just over a month, the company’s SVP Eddy Cue said during a chat with CNN’s Dylan Byers at the South by Southwest Conference on Monday, according to 9to5Mac.The announcement solidifies the company’s ranking as t...

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    THEME PARKS, SMART SPEAKERS AND VR: HOW NETFLIX THINKS ABOUT THE FUTURE

    Mar 12, 2018

    Netflix is known to embrace cutting-edge technology. The company not only single-handedly introduced consumers to paid subscription video streaming, it was also one of the first of its size to put all of its computing resources into the cloud. But while Netflix is often ahead of its competitors, it ...

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    NETFLIX CEO PREDICTS $15 BILLION IN REVENUE THIS YEAR

    Mar 08, 2018

    Streaming giant Netflix is expecting to get even bigger this year. Netflix, which has 117 million subscribers worldwide and brought in $11 billion in revenue last year, expects to hit $15 billion in revenue this year, USA Today reports. That’s based on a prediction Netflix CEO Reed Hastings ma...

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    NETFLIX’S NEWEST APP ISN’T FOR CONSUMERS, BUT THE PEOPLE MAKING ITS SHOWS

    Mar 07, 2018

    First, Netflix used technology to reinvent the way movies and TV shows are being watched. Now, it wants to do the same thing with the way they’re being made.To that end, Netflix has been working on several experimental apps designed to simplify some key parts of the production process, includi...

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    DEFY MEDIA AND GRB ENTERTAINMENT SET PROGRAMMING PARTNERSHIP

    Mar 07, 2018

    Defy Media, owner of digital brands such as Smosh, AWEme, Clevver and ScreenJunkies, and GRB Entertainment, a production outfit whose most notable credit is A&E’s long-running Intervention, have set a programming partnership.The team-up is GRB’s first development and distribution dea...

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    YOU CAN WATCH NETFLIX ON ANY SCREEN YOU WANT, BUT YOU’RE PROBABLY WATCHING IT ON A TV

    Mar 07, 2018

    You can watch Netflix in almost every country in the world, on any device you want. But the odds are very good that no matter where you watch Netflix, you’re going to watch it on a TV screen.Netflix says 70 percent of its streams end up on connected TVs, instead of phones, tablets or PCs.That ...

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    FACEBOOK HIRES PINTEREST EXEC MIKE BIDGOLI TO LEAD WATCH VIDEO PRODUCT TEAM

    Mar 06, 2018

    Facebook’s Watch has a new product leader: Mike Bidgoli, previously advertising product lead at photo-sharing service Pinterest.At Facebook, Bidgoli has been named head of product for Facebook Watch, the social giant’s new platform for episodic shows and live programming. Part of Faceboo...

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    VIACOM’S BOB BAKISH TALKS TYLER PERRY-BET MOVIE, TV PRODUCTION GROWTH, AND FILM FINANCING STRATEGY

    Mar 05, 2018

    Tyler Perry is at work on his first BET-branded feature film for Paramount Pictures, a project that marks the first fruit of the wide-ranging content pact that the multi-hyphenate inked with Viacom last year.The Perry deal and plans to produce movies co-branded with Viacom’s cable networks suc...

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    21ST CENTURY FOX APPOINTS SPACE AND TIME TO HANDLE ITS SEO

    Mar 02, 2018

    21st Century Fox has appointed Space and Time Media’s SEO consultants to investigate how people search for illegal streaming and download services, and to give insight into the size of this problem on a global basis.The agency will also be advising on how to drive more traffic to legal means o...

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    VIACOM CEO PULLS BACK CURTAIN ON UPCOMING OTT SERVICE

    Mar 02, 2018

    Viacom CEO Bob Bakish revealed some new details about the company’s upcoming over-the-top streaming video service, which is expected to launch this year.Speaking at a conference hosted by Morgan Stanley, Bakish said the upcoming OTT service will launch with more than 10,000 hours of library co...

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    AMDOCS DEVOPS PLATFORM BRIDGES LEGACY, NEW-GEN SYSTEMS

    Feb 28, 2018

    Amdocs, which provides user-facing software and services to entertainment and media companies, is bridging legacy systems with new ones. The veteran software maker has launched AmdocsONE, which enables DevOps deployments using machine-learning and microservices capabilities.The new solution set uses...

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    WOMEN IN ENTERTAINMENT ANNOUNCES THE WIE WORKSHOP SERIES

    Feb 27, 2018

    Women in Entertainment (WIE), an organization dedicated to the advancement of women and girls working in the entertainment industry, announced today the Women in Entertainment Workshop Series. The events will take place from March 12-14, 2018 in Los Angeles, CA. The workshops will feature panels of ...

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    FILM SOLUTIONS TAPS DAN GLASSER AS CEO

    Feb 26, 2018

    Dan Glasser has been appointed CEO at Film Solutions, the digital asset management and publicity workflow solutions company that serves the TV and film industries. With the hire, founder and current CEO Kevin Matossian will segue to chairman of the board and return to producing films via his SilverC...

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    DISNEY BOSS BOB IGER ON OTT STRATEGY: PREMIUM SPORTS TIERS, MORE ORIGINAL SERIES AND MOVIES MAYBE IN THE OFFING

    Feb 26, 2018

    Speaking at the Morgan Stanley Technology, Media & Telecom Conference, Disney chief Bob Iger elaborated on the company’s ambitious OTT plans, saying the launch of ESPN Plus a month from now will signify the beginning of a key cycle for the company.The topic dominated the 40-minute session....

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    SKYDANCE MEDIA TAPS ‘TANGLED’S NATHAN GRENO IN MULTIYEAR DEAL, WILL DIRECT ‘POWERLESS’

    Feb 22, 2018

    Skydance Media has entered into a multiyear deal with Nathan Greno (Tangled) to direct the company’s upcoming animated feature film Powerless (working title). Under the agreement, Greno, an animation veteran, will also consult on projects currently in development.Greno is a well-known and resp...

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    CAA’S PETER MICELLI JOINS ENTERTAINMENT ONE AS CHIEF STRATEGY OFFICER (EXCLUSIVE)

    Feb 22, 2018

    Longtime CAA TV agent Peter Micelli has joined Entertainment One as chief strategy officer for TV, film and digital.Micelli will oversee eOne’s TV and digital content operations, reporting to chief content officer Mark Gordon and president Steve Bertram. He will steer the TV strategy for the c...

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    TOOLEY ENTERTAINMENT ACQUIRES ‘THE FIGHT BEFORE CHRISTMAS’ OUT OF BROAD GREEN PICTURES

    Feb 22, 2018

    Tooley Entertainment has acquired the holiday comedy project The Fight Before Christmas from the embattled Broad Green Pictures. Karen McCullah (Legally Blonde) has been hired to pen the script and the company is looking to go before the cameras this fall

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    HOW TO WATCH NETFLIX 4K ON YOUR COMPUTER

    Feb 21, 2018

    Netflix has a decent selection of 4K content now available to enjoy, including the likes of Stranger Things, Glow, Marco Polo, Orange is the New Black, plus a number of movies. These delights can be fervently binged on your PC too, provided you have the right kit. We show you what you need to watch ...

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    OMNIA MEDIA’S PRODUCTION ARM RENAMED BLUE ANT DIGITAL AS NEW FACEBOOK WATCH SERIES DEBUT

    Feb 20, 2018

    Blue Ant Media, an international content producer, distributor and channel operator, has rebranded its Los Angeles-based Omnia Media production arm as it launches three series on Facebook Watch.The newly named Blue Ant Digital Studios will look to expand its focus beyond its core of gaming-focused e...

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    VIVENDI RESTRUCTURE BRINGS TOGETHER FILM & TV DIVISIONS STUDIOCANAL & CANAL PLUS

    Feb 20, 2018

    French entertainment and media giant Vivendi is bringing its film and TV divisions closer together with a personnel restructure that hands new titles to Maxime Saada and Didier Lupfer.Saada, who is Chief Executive of Canal Plus Group, which owns Studiocanal, becomes Chairman of Studiocanal, while Lu...

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    FOX NEWS PLANS TO LAUNCH FOX NATION STREAMING SERVICE

    Feb 19, 2018

    Fox News Channel is planning to launch a new subscription-based streaming service called Fox Nation that would offer commentary-and-opinion programming to “superfans” of the network even when popular primetime hosts like Sean Hannity and Tucker Carlson are not on the air.Fox News is expe...

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    STREAMING SERVICE FANDOR HAS A NEW COO AND A NEW CHIEF PRODUCT ENGINEERING OFFICER

    Feb 16, 2018

    Fandor has expanded its executive team, promoting General Counsel and Chief Distribution Officer Felice Oper to the role of COO, and appointing TS Ramakrishnan as its Chief Product Engineering Officer.Oper joined the company in 2015, around the same time that Larry Aidem took over as CEO. Aidem, who...

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    STXDIGITAL, UPROXX DEVELOP NEW SHOW FOR SNAPCHAT

    Feb 15, 2018

    STXdigital and millennial media company Uproxx will co-produce a new series exploring fight culture exclusively for Snapchat.The show, Brawler, will offer Snapchat users a deep-dive into the minds of ancient and modern warriors. Each episode will showcase a fighting style from a different locale, fr...

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    SOCIAL ANALYTICS COMPANIES MVPINDEX AND UMBEL ARE MERGING

    Feb 15, 2018

    MVPindex and Umbel, two companies delivering social media data to the sports and entertainment industries, are teaming up.The combined company will be led by MVPindex’s co-founders, with Stan Woodward serving as CEO, Shawn Spieth as president and chairman and Kyle Nelson as chief marketing off...

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    VIMEO LAUNCHES TOOLS FOR SIMULTANEOUS UPLOADING OR LIVESTREAMING TO FACEBOOK, YOUTUBE, TWITCH AND OTHERS

    Feb 14, 2018

    Video platform Vimeo is today rolling out new features designed to simplify video distribution across social networks, including one tool that allows live video to be streamed to Facebook, YouTube, Twitch and Periscope at the same time. Another allows creators to upload to both Facebook and YouTube ...

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    YOUTUBE TV RAISES PRICING, EXPANDS WITH TURNER, NBA, MLB ADDITIONS

    Feb 14, 2018

    YouTube TV today announced a significant expansion of its channel lineup thanks to new deals with Turner, NBA TV, and MLB Network. A number of Turner-owned networks will be added to YouTube TV’s base package starting now, including TNT, TBS, CNN, Cartoon Network, Adult Swim, HLN, truTV, and Tu...

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    AMAZON’S ALEXA CAN NOW CREATE AMAZON MUSIC PLAYLISTS

    Feb 13, 2018

    Virtual assistance devices are increasing in use.  And they’re getting smarter by the minute.   Now, Amazon’s Alexa can create playlists on Amazon Music — just ask Alexa to add music to a previously created or new playlist.Amazon says the feature of being able to cre...

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    FACEBOOK IS CREATING A NEWS SECTION IN WATCH TO FEATURE BREAKING NEWS

    Feb 12, 2018

    Facebook is going to create a new news section in its video streaming platform Facebook Watch to feature breaking news stories.The move, which Campbell Brown, the company’s year-old head of news partnerships, announced onstage at the Code Media conference in Huntington Beach, is part of a broa...

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    AMAZON HIRES NBC EXECUTIVE SALKE TO RUN VIDEO STUDIO

    Feb 10, 2018

    Amazon.com Inc (AMZN.O) on Friday said it has hired Jennifer Salke, president of NBC Entertainment, to run its television and movie studio, ending months of limbo as its entertainment division switches from a lineup heavy on art-house fare to broader-appealing hits.Amazon has been without a permanen...

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    L.A. ENTERTAINMENT EMPLOYMENT SOARS IN NEW MEDIA AND DIGITAL MANAGEMENT

    Feb 10, 2018

    Employment for a jobs category that includes promoters, agents and managers has spurred major employment growth in the Los Angeles entertainment industry, according to a new report.The Center for a Competitive Workforce issued the report on Friday. It claimed entertainment industry employment grew 1...

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    ALCON ENTERTAINMENT TO REDUCE OPERATIONS, CUTTING JOBS

    Feb 09, 2018

    Alcon Entertainment, which has seen mixed box office performance in recent years, has announced that it’s streamlining and consolidating its operations in order to capitalize on new opportunities for content providers.The company was founded in 1997 and produced “The Blind Side,” &...

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    DISNEY JUST RELEASED DETAILS ABOUT ESPN PLUS, ITS NEW $4.99 STREAMING VIDEO SERVICE

    Feb 09, 2018

    The 2018 Super Bowl has finally passed, but sports fans may still have something to look forward to later this year.On an earnings call Tuesday, Disney CEO Bob Iger provided more details about ESPN's upcoming streaming video service, ESPN Plus. Disney first announced the service back in August 2...

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    DAWN OF A NEW ENTERTAINMENT ERA: THE FUTURE IS OTT

    Feb 08, 2018

    It’s no secret, the future of television and possibly the media and entertainment industry as a whole is OTT (or Over The Top), a way of distributing content to the consumer over the internet via streaming. Rather significantly at Super Bowl LII last weekend we were treated to two defining mom...

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    VIACOM CEO BOB BAKISH ON ‘CLOVERFIELD PARADOX’ SALE, OTT PLANS AND NICKELODEON LEADERSHIP

    Feb 08, 2018

    In a newsy earnings call, Viacom CEO Bob Bakish addressed the decision to sell Paramount’s The Cloverfield Paradox to Netflix, where it launched on Super Bowl Sunday, calling it “a bit of a one-off.”Bakish, who has had the top job for a bit more than a year, covered several other h...

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    BBC STUDIOS SCORES C4 DOC; IAN MCKELLEN AS KING LEAR; MTV UK CHANNEL LAUNCH – GLOBAL BRIEFS

    Feb 08, 2018

    BBC Studios has scored its second third-party commission this week after UK broadcaster Channel 4 ordered a one-off documentary about a mass of congealed fat and waste clogging up London’s sewers. The independent producer’s Science Unit is making Fatberg Autopsy (w/t), presented by Tool ...

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    SAHARA ONE MEDIA AND ENTERTAINMENT REPORTS STANDALONE NET LOSS OF RS 5.15 CRORE IN THE DECEMBER 2017 QUARTER

    Feb 07, 2018

    Net Loss of Sahara One Media and Entertainment reported to Rs 5.15 crore in the quarter ended December 2017 as against net loss of Rs 0.92 crore during the previous quarter ended December 2016.

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    SONY PICTURES SHAKEUP: 3 PRESIDENTS OUT, KEITH LE GOY TAKES OVER HOME ENTERTAINMENT

    Feb 06, 2018

    Sony Pictures Entertainment has let go three president-level executives — international channels head Andy Kaplan, chief TV marketing officer Sheraton Kalouria and home entertainment topper Man Jit Singh — as part of a broader effort to streamline its top management ranks.Keith Le Goy, S...

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    SUPER BOWL ADS: YOUTUBE REVEALS TOP 10 MOST-VIEWED SPOTS

    Feb 05, 2018

    One of the biggest winners out of Super Bowl LII’s advertising blitz: Amazon’s spot showcasing the Alexa voice assistant, which generated the most views on YouTube as of early Monday.Major movies and TV shows also made a splash on YouTube’s ranking of the top 10 most-viewed Super B...

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    CLOVERFIELD PARADOX REVIEW: NETFLIX COMBINES EVERY SPACE SCREAM

    Feb 05, 2018

    Where did Cloverfield’s don’t-call-it-Godzilla come from? This Gravity meets Event Horizon flick mashes up the scariest things outside our planet to provide an answer. New Netflix original film  The Cloverfield Paradox is now available after a surprise announcement during the Super ...

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    CAN A MEDIA COMPANY SUCCEED WITHOUT FACEBOOK? THIS STARTUP SAYS YES

    Feb 04, 2018

    Most app developers targeting teens and their ever-shrinking attention spans fall short of mainstream success but not Mammoth Media.The Santa Monica, Calif.-based startup claims it has reached about 30 percent of U.S. teenagers in less than four years, solely through the two apps its created: Wishbo...

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    UK'S CINEWORLD ON TRACK TO COMPLETE REGAL DEAL IN MARCH

    Feb 02, 2018

    UK’s Cineworld (CINE.L) said its $3.6 billion deal to buy U.S. cinema chain Regal Entertainment (RGC.N) was on track to close in March after it secured support from a majority of its own shareholders and the largest investor in Regal on Friday.Cineworld said 87.34 percent of votes cast at a ge...

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    MADDEN NFL 18 ESPORTS ARE COMING TO DISNEY XD AND ESPN

    Jan 26, 2018

    With the Super Bowl just a few weeks away, the world of football has some relatively unexpected news. Madden NFL, one of the most popular gaming titles in the world, is going even more mainstream. ESPN2 and Disney XD will broadcast Madden e-sports tournaments thanks to a new dealinked by EA, Disney,...

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    MICROSOFT’S MIXER FOLLOWS TWITCH WITH ADDITION OF DIRECT TIPPING AND GAME SALES

    Jan 26, 2018

    Mixer, Microsoft’s answer to Twitch, will soon allow its streamers to start selling games and other downloadable content via its service, and will introduce tipping, the company announced this week in its year-end wrap-up. The game sales will be made possible through the new Mixer Direct Purch...

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    BROADCAST TV STILL TOPS DIGITAL VIDEO

    Jan 25, 2018

    The advent of digital video has meant that traditional TV is increasingly losing ground to newer media channels. But although broadcast TV is getting long in the tooth, it still remains the top media channel worldwide, when measured by consumption, according to new data from Salesforce. More than ei...

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    PROTECTING INTELLECTUAL PROPERTY RIGHTS IN THE BILLION-DOLLAR WORLD OF VIRTUAL GAMING

    Jan 23, 2018

    Virtual reality may have found a game-changing partner: esports. Recently it was announced that Justice League VR: The Complete Experience is making its way from IMAX VR locations to PlayStation VR headsets, enabling video game users to step into the shoes of their favorite superheroes, such as Batm...

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    WHY PREMIUM PUBLISHERS ARE IN A PRIME POSITION FOR 2018

    Jan 19, 2018

    Premium publishers have had their share of woes over the past several years thanks to ad blocking, ad fraud, brand safety and much more. But change is on the horizon. eMarketer’s Lauren Fisher spoke with Dan Greenberg, co-founder and CEO of native advertising solutions provider Sharethrough, a...

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    NINTENDO'S BIG ANNOUNCEMENT TOOK EVERYONE BY SURPRISE

    Jan 18, 2018

    This week, Nintendo left everyone guessing what it meant by a "new interactive experience" coming to Switch, but last night we finally got to see what it was, and it took everyone by surprise. It's called Nintendo Labo, and it's a range of interactive build-and-play toy experiences...

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    MIRRAVIZ IS A STARTUP THAT WANTS TO CHANGE SPLIT-SCREEN GAMING

    Jan 17, 2018

    MirraViz wants to bring an end to gamers screen-peeking. The startup’s display technology lets different people watch different things on the same projector screen depending on where they’re sitting. The best part of this is that only you can see what’s happening on your screen. Th...

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    AMAZON STUDIOS GREENLIGHTS SECOND SEASON OF THE TICK

    Jan 17, 2018

    The series is yet another rendition of the animated version that ran in the 90s, as well as Fox’s live action version that starred Patrick Warburton. It follows superhero, the Tick, and his sidekick Arthur through half-hour long adventures. The shows original creator, Ben Edlund, is returning ...

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    HENNESSY COLLABORATES WITH A$AP FERG ON ART, MUSIC AND MIXOLOGY

    Jan 16, 2018

    Hennessy, the world's best-selling Cognac, continues to push boundaries in the spirit of its Never stop. Never settle. mantra with a new collaboration and limited-edition offering from Harlem hip hop artist and painter A$AP Ferg. Bringing together three of the artist's passions: art, music a...

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    ORIGINAL CONTENT PODCAST: LOOKING INTO THE DARK FUTURE OF NETFLIX’S ‘BLACK MIRROR’

    Jan 12, 2018

    On the latest episode of TechCrunch’s Original Content podcast, one of your regular hosts, Anthony Ha, is joined by Jordan Crook to discuss the fourth season of the science fiction anthology series. While we liked it — in fact, we both thought it might be Black Mirror‘s strongest s...

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    MUSIC-MEMORY-METAMORPHOSIS: PRAGUE PREMIERE OF COMPOSER VIKTOR ULLMANN'S MELODRAMA PRESENTED AS A MULTIMEDIA AND LIVE PERFORMANCE

    Jan 12, 2018

    The Prague  premiere of Music-Memory-Metamorphosis, a multimedia and live performance of the  composer Viktor Ullmann's  melodrama The Song of Love and Death of the Cornet Christopher Rilke will take place at the famous Archa Theater in Prague.In the spirit of early cinema and exp...

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    CIRQUE DREAMS HOLIDAZE POSTS RECORD TICKET SALES DURING 2017 HOLIDAY SEASON

    Jan 11, 2018

    Cirque Dreams, a critically-acclaimed global entertainment brand and division of VStar Entertainment Group, today announced record attendance for its 10th touring season of Cirque Dreams Holidaze – over 340,000 people in 40 cities across the United States attended two national touring producti...

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    POKEMON GO WON'T WORK ON OLDER IPHONES AFTER THE NEXT UPDATE

    Jan 10, 2018

    The Pokemon Go team on Tuesday announced that the game will soon end support for Apple devices that can't upgrade to iOS 11. That includes the iPhone 5 and iPhone 5c, and other older iPad models.
    "This change is a result of improvements to Pokemon Go that push the application beyond ...

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    EVERY OVERWATCH LEAGUE GAME WILL BE STREAMED ON TWITCH FOR THE NEXT TWO YEARS

    Jan 09, 2018

    The first match of the inaugural season of Overwatch is set for 4:00 pm PST to catch the kids on the West Coast as they get out of school, kids on the East Coast as they finish dinner and kids in Asia as they get up in the morning. The two-year deal, which will include every. single. game. of the le...

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    FACEBOOK AND SONY/ATV REACH A LICENSING DEAL TO LET PEOPLE POST MUSIC VIDEOS

    Jan 08, 2018

    Facebook and Sony/ATV Music Publishing announced a multi-year licensing deal today that lets people upload and share video from Sony/ATV artists on Facebook, Instagram and the Oculus Rift platform. As part of the agreement, musicians will receive royalties for the use of their songs. Exact terms of ...

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    NETFLIX NECK AND NECK WITH PAY TV?

    Dec 22, 2017

    In PwC's annual poll of US internet users, 73% of respondents subscribed to some type of linear pay TV service. That was a drop from the 76% of respondents who were signed up for traditional TV last year, and from the 79% who were in 2015. What's more, 27% of those polled this year were pay ...

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    UNIVERSAL AND YOUTUBE AGREE MULTI-YEAR GLOBAL LICENSING DEAL

    Dec 19, 2017

    MBW understands that Sony and YouTube have also concluded a deal. All three agreements with the majors are believed to cover both a renewal of Vevo’s exclusive relationship with YouTube, in addition to licences for the platform’s new paid-for streaming service, due to launch in Q1 next y...

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    ORIGINAL CONTENT PODCAST: NETFLIX’S ‘MUDBOUND’ OFFERS A SOMBER LOOK AT MISSISSIPPI IN THE 1940S

    Dec 15, 2017

    That description might make the movie sound like a home work assignment, or perhaps a too-neat dissection of race relations in the American South. On the latest episode of the Original Content podcast, TechCrunch’s Darrell Etherington and Anthony Ha discuss how we struggled with the movie &mda...

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    AMAZON ECHO’S MULTI-ROOM MUSIC STREAMING FEATURE NOW SUPPORTS SPOTIFY AND SIRIUSXM

    Dec 13, 2017

    Just in time for all of those ridiculous holiday playlists, Amazon’s added two key players to the Echo’s multi-room streaming feature. Spotify and SiriusXM now join the ranks of TuneIn, iHeartRadio, Pandora and, naturally, Amazon’s own Music Unlimited service. The feature, which hi...

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    YOUTUBE TV HITS 34 NEW MARKETS

    Dec 12, 2017

    The service offers a variety of popular cable channels, including ABC, Fox, CBS, NBC, CW, Disney, SyFy, ESPN and 40+ more, on your phone, desktop, or TV through a dedicated streaming app for consoles, media streaming devices, and/or smart TVs. As the cable-free streaming platform expands to new mark...

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    APPLE CONFIRMS SHAZAM ACQUISITION; SNAP AND SPOTIFY ALSO EXPRESSED INTEREST

    Dec 11, 2017

    After we broke the story last week that Apple was acquiring London-based music and image recognition service Shazam, Apple confirmed the news today. It is purchasing the startup — one of earliest players in the world of mobile music — as part of its bigger ambitions in the music business...

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    LAW AND ORDER: SVU'S MIDSEASON CLIFFHANGER IS BENSON'S WORST NIGHTMARE

    Dec 07, 2017

    Olivia Benson's worst nightmare just happened. At the end of "Intent," the Law & Order: SVU midseason finale about an elaborate online catfishing that resulted in a social media star (Gage Golightly) getting raped by a famous fighter (Steve Howey), Mariska Hargitay's Benson rec...

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    SXWORKS LAUNCHING INDUSTRY DATABASE FOR MUSIC PUBLISHERS OF 57 MILLION 'NOTICE OF INTENTION TO USE' FILINGS

    Dec 07, 2017

    SXWorks, a subsidiary of SoundExchange, today announced it has developed technology to help music publishers identify musical works that have been licensed under compulsory mechanical licenses with the U.S. Copyright Office as "address unknown" by music users. "Address Unknown" f...

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    STREAMING-FIRST CONSUMERS ERODE CABLE TV'S DOMINANCE

    Dec 05, 2017

    New figures from Raymond James reveal that 31% of internet users polled in November named a streaming service like Netflix or Hulu as their primary method of consuming video content. That was up from just 24% about a year ago. It was also a scant few percentage points behind the 35% who named cable ...

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    NEXTO REPLACES BORING AUDIO GUIDES WITH TOURISM GAMES

    Dec 04, 2017

    What if you could play with landmarks instead of just touring them? Nexto is turning audio guides into games to make sightseeing more interactive. Launching today as part of TechCrunch Disrupt Berlin‘s Battlefield competition, Nexto is partnering with tourist destinations to help them attract ...

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    THE OPPORTUNITY FOR OTT ADVERTISING AND PROGRAMMATIC CONNECTED TV

    Dec 04, 2017

    As TV viewers continue to spend more time watching video content via connected TVs and over-the-top (OTT) video services, advertisers want to make sure that they’re there, too. While programmatic access to such inventory is the exception today, it will ramp up over the next 12 to 24 months.

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    FOX ANNOUNCES AN ‘X-FILES’ MOBILE GAME COMING IN 2018

    Nov 28, 2017

    The new title from FoxNext Games and Creative Mobile Games is planned for release early next year, after the TV show returns for its eleventh (!) season. According to Variety, the story will take place in 2010 — long after the original series, but before the events of last year’s revival...

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    ORIGINAL CONTENT PODCAST: ‘THE PUNISHER’ ARRIVES WITH A BANG

    Nov 24, 2017

    Bernthal first took on the role in the second season of Daredevil, but now he’s the headliner in a story exploring the aftermath of war and a broader government conspiracy. In the latest episode of TechCrunch’s Original Content podcast, hosts Darrell Etherington and Anthony Ha debate the...

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    GOOGLE CLAMPS DOWN ON TICKET SCAMMERS

    Nov 23, 2017

    From January resellers will need to be certified by Google before they use its AdWords service, which allows people to pay for prominent listings in its search results. The sellers must also disclose that the prices they charge may be higher than the face value.

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    https://Entertainment.report/news-article.aspx?ID=2323

    YOUTUBE TIGHTENS RULES ON KID-RELATED CONTENT

    Nov 22, 2017

    YouTube, that strange stew of the best and worst content on the web, is cracking down on abuse and error relating to kid-focused video. Jokers and questionably ethical creators who targeted kids or used them in their videos will have a harder time getting viewers and getting money.

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    https://Entertainment.report/news-article.aspx?ID=2020

    WELCOME TO THE MEDIA MULTIVERSE: MINDSHARE NORTH AMERICA RELEASES NEW INSIGHTS ON THE FUTURE OF MEDIA FRANCHISES

    Nov 20, 2017

    NEW YORK, Nov. 20, 2017 /PRNewswire/ -- Welcome to the media multiverse: an industry shift towards franchises that live across a mosaic of platforms, and away from linear storytelling on one channel. Mindshare North America, the global media agency that is part of WPP, has released a new report arou...

    PRNEWSWIRE
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    https://Entertainment.report/news-article.aspx?ID=1818

    LIVE NATION ENTERTAINMENT ANNOUNCES PARTICIPATION IN LIBERTY INVESTOR MEETING

    Nov 14, 2017

    LOS ANGELES, Nov. 14, 2017 /PRNewswire/ -- Live Nation Entertainment, Inc. (NYSE: LYV), the world's leading live entertainment and ecommerce company, announced today that its President and CEO, Michael Rapino, will be making a presentation during the Liberty Investor Meeting at approximately 1:4...

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    https://Entertainment.report/news-article.aspx?ID=99

    WHY AMAZON JUST SPENT A FORTUNE TO TURN 'LORD OF THE RINGS' INTO TV

    Nov 13, 2017

    Amazon has acquired the television rights to J.R.R. Tolkien’s fantasy series TheLord of the Rings. With this deal, which industry publications estimate at being worth $250 million, Amazon can use the classic Middle-earth mythology as a canvas for several different TV shows, including backstori...

    THEATLANTIC
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    https://Entertainment.report/news-article.aspx?ID=44

    SNAPCHAT RECRUITS FORMER NIELSEN EXEC CHERYL IDELL TO HEAD OF ENTERTAINMENT MEASUREMENT

    Nov 13, 2017

    Cheryl Idell, a veteran of media research and advertising measurement with nearly three decades of experience, has joined Snap as head of entertainment measurement. Snap hired Idell to help pitch its advertising products to movie studios, TV networks and internet-video platforms. She reports to Ali ...

    VARIETY
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    https://Entertainment.report/news-article.aspx?ID=55

    SURVEY SUGGESTS VIDEO AUDIENCE IS AT TIPPING POINT

    Nov 10, 2017

    New data from Hub Research suggests that TV watching habits may be at a tipping point, with the majority of US TV viewers saying they mainly watch their favorite show via a digital source. According to the latest edition of the firm’s annual “Conquering Content” report, 52% of resp...

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    https://Entertainment.report/news-article.aspx?ID=4343

    WHY OBJECT STORAGE IS A BLOCKBUSTER HIT FOR MEDIA AND ENTERTAINMENT

    Nov 07, 2017

    Data is transforming the world of business by enabling companies to find new efficiencies, gain new customer insights and enter new markets. However, all of this information comes at a cost. The massive amount of data being generated and collected by businesses is exposing the weaknesses of conventi...

    FORBES
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    https://Entertainment.report/news-article.aspx?ID=77

    WORLD'S FIRST EXCLUSIVE ENTERTAINMENT SECURITY OPERATIONS CENTER (ESOC) LAUNCHED BY SECURE CHANNELS INC. TO TRANSFORM MEDIA & ENTERTAINMENT INDUSTRY

    Nov 07, 2017

    IRVINE, Calif., Nov. 7, 2017 /PRNewswire/ -- Secure Channels Inc., provider of innovative security solutions designed to complement existing security investments, announced today that it is developing its own Entertainment Security Operations Center (ESOC), the world's first centralized hub for ...

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    https://Entertainment.report/news-article.aspx?ID=1616

    SECURE CHANNELS CREATES ENTERTAINMENT SECURITY OPERATIONS CENTER

    Nov 07, 2017

    IRVINE, CALIF.—With major hacks recently occurring to companies like HBO and Sony, Secure Channels Inc. is announcing the launch of an Entertainment Security Operations Center, a centralized hub for the secure management of entertainment industry content. ESOC was created to provide clients wi...

    TVTECHNOLOGY
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    https://Entertainment.report/news-article.aspx?ID=1717

    DIGITAL TRANSFORMATION NEEDS INSIGHT FROM THE EDGE TO THE CLOUD

    Oct 31, 2017

    Data insight is seen as a primary driver of digital transformation–the process of bringing technology to bear on virtually any type of enterprise or industry in an effort to maximize efficiency, identify cost savings and create new revenues. But gaining actionable data insight isn’t easy...

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    https://Entertainment.report/news-article.aspx?ID=11

    AMAZON PRIME VIDEO LAUNCHES GLOBALLY ON XBOX CONSOLES

    Oct 31, 2017

    In January of 2016, Netflix globally expanded its service to cover almost every country in the world, effectively becoming the only streaming service to do so. But in December of last year, Amazon Prime Video brought the competition to Netflix, expanding to more than 200 countries and territories ac...

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    https://Entertainment.report/news-article.aspx?ID=3030

    THE ERA OF CONNECTED GAMING ENTERTAINMENT

    Oct 25, 2017

    We are living in an era of connected entertainment. Media companies have been quick to pounce on the second screen phenomenon, where viewers watching a TV show are consuming supplementary content and applications simultaneously via their phones and tablets to create a fully immersive gaming experien...

    MARKETINGTECHNEWS
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    https://Entertainment.report/news-article.aspx?ID=2626

    WHY CONSUMERS CONTINUE TO SHIFT AWAY FROM PAY TV

    Oct 04, 2017

    According to a Q2 2017 study by TiVo, more than 85% of cord-cutters said that pay TV services were too expensive, and that cost was one of the main reasons they chose to cancel their cable or satellite service. In fact, a higher percentage of those surveyed named price as a factor than said the same...

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    https://Entertainment.report/news-article.aspx?ID=4444

    OFF THE RED CARPET, MOVIE STUDIOS ARE DRIVING REVENUE

    Sep 13, 2017

    There is never a lot of industry buzz around the movie studio’s on-demand rental business. This is when audiences at home are prompted to rent and/or buy a film through their television provider via pushing a button on their remote control. While the rental window lacks the sex appeal, budgets...

    MEDIAPOST
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    https://Entertainment.report/news-article.aspx?ID=1111

    THE TECHNOLOGY, MEDIA AND TELECOM 2017 M&A DEAL UPDATE

    Jul 28, 2017

    U.S. West Coast technology companies are expected to remain the driving targets for M&A transactions in the TMT sector. Bidders are likely to come from American firms across the country, plus from Europe, Asia, and Canada. Though a return to huge mega-mergers are not anticipated this year, given...

    TELECOM TECH NEWS
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    https://Entertainment.report/news-article.aspx?ID=1414

    IS VIDEO A GAME CHANGER FOR VIRTUAL REALITY?

    Jul 11, 2017

    Adoption of virtual reality (VR) headsets hasn’t grown by leaps and bounds. For one, the devices aren’t cheap. While there are affordable options out there, some can leave a substantial dent in a consumer’s wallet. And many consumers don’t want to shell out money for a device...

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    https://Entertainment.report/news-article.aspx?ID=4949

    ARTIFICIAL INTELLIGENCE IS STRENGTHENING LEGALZOOM'S DIGITAL RADIO ADVERTISING EFFORTS

    Aug 16, 2016

    LegalZoom has been advertising on the radio for almost two decades, but the growth of music streaming services, podcasts and other digital audio channels has changed the game for the legal solutions platform. Tracking all of its audio spots and native mentions in a timely fashion became problematic,...

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    https://Entertainment.report/news-article.aspx?ID=4747