MEDIA AND BROADCASTING

Latham & Watkins Grows Global Entertainment, Sports & Media Practice In New York

prnewswire | October 26, 2020

Latham & Watkins LLP is pleased to announce that Frank Saviano has joined the firm's New York office as a partner in the Corporate Department and member of the Entertainment, Sports & Media Practice. Saviano has built a strong reputation in the sports and media industry advising clients in a wide array of corporate matters, including media rights, team acquisitions and sales, strategic investments, joint ventures, arena and stadium development, sponsorships, and other significant commercial transactions. Saviano's practice includes representing a number of sports and media organizations, including many sports leagues and organizations, professional sports teams and owners, private equity firms, financial institutions and sports media networks in their significant transactional matters.

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To properly evaluate the performance of 360VRspecific encoding and transmission schemes, and particularly of the solutions based on viewport adaptation, it is necessary to consider not only the bandwidth saved, but also the quality of the portion of the scene actually seen by users over time. With this motivation, we propose a robust, yet flexible methodology for accurately assessing the quality within the viewport along the visualization session. This procedure is based on a complete analysis of the geometric relations involved.


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TECHNOLOGIES

Roku Elevates the Streaming Experience with Roku Ultra and Roku Voice Remote Pro Bundle

Roku, Inc. | May 13, 2022

Roku, Inc. (NASDAQ: ROKU) announced that the Roku Ultra will include Roku’s top-of-the-line remote, the Roku Voice Remote Pro beginning mid-May. The Roku Ultra remains the ultimate streaming player with a lightning-fast interface, Wi-Fi®, Dolby Vision®, Dolby Atmos®, HDR10+ compatibility and channels that launch in a snap, all under $100. With the addition of the Roku Voice Remote Pro, the Roku Ultra bundle now features hands-free voice controls, a rechargeable remote, lost remote finder feature (simply say, “Hey Roku, find my remote”), and more. “At Roku, we are committed to providing our users with the best possible streaming experience with a focus on choice, value and ease of use, With the release of the Roku Ultra and Roku Voice Remote Pro bundle we’re adding even more features to our most powerful player while keeping the price under $100, ensuring that high performance is readily accessible. With a click of a button or by using the remote’s hands-free voice commands, Roku Ultra users can access the content they want, set shortcuts for favorite channels, or find a lost remote without moving from the couch. The best just keeps getting better.” -Chris Larson, vice president of Retail Strategy, Roku Roku also announced the roll out of OS 11, its latest software update, in March. With Roku OS 11, users will experience expanded content discovery menu options, Roku Photo Streams — our new photo sharing feature, and a super-charged mobile app, and much more. Roku Ultra The Roku Ultra remains the ultimate streaming player and comes fully loaded with fast channel launch, Dolby Vision®, Dolby Atmos®, Bluetooth®, Apple AirPlay and more. Outrageously powerful: With a lightning-fast interface and channels that launch in a snap, Roku Ultra is the fastest and most powerful Roku player ever. Dolby Vision®/HDR10+/4K: Stunningly sharp 4K picture brings out the rich detail in your entertainment with four times the resolution of HD. Watch as colors pop off your screen and enjoy lifelike clarity with Dolby Vision® and HDR10+. Dolby Atmos®: Immersive entertainment with sound that moves all around with breathtaking realism. Sound recorded in stereo is limited to left and right channels. Sound mixed in Dolby Atmos allows a deeper connection to shows and movies. Our best Wi-Fi: A strong, steady Wi-Fi connection is important for streaming the highest picture quality, especially in rooms farther from your router. Users can enjoy fast, seamless streaming anywhere in their home with Roku’s best Wi-Fi or choose Roku Voice Remote Pro The Roku Voice Remote Pro was designed to be an incredible upgrade for Roku users. It offers a rechargeable battery, hands-free voice for easy actions (such as “Hey Roku, find my remote”), personal shortcut buttons, and more. Rechargeable battery: Keep your remote powered for ~two months on a single charge. It works with any standard USB charger so you can save money on batteries and help keep them out of landfills. Hands-free: Forget about reaching for the remote. Just say “Hey Roku” and a command to turn the TV on, adjust the volume, control playback and more without lifting a finger. Lost remote finder: Say “Hey Roku, find my remote” and listen for a little chime to locate or use the button on the Roku Ultra player or download the free Roku mobile app (available for iOS and Android). TV controls: Power up your TV, adjust the volume, mute, and control your streaming — all with one remote. Personal shortcuts: Set personal shortcuts using your voice for one-touch control to launch your go-to channel, pull up search results for your favorite movie, actor/actress and more. Private listening: Don’t wake the house, just plug in the included headphones into the headphone jack on the remote, crank up the volume and enjoy your favorite show. Push-to-talk: Prefer to use traditional Roku Voice? Leverage the hardware switch to turn off the hands-free voice feature and use push-to-talk voice controls instead. AVAILABILITY The Roku Ultra bundle, including the Roku Voice Remote Pro, will be available for $99.99 MSRP at Roku.com today and at major retailers in the U.S. beginning May 15th. About Roku, Inc. Roku pioneered streaming to the TV. We connect users to the streaming content they love, enable content publishers to build and monetize large audiences, and provide advertisers with unique capabilities to engage consumers. Roku streaming players and TV-related audio devices are available in the U.S. and in select countries through direct retail sales and licensing arrangements with service operators. Roku TV™ models are available in the U.S. and in select countries through licensing arrangements with TV brands. Roku is headquartered in San Jose, Calif. U.S.A.

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PRODUCTS

Targetspot Continues to Invest to Accelerate Audio Advertising into Gaming

Targetspot | December 16, 2021

Targetspot, a division of AudioValley (Paris:ALAVY) (Brussels:ALAVY), today announced their continued investment into the mobile gaming sector with the launch of a specialist division in 2022. This newly formed area will be dedicated to working with customers and partners from across the entire ecosystem, helping serve Targetspot’s acceleration into the fastest growing area of digital media - on track to surpass $120Bn in 2021 according to App Annie. “At Targetspot we focus on multidimensional audio advertising. The biggest audio advertisers are looking for ways to innovate and to reach new audiences and the feedback on the gaming environment has been overwhelmingly positive. They are excited to see how this category develops.” Targetspot CRO, Alex Ouhadi. Currently, the new division is unnamed but is expected to act as a subsidiary brand within Targetspot. It will be led by Adam Pattison, UK country director, who will gradually transition into the role in 2022. “We’ve been experimenting in mobile gaming since 2020,” says Pattison. “Since then, we’ve begun working with AudioMob and Odeeo and more recently the team at Aequus. Results from the past year have given us a solid foundation for accelerated growth in 2022. Our existing advertisers are used to a premium experience when working with our traditional publisher partners and our primary initial aim is to match and build upon that with gaming.” The new division will initially be focused on helping advertisers reach new audiences in the mobile gaming and broader In-App industries, but the longer-term vision is to explore opportunities across the entire gaming category and the metaverse, specifically VR worlds and immersive environments, partnering with product innovation specialists Kiln to develop and execute a future strategy for the business. Ben Williams, Founder of Kiln: “Targetspot are regarded as a pioneer across digital audio advertising, not afraid to push the boundaries and innovating in new areas. The next iteration of the internet is upon us, and there’s a huge opportunity for brands to experiment with audio in the formation of the metaverse”.

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IMDb Launches What to Watch App Exclusively on Amazon Fire TV

IMDb & Amazon Fire Tv | May 09, 2022

Introducing the new IMDb What to Watch app - a series of fun, interactive mini-games to help families, friends, or those playing individually discover and decide what to watch. Launching exclusively on Amazon Fire TV in the U.S., players will receive customized movie and TV series recommendations across multiple streaming services tailored to their current moods and interests. This personalized experience lets fans spend less time searching for titles and debating what to stream, and more time viewing the next movie or series they’ll love! Learn more at www.imdb.com/tv (Photo credit: IMDb)-IMDb (www.imdb.com), the world’s most popular and authoritative source for information on movies, TV shows, and celebrities, today announced the launch of a free IMDb What to Watch app for Fire TV. The new app offers a series of fun, interactive mini-games to help families, friends, or those playing individually discover and decide what to watch. Available exclusively to Fire TV customers in the U.S., players will receive customized movie and TV series recommendations across multiple streaming services tailored to their current moods and interests.With so much content to choose from and so many places to view it, the new IMDb What to Watch app is designed to solve the common customer problem of scrolling through a daunting array of titles when trying to decide what to stream with friends, as a family, or on their own. This fun, interactive, and personalized experience enables customers to spend less time searching for titles and debating what to watch, and more time viewing the next movie or series they’ll love. To get started today, Fire TV customers can download the IMDb What to Watch app on Fire TV, or to open with Alexa, just ask, “Alexa, open IMDb What to Watch app.” “Hundreds of millions of customers rely on IMDb when deciding what and where to watch, The new IMDb What to Watch app for Fire TV makes it easy, fun, and fast for customers to discover trending titles and hidden gems, find the perfect movie or TV series to fit any mood, and get the most out of their streaming services on Fire TV.” -Nikki Santoro, IMDb chief operating officer. Entertainment on Fire TV is all about discovering new shows and movies, connecting customers to content quickly, and being delighted by the experience,” said Charlotte Maines, director of Fire TV. “With the launch of the IMDb What to Watch app, we’re delivering customers a fun and engaging way to discover what’s next on movie night. Using proprietary and authoritative IMDb data, the IMDb What to Watch app offers a selection of fun and simple interactive games which help determine the current interests and moods of those playing, whether they are settling in for family movie night or watching solo. After each game, the app suggests a selection of movie and/or series picks with key details for each title, including genre, trailer, and plot summary. For those looking for input from other entertainment fans, recommended titles also display IMDb user ratings for movies and TV shows, which help customers make informed viewing decisions. By enabling the “Your Services” feature, users can customize their app settings to prioritize titles available from their preferred streaming services. Every pick also displays the runtime, so viewers can plan their couch time accordingly. Once a viewing decision has been made, customers will be shown where they can stream the title, and can then start watching with just one click on their Fire TV Alexa voice remote. The following games are available to play now on the IMDb What to Watch app, via the Fire TV Alexa voice remote: Quick Draw: For players who enjoy the element of chance, virtual “playing cards” shuffle through movie and series options, revealing a trio of picks in seconds. Players can click “deal cards” for a fresh set of picks. Watch Challenge: Players are invited to watch, rate, and collect digital stamps as they view curated IMDb lists of titles, including the IMDb Top 250 movies list, award-winning titles, and popular franchises. Themed lists will be updated frequently. This or That: Players will answer a series of simple “This or That?” questions to find the perfect movie or TV series to suit their mood, whether they are seeking an epic romance, a G-rated family title, a supernatural horror film, or a slapstick comedy. Players can refresh choices, including desired viewing time, before their picks are revealed. IMDb will continue to launch new games on the IMDb What to Watch app, including Build-a-Cast and Time Machine. Learn more at www.imdb.com/tv. The IMDb What to Watch app is available now to download for free from the Fire TV Appstore. Users who sign into their IMDb accounts on the IMDb What to Watch app will receive updates on new features and games, can sync their personal ratings across IMDb and the IMDb What to Watch app, and more. Customers can also learn more about how to use the IMDb What to Watch app on Fire TV here. About IMDb IMDb is the world’s most popular and authoritative source for information on movies, TV shows, and celebrities. Products and services to help fans decide what to watch and where to watch it include: the IMDb website for desktop and mobile devices; apps for iOS and Android; and X-Ray on Prime Video. IMDb also produces IMDb original video series and podcasts. For entertainment industry professionals, IMDb provides IMDbPro and Box Office Mojo. IMDb licenses information from its vast and authoritative database to third-party businesses worldwide; learn more at developer.imdb.com. IMDb is an Amazon company. For more information, visit imdb.com/press and follow @IMDb. About Amazon Amazon is guided by four principles: customer obsession rather than competitor focus, passion for invention, commitment to operational excellence, and long-term thinking. Amazon strives to be Earth’s Most Customer-Centric Company, Earth’s Best Employer, and Earth’s Safest Place to Work. Customer reviews, 1-Click shopping, personalized recommendations, Prime, Fulfillment by Amazon, AWS, Kindle Direct Publishing, Kindle, Career Choice, Fire tablets, Fire TV, Amazon Echo, Alexa, Just Walk Out technology, Amazon Studios, and The Climate Pledge are some of the things pioneered by Amazon. For more information, visit amazon.com/about and follow @AmazonNews.

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BUSINESS

Topgolf Expanding Pennsylvania Footprint with Two New Venues

Topgolf | May 17, 2022

Topgolf Entertainment Group, a global sports and golf entertainment company, is set to open its first venue in the city of Philadelphia on Friday, May 20. Located off US 1 near Philadelphia Mills shopping mall, Topgolf's 77th global venue will provide all communities in and around Philadelphia the signature, technology-driven multi-level entertainment experience players have grown to know and love – and locals will recognize its location as part of the redevelopment of the former Nabisco plant. "We are excited to double down and build a strong bond with the Philadelphia community with our first venue within the city, As a company focused on building roots and growing the game, we are thrilled to provide the community more opportunities to play." -Topgolf Chief Operating Officer Gen Gray. The three-level, open-air venue will feature 102 climate-controlled outdoor hitting bays, chef-inspired signature menu items, top-shelf drinks, music and year-round programming for all ages. The venue is equipped with an outdoor patio, rooftop terrace and private event space. Beyond entertainment, Topgolf's Philadelphia venue will employ approximately 400 Associates, further strengthening the region's economy. Those interested in joining the team at Topgolf can visit Topgolf's career website. Topgolf in Philadelphia marks the second venue to serve the state of Pennsylvania, and the company will continue its expansion within Greater Philadelphia as it has plans to introduce its technology-enabled golf entertainment experience in King of Prussia. The King of Prussia venue, which will have a similar 102 hitting bay design, will offer the brand's signature experience where players can enjoy point-scoring golf games in an energetic and fun environment. "Our focus is on creating more opportunities to enable people to play, The King of Prussia venue is a great example of that as we expand our relationship with the communities in and around Greater Philadelphia, and welcome new and returning players to enjoy the Topgolf experience." -Topgolf Chief Development Officer Chris Callaway. For more information, including hours of operation and pricing, visit Topgolf's Philadelphia location page. About Topgolf Entertainment Group Topgolf Entertainment Group is a technology-enabled global sports and entertainment company that connects people in meaningful ways through experiences, innovation and fun. What started as a simple idea to enhance the game of golf has grown into a movement where people from all walks of life connect at the intersection of technology and sports entertainment. Topgolf Entertainment Group's platforms include Topgolf venues, Topgolf Media and Gaming, and Toptracer technology. Follow @topgolf on Instagram, Facebook, Twitter and LinkedIn, or visit the Topgolf Press page for the latest news. About Topgolf Venues Topgolf venues connect people through technology, food and beverage, and the belief that life is more fun when you play. With an energetic atmosphere, Topgolf venues feature high-tech gaming, climate-controlled outdoor hitting bays, chef-driven menus, hand-crafted cocktails, music, corporate and social event spaces, and more. Topgolf entertains more than 30 million guests annually at over 70 locations across the globe. To learn more or plan your visit, visit topgolf.com.

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To properly evaluate the performance of 360VRspecific encoding and transmission schemes, and particularly of the solutions based on viewport adaptation, it is necessary to consider not only the bandwidth saved, but also the quality of the portion of the scene actually seen by users over time. With this motivation, we propose a robust, yet flexible methodology for accurately assessing the quality within the viewport along the visualization session. This procedure is based on a complete analysis of the geometric relations involved.

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