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Verizon and Google ink deal to offer YouTube TV to Verizon wireless and Fios subscribers

Just days after Google and Amazon buried the hatchet over their longstanding streaming feud, Google has made another interesting inroad in its bid to bring yet more ubiquity to its YouTube-based premium video efforts. Today, Verizon (which owns TechCrunch) and the search giant announced a new partnership where Verizon customers will be able to subscribe to YouTube TV through their accounts to watch “on whatever platform they choose,” in the words of Erin McPheron, Verizon’s head of content st...
Tags: Entertainment, Media, Google, Streaming, Verizon, Video, YouTube


Douyu, China’s Twitch backed by Tencent, files for a $500M U.S. IPO

Douyu, a Chinese live streaming service focused on video games, has filed with the U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission as it prepares to raise up to $500 million on the NYSE less than a year after its archrival floated on the same stock market. Wuhan-based Douyu, whose name translates as “fighting fish”, is the second Twitch -like service backed by Tencent to go public in the United States. Its direct competitor Huya, who has a similarly fierce name “tiger’s teeth” and also counts Tencent ...
Tags: Asia, Entertainment, Funding, Bigo, China, Douyu, Esports, Huya, Livestreaming, Social Media, Tencent, Tiktok, Twitch, U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission, YY


Talk media and TED2019 key takeaways with TechCrunch’s Anthony Ha

Anthony just returned from Vancouver, where he was covering the TED2019 conference — a much-parodied gathering where VCs, executives and other bigwigs gather to exchange ideas. This year, Twitter CEO Jack Dorsey got the biggest headlines, but the questions raised in his onstage interview kept popping up throughout the week: How has social media warped our democracy? How can the big online platforms fight back against abuse and misinformation? And what is the Internet good for, anyway? Wednesday ...
Tags: Advertising Tech, Developer, Entertainment, Events, Media, Social, Startups, TC, Conference Call, Extra Crunch Conference Call, Jack Dorsey, Misinformation, Social Media, Ted, Twitter


Tencent’s latest investment is an app that teaches grannies in China to dance

Besides churning out video games for China’s young generations, Tencent has also been attuned to the need of silver-haired users: its latest bet is an app that teaches middle-age and elderly users, most of whom are female, how to dance. Called Tangdou, or “sugar beans” in Chinese, the app announced on Monday that it’s raised a Series C funding round led by Tencent with participation from existing investors GGV Capital and Xiaomi founder Lei Jun’s Shunwei Capital, as well as IDG Capital. The fina...
Tags: Asia, Entertainment, China, Funding, Tech, Xiaomi, Tencent, Lei Jun, Mobile Internet, Ggv Capital, Shunwei Capital, Senior Citizen, Jenny Lee, IDG Capital, Tangdou, Tangdou Clad


Original Content podcast: On ‘Guava Island,’ Donald Glover mixes music and politics

It was hard to know what to expect from “Guava Island.” Last year, Donald Glover and Rihanna filmed the mysterious project with director Hiro Murai (who’s also directed multiple episodes of “Atlanta” and the music video for “This is America”, then they said almost nothing about it until debuting the film at Coachella and releasing it on Amazon. “Guava Island” turns out to be a 54-minute, fable-like story of a musician named Deni (Glover) and his girlfriend Kofi (Rihanna) on a fictional Caribbean...
Tags: Apple, Media, Podcasts, Entertainment, Rihanna, America, Tech, Atlanta, Game Of Thrones, Coachella, Cuba, Caribbean, Donald Glover, Amazon Studios, Hiro Murai, Jon Shieber


3 fixes for Netflix’s “What to watch?” problem

Wasting time every night debating with yourself or your partner about what to watch on Netflix is a drag. It burns people’s time and good will, robs great creators of attention, and leaves Netflix vulnerable to competitors who can solve discovery. A ReelGood study estimated that the average user spends 18 minutes per day deciding. To date, Netflix’s solution has been its state-of-the-art artificial intelligence that offers personalized recommendations. But that algorithm is ignorant of how...
Tags: Social, TC, Apps, Video, TV, Beyonce, Entertainment, Opinion, Office, Tech, Netflix, Hulu, Buffy, Amazon Prime Video, Hulu Amazon, Luke Perry


‘Child’s Play’ trailer gets a smart home makeover, giving Chucky control over connected devices

Oh golly does the new trailer for “Child’s Play” look good. Not only does it have appearances by Aubrey Plaza, Mark Hamill (as the voice of Chucky) and Bryan Tyree Henry (who’s awesome in Atlanta), but it’s giving Chucky a smart home makeover. The demonically possessed doll now has the power to control networked devices like thermostats, drones, doors and pretty much any gadget in a connected home (from the looks of the trailer). However horrifying the thought may be of a demon-possessed doll...
Tags: TC, Entertainment, Films, Tech, Atlanta, Childs Play, Chucky, Alexa, Bryan Tyree Henry, Aubrey Plaza Mark Hamill


Xbox One does away with discs in new $249 All-Digital Edition

Discs! What are they good for? Well, if they’re nice if you don’t want to be tied to an online-only ecosystem. But if you don’t mind that, Microsoft’s latest Xbox One S “All-Digital Edition” might be for you. With no slots to speak of, the console is limited to downloading games to its drive — which is how we’ve been doing it on PC for quite some time. Announced during today’s “Inside Xbox” video presentation, the Xbox One S All-Digital Edition — honestly, why not just give it a different let...
Tags: TC, Gadgets, Gaming, Hardware, Microsoft, Xbox One, Tech, Sony, Xbox, Minecraft, Gpu, Gattis, Forza Horizon, Xbox One S, Jeff Gattis, Sea of Thieves Minecraft


Sony shares some details about the PlayStation 5

Lead architect for the PlayStation 4 and PlayStation Vita Mark Cerny gave a lengthy interview to Wired’s Peter Rubin and shared some details about Sony’s next-gen console — the console that is likely to be called the PlayStation 5. The next PlayStation will be based on an AMD architecture just like the PlayStation 4 and PlayStation 4 Pro. The custom made CPU will be based on the third-generation AMD Ryzen CPU line. It’ll feature eight 7nm cores. As for the GPU, Sony plans to use a custom vers...
Tags: Gadgets, Gaming, Tech, Playstation, Sony, Amd, Gpu, AMD Radeon, Cerny, GPU Sony, AMD Ryzen CPU, Peter Rubin, PlayStation 5, Vita Mark Cerny


Science fiction author Gene Wolfe has died

Gene Wolfe, author of “The Book of the New Sun” and other acclaimed works of science fiction and fantasy, died Sunday at the age of 87. According to Locus, his death came after a long struggle with heart disease. While Wolfe was never quite as famous as some of his peers, his writing was loved intensely by his fans. Ursula Le Guin, for example, called him “our Melville,” while Michael Swanwick described him as “the greatest writer in the English language alive today.” That level of praise (and c...
Tags: TC, Media, Entertainment, Tech, Ursula K Le Guin, James Joyce, Melville, Ursula Le Guin, Wolfe, Earthsea, Ulysses, Michael Swanwick, Gene Wolfe, New Sun, Nessus, Death Island


Hulu buys back AT&T’s minority stake in streaming service now valued at $15 billion

Hulu has paid $1.43 billion to buy AT&T’s minority stake in the streaming video company. The companies announced Monday that the transaction valued Hulu at $15 billion. As a result, AT&T’s 9.5 percent stake in Hulu was worth $1.43 billion. The valuation is two-thirds higher than last November when Disney reported in a regulatory filing that the streaming video company was worth $9.26 billion. Hulu is owned through by Hulu LLC, a joint venture of Disney and Comcast. Disney now has a 67 percent...
Tags: TC, Entertainment, Time Warner, Finance, Disney, Tech, Nbcuniversal, Streaming Video, Hulu, AT T, AT amp, DirecTV, The Walt Disney Company, Comcast Disney, Randy Freer, WarnerMedia


Apple hires A&E’s Molly Thompson as its Head of Documentaries

In addition to a growing lineup of scripted fare, documentaries will be another key focus for Apple TV+, the company’s new streaming service set to launch in May. According to a new report today from Variety, Apple has hired A&E’s Molly Thompson as its Head of Documentaries. Thompson’s experience at A&E includes founding its documentary production arm, A&E IndieFilms, back in 2005. While there, several of its films earned Emmy nominations, including “Life, Animated,” “Cartel Land,” “Jesus Camp,”...
Tags: Apple, Viola Davis, Movies, Beyonce, Media, Film, Films, Tech, Apple TV, Netflix, Paris, Documentaries, Jennifer Lopez, Harry, A&e, Emmys


Disc-free Xbox One S could land on May 7th

Microsoft is about to launch an even cheaper Xbox One S. In order to cut costs, the company is removing the BluRay disc drive altogether. According to leaked marketing images spotted by WinFuture (via Thurrott), the console could launch on May 7th for €229 in Germany. Given that the launch is just a few weeks away and that those marketing images line up perfectly with previous rumors, chances are this is the real deal. As you can see on WinFuture’s images, it looks exactly like an Xbox One S ...
Tags: Amazon, Gadgets, Gaming, Microsoft, Germany, Xbox One, Digital, Tech, Xbox, Forza Horizon, Xbox One S, Minecraft Sea


Vimeo has acquired short-form video creation platform Magisto

Vimeo, the IAC -owned platform for hosting, sharing and monetizing streamed video, has made an acquisition to expand into providing more creation and editing tools. The company has acquired Magisto, a startup founded in Israel that currently has over 100 million users that focuses on providing tools to create and edit short-form videos, providing not just editing but sourcing of music, stock photos and other elements as part of the mix. Vimeo — which itself has 90 million members in over 150 c...
Tags: Media, Entertainment, California, Israel, Tech, M&a, Vimeo, IAC, PitchBook, Magisto, Anjali Sud, Oren Boiman, Mail Ru Group Notably


Vimeo has acquired short-form video-creation platform Magisto, reportedly for $200M

Vimeo, the IAC-owned platform for hosting, sharing and monetizing streamed video, has made an acquisition to expand into providing more creation and editing tools. The company has acquired Magisto, a startup founded in Israel that currently has more than 100 million users, which focuses on providing tools to create and edit short-form videos, providing not just editing but sourcing of music, stock photos and other elements as part of the mix. Vimeo — which itself has 90 million members in more t...
Tags: Media, Entertainment, California, Israel, Tech, M&a, Vimeo, IAC, Livestream, Crunchbase, Meitar Liquornik Geva Leshem Tal, Magisto, Anjali Sud, Oren Boiman, Mail Ru Group Notably, David Chertok Keren Sadeh Omri Arouch


Original Content podcast: Making sense of the surreal terrors in Jordan Peele’s ‘Us’

Jordan Peele fans who go to his latest film “Us” hoping to find another “Get Out” may be disappointed: Where Peele’s directorial debut lent itself to straightforward political allegory, the follow-up feels murkier and stranger. “Us” is a nightmarish journey into a world invaded by sinister doppelgangers. The film does, eventually, offer a rationale for what’s happening, but the surreal imagery (and the unsettling work by the cast, led by Lupita Nyong’o) will stick with you in a way that the expl...
Tags: Media, Podcasts, Entertainment, US, Tech, Jordan Peele, Original Content Podcast


Watch the first trailer for ‘Star Wars: The Rise of Skywalker’

Hot on the heels of announcing the details of the upcoming Disney+ streaming service (which will feature plenty of Star Wars content), Disney and Lucasfilm just released the first trailer for “Star Wars: The Rise of Skywalker.” The unveiling came at the end of a panel at this year’s Star Wars Celebration event in Chicago, where the title of the movie (previously only known as “Star Wars Episode IX”) was finally revealed. While on-stage, director J.J. Abrams and Lucasfilm President Kathleen...
Tags: Star Wars, Media, Entertainment, Disney, Tech, Chicago, Carrie Fisher, Colbert, Lucasfilm, Leia, Kennedy, Billy Dee Williams, Leia Organa, Kathleen Kennedy, Fisher, Abrams


Disney+ streaming service launches on November 12, with a price of $6.99 per month

Disney’s direct-to-consumer streaming strategy took center stage today at the company’s investor day. That strategy includes Hulu (where the recently-closed Fox acquisition has given Disney a contyrolling stake), ESPN+ and the Indian streaming service Hotstar, but executives spent most of their time hyping the upcoming launch of Disney+. The company said the service will launch in the United States on November 12, and will have a monthly streaming price of $6.99 per month. Executives confirmed t...
Tags: Media, Entertainment, Marvel, Disney, Tech, Fox, United States, Espn, Hulu, Latin America, Mayer, Kevin Feige, The Walt Disney Company, Netflix Disney, ESPN Disney, Michael Paull


Disney shows off its upcoming Disney+ streaming service

Disney’s direct-to-consumer streaming strategy took center stage today at the company’s investor day. That strategy includes Hulu (where the recently-closed Fox acquisition has given Disney a contyrolling stake), ESPN+ and the Indian streaming service Hotstar, but executives spent most of their time hyping the upcoming launch of Disney+. For one thing, they confirmed that unlike Hulu and ESPN+, Disney+ will be entire ad-free, making all its money from subscriptions. Kevin Mayer, Disney’s direct-...
Tags: Media, Entertainment, Marvel, Disney, Tech, Fox, Espn, Hulu, Latin America, Mayer, Kevin Feige, The Walt Disney Company, Netflix Disney, ESPN Disney, Michael Paull, Cassian Andor


Original Content podcast: Director Theo Love explains ‘The Legend of Cocaine Island’

Most documentary filmmakers want to convince you that the story they’re telling is important. But Theo Love, director of the new Netflix documentary “The Legend of Cocaine Island,” said he was attracted to his subject matter for the opposite reason. “A lot of the documentary subject matter that we had been considering and that we saw out there was pretty dark and very, very painfully important,” Love told me. “I wanted to make something that wasn’t important at all. I wanted to make something...
Tags: Apple, Media, Podcasts, Entertainment, Love, Tech, Netflix, John Goodman, Theo Love, Jack Black, Caribbean, Rodney, Hyden, Original Content Podcast, Rodney Hyden, Legend of Cocaine Island


Artificial Intelligence: What The Tech Can Do Today

Is the artificial intelligence we see in science fiction movies at all realistic? Many tech industry experts believe the idea of a superintelligent or sentient AI is greatly exaggerated and many years away. But there’s AI already in the works to help solve real-world problems that can improve people’s lives.
Tags: Tech, Artificial Intelligence, Radio, Ai, General Interest


Milan Design Week 2019: Bang & Olufsen’s Beovision Harmony TV System

Oak and aluminum panels fan out to reveal a future-forward screen With screens in our pockets, on our wrists and atop our desks, their omnipresence often impedes two desirable tenets of a home: peace and harmony. With impeccable attention to detail—and a history of design precision and technological advancement—Bang & Olufsen hopes to change this. The Beovision Harmony system—which includes an LG OLED C9 77-inch …
Tags: Design, Television, Electronics, Entertainment, Tech, Denmark, Tvs, Televisions, Decor, Milan Design Week, Olufsen, Bang Olufsen, Bang And Olufsen, Salone del Mobile, Milan Design Week 2019, Beovision Harmony TV System


This radio station broadcasts sounds of rats – and it sounds amazing

Rat communication, adjusted for human hearing, makes for surprisingly musical listening. That’s right – you may enjoy the sweet serenade of an actual rat burrow on NYC’s Lower East Side. The results: some fantastic ultrasonic interspecies live performance, and an indication of how much music we might imagine lies beyond traditional human hearing. When we talk transhumanism or post-human art, we’re not kidding. Media artist Brian House has made projects out of machine learning and even acidic t...
Tags: Music, NYC, Animals, Tech, Radio, Stories, Manhattan, Brian, Rats, Recording, Ultrasonic, Lower East Side, Transhuman, Sound-art, Field-recording, DIY + Unusual


Sinemia faces consumer pushback and a class action suit over a battery of complaints

When Sinemia first came across our radar, the company was happily riding the wave of anti-MoviePass publicity. With its chief competition in the midst of what looked to be a historic collapse, Sinemia happily grabbed headlines as a what looked to be more stable alternative for movie ticket subscriptions. Last July, at the height of MoviePass’ meltdown, we asked Sinemia co-founder and CEO Rifat Oguz how he planned to avoid a similar fate. “By not providing unlimited tickets, but providing t...
Tags: TC, Entertainment, Los Angeles, Tech, Turkey, Pennsylvania, Reddit, Las Vegas, Delaware, Moviepass, Indiewire, Cinemacon, Matheson, Ted Farnsworth, Sinemia, Rifat Oguz


Boomplay, a Spotify-style music and video streaming service for African music and Africa, raises $20M

While Spotify dukes it out with Apple and other big tech names to target high-end users in mostly developed markets, a startup out of China has raised some money to expand its music streaming business in the massive but still nascent market of Africa. Boomplay, a service founded by Transsnet — a joint venture between Chinese phone maker Transsion and Chinese consumer apps giant NetEase — has raised $20 million in outside funding as it looks to break into more sub-Saharan countries and continue t...
Tags: Apple, Asia, Spotify, Music, Media, Entertainment, China, Funding, Africa, Tech, South Africa, Music Streaming, Kenya, Tanzania, Warner, ZTE


Peter Kraus dishes on the market

During my recent conversation with Peter Kraus, which was supposed to be focused on Aperture and its launch of the Aperture New World Opportunities Fund, I couldn’t help veering off into tangents about the market in general. Below is Kraus’ take on the availability of alpha generation, the Fed, inflation vs. Amazon, housing, the cross-ownership of US equities by a few huge funds and high-frequency trading. Gregg Schoenberg: Will alpha be more available over the next five years than it has bee...
Tags: Amazon, TC, Europe, Japan, Real Estate, Enterprise, Finance, Government, Films, US, Tech, Banking, Policy, United States, Aperture, Army


How I Podcast: The Moth’s Dan Kennedy

The beauty of podcasting is that anyone can do it. It’s a rare medium that’s nearly as easy to make as it is to consume. And as such, no two people do it exactly the same way. There are a wealth of hardware and software solutions open to potential podcasters, so setups run the gamut from NPR studios to USB Skype rigs. We’ve asked some of our favorite podcast hosts and producers to highlight their workflows — the equipment and software they use to get the job done. The list so far includes: Bulls...
Tags: Podcasts, Entertainment, Tech, Npr, Kent, Seattle, Kennedy, McSweeney, Dan Kennedy, How I Podcast, USB Skype, Jesse Thorn Ben Lindbergh, Office Power Ballad and American Spirit, Argot Studios


TikTok’s next ambitious goal is to discover future music stars

TikTok needs a lot of music. A lot. The short-form video service began life as a lip-synching app in China, where it’s called Douyin, and although other categories of content, like skits and life hacks, later took off, music remains a key element to the app as its users in the hundreds of millions grow accustomed to soundtracking their video clips. And TikTok, a Vine-like app that has amassed about 1 billion downloads around the world, is getting serious about securing good music for its cont...
Tags: Asia, South Korea, Japan, Entertainment, China, Tech, Korea, Vine, Warner Music Group, Universal Music Group, Musical.ly, Bytedance, Blackpink, Douyin, Tiktok, TikTok Artists


John Cho will lead Netflix’s live action version of ‘Cowboy Bebop’

A live action version of the anime series “Cowboy Bebop” has been in and out of development for years, but it looks like Netflix is actually going to make it a reality. The streaming service announced last fall that it would be producing a live action “Cowboy Bebop” series. Today, it revealed some key casting: Star Trek star John Cho will play the lead character Spike Siegel, a bounty hunter who travels the solar system with his partner Jet Black (played by Mustafa Shakir). In addition, Danie...
Tags: Hollywood, Media, Entertainment, Tech, Netflix, Shell, Keanu Reeves, John Cho, Spike, Cho, Scott Rosenberg, Shinichiro Watanabe, Cowboy Bebop, Christopher Yost, Alex Hassell, Jet Black


Captain Marvel becomes the latest Marvel film to bring in $1 billion for Disney

Captain Marvel has crossed the $1 billion mark in worldwide ticket sales, according to a report in Variety. It’s the seventh movie based on Marvel Comics’ intellectual property to hit that milestone, indicating that Disney may be the house that Mickey Mouse built, Marvel’s comic empire is adding a few more stories. Captain Marvel’s success also underscores the notion that superheroines can perform just as well at the box office as their male counterparts. It’s also a blow to the online trolls w...
Tags: TC, Films, Disney, Tech, North America, Marvel Comics, Avengers, Marvel Studios, Avengers: Infinity War, The Avengers, Captain America: Civil War, Black Panther, Brie Larson, Mickey Mouse, Marvel Entertainment, Captain Marvel



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