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Meet the power players at Netflix leading the streaming giant's defense against Disney and other rivals (NFLX)

Netflix is about to face a bevy of new streaming-video competitors — some larger, with more experience developing TV and film, and with deeper pockets than itself. Disney, WarnerMedia, and Apple are all launching subscription services in 2019. Netflix is focusing on its growing international audience, building its reputation for Hollywood-grade films and children's programming, and inking distribution deals with more wireless and TV providers to keep growing its subscriber base, in spite of th...
Tags: Apple, Google, Facebook, Asia, Orange Is The New Black, Japan, Hbo, New York, Hollywood, Shonda Rhimes, Nbc, Yahoo, Abc, California, Stanford, India


Meet the power players at Netflix, who are leading the streaming giant's defense against Disney and other rivals (NFLX)

Netflix is about to face a bevy of new streaming-video competitors — some larger, with more experience developing TV and film, and with deeper pockets than itself. Disney, WarnerMedia, and Apple are all launching subscription services in 2019. Netflix is focusing on its growing international audience, building its reputation for Hollywood-grade films and children's programming, and inking distribution deals with more wireless and TV providers to keep growing its subscriber base, in spite of th...
Tags: Apple, Google, Facebook, Asia, Orange Is The New Black, Japan, Hbo, New York, Hollywood, Shonda Rhimes, Nbc, Yahoo, Abc, California, Stanford, India


TV companies gun for direct-to-consumer dollars, Facebook and Google's privacy crackdown, Pepsi fights back

Hello, Welcome to your weekly Advertising and Media Insider newsletter, where we catch you up all the big stories we worked on this past week. The direct-to-consumer boom was a big theme in our reporting. It's become conventional wisdom that for these born-on-Facebook companies to get to the next level, they'll have to buy television, with its ability to introduce products to a new, mass audience. This week I surveyed how the TV giants like NBCUniversal and CBS are trying to change their hidebo...
Tags: Google, Amazon, Verizon, Facebook, Hbo, Disney, US, Trends, Netflix, Cbs, Kendall Jenner, Warner Bros, Burger King, Pepsi, AT T, Facebook Google


IFC Films Unlimited is Another New Streaming Service, But Can It Last?

Independent distributor IFC Films is poised to launch its own streaming service called IFC Films Unlimited, which will initially be accessible through Amazon Prime Video Channels. The service will include hundreds of movies, including The Babadook, The Trip, Y Tu Mama Tambien, Certified Copy, Gomorrah, and more. But even with its own impressive selection of acclaimed independent movies, will IFC Films Unlimited be able to survive against the ever-growing competition in the streaming arena? Va...
Tags: Apple, Amazon, Movies, Disney, Ifc, Showtime, Cannes film festival, Hulu, Ifc Films, Netflix Amazon, Hitchcock, Lisa Schwartz, Home Video, WarnerMedia, IFC Films Co, IFC Films Unlimited


Winter is coming for HBO NOW subscriber growth

Fan reaction to Game of Thrones‘ final season may be mixed, but the show has been undeniably good for HBO’s network — and for its over-the-top streaming service, HBO NOW. The Season 8 premiere drew in 11.8 million live viewers and 17.4 million viewers across all platforms on the day of airing, as well as a record number of sign-ups to HBO NOW, which in March was reported to have 8 million subscribers. But the show’s finale airs this Sunday, and HBO is set to see a huge exodus of streaming subscr...
Tags: Apple, Hbo, Disney, Tech, Netflix, Cbs, Westworld, Hulu, Mintel, Hbo Now, Netflix Hulu, Netflix Amazon Prime Video, WarnerMedia


Airbnb adds former Apple retail chief Angela Ahrendts to board

Airbnb has made yet another addition to its board of directors as it inches toward an initial public offering, expected in the next year. Angela Ahrendts, the former senior vice president of retail at Apple, joins as its third independent non-affiliated board member. Ahrendts joined Apple in 2014 after serving as CEO of the British fashion house Burberry for eight years. Apple earlier this year announced Ahrendts would step down in April to be replaced by the company’s HR head, Deirdre O’B...
Tags: Apple, TC, Disney, Tech, Venture Capital, American Express, Airbnb, Pixar, EBITDA, Ken Chenault, Angela Ahrendts, Ahrendts, fashion house Burberry, Ann Mather, Deirdre O'Brien Airbnb


Twitch Prime adds its first non-gaming ‘loot’ with access to anime streaming service Crunchyroll

Twitch Prime, the game streaming service’s version of Amazon Prime, has typically focused on offering subscribers free loot and other game-related perks since . Now, that’s changing. Twitch Prime is today rolling its first-ever non-gaming “loot” — a 30-day subscription to the anime streaming service Crunchyroll Premium. Crunchyroll is a top destination for watching anime online, with over 45 million registered users and 2 million paying subscribers who usually pay $7.99 per month for its ...
Tags: Apple, TC, Gaming, Media, Disney, Tech, Amazon Prime, Game Streaming, Twitch, Streaming Service, Crunchyroll, Eric Berman, Twitch Prime, Crunchyroll Premium Crunchyroll


18 times 'The Simpsons' accurately predicted the future

"The Simpsons" has built a reputation for predicting the future. Most recently, viewers noticed that a 2017 episode of the cartoon seemed to preempt Daenerys Targaryen's big plot twist on Sunday night's penultimate episode of "Game of Thrones." "The Simpsons" also predicted the election of Donald Trump, the discovery of the Higgs boson equation, and a Lady Gaga performance. Visit Business Insider's homepage for more stories. 19 years ago, an episode of "The Simpsons" predicted that Donald Tr...
Tags: Apple, Hbo, London, Sweden, Singapore, Disney, US, Barack Obama, Trends, Tesco, Bbc, Mit, Uganda, Fox, David, Netflix


Amazon Fire TV tops 34 million users, potentially widening its lead over Roku

Amazon Fire TV’s lead over rival streaming platform Roku is widening. In January at the Consumer Electronics Show in Las Vegas, Amazon said it had “well over” 30 million Fire TV users compared with Roku’s then 27 million active users. In roughly four months’ time, Fire TV has grown to over 34 million active users, according to new statements made by Amazon this week. Meanwhile, Roku grew its account base by 2 million in the first quarter of 2019 to reach 29.1 million active accounts, per i...
Tags: Apple, Google, Amazon, Japan, Hardware, Media, Mexico, Disney, Tech, Canada, Gm, Streaming, Roku, Fire TV Stick, Fire TV, Amazon Fire TV


Amazon Fire TV tops 34 million users, widening its lead over Roku

Amazon Fire TV’s lead over rival streaming platform Roku is widening. In January at the Consumer Electronics Show in Las Vegas, Amazon said it had “well over” 30 million Fire TV users compared with Roku’s then 27 million active users. In roughly four months’ time, Fire TV has grown to over 34 million active users, according to new statements made by Amazon this week. Meanwhile, Roku grew its user base by 2 million in the first quarter of 2019 to reach 29.1 million active users, per its ear...
Tags: Apple, Google, Amazon, Japan, Hardware, Media, Mexico, Disney, Tech, Canada, Gm, Streaming, Roku, Fire TV Stick, Fire TV, Amazon Fire TV


Daily News Roundup: ZombieLoad is the Latest Threat to Intel PCs

Last year saw the release of the Spectre and Meltdown vulnerabilities, but researchers warned that this pair of flaws was just the start of something bigger. ZombieLoad is the newest vulnerability to leverage a similar type of attack. While there isn’t a lot to say about ZombieLoad that hasn’t already been said, here’s what you need to know. First off, it affects nearly every Intel processor made since 2011. Secondly, since it directly affects the processor, it’s OS agnostic—this flaw is presen...
Tags: Apple, Firefox, Google, Amazon, Crafts, Facebook, Microsoft, Disney, Intel, Netflix, Comcast, Hulu, Pixel, Engadget, Baraka, Google Express


10 things in tech you need to know today

Good morning! This is the tech news you need to know this Wednesday. Intel has been impacted by a chip security flaw that affects every chip released since 2011. Called ZombieLoad, the flaw is made up of four bugs and lets hackers exploit design flaws. Apple, Google, Mozilla, Microsoft, and Amazon all released patches for the flaw. The bug could leak sensitive data like passwords and messages. San Francisco became the first US city to ban the use of facial recognition software by police and ot...
Tags: Google, Amazon, Facebook, Mark Zuckerberg, Disney, US, San Francisco, Trends, Intel, Cnn, Comcast, Hulu, Alexa, McNeill, Amazon Alexa, Kent Walker


Hotstar, Disney's Indian Streaming Service, Sets New Global Record For Live Viewership

Indian video streaming giant Hotstar, owned by Disney, today set a new global benchmark for the number of people an OTT service can draw to a live event. From a report: Some 18.6 million users simultaneously tuned into Hotstar's website and app to watch the deciding game of the 12th edition of the Indian Premier League (IPL) cricket tournament. The streaming giant, which competes with Netflix and Amazon in India, broke its own "global best" 10.3 million concurrent views milestone that it had set...
Tags: Amazon, India, Disney, Tech, Earth, Netflix, Ipl, Felix Baumgartner, Hotstar, Hotstar Disney, April Hotstar


How to Decrypt and Rip Old DVD to MP4 on PC for Free

DVD discs are becoming extinct and there is a rare chance you might be using one. The throne of DVD is now taken by popular digital video formats such as MP4, AVI and MOV. Besides, the vast growth of OTT platforms such as Netflix, Amazon Prime Video, Zee5, and Hotstar in developing countries like India have limited the proportion of DVD. Unlike what you may think, a significant amount of viewers still rely on DVDs. Most of them also have a collection of their favourite movies on DVD. As DVDs are...
Tags: Apple, UK, India, Disney, US, Blogging, Css, ISO, Software, Sony, Windows 10, Gpu, How To's, Uop, Netflix Amazon, Digiarty Software


Hotstar, Disney’s Indian streaming service, sets new global record for live viewership

India’s video streaming giant Hotstar, owned by Disney, today set a new global benchmark for the number of people an OTT service can draw to a live event. Some 18.6 million users simultaneously tuned into Hotstar’s website and app to watch the deciding game of the 12th edition of the Indian Premier League (IPL) cricket tournament. The streaming giant, which competes with Netflix and Amazon in India, broke its own “global best” 10.3 million concurrent views milestone that it had set last year....
Tags: Amazon, Mobile, Facebook, Asia, UK, Media, Entertainment, India, Disney, Sports, Tech, Earth, Fox, Netflix, Canada, Cricket


AI avatars could be the next generation’s favorite entertainers

Last year, Netflix reportedly published a whopping 1,500 hours of original content. And with the launch of streaming services from Apple and Disney, the on-demand video market is getting very competitive. Media houses and companies are already looking towards the next solution for producing content to keep up with the trend: AI avatars. Last year in November, Chinese state-run media company Xinhua debuted an AI anchor that looked exactly like its real-life counterpart Zhang Zhao. The company sai...
Tags: Apple, Startups, Disney, Artificial Intelligence, Netflix, Insider, Xinhua, Zhang Zhao


Netflix acquires kids’ educational content co., StoryBots

Netflix is further investing in its children’s programming ahead of the launch of a highly anticipated rival: Disney+. The company announced today it has acquired StoryBots — a children’s media company and brand created by JibJab’s founders, Gregg and Evan Spiridellis. The streaming service isn’t disclosing the acquisition price, but CNBC says the price was “immaterial to Netflix,” citing sources. Netflix doesn’t often make acquisitions, as it prefers to spend directly on content. However, it...
Tags: Apple, Media, Disney, Tech, Netflix, Streaming, Cnbc, Hbo Now, Evan, Gregg, Millarworld, Wanda Sykes, JibJab, Gregg Spiridellis, Evan Spiridellis, Snoop Dogg Edward Norton Whoopi Goldberg


Roku jumps 22% as revenue, streaming hours soar (ROKU)

Roku reported better-than-expected first-quarter results and raised its guidance. The results received praise on Wall Street. Shares were up more than 22%. Watch Roku trade live. Roku shares were surging Thursday morning, up more than 22% to $79.55 apiece, after the company reported better-than-expected first-quarter results and raised its guidance.  The video-streaming service lost $0.09 a share as net revenue surged 51% versus a year ago to $206.7 million. Those numbers were better than th...
Tags: Apple, Disney, Trends, Bloomberg, Roku, Rbc, Mark Mahaney, Disney Apple, Wall Street ROKU, OTT Roku


Before Chris Hughes, Elizabeth Warren proposed breaking up Facebook and other tech giants — a move that could cause 'unmitigated chaos' for marketers

Before Chris Hughes called for breaking up Facebook in a New York Times op-ed, Sen. Elizabeth Warren in March proposed chopping up Facebook and the other tech giants. The rise of the tech giants has remade the media and marketing landscape, driving mega-mergers like AT&T's with Time Warner and Disney's with Fox. Industry watchers said that breaking up the tech giants would spread digital ad dollars around more evenly. Before one of Facebook's founders Chris Hughes called in a New York Times o...
Tags: Google, Amazon, Facebook, Time Warner, Disney, Trends, Google Search, Fox, New York Times, Chris Hughes, Wall Street Journal, Stewart Butterfield, Groupm, David Chavern, Sen Elizabeth Warren, DoubleClick


Roku jumps 9% as revenue, streaming hours soar (ROKU)

Roku reported better-than-expected first-quarter results and raised its guidance. The results received praise on Wall Street. Shares were up more than 9%. Watch Roku trade live. Roku shares were surging Thursday morning, up more than 9% to almost $71 apiece, after the company reported better-than-expected first-quarter results and raised its guidance.  The video-streaming service lost $0.09 a share as net revenue surged 51% versus a year ago to $206.7 million. Those numbers were better than ...
Tags: Apple, Disney, Trends, Bloomberg, Earth, Roku, Thanos, Rbc, Mark Mahaney, Disney Apple, Watch Roku, Wall Street ROKU, OTT Roku


10 things in tech you need to know today

Good morning! This is the tech news you need to know this Thursday. Uber and Lyft drivers across the world went on strike on Wednesday over pay, conditions, and the firm's "orgy of greed." The strike came ahead of Uber's IPO, which promises to make investors such as founder and former CEO Travis Kalanick richer by potentially billions of dollars. Google took a major shot at Apple's iPhone camera while announcing its new $400 Pixel smartphone. "What other smartphone cameras try to do with expen...
Tags: Apple, Google, Amazon, Elon Musk, Washington Post, Disney, US, Trends, Tesla, SEC, Travis Kalanick, Bob Muglia, Alexa, Cto, Musk, Amazon Alexa


Disney reports strong second-quarter, but takes $353 million write-down on Vice

Walt Disney Co. is writing down its investment in Vice Media for the second time in less than a year. In its otherwise upbeat , the company said it was taking an impairment of $353 million for Vice. This follows the $157 million write-down Disney disclosed during its fourth-quarter earnings report in November. Vice Media was valued at about $5.7 billion post-money in June 2017 and raised a total of $1.4 billion in funding, including $500 million from Disney in 2015. Last week, however, the Wall...
Tags: TC, Movies, Media, Entertainment, Disney, Tech, Digital Media, Vice Media, Earnings, 21st Century Fox, Wall Street Journal, Walt Disney Co, George Soros, The Walt Disney Co, Disney ABC Television, Heart Corporation


How Beat Saber beat the odds

Virtual reality is the ultimate money pit. Tech giants are selling low-margin hardware on which users play software that was funded by those same companies. This strategy seems to continue year after year without a hockey stick chart in sight. While VR may still be waiting for its breakout hardware hit, there has already been a clear software standout. Beat Games released Beat Saber one year ago. The popular game is part Guitar Hero, part Fruit Ninja, and it utilizes the benefits of VR to let pl...
Tags: TC, Facebook, Asia, South Korea, Youtube, Disney, Beck, Tech, Prague, Virtual Reality, Pewdiepie, Vladimir, John Carmack, Jacksepticeye, Jaroslav Beck, Beat Saber


Jon Favreau Producing Prehistoric Planet Docuseries for Apple

Jon Favreau producing Prehistoric Planet docuseries for Apple Filmmaker Jon Favreau will produce the documentary series Prehistoric Planet for AppleTV+, Apple’s upcoming streaming service. Deadline reports that The Lion King director has teamed up with the BBC’s Natural History Unit, who are behind Blue Planet and Planet Earth. The series will use CGI to recreate what Earth looked like some 66 million years ago, during the last days of the dinosaurs. PB = PB || ...
Tags: Apple, TV, Movies, Disney, Bbc, Jon Favreau, Bbc Studios, Hogan, Donald Glover, Simba, Favreau, Tim Walker, Lion King, Jon Favreau Favreau, Mike Gunton, Prehistoric Planet


Apple's new retail boss 'has her work cut out for her' in bringing the spark back to its 500 stores

Apple's head of retail Angela Ahrendts left the company in April and was replaced by Deirdre O'Brien, previously Apple's head of human resources. One former executive told Bloomberg reporter Mark Gurman that O'Brien "has her work cut out for her." Bloomberg reports that Apple's stores have become a growing concern for the company as customers complain of long lines, long wait times, and overcrowding.  Visit BusinessInsider.com for more stories. Apple has a new head of retail, and employees ar...
Tags: Apple, Amazon, New York, Disney, Trends, Bloomberg, Netflix, DMV, Burberry, Mark Gurman, Town Square, Brien, O Brien, Angela Ahrendts, Deirdre, Apple Stores


Disney and the Future of TV

Disney and the future of TV. And… Has Apple poisoned Netflix? Plus rants and raves about the fallout of Dunkin’s decision to banish “Donuts” from its name and the phenomenon of “niche-ification.” It’s episode 92 of Media Unplugged with branding authority Tom Asacker and media strategist Mark Ramsey. Listen as we go inside media to reveal the ugly truth! Click the play button below: And if you’re reading this by email, click here. Sample and subscribe to Media Unplugged at Apple Podcasts. O...
Tags: Apple, Disney, Netflix, Radio, Dunkin, MARK RAMSEY, Tom Asacker, Jeff Schmidt


Incognito mode is coming to Google Maps and Google search (GOOGL)

Google plans to bring its Incognito feature to its Maps and search apps, company CEO Sundar Pichai said Tuesday. The feature will allow Maps users to block Google from associating the places they search or travel to with their accounts. Pichai made the announcement at the company's annual I/O developer conference on Tuesday. Visit Business Insider's homepage for more stories. You'll soon be able to keep your activity on Google's Maps app a bit more private from the company. The search giant p...
Tags: Google, Disney, Trends, Netflix, Google Maps, Sundar Pichai, Pichai, Lens


Facebook updates its video guidelines to promote original content, loyal and engaged viewership

Facebook today announced a series of changes to the way it ranks videos on its social network, which determines how widely they’re distributed. According to the updated guidelines, Facebook will now prioritize videos that focus on original content, those where users are engaged for longer periods of time, and those where users return repeatedly to watch more. The company wants to feature more high-quality videos, and less of those that feature “unoriginal or repurposed content” from other sou...
Tags: Apple, Amazon, Social, TC, Facebook, Video, Media, Youtube, Disney, Tech, Mtv, Buffy, Facebook Video, Facebook Watch, Spielberg Witherspoon, Oprah Meanwhile Facebook Watch


Spoiler-heavy Spider-Man trailer establishes a way forward for Disney’s Marvel Universe

A new trailer for “Spider-Man: Far From Home” has just been released, and it’s setting up a way for Marvel to finally unite the disparate elements of its franchises. The trailer contains a pretty huge spoiler for “Avengers: Endgame“, so be prepared, but it also reveals how Disney’s super-heroically successful Marvel franchise will enter the next phase of its development (after 22 films and nearly $21 billion in box office receipts). The secret, it seems, to the next iteration of Marvel movies...
Tags: TC, Comics, Fiction, Marvel, Disney, Tech, Marvel Comics, Avengers, Joss Whedon, Anthony, Spider Man, Marvel Entertainment, Joe Russo, Avengers: Endgame


Hulu’s new original TV has been on a serious hot streak in 2019, and women are the driving force

All four new original TV series that Hulu has released in 2019 have been met with critical acclaim, and have an average Rotten Tomatoes critic score of 94%, well above the averages of competitors like Netflix and Amazon. Three of these originals — "Shrill," "Pen15," and "The Act" — not only star women and revolve around their stories, but also emerged from women's writing or reporting. Hulu VP of original content development Beatrice Springborn said the streamer has for years worked to build r...
Tags: Apple, Amazon, Hollywood, Reese Witherspoon, France, Stephen King, Disney, US, Trends, Fox, Netflix, James Franco, Idris Elba, Aidy Bryant, Anna, Hulu



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