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Pay TV distributors are looking to new video packages after another disastrous quarter, and it might be their only option

The pay-TV industry just had its second-worst quarter of subscriber losses. To blunt the damage, MVPDs will try to appeal to viewers with more specific content bundles. It might be the only option available to them as they fight against subscriber losses. Pay TV had another disastrous quarter of subscriber losses. Some analysts are projecting the industry lost almost 1 million subscribers in the fourth quarter, the second worst only to a quarter before, when the sector lost more than one m...
Tags: Google, Hollywood, Time Warner, Africa, Disney, US, Trends, Comcast, Zimbabwe, Frost Sullivan, DirecTV, Rayburn, Dan Rayburn, Amdocs, Darcy Antonellis, Matt Strauss


After another disastrous quarter for pay TV, distributors are looking to new video packages – and it might be their only option

The pay-TV industry just had its second-worst quarter of subscriber losses. To blunt the damage, MVPDs will try to appeal to viewers with more specific content bundles. It might be the only option available to them as they fight against subscriber losses. Pay TV had another disastrous quarter of subscriber losses. Some analysts are projecting the industry lost almost 1 million subscribers in the fourth quarter, the second worst only to a quarter before, when the sector lost more than one m...
Tags: Google, Hollywood, Time Warner, North Korea, Africa, Disney, US, Trends, Comcast, Kim Jong Un, Zimbabwe, Frost Sullivan, DirecTV, Rayburn, Dan Rayburn, Amdocs


Google invested in a startup with tech that uses the voices of NFL players to answer questions on Google Home devices (GOOG, GOOGL)

The sports technology startup StatMuse received a strategic investment from the Google  Assistant Investment program to help further its vision of creating a more personalized voice experience for sports fans. Google's investment was for an undisclosed amount.  "Our view was always, what if you could have a SportsCenter of the future?" Darrow said. "Whether you have 30 seconds, 30 minutes, or 3 hours, it could be hyper-personalized to the teams and leagues that you love."  StatMuse joins ...
Tags: Google, Amazon, Microsoft, Cortana, Disney, NFL, Trends, Facebook Messenger, New England Patriots, Espn, Business Insider, Los Angeles Rams, Elmore, Jerry Rice, DARROW, Scott Van Pelt


Gen Z prefers traditional media outlets over millennial-targeted ones like BuzzFeed and HuffPost

Hello! Thanks for subscribing. If you got this newsletter forwarded, sign up for your own here. Something to mull this week: Brands and publishers have been obsessing forever over how to reach millennials, but a new study by The Atlantic’s creative marketing group Atlantic Re:think, Comscore, and Harvard College Consulting Group should challenge their thinking on people 18-24. The study has big implications for media and brands as they look for their next generation of users and customers. The ...
Tags: Google, Amazon, Hbo, Hollywood, Microsoft, Youtube, Time, Disney, US, Trends, Netflix, Atlantic, Comcast, Imran Khan, Jeremy Darroch, The New York Times


BuzzFeed cut 15% of its staff, and some critics are now taking shots at CEO Jonah Peretti's strategy

BuzzFeed just laid off 15% of its staff, including its first big cuts in its news division, BuzzFeed News. The cuts were a reckoning for a company that seemed like it had cracked the code and figured out how to support high-quality, online journalism with advertising. Now, critics are blaming CEO Jonah Peretti, saying that in his quest to make a 21st-century journalism company, he didn't recognize the limitations of the business model for news. Last month, 43 staffers at BuzzFeed News, the ne...
Tags: Google, Facebook, UK, London, Buzzfeed, Australia, North Korea, France, Politico, Disney, US, Trends, Nike, Spain, Netflix, Comcast


BuzzFeed just cut 15% of its staff, and some critics are now taking shots at CEO Jonah Peretti's strategy

BuzzFeed just laid off 15% of its staff, including its first big cuts in its news division, BuzzFeed News. The cuts were a reckoning for a company that seemed like it had cracked the code and figured out how to support high-quality, online journalism with advertising. Now, critics are blaming CEO Jonah Peretti, saying that in his quest to make a 21st-century journalism company, he didn't recognize the limitations of the business model for news. Last month, 43 staffers at BuzzFeed News, the ne...
Tags: Apple, Google, Facebook, UK, London, Buzzfeed, Australia, France, Politico, Disney, US, Trends, Nike, Spain, Netflix, Comcast


Jim Steyer runs the powerful nonprofit Common Sense Media; now he’s using his influence to battle big tech

California Governor Gavin Newsom earlier today proposed a so-called digital dividend that would let consumers share in the profits generated by California-based tech companies that have been “collecting, curating and monetizing” their users’ personal data. Newsom added that he has asked his administration to develop a proposal for a “new data dividend for Californians, because we recognize that data has value, and it belongs to you.” It’s an idea that tech companies will surely argue against if ...
Tags: Google, Amazon, TC, Facebook, Mark Zuckerberg, New York, Media, California, Youtube, Stanford, Politico, Disney, Alabama, San Francisco, Tech, Gop


These three Googlers would like to thank the Academy

Chances are, you’ve seen the work of Paul Debevec, Xueming Yu and Wan-Chun Alex Ma on the big screen—but you probably don’t know it. And that’s by design. Just this weekend, these Googlers took home an Academy Award for their face-digitizing technology, which has changed the way movies and video games use visual effects. And their goal is often to make sure you can just enjoy the characters, without thinking of them as computer-generated effects at all.The three, alongside their former colleague...
Tags: Google, Disney, Angelina Jolie, David Oyelowo, Sam Worthington, Googlers, Zoe Saldana, Ma, Rachael, Sean Young, Stephen Lang, Google Cloud, Neytiri, USC Institute for Creative Technologies, Academy Software Foundation, Paul Debevec Xueming Yu


Comcast thinks its secret weapon is an app that lets it talk directly to consumers

Comcast is making Xfinity XFi its biggest priority this year. XFi is a mobile app that lets Comcast customers set up wifi networks, troubleshoot network issues, and see what devices are connected to their networks. The company believes having a product that promotes engagement with consumers will keep them subscribing. Cable companies want to differentiate themselves in a broadband market rife with competition. To set itself apart from competitors, Comcast is prioritizing Xfinity XFi...
Tags: Apple, Google, Europe, Disney, US, Trends, Comcast, Xiaomi, Stirling, AT T, Fraser Stirling, Comcast SVP


As cable companies try to differentiate themselves in a competitive market, Comcast thinks its secret weapon is an app that lets it talk directly to consumers

Comcast is making Xfinity XFi its biggest priority this year. XFi is a mobile app that lets Comcast customers set up wifi networks, troubleshoot network issues, and see what devices are connected to their networks. The company believes having a product that promotes engagement with consumers will keep them subscribing. Cable companies want to differentiate themselves in a broadband market rife with competition. To set itself apart from competitors, Comcast is prioritizing Xfinity XFi...
Tags: Google, Europe, Disney, US, Trends, Comcast, Donald Trump, Stirling, AT T, Michael D Antonio, Fraser Stirling, Comcast SVP


Hulu greenlights ‘Howard the Duck’ and three other animated Marvel shows

Four new animated Marvel series, plus a crossover special, are coming to Hulu. According to the Hollywood Reporter, Hulu has greenlit “MODOK,” “Hit-Monkey,” “Tigra & Dazzler Show” and “Howard the Duck.” The characters will then come together in a special titled “The Offenders.” These aren’t exactly A-list, or even B-list, Marvel characters. Howard the Duck (created by Steve Gerber) is probably the best-known — mostly for starring in a notorious ’80s flop — but I’ve also got a soft spot for MO...
Tags: TC, Media, Entertainment, Marvel, Disney, Tech, Fox, Hulu, Chelsea Handler, Kevin Smith, Jessica Jones, Loki, Howard, Netflix Marvel, Steve Gerber, Hollywood Reporter Hulu


Original Content podcast: Netflix’s ‘Velvet Buzzsaw’ is lethally dull

Jake Gyllenhaal, Rene Russo and writer-director Dan Gilroy — who worked together on the creepy crime thriller “Nightcrawler” — have reunited for a new Netflix Original film, “Velvet Buzzsaw.” While “Nightcrawler” wasn’t perfect, it was tense and unsettling, filled with eerily beautiful shots of nighttime L.A., plus a career-best performance from Gyllenhaal. It’s hard to believe that the same team was responsible for the muddled “Buzzsaw,” a film that tries to combine art-world satire and horr...
Tags: Apple, Media, Podcasts, Entertainment, Disney, Tech, Netflix, Natasha Lyonne, Gyllenhaal, Jon Shieber, Dan Gilroy, Jake Gyllenhaal Rene Russo, Original Content Podcast, Russian Doll, Velvet Buzzsaw, Morf Vandewalt


The ZIN18 Reborn Clock brings skilled artisanship to technology

This year is, for all intents and purposes, the year of the retro wave. The Moto Razr is relaunching, Disney is practically remaking all their glorious movies, and nixie tubes may just be making a full comeback too!The use of Nixie tubes dates back to the 50s, being used as light-up numeric indicators in various technical equipments. These tubes were hand-crafted, and required a great deal of technical expertise to manufacture. Needless to say, the tubes were soon replaced by flipboard display...
Tags: Apple, Deals, Design, Technology, Disney, Popular, Product Design, Random, Millclock, ZIN18 Nixie lamp, Millclock Company


Meet the power players of Comcast who will do battle with Disney and Google in the year ahead

Comcast closed a $39 billion acquisition of Sky in 2018 and announced priorities that all of media and telecom will be watching. We spoke to industry experts and Comcast to identify the executives who are leading the most important initiatives there. From Sky CEO Jeremy Darroch to NBCU CEO Steve Burke, here are the power players of telecom behemoth Comcast. Comcast was at the center of the megadeals that came to define media and telecom in 2018. It made a failed bid for 21st Century Fox a...
Tags: Google, Amazon, Ge, Nbc, Time Warner, Disney, US, Trends, Fox, Netflix, Pandora, Comcast, Premier League, Sky, Jeremy Darroch, Watson


Profits at The New York Times show media dinosaurs are ruling the internet

Today’s news that the (failing?) New York Times reported net income of $55.2 million, after losses a year earlier — and that its digital business raked in $709 million — is just one indicator that some of the nation’s oldest media properties are finally crossing the bridge into the 21st century. The Times managed to turn a profit while employing 1,600 journalists — an all-time high. Fourth-quarter digital advertising revenue increased 22.8 percent, while print advertising revenue decreased 10.2 ...
Tags: Amazon, TC, Spotify, Buzzfeed, Congress, Washington-post, White House, Disney, Digital, Tech, E-commerce, Companies, Netflix, New-York-Times, Vice Media, The-times


Chinese e-commerce challenger Pinduoduo is raising over $1 billion more

The price of competing with e-commerce giants Alibaba and JD.com is immense. That’s evidenced by challenger Pinduoduo, commonly known as PDD, which is raising more than $1 billion in fresh capital just six months after it went public. The company announced plans to sell 37 million shares in a move that will raise over $1 billion, going potentially as high as $1.25 billion if underwriters exercise their full share purchase option. The secondary event will also see a number of existing backe...
Tags: Fundings & Exits, Ecommerce, Asia, China, Funding, Disney, Tech, E-commerce, Companies, Alibaba, JD.com, Tencent, Alibaba Group, Costco, Sequoia, Online Marketplaces


Google set to lose $21 billion in market cap after its 'massive shopping spree' spooks investors (GOOG)

Google dropped 2.6% in premarket trading after reporting a surprise jump in costs, representing a $21 billion drop in market cap. Facebook, Amazon and Netflix also fell in premarket trading. US futures are higher on Tuesday as investors await Trump's State of the Union address. European markets are edging higher with Italy and the UK leading gains. US markets closed higher Monday, helped by President Trump's positive words about the US-China trade war and a rally in the Nasdaq. Google dropped...
Tags: Apple, Google, Facebook, Asia, Europe, Japan, UK, New York, London, Australia, Disney, US, Trends, Netflix, Italy, Xiaomi


BP's shale bet pays off; Disney earnings; Google beats forecasts

Here's what you need to know about the markets before you start your business day.
Tags: Google, Disney, Cnn, Bp


Teaming up with partners to make the internet safer for kids

Editor’s note: Tomorrow is Safer Internet Day, and we’ll be talking about it all week with a collection of posts from teams around Google.A year and a half ago, we launched the Be Internet Awesome program to help kids be safe, confident explorers of the online world. We built a little something for everyone: a curriculum for teachers, resources for parents and an adventure-packed online game for kids. And we couldn’t have done it without help from partners like the Family Online Safety Institute...
Tags: Google, Families, Education, France, Disney, US, David, Walt Disney Animation Studios, San Antonio, Safety And Security, Ralph, FOSI, National PTA, Family Online Safety Institute FOSI National PTA, David 's Legacy Foundation, Maurine Molak


LittleBits lays off employees as it shifts focus toward education

New York City open-source maker startup LittleBits began to lay off staff last month, TechCrunch has learned. The loss of jobs comes as the company looks to shift more focus toward the K-12 market. Education-specific offerings have been lucrative for the company in its eight-year existence, but recent products have found the company embracing licensed products, courtesy of its involvement with Disney’s hardware accelerator. LittleBits confirmed the layoffs as part of an internal restructu...
Tags: Layoffs, Education, New York City, Disney, Tech, Littlebits, Sphero, Personnel, DIY Co


Nintendo is making Dr. Mario for iOS and Android

Nintendo held off on building smartphone games for years, but now they just can’t stop. They started with a little stumble with the short-lived Miitomo, but then found an audience with Super Mario Run. Then came Fire Emblem Heroes. Then Animal Crossing: Pocket Camp, and Dragalia Lost. Next up? Dr. Mario. Nintendo announced this afternoon that it’s working on a title called Dr. Mario World, built in collaboration with LINE (as in the company that makes the LINE chat app. They also make Disney’...
Tags: TC, Disney, America, Tech, Nintendo, Mario, Line, Miitomo, Tsum Tsum, Mario Nintendo


UltraViolet Digital Movie Locker is Shutting Down

UltraViolet, one of the entertainment industry's first attempts at creating a comprehensive digital locker service, is shutting down on July 31st. Users should link their libraries to the service of at least one retailer which can then be used to access their films and TV shows after the shutdown. From a report: UltraViolet's days were numbered ever since Disney, the only major Hollywood studio not to join, launched its expanded Movies Anywhere locker service in 2017. Not only did it offer broad...
Tags: Google, Hollywood, Disney, Tech, UltraViolet Digital Movie Locker


Cloud movie locker UltraViolet is finally closing

UltraViolet, an older “cloud movie locker” service, is shutting down. The service, which allowed consumers to unlock a digital copy of their DVDs and Blu-Rays, was something of a transitional step between the age of physical media and today’s streaming video landscape. Over time, it’s become less necessary for consumers, as movie marketplaces and subscription services now offer extensive libraries of movies for streaming, rental and purchase – all in digital formats. The shutdown was first repor...
Tags: Hollywood, Movies, Media, Lionsgate, Disney, Tech, Walmart, Fox, Netflix, Streaming, Ultraviolet, Variety, VUDU, Blu Rays, Fox Universal Pictures, Universal WB Sony Pictures


Watch Black Panther For Free in Theaters, Starting This Friday

FYI. Earlier this week, Disney announced that the Academy Award-nominated film Black Panther "will return to the big screen to celebrate Black History Month for a one-week engagement, February 1–7, at 250 participating AMC Theatres locations. To ensure that the movie is accessible to all, tickets are free for everyone, and there will be two showings per day at each participating theater." To find a list of participating theaters, just click here. Follow Open Culture on Facebook and   Twitt...
Tags: Google, Facebook, Twitter, Film, College, Disney, Amc Theatres, Black History Month, Facebook Twitter, Kevin Smith Watch Black Panther For Free


Apple’s Streaming Video Service Could Launch as Soon as April

Apple‘s streaming video service may still not have a name, but a new report says that the streaming platform and its various original titles could launch as soon as this spring. The tech company is reportedly planning an April 2019 date for the Apple streaming service launch, which would put the platform in direct competition with Disney’s standalone streaming service, Disney+. The Information reports (via The Verge) that Apple has told various studios and networks “whose offerings will be a...
Tags: Apple, Amazon, Movies, Reese Witherspoon, Disney, Netflix, Jennifer Aniston, Damien Chazelle, Isaac Asimov, Netflix Hulu, Oprah Winfrey Network, Netflix/Streaming Video, Business and Industry News, Marvel Star Wars, Apple Streaming Service, Disney The Information


Christian Dating: Cast Off Consumerism

by Hohn Cho he introduction to this occasional series on Christian dating is here.Part one, "Christlike Character," is here.The recent news of longtime Christian heartthrob Tim Tebow's engagement to Demi-Leigh Nel-Peters, who happened to be the winner of the Miss Universe beauty pageant (formerly owned by now-President Donald Trump, interestingly) in 2017, reminded me that I should return to my occasional Christian dating series, and so here is part two: Cast off Consumerism.John 15:19 states, "...
Tags: Google, Tim Tebow, Religion, Disney, US, Dating, Jesus, God, Christian, John, Donald Trump, Corinthians, James, Phil Johnson, Demi Leigh Nel Peters, Hohn Cho


'Kingdom Hearts 3' is vastly more enjoyable if you turn the subtitles off

If you're one of the thousands of people playing "Kingdom Hearts 3," the final game in the popular trilogy that was released on Tuesday, you should try turning off the game's subtitles. While I generally love using subtitles to watch movies and shows, turning them off in "Kingdom Hearts 3" makes the game a more cinematic experience. "Kingdom Hearts 3" has a ton of cutscenes, and removing the subtitles makes it feel like you're in a living Disney movie. If you're one of the many people playing...
Tags: Apple, Disney, Trends, Xiaomi, Kingdom Hearts


5 years after its Oculus investment, A16Z leads a new VR startup’s $68M Series A

Sandbox’s magic happens in a largely empty room. The gear mounted onto the walls (VR headsets, PC backpacks, and tracked toy assault rifles) gives more than a little indication that there’s more afoot, but nothing really clicks until your team is strapped in and the headsets shove you into a fast-paced wave shooter. The startup, which has seven locations in Asia and North America, has brought plenty of people through the sweat-inducing experience including quite a few high-profile investors who ...
Tags: TC, Facebook, Asia, Hong Kong, Disney, Tech, Alibaba, Virtual Reality, Andreessen Horowitz, North America, Chen, Maples, Sandbox, Mike Maples, Andrew Chen, Sandbox VR


The ending of the new 'Kingdom Hearts 3' game is so secret it's not even on the disc – players will need to download a patch

Due out January 29th,   "Kingdom Hearts III"   is one of the   most anticipated games of the decade, and the first true sequel in the series since 2005. Fans have been waiting for more than 13 years for a true sequel to "Kingdom Hearts 2," and some are worried about spoilers hitting the internet before they get a chance to play. Leaked copies of "Kingdom Hearts 3" popped up online more than a month before the game's release, but the director Tetsuya Nomura confirmed that the game's true ending...
Tags: Google, Disney, Trends, Kingdom Hearts, Nomura, Tetsuya Nomura, Donald Duck Goofy


Industry experts think NBCU may have the winning formula when it comes to its free streaming service

Industry experts think NBCU's planned streaming service could succeed, given the global footprint of Comcast and Sky. The service's ad-supported model might be its best shot at getting rivals to license content to its platform and create a more valuable service. But it will face heavy competition from similar services coming from AT&T and Disney, not to mention other OTT options that already have millions of subscribers. On Comcast's fourth-quarter earnings call, NBCUniversal CEO Steve Burke ...
Tags: Apple, Disney, Trends, Comcast, Xiaomi, Hulu, Nbcu, Morgan, AT T, Burke, Steve Burke, DeGroote, Simulmedia, Dave Morgan, Tim Hanlon, Todd Klein



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