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Movies Anywhere launches movie-sharing feature ‘Screen Pass’ into open beta

Last month, it was reported that digital locker service Movies Anywhere was working to launch a movie-sharing feature called “Screen Pass.” At the time, the feature was only available in limited, private beta testing with a plan to fully roll it out late summer or early fall. But as a result of increased demand from consumers stuck at home under government lockdowns and quarantines, Movies Anywhere has rushed to launch the sharing feature into an open, public beta. The Movies Anywhere app today ...
Tags: Apps, Movies, Media, Films, Tech, Disney Movies Anywhere, Movies Anywhere, Vudu Prime Video YouTube Xfinity, Disney Universal WB Sony Pictures, My Movies, Jason Bourne Elf


TechCrunch Live: Join execs from Roblox, SuperAwesome, and Fingerprint tomorrow at 11:15am PDT to discuss kids media

With large majorities of all children (70% in the U.S. and U.K.) staying home from school during the COVID-19 crisis, use of digital media properties popular with kids has soared. Screen time among kids in the U.S. is up 50% according to research by SuperAwesome . This adds momentum to a space that has already been rapidly evolving amid greater protections on children’s data privacy, increasing popularity of gaming, the rise of subscription bundles, and the influence of independent content cre...
Tags: TC, London, Media, US, Tech, Fingerprint, Superawesome, Roblox, Craig Donato, Nancy MacIntyre Co, Dylan Collins Co


CNN preps NewsCo launch by acquiring personalization engine Canopy

Last year, The Information reported that CNN was working on a new digital news service to compete with the likes of Apple and Facebook. Today, some of those plans are taking shape. The Turner-owned news broadcaster has acquired Canopy, an all-purpose content personalisation that uses human curation, on-device machine learning and differential privacy to help readers discover things they actually want to see, while at the same kind keeping personal data private. The startup will become an anchori...
Tags: Apple, Google, Social, Fundings & Exits, TC, Media, Entertainment, Tech, Cnn, M&a, Canopy, Turner, Flipboard, Matrix Partners, Whitman, Facebook Today


CNN has acquired Canopy, a privacy-focused content personalization engine, for its upcoming news platform

Last year, The Information reported that CNN was working on a new digital news service to compete with the likes of Apple and Facebook. Today, some of those plans are taking shape. The Turner-owned news broadcaster has acquired Canopy, an all-purpose content personalisation that uses human curation, on-device machine learning and differential privacy to help readers discover things they actually want to see, while at the same kind keeping personal data private. The startup will become an anchori...
Tags: Apple, Google, Social, Fundings & Exits, TC, Media, Entertainment, Tech, Cnn, M&a, Canopy, Turner, Flipboard, Matrix Partners, Whitman, Facebook Today


Quibi had a launch day outage

Looks like things haven’t gone completely smoothly with Quibi‘s launch. The issue appears to have been resolved, but the Quibi customer support account tweeted this afternoon that “some users may be experiencing problems with the Quibi app,” only to add an hour later that “Users should once again be able to use the Quibi app normally. Thank you for your patience.” It’s not clear how widespread the outage was, but according to The Verge, one staffer saw an error screen and was unable to browse...
Tags: Startups, Mobile, Apps, Hollywood, Media, Entertainment, Ebay, Disney, Tech, Jeffrey Katzenberg, Hewlett Packard Enterprise, Meg Whitman, Quibi


Daily Crunch: Quibi finally launches its mobile streaming app

Quibi launches its mobile streaming service, Apple sources 20 million protective masks and Red Hat announces a new CEO. Here’s your Daily Crunch for April 6, 2020. 1. Quibi launches its mobile streaming service in the middle of the quarantine era The much-hyped mobile app promising to deliver “quick bites” of video entertainment is finally here. The company has been in the headlines for more than two years, thanks to the involvement of founder Jeffrey Katzenberg (who previously co-founded Dre...
Tags: Apple, Startups, Mobile, Media, Entertainment, Ebay, Tech, Netflix, Tim Cook, Kaiser, Dreamworks Animation, Goldman Sachs, Jeffrey Katzenberg, Santa Clara, Red Hat, William Henderson


Quibi launches its mobile streaming service in the middle of the quarantine era

Quibi, the much-hyped mobile app promising to deliver “quick bites” of video entertainment, is finally here. The company has been in the headlines for more than two years, thanks to the involvement of founder Jeffrey Katzenberg (who previously co-founded DreamWorks Animation) and CEO Meg Whitman (previously the CEO of eBay and Hewlett Packard Enterprise). Plus, it’s raised a whopping $1.75 billion to fund a star-studded content slate from filmmakers like Steven Spielberg, Guillermo del Toro, Len...
Tags: Startups, TC, Mobile, Apps, Post, New York, Hollywood, Media, Entertainment, Ebay, Tech, Dreamworks Animation, Jeffrey Katzenberg, Espn, Liam Hemsworth, Chrissy Teigen


Original Content podcast: ‘The Platform’ offers a gruesome metaphor for capitalism

“The Platform” is not a subtle movie. That’s true of its approach to horror, with intense, bloody scenes that prompted plenty of screaming and pausing from your hosts at the Original Content podcast. It’s also true of its thematic material — right around the time one of the characters accuses another of being communist, you’ll slap yourself on the forehead and say, “Oh, it’s about capitalism.” The new Netflix film takes place in a mysterious prison, with two prisoners on each level (they’re r...
Tags: Apple, Media, Podcasts, Entertainment, Tech, Platform, Netflix, Original Content Podcast


ZmURL customizes Zoom link previews with images & event sites

Sick of sharing those generic Zoom video call invites that all look the same? Wish your Zoom link preview’s headline and image actually described your meeting? Want to protect your Zoom calls from trolls by making attendees RSVP to get your link? ZmURL.com has you covered. Launching today, ZmURL is a free tool that lets you customize your Zoom video call invite URL with a title, explanation, and image that will show up when you share the link on Twitter, Facebook, or elsewhere. zmurl also let...
Tags: Google, Social, Startups, TC, Mobile, Apps, New York, Media, San Francisco, Events, Tech, Fbi, Beijing, New York Times, Facetime, Video Chat


‘Artemis Fowl’ is skipping theaters for Disney+

With movie theaters largely closed due to the COVID-19 pandemic, Disney is pushing back its slate of upcoming films. And at least one movie won’t be making it into theaters at all, with “Artemis Fowl” heading straight to streaming instead. The company announced today that that the film will debut exclusively on Disney+, and that the release date will be revealed soon. All of the Hollywood studios are scrambling to adapt to the theatrical closures. NBCUniversal broke the theatrical window by rele...
Tags: TC, Hollywood, Media, Entertainment, Disney, Tech, Netflix, Kenneth Branagh, Pixar, Paramount, Emma, The Walt Disney Company, Eoin Colfer, Ricky Strauss, Kenneth Branagh Artemis Fowl, Kumail Nanjiani Issa Rae


Bustle Digital Group lays off staff of The Outline as part of broader cuts

Bustle Digital Group, owner of a portfolio of digital media properties including Bustle itself, says it laid off two dozen staffers today. That includes eliminating the entire staff of The Outline, a culture site that it acquired a year ago. In a statement, a BDG spokesperson said the company will continue to host The Outline’s archives, and that founder Josh Topolsky will be “exploring alternative paths forward” for its future. “The unprecedented impact of COVID-19 has forced us to make some to...
Tags: Startups, TC, Layoffs, Media, Tech, Bustle, Engadget, Bryan Goldberg, Leah Finnegan, Topolsky, Bustle Digital Group, Josh Topolsky, Coronavirus, COVID-19, COVID, Elite Daily Mic Nylon


Bustle Digital Group shuts down The Outline as part of broader layoffs

Bustle Digital Group, owner of a portfolio of digital media properties including Bustle itself, says it laid off two dozen staffers today. That includes eliminating the entire staff of The Outline, a culture site that it acquired a year ago. In a statement, a BDG spokesperson said the company will continue to host The Outline’s archives, and that founder Josh Topolsky will be “exploring alternative path’s forward” for its future. “The unprecedented impact of COVID-19 has forced us to make some t...
Tags: Startups, TC, Layoffs, Media, Tech, Bustle, Engadget, Bryan Goldberg, Leah Finnegan, Topolsky, Bustle Digital Group, Josh Topolsky, Coronavirus, COVID-19, COVID, Elite Daily Mic Nylon


Disney debuts its streaming service in India for $20 a year

Disney+ has arrived in the land of Bollywood. The company on Friday (local time) rolled out its eponymous streaming service in India through Hotstar, a popular on-demand video streamer it picked up as part of the Fox deal. To court users in India, the largest open entertainment market in Asia, Disney is charging users 1,499 Indian rupees (about $19.5) for a year, the most affordable plan in any of the more than a dozen markets where Disney+ is currently available. Subscribers of the revamped ...
Tags: Amazon, TC, Mobile, Apps, Asia, Hbo, Media, Abc, John Oliver, India, Disney, Narendra Modi, Samsung, Tech, Apple TV, Fox


Disney debuts its streaming service in India

Disney+ has arrived in the land of Bollywood. The company on Friday (local time) rolled out its eponymous streaming service in India through Hotstar, a popular on-demand video streamer it picked up as part of the Fox deal. To court users in India, the largest open entertainment market in Asia, Disney is charging users 1,499 Indian rupees (about $20) for a year, the most affordable plan in any of the more than a dozen markets where Disney+ is currently available. Subscribers of the revamped st...
Tags: Amazon, TC, Mobile, Apps, Asia, Hbo, Media, Abc, India, Disney, Tech, Apple TV, Fox, Netflix, Premier League, New Delhi


Disney+ beat Netflix in recent US downloads (report)

Netflix may still dominate global streaming, but Disney+ has made a huge splash in the United States, where it launched in November. That much was pretty clear already, and other reports have already suggested that Disney+ was the most downloaded app and biggest search trend in the United States last year. Now a new report from mobile intelligence company Apptopia and competitive engagement platform Braze suggests that Disney’s streaming service has continued its spectacular success into 2020...
Tags: Amazon, Europe, Hbo, Media, Entertainment, Youtube, India, Disney, US, Tech, Netflix, United States, Hulu, Morty, Rick, The Walt Disney Company


Original Content podcast: ‘Star Trek: Picard’ launches with a bumpy, memorable season

Star Trek TV shows generally take a while to get good — but if any of them was going to have a strong start, you’d think it’d be “Star Trek: Picard.” After all, it returns Patrick Stewart to the role that made him famous, that of onetime Starfleet captain Jean-Luc Picard. Plus, the writing team was led by Michael Chabon, author of beloved novels like “The Amazing Adventures of Kavalier & Clay” and “The Yiddish Policemen’s Union.” (He also wrote a lovely New Yorker piece about writing for Star Tr...
Tags: Apple, TC, Media, Podcasts, Entertainment, Tech, Star Trek, Michael Chabon, Patrick Stewart, Cbs All Access, Stewart, Jean Luc Picard, Picard, Star Trek TV, Starfleet, Brent Spiner


In a significant change, Apple customers can now buy or rent titles directly in the Prime Video app

Amazon has made it easier for Apple customers to buy or rent movies from its Prime Video app with a recent update. Before, customers using the Prime Video app from an iOS device or Apple TV would have to first purchase or rent the movie elsewhere — like through the Amazon website or a Prime Video app on another device, such as the Fire TV, Roku, or an Android device. Now, Prime Video users can make the purchase directly through the app instead. The changes weren’t formally announced, but q...
Tags: Apple, Amazon, TC, Mobile, Apps, Video, Media, Germany, Siri, Tech, Rentals, U S U K, Prime Video, Apple TV 4K Amazon, Netflix Tinder Spotify


“Content network effect” makes TikTok tough to copy

Many TikTok videos don’t start from scratch, so neither can its competitors. TikTok is all about remixes where users shoot a new video to recontextualize audio pulled from someone else’s clip, or riff on an existing meme or concept. That only works because TikTok’s had time to build up an immense armory of content to draw inspiration from. Creators will find themselves unequipped trying to get started on TikTok copycats including Facebook Lasso, and Instagram Reels which is testing in Braz...
Tags: Google, Social, TC, Mobile, Facebook, Apps, Mark Zuckerberg, Media, Instagram, Entertainment, Youtube, Tech, Brazil, Zuckerberg, Facebook Instagram, Remixes


WarnerMedia’s new boss is former Hulu CEO Jason Kilar

Hulu co-founder and former chief executive Jason Kilar has been named the new chief executive of WarnerMedia . It’s the latest executive reshuffling at the AT&T-owned media giant, which saw its previous CEO, John Stankey, promoted to president and chief operating officer while still holding the media subsidiary’s reins. Stankey will remain in those roles, and Kilar will be reporting to him starting on May 1 — right before the launch of WarnerMedia’s new streaming service HBO Max. Kilar ha...
Tags: Amazon, TC, Verizon, Hbo, Media, Time Warner, Tech, Warner Bros, TNT, Hulu, Jason, Jason Kilar, AT T, TruTV, Kilar, Richard Plepler


Spotify and Warner Music Group renew their global licensing deal, resolve issue in India

Spotify and Warner Music Group have renewed their global licensing partnership, the two said on Wednesday, confirming that the giant music label’s songs will now be available on the Sweden-headquartered firm’s platform in India. In a joint statement, the two companies said, “Spotify and Warner Music Group are pleased to announce a renewed global licensing partnership. This expanded deal covers countries where Spotify is available today, as well as additional markets. The two companies look forwa...
Tags: Asia, Spotify, Sweden, Media, India, Tech, Bloomberg, Warner Music, Coldplay, Warner, Financial Times, Linkin Park, Gaana, Times Internet, Warner Music Group, Cardi


Jack Schofield, Guardian's Ask Jack tech columnist, dies at 72

Paper’s editor says Schofield was ‘one of the first true computing experts in British journalism’Jack Schofield, the Guardian’s former computer editor and author of its technology advice column, Ask Jack, for almost 20 years, has died aged 72.Schofield was taken to hospital following a heart attack on Friday night and died on Tuesday afternoon. Continue reading...
Tags: Technology, Media, The Guardian, Guardian, Jack, Schofield, Jack Schofield, Jack Schofield Guardian


Royals, ministers or even Boy George: Houseparty becomes isolation app of choice

A social app once the preserve of teens is proving a vital way to beat the Coronavirus bluesCoronavirus – latest updatesSee all our coronavirus coverageLike any real-life get-together, you can never be sure who you will bump into in the kitchen – and in much the same way people are now discovering government ministers, famous musicians, and even members of the royal family when using the Houseparty app.While Zoom has quickly risen to prominence for business meetings, and Microsoft’s Teams functi...
Tags: Apps, Technology, Media, Microsoft, Social Media, Society, Digital Media, Boy George, Coronavirus outbreak


Brandless founder Tina Sharkey joins the board of PBS

Tina Sharkey, the founder and former CEO of the recently closed D2C brand Brandless, has today been appointed to the board of directors of PBS. Sharkey is an independent board member. Before her time at Brandless, Sharkey spent years in the media world. She scaled Johnson & Johnson’s platform for new and expecting moms, called Baby Center, oversaw AOL’s transition from a closed network to the open web and co-founded iVillage. She also served as president of the Sesame Street Digital Group,...
Tags: TC, Media, Softbank, Tech, Aol, Broadway, Pbs, Johnson Johnson, Sharkey, Baby Center, Brandless, Tina Sharkey, Brandless Sharkey, PBS Sharkey, Sesame Street Digital Group, Public Emergency Broadcast System They


Substack offers $100K in grants for independent writers

Substack is taking several steps to support the writers and publications using its newsletter platform. After all, just as writers and newsrooms are starting to build real businesses on Substack, the COVID-19 pandemic is dealing a huge financial blow to the media industry. In response, the startup says it will donate $100,000 in grants — which will range from $500 to $5,000 in cash, “no strings attached” — to independent writers who are experiencing financial hardship. Applications open today an...
Tags: Startups, Facebook, Media, Tech, Substack, Coronavirus, COVID-19, COVID


Roku’s update adds support for Spanish voice commands, visual search results and more

Roku announced today it’s preparing to roll out the next version of its operating system, Roku OS 9.3, which powers its popular media players, TVs, and other devices. The flagship feature of this latest release is the introduction of Spanish Language Roku Voice support — meaning consumers will be able to speak their voice commands in Spanish to do things like launch channels, search for content, or control media playback. Other notable additions in Roku OS 9.3 include search enhancements, like t...
Tags: Travel, Google, TV, Media, Mexico, Streaming, Roku, Abc News, Media Players, Voice Search, Cord Cutting, Alexa, Canada Ireland, Canada Mexico, Roku OS, The Roku Channel


Wide Open School organizes free educational resources to help parents and teachers homeschool

Nearly 300 million kids are missing school worldwide because of the coronavirus outbreak, including some 54 million in the U.S. alone. That’s left parents scrambling for resources to help continue their children’s education, often while also working from home themselves — an almost insurmountable challenge. Today, the non-profit media organization Common Sense is launching a site to help parents called Wide Open School (WideOpenSchool.org), which combines the best educational resources for publi...
Tags: School, Family, Kids, Media, Students, Education, Parents, Children, Tech, Google Earth, Khan Academy, Online Learning, Nat Geo, Prodigy, Common Sense Media, Common Sense


Family-friendly Spotify Kids app launches in the U.S., Canada and France

Last fall, Spotify debuted a standalone Kids application, aimed at bringing kid-friendly music and stories to Spotify Premium Family subscribers, initially in Ireland. Today, that app is being made available broadly in the U.S. Canada and France, the company announced on Tuesday. The Kids app is still considered a “beta” as it arrives in these new markets, Spotify says. However, it’s been expanded with more songs, stories and other content since the original beta tests began. The app is largely ...
Tags: Mobile, Apps, Spotify, Media, Abc, France, Tech, Canada, Ireland, Brazil, Party, Youtube Kids, Disney Music Group, Alex Norstrom, Spotify Premium Family, Pinkfong


Disney+ to launch in India on April 3

Disney said on Tuesday that it will launch its streaming service, Disney+, in India on April 3. The service, available globally in about a dozen markets, will launch in India on Hotstar, one of the most popular on-demand streaming services in the country that is also owned by Disney. The company said it is raising the yearly subscription cost of the combined entity, Disney+Hotstar, to Rs 1,499 ($20), up from Rs 999 ($13.2) that it previously charged for its most premium content on Hotstar. TechC...
Tags: Mobile, Apps, Asia, Media, Entertainment, John Oliver, India, Disney, Narendra Modi, Tech, Showtime, Ipl, New Delhi, Oliver, Hooq, Hotstar


Facebook commits $100M to support local news orgs hit by COVID-19 crisis

Facebook announced this morning that it will be offering another $100 million worth of support to local newsrooms that are trying to cover the COVID-19 pandemic, while that same pandemic is dealing a major blow to their bottom lines. The company says the funding will consist of $25 million in grant funding for local coverage, plus $75 million in marketing for news organizations around the world. “If people needed more proof that local journalism is a vital public service, they’re getting it n...
Tags: Facebook, Media, Tech, Canada, Campbell Brown Facebook, Coronavirus, COVID-19, COVID, South Carolina s Post, El Paso Matters


Being there

Photo source: Publicdomainpictures Ever wondered how we can overcome feelings of loneliness and disconnect in distance education? It's a question that online educators have been grappling with for a long time. When you're online, or using your smartphone to communicate, do you ever feel 'connected' to the person at the other end? It's a common psychological phenomenon to feel that although you are separated by distance, the technology actually mediates your connection with someone else...
Tags: Video, Technology, London, Media, Learning, Teaching, Pedagogy, Facetime, eLearning, Allen, John Wiley, Gibson, Distance Education, Steve Wheeler, Plymouth England, Social Presence



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