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Verizon Wireless Drops $5 Monthly Fee to Watch NFL Live Games for All Customers
/ September 3, 2015 3:21 pm
Verizon Wireless Drops $5 Monthly Fee to Watch NFL Live Games for All Customers

Variety reports "But the nation’s biggest wireless carrier is not strictly doing it as a favor to sports fans: Verizon Wireless is looking for new ways to encourage customers to use more data, ideally to spur them to upgrade to pricier plans with higher usage limits. The company noted that data charges will apply to the NFL Mobile streaming usage. Verizon Wireless also wants to get more customers hooked on streaming video, as it readies the launch of Go90, a mobile-video offering that will include full TV episodes from partners including Viacom, Vice and Scripps Networks Interactive as well as select live college sports and on-demand content from ESPN, CBS and others." Read More


Netflix will never have everything you want, and neither will anyone else
/ September 3, 2015 3:16 pm
Netflix will never have everything you want, and neither will anyone else

The Verge reports "This past weekend Netflix announced that it was not renewing its streaming deal with cable channel Epix, and as a result, movies like The Hunger Games: Catching Fire, The Wolf of Wall Street, and Transformers: Age of Extinction will be disappearing from the service by the end of September. Hulu signed up with Epix instead (Amazon Video already has a deal), and Netflix’s attempt to soften the blow — "Hey guys, we’ve got new Adam Sandler and Pee-wee Herman movies coming!" — was met with swift and merciless ridicule." Read More


The Rebecca Minkoff Virtual Reality Headset Is Here
/ September 3, 2015 3:13 pm
The Rebecca Minkoff Virtual Reality Headset Is Here

Re/code reports "Rebecca Minkoff is officially on board with virtual reality. The fashion brand is one of the first to capitalize on the technology, having filmed a runway show for VR that’s viewable on a $24 cardboard headset that went up for sale on rebeccaminkoff.com (it’s already sold out online but a few are available in retail stores). After a quick assembly that promises to take less than a minute, users can download the show onto their Apple or Android phone, pop the phone into the cardboard headset, and get an instant, immersive look inside the final walk of Rebecca Minkoff’s Fall 2015 show." Read More


Amazon buys video processing company Elemental Technologies to bolster AWS
/ September 3, 2015 3:10 pm
Amazon buys video processing company Elemental Technologies to bolster AWS

VentureBeat reports "Public cloud provider Amazon Web Services today announced that it has acquired Elemental Technologies, a startup with video processing services to repurpose traditional video content into digital formats. Terms of the deal weren’t disclosed, but a report from The Information earlier today pegged the deal at $500 million. AWS, a fast-growing division of Amazon.com and the biggest public cloud available today, intends to roll out new services based on Elemental’s technology, according to a statement from Amazon." Read More


Twitter Promotes Product Exec Ahead of Lightning Launch
/ September 3, 2015 2:52 pm
Twitter Promotes Product Exec Ahead of Lightning Launch

Yahoo reports "Twitter has a new head of consumer products: Jeff Seibert. previously in charge of the company’s developer platform, Seibert is now in charge of Twitter’s apps and website. The promotion comes just weeks ahead of a big launch for Twitter: The company is getting ready to unveil a new curated Twitter experience that’s been code-named Project Lightning. The addition is meant to offer a more photo-centric take on Twitter, allowing users to browse curated tweets and photos around major news events. Some sources say A launch of the project could come as early as this month." Read More


Get Ready for Apple TV Games
/ September 3, 2015 2:49 pm
Get Ready for Apple TV Games

Re/code reports "The latest version of the Apple TV, expected to be announced at Apple’s San Francisco press event next week, will likely boast a speedier processor and a new motion-sensitive remote control that would make it a great gaming machine. The decision to open the set-top box up to developers would create a fresh screen of opportunity for those who’ve already found success on its mobile devices." Read More


Netflix gets boost from Vodafone for Spanish expansion
/ September 3, 2015 2:45 pm
Netflix gets boost from Vodafone for Spanish expansion

Streamdaily.tv reports "Netflix will have some help with its upcoming expansion into Spain from telco giant Vodafone. Vodafone Spain confirmed it will offer Netflix to its cable-service customers upon the SVOD’s arrival in the country, scheduled for October. Costs associated with the SVOD/cable package were not available at press time. Customers with top boxes from Vodafone will be able to search, browse and view Netflix titles, and users’ individual selections will be integrated in a recommendation section alongside their picks from Vodafone’s library." Read More

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