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Defy Media Signs with WME to Develop TV and Film Projects, Inks RatPac Deal
/ August 31, 2015 5:09 pm
Defy Media Signs with WME to Develop TV and Film Projects, Inks RatPac Deal

Variety reports "WME has signed digital-media studio and programmer Defy Media — whose biggest brands include the Smosh comedy duo on YouTube — and Defy has also entered into a partnership with Brett Ratner and James Packer’s WME-repped RatPac Entertainment to develop several projects. The agency said it will work with Defy to package its development slate of original projects for TV and film, as well as other platforms. Investors in Defy, formed by the 2013 merger of Alloy Digital and Break Media, include Lionsgate, ABS Capital, ZelnickMedia and Viacom." Read More


Sling TV now available on Amazon’s Fire HDX and HD tablets
/ August 31, 2015 5:04 pm
Sling TV now available on Amazon’s Fire HDX and HD tablets

The Verge reports "Sling TV can now be streamed with Amazon's current-generation Fire HDX and HD tablets. The internet TV service is available as a free download from Amazon's Appstore, and new subscribers can start with a 14-day trial before committing to Sling's $20-per-month subscription. Sling TV already works on Amazon's Fire TV streaming products as well as Android and iOS at large, plus a slew of set-top boxes and desktop PCs." Read More


Shazam Earnings Fall — But User Growth Is Strong
/ August 31, 2015 5:01 pm
Shazam Earnings Fall — But User Growth Is Strong

Billboard reports "Some people might see these trends as proof the company's financial situation is imploding. But Shazam is taking a course made familiar by numerous tech companies where user growth trumps earnings. Last year, Shazam's users grew from about 86 million to nearly 120 million and daily searches jumped to 20 million from 17 million." Read More


Mortal Kombat X for 360 and PS3 cancelled
/ August 31, 2015 4:56 pm
Mortal Kombat X for 360 and PS3 cancelled

Gamesindustry.biz reports "After months of development, Warner Bros. Interactive Entertainment has come to the regrettable conclusion that we cannot release Mortal Kombat X for PlayStation 3 and Xbox 360," the admin wrote. "Please know our teams worked diligently to meet the quality standards set by the current-gen versions of the game. We were not able to get the PS3 and Xbox 360 versions to the quality expected of a Mortal Kombat game and are very sorry for not being able to deliver the products as originally planned." Read More


3 signs Apple has entered the Twilight Zone of virtual reality
/ August 31, 2015 4:51 pm
3 signs Apple has entered the Twilight Zone of virtual reality

Fortune reports "Facebook has snapped up at least five companies in the virtual reality/augmented reality space, including Oculus, maker of the Cadillac of VR goggles, for $2 billion last summer. Google’s Cardboard, a fold-out kit for turning any Android smartphone into a crude VR headset, is already on version 2.0. Now, according to Piper Jaffray’s Gene Munster, Apple has entered the Twilight Zone." Read More


Facebook Advertises Facebook, on TV (Again)
/ August 31, 2015 4:48 pm
Facebook Advertises Facebook, on TV (Again)

Re/code reports "You don’t need a Facebook ad to tell to you use Facebook, because you and 1.5 billion other people use Facebook every month. Then again, lots of people drink Coke and eat at McDonald’s, and those guys advertise a lot. So here’s a new ad campaign from Facebook, which debuted on TV last night for audiences in New York, Chicago and San Francisco (hello, influencers!), and runs through September." Read More


Apple TV 4 coming in October for under $200, Apple TV 3 stays & gets new streaming service
/ August 31, 2015 4:45 pm
Apple TV 4 coming in October for under $200, Apple TV 3 stays & gets new streaming service

9to5Mac reports "The new Apple TV will come at a premium price compared with the current model, which was originally priced at $99 from its launch in 2012, then was reduced to $69 this March. As the new box will be considerably more expensive than popular alternatives from Roku, Google and Amazon, Apple plans to keep the $69 third-generation device for sale as an entry level model within the Apple TV product line. The new Apple TV 4 will be very similar to the current model in appearance, but it will be thicker and slightly wider, sources say." Read More

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