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Vevo names new communications exec
/ September 2, 2015 12:42 pm
Vevo names new communications exec

Streamdaily.tv reports "Global music and entertainment platform Vevo has named Jon Carvill as its new head of communications. Carvill, whose previously held a senior communications role at mobile tech firm Qualcomm, will handle all of Vevo’s corporate comms and public relations. The job will see Carvill based in San Francisco and report directly to Vevo president and CEO Erik Huggers." Read More


Amazon Prime Video now offers something Netflix says it will ‘never’ allow
/ September 2, 2015 12:36 pm
Amazon Prime Video now offers something Netflix says it will ‘never’ allow

Business Insider reports "If you're one of the 40 million to 60 million people who pay for Prime, Amazon's $99-a-year membership club, you can now download movies and TV shows on your smartphone or tablet for offline viewing. This is really handy if you're flying somewhere and don't want to pay for Wi-Fi or you know you will be somewhere else where wireless is not available." Read More


Amazon, Netflix, Google, Microsoft, Mozilla And Others Partner To Create Next-Gen Video Format
/ September 2, 2015 12:31 pm
Amazon, Netflix, Google, Microsoft, Mozilla And Others Partner To Create Next-Gen Video Format

TechCrunch reports "It’s not often we see these rival companies come together to build a new technology together, but the members argue that this kind of alliance is necessary to create a new interoperable video standard that will work across vendors and platforms. While it goes unmentioned in the announcement, it’s also clear that none of the members involved in this alliance want to have to pay royalties to the likes of MPEG LA." Read More


Funny Or Die Names Chris Bruss Head of Digital, Hires Owen Burke as Editor-in-Chief
/ September 2, 2015 12:23 pm
Funny Or Die Names Chris Bruss Head of Digital, Hires Owen Burke as Editor-in-Chief

Variety reports "Bruss, previously VP of branded entertainment, joined Funny Or Die in 2009. Burke ran the TV department for Ferrell and Adam McKay’s Gary Sanchez, where he also served as a producer on such projects as “Drunk History” and “Bad Judge.” Andrew Steele remains Funny Or Die’s creative director and Lauren Palmigiano will continue as head writer for FOD digital content." Read More


Hulu finally challenges Netflix with Ad-Free Streaming
/ September 2, 2015 12:07 pm
Hulu finally challenges Netflix with Ad-Free Streaming

Wired reports "Redoubling its challenge to Netflix and Amazon Prime Video, Hulu is finally offering an ad-free version of its Internet movie and television streaming service. On Wednesday, the big-studio-backed Hulu announced that users can now watch movies and shows without commercials for $11.99 a month. Since 2010, the company has offered a for-pay subscription service, and though this included fewer ads than the company’s free service, it still included ads—much to the chagrin of some Twitter-happy American consumers." Read More


Steven Spielberg’s DreamWorks to Leave Disney Possibly for Universal
/ September 2, 2015 11:58 am
Steven Spielberg’s DreamWorks to Leave Disney Possibly for Universal

Variety reports "Sources also indicate that DreamWorks is most likely to wind up with a distribution deal at Universal while emphasizing that no agreement has been reached. They noted that Spielberg has kept his offices on the lot, even after the Disney deal was struck, and he was executive producer on Universal’s smash hit “Jurassic World.” Read More


Alibaba’s Streaming Video Subscription Service Rolls Out In China
/ September 2, 2015 11:52 am
Alibaba’s Streaming Video Subscription Service Rolls Out In China

TechCrunch reports "Alibaba’s unlimited video streaming subscription platform, Tmall Box Office (TBO), is now available for some users of its smart TV operating system in China. Tech In Asia spotted TBO’s new homepage, which gives viewers access to Chinese and foreign shows and movies starting at RMB 39 (about $6.10) for a month’s subscription." Read More

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