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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

FTC settles with Machinima for paying YouTube influencers to endorse Xbox One
/ September 2, 2015 11:48 am
FTC settles with Machinima for paying YouTube influencers to endorse Xbox One

VentureBeat reports "The Federal Trade Commission has settled charges with Machinima, which had been accused of deceptive advertising by paying “influencers” to post YouTube videos that endorsed Microsoft’s Xbox One video game console." Read More

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

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