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Nintendo Switch Has Sold 10 Million Units to Date

Posted: 12-12-2017 | Author: Staff Report
Variety reports: “Nintendo is boasting that its Switch hybrid console has sold 10 million units worldwide in the first nine months of release, helped by Black Friday promotions. The console’s relatively robust sales (as measured internally through the end of November 2017) come as Nintendo has encountered some manufacturing bottlenecks in its supply chain, which the company has […]

Jaunt expands VR media platform into AR and mixed reality

Posted: 12-12-2017 | Author: Staff Report
Venture Beat reports: “Jaunt debuted in 2013 as a platform for viewing virtual reality movies and 360-degree entertainment. Now it is expanding beyond that with its Jaunt XR platform. The platform from the San Mateo, California-based company will now be expanded to include augmented reality and mixed-reality content, with the latter referring to content that combines various […]

Twitch launches an Alexa skill that plays your channels on Echo Show, offers live audio streams

Posted: 12-12-2017 | Author: Staff Report
Tech Crunch reports: “Twitch, the Amazon-owned video game streaming service, is now available on Alexa. The company says it has launched a new skill for Alexa device owners that will allow Twitch users to track their favorite video creators and be notified when they start streaming, as well as discover new games and channels, among other things.” […]

Harry Potter Mobile Game Will Turn Users into Hogwarts Students

Posted: 12-12-2017 | Author: Staff Report
The Hollywood Reporter reports: “An entire generation of Harry Potter fans who dreamed of attending Hogwarts will now have a chance to enroll at the school of witchcraft and wizardry through a new mobile game. Harry Potter: Hogwarts Mystery will give fans the opportunity to forge their own path at the famed school by taking courses in […]

CW, EA Team on ‘Madden NFL 18’ eSports ‘Survivor’-Style Special for TV

Posted: 12-12-2017 | Author: Staff Report
Variety reports: “While eSports fans are a large — and growing — rabidly engaged bunch, the genre hasn’t really crossed the divide into mainstream entertainment. The CW believes eSports has appeal outside the hard-core base, and its latest bet is ‘EA Madden NFL 18 Challenge’ a one-hour primetime special produced by Electronic Arts and NFL Films that will air Dec. 27 on the network.” Read […]

Manticore Games raises $15 million for multiplayer gaming from Benchmark Capital

Posted: 12-12-2017 | Author: Staff Report
Venture Beat reports: “Manticore Games, a startup founded by former Zynga and Electronic Arts executives, has raised $15 million from Benchmark Capital. The San Mateo, California-based company was started by Frederic Descamps and Jordan Maynard, who were the founders of social game startup A Bit Lucky in 2010. The company is working on a hardcore multiplayer game.” Read more

Samsung and Amazon will start streaming HDR10+ content tomorrow

Posted: 12-12-2017 | Author: Staff Report
The Verge reports: “Samsung says it will start streaming videos in HDR10+ on its premium TVs in partnership with Amazon starting on Wednesday, reports Yonhap News”. Samsung says it’s the first time HDR10+ content will be available through a streaming service. Around 100 TV shows and movies are available, including The Grand Tour and The Tick with more titles to be […]

YouTube TV hits 34 new markets

Posted: 12-12-2017 | Author: Staff Report
Tech Crunch reports: “The unbundling of the cable media empire is well underway, as players like Netflix grow others like Hulu and YouTube offer live TV service. YouTube TV, in particular, is executing an aggressive rollout, just yesterday making the service available to another 34 markets. That brings us to a total of 83 U.S. markets in […]

Bloomberg’s Twitter News Network, TicToc, Goes Live Dec. 18

Posted: 12-11-2017 | Author: Staff Report
Variety reports: “Bloomberg Media announced the name of its built-for-Twitter 24-hour news network — TicToc by Bloomberg — which is set to go live next Monday, Dec. 18. The company is staffing TicToc with a dedicated team of about 50 reporters, editors, producers and social-media analysts, overseen by M. Scott Havens, Bloomberg’s global head of digital, and Mindy Massucci, […]

Why AT&T Might Sell TBS, TNT or DirecTV Instead of CNN

Posted: 12-11-2017 | Author: Staff Report
The Hollywood Reporter reports: “With a few words in a legal filing, AT&T may have saved its $85.4 billion takeover of Time Warner.  The DOJ, citing antitrust concerns, wants either Time Warner to jettison Turner Broadcasting or AT&T to sell DirecTV before blessing the marriage, which the government sued Nov. 20 to block. And since […]