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CBS All Access arrives in Canada to kick off international expansion efforts

Posted: 04-23-2018 | Author: Staff Report
Tech Crunch reports: “CBS’ over-the-top streaming service, CBS All Access, is now available for the first time outside the U.S. The network today announced the service has arrived in Canada, ahead of a planned international expansion which will see the streaming service coming to more markets outside the U.S. in the future.” Read more  

Record Majors in New Legal Fight With SiriusXM Over Pre-1972 Works

Posted: 04-23-2018 | Author: Staff Report
The Hollywood Reporter reports: “Nearly three years after major record labels reached a $210 million settlement with SiriusXM over the use of sound recordings created before 1972, a new legal fight has erupted over the licensing of classic songs by such artists as Elvis Presley, Bob Dylan and Simon & Garfunkel.” Read more

Netflix Plans to Raise Another $1.5 Billion in Debt Financing for Original Content

Posted: 04-23-2018 | Author: Staff Report
Variety reports: “Netflix is going deeper into hock — announcing plans to offer $1.5 billion in debt notes — money it needs as it continues to dial up spending on original TV shows and movies. In announcing the planned debt financing Monday, Netflix included the standard boilerplate that it expects to use the net proceeds ‘for general corporate […]

J. Cole Breaks Drake’s 24-Hour Streaming Record on Apple Music With KOD, Nearly Double Its Spotify Streams

Posted: 04-23-2018 | Author: Staff Report
Billboard reports: “With his album KOD garnering 64.5 million streams in its first 24 hours in the U.S., J. Cole set a new record on Apple Music for most album streams in 24 hours, eclipsing Drake’s Views by almost a million streams, according to Apple, while his album clocked a record 36.7 million first-day streams on Spotify in the U.S.” Read more

Layoffs, Executive Exits At Vevo

Posted: 04-23-2018 | Author: Staff Report
Hypebot reports: “Just months after its CEO and Head Of Product exited, Vevo has lost Chief Technology Officer Alex Nunes who left alongside major staff reductions in the music video site’s San Francisco product and engineering teams. Vevo will now build a new ‘product and growth team’ led by VP of Engineering, Andy Smith and SVP […]

Rovio and Sony confirm a new Angry Birds movie for 2019

Posted: 04-23-2018 | Author: Staff Report reports: “Sony Pictures and Rovio Entertainment are making a sequel to The Angry Birds Movie, which will be in movie theatres on September 20, 2019. According to a statement released by Rovio and Sony, the first film earned $352 million at the global box-office, and opened at number one in 50 different countries in May […]

European Commission opens in-depth investigation of Apple-Shazam deal

Posted: 04-23-2018 | Author: Staff Report
Venture Beat reports: “Apple’s $400 million acquisition of music identification service Shazam will likely be delayed, due to a just-announced decision by the European Commission to open an ‘in-depth investigation’ into the deal. The EC expects to determine whether Apple’s purchase and integration of Shazam will discourage music streaming deals and options, harming European consumers.” Read more

Thankfully, Nintendo is already selling Toy-Con cardboard replacement parts for Labo

Posted: 04-20-2018 | Author: Staff Report
The Verge reports: “Nintendo’s new cardboard creation experiment Labo is out today, but if you had concerns about your Toy-Con kits breaking or wearing out (because, well, they’re made of cardboard), fear not. Nintendo is selling replacement parts for nearly every piece of the Toy-Con kits over at its online store, as spotted by IGN.” Read more

‘Fortnite’ May Hit China Next Week

Posted: 04-20-2018 | Author: Staff Report
Variety reports: “‘Fortnite’s’ Battle Bus is on its way to China, according to a teaser image posted by developer Epic Games Friday on Twitter. The tweet includes a photo of a passport with the date 4/23/18 stamped inside, which means the popular battle royale game could launch in the country in three days.” Read more

AT&T CEO says a new $15-per-month, sports-free streaming service is launching in a few weeks

Posted: 04-20-2018 | Author: Staff Report
Tech Crunch reports: “AT&T CEO Randall Stephenson revealed on Thursday the carrier’s plans to launch another live TV service called ‘AT&T Watch,’ which would offer a cheap, $15-per-month bundle of channels for customers, and be provided to AT&T Wireless subscribers for free. At this price point, the service would be one of the lowest on […]