Industry says Amazon & Netflix are top innovators

Amazon was crowned the most innovative company ahead of Netflix in a new survey of international industry professionals. The industry survey was commissioned by the organisers of the TV Connect event, which is part of TBI publisher Knect365, and found executives considered Amazon the top innovator, ahead of its arch SVOD rival Netflix. UK pay […]

Facebook hires Hugo Barra to lead VR efforts

Facebook has hired former Xiaomi and Google executive Hugo Barra to lead all of its virtual reality efforts, including its Oculus team. Announcing the move in a post on Facebook, company CEO Mark Zuckerberg said that Barra “shares my belief that virtual and augmented reality will be the next major computing platform”. “They [VR and […]

Google streaming service ‘could launch in Feb’

Google could reportedly launch new subscription streaming service Google Unplugged as early as February after agreeing terms with anumber of major partners. According to US financial news site TheStreet, Google has now either reached final or tentative agreements with CBS, Disney, Viacom and 21st Century Fox, with talks still ongoing with Time Warner. The report […]

Google launches Daydream VR service

Google has launched its new Daydream View VR headset in five markets, along with Daydream and YouTube VR apps. The Daydream View headset and controller is available in the Google Store and via retailers in the US, Canada, UK, Germany and Australia and is compatible with any Daydream-ready phone – currently just Google’s new Pixel […]

Disney ‘prepares Twitter bid’

The Walt Disney Company is reportedly eyeing a deal to buy social media platform Twitter. According to Bloomberg, the Mouse House sees Twitter as a key video distribution platform, and as such has hired the Bank of America to evaluate a deal. Twitter founder and CEO Jack Dorsey is the board of Disney, meaning the […]

YouTube growth helps cement Google Q2 gains

The continued strength of YouTube along with mobile gains helped Google parent company Alphabet to report significant second quarter growth. Speaking on the company’s Q2 earnings call, Google CEO Sundar Pichai said that YouTube showed “strong momentum” and said that video is the “killer format on mobile”. Though the company did not break out specific […]

Discovery hires McDonald’s exec in Asia rejig

Discovery Networks Asia Pacific has hired a senior exec from fast food brand McDonald’s as part of a restructure that sees Korea folded into a larger regional group. Jay Trindad (pictured) has been named senior VP and general manager of Discovery’s northeast Asia business. Korean country manager Hee-Man Lee and his team will be folded […]

Euronews using Google Fund for VR push

Pan-European news channel Euronews is to launch a virtual reality news reporting project with funding from the Google Digital News Initiative Innovation Fund. Euronews said it will produce regular multilingual 360° interactive news videos with finance from the Google fund, making it the first international news provider to “fully incorporate” 360° interactive video news into […]

Bezos calls for ‘acceptable terms’ from Google, Apple

Amazon CEO Jeff Bezos has called for “acceptable business terms” for its Prime Video service if the company is to resume selling Chromecast or Apple TV devices. At the Code Conference in California, Bezos responded to a question about why the Amazon store stopped selling the rival devices to its own Amazon Fire TV line […]

Google pulls away from Disney as largest media owner

Google remains the biggest media owner in the world and has extended its lead over second-placed Disney in the latest rankings. ZenithOptimedia compiles the roster of the world’s top media owners and issued its latest findings this morning. Google holding company Alphabet was the clear leader, ahead of Walt Disney. The internet giant was 136% […]