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% […]

IMAX embraces VR with Starbreeze

IMAX Corporation has announced a major virtual reality push, which includes a joint venture agreement with Swedish games studio and VR content and hardware creator Starbreeze. IMAX said it will develop a premium, location-based virtual reality offering that includes entertainment content and games – delivered to multiplexes, malls and other commercial destinations. Through its deal […]

Google launching dedicated YouTube VR app

Google is due to launch a dedicated YouTube VR app later this year for its forthcoming mobile virtual reality platform, Daydream. Announcing the launch at its I/O developer conference in Mountain View, California, Google said it is creating the YouTube VR app to provide an “easier, more immersive way to find and experience virtual reality […]

Google readies Daydream VR platform

Google is set to launch a mobile VR platform this autumn that will encompass smartphones, a reference design for a headset and controller, and apps. Announcing the plans at the Google I/O developers conference in Mountain View, California, Google’s vice-president of virtual reality Clay Bavor said that Daydream will include “all the ingredients you need […]

Endemol Shine Beyond taps Maker Studios’ Barrish

Endemol Beyond USA has hired Maker Studios’ Todd Barrish to become its executive VP, creative partnerships. Barrish was senior VP, global strategic partnerships at The Walt Disney Company-owned multichannel network Maker. The move reunites him with Bonnie Pan, who joined Endemol Beyond USA as president last month after leaving Maker, where she was EVP, programming. […]

YouTube plots ‘lot more’ originals for Red

YouTube is going to work on “a lot more original content” throughout the year for its new US subscription service YouTube Red, according to Google CEO Sundar Pichai. Speaking on the first quarter earnings call of Google and YouTube parent company, Alphabet, Pichai said that the six originals that YouTube has launched so far on […]

YouTube launches 360-degree live-streaming

YouTube introduced 360-degree live-streamed video as part of the immersive video experience at the NAB Show TV technology event in Las Vegas. YouTube has partnered with tech site The Verge to air the first live-streamed 360-degree content on the platform this week, with YouTube chief product officer Neal Mohan commenting that there has been a […]

MIPCOM spotlight on Japan, MIPCancun moves

Japan will be the country of honour at MIPCOM while the MIPCancun event is moving locations. The focus on the Asian country will involve a close look at 4K, with Japanese companies leading the technological wave in UHD and Japanese homes tipped to adopt 4K sets at a faster rate than in Europe or the […]

YouTube mobile reach ‘outstrips US cable nets’

YouTube on mobile devices reaches more 18 to 49-year-olds than any cable network in the US, according to Google CEO Sundar Pichai. Speaking on Google parent company Alphabet’s fourth quarter earnings call, Pichai (pictured) said the time people spent watching YouTube in the living room had also more than doubled in 2015. “People watch hundreds […]

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