Disney to acquire 21st Century Fox assets, including Hulu stake

Disney to acquire 21st Century Fox assets, including Hulu stake

It’s official: Disney has finalized an agreement to buy most of 21st Century Fox. The all-stock deal will clock in at $52.4 billion. A slew of new properties are included in the acquisition, including 21st Century Fox’s film titles and studio, and media brands such as National Geographic and FX Networks. The deal grants Disney […]

FCC repeals net neutrality

FCC repeals net neutrality

The FCC voted to repeal its 2015 net neutrality rules, which had mandated that telcos treat all of their web traffic equally. As expected, the repeal passed on a party line vote, with the agency’s three Republican members voting in favor. FCC head Ajit Pai, who joined the agency in 2012 before President Donald Trump […]

T-Mobile buys Layer3 TV, will launch new TV service

T-Mobile buys Layer3 TV, will launch new TV service

T-Mobile is jumping into the OTT TV game. The telco announced that it’s acquiring Layer3 TV, a startup that current offers a broadband-delivered TV service in five U.S. cities. T-Mobile will use the Layer3 TV platform to launch a wider live TV service next year. So far, T-Mobile hasn’t provided many details about its upcoming […]

Redbox finally launches digital video service

Redbox finally launches digital video service

Redbox, best known for its DVD kiosks, has launched a new VOD service. Simply called Redbox On Demand, the service features over 6,000 TV shows and movies. The titles are available through through VOD rental or electronic sell-through. Warner Bros., Lionsgate, Sony, 20th Century Fox, Universal Pictures, and Paramount are all supplying titles for the […]

Google rolls out new AR features

Google rolls out new AR features

Google, too, is rolling out some new AR features. The company’s new “AR Stickers” – available to anyone with a Pixel smartphone – allow users to insert virtual objects into Pixel-recorded videos. The feature is driven by Google’s ARCore framework for augmented reality, which the company rolled out in August. (While ARCore products are limited […]

YouTube TV expands to 34 new markets

YouTube TV expands to 34 new markets

YouTube TV, Google’s OTT-based live TV service, just expanded to a slew of new markets. YouTube TV will now be available in 34 more areas, including New Orleans, Louisiana, Buffalo, New York, and Tucson, Arizona. The service was already available in 39 markets, accounting for more than half of U.S. homes.

Apple acquires music discovery service Shazam

Apple acquires music discovery service Shazam

Apple confirmed that it has acquired music discovery service Shazam. TechCrunch was the first to report that the deal was in the works. Shazam allows users to identify songs, TV shows, movies, and even commercials by playing brief audio clips. According to Recode, Apple is paying $400 million for the company. For Shazam, that valuation […]

BuzzFeed rolls out new Facebook Watch shows

BuzzFeed rolls out new Facebook Watch shows

BuzzFeed unveiled its new slate of content for Watch, Facebook’s recently-launched video section. Tubefilter was the first to report on the new content slate. All told, BuzzFeed is rolling out five new shows. Three of those shows debuted yesterday: Night In/Night Out, a food-heavy series featuring Try Guys co-founder Ned Fulmer; Puppy Prep, a show […]

Report: Google plans YouTube-branded music service

YouTube TV expands to 34 new markets

Google is upping its music game. According to Bloomberg, the company is gearing up to launch a music subscription service under the YouTube brand. The service will reportedly feature a combination of music videos and traditional music streaming. According to Bloomberg, Google employees have internally dubbed the service “Remix,” though there’s no telling whether that […]

Facebook rolls out new sound editing and 360-degree video features

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Facebook has launched Sound Collection, a new editing tool that lets users insert songs, vocals, and instrumental tracks into Facebook and Instagram video clips. One big capability is lacking: While Facebook is providing a new library of sounds for the tool, users can’t edit in music from songs that aren’t in the library. Nonetheless, there’s […]

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