Fullscreen to shutter its VOD service

Fullscreen to shutter its VOD service

Fullscreen’s SVOD offering, a millennial-oriented channel packed with social media stars, just never quite caught on. In an email, Fullscreen CEO George Strompolos told staffers that the service – simply called Fullscreen – will be shuttered in January. According to The Hollywood Reporter, the service – which launched in April of 2016 – will stream […]

YouTube lets musicians sell tickets directly to viewers

YouTube lets musicians sell tickets directly to viewers

In a new partnership with Ticketmaster, YouTube will now let musicians directly sell tickets to their U.S. performances. Artists can list their upcoming tour dates under a new section, which appears directly beneath an official video’s description. Along with the dates, artists can also include a direct link to Ticketmaster’s website.

Amazon Studios spends big bucks for new Lord of the Rings series

Amazon Echo Show regains YouTube access

Looks like a trio of three-hour movies wasn’t enough. Amazon Studios has officially landed to the rights to a series adaptation of The Lord of the Rings. The news comes in the wake of previously-reported negotiations between Amazon, Warner Bros. Television, and the estate of J.R.R. Tolkien. Amazon will produce the series in-house, with participation […]

CEO: Reddit may go public by 2020

CEO: Reddit may go public by 2020

Reddit’s IPO might come within a few years. At the Internet Association’s Virtuous Circle Summit on Monday, CEO Steve Huffman said the company may go public by 2020. According to Huffman, going public is inevitable for the company; the exec called it the “only responsible choice.” Huffman co-founded Reddit in 2005.

YouTube will age-restrict disturbing videos involving kids’ characters

YouTube will age-restrict disturbing videos involving kids' characters

Just because a video contains well-known children’s characters doesn’t mean it’s kid-friendly. Some YouTube users, for instance, have posted videos where Disney or Nickelodeon characters engage in violent or sexual behavior. Now YouTube is taking new steps to make sure such content doesn’t actually reach kids. The company says it will start putting age restrictions […]

Amazon to sell devices and promote services at Whole Foods

Amazon to sell devices and promote services at Whole Foods

Owning a chain of brick-and-mortar stores can come in handy. In time for the holiday season, Amazon announced that it has begun selling Fire TV streaming devices, Kindle readers, and Echo smart speakers at over 100 Whole Foods stores. And starting this week, Amazon will open “pop-up stores” within a handful of Whole Foods locations, […]

Disney plans Star Wars and Marvel streaming series

Disney plans Star Wars and Marvel streaming series

Disney announced that it has finalized a deal with Rian Johnson, director of the upcoming Star Wars installment The Last Jedi, to develop a new Star Wars trilogy. Disney Chairman and CEO Bob Iger made the announcement during the company’s quarterly earnings call. But here’s where things get even more interesting: The company is also […]

Twitter suspends verification program

Twitter suspends verification program

Twitter has temporarily put a halt to verifying new users. The company, like other social media platforms, grants certain accounts – those of celebrities, journalists and other well-known figures – a little blue checkmark signaling that the account is genuine. But a controversy recently erupted when the company verified the account of Jason Kessler, a […]

Apple lands original series starring Jennifer Aniston and Reese Witherspoon

Apple lands original series starring Jennifer Aniston and Reese Witherspoon

Apple’s push into original programming is gaining steam. The tech giant just emerged victorious in what was likely a fierce bidding war, landing the rights to an untitled drama series about the world of morning network TV. Jennifer Aniston and Reese Witherspoon are slated to star and executive produce. No word yet on when the […]

Stocks soar as Roku beats expectations in Q3

Stocks soar as Roku beats expectations in Q3

Roku’s first-ever earnings report was very solid, surpassing analysts’ expectations in every area. The streaming device-maker generated $123.8 million in revenue during Q3, as compared to $89 million in the third quarter of 2016. Wall Street had predicted $110 million in third quarter revenue. The company wasn’t quite profitable, but its net losses amounted to […]

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