Move over, Amazon Echo. Cheddar reports that Facebook is readying a video chat device called Portal, marking the social platform’s planned entry into consumer hardware. A major point of differentiation will be Portal’s positioning as a way for families and friends to stay connected through video chatting and other social features. Cheddar cites sources as saying Portal will be equipped with a wide-angle lens that is capable of recognizing individual faces and associating them with their Facebook accounts. Facebook plans a formal product introduction in early May at its annual developer conference and hopes to ship the device in the second half of 2018. The news comes amid increasing criticism of Facebook in some quarters for its role in vetting user-generated content and its influence on global social discourse.
Imagine Kids & Family, the recently formed division under Imagine Entertainment and Meredith Corporation’s in-house television production company, Four M Studios, have partnered to develop premium children’s television programming from the archives of LIFE magazine. LIFE for Kids, executive-produced by Imagine Entertainment Chairmen Brian Grazer and Ron Howard, Imagine Kids & Family President Stephanie Sperber […]
Sinclair Broadcast Group launched 24/7 ad-supported streaming service Stirr. The service offers location-based content as well as 20 national networks -Cheddar, Buzzr and Dove Channel among them – with plans to carry over 50 nets by the end of 2019. “We are entering a new era of broadcast television and our number one priority at […]
Sportradar announced the launch of ad:s, described as a new full-service marketing offer for sports betting operators, developing “in response to the strong demand and interest from the betting industry.” ad:s offers bookmakers a slate of marketing solutions that eliminates waste and streamlines their business with targeted spend on verifiable prospects that produce measurable results. […]
It is the end of an era as Bob Costas and NBC have reportedly agreed to mutually part ways, according to the New York Post. Final terms of a buyout have been reached between the two sides with Costas stating that “It’s all settled quietly and happily for all concerned.”
Another day, another deal for Riot Games, which has now locked in oil and gas behemoth Royal Dutch Shell to sponsor the League of Legends European Championship. The deal marks Shell’s first foray into esports, with the brand powering the Baron Power Play with “Shell V-Power” during LEC weekly broadcasts. “We’re proud to be collaborating […]