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Tribune’s Gracenote Buys Trio of Sports-Data Firms for $54 Million
/ May 28, 2015 2:44 pm
Tribune’s Gracenote Buys Trio of Sports-Data Firms for $54 Million

Variety reports "Gracenote, Tribune Media’s entertainment metadata division, has acquired three sports-information companies — SportsDirect, Infostrada Sports and sports-betting info provider Covers Media Group — for a total of $54 million. With the deals, Gracenote is positioning itself as a unique one-stop shop for data spanning music, TV, movies and sports to customers worldwide." Read More

Hollywood Hologram Wars: Vicious Legal Feud Behind Virtual Mariah, Marilyn and Mick
/ May 28, 2015 2:38 pm
Hollywood Hologram Wars: Vicious Legal Feud Behind Virtual Mariah, Marilyn and Mick

The Hollywood Reporter reports "The potential for holograms in Hollywood is nearly limitless. "Live" shows of Elvis Presley and Frank Sinatra are in early development. Kimmel beamed in via hologram CMA Award winner Kacey Musgravesfrom Nashville for an interview in his Los Angeles studio, suggesting a future in which actors can promote their films everywhere at once." Read More

Netflix, HBO Streaming Video Traffic Increases As BitTorrent Declines
/ May 28, 2015 2:16 pm
Netflix, HBO Streaming Video Traffic Increases As BitTorrent Declines

TechCrunch reports "A new report released today shows the continued domination Netflix has on North American Internet traffic patterns. According to broadband networking company Sandvine, which periodically releases its findings on web usage, Netflix now accounts for 36.5 percent of downstream traffic on fixed networks during peak evening hours, which is up from the 34.9 percent reported in the second half of 2014 ." Read More

Van Caneghem launches new mobile studio
/ May 28, 2015 2:13 pm
Van Caneghem launches new mobile studio

GamesIndustry.biz reports "Jon Van Caneghem will be familiar to Might And Magic fans but the veteran developer is ready for a new challenge. Today he launches his new studio, VC Mobile Entertainment, where he intends to apply his AAA development past to the mobile market." Read More

Google partners with GoPro to launch Jump, a virtual reality filming kit
/ May 28, 2015 2:08 pm
Google partners with GoPro to launch Jump, a virtual reality filming kit

VentureBeat reports "Google today announced at its annual I/O developer conference in San Francisco Jump, a new project for people to create and share virtual-reality experiences, following on Google’s progress with its expanding Cardboard virtual-reality platform." Read More

Suddenlink Inks Hulu Deal to Stream Service via Set-Tops, While Not Carrying Viacom Nets
/ May 28, 2015 1:21 pm
Suddenlink Inks Hulu Deal to Stream Service via Set-Tops, While Not Carrying Viacom Nets

Variety reports "Midsize cable operator Suddenlink Communications was unable to reach a deal to distribute Viacom’s suite of 24 networks — but it has just clinched a pact with Hulu to offer subscribers access to the Internet TV service’s premium VOD service. Suddenlink, which has about 1.1 million TV subscribers, will work with Hulu to provide customers who have TiVo set-top boxes access to Hulu’s SVOD service some time later this year. The operator reached a similar deal with Netflix a year ago." Read More

HBO Now Coming to Google’s Android Devices
/ May 28, 2015 1:14 pm
HBO Now Coming to Google’s Android Devices

The Hollywood Reporter reports "The $14.99 subscription service, which gives non-cable customers access to live streams of current HBO shows such as Game of Thrones and catalogs of past shows including The Sopranos, will be available for download in the Google Play store, making it available on Android devices. It will also support Chromecast on Android, iOS and web browsers and will be available on Android TV." Read More

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