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Janko Roettgers / Variety:
Facebook says it is closing Oculus VR film studio, canceling all ongoing projects, will invest in VR content produced by outside partners   —  Oculus Story Studio, the award-winning studio behind virtual reality (VR) short films like “Dear Angelica” and “Henry,” is being shut down, Facebook announced Thursday afternoon.
May 4, 2017, 7:30 PMIn context
Janko Roettgers / Variety:
Dish's Sling Media debuts SlingStudio, a $999 portable TriCaster competitor that can connect with 10 cameras, optimized for Facebook Live, YouTube live streams   —  Sling Media, the Dish Network subsidiary that brought us the Slingbox, is back — with a product no one expected …
Apr 24, 2017, 3:30 PMIn context
Janko Roettgers / Variety:
Sources: BitTorrent hires Rogelio Choy as CEO, prepares to spin off BitTorrent Live streaming unit; BitTorrent founder Bram Cohen easing out of day-to-day role   —  More changes are afoot at BitTorrent: The San Francisco-based P2P technology company has hired Rogelio Choy as its new CEO …
Mar 27, 2017, 1:20 PMIn context
Janko Roettgers / Variety:
Netflix to replace star ratings with thumbs up and thumbs down in coming weeks after A/B testing showed thumbs got 200% more ratings   —  Get ready to say good-bye to star ratings on Netflix: The company is getting ready to replace stars with Pandora-like thumbs-ups and thumbs-downs in the coming weeks.
Mar 16, 2017, 7:30 PMIn context
Janko Roettgers / Variety:
CEO Erik Huggers says Vevo is postponing subscription service launch to focus on international expansion and original content   —  Music video service Vevo is putting the brakes on its planned subscription service, and will instead focus on its international expansion as well as original content production …
Feb 7, 2017, 2:20 PMIn context
Janko Roettgers / Variety:
Verizon laid off 155 employees from its mobile streaming service Go90; sources say Vessel team, acquired in October, will rebuild the service   —  Team from acquisition Vessel charged with app rebuild  —  Verizon's mobile streaming service Go90 is about to get a hard reset …
Jan 23, 2017, 10:25 PMIn context
Janko Roettgers / Variety:
Pandora announces it's laying off 7% of its US workforce, excluding Ticketfly group, in Q1 2017 in a bid to reduce costs   —  Music streaming service Pandora is going to reduce its workforce by 7 percent in Q1 of 2017, the company announced Thursday after the close of the markets.
Jan 12, 2017, 5:37 PMIn context
Janko Roettgers / Variety:
Amazon partners with three Chinese manufacturers to launch Amazon Fire-powered 4K TVs, to be sold online and in select retail stores later this year   —  Amazon is now making its own TV — sort of, anyway: The e-commerce giant has teamed up with Seiki, Westinghouse and Element Electronics …
Jan 3, 2017, 1:45 PMIn context
Janko Roettgers / Variety:
After launching on PlayStation VR, Jaunt's app with 150+ VR experiences is now available on all major VR platforms   —  Virtual reality startup Jaunt has launched its app on PlayStation VR, giving users of the gaming platform access to more than 150 VR experiences, including content like …
Dec 25, 2016, 10:05 PMIn context
Janko Roettgers / Variety:
Virtual reality startup WEVR launches Netflix-style subscription service for cinematic VR titles, available on HTC Vive and Samsung Gear VR initially   —  Virtual reality startup Wevr thinks it's time to set a price for premium virtual reality content.  The company announced the launch …
Dec 14, 2016, 2:35 PMIn context

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