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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
Janko Roettgers / Variety:
Netflix says its custom video encoding method and use of VP9 and H.264/AVC High codecs are saving 36% bandwidth on Android and 19% on iOS for offline downloads   —  When Netflix introduced the ability to download content onto mobile devices for offline viewing earlier this week …
Dec 4, 2016, 10:10 PMIn context
Janko Roettgers / Variety:
iHeartRadio debuts All Access on-demand music service powered by Napster for $9.99/month, iHeartRadio Plus commercial-free radio service for $4.99/month   —  iHeartRadio launched its on-demand music service in beta Thursday, promising paying users unlimited streaming access to full albums and millions of songs.
Dec 1, 2016, 7:10 PMIn context
Janko Roettgers / Variety:
VLC previews 360° video and photo support for its desktop apps, says the feature will come to mobile soon; dedicated VLC apps for VR headsets due in 2017   —  Popular open source video playback app VLC has added support for 360-degree video to its desktop versions, and is planning …
Nov 26, 2016, 9:00 PMIn context
Janko Roettgers / Variety:
Google and its TV and speaker hardware partners are phasing out Google Cast branding in favor of “Chromecast built-in”   —  Innovating in the internet-connected TV space is hard.  Finding the right way to market this technology to consumers may, however, be even harder.
Nov 23, 2016, 1:10 PMIn context
Janko Roettgers / Variety:
Twitter releases an Android TV app for watching live shows two months after its Apple TV, Fire TV, and Xbox One app   —  Twitter expanded its reach on TV with the addition of an Android TV app Wednesday, allowing owners of TVs and streaming boxes powered by Google's TV software to tune …
Nov 16, 2016, 5:20 PMIn context
Janko Roettgers / Variety:
Twitter hires AngelHack founder Gregory Gopman to work on its VR initiative   —  Twitter has hired AngelHack founder Gergory Gopman to work on its nascent virtual reality (VR) initiative, Variety has learned.  The company may add native 360-degree video integration as well as 360-degree video live streaming …
Oct 18, 2016, 1:37 PMIn context

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