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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
Todd Spangler / Variety:
NBCUniversal is investing another $200M in BuzzFeed, which will collaborate with NBCU's Content Studio under extended advertising-sales relationship   —  NBCUniversal announced Monday that it has made an additional $200 million investment in BuzzFeed — on top of the $200 million it invested last year.
Nov 22, 2016, 12:25 AMIn context
Todd Spangler / Variety:
Warner Bros. signs deal to acquire full control of Machinima; sources say the deal values Machinima slightly under $100M   —  Deal values gamer and fandom digital programmer at slightly under $100 million: sources  —  Warner Bros. announced that it signed an agreement to acquire full control of Machinima …
Nov 17, 2016, 4:10 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
Todd Spangler / Variety:
VoteCastr, a startup which claimed it could provide real-time polling results, got predictions wrong for five of seven battleground states   —  Nearly every pre-election poll showed Hillary Clinton leading Donald Trump heading into Tuesday — and even the Republic National Committee predicted Trump …
Nov 10, 2016, 10:30 AMIn context
Todd Spangler / Variety:
Turner launches FilmStruck, a streaming video service with indie, foreign, classic, and cult films, plans from $7/month but service limited to US for now   —  Turner on Tuesday launched FilmStruck, its subscription video-on-demand service with hundreds of indie, foreign …
Nov 2, 2016, 9:00 AMIn context
Todd Spangler / Variety:
Walmart debuts Vudu Movies on Us service, which streams free ad-supported movies and TV on demand in 1080p HD, doesn't include new releases or current TV series   —  Vudu, which has been selling and renting HD movies and TV shows online for nearly a decade, is now offering free …
Oct 18, 2016, 4:05 PMIn context

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