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Janko Roettgers / Variety:
HTC announces subscription service Viveport Infinity, coming April 5, to give users unlimited access to a catalog of 500+ VR apps and games   —  HTC used its CES press conference in Las Vegas on Monday to introduce two new headsets: The company introduced an updated version of the Vive Pro …
Jan 7, 2019, 10:55 PMIn context
Janko Roettgers / Variety:
SEC filing: IMAX will close its remaining three virtual reality centers and write off “certain VR investments”; the three sites are expected to close in Q1 2019   —  Imax is making its exit from virtual reality (VR) official: The company notified shareholders with a SEC filing Thursday …
Dec 13, 2018, 5:40 PMIn context
Todd Spangler / Variety:
ZeniMax and Facebook agree to settle dispute over Oculus tech, after ZeniMax was awarded $250M in June 2018; terms of the settlement were not disclosed   —  - Google Unveils 2018 Top-Trending Searches: ‘Black Panther,’ Stan Lee, ‘Roseanne’ Among Most Popular Queries
Dec 12, 2018, 11:40 AMIn context
Todd Spangler / Variety:
Starting next year, YouTube says its original content will be free and supported by ads, instead of being behind a premium paywall   —  YouTube has concluded that its investments in original programming should have a home on the free, ad-supported side — not just tucked behind a paywall.
Nov 28, 2018, 11:25 AMIn context
Janko Roettgers / Variety:
Pandora Premium comes to Amazon's Echo, Echo Dot, and Echo Show, offering the ability to request single songs, whole albums, and custom playlists   —  Pandora is bringing its paid premium tier to Amazon's Echo speakers.  The Oakland, Calif.-based music service announced Monday that owners of Amazon's Echo …
Nov 23, 2018, 2:50 PMIn context
Brian Crecente / Variety:
Sony says it will not attend next year's E3, the annual video game trade show, the first time in E3's 24-year history that Sony will not be there   —  Sony Interactive Entertainment, currently riding high on record sales of its PlayStation 4 gaming console, won't be hosting its annual press conference …
Nov 15, 2018, 5:35 PMIn context
Variety:
Spotify launches in 13 markets across the Middle East and North Africa, including the UAE, Saudi Arabia, and Egypt, with a fully Arabic user experience   —  As expected, today Spotify announced that it has launches its service in 13 new markets in the Middle East and North Africa, bringing the service to 78 markets in total.
Nov 13, 2018, 7:00 PMIn context
Janko Roettgers / Variety:
Roku reports Q3 revenue up 39% YoY to $173.4M, streaming hours up 63% YoY to 6.2B; over 25% of smart TVs sold in US were Roku TVs; stock down 12%+ after hours   —  Roku continues its transition from a hardware company to a company that primarily makes money with advertising at a rapid pace.
Nov 7, 2018, 4:27 PMIn context
Janko Roettgers / Variety:
Pandora reports Q3 revenue of $417.6M, a net loss of $15.5M, 6.8M paid subscribers, and subscription revenue up 49% YoY to $124.77M   —  Music streaming service Pandora still makes most of its money with ad-supported streaming, but its paid subscription business is growing quickly …
Nov 5, 2018, 6:20 PMIn context
Todd Spangler / Variety:
EDO, a startup that uses consumer behavioral data from search engines and shopping sites to measure effectiveness of TV ads, raises $12M in Series A funding   —  EDO, co-founded by actor and entrepreneur Edward Norton, has banked $12 million in Series A funding to fuel its buildout …
Nov 2, 2018, 4:30 PMIn context

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