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Janko Roettgers / Variety:
A postmortem of AR startup Meta, as the company's CEO says the unnamed investor who acquired its assets will continue to support Meta's existing products   —  “It's a pretty dramatic moment in my life.”  —  To say that Meron Gribetz, co-founder of the augmented-reality headset startup Meta …
Jan 18, 2019, 12:55 PMIn context
Janko Roettgers / Variety:
In statement regarding allowing Infowars on its platform, Roku says it does not censor based on viewpoint and it is not aware of Infowars violating its policies   —  Streaming device maker Roku faced a backlash Tuesday over its decision to carry a channel for Infowars, the controversial website …
Jan 15, 2019, 5:00 PMIn context
Janko Roettgers / Variety:
Discussing the decline of TV, Viacom CEO Bob Bakish says driverless, 5G-connected cars would add viewing minutes in the same way the bedroom TV did   —  Viacom CEO Bob Bakish isn't ready to celebrate victory just yet.  “I wouldn't ever say mission accomplished, and certainly not in the changing world …
Jan 11, 2019, 8:05 PMIn context
Janko Roettgers / Variety:
Google has stopped making its Chromecast Audio streaming adapter, focusing on smart speakers instead   —  Google has stopped making its Chromecast Audio streaming adapter, and is instead focused on smart speakers going forward.  A company spokesperson confirmed Friday that Chromecast Audio …
Jan 11, 2019, 1:20 PMIn context
Janko Roettgers / Variety:
Videolan says it expects VLC to surpass 3B downloads on Friday and that Airplay support is coming to the main VLC app, possibly arriving in about a month   —  Open source video player app VLC was mere hours away from surpassing 3 billion downloads Friday, and the Videolan team celebrated …
Jan 10, 2019, 5:25 PMIn context
Janko Roettgers / Variety:
Sonos says it has begun a private beta test of Google Assistant integration, first announced in 2017, with the aim of rolling it out later this year   —  Sonos has started a private beta test of Google Assistant on its smart speakers, and is looking to launch the integration to the public this year.
Jan 9, 2019, 11:50 AMIn context
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
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
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

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