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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
Naman Ramachandran / Variety:
Streaming platforms in India, including Netflix, adopt a plan to self-regulate content to forestall potential censorship; Amazon Prime Video will not sign on   —  Netflix and other leading streaming video platforms have signed an agreement to self-regulate content in the booming Indian market.
Jan 17, 2019, 7:55 PMIn context
Rachel Yang / Variety:
Roku says it is removing two Infowars channels on its platform after criticism from users and a rebuke from some Sandy Hook families   —  Roku has taken the Infowars channel off its platform after the streaming device faced criticism for carrying the controversial program hosted by right-wing conspiracy theorist Alex Jones.
Jan 16, 2019, 12:10 AMIn 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
Todd Spangler / Variety:
Amazon's IMDb launches Freedive, an ad-supported streaming service offering movies and TV shows in the US; site now lists 130+ free movies and 29 shows   —  Amazon has extended its tentacles into the ad-supported VOD space — stocking IMDb with a back-catalog of dozens of movies and TV shows that are free to watch.
Jan 10, 2019, 3:15 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
Todd Spangler / Variety:
Hulu says it passed 25M subscribers at the end of 2018, a ~47% YoY increase, with avg. daily watch time up 20% for the year; ad revenue rose 45%+ YoY to ~$1.5B   —  Hulu is keeping its pedal to metal in the streaming TV race: The company said it ended 2018 with more than 25 million total subscribers …
Jan 8, 2019, 11:30 AMIn context

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