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Janko Roettgers / Variety:
SiriusXM launches SiriusXM Essential, an $8/month streaming only plan for mobiles and smart speakers that gives access to 200+ channels   —  SiriusXM wants to cater consumers without cars, or cars without compatible stereos, with a new $8 plan for mobile and in-home listening.
Apr 20, 2019, 4:50 PMIn context
Jem Aswad / Variety:
Amazon Music launches an ad-supported tier for Alexa-enabled devices in the US, allowing users to listen to Amazon Music's top playlists and stations for free   —  Amazon Music today basically soft-launched its free streaming tier, in which U.S. customers of its Alexa voice assistant …
Apr 18, 2019, 4:05 PMIn context
Janko Roettgers / Variety:
Starz apologizes for “inadvertently” issuing DMCA takedown notices for tweets to stories merely reporting about TV show leak, says it suffered a security breach   —  Facing a backlash over overzealous copyright enforcement, Starz issued an apology for inadvertently taking down tweets to articles about TV show piracy Monday.
Apr 15, 2019, 12:54 PMIn context
Todd Spangler / Variety:
YouTube TV is raising its price to $50 per month for all customers, a 25% to 43% increase depending on their existing package   —  - Ex-NFL Star Trevor Pryce, Creator of ‘Kulipari,’ Pacts With Cinedigm to Launch OTT Network (EXCLUSIVE)  —  Thought you were getting a price break with an over-the-top TV package?
Apr 10, 2019, 1:25 PMIn context
Janko Roettgers / Variety:
Apple has reportedly hired Arthur van Hoff, a founding executive of the Disney-backed VR startup Jaunt, as a senior architect   —  Apple just made a significant hire in the virtual reality (VR) space: The iPhone maker has hired serial entrepreneur Arthur van Hoff, a founding executive of the Disney-backed VR startup Jaunt.
Apr 9, 2019, 2:55 PMIn context
Ted Johnson / Variety:
DOJ warns the group behind the Oscars that potential rule changes limiting the eligibility of Netflix and other streaming services could raise antitrust issues   —  WASHINGTON — The Justice Department has warned the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences that its potential rule changes limiting …
Apr 2, 2019, 6:25 PMIn context
Todd Spangler / Variety:
Tom Conrad, ex-Snap VP of product and ex-Pandora CTO, has joined mobile video startup Quibi to lead product and customer support, reporting to CEO Meg Whitman   —  Tom Conrad has joined Jeffrey Katzenberg's Quibi to lead product and customer support, becoming the latest addition …
Apr 1, 2019, 7:05 PMIn context
Jem Aswad / Variety:
Spotify says “every monopolist will suggest they have done nothing wrong”, that Apple's response is not new, and is entirely in line with Spotify's expectations   —  In Friday's early hours, Spotify and Apple traded potshots in their ongoing battle over the App Store.
Mar 16, 2019, 9:25 PMIn context
Todd Spangler / Variety:
Cinedigm, an entertainment content distributor and niche streaming channel operator, buys Future Today, which has 700+ OTT channels and 5.2M MAUs, for $60M   —  - Facebook Apologizes for Outages, Says It Has Resolved ‘Server Configuration’ Error That Led to Access Problems
Mar 15, 2019, 6:40 PMIn context
Janko Roettgers / Variety:
Google is shutting down its Spotlight Stories VR film studio, part of Google's ATAP group, according to an email from the studio's executive producer   —  Google is shutting down its Spotlight Stories immersive entertainment unit, according to an email sent out by Spotlight Stories executive producer Karen Dufilho Wednesday evening.
Mar 14, 2019, 12:00 AMIn context

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