M&E Journal: How Entertainment Metadata is Adapting to Meet the Needs of Today’s Digital Viewers

By Roz Ho, SVP and General Manager, Consumer and Metadata, TiVo - With the rise of streaming services like Netflix and Amazon Prime Video, and the billions of dollars these services spend on original programming, there is more content available than ever. But viewers are strug... More

Veritone to Buy Wazee Digital for $15 Million

Veritone said Aug. 13 that it signed an agreement to buy Wazee Digital, a provider of cloud-native video management and licensing services that enable rights holders to monetize and enrich their content, for $15 million, including $7.5 million in cash and $7.5 million in Veritone... More

Vast Media Smart Screen Round-Up: Premiere League on Snapchat, Nat Geo Trivia

Here’s a run-down of recent second screen-related entertainment items, via Berlin-based research and consulting company Vast Media. • Manchester United Football Club TV, the dedicated OTT service for the popular U.K. soccer team, has expanded to new streaming outlets, incl... More

Irdeto: Dark Web Home to Stolen OTT Login Details

Piracy continues to be a significant problem for media and entertainment (M&E) companies, as well as consumers, around the world, according to an Irdeto Global Consumer Piracy Threat Report. “Hundreds of stolen login details for popular” over-the-top (OTT) services are ava... More

News Corp. Execs: Company Boosted by Foxtel Purchase, Digital Growth in Q4

The stronger results that News Corp. reported for the fourth quarter (ended June 30) were driven by contributions from Australian pay TV company Foxtel, which it bought earlier this year, and continued growth in its digital business, according to company executives. “We are ... More

Veritone Eyes New aiWARE Growth Opportunities

Veritone continues to see growth opportunities for its aiWARE artificial intelligence (AI) operating system among existing media customers and clients in new business sectors including public safety, according to Veritone CEO and chairman Chad Steelberg. “The biggest market ... More

Paramount Pictures ‘Turnaround’ Gave Viacom a Q3 Boost

The improved domestic theatrical performance by Paramount Pictures, driven by strong box office for the movies “A Quiet Place” and “Book Club,” provided Viacom a significant lift during its third quarter (ended June 30). “When you look at what we achieved in Q3 and o... More

HBO Looks to Demystify Language Metadata

Yonah Levenson, manager of taxonomy for HBO, and Laura Dawson, metadata analyst for the company, have a unique — and absolutely vital — job: make sense of multiple language standards, and help HBO meet global distribution requirements around languages for audio, text, packagi... More

Disney: Opportunities Abound with Fox Acquisition, D2C Streaming Service

Disney continues to be encouraged by the initial consumer reaction to its ESPN Plus direct-to-consumer (D2C) streaming video service and remains bullish about the opportunities provided by both its coming Disney-branded D2C streaming service and purchase of a large chunk of 21st ... More

M&E Journal: The Biometric Data Concerns Around Virtual and Augmented Reality Applications

By Ed Klaris, CEO, and Alexia Bedat, Associate, KlarisIP - A particular type of private information became the focus of increasing attention in 2017: biometric data. Biometric data is digital data obtained by measuring an individual’s characteristics, such as retina or iris... More