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The Role for OTT During the COVID-19 Shutdown (SportsPro)

As alternative content to keep fans engaged without live sports is being conjured up, balancing the need for monetization represents a challenge. Red Bee Media’s head of OTT Stev... More

Amazon Confirms Development of Cloud-Based Gaming Platform (SportsPro)

Amazon is investing hundreds of millions of dollars into becoming a leading creator and distributor of video games, it has confirmed. The technology giant has also said it is devel... More

Quibi Launches Mobile Streaming Service in the Middle of the Quarantine Era (TechCrunch)

Quibi, the much-hyped mobile app promising to deliver “quick bites” of video entertainment, is finally here. The company has been in the headlines for more than two years, than... More

Dolby On App arrives on Android to Make Impromptu Jam Sessions Sound Great (Digital Trends)

Dolby has announced the release of its Dolby On app for Android. If you’re making music at home, with friends, or anywhere outside of a studio, this app is designed to make your ... More

The Streaming Wars – Where Tech Matters as Much as Content (Tech HQ)

With Apple TV+, Disney+, HBO Max, Peacock, and Quibi joining the entertainment industry’s OTT reconfiguration, there’s a lot of focus on creative content… but CTOs also have ... More

Stuck at Home, About a Third of Smart Speaker Owners Leaning on Devices More (Morning Consult)

With people across the country confined to their homes to prevent the spread of the coronavirus, many are increasingly turning to their smart speakers for news and entertainment, a... More

In the Age of Coronavirus, Even Movie Theaters Learn to Love Streaming (Variety)

Greg Laemmle never thought he’d recommend anyone to stream a movie at home. The best way to watch a film, as any theater owner like Laemmle will tell you, is in a darkened cinema... More

Sales of Video Games Soar as the Coronavirus Leaves Millions Trapped in Their Homes (CNBC)

Sales of the video games have smashed records as millions are stuck at home after governments around the world locked down entire cities and pushed for social distancing measures. ... More

The Internet is Under Huge Strain Because of the Coronavirus (CNBC)

With daily life changing for many around the world due to the coronavirus pandemic, a huge surge in internet traffic has led to worries over the resilience of the infrastructure th... More

Andrew Lloyd Webber Launches Free Musical Theater Streaming Service (Variety)

Andrew Lloyd Webber is to stream a production of one of his musicals for free on YouTube each week during the coronavirus crisis. Lloyd Webber’s YouTube initiative to entertain f... More

HBO to Make 500 Hours of Programming Free-to-View (DTE)

HBO is making almost 500 hours of programming free to stream for a limited time via its HBO Now and HBO Go on demand services as a gesture of goodwill to people stuck at home – e... More

Amazon Teams With SXSW to Launch a Virtual Fest (THR)

SXSW 2020 will see the light of day after all, albeit online rather than on the ground in Austin. Amazon Prime Video is teaming with the event to launch a so-called film festival c... More

‘Artemis Fowl’ Will Skip Theatrical Release and Debut on Disney Plus (Variety)

Disney’s “Artemis Fowl” will forgo a theatrical release and will instead launch on Disney Plus. The sci-fi fantasy was scheduled to open on May 29, but the coronavirus pandem... More

Apple’s New Deal With Amazon Prime Video is a Game Changer (Bloomberg)

The tech giant’s move to waive commissions on certain video content sold on its phones may be the first step toward lower fees for other app developers.... More

FCC Sets 6GHz Wi-Fi Vote for April 23, Opening Door to Wi-Fi 6E (VentureBeat)

As gigabit-class cellular networks continue to spread across the world, hardware makers have been itching to upgrade the speeds of home and office Wi-Fi networks — the technology... More

Jeffrey Katzenberg’s Quibi is Ready to Launch, but Will Viewers Bite? (Variety)

Quibi has spent more than $1 billion so far gearing up for what founder Jeffrey Katzenberg touts as a category-defining pay-TV service of the future, uniquely built for smartphones... More

T-Mobile, Sprint Complete Merger, John Legere Steps Down as CEO (The Verge)

T-Mobile officially owns Sprint. The merger was formally completed today after clearing a number of legal hurdles over the last year, including a Department of Justice review and l... More

Peacock Loses Olympics But Vast Library Provides Timely Launchpad (THR)

The NBCUniversal-backed streamer will become widely available July 15 with 15,000 hours of programming: "Their launch platform is now going to be the fact that everybody is home an... More

Video Streaming to TVs Soared 85% in U.S. in First Three Weeks of March (Variety)

During the coronavirus pandemic, Americans are staying home — and, as you would expect, they’re streaming more than ever. U.S. consumers’ viewing of streaming has continued t... More

eSports Gain Prominence as Major Leagues Go Dark (THR)

With the NBA, NHL, MLB and NFL all currently inactive, virtual sports tournaments now stand alone in a vacant market, and organizations are taking advantage as dealmaking heats up ... More