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Microsoft Isn’t Working on a Streaming-Only Xbox Right Now (Engadget)

Rumors may have pointed to Microsoft working on a cloud-centric Xbox console, but Head of Xbox, Phil Spencer, has confirmed that is not that the case. In an interview, the executiv... More

Amazon Launches Custom Interfaces for Alexa Skills to Deepen Connections With Games, Gadgets (VentureBeat)

Amazon has maintained a steady focus on connecting home devices with its Echo smart speakers, from forging ties with more than 60,000 smart home devices to efforts to make Alexa a ... More

Will a Merged ViacomCBS Boldly Go After Other Media Assets? (THR)

Bob Bakish and Joseph Ianniello will preside over a film and TV empire that brings together 'Star Trek' and 'Mission: Impossible' — but many believe it needs to go on a buying sp... More

CBS All Access and Pluto TV? A CBS-Viacom Streaming Strategy Must Now Take Shape (Variety)

Two households alike in dignity, once star-crossed Viacom and CBS are now set to enter yet another union, this one perhaps less brief than their last. Their imminent integration as... More

ViacomCBS CEO: We Have the Scale to Take on Disney, Netflix (CNBC)

Bob Bakish, the head of a newly combined CBS and Viacom, said the company has the scale to take on media rivals. In an interview with CNBC’s Andrew Ross Sorkin, Bakish cited Viac... More

CBS and Viacom Reach Merger Deal (CNBC)

CBS and Viacom have agreed to merge, ending years of on-and-off talks. The new company will be called ViacomCBS, and Viacom’s CEO, Bob Bakish, will be the CEO of the combined com... More

Verizon Sells Tumblr to WordPress Owner (CNBC)

Verizon is selling Tumblr, the blogging social network that Yahoo purchased for $1.1 billion, to the owner of WordPress for a small sum. WordPress parent Automattic will acquire Tu... More

Bringing Live 4K Streaming Sporting Events to Life at Scale (VDMS Blog)

Today, the vast majority of live and streaming content is either 720p or 1080p. Despite the widespread availability of affordable 4K screens, broadcasters are still struggling with... More

FCC Approves Another $137M to Expand Rural Broadband Access (Engadget)

The Federal Communications Commission has approved another $121 million in funding to bring broadband access to rural homes and businesses. It's the fourth round of support followi... More

Hear The Beatles’ Abbey Road in Hi-Res, Dolby Atmos (What HiFi)

A 50th anniversary edition of Abbey Road, The Beatles' penultimate album, will be released next month, with its 17 tracks mixed in stereo, hi-res stereo, 5.1 surround and Dolby Atm... More

Facebook Confirms News Tab Will Launch This Fall (CNBC)

Facebook confirmed it is working on a news tab to deliver “trustworthy news” to the social network’s users that will launch this fall. The tab would give news high prominence... More

Study: Streaming Video Hours More Than Doubled Since Last Year (FierceVideo)

With an influx of new streaming services from Disney, WarnerMedia and others, streaming video viewing time will likely only go up from here. But, new data shows it’s already risi... More

Facebook to Test Selling Video Subscriptions (Variety)

Facebook is dipping its toes into the subscription VOD waters — as an aggregator and reseller. The social giant is launching what it’s describing as a small-scale test to sell ... More

Why Cord Cutting Hasn’t Doomed Cable Companies (Fortune)

Some four million households per year are dropping their cable and satellite TV services—cutting the cord and relying on Internet alternatives—a trend which should continue for... More

Veritone One Launches Pay-Per-Performance Advertising Platform for Podcast, Social Media Influencers (MESA)

Veritone One announced the launch of Influencer Bridge, the first of a series of innovative new advertising services. Influencer Bridge is a pay-per-performance advertising platfor... More

U.S. Outshines Europe in Online Video Consumption (Rapid TV News)

The report has found that online video is growing strongly in the key US and European territories, though with marked difference between the two. The update for the second quarter ... More

Sony Music, FC Barcelona Partner For ‘Entertainment Experiences’ Combining Music, Soccer (Billboard)

The deal combines “big-name football stars and big-name music artists," according to Sony. FC Barcelona will also make use of the Sony Music catalogue for promotional content pro... More

After Music and TV, Where Will the Streaming Revolution Take Us Next? (WEF)

Streaming is a truly revolutionary breakthrough, both in business and in society generally. In that light, it is worth taking a look at where it has taken us and where it will take... More

TV Networks Stuff in More Commercials Despite Vows to Cut Back (Bloomberg)

Notice more TV ads lately? You’re not imagining it. The amount of commercial time on cable TV keeps increasing as networks try to make up for shrinking audiences by stuffing more... More

Report: TV Viewing Reached a 2-Year High in Q1 (MCN)

Overall TV viewership reversed a two-year downward usage trend in the first quarter, with the average viewer consuming six hours and 25 minutes of sweet, nourishing television per ... More