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8K TV Shipments to Reach 2 Million by 2020 (Twice)

Just as the UHD/4K TV set market heats up, a research firm is predicting that the next wave — 8K — is not far behind. With the debut of 8K TVs now making their way to the marke... More

CTA: Holiday Tech Spending on Track to Rise 3.4% This Year, to $96.1B (Twice)

U.S. technology spending during this year’s holiday season is expected to reach a record $96.1 billion, according to the Consumer Technology Association (CTA), an increase of 3.4... More

Steve Ballmer Aims to Reinvent Watching Sports on TV with Clippers CourtVision (Variety)

When he was the CEO at Microsoft over a decade ago, Steve Ballmer dreamed of bringing interactivity to TV. He explored the possibilities of innovating everywhere from scripted ente... More

The Future of How We Watch Sports is in Limbo – Until 2021 (Quartz)

People aren’t ready to abandon watching sports on TV, yet. Internet streaming-video services for live sports are biding time, buying up the rights to sports like cricket, boxing,... More

Hulu Eyes Cheaper Live TV Bundles That Strip Out Entertainment Cable Networks (Variety)

Hulu wants to cater to a new crowd of pay-TV “cord-shavers” with stripped-down, less-expensive live television bundles that include sports, news and on-demand content — dropp... More

Consumers Embracing OTT Video, But Confusion Remains (MediaPost)

Consumers — including linear pay-TV subscribers — are embracing streaming over-the-top video services, but there is still confusion around the content available on OTT, among o... More

Amazon’s New Content Chief Explains How She’s Battling Netflix (CNBC)

Jennifer Salke wouldn't say how much Amazon is spending. As her business grows, she has a long list of competitors, including all the traditional TV networks and the multitude of s... More

How Netflix Expanded to 190 Countries in 7 Years (HBR)

Netflix’s global growth is a big factor in the company’s success. By 2017 it was operating in over 190 countries, and today close to 73 million of its some 130 million subscrib... More

eSports and Live Culture: A Major New Movement (Techonomy)

From esports to HQ Trivia to Peloton, “live” platforms and brands are becoming a cultural phenomenon. The role of spectators and participants are blurring, and this is changing... More

Report: eSports 2.0 Has Arrived (Twice)

The category, which The Diffusion Group described as “silently exploding, out of the mainstream eye for years,” is grabbing widespread industry attention in part because of its... More

Taking a Page from HBO, FX and AMC Expand Their Ad-Free Streaming Offerings to All Subscribers (Adweek)

Last year, FX and AMC rolled out new offerings that gave subscribers ad-free access to their shows for an additional monthly fee. But initially, FX+ and AMC Premiere were available... More

IBM, Intel Help Fund San Diego Blockchain Lab (Government Technology)

Tech giants are funding the launch of a research lab at UC San Diego to unravel the mysteries around blockchain, a new way of writing software that’s sweeping industries around t... More

Adobe Launches ‘Wireframe’ Podcast in Partnership with Gimlet Creative (Dexigner)

Adobe has announced a new podcast in partnership with Gimlet Creative exploring the biggest questions facing UX and UI designers today. Launching on October 9, Wireframe will discu... More

Apple May Enlist UK Telecom Giant BT to Jumpstart its TV Strategy (Engadget)

Apple has been laying the groundwork for its entry into TV services for a while. Now, however, it might recruit one of the UK's largest telecoms to help out. The Daily Telegraph so... More

Microsoft Will Roll Out Video Game Streaming Service in 2019 (Fortune)

Microsoft is joining the streaming revolution, announcing plans to launch a game streaming service through its Xbox console. Project xCloud will let players stream Xbox One games t... More

Walmart’s Vudu Orders MGM Shows for Free, Ad-Supported Video Service (Variety)

Walmart, America’s biggest bricks-and-mortar retailer, is taking its first crack at original entertainment. Vudu, the company’s streaming-video arm, has struck a partnership w... More

Virtual Sales is on the Rise – Research Tells Us Why (Salesforce Blog)

Virtual sales is on the rise — and no, we're not talking about robots taking sales jobs. In fact, with the rise of artificial intelligence (AI) there's never been a better time f... More

Gen Z ‘More Receptive’ to Advertising Than Older Generations (Media Post)

A funny thing is happening with “Gen Z,” the generation growing up in the wake of millennials. Whereas millennials are often thought to shun advertising, Gen Z appears willing ... More

Coming to a Living Room Near You: 8K (Twice)

Samsung this week planted its flag in the 8K consumer television world with initial shipments of its new 85-inch Q900 QLED television to select retailer. Samsung has built an AI-ba... More

CE Retail Confidence Rebounds Ahead of Holiday Shopping Season (Dealerscope)

A month after hitting a near-all-time-low, the Dealerscope CE Retail Confidence Index saw its largest ever month-over-month increase. Consumer electronics retailers checked in with... More