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Tech Retail on a Roll (Twice)

After a period of fits and starts, figures from the U.S. Census Bureau and a powerful second-quarter earnings report from Walmart confirm what we’re hearing anecdotally: that tec... More

Microsoft’s Walmart Partnership Isn’t About Retail — It’s About Streaming (VentureBeat)

It’s now less about the hardware and more about the back-end technology that will be able to support live-streaming across the country. Even with high-speed connections and respo... More

ESPN+ Takes Exclusive FA Cup Rights in U.S. (SportsPro)

ESPN+, the over-the-top (OTT) video streaming subscription service available in the US, provided by sports broadcaster ESPN, has signed a multi-year deal to become the exclusive ri... More

Amazon and Twitter Want to Bring You More Sports (Bloomberg)

Amazon and Twitter are exploring ways to bring more sports content to customers -- including personalized notifications of live events -- seeking to lure a larger number of viewers... More

How Close are We to the End of the Gaming Console? (Washington Post)

The measuring stick for success among the big three gaming companies of Sony, Microsoft and Nintendo has long been a question of how many consoles they have sold. But all three hav... More

Youku, Irdeto Team to Offer Secure, Premium Content to China (Rapid TV News)

Youku calculates that in 2018, OTT services in China will draw over 229 million viewers and then triple in size within the next five years. In order to take advantage of this, Youk... More

YouTube Offers Cash If Stars Stump for New Features (Bloomberg)

YouTube wants to prove to its biggest stars that the popular video service is more than just an advertising business. The Google-owned company is paying talent upfront sums to use ... More

ESPN+ Nets Exclusive Deals to Bring Global Football to U.S. (RTN)

ESPN+ has reached a multi-year media agreement for three more top-division international football leagues – Australia’s Hyundai A-League and Westfield W-League, the Chinese Sup... More

DC Entertainment’s New Streaming, Digital Comics Service Pops Up on Google Play (TechCrunch)

DC Universe’s digital subscription and streaming service has just appeared on Google Play, ahead of its planned fall 2018 release. Announced in late June, the service includes a ... More

Ooyala: Three Key Technology Areas for Premier League (Rapid TV News)

Football clubs are increasingly using apps to offer highlights on-demand and exclusive content for fans. Ooyala adds that mobile is the best way to allow fans to see what action th... More

Report: SVOD Subscriptions Set to Accelerate in U.S. (Rapid TV News)

The number of SVOD subscriptions in the US will climb to 208 million in 2023, up from 132 million in 2017, according to a new report. That means that penetration will go from 111.5... More

3 Big Questions About Jeffrey Katzenberg’s Billion-Dollar Gamble on Premium Mobile TV (Variety)

Jeffrey Katzenberg and Meg Whitman will build it. Will the world’s smartphone-carrying masses come? The plan is to create a mobile-specific subscription entertainment service, st... More

Comcast Considers a Streaming Service That Will Pay You to Watch (FastCompany)

The strategy behind online video services is expanding to marketing ploy. According to a report in The Information, Comcast’s NBCUniversal is considering launching a streaming se... More

Report: Shopping by Voice Muted (Twice)

Talk of voice shopping’s ascendency may be a little premature. Despite studies showing double-digit growth in “v-commerce,” a new report by tech journal The Information sugge... More

VR, AR, FAANGs and OTT … What Comes Next for the Sports Industry? (SportsPro)

Making sense of the trends of today is crucial to understanding what might happen tomorrow. Nowhere does that mantra ring truer than in the fast-moving point at which sport meets t... More

Facebook Now Requiring Pages with Large U.S. Audiences to Go Through Additional Authorization (TechCrunch)

Facebook today announced it’s implementing a new measure to secure Facebook Pages with large U.S. followings in order to make it harder for people to administer a Page using a ... More

David Nevins: Streaming Has Been a Boon to Showtime (Los Angeles Times)

CBS’ premium cable channel Showtime is fighting the cord-cutting tide. Showtime President David Nevins said Monday at the Television Critics Assn. press tour in Beverly Hills tha... More

Microsoft Becomes Disney-Owned Movies Anywhere’s Sixth Retail Partner (Variety)

It’s official: Digital movie collection service Movies Anywhere, owned and operated by Disney, has added Microsoft Movies and TV as its sixth digital retail partner. Amazon Prime... More

Online Pay-to-Watch TV Surges Ahead in Great Britain (BBC News)

The use of commercial video streaming services has surged ahead in Great Britain, according to official figures. Close to half of all adults said they had watched Netflix, Now TV, ... More

Disney’s Streaming Service Starts to Come Into Focus (CNBC)

Very little is known about Disneyflix, as some people in Hollywood are calling the Netflix-style streaming service that Disney plans to introduce late next year. How much will subs... More