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Disney’s New Lion King is the VR-Fueled Future of Cinema (Wired)

The Lion King was filmed entirely in virtual reality (well, save a single photographed shot). All the locations you know from the original exist, but not as practical sets or files... More

Why Consumers are Already Losing in the Streaming Wars (Variety)

Big media has inadvertently come up with a way to lasso cord-cutters. As Walt Disney, NBCUniversal and AT&T’s WarnerMedia work furiously to stand out in the streaming-video arena... More

Avid Brings Music Distribution to a Quarter Million Avid Link App Users (MESA)

Avid has introduced AvidPlay, a new music distribution service for its Avid Link app that enables artists, producers and music labels to easily and affordably get their music heard... More

Verizon Launches Fifth Mobile 5G City, First MiFi Device (Light Reading)

Verizon lit up St. Paul, Minn., as its fifth mobile 5G city, along with its first 5G MiFi device, designed to serve the milllimeter wave network. As is typical of higher frequency ... More

ITV, BBC Set Out Plans for New Streaming Service (BBC News)

The broadcasters are joining forces to set up the subscription service in the UK. It will cost £5.99 per month in HD, launching between October and the end of December. New progra... More

From a Thousand Stations and Nothing On to Streaming’s Infinite Choice (Forbes)

While the idea of on-demand access to entertainment seems second nature to today’s netizens, it represented a fundamental transformation from the previous era. Rather than extern... More

Mobile Data Monetization Remains Strong Among U.S. Mobile Operators (Verdict)

The U.S. mobile market has been experiencing a rapid acceleration in data consumption due to the increasing demand for video and multimedia as well as operators’ commercial empha... More

How ‘Fortnite’ Fans Can Earn Loot by Watching YouTube Videos (Variety)

Epic Games and YouTube have teamed up with a special offer for “Fortnite” players — giving players of the popular battle-royale game rewards when they watch “Fortnite”-pr... More

Quality Content Delivers, But How Can Advertisers Find It? (Media Post)

The problem with internet advertising is that there's just so much content to advertise against that prices are crazily low. Anyone wanting a higher price per thousand sets of eyeb... More

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Bitmax Signs Content Management, Services Deal With High Octane Pictures (MESA)

Bitmax has signed a multi-year agreement to provide content management and services to High Octane Pictures. As part of the deal, Bitmax will help High Octane maximize the revenue ... More

BTI, Technicolor Make Broadcast Tech Innovation Awards Shortlist (MESA)

Broadcast has revealed the full shortlist of entries for its inaugural Broadcast Tech Innovation Awards. The awards, which honour collaboration, innovation and creativity in produc... More

After ‘Friends,’ The Office’ Megadeals, Stars Want Their Slice of Streaming Money (THR)

As bidding wars escalate for popular library shows (with 'Seinfeld' next), TV studios are bringing reps for creators and some actors into the process to avoid lawsuits and make sur... More

YouTube’s Exclusive MLB Coverage Begins Streaming (Engadget)

Earlier this year YouTube announced an exclusive 13-game streaming deal with Major League Baseball - and it's starting today.... More

Netflix to Roll Out a Lower-Priced Subscription Plan in India (TechCrunch)

Netflix said on Wednesday that it will roll out a cheaper subscription plan in India, one of the last great growth markets for global companies, as the streaming giant scrambles to... More

Cord-Stacking on the Rise (TVB Europe)

Cord-stacking is on the rise according to a new report, with an increasing number of households subscribing to combinations of pay-TV and SVoD services.... More

The Problem With France’s Plan to Tax Digital Companies (HBR)

France recently approved a 3% tax on revenues generated by large digital companies in its territory, a move that is now being investigated as a potentially unfair trade practice by... More

Cognizant Names Sandra Wijnberg to Board of Directors (MESA)

Cognizant announced that Sandra Wijnberg has been appointed to its Board as a new independent director, effective July 16, 2019. Ms. Wijnberg was most recently an Executive Advisor... More

First Look Media’s Topic Plans to Launch Subscription VOD Service (Variety)

Can Topic execute a solid pivot into premium video? The digital storytelling outlet of Pierre Omidyar’s First Look Media thinks it can put together a niche Netflix-style subscrip... More

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