APOS: Iflix Revamps Video Streaming Model for Developing Markets

Asia-based streaming service, iflix is ditching its traditional subscription video model to replace it with a hybrid strategy that it says is better adapted to emerging markets. The iflix 3.0 model combines a free tier, a curated movie of the day, and a line-up of premium short-form content. “When we began iflix, we naively believed that the Western entertainment model […]

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Woman uses someone else’s urine for drug test, fails anyway

ST. CLAIRSVILLE, Ohio — An Ohio woman might want to ask some questions if she tries to borrow someone’s urine again to pass a drug test. WTOV-TV reports 24-year-old Kiana Wallace was sentenced to 18 months in prison Monday, in eastern Ohio’s Belmont County, after submitting a borrowed urine sample that tested positive for drugs. Wallace pleaded guilty earlier this […]

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APOS: China’s Booming Streaming Market is Opening to Specialty Platforms

The transformation of China’s video market is creating opportunities for new specialty players, as well as driving up content acquisition prices, says Thomas Hui, COO at CMC Holdings. Those trends are informing a portfolio consolidation at CMC Holdings’ parent company, China Media Capital. CMC has been a pioneering media investor in China, and includes Warner Bros. and WPP among its […]

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Lin-Manuel Miranda, ‘Game of Thrones’ win big at Webby Awards

LOS ANGELES — Lin-Manuel Miranda, “Game of Thrones” and a key figure in the #MeToo movement are among the winners of this year’s Webby Awards. Miranda won the Webby for public service and social activism for his work raising money for charities assisting Puerto Rico in the aftermath of Hurricane Maria. Susan Fowler, the former Uber employee whose harassment revelations […]

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Piracy 3.0: The Good, the Bad and Kodi (Guest Column)

The Good: Blockchain Joins the Fray When Hollywood filmmaker Jeremy Culver releases his next movie – the romantic indie comedy “No Postage Necessary” – in June, he will take title to having the first feature distributed with the help of blockchain technology. As Culver put it in a press release announcing his movie, “There are many advantages to blockchain distribution, […]

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Fitbit smartwatches back on the right track with Versa

After the hideous mis-step that was last year's Ionic, a smartwatch only it's mother could love, Fitbit is back with the Versa, and all is forgiven. The Versa is light and small, roughly the same size as an Apple Watch, and that makes it much smaller than most smartwatches on the market. The design of the Versa is simple; the […]

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Spotify beefs up free tier to attract more paying customers

Global music sales grew 8.1 percent last year — the third straight annual increase — and streaming for the first time became the largest single revenue source. Total sales spiked to $17.3 billion, with digital revenues accounting for 54 percent of the take, the International Federation of the Phonographic Industry said Tuesday. Into the growing streaming sector, Spotify, the world’s […]

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What to do when you need a TV for a mansion, resort or superyacht

It's pretty scary when you look down a pricelist for televisions and find one for 662,000 euros, or somewhere vaguely north of a million bucks. What's even scarier is finding that the next telly on the list is marked 'price on request'. C Seed specialises in tellies designed for the decks of superyachts, for the grounds of $5000-a-night resorts and […]

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Facebook finally explains why it bans some content, in 27 pages

Among the most challenging issues for Facebook is its role as the policeman for the free expression of its 2 billion users. Now the social network is opening up about its decision-making over which posts it decides to take down, and why. On Tuesday the company for the first time published the 27-page guidelines, called Community Standards, that it gives […]

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Netflix Might Soon Be Worth More Than Disney

Hollywood has been waiting to see when Netflix will downshift out of the fast lane — specifically, when it will stop burning tons of cash on an ever-expanding bonfire of original titles. That day is not coming anytime soon. Netflix could soon be worth more than Disney, which once was rumored to be a suitor, as it rides investor excitement […]

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