After securing two major deals with Universal Music Group and Sony/ATV, Facebook has signed three more significant music licensing agreements – this time with SESAC’s HFA/Rumblefish platform, Kobalt Music Publishing and Irving Azoff’s Global Music Rights.
Twitter continues to ramp up its live video content developed by premium publishers and media companies. The latest addition to the fold? Fox Sports, which will produce a 30-minute live daily show for Twitter of its coverage of the World Cup.
The VR video content, powered by Intel TrueVR, will be available to users of Windows, Samsung and Google VR headsets, and for Android and iOS devices through the NBC Sports VR app. It will be the first time VR content is produced for the winter games, and the first time any VR Olympics content will stream live.
Preparations for the legal fight over AT&T’s $85 billion Time Warner takeover suggest the antitrust case will focus heavily on the small screen, drawing much of its evidence from the companies’ video rivals.
European film and TV producers and distributors along with the major Hollywood studios will be breathing a sigh of relief after it emerged that the European Parliament voted to reject plans that would have likely abolished territory-by-territory sales of TV series and movies.
Media investors reacted Thursday to the blockbuster Disney-21st Century Fox deal, with stocks of big media companies ticking up in early trading as Wall Street processed the implications of the $54 billion pact.
The Walt Disney Co. agreed on Thursday to buy major parts of 21st Century Fox in a $52.4 billion all-stock deal, a dramatic example of Hollywood companies joining forces amid growing competition from digital powerhouses, like Netflix and Amazon.
BMG is expanding into music-related film and TV production, spearheaded by the Joan Jett documentary Bad Reputation, which will premiere at the Sundance film festival in January.
Comcast is interested in accessing the operator’s pay TV technology, which it views as having a leg up over local European competition in much the way Comcast’s X1 is superior to most other video platforms in the U.S.
One year after launch, Facebook says that Instant Games has more than 70 titles available, though it’s not clear how many people are actually playing these games, nor how lucrative they are for developers.
The U.S. Justice Department’s antitrust lawsuit to block AT&T Inc. from buying Time Warner Inc. will go to trial March 19, a later date than the companies had sought to begin their epic legal fight with the government.