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Roku CEO On Quibi Acquisition: “To Be Honest We Just Got a Good Deal”

Roku CEO On Quibi Acquisition: “To Be Honest We Just Got a Good Deal”

BY ALEX WEPRIN | HollywoodReporter.Com Troy Warren for CNT "We are looking for shows that work well with the AVOD business model," Anthony Wood said of the company's future content plans. Roku plans to continue investing in original content, but don’t expect it to compete with Netflix or Disney. “As the scale grows, it just makes sense for us … to do some originals, and to start making some of our own content,” Roku CEO Anthony Wood said Friday. “The reason we do it is quite different than a traditional SVOD service. For those services customers pay a monthly fee, and they have to…
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Streaming Outdraws Broadcast TV, Nielsen Figures Say

Streaming Outdraws Broadcast TV, Nielsen Figures Say

BY RICK PORTER | HollywoodReporter.Com Troy Warren for CNT In a big break from the past, Netflix endorses the ratings service's findings on total TV usage. The notion that streaming is the new broadcasting just got a big piece of data to back it up. Nielsen has released a new measure of TV usage that shows streaming platforms pulled in a bigger share of viewers’ time in May than broadcast networks did. Netflix and YouTube alone make up 12 percent of the time Americans spend in front of their TVs, the ratings service says. Per a measurement of different platforms Nielsen is calling “The Gauge,”…
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Why Are Streaming Platforms Crashing Before Popular Finales?

Why Are Streaming Platforms Crashing Before Popular Finales?

BY J. CLARA CHAN | HollywoodReporter.Com Troy Warren for CNT Showtime, HBO Max and Disney+ all had service outages ahead of season finales or live events, but user volume isn't always to blame. If you were on Twitter on the night of May 30, also known as the Mare of Easttown finale night, you may have believed that HBO Max failed at its one job. Dozens and dozens of viewers who were anxiously awaiting a conclusion to the Kate Winslet–starring drama shared disgruntled messages and photos of their TV screens and mobile devices emblazoned with the message, “Content Not Available.” In the streaming era, consumers have become…
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Spotify Launches Clubhouse Competitor and Creator Fund for Live Interactive Audio

Spotify Launches Clubhouse Competitor and Creator Fund for Live Interactive Audio

BY J. CLARA CHAN | HollywoodReporter.Com Troy Warren for CNT The service will begin giving out payouts to eligible live audio creators this summer. Spotify on Wednesday launched its Clubhouse competitor, the Spotify Greenroom, and opened up applications for a creator fund for live audio creators on the platform. The launch comes three months after Spotify acquired Betty Labs, the developer behind the social audio app Locker Room. The redesigned live audio feature, Greenroom, is available in over 135 markets on iOS and Android and will allow any Spotify user to host or participate in live rooms. Creators focused on live audio will also be able to apply for…
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CNN to Sell NFTs of Its Historic News Coverage

CNN to Sell NFTs of Its Historic News Coverage

BY ALEX WEPRIN | HollywoodReporter.Com Troy Warren for CNT The WarnerMedia-owned cable news channel is branching into the burgeoning NFT space with a new offering it is calling the "Vault by CNN." This … is a non-fungible token of CNN. The WarnerMedia-owned cable news channel is branching into the burgeoning NFT space with a new offering it is calling the “Vault by CNN.” Beginning in late June, the company will “mint” NFTs on the Flow blockchain of memorable moments from CNN’s 41-year history. It will then sell them to the public as digital collectibles. The first batch of news “moments” is TBD, but the company says it…
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Amazon Echo Show 5 (2nd gen) review: Still better than an Echo Dot

Amazon Echo Show 5 (2nd gen) review: Still better than an Echo Dot

Dale Smith | CNET.Com Troy Warren for CNT If you need a full-featured Alexa smart screen, get a bigger Echo Show 8. But if all you want is an inexpensive Alexa speaker, spring for an Echo Show 5. Of all the various Alexa devices, none seems so misunderstood as the lowly Echo Show 5, which Amazon updated last week with a better camera and another color option -- blue ($85 when not on sale -- a $5 decrease from the previous generation; it's £75 in the UK and currently unavailable in Australia). It's doubtful even the new chameleon-skinned Echo Show Kids…
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YouTube Bans Ads for Politics, Alcohol, Prescription Drugs and Gambling on Homepage

YouTube Bans Ads for Politics, Alcohol, Prescription Drugs and Gambling on Homepage

BY J. CLARA CHAN | HollywoodReporter.Com Troy Warren for CNT Beginning on Monday, advertisers will have a new set of restrictions on the types of ads they can place on the "most prominent" slot on YouTube's home page. YouTube has banned ads related to politics, alcohol, prescription drugs and gambling from its “most prominent” ad slot on the homepage, according to updated guidelines posted to Google’s advertising support page on Monday. Ads that depict or refer to alcohol, prescription drugs and gambling will not be allowed on the homepage. Political ads that endorse a candidate for office will also be outright banned, but others that are related…
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