Alibaba is getting ready to launch the Netflix of China
Alibaba Group Holding Ltd will launch an online video streaming service in China in about two months, hoping to emulate the U.S.’s Netflix Inc and HBO, the firm’s head of digital entertainment said on Sunday.
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Opinions & Analysis
TV Review: ‘Orange Is The New Black,’ Season 3
As usual, “Orange” — chronicling the various travails involving the occupants of a women’s prison and those charged with overseeing them — is all over the place, operating on so many fronts that there’s inevitably a bit of unevenness to the quality of the stories.
Mark Cuban explains why downloading Snapchat is a huge mistake
Billionaire entrepreneur and “Shark Tank” cohost Mark Cuban stopped by the office to talk about a number of topics. In this video he explains why apps like Snapchat are not secure and how any message you send can come back to haunt you.
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AOL Says Its Programmatic Ad Platform Is Shaking Up Australian TV Market
Last year, the Australian cable company MCN announced plans to start selling TV ad space from dozens of top networks through AOL ‘sAOL +0.04% “programmatic” ad software. Now, a month after kicking off that initiative, MCN says it is generating 1% of its ad revenue via AOL’s programmatic platform, and expects that number to reach 5% by the end of the year.
Oculus’ Brendan Iribe describes how they created ‘magical’ Oculus Touch virtual-reality controllers
Oculus VR chief Brendan Iribe went on stage on Thursday to describe the final version of the Oculus Rift virtual-reality headset that will ship to consumers in early 2016. That headset will come bundled with an Xbox One wireless controller, but Facebook’s Oculus division will also sell an Oculus Touch control system that enables you to translate more hand gestures into inputs for the virtual world.
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Streaming Video News
Video Streamer Viki, China’s Huala Baina Film & TV Strike Content Deal
Crowd-subtitled, multilingual video streaming platform Viki has signed a multi-year strategic partnership with China’s Beijing Hualu Baina Film & TV (HBN), which will give international audiences access to TV dramas such as The Dream of Red Mansions and We Love You, Mr. Jin.
Cutting the Cord: A new user interface coming to Netflix on the Web
Netflix is getting a makeover on the Web. All subscribers to the popular video-streaming service are likely to get the new interface next month, but Netflix is letting a subset of its members — including this journalist — test the updated software.
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YouTube Gaming Service Launching to Battle Amazon’s Twitch
Now comes YouTube Gaming, which will have a dedicated page for each of more than 25,000 games, including live streams for each title, ranging from “Asteroids” to “Zelda,” according to the Internet-video site.
USA Today http://usat.ly/1G7GZgK
YouTube Makes Video Games Easier to Find for Consumers and Advertisers
Youtube is launching an ad-supported mobile app and website dedicated to video game players, as gaming increasingly becomes popular among consumers and lucrative to marketers.
More than 25,000 games will have their own Internet pages on the platform, which is called YouTube Gaming and will be available later this summer in the United States and United Kingdom.
‘Smosh: The Movie’ Trailer Released
The film, rated PG-13, stars Ian Hecox and Anthony Padilla, the two childhood friends who created Smosh, which has more than 30 million followers across several channels. “Smosh: The Movie” is slated to premiere July 22 in L.A., to be followed by a fan screening July 23. It subsequently will be available from multiple digital distributors.
Sony’s VR Push Hinges On The Game We Thought We’d Never Play
It’s really my own fault for forgetting about the spiders. I’m calling them spiders because they had what any earthling would recognize as spiderlike qualities, but they weren’t spiders.