December 2, 2016Netflix Adds Offline Viewing
Big news for Netflix this week... the streaming video giant finally announced the addition of offline viewing this week - a feature that has been long requested from users. The new offline feature will allow users to download select video content onto their tablets and smartphones, and view at their convenience, regardless of an online connection. Netflix has begun adding the new 'download' buttons to their original content, and are expected to continue to add to the list of available offline content as they work out new licensing arrangements with the various content distributors. According to TechCrunch, content will "vary region-to-region, but there should be plenty to get you started for your commute or long-haul flight. You can also select from two different quality options, depending on whether you want to prioritize video quality or device storage space." Read more on the Netflix update here.
December 1, 2016Apple Rolls Out Student Pricing
This week Apple Music announced that they will now offer their competitive 'student pricing' deal in nearly 2 dozen new countries, including Canada, Japan, France and China. The deal (which rolled out in May to the U.S., U.K., Australia, Germany, Ireland, New Zealand ...
November 30, 2016Taylor Swift Gets Streaming TV Channel
AT&T announced this week that Taylor Swift will be getting her own channel on their upcoming streaming TV service, DirecTV Now. The channel, called Taylor Swift NOW, will feature curated and exclusive videos, concert performances and behind-the-scenes footage. ...
November 28, 2016Media Reach Among US Teens
eMarketer just published a revealing study on the digital media habits of US kids. The study estimates that about 62% of kids ages 0-11 will use the Internet at least once a month this year - which is lower than teens and adults, but still very substantial. And a lot ...
November 18, 2016Warner Bros Acquires Machinima
It was announced this week that Warner Bros. has acquired fandom digital programmer Machinima. The terms of the deal were not announced but the acquisition will give Warner Bros. full control of Machinima, which is estimated to be valued at around $100 million. ...
November 17, 2016Amazon Music Launches Family Plan
This week streaming music platform Amazon Music Unlimited launched their own Family Plan, which will allow up to 6 people to share an account for $14.99/month. This pricing remains the same for all customers, regardless of whether or not they are Prime members (the ...
November 16, 2016YouTube Launches VR App
YouTube just launched a new standalone virtual reality app which will "turn every video on the platform into an immersive one". The new app will be available via Google's VR platform Daydream on compatible smartphones, and feature content from a variety of creators, ...
November 15, 2016WhatsApp Launches Video Calling
This week Facebook-owned chat app WhatsApp launched video calling for all users. Video calling had been a longtime requested feature of WhatsApp's over 1 billion users, and will definitely help the company compete with similar apps like Skype and FaceTime, who already ...
November 10, 2016Sony PlayStation Vue Drops Viacom
This week Sony announced that they would be dropping Viacom channels from their TV streaming service, Sony PlayStation Vue. Viacom was Sony's first partner with Vue, and until now channels like Comedy Central, MTV and CMT were available on all paid levels of the ...
November 9, 2016Vevo Launches GIF Maker
This week Vevo launched a new tool which will allow users to turn music videos into GIFs. The tool takes 5 second snippets from Vevo videos and converts them into looping GIFs (complete with text overlays) that can then be shared via Facebook and Twitter. According to ...