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Hulu and YouTube TV combine 750,000 subscribers in 2017

According to a report, Hulu and YouTube TV have combined to sign up about 750,000 online video subscribers last year. While Hulu boasts a staggering 450,000 live TV subscribers since launching its pay-TV service last May, YouTube TV, launched initially in a handful of markets last April has managed to sign up just over 300,000. …

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Facebook inks deal with Universal Music

Social media giant Facebook and record label Universal Music have joined hands for a multi-year deal which will help Facebook users share videos with the latter’s music in them. Universal, which is the unit of Vivendi SA, has rights to music from some eminent artists world over. Although both the companies have kept mum over …

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Amazon Prime Music and Spotify stand neck and neck in Germany

According to a report, Amazon Prime Music has 18% penetration in Germany when it comes to weekly active users and the data is too captivating for Amazon, as it is only a percent behind its Swedish counterpart, Spotify. While in Germany, Amazon has left Apple Music (7%) far behind, in the US and UK, Apple …

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Apple Music grows despite drop in streaming music payment rates

According to a report, with the increase in streaming consumption, the per-stream rate has been dropping each year and 2017 is no exception. The data is restricted to the calendar year 2017 and represents a mid-sized indie label with an approximately 200+ album catalog generating 200 million + streams annually. Spotify, which was paying .00521 …

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VOXI offers free data for Netflix and Apple Music

VOXI, as part of its SIM-only deal, is offering free video and music data passes for six months. The deal is only meant for user aged 25 or below. The Music Pass which costs  £5 a month can be used to play music on Spotify, TIDAL, Deezer, Napster, SoundCloud, Amazon Music Unlimited, and Prime Music. …

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Amazon Alexa transforms Radisson Studio room into Smart room

Hotel Park Inn by Radisson IP Extension has announced the launch of six voice-enabled studio rooms which have Amazon’s AI-powered Echo Dot devices installed. These rooms are touted to be “world’s first hotel rooms to have a complete automation of service requests and virtual control of TV & lighting fixtures.” The Alexa support will primarily …

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Hulu to focus on Shorter Videos to take on Facebook and YouTube

Hulu is well known for its streaming Video-on-Demand (VOD) service featuring full-length episodes of TV shows along with an array of original series. In 2018, Hulu, however, has planned to come up with short-form content whose primary objective is to counter Facebook and YouTube. According to Hulu, the new offering termed as “emerging content” would …

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Facebook inks music deal with GMR, Kobalt, and Indie Publishers

In its quest to become the alternative to YouTube, Facebook has joined hands with the YouTube’s most vocal critic Irving Azoff who has represented several popular music artists in the past. Tamara Hrivnak, Facebook’s head of music business development and partnerships, blogged, “Today, we are excited to announce that Global Music Rights, Irving Azoff’s US …

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Discovery partners Netflix for new channel

Discovery teams up with Netflix for its new Indian channel Discovery JEET which will be distributed by the later across 190 countries after the channel goes live on 12th February. In its first year, Discovery JEET is set to have 1000 hours of original programming. The channel will launch with five hours of daily programming, …

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Enabling User Generated Content on Muvi

Ever wondered why Facebook, Twitter, and YouTube are among the most visited domains in the world? If you said it’s because of their content volume, you’re most likely right. But if you were to compute how much of that content was created/acquired by these companies, you’d probably get an answer close to zero. Yet these …

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