Opinions & Analysis
Virtual reality headsets are set to take off. Here’s how the market will grow.
There’s been a lot of buzz recently around virtual reality (VR) and its potential as a new hardware device and software platform. The technology, which immerses the user in a computer-generated simulation of an environment, projects highly visual imagery in full 3D.
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Streaming Video News
You can now watch the ‘Netflix for pirated movies’ right from your web browser
Popcorn Time has come to be known as a sort of “Netflix for pirated movies,” but up until now you’ve always had to download the somewhat dubious Popcorn Time application to start streaming films.
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New on Snapchat, Music Videos
Over the last year, Josh Legg, an electronic musician who performs under the name Goldroom, has noticed a change in how his fans interact with him online. More have turned from Twitter to Snapchat, the mobile app on which short messages digitally self-destruct after a few seconds.
The Beginning of the End for Baseball Blackouts?
Consider the plight of the Yankee fan. If she lives in Brooklyn, she can watch her home team on television — most games air on the team’s YES Network, a cable channel — but not on Major League Baseball’s online-streaming service, which is subject to local blackouts.
YouTube Wrongly Forced to Remove Anti-Muslim Movie Trailer, Appeals Court Rules
An anti-Muslim movie trailer that set off protests in 2012 returned to the spotlight on Monday when a federal appeals court ruled that YouTube should not have been forced to remove the crude video from its website.
Google’s ‘kid-friendly’ app YouTube Kids shows some very grown-up videos
Two consumer groups have found some pretty appallingly adult content in Google’s ostensibly child-friendly video app, YouTube Kids.
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DreamWorks Animation Exec Brad Woods Joins Viz Media, ‘Sailor Moon’ Anime Distributor, as CMO
Viz Media, a North American distributor of manga and anime, named Brad Woods — previously with DreamWorks Animation — its new chief marketing officer.
Oculus Has No Plans to Block Virtual Reality Porn
Facebook-owned Oculus VR has no plans to prevent the adult entertainment industry from using its Rift virtual reality headset, which is scheduled to launch as a consumer product within the first quarter of 2016, according to Oculus founder Palmer Luckey.
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Behind Apple’s Move to Shelve TV Plans
Investor Carl Icahn said he expects Apple Inc. to introduce an ultra-high-definition television in 2016. But after nearly a decade of research, Apple quietly shelved plans to make such a set more than a year ago, according to people familiar with the matter.
Beyoncé and Nicki Minaj Live the Fabulous Life in New Tidal-Exclusive ‘Feeling Myself’ Video
Criticism-plagued music company Tidal got a huge boost yesterday from Nicki Minaj and (Tidal equity owner) Beyoncé, who released a video for Minaj’s song “Feeling Myself” exclusively on the streaming service.
Mobcrush Seeded by Lions Gate, Others to Build a Twitch for Mobile
Lions Gate Entertainment Corp.LGF +0.76% and other investors are bankrolling a startup that live streams mobile games to enthusiasts who love watching “Minecraft” as much as others like watching football.