Google Wants to Turn YouTube Into a Virtual Reality Hub
First it created a cardboard device that turns a phone into a VR headset. Next: making it easier to create VR videos and find VR content on YouTube
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Will NBC’s ‘Aquarius’ Be Just the First Binge Bow in Primetime?
Forgive the cynics among us if they sense an ulterior motive behind NBC’s unprecedented move to make available all the episodes of the new drama series “Aquarius” via various VOD platforms immediately after its premiere tonight. What may seem an audacious release strategy could also be interpreted as just a creative spin on the kind of unceremonious dumping of series in which networks don’t have much faith, a common practice in the summer months.
Netflix, HBO Streaming Video Traffic Increases As BitTorrent Declines
A new report released today shows the continued domination Netflix has on North American Internet traffic patterns. According to broadband networking company Sandvine, which periodically releases its findings on web usage, Netflix now accounts for 36.5 percent of downstream traffic on fixed networks during peak evening hours, which is up from the 34.9 percent reported in the second half of 2014 .
Getting our hands dirty with the Nvidia Shield Android TV set-top box
My whole family gathered around the television recently to play a game on the Nvidia Shield set-top box, a beefy Android machine with a high-end processor that is capable of running some of the graphically intense games made. Our first choice: Pac-Man. We downloaded the beloved game from my childhood in a minute or so over our cable modem connection and then launched it on a big-screen TV. Soon, we were laughing and competing to get the high score.
How Sephora blended a stand-out beauty video strategy
In March, Sephora’s Digital Innovation Lab opened for business in San Francisco, securing the company’s position as the frontrunner in digitizing the beauty retail space.
Your iPhone Now Has Virtual Reality, Compliments of Google
Cardboard is the first major VR platform to arrive on the iPhone. But will it be the one that matters most?
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Google Sells 17 Million Chromecast Devices, Clocks 1.5 Billion Casts
Google has finally announced actual sales figures for its Chromecast streaming stick: Consumers have bought 17 million Chromecasts ever since the device got first introduced two years ago, announced Google’s senior VP of products Sundar Pichai at the company’s I/O developer conference in San Francisco Thursday.
Google’s Chromecast turns your TV into a game board, race track, or dance floor — without a console
The Chromecast has seen rapid growth by enabling people to watch videos and photos from laptops on a TV. Consumers are viewing 66 percent more content per day via Chromecast than when it launched in July 2013. And now Google is making it easier for developers to build games that allow us to use our mobile gadgets to play games on our TVs, mainly by shifting them from the tiny screens of smartphones and tablets to the big screens in our living rooms.
’19 Kids and Counting’ Removed From Hulu
Hulu has removed “19 Kids and Counting” from its streaming library in the wake of the child molestation scandal surrounding the reality show, Variety has confirmed.
New TV, Movies on Hulu in June: ‘Seinfeld,’ ‘The Bridge,’ ‘Lars and the Real Girl’
Giddy up! All nine seasons of Seinfeld will finally be available for streaming on Hulu at the end of June, just in time for you to have your own “Summer of George”-like weekend of decompression and binge-watching.
HBO Now Coming to Google Play and Chromecast
HBO Now, the premium cable programmer’s standalone streaming service, will be available this summer in the Google Play store for a range of Android devices including Chromecast.
Google Play Tries to Woo Parents With New Family Features
Google wants to make it easier for parents and their kids to find appropriate content on Google Play: The company is adding special family sections to the apps, games and movies and TV sections of its digital storefront, and also broken out children’s books in a new section of Goole Play Books.
Oscar-Winning ‘Feast’ Director Creating 360-Degree Short Film for Google (Exclusive)
Aardman’s story is inspired by Hitchcock’s ‘Rear Window;’ Oscar winner Patrick Osborne’s short is told entirely in a car.
Vice’s HBO Doc ‘Killing Cancer’ Leads to $2 Million in Donations (Exclusive)
Three months after airing on HBO, Vice documentary Killing Cancer has helped generate more than $2 million in cancer research donations.
KLM wins Best in Show at the Digiday Content Marketing Awards
360i cleaned up at the second annual Digiday Content Marketing Awards this evening, taking home three awards for Best Content Marketing Agency, Best New Product Launch, and Best Use of Twitter. Royal Dutch Airlines took home the award for Best In Show for iFly KLM Magazine.