Sony’s Online TV Service Expands to Los Angeles, San Francisco
Sony is expanding its over the top service. PlayStation Vue, currently available in New York, Chicago and Philadelphia, is expanding to San Francisco and Los Angeles effective immediately, the company announced at its pre-E3 press conference.
The Next Web http://tnw.co/1GKlXcK
The Verge http://bit.ly/1Cb3iRY
Opinions & Analysis
You’re shooting video wrong and other lessons from Snapchat
Evan Spiegel is having a “nerve-wracking” week. That’s one of the many things the 25-year-old Snapchat CEO shared with Adweek in a profile published Monday. And he’s feeling flustered for good reason: The wunderkind is heading to Cannes for the first time ever to speak in front of a crowd of 6,000-plus advertising executives in an attempt to make the app profitable.
Why Netflix will rule the video streaming world
Netflix continues its global domination in the TV streaming industry, and revenue in that market is expected to double by 2020.
USA Today http://usat.ly/1J1DWO5
Alibaba Is Officially Every Tech Giant Rolled Into One
Alibaba is already big. But its ambitions are much — much — bigger. That fact became crystal clear this week when the Chinese tech giant announced that in two months it’s launching a new streaming video service called TBO, short for Tmall Box Office.
Deals & Signings
Supergravity Pictures, Vimeo Inks Four-Film Deal
Supergravity Pictures has signed a deal with Vimeo that will ensure digital distribution of four filams over the next year.
Streaming Video News
China’s iQIYI Serves Up 5 Million Online Video Subscribers
Chinese online video company iQIYI Tuesday revealed that it has over 5 million paid-for subscribers to its premium VoD system.
Netflix Launched New Website to All Members
Netflix began rolling out its new website design to all of the its members around the globe Monday. The new site features bigger images, more animations and is supposed to feel “more like an app and less like a series of linked Web pages” according to a blog post from Netflix’s director of product innovation Cameron Johnson.
The PS4’s new media player is perfect for torrents
Sony is finally adding a dedicated media player app to the PS4, announcing the news via a blog post before its E3 press conference. PS4 users will see the new app’s icon appear in their console’s content area — they simply select it to download the software from the PS Store.
The Verge http://bit.ly/1MZdFyt
‘Catastrophe’ Makes Its American Debut on Facebook, Not Amazon Prime U.K. pilot available 48 hours starting tonight
British comedy Catastrophe will make its American debut this evening on Facebook.
While the first season will be available Friday on Amazon Prime, the 24-minute debut episode hits Facebook at 7 p.m. ET today and will be available for 48 hours. The “virtual screening party” is also expected to include engagement with the series’ stars and writers, Rob Delaney and Sharon Horgan. The episode will include the hashtag bug #CatastropheTV.
From YouTube to the Big Screen: A Transgender Actress’ Journey
During childhood, transgender actress Michelle Hendley would go to school and play pretend, picturing herself with a long ponytail and a girl’s outfit. Hendley, 24, starred in the critically acclaimed independent movie “Boy Meets Girl,” a trans-themed coming of age tale, alongside Twilight Saga film series actor Michael Welch.
10 things that totally blew our minds at E3 so far
Los Angeles — Big reveals from the video game show E2 have been coming fast and furious — and things haven’t even officially started yet.
Every Friday, a dozen or so people strap on virtual reality headsets, log on to the Internet and do something that would normally require driving to a local multiplex: watch a movie with a bunch of strangers.
TV & Digital Vet Jordan Levin Named NFL’s Chief Content Officer
Levin will be charged with developing and implementing content for the league’s owned properties, including the NFL Network and NFL Now online platforms, according to the Wall St. Journal. He also will oversee the Super Bowl Halftime Show and work with other media partners that broadcast NFL games.
Meta35 helps film shooters sync and embed metadata with scanned photos
If you think it’s a challenge to organize your digital photos, you may find it a walk in the park compared to managing shots from your film camera. Yes, some photographers still shoot film and scan their images, but without the kind of metadata that automatically accompanies digital camera shots, tracking essential information like shutter speed, exposure, and time of day means starting from scratch with laborious data input.
The Next Web http://tnw.co/1BfISMC
Microsoft’s 10 most important E3 2015 announcements
Microsoft managed an unusually smooth keynote at E3 2015. It adroitly stayed away from less popular topics like Xbox apps and the Kinect (which was totally absent) and included crowd-pleasing announcements like the option to play Xbox 360 games on the Xbox One.
The Verge http://bit.ly/1GpSun4