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Tencent buying iflix streaming service

Jun 25, 2020 - 1:10 PM

Tencent says of the deal: 'This is in line with our strategy to expand our international streaming platform, WeTV, across Southeast Asia'

Quibi launching Hollywood 'on the go' streaming amid lockdown

Apr 06, 2020 - 3:58 PM

Tapping into the boom in mobile video viewing, all content will be delivered in clips of no more than 10 minutes or 'quick bites'

(FILES) In this file photo Quibi CEO Meg Whitman speaks about the short-form video streaming service for mobile Quibi during a keynote address January 8, 2020 at the 2020 Consumer Electronics Show (CES) in Las Vegas, Nevada. - Quibi, the multi-billion-dollar streaming platform launching Monday, is betting it can transform entertainment with short, Hollywood-quality clips to watch "on the go" -- even as much of the world is trapped at home. (Photo by Robyn Beck / AFP)

Netflix confirms mobile-only testing of playback speed controls

Oct 29, 2019 - 6:27 PM

The additional controls allow mobile users to slow down or speed up Netflix programming being viewed. Its possible release, however, will depend on feedback from testing.

Disney+ streaming service gets international launch date

Aug 20, 2019 - 9:55 AM

Disney+ finally heads to screens around the world late 2019

Netflix shares slide on disappointing subscriber growth

Jul 18, 2019 - 12:18 PM

Netflix says that it still sees long-term growth on target, dismissing concerns that consumers were gravitating to rivals

Apple eyes starpower as it takes on Netflix, Amazon Prime in streaming wars

Feb 15, 2019 - 11:00 AM

Apple is believed to be investing at least $1 billion in content and has acquired the rights to a new series starring and co-produced by American actresses Jennifer Aniston and Reese Witherspoon

A 'Star Wars' prequel will be released on Disney’s upcoming streaming service

Nov 11, 2018 - 3:43 PM

The upcoming Disney streaming service will launch in 2019 and finally has a name

LIST: Netflix's upcoming Asia originals

Nov 08, 2018 - 12:46 PM

From South Korea to the Philippines, original Asian content on Netflix is about to get better

WHAT'S NEXT? Netflix makes major announcements at an event in Singapore. Photo by Bea Cupin/Rapple

Netflix to release 'Trese' anime

Nov 08, 2018 - 11:20 AM

The comic series written by Budjette Tan and illustrated by Kajo Baldisimo is going to be a Netflix anime show

SOON ON NETFLIX. Budjette Tan's comic series will soon be streamed as an anime on Netflix.

Video game action heads for the cloud

Nov 05, 2018 - 12:08 PM

Computing power in data centers and devices from televisions to smartphones surges and streaming technology advances, providing tools to break blockbuster titles from confines of consoles or personal computers

SiriusXM buys Pandora to step up streaming music wars

Sep 24, 2018 - 9:22 PM

(UPDATED) The all-stock deal creates 'the world's largest audio entertainment company,' with some $7 billion in revenues, according to a statement from the two firms

Netflix shares dive as subscriber growth misses mark

Jul 17, 2018 - 5:17 AM

Membership in the quarter grows 5.2 million to a total of 130 million, matching the same period last year but a million shy of what Netflix forecast, according to a letter that came with the earnings figures

Jay Z's music platform accused of inflating stats for Beyonce and Kanye

May 10, 2018 - 5:15 PM

A Norwegian newspaper reports that Tidal's alleged manipulation allowed 320 million false plays, leading to excessive royalty payouts

Spotify adds on-demand playlist for free users

Apr 25, 2018 - 11:17 AM

The revamped free tier app now lets users pick songs to listen to in select playlists, instead of having them in shuffled playback

Photo from Spotify

Seeking music edge, Apple buys song recognition app Shazam

Dec 12, 2017 - 11:37 AM

Apple and Shazam did not disclose financial terms. Technology news sites Recode and TechCrunch, quoting unnamed sources, both put the deal at around $400 million.

YouTube taking on Spotify with own streaming music service – report

Dec 08, 2017 - 7:15 PM

The service, internally called Remix, is slated to come out in March, according to people familiar with the matter

Sony to acquire 95% stake in anime distributor Funimation

Aug 01, 2017 - 4:17 PM

The acquisition puts Sony firmly on the radar against other anime streaming services such as Netflix Hulu and Amazon

Jay Z to release new album '4:44'

Jun 19, 2017 - 11:47 PM

4:44 is Jay Z s first album since 2013 s Magna Carta Holy Grail

LOS ANGELES, CA - FEBRUARY 11: Jay-Z attends 2017 Roc Nation Pre-Grammy Brunch at Owlwood Estate on February 11, 2017 in Los Angeles, California. Ari Perilstein/Getty Images for Roc Nation/AFP

Taylor Swift's music returns to Spotify, streaming services

Jun 09, 2017 - 11:17 AM

Fans can stream stream Taylor s 1989 album on Spotify and more

TAYLOR SWIFT. The pop star brings her music back to Spotify and other streaming services. File photo shows Taylor at the 2017 DIRECTV NOW Super Saturday Night Concert at Club Nomadic on February 4, 2017 in Houston, Texas. Photo by Kevin Winter/Getty Images for DIRECTV/AFP

Spotify sets up $43-M fund to settle copyright suits

May 30, 2017 - 10:35 AM

The streaming giant tries to settle copyright lawsuits that claim that they put music online without securing the right to stream

As streaming booms, songs getting faster – study

Apr 25, 2017 - 9:07 AM

On the average the vocals of a hit song in 2015 start at the 5 second mark In 1986 the voice kicks in after 23 seconds

Apple Music attracts 20 million subscribers

Dec 08, 2016 - 11:16 AM

The tech titan s streaming music service makes progress as it aims for industry leader Spotify

CATCHING UP. Apple's music service is gaining ground on industry leader Spotify. Logo from Apple

Spotify gets additional 10 million paying subscribers since March

Sep 15, 2016 - 3:33 PM

The streaming service now has 40 million paying subsrcibers all in all Apple Music ranks second with 15 million paying subscribers according to June numbers

LOUD AND CLEAR. Based on the number of paid subscribers, Spotify is the clear leader in streaming music at the moment. Lauren Mayberry photo by Anna Webber/AFP

North Korea rolls out Netflix-like on-demand TV service

Aug 23, 2016 - 4:35 PM

An editor from the North Korea Tech website calls it a technological advancement

MANBANG AND CHILL? Despite the limited internet access in North Korea, the country has launched a service that streams government-approved programs. Screen grab from Korean Central Television Youtube page

Spotify reaches royalty deal with music publishers

Mar 18, 2016 - 2:29 PM

Amid the rapid growth of streaming Spotify faces charges it pays little attention to ensuring proper payment of royalties which go both to performers and the often more anonymous songwriters

PLDT now owns 7.5% share in Kuala Lumpur's iflix

Mar 12, 2016 - 9:57 AM

Iflix will use the fresh funds to accelerate its growth in Malaysia Thailand and the Philippines as well as enter new markets

RIDING ON DEMAND. By 2020, the total number of video-on-demand subscribers globally is expected to reach 250 million, up over 1000% from 2010. Image from Shutterstock

How to enjoy Netflix without using a credit card

Jan 12, 2016 - 6:53 PM

Just subscribe to the streaming service using PayMaya

Why becoming the next Netflix is really, really hard

Jan 09, 2016 - 4:18 PM

Luis Buenaventura spends some time bouncing between Netflix Blink iFlix and Hooq to see how they approach video on demand services

Adele, streaming services lift 2015 music sales

Jan 07, 2016 - 12:38 PM

The British singer s album 25 is the top selling album in the US and Britain

Spotify triples losses, reportedly to launch video streaming

May 09, 2015 - 4:28 PM

Spotify explains the losses as caused by substantial investments that have been made during the year mostly in product development international expansion and general increase in personnel

SPOTIFY. Image from Spotify website.