StoryBots Acquired By Netflix

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StoryBots , the kids' mobile app and content developer created by long time Southern California entrepreneurs Gregg and Evan Spiridellis, has been acquired by Netflix , Netflix announced on Thursday. StoryBots was created by Gregg and Evan Spiridellis when they were running another, local technology company--JibJab-- when, as new parents, they recognized the need for good children's content on mobile platforms.

Netflix To Shut Down Service On Wii

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Netflix , the streaming movie and television service which has significant operations in the Los Angeles area, told its users over the weekend that it will be shutting down access to its service from Nintendo's venerable Wii gaming console. According to Netflix, it is shutting down its services ahead of Nintendo's announced closing of the Wii Shop Channel on Nintendo Wii in 2019. Netflix said that services on the console will only be available until January 31, 2019.

More investors are betting on virtual influencers like Lil Miquela

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Meanwhile, new venture-backed companies like the superstealthy Shadows, SuperPlastic and Toonstar are all developing virtual characters that will launch via social media channels like Snap and Instagram, or on their own platforms.

Hulu To Carry Epix After Netflix Falling Out

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Los Angeles-based streaming television site Hulu scored a major win this weekend, and has inked a deal with television network Epix , after Netflix said it would not renew and existing deal with Epix for its content. Netflix said it will stop carrying Epix movies at the end of September, and said that "now is the time" to stream movies from Epix on its service. movie content hollywood television streaming netflix epix hulu

Why Reed Hastings Should be Applauded for Netflix Split

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By now you probably know that Netflix is splitting its business into two parts: its digital streaming business (retains the name Netflix) and its DVD mailing business, which was its original business (to be called Qwikster). Frankly, I’m surprised Netflix doesn’t buy Hulu.

Heartbeat Signs Up 3,000 For Influencer Marketing Platform

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Heartbeat says brands using its platform include Amazon, Goop, Sony Music, Netflix, Warner Bros., Venice-based Heartbeat , a social influencer marketing startup which rewards women for sharing information on brands on Instagram, says it has signed up over 3,000 women in Los Angeles as "Ambassadors" for it service. The company said those women have a collected 24 million followers on Instagram.

Backed by LG, AmazeVR is hoping to resurrect virtual reality’s consumer dreams

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Encouraged by the potential uptake of the Oculus Go and spurred on by $7 million in funding led by Mirae Asset Group with participation from strategic investors including LG Technology Ventures, Timewise Investment, and Smilegate Investment, AmazeVR is looking to plant a flag in Hollywood to encourage producers and content creators to use its platform and get a significant library of content up and running. .

As Quibi reportedly seeks another $1 billion, Fiction Riot fills the programming slate for its rival service

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Even as Quibi , the short form video platform from Jeffrey Katzenberg’s WndrCo , reportedly looks to raise another $1 billion , rival service Fiction Riot continues to steadily build out its pipeline of short form serials.

Netflix Gets Walt Disney Studios’ Approval | Multi-Year Premium Pay TV Window Agreement

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Netflix Inc and The Walt Disney Company have joined hands to give US film lovers high quality animated and live action films. ” According to them, the new multi-year licensing agreement will make Netflix Walt Disney’s exclusive U.S.

FAANG, Public Trust, Valuations, in 2019: The Read from Menlo Ventures

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Some of these platform companies, taken together, now have a shared nickname: “FAANG,” which. The market caps of some of the most successful tech titans reach as high as $1 trillion.

Yekra’s Digital Rights Distribution and AffiliateConnect Platform Raises $3M

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Yekra also allows creators to establish an exclusivity rights period and set up distribution to other platforms including Netflix and Hulu Plus. The post Yekra’s Digital Rights Distribution and AffiliateConnect Platform Raises $3M appeared first on TechZulu.

Silicon Beach Report Nov. 12: Musk, Garcetti Chat Boring Co. Projects

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Elon Musk talks sewage and other Boring application with Eric Garcetti; Vertebrae launches AR platform for e-tailers; Wii users will have to look elsewhere for Netflix

Why Hollywood is Joining the Video On-Demand Market

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VOD Streaming Platforms Are Open for Independent Filmmakers. But VOD also provides Indie producers a platform forth which to display their works. What this means is, even though Netflix essentially pays for the rights to stream Hollywood movies, it doesn’t even come close to the money studios make from movie theaters. For those who are more confident in their Indie film brand, they usually move onto platforms like Hulu that offer income from ad supported platforms (AVOD).

Freeletics raises $45M for its AI-powered mobile fitness coach

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The company also plans to add a Netflix-style training platform, where “unlimited relevant training plans” will be available to paying users, as well as nutritional guidance to help people stay fit.

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Spotlight On Distribber (Presenting Company At Spotlight: LA Tech)

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Distribber.com isa new-model flat-fee distribution service that places independent films on digital sales platforms such as iTunes, Netflix, Amazon, Hulu and Cable VOD while allowing filmmakers to keep 100% of their revenue. Tags: Arts & Entertainment Business Culture Entrepreneurship Events New Media Startup Video Amazon Distribber Hulu ITunes Netflix Spotlight

Data Elite | First Venture Lab for Big Data Launched by Andreessen Horowitz, Formation8, Ron Conway & Others

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” Daniel McCaffrey, GM Platform and Analytics at Zynga said Data Elite was a novel move to help grow startups in the ever-growing data sciences industry.

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EAT Club To The Rescue! | L.A. Launch Means Better Workplace Lunch

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Since its inception in 2010, EAT Club has scaled its service in the Bay Area, delivering more than three million meals to allow thousands of companies like Netflix , Tesla and Cisco to find their workplace zen.

Silicon Beach at USC 2013 | Entrepreneurial Inspiration

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Sellbot, an e-commerce platform for sellers made by USC graduates Michael and Payam Ahdoot, took home the grand prize of $25,000. Sellbot helps online sellers sell through multiple platforms. Over $50,000 in prize money.

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State of Content | Los Angeles

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Producers, Brands, and Advertisers all share unique perspectives about where we are and where we need to go as new forms of content emerge across digital platforms. Events Carisa Bianchi Erik Flannigan George Strompolous HBO GO Hulu Margie GilmoreState of Content Netflix Talk NYC YouTube

TVSync’s Open API Uses Video and Audio Recognition Across All Four Screens

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The platform allows users to sync content and commands across all four screens — the smartphone, tablet/pad, computer and TV. There was an inkling of the changes to be when interactive TV services like NetFlix, Hulu and On Demand debuted as frenemies to traditional TV viewing.

Gimlet Media and Anchor: What Spotify’s Acquisitions Mean for Podcasts

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It reportedly paid a hefty $230 million to acquire the podcast publisher and network startup Gimlet Media, and has also acquired the podcast monetization platform Anchor for an undisclosed price. That’s because the acquisitions make Spotify a publisher, as well as platform.

Can Blip.TV Change The Indie Production Market On The Web?

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Netflix, Hulu, and even YouTube and other content streaming sites have all but obliterated the independent DVD rental business of yesterday. has provided a platform since 2005 for indie producers, distributors and advertisers to provide viewers with this kind of content.

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The Launch of Ultraviolet: Perceiving Digital Film

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The conference brings about panelists from across the platforms in film, television, new media and tech. When Netflix moved their model to more online streaming availability and packaging, away from physical DVD mailing, many panicked.

The Evolution of the App Stores

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At their annual developer conferences, Google I/O, held last month, and Apple’s WWDC, last week they both announced updates to their development platforms. In many ways, Apple and Google are following similar paths.

Hands-On with Nokia’s Lumia 900 and Windows Phone 7

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Hands-On with Nokia’s Lumia 900 and Windows Phone 7

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” I also wasn’t expecting much, if anything, from the Windows Phone 7 (WP7) platform in terms of available apps in their marketplace. Gadgets Windows Bing Camera carl zeiss optics Facebook Microsoft Mobile Netflix Nokia Ovi WP7 Zune

Why The Next Generation of Online Video Companies Will be Vertical

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In long-form online video, companies were also broad in nature: Hulu, Netflix, Amazon and Apple TV. In the online world the ecosystem is being fragmented into those that primarily produce content (Mitu, Vice, BuzzFeed) and those who primarily distribute it: YouTube, Amazon, Netflix, Yahoo!,

Facebook’s Biggest Mistake?

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Maybe even as big as Netflix’ seemingly permanent mistake of not allowing Netflix subscribers to send a “your friend Arden thought you’d love this movie. Click here to watch it for free” link to their non-Netflix friends.

M-GO's Take On The Digital Entertainment Streaming Market, with John Batter

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As it turns out, as we thought about that, we started looking for partners to help us build a platform. It turns out that Technicolor had already been separately developing a platform for digital media distribution. Talk about that platform strategy?

Citrusbyte Wants the World to Build Better Software

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They’ve built products that have completely transformed industries, like the AT&T M2X Internet of Things platform. “If Netflix, Amazon, and Twitter have already proven that using API services they can stay ahead of their competition and deliver continuous value to their user base,” says David Kullmann, Partner at Citrusbyte. The turnkey API management platform instantly creates a developer portal with instructions on how developers can integrate with APIs successfully.

When Intent And Content Align, Online Ads Suck A Whole Lot Less

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Along with GoToMyPC, companies like Netflix, Classmates and ZoneLabs were learning from each other. Fast-forward two years – DataPop has not just radically transformed search; its creative optimization platform is now matching all modalities of online ads to consumers’ intent.

How to Out Amazon, Amazon

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This has obviously occurred in battles with tech platforms like Yelp vs. Google or Zynga vs. Facebook). Warby Parker produces modern eyewear at affordable prices, Apple produces elegant, premium technology products, Netflix offers an enormous library of binge-worthy, unique video.

There’s No Such Thing as an MCN. It’s a Figment of Your Imagination

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YouTube AND other platforms. The platforms are expanding and fragmenting. And Netflix, Roku and Apple TV. Spoiler alert: MCNs don’t exist. They are a figure of your imagination. 20 months ago we sold Maker Studios to Disney for $500 million in cash plus a large earn out.

VIZIO Adds Hulu Plus, BLOCKBUSTER On Demand

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Vizio said that both video services will be available on its VIZIO Internet Apps (VIA) Connected CE platform, available on its LCD HDTV and select Blu-ray players.

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Four Innovative SaaS To Get Excited About

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SaaS – or Software as a Service – platforms are all the rage. Quintype thinks that digital publishing – which relies on platforms such as wordpress, drupal and other CMS platforms – has been stuck in the dark ages.

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