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Sony missed writing on the wall for DVD sales, takes nearly $1B writedown
Flickr reader comments 25 Share this story Further ReadingCats and dogs are living together because the new Ghostbusters is actually good Sony has finally figured out what the rest of us already knew—people...
Sony Entertainment's CEO Michael Lynton to step down, focus on Snap responsibilities
Sony Entertainment CEO Michael Lynton will step down in February to focus on Snap's upcoming IPO, as part of broader changes in the entertainment giant's structure, Sony said on Friday. Lynton —who steered...
A great deal just got better with Samsung's home entertainment gear
A good home entertainment setup is a beautiful thing, but there are a lot of different parts that go into making it the best it can be. You need great images, obviously, but you also shouldn’t neglect...
VR Vendor Starbreeze Acquires the Nozon Visual Effects Studio
Sweden-based Starbreeze is beefing up its virtual reality offerings through the $7.75 million acquisition of Nozon. Virtual reality content and entertainment publisher Starbreeze has acquired visual effects...
Alibaba reshuffles entertainment units, to raise 10 billion yuan fund
BEIJING In a major reorganization of the company's entertainment assets, Alibaba Holdings Group Ltd. (BABA.N) has announced the formation of a new digital media group along with plans for a 10 billion...
AT&T Offers Trek 2 HD Tablet for Entertainment Lovers
AT&T's latest tablet computer, the Trek 2 HD, is now available, boasting an 8-inch HD display, a Qualcomm Snapdragon 1.5GHz octa-core processor, and integrated 4G LTE, WiFi and Bluetooth connectivity,...
In Depth: The future of in-flight entertainment
The future of in-flight entertainmentDo you have a jet-setter's lifestyle? Airports, queues, soul-crushing hotels and hour upon hour of high altitude boredom? Lucky you. Most frequent travellers have recently...
Lionsgate studio buys premium channel Starz for $4.4 billion
After months of on-again, off-again talks, movie studio Lionsgate has clinched a deal to buy premium cable network Starz for $4.4 billion. Lionsgate, the Santa Monica entertainment company behind the...
Here are the top video games released at E3
Battlefield 1 from EA.(Photo: © 2015 Electronic Arts Inc.) The 22nd annual Electronic Entertainment Expo, or “E3” – the world’s largest video gaming convention held each June in Los Angeles – once again...
Sony shines spotlight on PlayStation VR
It was all about virtual reality for Sony Monday night as the home entertainment company unveiled its PlayStation VR headset at the Electronic Entertainment Expo (E3) in Los Angeles.At the event, Shawn...
From TV trailblazer to IP afterthought: TiVo bought for $1.1 billion
cncphotosEntertainment company Rovi announced that it has officially acquired DVR maker TiVo in a deal worth $1.1 billion. Rovi will pay for the deal mostly in stock at $10.70 per share, with approximately...
Contactless payments coming to a flight near you
Panasonic Panasonic has revealed talks with major payment providers and airlines to bring contactless payments to your next flight.Scrabbling for change or reaching over with a credit card to pay for...
Sony Computer Entertainment changes its name today - CNET
Sony Computer Entertainment and Sony Network Entertainment are no more, at least in name.The two companies have folded into Sony Interactive Entertainment (SIE), a new company that is headquartered in...
Star Wars 'Throne Room' theme gets the mariachi treatment - CNET
Enlarge ImageMariachi Entertainment System is known for recording covers of classic video games. Mariachi Entertainment System/Facebook Remember the Super Mario Bros. theme song mariachi style? Get ready...
Sony moves PlayStation to the US with new Sony Interactive Entertainment
FlickrElectronics giant Sony has formed Sony Interactive Entertainment LLC (SIE), a new company that combines Sony Computer Entertainment (PlayStation hardware and software) with Sony Network Entertainment...
Don’t lock Aussies out of US Netflix
Not the same service everywhere ... Netflix CEO Reed Hastings announces the company’s expansion into 130 new countries at the Consumer Electronics Show in Las Vegas. AFP/Robyn Beck COMMENT: STEALING entertainment...
Alton Towers launches world's first virtual reality rollercoaster
The virtual experience is synchronised to the loops of the rollercoaster to recreate the sensation of hurtling through space. The new ride is the first of many virtual reality entertainment outlets sure...
Insider Q&A: StubHub's president on going mobile
NEW YORK (AP) — StubHub, eBay's ticket reselling subsidiary based in San Francisco, hired Scott Cutler as its new president in April. Since joining StubHub, he's worked to simplify its pricing and revamp...
iRevo Smart PC review: Don’t buy that cheap PC, just convert your TV
Comments Written by Nandagopal Rajan | Published:January 3, 2016 11:51 am We reviewed the iRevo Smart TV box, which lets you access web videos and other files on your old television. But iRevo has more...
This airline seat has only sky above it
Have you ever been on a long-distance flight and felt cooped-up, or even claustrophobic, and wished you were up front with the pilots for a better view as your travel?A company in Washington state has...
Spoiler alert: Story spoilers can hurt entertainment
While many rabid fans may have scratched their heads when a 2011 study showed that spoilers could improve story enjoyment, a recent experiment, conducted by researchers Benjamin Johnson (Vrije Universiteit...
Activision to buy ‘Candy Crush’ maker for $5.9 billion
Activision Blizzard is spending nearly $6 billion to buy Candy Crush maker King Digital Entertainment, combining a console gaming power with an established player in the fast-growing mobile gaming field.Activision,...
Activision gets mobile with $5.9B bid for King Entertainment
Activision Blizzard is spending nearly $6 billion to buy Candy Crush maker King Digital Entertainment, combining a console gaming power with an established player in the fast-growing mobile gaming field....
Candy Crush Saga parent company sold
Candy Crush Saga games developed by King Digital Entertainment. Pic: AFP/Files/Philippe Huguen. US VIDEO game producer Activision Blizzard announced it was buying King Digital Entertainment, best known...
Letv announces intention to launch brand in India
Comments By: Tech Desk | New Delhi | Published:October 29, 2015 1:29 pm The competition among tech brands in India just got a bit more tougher. China-based internet multinational Letv has announced its...
'MythBusters' Will End After 14 Explosive Seasons
Discovery's "MythBusters" is coming to an end after 14 seasons, Entertainment Weekly confirms. The show, which began in 2003, became an instant hit for its outrageous, explosive and educational science...
If Google Were A Guy, Our Jerk Search Would Be Over
If you're a search engine and a comedy site targets you with four spoofs, you must be one meaty target. And so we bring you CollegeHumor's "If Google Was A Guy" (Part 4). Our guy as Google still...
Welcome To The World's Only '90s Nostalgia Retreat Complex
Are you tired of the world we currently live in? Wanna get back to a simpler time, when things made sense? Maybe ... the '90s?! Introducing the new '90s Nostalgia Retreat! From the trends to the celebs...
Fashion And Tech Collide Again As Apple’s Jony Ive Will Co-Host Met Gala
Two of the most fascinating worlds are working together once again. Apple will sponsor next year’s Met Gala and its designer in chief Jony Ive will even co-host the event with Taylor Swift,...
YouTube Gaming Adds Mobile Streaming And Twitch-Like Features
Slowly but surely, YouTube is building a serious Twitch competitor. With YouTube Gaming, you can live stream and watch your favorite streamers play video games. Launched in August, YouTube just announced...
Deezer Is Losing Subscribers But Growing Revenue
After filing for an IPO on Euronext, music streaming service Deezer released its IPO documents in preparation of its public listing. The company plans to raise at least $343 million (€300 million)....
TC Cribs: Funny Or Die Takes Us Behind The Scenes And Between Two Ferns
This week on Cribs we continue our string of Hollywood startups at Funny or Die headquarters in Los Angeles, California. This is the fourth office for the digital content company since its start...
RainbowMe Brings Much-Needed Diversity To Children’s Entertainment
Mainstream entertainment, especially for kids, rarely reflects the diversity of the U.S., which is on its way to becoming a majority-minority nation among those under the age of 18. Last year, 52%...
Hollywood consistently casts Steve Jobs as mesmerizing visionary, cruel man
SAN FRANCISCO – Apple co-founder Steve Jobs became renowned for conjuring a “reality distortion field” that made people believe whatever he wanted.If he were still around, it’s easy to imagine that Jobs...
Relay FM Launches iOS App To Discover New Podcast Shows
Talking about podcasts, podcast network Relay FM released an iOS app today to showcase its 17 shows for creative, curious and obsessive people. It’s a polished app with gorgeous animated artworks....
Netflix hikes subscription fees again, now $9.99 for new customers
TORONTO – Netflix is betting that most consumers are willing to pay an extra $1 a month to binge on “House of Cards” and “Orange is the New Black.”The popular streaming service has implemented another...
Pandora buys Ticketfly for $450 million
NEW YORK – Streaming music company Pandora said Wednesday it is buying ticket seller Ticketfly for $450 million in a deal the two see changing the way fans find new music and learn about concerts, and...
Harry Potter’ e-books come to life with enhanced edition for Apple devices
NEW YORK – You don’t need to be a wizard to see the “Harry Potter” books come to life.The seven books are getting a makeover with more than 200 new illustrations in enhanced e-books made for Apple devices....
3D Printed Dolls And Jedi Mind Control Devices: A Look At Disney’s Second Accelerator Batch
The first batch of startups in Disney’s startup accelerator produced successes like the bb-8 droid from Sphero and Naritiv, a marketing platform that nabbed a deal with Snapchat. Sphero produced...
Reddit Launches Upvoted, Its “Digital Magazine” For All Things Reddit
Reddit, the squirrely site that has more links to content than you shake a stick at has launched a new site, with new content. It’s called Upvoted, and it’s a digital magazine of sorts...
Twitter Debuts Moments
Jack Dorsey has returned to his creation and with him comes the hope of bringing more people onto the platform. Maybe they’ll never tweet. Maybe they’ll never follow anyone…but...
Introducing The Perfect Smartphone For Filming Police Brutality
Is your phone nearly dead because you've spent all day filming racially motivated activity by the police? Ours too! But not to worry, Funny or Die introduces a brand new smartphone with features...
NASA Astronauts Can Already Farm On Mars
The prospect of conquering the dark and vast expanse of space has fascinated the human mind for a good part of the last century. Perhaps that is why ‘The Martian,’ a film adaptation of...
Full Stack Music: 1 Trillion Streams, 200 Million Tickets
At present, there are three distinct music industries: radio, on-demand music, and concert ticketing. However, we are starting to enter a new phase, where these industries will converge and produce...
Chewing On Life’s Big Questions With Rainn Wilson’s SoulPancake
SoulPancake is one of the more popular channels on YouTube boasting 1.5 million subscribers and more than 210 million views. Rainn Wilson (aka Dwight Schrute from the Office) founded the platform...
Rhapsody Targets Parents With Launch Of A Music Streaming Service For Kids
As the demand for digital music streaming services heats up, thanks in large part to Spotify’s traction and Apple’s more recent entry into the market, a number of competitors are working...
‘Back To The Future’ Trilogy Is Free For Amazon Prime Members In October
Hold on to your 1.21 gigawatts, Amazon is offering the Back to the Future trilogy for free to Prime members for the whole month of October. This year marks the 30th anniversary for BTTF. Super fans...
Bazillion Dollar Club Is Looking For New Home After SyFy Cancellation
There is hope for those saddened to hear Dave McClure’s new reality show Bazillion Dollar Club was yanked just one week after airing its first episode on SyFy. We hear Zero Point Zero, the...
TC Cribs: A Trip To TV Land With Hulu
Sit back, relax and don’t turn that dial, this week’s episode of Cribs takes us to the online television platform, Hulu. The company’s giant 90,000 square foot headquarters sit...
Product Hunt Adds Podcast Discovery To Its Fleet Of Channels
Product Hunt is continuing its expansion of channels, this time with podcasts. But it’s not about the actual podcast show so much as certain episodes of those shows that will be added to the...
10 Reasons Why Apple TV Is Now an Effective Entertainment Console
Apple TV is no longer a hobby. At its special press event on Sept. 9, Apple unveiled a new version of the Apple TV entertainment set-top box. The updated device, which includes everything from app support...
Google CEO Sundar Pichai doubled his pay last year to $200 million
Google CEO Sundar Pichai cashed in big during his first full calendar year at the helm of the Internet giant, nearly doubling his total compensation to $200 million in 2016. Pichai received a salary of...
Google now has a Raspberry Pi-like computer for Android
Want to run Android, but don't want to buy a smartphone, tablet or Android TV device? Then this may be the answer to your prayers: Google has teamed up with Huawei to deliver the HiKey 960, a Raspberry...
Google made 'thousands of calls' to prevent advertisers from boycotting YouTube
An uproar that began with hate speech on YouTube was quelled only after a major charm offensive by Google. The Internet giant was forced to make an all-out public relations push in recent weeks to reassure...
YouTube ad boycott could spell trouble for Google
YouTube’s inability to keep big-brand ads off unsavory videos is threatening to transform a rising star in Google’s digital family into a problem child. Skittish advertisers have curtailed their spending...
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