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Flexible expressions could lift 3D-generated faces out of the uncanny valley

Flexible expressions could lift 3D-generated faces out of the uncanny valley 3D-rendered faces are a big part of any major movie or game now, but the task of capturing and animated them in a natural way can be a tough one. Disney Research is working on ways to smooth out this process, […]

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Disney+ UX teardown: Wins, fails and fixes

Disney+ UX teardown: Wins, fails and fixes Disney announced earlier this month that it’s going all-in on streaming media. As part of this new strategy, the company is undergoing a major reorganisation of its media and entertainment business that will focus on developing productions that will debut on its streaming and broadcast […]

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Original Content podcast: Disney’s ‘Mulan’ remake is fun, if you can forget the controversy

Original Content podcast: Disney’s ‘Mulan’ remake is fun, if you can forget the controversy Disney’s live-action remake of “Mulan” comes with some serious baggage. First, the film has drawn political controversy for its star’s statements in support of the action Hong Kong police against protestors, as well as the fact that “Mulan” was […]

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Media Roundup: Patreon joins unicorn club, Facebook could ban news in Australia, more

Media Roundup: Patreon joins unicorn club, Facebook could ban news in Australia, more Welcome to the very first edition of Extra Crunch’s Media Roundup. Over the past few months, we’ve launched features like Decrypted, Deep Science and The Exchange, which aggregate and analyze the latest news in a given sector, so it […]

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‘The Mandalorian’ launches its second season on Oct. 30

‘The Mandalorian’ launches its second season on Oct. 30 “The Mandalorian” is returning to Disney+ with new episodes starting on October 30. The Star Wars spinoff series (created by Jon Favreau) was the biggest original offering when Disney+ launched in November of last year. With its story of a mysterious bounty hunter […]

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Unity’s IPO numbers look pretty … unreal?

Unity’s IPO numbers look pretty … unreal? Unity, the company founded in a Copenhagen apartment in 2004, is poised for an initial public offering with numbers that look pretty strong. Even as its main competitor, Epic Games, is in the throes of a very public fight with Apple over the fees the […]

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TikTok’s big UnitedMasters deal is the way forward for creators looking to secure their bag

TikTok’s big UnitedMasters deal is the way forward for creators looking to secure their bag TikTok is right in the jaws of a thorny situation with the U.S. Government regarding its ownership, but it’s sending a clear message today that it is not sitting on its heels with big deals. Yesterday, it […]

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Verizon adds free Hulu and ESPN+ to some unlimited wireless plans

Verizon adds free Hulu and ESPN+ to some unlimited wireless plans Verizon and Disney announced this morning that they’re extending and expanding a partnership that gives some Verizon Wireless subscribers access to Disney’s streaming services at no addition charge. The companies announced last fall that Verizon (which owns TechCrunch) would be offering […]

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Netflix’s latest effort to make inroads in India: Support for Hindi

Netflix’s latest effort to make inroads in India: Support for Hindi Only about 10% of India’s 1.3 billion people know English. Yet, scores of firms operating in the country offer their services only in English. Netflix, one such company, said on Friday it’s aiming to break through the language barrier. The American […]

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‘Mulan’ is coming to Disney+ on September 4, for an additional price of $29.99

‘Mulan’ is coming to Disney+ on September 4, for an additional price of .99 Those wondering whether The Walt Disney Company would eventually give up on a traditional theatrical release for “Mulan” now have their answer. While the coronavirus pandemic prompted Disney to accelerate the streaming release of some movies like Pixar’s […]

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