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Shadows’ Dylan Flinn and Kombo’s Kevin Gould on the business of ‘virtual influencers’

Shadows’ Dylan Flinn and Kombo’s Kevin Gould on the business of ‘virtual influencers’ In films, TV shows and books — and even in video games where characters are designed to respond to user behavior — we don’t perceive characters as beings with whom we can establish two-way relationships. But that’s poised to […]

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Original Content podcast: Netflix goes to the Oscars

Original Content podcast: Netflix goes to the Oscars When this year’s Academy Award nominations were announced on Monday, Netflix received 24 nominations — the most of any Hollywood studio. That’s thanks in large part to “The Irishman,” which received 10 nominations, and “Marriage Story,” which received six (both films were nominated for Best […]

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NBCU’s streaming service Peacock launches April 15 for Comcast subscribers, everyone else on July 15

NBCU’s streaming service Peacock launches April 15 for Comcast subscribers, everyone else on July 15 NBCUniversal officially unveiled its new streaming service Peacock today, announcing that the service will be available as part of a bundle for Comcast’s Xfinity X1 and Flex customers on April 15, before launching nationally on July 15. […]

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Comcast launches SportsTech startup accelerator with NASCAR and others

Comcast launches SportsTech startup accelerator with NASCAR and others Comcast NBCUniversal believes its can access startup innovation while supporting future Olympic gold-medalists. The American mass media company launched its new SportsTech accelerator today, based in part, on that impetus. TechCrunch attended a briefing with Comcast execs at 30 Rock NYC to learn […]

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Quibi execs Jeffrey Katzenberg and Meg Whitman explain their big vision

Quibi execs Jeffrey Katzenberg and Meg Whitman explain their big vision Last week at the Consumer Electronics Show in Las Vegas, Quibi executives — including CEO Meg Whitman and founder/chairman Jeffrey Katzenberg — took the stage in a keynote laying out their vision for the mobile video service. Katzenberg is a longtime […]

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Original Content podcast: Netflix’s ‘6 Underground’ is very fun and very dumb

Original Content podcast: Netflix’s ‘6 Underground’ is very fun and very dumb Netflix’s “6 Underground” feels like a movie that belongs on the big screen. Sure, it isn’t part of a giant franchise (yet), and it doesn’t feature any well-known superheroes — but it does star “Deadpool”‘s Ryan Reynolds as a wise-cracking […]

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IAC sells CollegeHumor to executive Sam Reich, resulting in 100+ layoffs

IAC sells CollegeHumor to executive Sam Reich, resulting in 100+ layoffs IAC has sold off a majority stake in CH Media, the parent organization behind CollegeHumor . The new owner? CH Media’s chief creative officer Sam Reich. Reich announced the move on Twitter, saying that digital media holding company IAC “made the […]

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TiVo announces a $49.99 device that combines streaming and live TV

TiVo announces a .99 device that combines streaming and live TV TiVo is announcing a new device at the Consumer Electronics Show called the TiVo Stream 4K, which CEO Dave Shull described as launching the company “full on into the streaming wars.” Shull said the device is a “tiny little HDMI puck” […]

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Netflix and Gwyneth Paltrow’s ‘Goop Lab’ will launch on January 24

Netflix and Gwyneth Paltrow’s ‘Goop Lab’ will launch on January 24 “The Goop Show,” an upcoming reality series co-hosted by Gwyneth Paltrow and tied to her lifestyle company Goop, now has a launch date and a trailer. Goop has faced many accusations of promoting and selling pseudoscience — most notoriously, perhaps, in […]

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Original Content podcast: We choose our favorite streaming shows from 2019

Original Content podcast: We choose our favorite streaming shows from 2019 For our first episode of 2020, the hosts of the Original Content podcast look back at the past year in streaming and each rank our five favorite titles. While our week-to-week reviews haven’t been particularly strict about the definition of “original content,” […]

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