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Roku adds news to its free channel, including the new streaming network ABC News Live

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Tech Crunch reports: “In partnership with ABC News and others, The Roku Channel will now feature live news streams and linear news programming alongside its entertainment options. ABC News will be the flagship partner for the launch, as Roku will be the exclusive over-the-top home for its new live and linear streaming network, ABC News Live.”

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Verizon Loses 22,000 FiOS Pay TV Subs in First Quarter

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The Hollywood Reporter reports: “Telecom giant Verizon on Tuesday said it lost 22,000 net pay TV subscribers for its Fios video service in the first quarter, compared with a loss of 13,000 in the year-ago period. Fios competes with cable and satellite TV services. The subscriber losses were ‘indicative of the continued cord-cutting trend regarding traditional linear video bundles,’ Verizon said.”

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Spotify Announces Dramatic Upgrade for Free Service to Increase Paying Subscribers

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Variety reports: “Spotify announced a series of improvements to its free tier at a press event on Tuesday that it says will help boost the number of users on its paid premium service. These include a wide variety of enhancements to its mobile app, including more control over how to explore, more access to playlists and other music, greater recommendations when building playlists, and a reduction in the amount of data it uses.”

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Microsoft accused of ‘egregious and wilful’ patent infringement

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Gamesindustry.biz reports: “Microsoft has been accused of “egregious and wilful” patent infringement in a lawsuit filed against it by Infernal Technologies and Terminal Reality.According to the filing, a number of games developed by Microsoft including — but not limited to — Halo 5, the Crackdown series, multiple Forza titles, PlayerUnknown’s Battlegrounds, and Sea of Thieves, infringe on Patents ‘488 and ‘822.”

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Kongregate announces revenue share details for its PC gaming platform Kartridge

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Venture Beat reports: “Last month, web and mobile gaming portal Kongregate announced its PC gaming platform Kartridge, and today, it’s releasing more information on what that will look like for developers. The site will go into open beta sometime this summer. Similar to the indie game marketplace Itch.io, Kartridge will enable developers to set their own price points on their games.”

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Ninja’s Fortnite tournament was an exhilarating and unprecedented e-sports experiment

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The Verge reports: “Unlike most e-sports competitions, this one let members of the public compete, and it all centered on the chance to play against Tyler “Ninja” Blevins, the most popular streamer on Twitch and one of the world’s most talented Fortnite players. It didn’t focus on teams, nor did it exclusively cater to pro gamers. It was designed to play to the strengths of the battle royale genre.”

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Aviron Capital Backs Interactive Movie App Developer Kino Industries

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Deadline Hollywood reports: “Asset management company Aviron Capital, private company led by a consortium of financiers with funding primarily provided by BlackRock, has acquired a substantial equity stake in Kino Industries. Kino is the developer of CtrlMovie, an interactive movie experience enabling audiences to control the direction of a film’s narrative via a smartphone app.”

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CBS All Access arrives in Canada to kick off international expansion efforts

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Tech Crunch reports: “CBS’ over-the-top streaming service, CBS All Access, is now available for the first time outside the U.S. The network today announced the service has arrived in Canada, ahead of a planned international expansion which will see the streaming service coming to more markets outside the U.S. in the future.”

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Record Majors in New Legal Fight With SiriusXM Over Pre-1972 Works

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The Hollywood Reporter reports: “Nearly three years after major record labels reached a $210 million settlement with SiriusXM over the use of sound recordings created before 1972, a new legal fight has erupted over the licensing of classic songs by such artists as Elvis Presley, Bob Dylan and Simon & Garfunkel.”

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Netflix Plans to Raise Another $1.5 Billion in Debt Financing for Original Content

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Variety reports: “Netflix is going deeper into hock — announcing plans to offer $1.5 billion in debt notes — money it needs as it continues to dial up spending on original TV shows and movies. In announcing the planned debt financing Monday, Netflix included the standard boilerplate that it expects to use the net proceeds ‘for general corporate purposes,’ but the company has been clear that it’s plowing capital into content.”

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