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Skipping Theaters? Hollywood Studios Weigh Risks of PVOD

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The Hollywood Reporter reports: “While (most) megabudget tentpoles are being held back for a big-screen release, higher-priced home entertainment fare is becoming the industry standard for a wide array of titles that cannot wait out the pandemic.”

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FuboTV now lets you watch four channels at once on Apple TV

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The Verge reports: “If you never used Sony’s now-shuttered PlayStation Vue internet TV service, you’re probably unaware of one of its best features: multiview. PS Vue allowed you to watch multiple channels on-screen at once, which is something most of the bigger TV apps — Sling TV, YouTube TV, Hulu, etc. — don’t currently offer.”

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Scopely acquires Genjoy

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Gamesindustry.biz reports: “Mobile publisher Scopely has acquired Spanish developer Genjoy for an undisclosed sum.”

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This Week In XR: Quibi Closing, Celebs Invest In Wave Music, Sony’s New 3D Monitors

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Forbes reports: “The Weeknd invests in Wave after their collaboration on Tik Tok. Justin Bieber, J Balvin, Jillionaire and indie record label Top Dawg Entertainment (home to Kendrick Lamar, SZA, and Schoolboy Q) have also invested in Wave.”

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iHeartMedia Acquires Podcast Technology Company Voxnest

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Music Business Worldwide reports: “iHeartMedia has entered into an agreement to acquire New York-based Voxnest, a podcast marketplace and provider of podcast analytics, publishing tools, programmatic integration and targeted ad serving.”

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Music Tech Company Output, Whose Software has Been Used in Songs by Drake and Justin Bieber, Raises $45m

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Music Business Worldwide reports: “Output, a tech company whose software has been used in songs by Drake, Coldplay, Justin Bieber and Rihanna and musical scores including Stranger Things, Game of Thrones and Black Panther – has raised a $45 million Series A investment from Summit Partners.”

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Influencers’ Next Frontier: Their Own Live Shopping Channels

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The Verge reports: “Carla Stevenné’s first live stream terrified her. As part of Amazon Live’s influencer beta group, she needed to find stuff to sell, and she needed to figure out how to fill her allotted hour. She had never tried to hawk products live before, let alone fill 60 minutes talking to herself and a camera.”

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Roblox player spending passes $2 billion on mobile

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Gamesindustry.biz reports: “Player spending has passed $2 billion in Roblox on mobile, according to new estimates from Sensor Tower.”

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After Quibi Announces Shutdown, Eko Says It Will Continue to Pursue Legal Action

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Variety reports: “Interactive-video firm Eko says it will continue to pursue its patent and trade-secret theft litigation against Quibi, after Jeffrey Katzenberg and Meg Whitman announced the startup will wind down operations and seek to sell its assets less than seven months after Quibi launched.”

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HBO Max Reaches 28.7M, Including 8.6M “Activated,” Subscribers

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The Hollywood Reporter reports: “WarnerMedia streaming service HBO Max has reached 28.7 million “total HBO Max subscribers,” including 8.6 million “activated” users as of the end of the third quarter, AT&T said on Thursday.”

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