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NBCUniversal’s Streaming Service is Called Peacock

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The Verge reports: “NBCUniversal’s streaming service finally has a name: Peacock. The name is based on NBC’s iconic logo, the colorful peacock that sits at the bottom of people’s TV screens when shows play. It is also a homage to “NBCUniversal’s rich legacy of creating beloved films, TV series, characters and franchises that have been at the epicenter of pop culture and will continue to define the future of entertainment,” according to a press release.”

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Mobcrush Hits 84 million Unique Monthly Users and Pays Out $5 million to Streamers

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VentureBeat reports: “Mobcrush, a mobile livestreaming service, said its American audience has grown to more than 84 million unique viewers per month (UVPM) across its network, according to the May 2019 data from measurement firm Nielsen.”

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Amazon Launches New Hi-Def Streaming Tier: Amazon Music HD

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Billboard reports: “Amazon has officially entered the lossless sound wars. On Sept. 17, the company launched Amazon Music HD, the highest tier of its subscription streaming service. With 50 million HD songs, Amazon’s new tier boasts the largest collection of lossless, uncompressed audio available.”

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Former MoviePass Chairman Ted Farnsworth Trying to Buy Failing Subscription Company

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Variety reports: “Ted Farnsworth, the financier who helped set in motion MoviePass’s meteoric rise and precipitous fall, has submitted an offer to purchase the beleaguered subscription service and its parent company, Helios and Matheson Analytics Inc.”

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Explosion of Streaming Services Points to Price Wars on the Horizon

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Variety reports: “With its $800 iPhones and $1,400 Hermès smart watches, Apple’s not exactly in the business of bargain-bin pricing. But the surprisingly low-priced debut of Apple TV Plus, at $4.99 per month for a family subscription, is a signal that the streaming video market of tomorrow — soon to be awash with services from Disney, WarnerMedia and others — will be one with pressured margins and claws-out competition for viewers’ wallets.”

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U.S. VOD Services to Dominate Asian Market Outside China in 2019: Study

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Hollywood Reporter reports: “YouTube, Netflix and Amazon Prime Video will have a combined 54 percent market share in 2019 of online video revenues in the fast growing Asia Pacific market, excluding China where all three platforms don’t operate, according to a new study by Media Partners Asia (MPA).”

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Network Next Goes Global with Tech to Reduce Lag in Multiplayer Online Games

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VentureBeat reports: “Network Next has developed a technology to reduce lag — or interaction delays that can ruin fast gameplay — for multiplayer online games, and now it is rolling it out around the world. The Santa Monica, California-based company, which announced a seed round of $4.4 million back in January, has now rolled out its solution worldwide.”

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Genre And Cult Streaming Platform Spamflix Launches In The US And Partners With Fests

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Forbes reports: “When Markus Duffner, a project manager at the Locarno Film Festival and Julia Darte, former producer of São Paulo International Film Festival, started Spamflix, a VoD platform, in October last year, they wanted to create a platform that gave viewers access to rare and under-seen cult genre films which find it harder to find mainstream distribution.”

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Endeavor Looks to Raise $600 Million-Plus in IPO

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Billboard reports: “Endeavor hopes to raise $600 million-plus in its initial public offering, according to a filing with the Securities and Exchange Commission on Monday morning.”

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Netflix, France’s Canal Plus Sign Distribution Deal

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Variety reports: “France’s Canal Plus Group has sealed a deal to offer Netflix on its platform, joining other pay- and cable-TV providers across Europe in recognizing the demand for access to the U.S. streaming giant.”

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