As Streaming Wars Escalate, CBS May Not Need to Beat Netflix — Just HBO

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The Hollywood Reporter reports: “”Star Trek Discovery was an international sensation,” CBS chief content officer David Nevins told Wall Street analysts Nov. 1, promising more iterations of the franchise. But viewers won’t see them on the nation’s top broadcast network. The shows are all set for CBS All Access, the net’s $5.99-a-month streaming service.”

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Red Bull Radio Strikes Deal With Sonos

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Variety reports: “Red Bull Radio announced today that it has struck a deal to stream worldwide via the smart speaker brand, Sonos. The integration allows Sonos users to stream Red Bull Radio’s live on-air broadcast as well as its curated channels . iOS users can also play any content within the Red Bull Radio app on their Sonos Speakers by using Airplay 2.”

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YouTube arrives on Nintendo Switch today

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The Verge reports: “YouTube is launching on the Nintendo Switch today. It becomes just the second major video app to be released on the console since the Switch hit shelves in March 2017. (Hulu led the way last November.) YouTube can be downloaded for free from the Nintendo eShop.”

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Rocket League esports rolls into a second season on TBS’s Eleague

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Venture Beat reports: “TBS announced today that Eleague will host a second season of Rocket League competition. Eleague has been hosting professional gaming on the cable network since 2016, showcasing games like Counter-Strike: Global Offensive and Street Fighter V. Market researcher Newzoo expects the esports market to generate $1.7 billion in 2021.”

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A Sense of Wonder: How Within Is Evolving Storytelling in Augmented Reality

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Variety reports: “The future of storytelling is happening all around us — we just have to look through the right lens to see it. That’s the idea behind ‘Wonderscope,’ an augmented reality app for children that Los Angeles-based immersive media start-up Within is set to release in November.”

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PUBG now free on Xbox with PS4 version rumored for next month

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The Verge reports: “Microsoft has made Player Unknown’s Battlegrounds (PUBG) free to download and play. The software giant notes that the full 1.0 release of PUBG for Xbox is ‘free for a limited time,’ and you can download the game free immediately from the Microsoft Store. Microsoft had originally promised ‘big news’ for PUBG fans at the company’s X018 show on Saturday.”

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Overwolf closes $16m Series B funding round

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Gamesindustry.biz reports: “PC app store Overwolf has successfully closed out a Series B funding round worth $16 million. The round was led by Intel Capital, with additional funding from Liberty Technology Venture Capital and other existing investors. The platform offers apps for popular games, from coaching services to analytics solutions and video recording tools.”

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Dish Serves Up Worst-Ever Quarterly Subscriber Loss Amid Univision Blackout

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Variety reports: “Dish Network continued to shed satellite TV customers in the third quarter — with the pressure of cord-cutting amplified by the ongoing blackout of Univision programming. And Dish’s unprecedented loss of HBO last week threatens to make the situation even worse. After contract talks between Dish and Univision hit a roadblock this summer, Univision channels were pulled from the satcaster and Sling TV on June 30.”

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Drivetime raises $4 million for voice-based trivia game for drivers

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Venture Beat reports: “Yes, playing games in the car is for real, and it might not be as distracting as it sounds, according to startup Drivetime. Drivetime has raised $4 million to provide voice-based games for drivers. The company is convinced that not only is this safe, it helps drivers by keeping them alert for longer times.”

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HTC is committed to the larger XR, AR, and VR ecosystem for Vive

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Venture Beat reports: “Virtual reality has a bright future, but for the present the consumer VR market is puttering along. Rikard Steiber, senior vice president of VR at HTC and president of the Viveport store, is one of the true believers. HTC faces some stiff competition from Facebook’s Oculus VR division, which is launching the wireless Oculus Quest stand-alone VR headset in the spring of 2019.”

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