Google Chrome now mutes annoying videos that autoplay with sound

There’s good news for Google  Chrome users — the latest version of the world’s most popular web browser has arrived with a new feature that prevents websites from automatically playing sound. That means that pre-loaded videos, and other content that involves sound, won’t blare out unless you specifically choose to enable it to. Aside […]

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Netflix launches 30-second preview videos on mobile

Netflix  is introducing its own take on Snapchat and Instagram stories after it began to roll out 30-second preview videos for mobile viewers. The previews look much like Stories because the thumbnails are circular and the content plays with virtual videos, so there’s no need to move your phone to the […]

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ESPN launches its streaming service ESPN+

Meet the first big piece of Disney’s strategy In addition to being the sports media giant’s first big push into digital subscriptions, ESPN+ is also parent company Disney’s first streaming launch since it took a majority stake in technology company BAMtech last year, with the explicit goal of helping Disney move into […]

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3D movie box office totals take another dive

Could it be that the scourge of 3D film is coming to an end? The box office contribution of 3D showings dropped in 2017 to 12 percent of the U.S. and Canada’s $11.1 billion total take, its lowest point essentially since 3D movies became a thing. The numbers come straight […]

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comcast’s sky bid, future OTT service?

Analyst suggests Comcast is more interested in OTT possibilities than satellite Comcast’s bid for Sky could be the foundation of a global Over The Top offering, according to an analysis from MoffettNathanson Research’s Craig Moffett. Moffett suggests the pairing of proprietary and valuable content from Comcast’s NBCUniversal with Sky’s would […]

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BBC to increase voice experimentation

The BBC has announced plans to increase its creative experimentation around voice services and interaction on platforms like Alexa, Siri and Google Assistant in the coming months. In an interview posted on the BBC’s Technology and Creativity blog, the BBC’s executive editor of voice, Mukul Devichand, said that voice devices are […]

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more than one ott service required

When it comes to OTT, a subscription to just one service doesn’t cut it as a replacement for pay-TV: According to Hub Entertainment Research, most consumers in the US would need to subscribe to three or four services to meet their needs. The firm found that only two-fifths of viewers […]

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