DISH Network has added Amazon Alexa compatibility to its Hopper cable boxes and Wally satellite devices. Customers can use Alexa to perform a variety of tasks, such as changing TV channels, searching for new shows and fast forwarding.
DIRECTV has added an electronic sell-through feature; it allows current subscribers to purchase TV and movie titles for on-demand viewing through the Genie HD DVR. The company says it expects to have thousands of titles available for purchase by the end of the year.
ViaSat has won a contract to supply Icelandair with high-speed internet services on the line's Boeing 737 MAX aircraft series. "This is a watershed moment for ViaSat -- as this is the first time an airline will use our technology to offer full internet connectivity," the company said.
Sling TV has teamed up with SpotX to offer marketers real-time bidding on targeted ad spots. "We're creating turn-key, off-the-shelf segments for brands seeking the most popular audiences at a given time," said Sling TV and DISH Media Sales Director of Advanced TV and Digital Sales Adam Lowy.
With a boost from Facebook and Snapchat, US consumer usage of augmented reality is on track for about 30% year-on-year growth, according to eMarketer. AR is expected to reach 12% of the population in 2017 while virtual reality usage remains below 3%.
A new Amazon app for iOS and Android allows Echo Look owners to view live photo previews from the Look's camera. The apps are designed specifically for the $200 Look, which takes full-length photos and records brief videos of users with a depth-sensing camera using its own LED lighting and background blur.
Google is attempting to provide an alternative to high-speed broadband offered by cable companies and telecoms with its wireless broadband, Webpass. The niche internet service provider uses wireless radios installed on rooftops and taps into fiber optic lines to deliver broadband speeds up to 1 gigabit per second.
As the world of media and entertainment continues to be disrupted by new entrants and increasing content, companies looking to stay ahead of the competition need to streamline processes and better manage their operations.
In this post, we talk with Raghu Seetharam, Global Solutions head at Birlasoft, and Salesforce Global Media Industry Solutions Lead Steve Sobel about their innovative collaboration, which is helping studio executives increase their efficiencies to focus on producing quality content. Read the full interview.
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