Why Time Warner Now Owns Three Streaming Services

Time Warner’s latest salvo in the battle against cord-cutters: buying a streaming service specializing in Korean soap operas.

Warner Bros.’ Feb. 23 deal to acquire the streamer DramaFever might seem a bit unorthodox because it provides primarily English-language audiences access to international programming. But the real play is for the New York-based company’s technology and its ambitions to operate a slate of streaming channels.

It already powers horror-themed Shudder, which former DramaFever investor AMC launched in the summer, and the documen­tary streaming service SundanceNow Doc Club.

Source: Hollywood Reporter

Spotify Startup Soundtrack Your Brand Wants to Bring Streaming to Businesses

In 2013, Spotify quietly cofounded a startup to tackle the business market, and since then the company has been developing its Spotify Business and Spotify Enterprise products in Scandinavia.

But the company — Soundtrack Your Brand — has its sights set on the US market, according to Sars, who cofounded the startup with Andreas Liffgarden, who used to head business development for Spotify.

Source: Business Insider

Ex-stream-ly Frustrating: The Messy Ecosystem of Live Sports Streaming

download1The world of entertainment, and more specifically video entertainment, is fairly mature in its transition to digital.

An entire generation of viewers are device agnostic and unfamiliar with network brands; they just want to watch their shows. Even older generations’ viewing habits have evolved to incorporate the convenience of streaming. Much has been written about this and doesn’t need any further discussion.What has been neglected, however, is a focus on the transition to digital when it comes to live sports.

Sports fans across the country, and even across the globe are understandably confused by what is available for them to consume on their digital devices.

Source:  Adam Shaw

Streamup Sets Slate of First Live-Streaming Original Shows

Streamup has lined up its first five original live productions, as the L.A. startup makes a bid to to become the next-generation live TV network for the Internet generation.

The live originals include a late-night talk show and a live broadcast of “Cannibal! The Musical” by Trey Parker (“South Park,” “Book of Mormon”). The shows will start premiering in April, and Streamup will continue launching new series throughout the year, said president Will Keenan, formerly head of Endemol Beyond USA.

Source: Variety

The Life of Pablo, the Death of Streaming Music as We Know it

The release of Kanye West’s new album was a monumental event, but not because of the fashion show, the Twitter controversy or the insane level of anticipation. The Life of Pablo has hastened the death of the first golden era of music streaming.

The music streaming landscape is now effectively segmented to the point where, as a consumer, it’s inconvenient to have just one streaming service. Having to pay for more than one streaming service is of course par for the course in video—long gone are the days where it makes any sense to make do with just Netflix.

Likewise, gone are the day where you can fire up Spotify and play basically any song. Spotify has no Taylor Swift albums and only a handful of songs from various soundtracks she’s done. Some of the Taylor Swift albums are on Tidal, but not 1989. All of her albums are available on Apple Music. Prince’s new single (but almost nothing else) is available on Spotify, all of his music is available on Tidal, and a random smattering of his songs are available on Apple Music.

Source: Motherboard

[Ed. Spotify has Nina Simone, Aretha Franklin, Bonnie Raitt, and Loretta Lynn. My Spotify is just fine, thank you, without T. Swift.]

Viewers Can Now Stream Sports on Amazon Fire TV via FuboTV

FuboTV, the sports streaming business that is looking to become the cable network of the future, is continuing its push for streaming sports everywhere.

After the recently announced deal to bring major networks including Pivot, Univision and Revolt to the platform, FuboTV will now stream that very content on Amazon Fire.

This is the company’s first smart TV app and first extension of their product off of their owned and operated destinations.

Source: VideoInk