Category: Entertainment

Apple To Buy ‘Shazam’ Music Recognition Service For $400M

When Apple opened up their App Store on their budding iOS platform, many developers arose which created iconic mobile applications that gained massive popularity and are still relevant today. Shazam was one of these genius ideas which allows your phone to recognize a song based off just a few seconds of listening to the music. Earlier today, Apple announced that they acquired Shazam in a deal rumored to be valued at $400M. Business Insider spoke with an Apple spokesperson who said: “We are thrilled that Shazam and its talented team will be joining Apple. Since the launch of the App...

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Amazon’s Game-Friendly ‘Echo Buttons’ Available For Pre-Order

When Amazon introduced their new Alexa devices just a few months back, they announced their Echo Buttons which were due to launch shortly. Today, the company started offering pre-orders for $20 which includes a pack of two buttons. Units aren't expected to ship until December 19th, but getting in this early means that you should have the buttons arrive in time for Christmas. These buttons run off AAA batteries (included) and can be used to play games like Beat the Intro (music guessing) or Fourth Down Trivia (sports trivia). Support is included for all existing Echo devices to date. Once...

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DISH Blacks Out CBS Channels During Feud Over Fees

While DISH is currently our favorite satellite TV provider, their on-going feud with CBS is causing problems for their customers. As of this morning, subscribers to DISH have been blacked out from 28 local channels in 18 markets across 26 states. Tensions between the two companies have been rising as CBS is seeking fees for retransmission of their content to customers of the satellite provider. DISH is arguing that CBS is trying to “tax” customers for programming that isn't providing enough demand even going to say that the situation is “regrettable and unnecessary that CBS is bringing its greed into...

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Amazon Purchases Rights To ‘Lord of the Rings’ TV Series

Amazon has been a dominant force in the news over the past 12 months with big plans for the future. One new path the company plans to take down the road is a multi-season series based on J.R.R Tolkien's Lord of the Rings. According to reports, the Jeff Bezos owned company acquired the global television rights to the famous book and movie franchise for an undisclosed amount. Amazon Prime heads to Middle Earth. https://t.co/QowUmf8t3S pic.twitter.com/YVciEX3u2t — Jeff Bezos (@JeffBezos) November 13, 2017 Considering the three movies brought in $3B at the box office and took home 17 Academy Awards, it...

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Netflix Cancels ‘House of Cards’ Amid Controversy Involving Kevin Spacey

Frank Underwood is a character beloved by millions of House of Cards fans, and the original show has been a major success for Netflix. With the sixth season slated for release sometime in 2018, the streaming giant has confirmed that it will indeed be the last season of the series. As soon as the news broke, many associated the decision to the recent allegations that have come forth against the Kevin Spacey who plays the lead role. An actor named Anthony Rapp accused Kevin Spacey of sexual misconduct towards him taking place over 30 years ago while attending an...

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Netflix Could Spend Up To $8 Billion On Content In 2018

Just a short time after Netflix announced a price hike for their two higher-end streaming plans, the company has shared further financial information which might help justify the increased cost. With more than 5M subscribers in the U.S. and more than 115M worldwide, the company is planning to spend a fortune on content acquisition and development for 2018. A recent earnings call shows that Netflix will spend $7-8 billion on content during 2018, significantly more than their Chief Content Officer, Ted Sarandos predicted back in August. If this ends up being accurate, next year's content budget will be 33% higher...

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