Viacom Inks Deal With FuboTV Streaming Service

first_imgViacom reached a distribution deal with FuboTV, which will soon add an array of the conglomerate’s networks — including Comedy Central, BET, MTV and Nickelodeon — to its live TV internet streaming service.Viacom is now on four “virtual pay-TV” platforms: Dish Network’s Sling TV, AT&T’s DirecTV Now, Philo and FuboTV. Viacom remains absent from Google’s YouTube TV, Hulu’s live TV bundle and Sony’s PlayStation Vue (which dropped the conglomerate’s lineup more than two years ago).For Viacom, there’s some urgency in getting on OTT platforms as traditional cable and TV satellite distributors have seen their subscriber losses accelerate. In 2018, the five biggest U.S. pay-TV operators collectively lost 3.2 million subs, a 4.2% decline.“FuboTV is quickly evolving as a major force in the streaming television space, and the addition of Viacom’s media networks as a cornerstone of FuboTV’s entertainment offering demonstrates the power and popularity of our global brands and programming,” Tom Gorke, Viacom’s EVP and head of distribution and business development, said in a statement. ×Actors Reveal Their Favorite Disney PrincessesSeveral actors, like Daisy Ridley, Awkwafina, Jeff Goldblum and Gina Rodriguez, reveal their favorite Disney princesses. Rapunzel, Mulan, Ariel,Tiana, Sleeping Beauty and Jasmine all got some love from the Disney stars.More VideosVolume 0%Press shift question mark to access a list of keyboard shortcutsKeyboard Shortcutsplay/pauseincrease volumedecrease volumeseek forwardsseek backwardstoggle captionstoggle fullscreenmute/unmuteseek to %SPACE↑↓→←cfm0-9Next UpJennifer Lopez Shares How She Became a Mogul04:350.5x1x1.25×1.5x2xLive00:0002:1502:15 Viacom is expanding its digital footprint on other fronts. Last month it spent $340 million to buy PlutoTV, a free TV-like streaming service, and its Viacom Digital Studios division now owns VidCon and digital network and studio Awesomeness.For now, FuboTV is relatively small in the grand scheme of things. Launched in 2015 as a sports-centric OTT TV service, the New York-based company said it had just shy of 250,000 paid subscribers at the end of September 2018. It has raised $150 million from investors including AMC Networks, 21st Century Fox and Sky (now owned by Comcast).Viacom shows that will be available to FuboTV customers include Comedy Central’s “The Daily Show With Trevor Noah” (pictured above), MTV’s “Jersey Shore: Family Vacation” and Nickelodeon’s “Rise of the Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles.”Under the deal with FuboTV, Viacom’s nine core media networks – BET, CMT, Comedy Central, MTV, Nickelodeon, Nick Jr., Paramount Network, TV Land and VH1 – will soon be included in FuboTV’s base package, priced at $45 per month.In addition, an expanded suite of Viacom channels will be available in the Fubo Extra premier package ($50 monthly). Those include BET Her, BET Jams, BET Soul, Logo, MTV2, MTV Classic, MTV Live, mtvU, Nick Music, Nicktoons and TeenNick. The deal also will bring Viacom’s Telefe and MTV Tr3s networks to FuboTV’s Spanish-language Fubo Latino package (an additional $8 per month).“We’re very excited to enter into this strategic partnership with Viacom, which continues to make prescient and aggressive moves in the digital media space,” said Joel Armijo, FuboTV’s CFO. “Fubo remains singularly focused on offering sports fans a compelling pay-TV alternative with a robust content offering able to serve the viewing needs of the entire household.”center_img Popular on Variety last_img read more

Dissecting the Wii U hardware

first_imgNintendo’s latest console has had something of a rough start. It wasn’t totally clear at the official unveiling what was actually announced, and then later on it was made clear that this was a whole new console. The Wii U is Nintendo’s grand attempt at combining the explosive popularity of the original Wii and the unique gaming experience found in the Nintendo DS in the living room. But what exactly are we getting on November 18?ConsoleNintendo is the last of the consoles to push HD gaming as a standard feature, and doing so means they need the hardware to make that happen. The Wii U is an entirely new console in a familiar looking glossy white or black shell. The console itself is only slightly larger than the original Wii, and almost always laying flat in promotional shots, partially hidden behind that tablet GamePad controller. It’s the guts Nintendo want you to hide away under your TV.Driving the new HD Wii U experience is an Radeon GPU from AMD along with an IBM “Broadway” tri-core processor. Nintendo hasn’t divulged specifics about either the CPU or GPU yet. The two models being offered, Basic ($299.99) and Deluxe ($349.99), are identical interally with the excpetion to the storage. The Basic package will have 8GB of onboard storage, while the Deluxe ships with 32GB. Both models will also have the ability to add removable storage through any of the four USB slots. Any USB storage device will be usable for additional storage, but only after being formatted to function with the Wii U file system.The Wii U will be able to connect to just about any TV, be it through HDMI, S-Video, D-Terminal, Component, or AV and actually ships with a HDMI cable in the box. Onboard WiFi includes 802.11 b/g/n, but also allows for a USB to Ethernet connection for wired access to the Internet. The AV Multi-Out connector allows for analog stereo connections, while HDMI is used for audio otherwise.ControllersThe star of the Wii U show is the all new controller. The Wii U GamePad is a huge 1.1lb controller with a 6.2-inch LCD touchscreen taking center stage. What makes this GamePad unique is how it interacts with the games on the Wii U. The new controller acts almost as a standalone gaming console when in range of the Wii U. There’s still a lot of unknowns when it comes to its features, like the resolution of the screen or the capacity of the rechargeable batteriey, but so far the GamePad feels like a great addition to the Wii U experience.Both versions of the console will come with one of the GamePads and you can only use one at launch. During the Wii U presentation, Reggie Flls-Aime explained that since there were already over 100,000 Wii remotes in circulation, they didn’t feel the need to include one with the console for player two. They will, however, be selling Wii U branded motion controllers, but chances are you have a Wii lying around and spare controllers to make use of.The Nintendo press release confirms the Wii U only supports one GamePad and multiple Wii motion controllers at launch, but some applications and games will possibly support multiple GamePads in the future. When I spoke to Nintendo employees at the US launch event I was told that applications like Nintendo TVii supported two GamePads, allowing the users to access separate profiles and control the television individually. There were no two GamePad demonstrations to show this off, so if it is going to become available it will be part of a future update Nintendo rolls out. Don’t be surprised if it doesn’t appear though, as there’s thought to be technical problems relating to handling communication of multiple GamePads.Not sold with the console, but sure to be available everywhere with the Wii U is the new Pro controller. This accessory bears a striking resemblance to some of the other console controllers on the market right now, but the button layout is just different enough to set them apart when you see them side by side. The Pro controller feels incredibly familiar, and playing games on it is very comfortable.Other AccessoriesAs mentioned above, if you want to play multiplayer games then you are going to need a few Wiimotes and Nunchuks. The Wii versions are compatible with the Wii U, but Nintendo is taking the opportunity to rebrand its Wii peripherals and offer them as true Wii U accessories.Depending on which version of the console you get you may also want or need to invest in a stand for your console and controller. The other confirmed official accessory is a mic. Beyond that we are sure to get a mass of third-party accessories. GamePad screen protectors, charging cables, battery extender add-ons, and of course storage units for the games. All of which is expected to join the Wii U on its November 18 launch day.Final ThoughtsWhen the Wii U is released in November, it will be the first next-gen console on the market with Microsoft and Sony expected launch new hardware within the next couple of years. The Wii U launch is timed just right to catch the holiday season, but will be the most expensive console on the market. Will that count against it? The answer to that question will ultimately come down to the games and just how good Nintendo TVii turns out to be.What Nintendo has achieved is another unique console that has everyone wondering whether it’s any good. But Nintendo will take that as a positive because we all had the same feeling in the weeks before the Wii launched.last_img read more

In the Realm of Myths

first_imgA solo exhibition of paintings, pop-up art and installation by Sankha Banerjee titled ‘In the Realm of Myths’ is starts today at India International Centre in the national Capital and continues till September 27.The dialectical dynamics between myths and reality in India is quite alluring. The myths possess an exuding all-embracing attitude in its acceptance of multiple identities. And the dichotomy of myths and reality can also create a Babel-like chaotic confusion. Anyone can experience the feeling of being a voyeur in the realm of Indian myths and its metaphorical narrations.  Also Read – Add new books to your shelfIn the annals of myths, stories have always been associated with multitude layers of grandeur to express society and the people of India. Myths can also speak succinctly about society and its system. Even though myths derive and create philosophical turmoil within a social context. The forms and characters of mythical stories themselves change with changes in cultural, social and political contexts, and they seek to explore these trajectories within and also without the broader spectrum of time and space. Myths also trek towards a vantage point-literally and metaphorically with the flow of human lives, in both their macro and microcosmic versions.Sankha Banerjee, the artist endeavours the mapping of several myths of both ancient and urban society of India. His recurrent viewing of humanity in myths and narration as leitmotif makes him view them through a magnified prism to understand them. Through his art he tries to address the multiplicity of narratives in a non-linear manner of a bygone era adjacent with the present.last_img read more

TMC MP Santanu Sen claims getting death threats

first_imgKolkata: Trinamool Congress Rajya Sabha MP Santanu Sen Monday claimed that he has been receiving death threats from unknown persons for the past several days. Sen, however, did not specify the reason for the threats. He said that the number of calls threatening to put an end to his life has escalated in the past few weeks which prompted him to lodge a police complaint. It may be recalled that the party’s Krishnaganj MLA Satyajit Biswas was shot from point blank range by unidentified assailants in full public view on February 9 inside a Saraswati puja marquee at Phoolbari village in Nadia district. Also Read – Bose & Gandhi: More similar than apart, says Sugata Bose “I have been receiving life threats from unknown numbers for the last one-and-a-half month. Initially, I had ignored those threats since I am a politician,” Sen told PTI. However, in the last few weeks, the number of such calls have increased sharply, he said. “My family members and well-wishers suggested me to intimate the police. So I had lodged a complaint at the local police station,” Sen said. Sen is a key organisational leader of the TMC in North Kolkata and its suburbs. The TMC leadership has recently sought reports from the party’s district presidents regarding the security status of MLAs and important leaders in the respective districts. Apart from enhancing security of MLAs, the district leaders are also keen on providing additional security to key people in the organization’s set up ahead of the elections.last_img read more

United Airlines expands with 31 new destinations across US Europe

first_imgUnited Airlines expands with 31 new destinations across U.S., Europe Share CHICAGO — United Airlines will be adding a slew of new destinations in the U.S. and Europe, with more connections for both domestic and international markets.“Starting this summer we’re offering more flights, to more destinations at more convenient times than in recent memory,” said Scott Kirby, President, United Airlines.Starting May 5 United will operate one of its Newark-Tel Aviv flights with new B777-300ER aircraft. This will be United’s second route – in addition to the carrier’s flights between San Francisco and Hong Kong – on the B777-300ER.Meanwhile United’s seasonal flight between San Francisco International Airport and Munich Airport starts May 24 with service from MUC to SFO returning the next day. The route will be operated with the B787 Dreamliner.United is also adding service to 13 cities in the U.S and expanding domestic service with new daily summer flights in six markets with Salt Lake City, Fort Lauderdale, Tucson and New Orleans now offered for year round service.More news:  War of words between Transat, Group Mach ramps upUnited will also add additional daily flights to key business and leisure areas in 15 existing markets. In total United is adding 47 new daily roundtrips to its domestic schedule. The flights will be on a variety of mainline and regional jets that will add nearly 8,700 additional seats per day and approximately 90,000 new flight miles. Travelweek Group Monday, February 27, 2017 center_img << Previous PostNext Post >> Tags: United Airlines Posted bylast_img read more