More stories from Janko Roettgers

http://www.theguardian.com/media/2014/mar/12/netflix-spotify-uk-home-entertainment-sector Home entertainment revenues have been on a steady decline in the U.K. since 2008, but in 2013, that trend got reversed by Netflix and Amazon’s Lovefilm, according to a report from the Guardian. Video subscription services like Netflix and Lovefilm grew 120 percent last year, […] Read more at GigaOM »

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http://variety.com/2014/digital/news/warner-bros-is-buying-a-stake-in-struggling-youtube-net-machinima-heres-why-1201127883/ After months of rumors, Warner Bros. is now making its $18 million investment in Los Angeles-based YouTube network Machinima official. The investment comes after Machinima was forced to lay off 30 percent of its staff last week, including its entire ad sales department. So why […] Read more at GigaOM »

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http://www.reuters.com/article/2014/03/06/us-directv-disney-idUSBREA242GU20140306 Looks like Dish’s internet TV deal with Disney may open the floodgates for news about similar arrangements: Reuters is reporting that DirecTV is in negotiations with Disney about also launching an internet-based TV service with programming from ABC and ESPN. DirecTV’s retransmission agreement with Disney […] Read more at GigaOM »

Vudu, the Walmart-owned premium video service, is adding Chromecast support to its iOS and Android app soon. Vudu announced the upcoming Chromecast support on its website Sunday, adding that users will also be able to cast video straight from the Vudu website. Google opened up the […] Read more at GigaOM »

http://www.billboard.com/biz/articles/news/record-labels/5922966/apple-presses-labels-for-more-beyonce-type-exclusives-in Apple has been pushing for a windowed release strategy for new music, according to a Billboard report. In talks with record label executives, Apple has pointed to the latest Beyonce album as a possible blueprint for future releases: iTunes offered Beyonce’s self-titled album as an […] Read more at GigaOM »

http://tech.fortune.cnn.com/2014/02/24/sean-parkers-airtime-okhello/ Sean Parker’s video chat startup AirTime quietly pulled off a relaunch last year, and no one noticed, until now: Erin Griffith over at Fortune reported Tuesday that the AirTime team is behind OkHello, a group video chat app. The main difference to AirTime, aside from […] Read more at GigaOM »

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