Netflix enters China via licensing deal with top video streaming service iQiyi

 China has long eluded Netflix. The company officially gave up on its original plan to enter the country last October in favor of licensing deals, and now it has inked its first major deal to give its programming a presence on Chinese soil. Baidu’s iQiyi, a top video portal in China with nearly 500 million monthly viewers, has agreed to a deal that will see it show some Netflix… Read More

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Netflix rival Iflix reveals its first original content series for emerging markets

 Fresh from raising $90 million from investors in March, Iflix, a Netflix-like service for emerging markets, has announced its first slate of original content. The Malaysia-headquartered business claims five million registered users across 10 countries — it recently branched out into Africa and the Middle East — for its service which costs around $3 per month. Beyond cheaper… Read More

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Spotify strikes new deal with indy giant Merlin, ‘competitive’ with big 3 labels

 Spotify — the streaming music company with 50 million paying users — has been working on renegotiating licensing deals with labels over the last several months — a critical move to improve its revenues and margins en route to going public — and today one of the big pieces of that process has fallen into place. The streaming music platform now has a new deal with… Read More

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Roku TVs now know what you’re watching, will suggest related shows

 Roku today is rolling out a software update that’s primarily filled with new features aimed at Roku TV owners – the portion of its business where its media software is integrated into television sets, instead of standalone streaming players. One of the standout features from the new release is a feature Roku calls “More Ways to Watch,” offering viewing suggestions that… Read More

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Uber isn’t welcome in Italy anymore | Crunch Report

Netflix reaches 75% of U.S. streaming viewers, LeEco scraps its plan to acquire Vizio, Uber isn’t welcome in Italy anymore and Cadillac is launching an autonomous driving system. All this on Crunch Report. Read More

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Amazon will live stream 10 NFL games this season, replacing Twitter

 Amazon has reportedly reached a deal with the NFL to stream 10 Thursday Night Football games this year, the company confirmed to TechCrunch. The one-year deal is reportedly valued at around $50 million. Read More

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