HBO’s Internet subscription service HBO Now has found its way to one more platform: Users of Amazon’s Fire TV and Fire TV stick devices can now access the service with a dedicated app, both companies announced Thursday.
HBO Now exclusively launched on Apple devices earlier this year, and has since added support for Android mobile devices as well as Google’s Chromecast streaming stick.
Amazonalready joined the ranks of HBO Now resellers in July. Unlike Netflix, HBO isn’t selling its subscription service directly, but is instead relying on companies like Apple, Google, Amazon and Cablevision to handle its billing.
Facebook expects that it will have to pay as much as $5 billion as a result of an ongoing FTC investigation into its privacy practices, the company revealed in its Q1 2019 earnings release Wednesday. As a result of these anticipated charges, Facebook set aside $3 billion in the quarter, which significantly impacted its earnings [...]
The NFL is hoping fans tuning in to the 2019 draft will also be thumbing through Instagram — where they’ll be able to buy the official draft-day hats donned by the top collegiate players picked in the first round. The league is teaming with Instagram to create a first-of-its-kind digital shopping experience for the NFL [...]
Disney/Marvel’s “Avengers: Endgame,” poised to be the hugest movie opening in history, has hit piracy networks — two days before its U.S. premiere — with a copy evidently recorded in a Chinese movie theater now circulating online, according to a published report. Users in China began sharing a 1.2-gigabyte file of “Avengers: Endgame” on peer-to-peer [...]
Childish Gambino is taking his “Pharos” multimedia franchise to a new platform: Donald Glover’s alter ego released a “Pharos” augmented reality (AR) app for Android phones Wednesday morning, with an iOS version forthcoming at a later time. The app allows users to open up an AR portal in their living room (or where ever else [...]
Baobab Studios, the VR studio known for Pixar-quality animated virtual reality short films like “Invasion!” and “Crow: The Legend,” is back at Tribeca Film Festival this week with a new VR short that puts you at the center of the story — and lets you experience bonding around a campfire a million miles from home. [...]
AT&T believes it will hang on to DirecTV’s exclusive rights for the NFL Sunday Ticket, even as the league has said it’s considering ending the satellite operator’s exclusivity to extend the out-of-home games package to streaming platforms. “The exclusivity [of Sunday Ticket] should remain as we go forward on DirecTV,” AT&T CEO and chairman Randall [...]
SiriusXM today announced first quarter 2019 operating and financial results — the first since the company completed its acquisition of Pandora Media on Feb. 1 — and its quarterly profit was down 44% from the previous year. It attributed that drop to approximately $76 million of acquisition and other costs related to the Pandora deal, a $31 million one-time benefit [...]