Cloud movie locker UltraViolet is finally closing


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UltraViolet, an older “cloud movie locker” service, is shutting down. The service, which allowed consumers to unlock a digital copy of their DVDs and Blu-Rays, was something of a transitional step between the age of physical media and today’s streaming video landscape. Over time, it’s become less necessary for consumers, as movie marketplaces and subscription services now offer extensive libraries of movies for streaming, rental and purchase – all in digital formats.

The shutdown was first reported by Variety.

Today, UltraViolet claims to have over 30 million users, who are able to stream more than 300 million movies and shows from their cloud libraries. But arguably, “UltraViolet” never became a household name.

The service was not well-received at launch. When the Hollywood and tech execs first came up with the idea, many people at the time thought it was just another “form of DRM” to keep people from

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Actress Maisie Williams to launch Daisie, a social app for talent discovery and collaboration


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 Actress Maisie Williams, best known for her role as Arya Stark on Game of Thrones, is the latest celeb to venture into tech entrepreneurship, with the launch of a new company aimed at connecting creatives, called Daisie. Available later this summer as a mobile app, Daisie will offer a platform where creators can network, like, share and collaborate on projects within a social networking… Read More

Here’s how to live stream the Grammys tonight


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 Don’t have a TV or just want to watch Kesha, Cardi B and Lady Gaga walk the red carpet from the comfort of your laptop? Thanks to modern tech, that’s possible tonight. James Corden kicks off the 60th annual Grammy awards this evening, Sunday, January 28, at 7:30 pm EST/4:30 pm PST, which is set to run for three and a half hours (though, fair warning, these types of awards shows… Read More

What’s holding back VR?


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 When it comes to virtual reality, we’re in a classic tech-industry moment: lots of chatter but seemingly little movement. We hear future-focused cheerleading from all corners about VR’s incredible potential, yet the 6.3 million headsets shipped last year is hardly cause for a ticker-tape parade. So what’s holding back VR? Read More

Make Hollywood-quality animations at low-budget prices with this motion capture suit


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 Rokoko is a new startup helping indie film and game makers make high-quality content with a new type of lower-cost motion capture suit. You might be familiar with the industry-standard green man MoCap suit many Hollywood studios use to capture the movement of objects or people for movies and games. Rokoko’s new Smartsuit Pro produces the same quality animations but sells for a fraction… Read More

Netflix & Amazon score a few Golden Globes, HBO won none


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BEVERLY HILLS, CA - JANUARY 08:  Actress Claire Foy, winner of Best Actress in a Drama Series for 'The Crown', attends The Weinstein Company and Netflix Golden Globe Party, presented with FIJI Water, Grey Goose Vodka, Lindt Chocolate, and Moroccanoil at The Beverly Hilton Hotel on January 8, 2017 in Beverly Hills, California.  (Photo by Tommaso Boddi/Getty Images for The Weinstein Company) Top streaming services including Netflix, Amazon and HBO didn’t fare as well as in previous years at last night’s Golden Globes. Despite entering the race with 14 nominations, HBO – which streams for cord cutters via HBO NOW and various internet TV services like Sling TV and DirecTV Now – walked away without a single win. Meanwhile, Netflix and Amazon didn’t rack… Read More

ScriptBook uses AI to pull great movie scripts from the slush pile


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get-shorty-2 While not every movie can be Mr. Lovejoy, robots can now help producers find great films by sorting and scoring scripts based on actors, plot, and endings. Think of it as a robotic replacement for the Hollywood page. The startup that does this is called Scriptbook and it automatically reads and scores scripts, offering Hollywood fat cats the ability to choose winners over flops. The company… Read More

Jennifer Lawrence tapped to play Elizabeth Holmes in new movie about Theranos


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Jennifer Lawrence Out of all the federal regulations turmoil, questionable test results and threats to oust her from her own company, Theranos founder Elizabeth Holmes is getting a silver screen lining – Jennifer Lawerence will play her in an upcoming movie. Deadspin reports “The Big Short” director Adam McKay will be making the film about the 32-year-old founder and her one drop medical… Read More

Why owning your cable box won’t kill your favorite shows


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remote tv A funny thing happens when the Federal Communications Commission moves to introduce competition into a consumer market. The industry, once so accustomed to acting the monopoly or duopoly in its sector, must suddenly “deal with” thousands if not millions of unhappy customers and a heated public debate. In the case of cable companies fighting the FCC’s set-top box proposal… Read More

iOS Apps Generated More Revenue Than Hollywood Movies Last Year


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Over the years, software development has fashioned itself more and more to resemble the lucrative, gonzo machine that fuels Hollywood, with top talent scoring big deals and even hiring agents. So it was just a matter of time before one of its sectors actually overtook Tinseltown. 

In this case, it’s the not-so-small segment of mobile app development.

As analyst Horace Dediu pointed out on his Asymco blog, iOS apps drew in more bucks last year than the movie business. Earlier this month, Apple announced iPhone and iPad developers raked in as much as $10 billion in 2014. Tack on the 30% or so that Apple itself made on top, and the roughly $14.3 billion exceeds the $10 billion or so Hollywood made at the U.S. box office.  

The threshold highlights how big the business of mobile apps has become—which is extraordinary, considering there was no meaningful mobile app business prior to 2008, when Apple’s App Store first launched.

Putting The Business Of App Making In Context

That doesn’t mean every app developer makes a ton of money—in fact, according to VisionMobile, 50% of iOS developers and 64% of Android developers weigh in below the “app poverty line,” i.e. making less than $500 per app per month. But at least en masse and overall, the business of stocking Apple’s App Store, with its inventory of more than 1.4 million apps, looks like it’s booming.

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Hollywood FX pros: I want to be an Oscars Maya Winner


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Every visual effects Oscar winner since 1997 has used Autodesk's Maya. This year will be no different.


And the Oscar for best visual effects goes to … Autodesk’s Maya.

No one yet knows who will win best picture, best actress, or best director when the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences hosts the 87th Academy Awards on February 22. But one thing is a lock: No matter who takes home the Oscar for best visual effects, they’ll have used Maya, Autodesk’s animation software, to bring their robots, hobbits, astronauts, monsters, and other on-screen creations to life.

Indeed, the visual effects and animation teams on all 10 films considered for this year’s Oscar nomination, and all five that received nominations this morning, used Maya, a powerful, customizable tool that enables deeply complex processes like character animation to look seamless and realistic on the silver screen.

And it’s not just this year. Maya’s been used on every winning film since 1997, an uninterrupted run that has meant big business for Autodesk as the tool — which costs $185 a month, or $3,675 up front, per license — has been adopted by everyone from the most accomplished professional levels of the visual effects and animation industries to individual amateurs and students just getting started in their careers.

Which begs the question: Could Hollywood even make visual effects-heavy films these days without Maya?

“You can’t do it,” Scott Farrar, the visual effects supervisor at Industrial Light & Magic who oversaw Transformers: Age of Extinction, told VentureBeat. “At this point, everybody’s so comfortable with the tool, it would be impossible.”

The latest iteration of the Transformers franchise was one of 10 films that competed in the Academy’s annual visual effects “bake-off” in Beverly Hills earlier this month, five of which earned nominations today. The others were Captain America: The Winter Soldier; Dawn of the Planet of the Apes; Godzilla; Guardians of the Galaxy; The Hobbit: The Battle of the Five Armies; Interstellar; Maleficent; Night at the Museum: Secret of the Tomb; and X-Men: Days of Future Past.

Those films represented work by many of the industry’s leading VFX houses, with ILM, Weta Digital, Atomic Fiction, Moving Picture Company, Method Studios, Digital Domain, and others vying to win the Oscar next month, and many of those houses contributing on multiple films.

Maya is ideal, said Weta Digital animation supervisor Dave Clayton, for key-frame or motion-capture animation.

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The Hollywood-ification Of The App Store


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Kim Kardashian app Kim Kardashian: Hollywood’s success in the App Store could open the doors to future celebrity-publisher partnerships, suggests app analytics firm App Annie in a new report out this morning which looks back on the latest in app store trends. The game, a joint effort between the celeb and publisher Glu, was the most downloaded game on iOS in July, and helped Glu become the number one… Read More

With $27.8M in Series B funding, Jaunt plans to bring cinematic virtual reality to the masses


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The software and camera company plans to use the money to expand its team, build 360 degree cameras and make more films.
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Pinterest treads on Facebook and Twitter territory by recruiting a media partnerships manager


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Facebook and Twitter have a new rival in the media realm. For the first time, Pinterest is hiring a manager for news and entertainment partnerships.
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Marc Benioff Funds Social Network For Film Lovers “MovieLaLa”


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MovieLaLa “Movie studios are spending hundreds of millions of dollars to market movies without the analytics and data to know where to target that marketing and to know it’s working,” says Marc Benioff, CEO of Salesforce. He’s the latest investor in MovieLaLa, a film fan social network that aims to solve this problem by doubling as a data-driven marketing platform for Hollywood.… Read More

Ads are the new black: AOL starts streaming classic Miramax movies


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Next up to take a page from Sony’s Crackle playbook is… AOL: The internet company has struck a deal with Hollywood heavyweight Miramax to stream movies from its library on its AOL On video website, as well as through its connected TV and mobile apps. Neither company would commit to listing any specific titles that will be available, but Variety helpfully reminds us that the Miramax catalog includes movies like Pulp Fiction, Chicago, Cinema Paradiso and Reservoir Dogs.

The movies will be made available free of charge and will feature advertising, which makes this yet another move for AOL to expand its video ad business. AOL streamed 3.8 billion video ads to U.S. viewers in March, according to comScore, which makes it the second largest domestic video advertising platform. Adding more longform content to its library could help AOL get viewers to stick around longer, and have them consume even more ads.

AOL isn’t alone in its embrace of ad-supported movie content. Sony has been making some of its titles freely available through its Crackle site for years, and connected app and advertising startup Adrise recently launched Tubi TV to deliver ad-supported videos to Amazon’s new Fire TV and other connected TV platforms. Hulu has also been offering some movies, including Miramax titles, to the users of its free web offering, and recently started to surface some of these titles as part of monthly staff picks.

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