Digital Media

Facebook is now mightier than IBM
12:30 pm PDT 21/10/2014 By AnimationXpress Team

It’s a major changing of the technology guard for corporate America. Facebook’s market capitalisation shot past IBM’s in recent weeks, as Mark Zuckerberg’s social media behemoth saw its value rise to roughly $208 billion in worth as of last Thursday. Thanks to a remarkable share surge over the past year, Facebook’s market value has leapfrogged any number of the gold-plated names of American industry, including Verizon, AT&T, Coca-Cola, Walt Disney, Bank of America and Citigroup. Facebook’s shares – up 44 … Read More

Leonardo DiCaprio partners with Netflix for release of documentary on endangered gorillas
3:00 pm PDT 20/10/2014 By AnimationXpress Team

NEW DELHI: Actor Leonardo DiCaprio and his Appian Way Productions shingle have partnered with Netflix for the release of Virunga, a documentary about endangered gorillas on the Congo that the digital network acquired exclusive subscription-video rights to in July. DiCaprio will serve as an executive producer on the film, which is slated for release on 7 November in theatres in New York and Los Angeles and in all territories where Netflix is available. In a review earlier this year at … Read More

Bengaluru’s Lukup Media launches on-demand TV service
1:30 pm PDT 20/10/2014 By AnimationXpress Team

Bengaluru-based Lukup Media has launched its on-demand television service powered by a connected device, the Lukup Player. The Lukup TV service is available in Bengaluru now and will be available across India in phases. It can be accessed online as well as in retail stores. The Lukup TV service aims to deliver a large number of TV channels in addition to those available on cable and direct-to-home (DTH) platforms. These additional TV channels will have content from multiple genres including … Read More

Line reaches 30mn users in India, targets game developers
1:15 pm PDT 20/10/2014 By AnimationXpress Team

Messaging app Line revealed it has touched the 30 million user-base milestone in India and is targeting to reach the 50 million-mark by the year end. The Japanese company, which has over 560 million users globally, had launched its services in India in May last year. “We make sure that our new features and services, be it through stickers or games, to take our users beyond the usual messaging experience and that has helped us reach the 30 million milestone … Read More unveils brand campaign with Hrithik Roshan
1:00 pm PDT 20/10/2014 By AnimationXpress Team

The on-demand digital entertainment portal has unveiled its brand campaign ‘Zindagi Ka Sound Track’, which kick-started with a TVC featuring the voiceover of Bollywood superstar Hrithik Roshan. The 360-degree brand campaign has also initiated a social media contest with the hashtag #HungamaMusic, amplified by OOH, digital and radio. Twitteratis have to tweet completing the sentence, ‘Music ZindagiKa…’ CEO Siddhartha Roy said in a press statement: “Our aim is to encapsulate what music means to people in different situations. … Read More

Netflix’s Ted Sarandos wants to restore choice and option for consumers
3:30 am PDT 15/10/2014 By AnimationXpress Team

CANNES: For Netflix chief content officer Ted Sarandos this is the golden age of storytelling. Sarandos was giving a keynote on day two of MIPCOM 2014. Talking about Netflix and its engagement with the audience, he said, “We have been able to innovate and advance technology that favours the consumer. We have been able to innovate the audience, who are on-demand viewers.” Netflix which has 50 million paid subscribers in 40 countries, recently launched in France and Germany. Talking about … Read More

SoftBank Continues Content Push with DramaFever Acquisition
2:50 am PDT 15/10/2014 By AnimationXpress Team

SoftBank is at it again, this time around the company gobbled up DramaFever, a Korean online video subscription service. DramaFever houses series and films from more than 70 broadcasters and studios across Asia, Europe and the Americas. The company also syndicates a portion of its library to Hulu, Netflix, Amazon, and iTunes. DramaFever claims to have a reach of approximately 20 million unique monthly viewers. Nikesh Arora, vice chairman of SoftBank Corp. and CEO of SoftBank Internet and Media, Inc. … Read More

Alia Bhatt is McAfee’s most sensational, riskiest celebrity
2:30 am PDT 15/10/2014 By AnimationXpress Team

In its eighth edition this year, Internet security provider McAfee’s Most Sensational Celebrity survey has found Bollywood’s Alia Bhatt topping the charts in the Indian cyberspace. As part of the survey, McAfee researched popular culture’s most famous people to reveal the riskiest celebrity across the web and unveil the 2014 rendition of its ‘Most Sensational Celebrity’ research. Alia replaces Priyanka Chopra, who topped the list in 2013. As cybercriminals exploit consumers’ need to be updated on celebrity news, McAfee’s survey … Read More

Facebook declares innovation challenge
2:10 am PDT 15/10/2014 By AnimationXpress Team

NEW DELHI: Facebook has declared the innovation challenge in India. The objective of the campaign is to make internet more accessible and relevant to four sections of the population that are currently underserved in India: women, students, farmers and migrant workers. These communities face maximum structural barriers when it comes to using the internet. McKinsey & Company’s recent study affirmed that the lack of relevant local and multilingual online content and services is one of the primary barriers to … Read More

Magzter crosses 22 million users mark
1:50 am PDT 15/10/2014 By AnimationXpress Team

A celebratory wave swept across the offices of Magzter around the world as the global team watched the newsstand’s user base notch the 22 million mark. The swift escalation in the number of users transacting through the Magzter store can be attributed to several reasons among which its easy-to-use interface and access to over 4,500 magazines, 25,000+ books and comics in 40 languages ranks the highest. The Magzter platform was created to facilitate easy access to a variety of publications … Read More

Cartoon Network US launches micro-network for digital entertainment
12:40 am PDT 14/10/2014 By AnimationXpress Team

US kids broadcaster Cartoon Network has become the first television brand to debut a micro-network specifically designed for the small screen. Cartoon Network Anything contains content exclusively created for portable mobile platforms, rapidly delivering entertainment in a totally new and fun way. The app is free and available for download now on the App Store and Google Play. Cartoon Network Anything is a stream of content consisting of games, activities, trivia and video, each lasting an average of 10 to … Read More

Seth Green and the studio behind ‘Robot Chicken’ partner with Vimeo to introduce online stop-motion animation course
11:30 am PDT 10/10/2014 By AnimationXpress Team

Vimeo and Stoopid Buddy Stoodios, the studio behind the longest running stop-motion show on television, Robot Chicken, as well as Mattel’s WWE Slam City, L/Studio’s Friendship All-Stars, MAD’s stop-motion Spy vs. Spy, among many others, have announced a partnership to offer a first-of-its-kind stop-motion character animation course. “Stoopid Buddy Stoodios Animation Class” will be released exclusively on Vimeo On Demand and taught by Stoopid Buddy’s award-winning animation team. The two-hour course is the first animation educational service of its kind, … Read More