Digital Media

SVOD service HOOQ makes India debut; prices subscription at Rs 199
1:30 pm PDT 28/05/2015 By AnimationXpress Team

Competing with over the top (OTT) players such as Star India’s Hotstar, BoxTV and Big Flix, Asian video-streaming service Hooq has made its Indian debut. The video service from Singtel, Sony Pictures Television and Warner Bros. Television is looking at expanding in the Asian region by launching in countries like India, Philippines, Indonesia and Thailand. While Hooq will officially go live in India in June, beta access will be available to select users beginning 27 May. Hooq’s one-month subscription will … Read More

Adult Swim partners with WEVR to launch ‘Virtual Brainload’
2:00 pm PDT 27/05/2015 By AnimationXpress Team

Adult Swim in partnership with WEVR has developed a virtual reality app, The Virtual Brainload which is now available on Google Play. The app takes viewers on a visual and sonic trip through outer space, utilizing the Google Cardboard headset peripheral (must be purchased separately). This offers fans an immersive, bodiless journey of the mind in its virtual reality experience. This initiative is Turner Broadcasting’s first release in the virtual reality sector, and provides new opportunities for creative development, programming … Read More

WB launches new DC, Looney Tunes, Scooby interactive sites
1:00 pm PDT 26/05/2015 By AnimationXpress Team

Warner Bros. Consumer Products and DC Entertainment have launched, and as three new entertainment destinations for kids that will feature original content starring the WB characters. The WB Kids character driven environments, and, will inspire imagination and encourage interaction with many of Warner Bros.’ most recognizable franchise animation characters, including Bugs Bunny, Daffy Duck, Scooby-Doo, Shaggy and the Gang, engaged through fan-favorite content, exclusive videos, interactive and downloadable activities, comics and exciting games. will feature … Read More

Prime Focus bags iTunes certification for content delivery
1:00 pm PDT 21/05/2015 By AnimationXpress Team

Prime Focus Technologies (PFT), the technology arm of Prime Focus, has received certification from Apple to deliver movie content and associated assets directly to iTunes. This recognition comes just after PFT launched ‘Digital Next’ offerings at the 2015 NAB Show, providing cloud-based solutions to help with the immediate challenges faced by the media and entertainment industry to meet the demands of the digital consumer. With this qualification, PFT will assist Apple and its content partners in delivering content on the … Read More

Marvel spills the beans on Netflix’s Daredevil costume concept art
1:00 pm PDT 20/05/2015 By AnimationXpress Team

Marvel has been very specific when it comes to superhero costumes be it for the enormous cinematic universe or the small screen rulings. The recently released Marvel’s Daredevil too had a Marvel artwork touch by Ryan Meinerding, a designer and costume artist at Marvel. After almost a month of the critically acclaimed season coming to an end, Marvel released concept art for Matt Murdock’s costume from Netflix’s Daredevil television series. Designed Ryan Meinerding, the iconic red outfit was conceptualised by a team … Read More

Facebook finally brings ‘Instant Articles’ to life
10:15 am PDT 15/05/2015 By AnimationXpress Team

Facebook is bringing newspapers and magazines to its home. The social media company is has introduced a new feature on its Facebook app for iPhone where it will host publication stories directly on the app to their massive user base of 1.4 billion. Facebook is starting small and has tied up with nine major media outlets like The New York Times, The Guardian, The Atlantic, BuzzFeed, BBC News, National Geographic, NBC, Spiegel and Bild. The new app was aimed at … Read More

Device-enabled kids are more influential in the household: Study
1:30 pm PDT 13/05/2015 By AnimationXpress Team

Kids inSoutheast Asia have greater online access through mobile and tablet devices than ever before, but television remains the most popular media, research study from Turner Asia Pacific has revealed. The New Generations survey – commissioned by the media company known for its kids’ brands Cartoon Network, Boomerang and Toonami – analyses the behaviour and spending power of the region’s youngest consumers. Findings from the 2015 edition shows that affluent boys and girls, aged 4-14, are increasingly taking control when … Read More

‘Game of Thrones’ S05E05 ‘Kill the Boy’: The most pirated episode of all time
1:30 pm PDT 12/05/2015 By AnimationXpress Team

One of the most pirated TV shows in the history of television – Game of Thrones’ episodes have always left fans scavenging the World Wide Web for the latest offerings from the highly acclaimed HBO original series. The fifth season of the critically acclaimed Westeros Saga got off on the wrong foot with the initial four episodes made available even before the international premiere through rogue sites thanks to a leak from the press previews. HBO though has been denying … Read More

Disney inks SE Asia SVOD deal with Globe Telecom
10:00 am PDT 12/05/2015 By AnimationXpress Team

The multi-year agreement will see Globe offer Disney Movies on Demand service, providing subscribers with Disney and Pixar animations such as Toy Story, Finding Nemo, The Princess Diaries, Mickey’s Once Upon A Christmas, and Cinderella. In addition, the Disney on Demand service provides television hits such as Mickey Mouse Clubhouse and Phineas & Ferb. It also marks the first major deal in Southeast Asia under the Disney umbrella for short-form online subscription video network Maker Studios. Maker on Demand offers … Read More

Digital video consumption estimated to reach 1.9 billion views in 2019
9:00 am PDT 12/05/2015 By AnimationXpress Team

Parks Associates estimates there will be 1.6 billion video viewers worldwide in 2015, increasing to 1.9 billion in 2019. The global LTE user base will top 700 million in 2015, led by substantial subscriber gains in the US, Europe, China, and Latin America. The research firm reported these findings in Global Connected Living Outlook: The Era of IoT based on in-depth calculations from NUMBERS, a service forecasting adoption and revenue growth for connected products and services within the connected home ecosystem. … Read More

Google paves the way for strengthening Android developer community
1:00 pm PDT 06/05/2015 By AnimationXpress Team

Learning how an app or a game plays out and how it performs in the app market has been difficult to understand for developers. There are analytics and websites which provide certain data but discovery for these apps still continues to be an area of concern. App developers have significantly been biased towards the Apple App Store giving Android, a step treatment when it comes to launching apps first. This is mainly due to better quality of phones and the … Read More

Twitter removes support for embedding games in tweets
12:00 pm PDT 06/05/2015 By AnimationXpress Team

Twitterati will no longer be able to embed MS-DOS games in tweets as the micro-blogging platform has withdrawn support for the feature. Users could earlier embed classic games in tweets simply by linking to their internet Archive page. However, the feature violated Twitter’s rules for its cards. The firm has although not made an official announcement about the removal of the feature but gaming was prohibited under its developer guidelines. The social media site’s guidelines clearly stated, “Do not build … Read More