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TV shows have been produced the same way for decades. But in its quest to revolutionize how people watch TV, Netflix is revolutionizing how TV shows are made.
Take the popular show “Dear White People,” which debuted last year. After creator Justin Simien made his pitch about the show—based on the movie of the same name—Netflix executives ordered 10 episodes. A typical TV ...
One of the hottest startups in gaming isn’t a game developer. It’s a chat app called Discord.
While little known outside the gaming world, Discord is hugely popular with gamers, boasting 150 million users,19 million of whom use it daily. That has drawn the attention of investors: backers include Tencent and venture capitalists such as Greylock and Benchmark. Discord was valued at ...
When Tencent recently reported its first quarterly profit decline in more than a decade, executives from the Chinese internet giant blamed it on Beijing’s temporary suspension of approvals for new games. That has helped wipe more than $100 billion off the market capitalization of Tencent, the world’s biggest videogame company by revenue, this year.
At the center of Tencent’s ...
Amazon.com is planning to launch a free, advertising-supported video service for the estimated 48 million people who use its Fire TV streaming video devices, say people familiar with the situation. The new service, which is being developed by Amazon’s IMDB subsidiary, will join a growing collection of efforts by Amazon to tap into the $70 billion TV ad market.
The company has already ...
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