Viacom Secures Data Leak That Research Firm Deemed Potentially “Catastrophic”
Viacom computers put at risk “a vast array of internal access credentials and critical data that could be used to cause immense harm to the multinational corporation's business operations,” cyber security firm UpGuard says today.
The media company “dodged a major bullet,” Chris Vickery, who’s director of CyberRisk Research at UpGuard, tells me. “There’s no limit on the amount of harm that could have been done….Somebody cut a corner somewhere.”
Indeed, he adds, “if a bad… Read
Apple Unveils iPhone 8, Plus, iPhone X; Facial Recognition, Wireless Charging Are Key Features
The long-awaited unveiling of Apple’s iPhone 8 and updates to the other stars of its product line including a new Apple TV 4K arrived today with the fanfare usually reserved for a major motion picture opening. The first event at the Steve Jobs Theater at Apple’s revamped Cupertino campus, the corporate show attracted a worldwide audience for its live stream.
The 10th anniversary of the iPhone marks a crucial event for Apple — the iPhone accounts for slightly more than 63%… Read
Roku Looks To Raise $100M In IPO To Fuel Growth Plans
Roku hopes to raise $100 million in a public stock offering, it said today in an SEC filing. The streaming video equipment company says it had about 13.3 million subscribers in the U.S. at the end of June and expects to grow as viewers increasingly look to the internet for programming.
The stock will trade on Nasdaq under the symbol ROKU.
“Our mission is to be the TV streaming platform that connects the entire TV ecosystem,” CEO Anthony Wood says in a letter in the… Read
Technology & Engineering Emmy Winners Announced
The National Academy of Television Arts & Sciences is out with its list of winners for the 69th annual Technology & Engineering Emmy Awards. Presented in partnership with the National Association of Broadcasters for the first time, the hardware will be handed out at the NAB Show on April 8 in Las Vegas.
Among this year’s honorees are the teams behind a voice-navigation system for TV content, a video-conferencing service, video ID tech, and a 3D Doppler radar system.
Fox Teams With Samsung & Panasonic On Standard To Improve Ultra HD TV Images
This may sound a little geeky, but could become important as television sets offer visually rich High Dynamic Range (HDR) images.
Fox says today that it’s teaming with Panasonic and Samsung Electronics to create what they call “an open, royalty-free dynamic metadata platform,” tentatively called HDR10+.
Translation: They want the industry to have a common communications standard that would enable ultra-HD TVs, Blu-ray disc players, and set top boxes to dynamically adjust… Read
Peter Bart: New Media Spends Will Guarantee Competition But Also Audience Confusion
Sorting through the dizzying dispatches of recent weeks, here's one obvious epiphany: Apple, Amazon, Google and Facebook, having radically changed what we do and what we buy, now want to have a greater impact on what we see. Apple is allocating a $1 billion spend on original content, Facebook is busily acquiring programming, and Google has started its streaming TV service (hello Hulu). Meanwhile, Netflix and Amazon already are forging major changes in the Hollywood… Read
‘Silicon Valley’ Creator Mike Judge On T.J. Miller’s Incendiary Comments & Effects Of Erlich’s Departure On Future Seasons
A 1997 Emmy winner for animated series King of the Hill, Silicon Valley co-creator Mike Judge has been a fixture at the Emmys since the HBO series’ first season, always a bridesmaid but never a bride, despite continued critical praise and a major fan base for the show.
Taking it all in stride while in the writers room for Season 5, Judge has also had to reconcile the abrupt departure of star T.J. Miller—and with him, fan favorite character Erich Bachman. A hilarious… Read
‘Silicon Valley’ Showrunner Alec Berg On The Great Challenge Of Writing Serialized Comedy
Working as an EP and writer on cultural staples including Seinfeld, Curb Your Enthusiasm—and now, Silicon Valley—Alec Berg is something of a comedy legend. On his latest HBO series, in line with a career evolution stemming from Curb, Berg has taken on even more hats, as the director of a great number of episodes.
This season, the TV veteran has earned his 13th Emmy nomination for his writing of the Season 4 opener, “Success Failure,” and the controversial, abrupt exit of T… Read
Oscars: Academy Seeks Submissions For Science & Technical Awards
The Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences is looking to recognize “individuals and companies with devices or claims of innovation” in 11 areas, and has opened a 12-day submissions window for the 2017 Scientific and Technical Awards.
The Academy’s 11 “distinct scientific and technical investigations” are made public so individuals and companies have the opportunity to submit achievements for review.
The deadline to submit entries is Tuesday, August 15, at 5 p.m. PT… Read
Multi-Platform Series ‘Back To Earth’ Allows Users To Navigate With Tokens
EXCLUSIVE: A new series that will exist on multiple platforms and allow users to sway storytelling outcomes using proprietary game tokens is about ready to press play. 3Six Media Group LLC and New Mexico’s Blockspace Media are producing Back To Earth, a dystopian world game where the few human survivors of a technology gone awry battle aggressive, brain-dead, animal-like beings. The series will exist on several platforms and uses apps, websites, physical locations… Read
ZoneTV Teams With Microsoft And Ooyala To Offer User-Tailored Linear TV Channels
Are digital and traditional pay TV providers ready to offer a service that can automatically provide viewers with programming based on their preferences and previous selections? ZoneTV is betting that they are: The start-up hopes to raise its profile and prospects today as it unveils a collaboration with Microsoft and Ooyala to introduce this fall what it calls a “first-of-its-kind, customizable suite of linear TV channels.”
The plan is to offer cable subscribers a $6.95… Read
Dwayne Johnson’s Apple Movie With Siri Dominating The Day
UPDATE with latest numbers: Dwayne Johnson and Apple unveiled a mini-movie via a worldwide launch today teaming the action star with the tech company’s Siri voice assistant, which has been jostling with Amazon’s Alexa and Google Assistant in the marketplace. It’s already at 2.7 million views on Johnson’s Facebook page, 1.7 million views on Apple’s YouTube channel and is being shared on Johnson’s formidable social media channels, where he started promoting it last… Read