July 16, 2001 |
Online music service FullAudio Corp. has crossed another important threshold, lining up its first licensing deal with a major record label. The Chicago-based company, which plans to offer downloadable music on a subscription basis, is expected to announce today that EMI Group's EMI Recorded Music has granted it a license covering most of EMI's catalog. It previously announced groundbreaking licensing deals with EMI Music Publishing, the industry's largest publisher, and BMG Music Publishing.
April 4, 2001 |
Kevin Conroy's first job in music was to hit the high notes as star of his grade-school productions of "Jesus Christ Superstar" and "Godspell." From there, he joined the church choir and sang competitively as part of a double quartet in college. His first concert? Three Dog Night. Hardly the cutting-edge credentials one would expect from a guy on the front line of the ultra-hip, post-Napster digital music revolution.
August 12, 2013 |
Spanish-language radio star Eddie "Piolín" Sotelo is borrowing a page from Howard Stern. Three weeks after severing ties with Univision Radio, Sotelo has made a deal to bounce to SiriusXM satellite radio. This fall, Sotelo will launch a Spanish-language entertainment channel on the subscription service called Piolín Radio, which will be anchored by a live four-hour morning program that Sotelo will broadcast from Los Angeles. "I am honored SiriusXM believes in me," Sotelo, whose nickname means "Tweety Bird," said in a statement.
September 24, 2011 |
Dish Network is aiming to use its new Blockbuster unit to challenge now vulnerable Netflix, but not at the expense of its own satellite television business. The company on Friday unveiled Blockbuster Movie Pass, a service that offers DVDs and video games by mail along with 3,000 movies and television shows available to stream on TV and an additional 1,000 for PCs. It will launch Oct. 1. The service will cost $10 a month, the same price Netflix charged for a combined streaming and DVD service before it unexpectedly raised the price in July, sparking public outrage and the loss of an estimated 400,000 subscribers by the end of September.
October 29, 2001 |
The board of General Motors Corp. agreed Sunday night to create the nation's largest subscription television service by selling its Hughes Electronics subsidiary, the owner of DirecTV, to rival satellite provider EchoStar Communications Corp. for nearly $26 billion in stock and cash, according to people close to the negotiations. The proposed merger would catapult EchoStar ahead of the nation's leading cable company, AT&T Corp. EchoStar, which has 6.4 million customers, would grow to 16.
May 4, 2001 |
Beleaguered Napster, struggling to meet the demands of the courts and the music industry, is in talks with Microsoft about using the software giant's technology to help build a secure, copyright-friendly version of its online song-swapping service. Under legal attack by much of the music industry, Napster could use Microsoft's copyright-protecting technology to entice the music industry to supply songs being denied.
July 13, 2011 |
Netflix Inc., America's largest video subscription service, is hiking prices as much as 60% in a move that has sparked outrage among its customers but brought smiles to Hollywood studio executives. The service will no longer offer a $9.99 plan that lets users watch an unlimited number of movies online and rent one DVD at a time. Instead, subscribers who want that combination will have to pay a total of $15.98 a month — $7.99 for Netflix Instant streaming and $7.99 to receive discs in the mail.
September 19, 2011 |
Netflix Inc., just a few months ago considered the unstoppable titan of the entertainment industry, is suddenly looking more like the Titanic. The company that transformed DVD rentals with its subscription mail service, added easy-to-use Internet video streaming and amassed 25 million subscribers throughout the Western hemisphere has found itself pummeled over the last two months by furious and departing customers, balky suppliers in Hollywood and...
December 16, 2001
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June 12, 2013 |
For its latest Chrome browser video game, Google Inc. has created a modern version of the classic arcade title Pong that lets users play against their friends over the Internet and see one another using Web cams. The game is called "Cube Slam" and was released Wednesday. Like Pong, the point is to use paddles to direct balls at your friend's wall and away from yours. Once a user hits his or her opponent's wall three times with a ball, they win. But unlike Pong, "Cube Slam" is filled with obstacles and power ups that enhance the game.