Entertainment

  • Cruiseable Wants To Disrupt The Cruise Ship Sector, So Far Ignored By Others

    Cruiseable Wants To Disrupt The Cruise Ship Sector, So Far Ignored By Others

    The cruise experience is so damn opaque that few can figure out what exactly is the right experience, especially amid all the schmaltzy marketing. Cruiseable is a new startup aimed at matching those who want a cruise ship vacation to the experience that fits them. On the face of it, it doesn’t sound that disruptive. But anyone familiar with the cruise industry may recognise how useful… Read More

  • Indian Music And Movie Streaming Firm Hungama Is Raising $100 Million

    Indian Music And Movie Streaming Firm Hungama Is Raising $100 Million

    The promise of mobile in India is attracting venture capital at a rate never seen before. The latest deal of note involves Hungama, a media company that provides music, videos and movies on mobile, desktop and beyond, which is on the cusp of raising more than $100 million. Read More

  • Ustream’s New Live-Broadcasting SDK Lets You Build Your Own Meerkat

    Ustream’s New Live-Broadcasting SDK Lets You Build Your Own Meerkat

    Call it a sign of the times: hot on the heels of Meerkat’s sudden boom in popularity among techies and Twitter’s kneecapping of the service as SXSW began, live-streaming startup Ustream is opening its internal API to the public so that anyone can build their own Meerkat-like broadcasting app. Read More

  • How Disney Thinks About Virtual Reality For Its Theme Parks

    How Disney Thinks About Virtual Reality For Its Theme Parks

    In a session at GDC this morning, Walt Disney Imagineering Creative Technologies Lead Bei Yang gave a talk about the work the entertainment giant has done with virtual reality. Read More

  • High Fidelity Raises $11M To Build Deployable Virtual Worlds

    High Fidelity Raises $11M To Build Deployable Virtual Worlds

    High Fidelity, the San Francisco-based startup from Second Life founder Philip Rosedale, has raised another $11 million in funding in a round led by Paul Allen’s Vulcan Capital. The funding was noted in a SEC filing that went through today and confirmed by Rosedale. Read More

  • Technology Stole The Show At Sundance

    Technology Stole The Show At Sundance

    True to its reputation, the Sundance Film Festival debuted a variety of fascinating and cutting-edge independent films during its annual run in Park City recently, but this year’s biggest breakout star was not celluloid. It was technology, as Silicon Valley innovation invaded this year’s festival in a big way. Filmmakers, studio representatives and festival attendees rubbed elbows… Read More

  • Can An App Really Make You Fall In Love With Anyone?

    Can An App Really Make You Fall In Love With Anyone?

    Anthony David Adams has been living with a woman he just met for the past three weeks. According to Adams, the two met and became enamored with one another using an app he created. His app, Love Actualized, leads couples through a series of 36 increasingly personal questions meant to make any two people fall madly in love. It ends with the couple staring intensely into each others’ eyes… Read More

  • BitTorrent Teams Up With Rapid Eye Studios To Make Young Adult Original Content

    BitTorrent Teams Up With Rapid Eye Studios To Make Young Adult Original Content

    Last November, BitTorrent made a move into Netflix and Amazon territory with the news that it would be releasing its first original piece of video content, Children of the Machine. Today, the peer-to-peer networking platform, which has 170 million active users, is kicking that strategy up another notch: it is entering a bigger partnership with Rapid Eye Studios — the production house that… Read More

  • Apple, The Record Label?

    Apple, The Record Label?

    You better believe that when Apple’s streaming music service comes out later this year, it’s going to come hard. Apple’s MO is to arrive late but with superior firepower, as it did with the iPhone and will with the upcoming Apple Watch. What does that mean for its quest to steamroll Spotify, Google Play, Deezer and everyone else in streaming? I’d bet part of it will be… Read More

  • Jukely Unlimited Launches In San Francisco

    Jukely Unlimited Launches In San Francisco

    Jukely, the unlimited concert subscription startup, has been expanding its services to cities all over the U.S. since its launch last October. Memberships were first offered in New York, then L.A. A lot of people (myself included) have been waiting for it to hit the Bay Area. That time has finally come. Jukely concerts are now available in S.F. The service works by curating smaller music… Read More

  • Who Needs Sundance When You’ve Got Crowdfunding?

    Who Needs Sundance When You’ve Got Crowdfunding?

    Film festivals used to be do-or-die moments for movie makers. They were where you met the producers that could fund your project, and if the buyers liked your flick, they’d pay to have it distributed to the only place it could be seen — the grande ole cinema. But if they didn’t dig the idea or rough cut, your film never got made or was dead on arrival. Fast-forward and… Read More

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