Here are the editor's top picks for the week.
UK pay TV market heats up as Amazon Channels launches
Amazon.com Inc. has unleashed its horse in the race for Europe's hotly contested pay TV market: Amazon Channels. Analysts think the new offering may put Sky plc and other traditional players in Britain under pressure. Amazon Prime members in Britain, who pay £79 annually, will be able to access the mix of live and on-demand video services for an extra monthly subscription fee ranging from £1.49 to £9.99 per individual channel.
Q1 Ad Sales: Declining audiences hamper media conglomerates' performance
Audience shortfalls hampered the domestic ad sales performances at most of the major U.S. media conglomerates during the three months ended March 31. The soft results came in the face of some tough comparisons from the year-earlier period, which benefited from the presidential advertising cycle and a scatter market that was generally believed to be stronger than this year.
The blurring line between marketing and entertainment video content
Digital video is changing the way content is both consumed and created, panelists said at Digital Hollywood in Los Angeles. While traditional content has been produced in the context of half-hour, one-hour or feature-length formats, premium content creators are now beginning to consider the full breadth of different formats available online through social video, streaming video, over-the-top channels and digital video marketplaces.
Investors stymied by slow growth in virtual reality
Virtual reality investment is proving to be more an art than a science as adoption is limited and forecasts are often controversial. The snail's pace of technological and content development and consumer adoption has left many virtual and augmented reality startups wondering how to attract investors, and investors wondering what are the safest bets in the nascent industry.
Searching for real solutions to fake news
Social media sites, news outlets and nonprofit groups have all launched a battle against the spread of fake news. But the enemy could be far more complex and pernicious than any one group can handle on its own.