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The Apple TV is back on Amazon

The Apple TV is back for sale on Amazon after a two-year hiatus – a move that was expected following Apple CEO Tim Cook’s announcement in June that Amazon’s Prime Video app would arrive on Apple TV later this year. The two companies had clearly come to an agreement that benefitted their mutual interests – for Amazon, that meant getting its streaming video app onto Apple TV devices; and for Apple, it meant getting its streaming media player on Amazon.com’s retail site again. Amazon a couple of years ago had stopped selling the Apple TV, as well as Google...

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The NFL partners with Facebook to distribute game highlights and recaps on the social network

Facebook and the NFL this morning announced a new multi-year programming deal that will see the sports organization distributing official NFL video, including game recaps and official highlights, to the social network. According to the NFL, the videos and recaps will be from all 256 regular season games, plus the playoffs and the Super Bowl, and will be made available to Facebook users worldwide. Alongside the footage from the games themselves, the NFL’s media division will also distribute content from its production arm NFL Films on Facebook’s newly launched Watch platform. Here, users in the U.S. will be able...

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Amazon adds Alexa voice control to the Amazon Music app

Amazon today is bringing Alexa to the Amazon Music app on iOS and Android, allowing listeners to use voice controls with their music. The feature is available in the U.S., U.K., Germany and Australia, the company says, and will let users do things like request a song, artist, or music for various activities or moods, like “road trips” or “running,” – the same as you can do with Alexa on Echo speakers. You can also ask Alexa to play songs where you don’t know the name of the track, but only the lyrics – another option Echo owners have...

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Plex adds personalized, streaming news to its media player software

Media player software maker Plex is today making good on its acquisition of streaming news startup Watchup from earlier this year with the integration of a dedicated news hub within its app. The feature delivers a way to browse and discover news from publishers worldwide, and introduces a personalized newscast that adapts to your interests based on what programming you watch and skip, among other things. However, Plex’s Director of Product and Growth, Jason Williams, clarifies to TechCrunch, this newscast will not send users into a “news bubble.” It will still include globally relevant news, balanced coverage, and those news stories that it’s important for everyone to know, he says. You’ll see the personalized newscast, called “My Newscast” immediately after you tap into the news hub on Plex. Instead of a short briefing – like the NBC News show on Snapchat, for example – Plex’s “My Newscast” actually consists of several news clips from various sources that are, on average, 3 or 4 minutes long. As you watch, you can choose to follow or mute the source to inform the feature’s recommendation technology. You can also follow or mute the topics that are displayed next to the video you’re viewing. Plex says it uses machine learning technology to perform data extraction, along with other techniques, in order to classify a piece of video content. That way, Plex users can...

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Vimeo acquires Livestream, launches its own live video product

After abandoning its plans to launch a subscription video-on-demand business earlier this year, IAC-owned streaming video site Vimeo announced today that it’s acquiring the live video streaming platform, Livestream, and launching its own live streaming product, Vimeo Live. The move to integrate Livestream’s technology into Vimeo will allow video creators to capture, edit, stream and archive their live events, the company says, in addition to hosting, distributing, and generating revenue from their videos. Terms of the acquisition were not disclosed, but the deal is expected to close early in the fourth quarter. Vimeo tells TechCrunch that it’s also the largest acquisition in...

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Target is adding Pinterest’s visual search tool to its app and website

Pinterest today announced a partnership with Target to integrate its visual search technology known as Lens into Target’s apps, and later its desktop website. The deal, which represents the first time the company has integrated Lens into a retailer’s app, will allow Target shoppers to snap a photo of any product, and then find similar items available for sale at Target. The company says that this feature will initially become available within Target’s registry, but will expand more fully to Target’s app and desktop website in the future. As a result of this deal, Target is also increasing their...

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