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One of the many highlights of the IABM Annual International Business Conference in December 2018 was the Dragons’ Den session. Three start-ups – Codices Interactive with Quiz Kit, Metaliquid with AI-powered metadata extraction, and Sceenic with Watch Together – had ten minutes each to pitch their new idea to a panel of three Dragons and a very engaged audience.
Disney announced strong second quarter results for fiscal year 2018, topping Wall Street expectations. The entertainment giant reported a 9% year-on-year quarterly revenue increase, while earnings per share jumped 23%. This growth was fueled by its Parks division and Studio Entertainment segment, in particular the success of blockbuster movies such as Marvel’s ‘Black Panther’ and ‘Avengers: Infinity War’. Disney’s Studio Entertainment is set to keep the blockbuster titles coming over the next few years, which will be of vital importance when Disney launches its direct-to-consumer offering in 2019. The company’s cable segment, which includes ESPN, saw operating income drop 6%, partly due to costs associated with the new streaming service ESPN Plus.
As regularly reported by IABM’s Business Intelligence Unit over the last couple of years, Big Tech’s investment in media continues to grow, with Netflix projected to invest $8bn in original content in 2018, Amazon $5bn and Facebook and Apple $1bn each. Until recently, however, live sports has been regarded as the last bastion for traditional broadcasters – their crown jewels and birthright. But Amazon signalled some intentions in this area when it snapped up the US Open and World Tour tennis rights, and just this April, renewed its deal with the NFL to stream Thursday night games. So the news that it has now bought 3-year a rights package from the Premier League to show 20 live soccer games per season should perhaps come as no surprise.
Disney announced in August 2017 that it will remove its content from Netflix in 2019. It will instead be included in a new Disney OTT offering to be launched in the same year. An ESPN-branded multi-sport video streaming service will be launched in 2018.
As you probably know, Facebook is a vast social media platform that offers numerous ways for people to interact with one another and just generally enjoy have a good time. One of Facebook’s most popular features is the ability to run third-party apps. If you can think of something you’d like to do on Facebook, there’s probably an app that makes it possible. And many apps are indeed quite useful. But there’s something you need to know about Facebook apps: Some of them can be downright dangerous! An app that’s poorly written or written with mal intent can cause all kinds of strange unexplained issues with your Facebook experience: Photos, status updates and comments that you’ve posted will simply disappear without a trace. Photos, status updates and comments that you didn’t post will show up on your Timeline or in your friends’ newsfeeds, making it appear that you’re responsible for posting them. And when that happens they’re usually posts that put you in a bad light. Your friends start receiving Instant Messages that appear to have been sent by you, even though you never sent them. Miscellaneous glitches of all types will have you ready to pull your hair out....