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Facebook’s Version of YouTube Takes Shape With Pranksters, Magicians and Cartoons

By SAPNA MAHESHWARI

The tech giant sees Facebook Watch, with its rising number of videos from internet stars, as a key to future growth.

Internet Church Isn’t Really Church

By LAURA TURNER

Showing up in person is exhausting, especially compared with live-streaming. But being together is the whole point.

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The 25 Best Classical Music Tracks of 2018

By ANTHONY TOMMASINI, JOSHUA BARONE, CORINNA da FONSECA-WOLLHEIM, DAVID ALLEN, SETH COLTER WALLS and ZACHARY WOOLFE

Listen to our favorite albums of the year, music from the 15th century to the 21st.

Do you have Netflix face? How the blue light from your phone, laptop and iPad is ruining your skin

By Lucy Devine

Look away now, because blue light from your mobile phone, laptop and other devices could be causing damage, premature ageing and hyperpigmentation to your skin.

Netflix is testing instant replays

Every TV show and movie contains memorable scenes, some of which you wouldn't mind experiencing more than once.

Zattoo launches β€˜Recordings Plus’

By JΓΆrn Krieger

With Recordings Plus, Zattoo users in Germany can record more TV shows online.

The new feature can be added to an existing Premium or Ultimate subscription for €1.99 per month. The offer includes the recording of 50 additional TV shows, films or series.

Premium already includes 30 recordings and Ultimate 100 recordings.

The recorded programmes can be watched on any streaming device, regardless of the device the recording was scheduled on.

ProSiebenSat.1 forms joint venture with eSports.com

By JΓΆrn Krieger

German media group ProSiebenSat.1 is expanding its eSports activities: 7Sports, the company’s sports business unit, is forming a joint venture with international eSports portal eSports.com.

The two partners intend to jointly expand into the leading eSports platform in Germany, Austria and Switzerland. www.eSports.com covers all aspects of the topic as a news portal, with content ranging from highlight videos from major eSports events, editorial reports and results through to online tournaments.

With its expertise in the production and marketing of sports content, 7Sports aims to make a significant contribution to the platform’s growth. The two partners each hold a 50% interest in the newly established eSports GSA GmbH, which will be jointly managed by Stefan Zant, managing director and COO of 7Sports, and Fabian Furch, CEO of eSports.com AG.

7Sports has been active in the area of eSports since 2016, including live broadcasts of international tournaments and a weekly highlights magazine on ProSieben MAXX. With the joint venture, 7Sports is now taking the next step in establishing a dedicated eSports ecosystem.

This includes broadcasting eSports topics and events on TV as well as digital offers. Plans also include the organisation of its own eSports tournaments, the establishment of eSports leagues and the management of professional sportspeople and teams. A dedicated department has already been created at 7Sports for this purpose.

“eSports are already a mass phenomenon in Asia, and the German market will see strong growth over the coming years. This is why we are stepping up our involvement and working with a strong partner in eSports.com,” said Conrad Albert, deputy CEO of ProSiebenSat.1. “eSports are an excellent fit for our portfolio, as they allow us to continue to expand our entertainment offering, create additional marketing space and extend our digital reach to new target groups.”

Zeljko Karajica, CEO of 7Sports, added: “To date, eSports content in Germany has been largely focused on a relatively small group of heavy users. With our eSports offering on TV and in digital on eSports.com, we are addressing the mass audience of gamers and fans in order to help establish eSports as a popular sport in Germany. Our objective is clear: We want to be the market leader.”

RTL Deutschland expands OTT service TV Now

By JΓΆrn Krieger

German broadcaster Mediengruppe RTL Deutschland has expanded its OTT platform TV Now.

In addition to the free-to-air TV channels, the pay-TV channels of the Cologne-based media group are now also on board, as well as more exclusive content and programmes available ahead of their TV debut.

The livestream portfolio now includes the following channels: RTL, VOX, RTL II, n-tv, Nitro, RTL plus, NOW US, Super RTL, Toggo plus, RTL Crime, RTL Passion, RTL Living and GEO Television.

The monthly price of the platform which launched on March 1, 2016, combining live TV and on-demand TV, rises from €2.99 to €4.99 at the same time. The offer can continue to be tested free of charge for 30 days.

The 7-day catch-up TV service remains free of charge and financed by advertising.

TV Now can be accessed directly through the internet at www.tvnow.de as well as via smartphones, tablets, the Apple streaming box, the Apple TV app, Amazon Fire TV and Android TV. Further platforms are to follow in 2019.

RTL Deutschland expands OTT service TV Now

By JΓΆrn Krieger

German broadcaster Mediengruppe RTL Deutschland has expanded its OTT platform TV Now.

In addition to the free-to-air TV channels, the pay-TV channels of the Cologne-based media group are now also on board, as well as more exclusive content and programmes available ahead of their TV debut.

The livestream portfolio now includes the following channels: RTL, VOX, RTL II, n-tv, Nitro, RTL plus, NOW US, Super RTL, Toggo plus, RTL Crime, RTL Passion, RTL Living and GEO Television.

The monthly price of the platform which launched on March 1, 2016, combining live TV and on-demand TV, rises from €2.99 to €4.99 at the same time. The offer can continue to be tested free of charge for 30 days.

The 7-day catch-up TV service remains free of charge and financed by advertising.

TV Now can be accessed directly through the internet at www.tvnow.de as well as via smartphones, tablets, the Apple streaming box, the Apple TV app, Amazon Fire TV and Android TV. Further platforms are to follow in 2019.

β€˜Fernsehen mit Herz’ launches on Amazon Prime Video Channels

By JΓΆrn Krieger

German TV broadcaster Mainstream Media is now also offering its pay-TV package Fernsehen mit Herz on Amazon Prime Video Channels.

For €3.99 per month, Amazon Prime members can access the TV channels GoldStar TV, Heimatkanal and Romance TV. The live-streams are accompanied by on-demand content.

Fernsehen mit Herz can be tested free of charge for 14 days.

GoldStar TV and Romance TV have already been available as stand-alone channels on Amazon Prime Video Channels for a year.

β€˜Fernsehen mit Herz’ launches on Amazon Prime Video Channels

By JΓΆrn Krieger

German TV broadcaster Mainstream Media is now also offering its pay-TV package Fernsehen mit Herz on Amazon Prime Video Channels.

For €3.99 per month, Amazon Prime members can access the TV channels GoldStar TV, Heimatkanal and Romance TV. The live-streams are accompanied by on-demand content.

Fernsehen mit Herz can be tested free of charge for 14 days.

GoldStar TV and Romance TV have already been available as stand-alone channels on Amazon Prime Video Channels for a year.

Motorvision TV rolls out on Zattoo

By JΓΆrn Krieger

German car and motorsport channel Motorvision TV is now available on Zattoo in Germany and Switzerland.

Motorvision Group has concluded the distribution agreement with Zattoo Europa.

The pay-TV channel can be received in HD quality as part of the Zattoo Plus subscription package. The bouquet comprises 16 channels in Germany at a monthly price of €9.99. In Switzerland there are 14 channels on board (CHF12.90/month).

In total, Motorvision TV is now present on 14 platforms in German-speaking countries.

Motorvision TV rolls out on Zattoo

By JΓΆrn Krieger

German car and motorsport channel Motorvision TV is now available on Zattoo in Germany and Switzerland.

Motorvision Group has concluded the distribution agreement with Zattoo Europa.

The pay-TV channel can be received in HD quality as part of the Zattoo Plus subscription package. The bouquet comprises 16 channels in Germany at a monthly price of €9.99. In Switzerland there are 14 channels on board (CHF12.90/month).

In total, Motorvision TV is now present on 14 platforms in German-speaking countries.

MTV+ joins Amazon Prime Video Channels in Germany

By JΓΆrn Krieger

Viacom International Media Networks (VIMN) has launched MTV+ on Amazon Prime Video Channels in Germany and Austria.

Amazon Prime members can add the channel to their existing Prime membership for €2,99 per month. A free 14-day trial is available.

The offer, accessible on the web at www.amazon.de/channels/mtvplus, comprises the linear MTV Brand New channel and various premium MTV on-demand content.

The agreement with Amazon is the latest in a string of multiplatform partnerships for VIMN. The company also recently signed an SVOD deal for Nickelodeon content with Vodafone in Turkey, as well as a mobile distribution deal with Africa’s largest mobile network operator, MTN.

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