When you decide you’re going to change the way movies are released to theaters and distributed, you’re going to meet some opposition. From the theaters that normally have exclusive access to said movies upon release. In the case of Crouching Tiger Hidden Dragon II: The Green Legend, IMAX-toting theaters are not pleased.
ICO Partners has compiled some interesting information about the relatively recent crowdfunding of indie video games, taking a look at data from 2013 and comparing it to data from the first half of this year. If the rest of 2014 follows in the footsteps of the first six months, this year will have had considerably less funding for video games than last year.
Apple is reportedly looking to offer Beats Music at a lower-than-typical price point, and to do so it is on the prowl for different pricing structures from major music labels. Such information comes from sources that spoke to Re/code, who says these discussions have only recently started.
Although rumored to still take place next year, eBay has now made the expected announcement. The online retailer will be spinning off PayPal into its own independent company. This is being poised as a strategy to keep the two brands separate and more lucrative in 2015, when its board predict that the association between the two would start to become a liability rather than a benefit.
Apple has taken action against Steve Lamar over claims that he is a co-founder of Beats, which he is reportedly using to market his own headphones company Roam. A lawsuit was filed this past Friday seeking damages, as well as complete removal of all claims about contributing to the company.
Get ready to see your favorite rapper repping products they might never have known about whilst amongst the living. Universal Music Group has announced that they’ll be teaming up with ad-placement group Mirriad and Havas Agency to modify music videos to include advertisements. This in-content generator of revenue is said to bypass "the Skip Generation" - aka those that skip advertisements whenever possible.
You might not even notice it happening. The transition might be so smooth, you don’t think about full-screen advertisements on your smartphone until you think back a few years. "Wait," you’ll think to yourself, "did I always have to watch several seconds of video advertisement in this app, or were they added more recently?"