Following confirmation that Dish Network and Disney penned an agreement that included Internet TV streaming rights, DirecTV has revealed that it is in talks with Disney over the same topic, trying to secure a license for providing Disney-owned channels on its own Internet streaming service.
Earlier today, word surfaced through The Wall Street Journal that Disney and Dish Network had just recently penned an agreement that would delay "Auto-Hop" functionality for ABC shows, and as a result, litigation against Dish Network would be dropped. The two companies have confirmed this today, but in addition have revealed one detail that hadn't previously surfaced: rights to stream ABC stations on an Internet TV service.
Dish Network's Hopper DVR has drawn sustained criticism and legal battles from networks and broadcasters that want to see it nixed, something the company has seen success against. According to a source that surfaced via the WSJ, however, there could be a shift in how the DVR functions in the future, with a reported Disney agreement involving a temporary disabling of the auto-hop feature for certain shows.
This week the first look we've had up close and personal with the creators and the artwork behind Star Wars Rebels is close at hand. What we're seeing here is a preview for the animated show that'll take place between the 3rd and 4th Star Wars movies. That is to say - making a bridge between the prequel trilogy and the classic, original trilogy with storyline.
Google is ushering in Valentine's Day 2014 with another of its interactive doodles, having partnered with This American Life to bring true stories of love and relationships to its homescreen. The animated Google logo quickly flips over into a row of Love Heart sweets, each of which represents a different audio clip of "a true story of love" from "real people" around different themes like "crush" and "Mr. Right".
There's a game by the name of "Disney Magic Castle: My Happy Life" out in Japan this season that's headed - soon - to the United States with a different title: Disney Magical World. This game is licensed by Namco Bandai and has already rung up a cool 500,000 copies sold, according to Nintendo Life, across the (comparatively tiny) country of Japan. Now that it's headed for the USA, it's looking like this title might just spark up some additional interest in the platform it'll run on - the Nintendo 3DS.
There's a kind of stop-motion animation* called "vinylmation" right this minute, if you did not know, using vinyl toys as the models and just as simple a stop-motion technique as you like. While we've seen everything from Ninja Turtle Legos to Star Wars figures snapped in this bit of creational sway, today Disney lets loose a trailer for a short called "Blank: A Vinylmation Love Story" featuring a couple of rather plain-looking mice.
Supposing you weren't part of the Disney YouTube channel subscriber list and given backstage passes to the uploading of the entire three-season run of the cartoon Gargoyles last year, you likely had no idea they existed. Existed online as a free set of streaming bits, that is. Now Disney is making it a fully public sort of thing: every single episode of the cartoon Gargoyles is up for the watching, in their entirety, straight through Disney's own YouTube channel. This release comes on the 20th anniversary of the debut of the show, if you'd like your daily reminder of the fact that you've been alive a very long time.
There’s nothing quite like adding a major hand in the current technology scene to your board of directors - and this week, Disney’s done just that. Jack Dorsey, cofounder of both Twitter and Square, has been added to the Disney board of directors this week, suggesting that he’s both honored and humbled to do so: “Disney is a timeless company, one we all grow up learning from and admiring.”
There's a new free-to-play Star Wars game coming to a system near you. It's a classic dogfighting game based on classic Star Wars fighter vessels like X-wings, TIE fighters and, if the teaser trailer is to be believed, the Millennium Falcon. The game is entering a closed beta selection process right this instant; you can sign up at the Star Wars: Attack Squadrons site.