March 5, 1997Seminar with Paolo Soleri.
UK-based pay TV broadcaster Sky has acquired Diagonal View, the digital channels company behind the All Time 10s and Football Daily online brands.Sky has been in acquisitive mode in 2017, buying stakes in True North and Chrysalis Vision, and has now taken over nine-year-old Diagonal View.Sky sees the acquisition as broadening its engagement with young, digital-first audiences who may not be taking pay TV services, and as a way of offering “greater brand-safe digital opportunities to advertisers”.Diagonal View is best know for its All Time 10s channels, which use social videos to run content on a diverse range of content that spans The Fresh Prince of Bel Air to unexplained phenomena. It has more than 15 million subscribers, with more than one billion in the past year.Diagonal View’s existing management team, including co-founder Matt Heiman, will continue to lad the business from within Sky, whose group director of advanced advertising Jamie West and director of digital sports and news David Gibbs will now support the unit.“Our social channels complement Sky’s current portfolio – the prospect of our incredibly popular Football Daily channels collaborating with Sky, whose pedigree in this space is unrivalled, is extremely exciting,” said Heiman.“Sky brings rights, expertise and scale. Diagonal View knows how to make content that digital natives enjoy watching and engaging with, so this partnership feels like a natural win-win for both us and Sky.”On the digital side, Sky invested in digital rights management firm TRX in August last year, and has heavily invested in Asian SVOD service iFlix.
Amazon has launched of its Fire TV streaming device featuring support for 4K Ultra HD video, HDR and Alexa voice-enabled remote.The device, which Amazon says is 40% more powerful than the existing Fire TV Stick, will retail for US$69.99 (€59.53) in the US.The new device, which will begin shipping to US customers on October 25, features a 1.5 Ghz quad-core processor and dual-band 802.11ac Wi-Fi. The new Fire TV also comes with 2GB of memory and 8 GB of storage.Amazon said that it was working with the likes of Hulu, Showtime, Sony’s PlayStation Vue, CBS All Access, NBC, Bravo, CNBC, and NBC News to add increased app functionality that lets users use their voice to rewind, fast forward, and play content with a wider range of commands.The company said it was also working with partners to have single sign-on added to TV Everywhere apps such as ESPN, NBC, ABC, Disney Channel, AMC, CNNGo, Food Network, E!,Freeform, USA, and others.Amazon has also added smart home camera support to the device, allowing customers to use Alexa to view streams from cameras throughout their home.The e-retail giant has launched a number of promotional offers for the launch.For a limited time, customers can get the all-new Fire TV and Echo Dot together for US$79.99 or the Fire TV Stick and Echo Dot together for $59.99, which the company says represents a 33% saving. Eligible customers who purchase and activate the all-new Fire TV by November 15, 2017 will also receive two months of Hulu, a one month trial of Showtime, and a US$10 credit to rent or buy content from Amazon Video.Amazon has also this week launched a new Amazon Echo smart home device for US$149.99 and a new Echo Spot devices for US$129.99.“The all-new Fire TV delivers a great entertainment experience with the best picture quality on a Fire TV, 4K Ultra HD, HDR, and an unbeatable selection of content – all at an affordable price,” said Marc Whitten, vice-president, Amazon Fire TV.“With Alexa, the new Fire TV makes it easier to navigate content and discover great movies and TV shows, all by using your voice.”