If you use YouTube TV, you have access to Disney content like National Geographic, ESPN, ABC and FX again.
YouTube TV announced on Sunday that they reached a deal with Disney to restore access to those channels after they failed to reach a deal last week.
The price of the content will revert to $64.99 per month, but all impacted members will still receive a one-time $15 discount.
“We appreciate Google’s collaboration to reach fair terms that are consistent with the market, and we’re thrilled that our robust lineup of live sports and news plus kids, family and general entertainment programming is in the process of being restored to YouTube TV subscribers across the country,” Disney told USA TODAY in a statement.
All Disney recordings previously in your YouTube TV library will be restored, and your local ABC station will be available once again.
YouTube TV wrote to users that for any subscribers who were impacted and have initiated the cancellation process, the company will still honor the one-time $15 credit on your bill if you resume your membership before you lose access. If you go to tv.youtube.com/membership and click “Add,” you return the Base Plan to your membership.
You will still see a $64.99 price upon re-activating your membership, but a one-time discount will be reflected in your next bill.
The two companies were negotiating a new contract throughout last week and Disney had told USA TODAY it was “optimistic” a deal could be reached. The split came right as the college football bowl season was heating up with many games scheduled to be broadcast on ABC, ESPN and ESPN 2.
During that time, the service lowered its monthly price by $15, from $64.99 to $49.99, while the Disney channels were off the platform. The complete list of channels removed from YouTube included Disney Channel, National Geographic, and the SEC Network.
In a short amount of time, the two streaming behemoths resolved their differences, but consumers still expressed their frustration on Twitter.
“The damage was done and is irreversible. I can’t trust YouTube TV to get anything done in a timely manner to avoid disruptions,” said Twitter user Brian Prescott.
Other users point out that it’s normal for disruptions to occur when companies are renegotiating contracts.
“These disputes happen with every provider,” said Twitter user Whitney Lucas. “It’s going to keep happening as these channels/content providers want to charge a whole lot more money every time their contracts expire.”
“Apple” amaze everyone with a “coffin” car without windows
Media sources revealed what the car that everyone is waiting for, which is the promising “Apple” electric car, might look like.
The sources pointed out that the “Apple Car” obtained a new patent due to the placement of virtual screens inside instead of clear windows.
According to the report published in the “Daily Mail”, the technology giant has filed a patent for a virtual reality (VR) vehicle system that matches “virtual views” with the physical movement of the vehicle as it travels and moves.
The patent indicates that the chairs in the car will move to match the visual images, providing an experience similar to attending a “4DX” cinema.
This means that real landscapes that may be picturesque will be completely replaced by virtual graphics.
Initial images of the waiting car were circulated, in which it appeared somewhat similar to the company’s control mouse (mouse) in terms of aerodynamics, as some mocked it and compared it to a “coffin”.
The company has been developing “Apple Car” for a decade, but there is no word on when it will be officially revealed.
TikTok plans big push into gaming, conducting tests in Vietnam
TikTok has been conducting tests so users can play games on its video-sharing app in Vietnam, part of plans for a major push into gaming, four people familiar with the matter said.
Featuring games on its platform would boost advertising revenue as well as the amount of time users spend on the app – one of the world’s most popular with more than 1 billion monthly active users.
Boasting a tech-savvy population with 70% of its citizens under the age of 35, Vietnam is an attractive market for social media platforms such as TikTok, Meta Platforms Inc’s Facebook and Alphabet Inc’s YouTube and Google.
TikTok, which is owned by China’s ByteDance, also plans to roll out gaming more widely in Southeast Asia, the people said. That move could come as early as the third quarter, said two of them.
The sources declined to be identified as the information has yet to be publicly disclosed.
A TikTok representative said the company has tested bringing HTML5 games, a common form of minigame, to its app through tie-ups with third-party game developers and studios such as Zynga Inc. But it declined to comment on its plans for Vietnam or its broader gaming ambitions.
“We’re always looking at ways to enrich our platform and regularly test new features and integrations that bring value to our community,” the representative said in an emailed statement to Reuters.
ByteDance did not respond to a request for comment.
Reuters was not able to learn TikTok’s plans for rolling out gaming features in other markets. Although TikTok users can watch games being streamed, in most regions they are not able to play games within the TikTok app.
In the United States, only a few games appear to have been launched including Zynga’s “Disco Loco 3D”, a music and dance challenge game and “Garden of Good”, where players grow vegetables to trigger donations by TikTok to the non-profit Feeding America.
According to two sources, TikTok plans to draw primarily on ByteDance’s suite of games.
While the company will start with minigames, which tend to have simple game play mechanisms and a short playing time, its gaming ambitions extend beyond that, said one of the people who had direct knowledge of the matter.
TikTok will require a licence to feature games on its platform in Vietnam where authorities restrict games depicting gambling, violence, and sexual content. The process is expected to go smoothly as the games planned are not controversial, the person said.
Vietnam’s foreign and communications ministries did not respond to requests for comment.
Users of ByteDance’s Douyin, the Chinese version of TikTok, have been able to play games on the platform since 2019.
TikTok’s games are likely to carry advertisements from the start, with revenue split between ByteDance and game developers, a separate source said.
TikTok’s foray into games mirrors similar efforts made by major tech firms seeking to retain users. Facebook launched Instant Games in 2016 and streaming firm Netflix also recently added games to its platform.
It also marks the latest ByteDance effort to establish itself as a major contender in gaming. It acquired Shanghai-based gaming studio Moonton Technology last year, putting it in direct competition with Tencent, China’s biggest gaming firm.
Even without gaming, TikTok has seen advertising revenue surge. Its advertising revenue is likely to triple this year to more than $11 billion, exceeding the combined sales of Twitter Inc and Snap Inc, according to research firm Insider Intelligence.
Germany boosts monitoring of Facebook’s Meta
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The Federal Cartel Office said it has determined Meta to be a company of “paramount significance for competition,” a move paving the way for the authorities to clamp down “against potential competition infringements.”
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