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This year’s Eurovision Song Contest will be live-streamed across the globe (minus Germany, Austria, Switzerland, and China) on the annual competition’s official YouTube channel. This is year 60 of the Eurovision Song Contest, a big TV event that spans multiple countries and artists, with past appearances by the likes of Celine Dion and ABBA. The live-stream of the first semi-final round will begin on YouTube at 4pm ET on Tuesday, May 19, with semi-final round two starting at the same time on May 21, followed by the finals at 4pm on May 23.
Amazon has come to a licensing agreement with Music Box Films, which distributes foreign, indie, and documentary films. Per the deal, movies such as “Beloved Sisters,” a New York Film Festival selection, and “Gett: The Trial of Viviane Amsalem,” which was nominated for a Golden Globe, among others will be available exclusively to Amazon Prime Instant Video members in summer 2015. More titles from Music Box will appear on the SVOD service after they come out in theaters. Amazon Prime members can watch the documentaries via its connected TV app, other connected devices, and Prime Instant Video’s website.
Conde Nast has teamed up with Italian movie company, RAI Cinema, to launch a new digital channel called CNLive. Covering films, the channel will offer behind-the-scenes footage from films in addition to red carpet videos in addition to short-form content starring Italian celebrities. It will largely end up promoting movies from RAI Cinema.
YouTuber Lilly Singh, aka Superwoman, has launched her own mobile app with Victorious, a platform that aims to help digital video creators own their own audiences. Called Unicorn Island, Singh’s app will include exclusive mobile content and a hub for her fans to connect with her and each other. She’s also getting ready to make a feature film based on her upcoming tour, which starts on May 22 and is called, appropriately, A Trip to Unicorn Island. Singh currently has over 5.7 million subscribers on her YouTube channel.
Chinese virtual reality company Dlodlo has announced its own VR glasses, “the world’s lightest” VR headwear. The glasses weigh only four ounces, and they pretty much just look like large sunglasses. They boast 2K resolution, a 16:9 aspect ratio, and a 120Hz refresh rate. They allow users to watch regular, 2D videos in addition to VR content and work with various Bluetooth devices. Dlodlo’s glasses will become available to consumers on May 27 starting at $699.
A new study from Juniper Research, “Mobile & Online TV & Video: OTT, IPTV, & Connected Markets 2015–2019,” predicts that worldwide subscribers to OTT services like Amazon Prime and Netflix will go from 92.1 million (2014’s number) to 332.2 million in 2019. The study also indicates that connected TVs are likely to become most consumers’ primary screens as we approach 2019. Other interesting findings from the study include East Asia and China being likely to dominate VOD ad spend by the end of 2019 and IPTV predicted to increase by upwards of 70% by that time.