In 1958, the New York Times ran a review of the film, The Defiant Ones, starring Tony Curtis and Sidney Poitier, “a remarkably apt and dramatic visualization of a social idea – the idea of men of different races brought together to face misfortune in a bond of brotherhood,” wrote Times film critic, Bosley Crowtherehoward Thompson. Curtis and Poitier played two escaped convicts that despised each other, but with a unified goal of fleeing for freedom and literal metaphor of being shackled together, “These two men, who think they are so profoundly different, are in basic respects the same.”

Almost 60 years later, the new HBO docu-series, set to air July 9, shares not only the title of The Defiant Ones, but this time it centers on the real-life story of how two men of different races, Andre “Dr. Dre” Young and Jimmy Iovine, each with their own musical skill sets and legacy, jointly built both a hugely successful record label and an entertainment tech company.

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“While standing in the back of the room watching partners Kevin Chernett from Live Nation and Noah Heller from Hulu on stage at C-Space @ CES, going through it with Will Mason from UploadVR, my nerves were going haywire,” Jeff Nicholas, Director of VR Creative + Production for Live Nation Studios, stated in his post about their company’s “Big Reveal” at CES this past January.

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More than three months ago, almost to the day, I wrote about the new FCC and how it will impact live streaming for consumers and content creators, "In addition to the endless lists of chaotic and unreal moves made by the new administration in the past few weeks, the Republican-controlled Federal Communications Commission (FCC) is already siding with corporations at the expense of the public, content creators, and media platforms." I cited the success John Oliver had in 2014, the last time we faced the net neutrality issue, in rallying a tidal wave of Americans to voice their support of an open internet with the FCC and the reclassification of ISPs within Title II. My exact words were, "John Oliver - is it time for another call to arms?? (hint, hint)."

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Well, it's better late then never. Last night on Last Week Tonight, John Oliver returned with a call to arms to retain the progress made by the Obama Administration's passing of Title II reform and other provisions by Tom Wheeler, the predecessor of the new and current FCC chairman, Ajit Pai, who just happens to be a former lawyer for Verizon.

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In less than one week the Coachella gates will open, letting the people flow in and letting the magic begin for the first of two consecutive weekends taking place April 14-16 and April 21-23. Festival promoter, Goldenvoice, will be live streaming performances once again during the first weekend of Coachella with returning sponsor, T-Mobile.

Last year the made waves with the introduction of their Coachella VR app that accompanied the customized Coachella Google Cardboard VR headset (and headset owners of Samsung Gear VR).

By downloading the app, fans from around the world could experience 360-degree views of various areas within the festival grounds, artists’ performances, and check out VR video created by attending festival-goers.

It was the live streaming VR agency, vantage.tv, that had worked with Coachella since 2015 when Goldenvoice decided to bring VR into their continually evolving technical production.

In 2017, Coachella has taken the next step in the evolution process, working again with vantage.tv on their next-generation VR mobile app that now has augmented reality (AR) capabilities.

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Big thanks goes out to all those that attended our SXSW Workshop providing a Deep Dive into Live Streaming and it's impact on Brands, Promoters, and Fans, and a ton of gratitude goes out to the SXSW folks for helping us make it happen. For those of you that want a refresh of the session or for all the folks that couldn't make it, here are the slides from the presentation along with the recording of the entire workshop.

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SXSW is almost upon those of us who are attending, so we’re trying to keep up with emails and RSVP's while prepping our bodies for the marathon and packing major doses of vitamin B12.

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For those who can't make the trek to Austin, there will be a number of opportunities to experience the minute-by-minute happenings, performances, and exclusive video that even the people there on the ground won’t have access to. Plus, audio streams broadcasting live will give everyone in Austin and beyond, stories, news, and music they can take in on the go.

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It was November 1, 2014 at a downtown Los Angeles Halloween rooftop party where, according to Dann Saxton, the Co-founder and Head of Content for VRLIVE, the first VR 360 video live stream took place.

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“It was called the Zombie Prom,” Saxton said, telling the story of that night. “600 people on the roof with a full stage, live music, a full bar," and a night of the living dead featuring prom queens and kings, all live streamed in VR 360 video out to the entire world.

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Having been one of the lucky ones to win an Echo at the Capital One House activation at SXSW last year, I’ve called on Alexa to start my morning every day since. “Alexa, play BBC Radio 6 Music,” and she complies, pulling up the British station on TuneIn. Amazon’s Alexa made a lot of waves (no pun intended) at this year’s CES as the voice assistant expanded its support offerings, from cars and refrigerators, to Lenovo’s similar device to the Echo.

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Amazon Music Unlimited and Alexa became the hot topic of conversation between Billboard, Jeff Bezos, and the vice president for Amazon Music, Steve Boom. Coming in at number 12 on Billboard's 2017 Power 100 list, the two execs discussed how Amazon Music Unlimited has some differentiating, cloud-based, machine learning architecture planned for its service that, when combined with the Echo, enables a user to create unique playlists, “Alexa, shuffle British Grime from last year,” or by your mood, “Alexa, play sad shoegazer rock from the ‘90s,” all through voice activation versus manually searching for and setting up a playlist on Spotify or Apple Music.

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Kicking off this week's #StreamingBuzz with romance, given it's Valentine's Day week, and the relationships being cultivated in the digital and streaming entertainment space, which look to be businesses matches made in heaven.

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2016 has been the year for many, many things. Some surreal, others dumbfounding, but in the entertainment world, live streaming content has seen positive growth and evolution far beyond what it was last year. Major TV networks have been launching technology and consumer-based business innovation that’s already been at play in the music industry for some time.

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Charles Raggio, Sr. Director, Artist Partnerships and Branded Content at TuneIn, has been busy cultivating deals and plans to further capitalize and grow what he and his team have already put in place, extending the streaming radio platform into the festival and concert space.

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