TechSummit Rewind #069

Editor’s Note: This is the TechSummit Rewind, a daily recap of the top technology headlines.

Netflix/Disney exclusivity deal begins in September

Earns Netflix

Beginning in September, Netflix will be allowed to stream all Disney films – including those from Marvel, Pixar, and Lucasfilm – at the same time as it goes to other pay-TV networks like Starz and HBO. All Disney films released theatrically in 2016 and beyond are included in the agreement.

Oculus Rift update accidentally makes piracy easier

Oculus Touch

Last Friday, Oculus released a software update blocking Revive – an app that allowed users to port Rift games they bought from the Oculus store onto the HTC Vive headset. However, Oculus’ intervention may have backfired, with a Revive update bypassing the Rift’s DRM to allow users to port titles again and open the door to easier piracy.

“I really didn’t want to go down this path, but I feel like there is no other way. I still do not support piracy, do not use this library for pirated copies.”

-LibreVR, Revive developer

The software currently works for VR games using the Unreal Engine, with Unity Engine support coming in the next update.

eBay buys Ticketbis to expand StubHub internationally


eBay has acquired Ticketbis, an online ticket marketplace based out of Bilbao, Spain, to expand StubHub into 47 international markets, particularly emphasizing in Europe, Latin America, and the Asia Pacific.

“In a world where the richest moments in life are becoming less about the things people have and more about the things people have and more about the experiences that allow us to connect millions more people with inspiring events. The only boundary to an incredible experience is access, and this acquisition will enable StubHub to offer more events on a global basis to fans and event-goers around the world, and to help them discover new ways to enrich their lives.”

-Scott Cutler, StubHub president

“The acquisition of Ticketbis will enable us to significantly scale StubHub’s international footprint. eBay’s global presence will help StubHub acquire new customers as it expands into markets outside of the U.S. This deal reaffirms our commitment to investing in StubHub and helping fuel its momentum.”

-Devin Wenig; eBay president, CEO

“StubHub’s extensive assets will add tremendous value for ticketing patrons and sellers worldwide, especially as we continue our expansion into nascent markets. Together, the StubHub and Ticketbis marketplaces represent tremendous value and opportunity for fans around the world to experience the events they love, whenever and wherever they are. We are thrilled to be a part of the eBay family, and we look forward to continuing our innovation in ticketing as part of the StubHub brand.”

-Ander Michelena; Ticketbis co-founder, co-CEO

NBC Sports jumps into livestream game just in time for Olympics

NBC Sports has announced Playmaker Media, a video livestreaming service that looks to compete with companies like MLB Advanced Media to air live sports online.

“The growing demand for live streaming support in the marketplace combined with our experience and expertise make this the perfect time to launch Playmaker.”

-Rick Cordella, NBC Sports Group general manager of digital media

According to NBC, the company’s first client is the International Olympic Committee, whose events NBC owns the U.S. broadcast and digital rights to.

Playmaker is rolling out with tech partners like Adobe, Microsoft, and content delivery network Akami.


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