News Bulletin: Whatsapp banned over data stoush; Hulu's cable TV play

By AdNews | 3 May 2016

Hulu plans online cable TV

Hulu is planning to launch a subscription service that streams feeds of popular broadcast and cable TV content in what would become a direct competitior to the likes of Foxtel. The new service will launch in the first quarter of 2017 and draw content from part-owners Disney and 21st Century Fox. This would include ESPN, Disney Channel, ABC, Fox News and sport and FX. NBCUniversal, who also has a stake in Hulu, hasn't agrred to licence its networks for the digital pay-TV service.

Whatsapp banned over data stoush

Facebook's messaging service, Whatsapp, has been banned for 72 hours in Brazil due to a dispute over access to encrypted data. TechCrunch is reporting that Judge Marcel Montalvao has ordered WhatsApp to turn over chat records related to a drug investigation, but WhatsApp has argued that it cannot access the chats in an unencrypted form and therefore cannot provide the required records to the court. Therefore Montalvao ordered telecom providers in the country to block WhatsApp from today.

IBM Watson designs dress for the Met Gala

Cognitive system IBM Watson has helped fashion house Marchesa Design a ‘cognitive dress’ for one of fashion’s biggest nights, the Metropolitan Museum of Art’s annual gala (Met Gala). The dress was worn today by supermodel Karolina Kurkova.

The dress, which has LED lights embedded in it, change colours in real time based on emotions as the public conversations around the Met Gala unfold on Twitter. To create the dress, Marchesa fed hundreds of images to Watson of its dresses in order to learn the brand’s colour palette. Watch the video below.

Ooh!Media touts strong performance in AGM

Ooh!Media has pointed to the “disruption and pace of change in the advertising sector” along with its business strategy in delivering its strong performance at its Annual General Meeting.

CEO Brendon Cook says the company's expects more of the same next year, with guidance for 2016 of EBITDA growth of between 17-25% to $68-72 million. Chairman Michael Anderson says the company’s board intends to declare a dividend of 40-60% of adjusted NPAT for 2016.

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