Sony shutting down online-cable service PlayStation Vue
Sony is shutting down its pioneering online-cable alternative, PlayStation Vue, citing the high cost of content and the difficulty of reaching deals with networks.
It launched Vue in early 2015 as a skinnier, cheaper version of cable or satellite TV delivered via the internet. It was a test case for a TV alternative alongside Dish’s Sling TV, and, later, a slew of copycats from DirecTV, Google, Hulu and others.
These services were initially heralded as the future of TV as cable cord-cutting ramped up. They offered popular TV networks for less than you’d pay a cable company. Signing up and canceling were easy, with no need for a cable guy to come to your house.
Los Angeles prosecutors reject Kevin Spacey sex battery case
LOS ANGELES | Los Angeles prosecutors have rejected a sexual battery case against Kevin Spacey because the accuser has died.
The Los Angeles County District Attorney’s office announced the decision Tuesday. The case stemmed from a masseur’s allegations that Spacey inappropriately touched him during a massage session at a home in Malibu, California, in October 2016.
The decision states that the allegations against Spacey could not be proven without the masseur’s participation.
An email sent to Spacey’s lawyer Alan Jackson was not immediately returned.
Concert promoters turn away
from facial recognition tech
BOSTON | Concert promoters in the U.S. are stepping back from plans to scan festivalgoers with facial recognition technology, after musicians and others gave it some serious side-eye.
It remains entirely possible that music venues will eventually take a second look at the controversial technology.
Live-entertainment giants AEG Presents and Live Nation both recently disavowed any plans to use facial recognition at music festivals, despite earlier indications to the contrary.
Their public pronouncements have led a group of musicians to declare victory after a months-long campaign to halt the technology’s use at live shows.
Nielsen says World Series is a snooze
for most TV viewers
NEW YORK | Fans in Washington and Houston may be excited, but the rest of the country is reacting to the World Series with a collective yawn.
The Nielsen company says through five games the Fall Classic is averaging 11.6 million viewers.
Sports led FOX to an easy victory for the week in prime time, averaging 10.9 million viewers. CBS had 6.54 million viewers, NBC had 6.45 million, ABC had 4.3 million.