Facebook acquires virtual reality tech company. Twitter is looking into disappearing tweets. These stories, and more, in today’s Morning Social Media Newsfeed.
The deal will help Disney draw more teens into its entertainment empire.
Disney Movies Anywhere is the long-awaited app from Disney, but let’s face it, in this cold weather, it’s best in the comfort of our warm beds. The app allows you to earn streaming points with user interactions, but there are also exclusive free content without a catch.
Disney Publishing has adapted the Pixar short film “La Luna” into a new interactive storybook for the iPad that takes users behind the scenes of the film. It’s called La Luna: The Story Project for iPad and it tells the story of how the animated film was created.
The $3.99 app takes users through the film development process and illustrates how tools like watercolors helped enhance the story. It includes interactive videos, storyboards and a digital picture book version of the film. The app includes a video of the short film, its first release since it was released in the theaters.
Here is more from iTunes: La Luna is the timeless fable of a young boy coming of age in the most peculiar of circumstances. Featuring original artwork created by the film’s director, Enrico Casarosa, this interactive story experience will delight animation fans of all ages.”
Hulu’s stakeholders have decided not to sell the company after all, ABC Enterprises, NBC Universal, News Corporation, who jointly own the Web video site, said today. The companies will provide a cash infusion of $750 million to drive growth.
Today Netflix and The Walt Disney Company announced a new multi-year licensing agreement. Netflix will be the exclusive U.S. subscription television service for Disney’s first-run live-action and animated features. But there’s just one catch. Looks like Netflix viewers are going to have to wait at least three years, as Yahoo Finance reports that the agreement will begin with Disney’s 2016 theatrically released feature films.
Disney has created a free interactive book for the iPad as a companion to Steven Spielberg‘s new epic film Lincoln.
Lincoln: A Steven Spielberg Film – Discover the Story is designed to give readers perspective on what it was like when Abraham Lincoln served as President of the United States. It is intended to give movie goers more background on the former president’s life and policies that changed America forever.
The publisher used Apple’s iBooks Author to create the interactive eBook. Aside from Lincoln’s biographical details, it also features behind-the-scenes photos from the making of the film, as well as details about the set and costume designs, and insights from the director. There are also audio and video interviews with the production team, and costume designers. In addition, readers can purchase songs from the soundtrack from the iTunes Store directly from the eBook.
Looking for a good movie to stream on Netflix tonight? I know, good movies on Netflix streaming are few and far between and it looks like the selection may be even more ridiculous than all of us Netflix subscribers thought! While Netflix doesn’t have any Disney or Pixar movies, it looks like they have a whole slew of knock-offs, from ‘Chop Kick Panda’ to ‘Kiara The Brave’ and the ‘Little Cars’ series.
In a short and to the point statement released mid-week, equity owners and Hulu senior management team announced that Hulu was no longer for sale:
Yahoo started the bidding process in the first place, and is now completely out of the picture because of recent strategic reviews.