Xbox Game Pass launches June 1 with over 100 titles

The service is similar to PlayStation Now, Sony’s PlayStation 4-based equivalent, and also to Nivida’s GeForce NOW streaming service for its Shield Android TV set-top box. The Xbox version will cost members $11.99 per month, and will be available to Xbox Live Gold members starting today, with access opening to everyone on June 1. The key difference is that Microsoft’s offering allows full downloads of titles available to play, meaning you can access them offline and don’t have to worry about having a high-quality broadband connection to ensure smooth streaming. – Darrell Etherington, TechCrunch

Blackpills Launches Streaming Video App With Originals From Luc Besson, Sharon Horgan

blackpills, a digital media firm that produces shortform video series for millennials, is now available in the U.S. via the Apple App Store and Google Play. The free, ad-supported service is launching with 12 original shows, including one based on an idea by Luc Besson, one executive produced by Sharon Horgan and others directed by Zoe Cassavetes and Louis Leterrier. It plans to launch additional new shows every week, with the aim of launching a total of 50 originals this year. – Natalie Jarvey, The Hollywood Reporter

Twitter brings on a new lead for its live video business

Twitter COO Anthony Noto said today that the company has hired Todd Swidler as its global head of Live Business. Most recently he was at ESC Games as CEO, but prior to that was the global head of Video Distribution and Partnerships at Bloomberg — the latter of which partnered with Twitter to offer streaming video news earlier this month. – Matthew Lynley, TechCrunch

Viacom CEO: In “Advanced Discussions” For $20/Month Entertainment TV Bundle

Viacom and other entertainment-focused programmers are in “very advanced discussions” with cable and satellite companies to offer a bundle without news and sports costing $20 or less a month — and it will “come to life this calendar year” — CEO Bob Bakish told investors this morning at the JPMorgan Chase & Co. Tech, Media and Telecom Conference. – David Lieberman, Deadline Hollywood
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