New Twitch tools help you become a pro streamer

To start, you now have achievements that tell you how close you are to hitting the goals you need to reach the affiliate or partner levels, such as the number of times you stream in a given period and your typical viewer count. Twitch will also give you a statistical summary after every stream, so you’ll know which achievements you’ve reached, where your traffic is coming from and other data that can help you grow your audience. If your viewership spikes every time you play Playerunknown’s Battlegrounds, you won’t need to dig up that data the hard way. – Jon Fingas, Engadget http://engt.co/2yxolXn

The ‘Live’ Giant Robot Battle Was Edited and ‘Filmed Over a Number of Days’

More than 22,000 people tuned into the livestream, a YouTube video has since garnered roughly 900,000 views, and the fight has been blogged by dozens of publications. Many of the top comments on YouTube suggest that the video is “FAKE,” and Motherboard has confirmed with the fight’s promoters that the livestream itself was not live and little of the production could be considered “real” in the traditional sense of how fights are usually fought and adjudicated. – Samantha Cole, MOTHERBOARD http://ift.tt/2gPxnFa

Formula 1 plans to launch in-house live streaming service in 2018

The live stream offerings will only be available in markets where it would not clash with pre-exiting television deals that have guaranteed exclusivity. The launch of the service was one of the reasons that US broadcaster NBC shied away from renewing its rights deal, because it did not want to face competition from F1’s own promoter. – Jonathan Noble, Autosport http://ift.tt/2gtDezm

APA Fires ‘Stranger Things’ Star’s Agent Following Sex Abuse Allegation

“Stranger Things” star Finn Wolfhard then left the agency Friday, days after the allegation against Grasham surfaced. Wolfhard, who plays Mike Wheeler on the Netflix supernatural drama series “Stranger Things” and also starred in “It,” had been represented by Grasham — whose client list consists predominately of child actors — but has now left APA. He has not yet signed with another agency. – Daniel Holloway, Variety http://ift.tt/2yGeCO3

Plex for Android Auto simplifies server-based music streaming

Google’s in-car operating system is currently available in newer vehicles, head units, and as a mobile app. And, the next time you reach for its interface, you’ll have the option to stream your Plex music library. Okay, so that’s not the same as watching a 4K HDR flick, but it will have to suffice while your eyes are still needed on the road. – Saqib Shah, Engadget http://ift.tt/2gTeQHS

Verizon Is Eyeing Spring for the Start of Delayed Online TV Service

Web-based TV is becoming “a crowded field,” but it’s “absolutely critical” for Verizon to introduce its own platform, in part as an advertising vehicle for its AOL and Yahoo units, McAdam said at Bloomberg’s Sooner Than You Think conference last month. He added that the company would decide within six months whether to offer a stand-alone service or a partnership. – Scott Moritz & Lucas Shaw, Bloomberg Technology http://ift.tt/2kZ1bn0
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