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Google launches standalone podcast app on Android

The internet giant has been dabbling in the podcast world for a number of years already, having launched its audio search engine app Google Listen back in 2009, before killing it off three years later. Google then added podcasts to its Google Play Music app back in 2016. But podcasts have felt — and still feel — like second-class citizens in the Google Play Music app, and with podcasting growing as a medium, Google clearly feels the time is right to launch a standalone podcast app. – Paul Sawers, VentureBeat https://ift.tt/2I47WKt
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Alex Kurtzman Inks $25M Overall Deal Extension With CBS TV Studios, Will Expand ‘Star Trek’ TV Franchise

The new deal comes as rumblings about another Star Trek series, featuring Patrick Stewart reprising his role as Star Trek: The Next Generation’s Capt. Jean-Luc Picard, have been heating up. Sources say Kurtzman and Akiva Goldsman, who left Discovery after season one, are attached to the Stewart-led reboot. CBS TV Studios declined to confirm the Stewart project as sources say a deal is far from completed and may not happen despite the fact that the actor recently teased his potential return to the franchise. – Lesley Goldberg, The Hollywood Reporter https://ift.tt/2K1xnOW

Roku Plans to Launch Amazon Channels-Like Video Subscription Marketplace (EXCLUSIVE)

Roku plans to launch a marketplace for video subscription services in the coming months, which will allow consumers to sign up for and watch subscription services without the need to download separate apps on Roku devices, Variety has learned from multiple sources familiar with the company’s plans. The marketplace is said to be similar to Amazon Channels, a popular à la carte offering available on Fire TV devices. – Janko Roettgers, Variety https://ift.tt/2JZ3Zfn

Will Ferrell To Star In Netflix Music Pic ‘Eurovision’ As Another A-List Comedy Star Tries A Streaming Vehicle

Netflix has set Will Ferrell to star in Eurovision, a comedy he will write with Andrew Steele. The premise revolves around the wildly popular and long running international TV music competition The Eurovision Song Contest. It is a contest that began in Switzerland in 1956, when seven West European nations participated. This year 43 countries competed for the prize, won in Lisbon by Netta (Israel) performing the song Toy. ABBA (winner in 1974 for Sweden) and Céline Dion (winner in 1988 for Switzerland) are among the former contestants who launched successful worldwide careers after their wins at The Eurovision Song Contest. – Mike Fleming Jr, Deadline Hollywood https://ift.tt/2JXSRfB

Bedroom covers go legit on YouTube music app

YouTube hopes to tempt fans away from its rivals by including videos, live performances and unsigned artists alongside current chart hits. “If you’re a bedroom musician and you’ve made a great cover, or you have an original composition, or you’ve made a mash-up, it’s all in there,” said T Jay Fowler, head of product at YouTube Music. – Mark Savage, BBC News https://ift.tt/2tfH1Gp
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