Tesla is talking to the music labels about creating its own streaming service

Music industry sources say [Tesla] has had talks with all of the major labels about licensing a proprietary music service that would come bundled with its cars, which already come equipped with a high-tech dashboard and internet connectivity. Label sources aren’t clear about the full scope of Tesla’s ambitions, but believe it is interested in offering multiple tiers of service, starting with a Pandora-like web radio offering. – Peter Kafka/Johana Bhuiyan, Recode http://ift.tt/2sZWmwY

Utility that says Comcast didn’t pay bills threatens to pull wires off poles

The notice on Southwest Tennessee Electric Membership Corporation’s website said the utility made a “final demand to Comcast for payment” and “will remove Comcast facilities from our poles on June 29 unless payment is made.” Comcast has not paid its annual rent since June 2014 and owes about $176,000, the co-op says. – Jon Brodkin, Ars Technica http://ift.tt/2sCr0JO

Sen. Orrin Hatch Urges MPAA to Allow Filtering on Streaming Services

While the studios have been on a winning streak in court, Senator Orrin Hatch’s salvo suggests that Congress may again intervene to allow family-friendly audiences to filter content. The letter notes that technology has advanced since 2005, and argues that the allowance for filtering should keep pace. Though Hatch does not threaten to pursue a legislative fix, Congress could update the [Family Movie Act] to explicitly condone filtered streaming if the studios do not first make some accommodation for it. – Gene Maddaus, Variety http://ift.tt/2sYVIzL

Netflix Sets Gillian Jacobs, Vanessa Bayer & Phoebe Robinson For Gary Sanchez Comedy ‘Ibiza’

In Ibiza, Gillian Jacobs will play a young woman whose two best friends (Vanessa Bayer, Phoebe Robinson) tag along on her work trip to Barcelona and Ibiza that quickly turns into a crazy hunt for a popular DJ. Casting for the film is underway in Los Angeles, London and Spain. – Mike Fleming Jr, Deadline Hollywood http://dlvr.it/PPH1tK

More hotels will let you watch your own Netflix

An interactive content provider called Sonifi Solutions first launched StayCast as Sonicast in April 2016. The service has only recently become more available, though, thanks to the company’s various partnerships. Back in April, hotel chain titan Hyatt revealed that StayCast now comes integrated with the World of Hyatt mobile app. In fact, 14 Hyatt locations already offer the service, which means you can use the hotel’s app to watch your favorite shows on the in-room TV at any of them, including Hyatt Regency New Orleans. – Mariella Moon, Engadget http://engt.co/2rGnCMG

Twitter to let streaming video stars collect money from fans

People watching Periscope will be able to send performers and broadcasters they like a gratuity using a variety of heart shapes that are, in effect, a virtual currency they can purchase, the company said. Broadcasters who receive the equivalent of about $175 in “super hearts” will be designated “super broadcasters” and be able to cash out the money as earnings, the company said. – David Ingram, Reuters http://ift.tt/2tv4liy
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