Category Archive: Variety – Technotainment

Activision launching specialized Call of Duty programming Friday

The launch window has been a rocky one for Activision’s Call of Duty Elite, but even with a few bugs remaining, the publisher is ready to start ramping things up. This Friday, members… Continue reading

Samsung nears deal with Google TV

Google TV was the biggest thing that didn’t happen at the 2011 Consumer Electronics Show. Released with a lot of fanfare in late 2010, it immediately hit resistance and most television manufacturers quickly… Continue reading

Video game ratings board to add apps to its duties?

The Entertainment Software Ratings Board is about to expand its territory. The ESRB and CTIA (Cellular Telecommunications Industry Association) have called a press conference for next week to announce a new rating system for… Continue reading

eBook publisher looks to revive serial model

The Saturday morning serial model of the 1950s may be long dead in the film world, but a new eBook publisher is looking to bring it back in a more modern form. Backlit… Continue reading

Modern Warfare 3: 5 days, $775 million

The records keep tumbling for Modern Warfare 3. Activision’s action shooter has set a new standard for the entertainment industry, earning more than $775 million in five days, beating all gaming, theatrical and… Continue reading

CEA speaks out against SOPA

The SOPA anti-piracy bill might be strongly backed by the Hollywood community, but the Consumer Electronics Association – the group behind the annual Consumer Electronics Show – wants no part of it. In… Continue reading

Disney’s Iger named to Apple board

Bob Iger, Disney president and CEO, is joining the Board of Directors at Apple. The company today announced his appointment to the board as well as the company’s audit committee. At the same time,… Continue reading

Amazon lights the Fire

The Kindle Fire is on the way to customers – and with it, Amazon’s hoping to revolutionize the tablet business. The $199 entertainment-focused device is actually shipping a day earlier than planned, as… Continue reading

Logitech dubs Google TV box “a big mistake”

It’s rare that a company is this candid about one of its products. Logitech CEO Guerrino De Luca, in an earnings conference call with investors this week, dubbed the company’s Google TV set top box… Continue reading

Report: Mobile game income surpasses Nintendo/Sony handhelds

The growth of the iPhone, iPod Touch and iPad as gaming devices has done plenty to worry executives at Nintendo and Sony for a while now, but new numbers from Flurry Research may… Continue reading