German pay TV operator Sky Deutschland has made its Snap online video service available via Google Chromecast.The latest update to the Snap iOS and Android apps support Chromecast, enabling Snap users to transfer content from iPads, iPhones and selected Samsung Android smartphones and tablets to the main TV screen.Snap, which is available for €3.99 a month, includes a wide range of movie titles such as Sherlock Holmes and Alice in Wonderland as well as box sets of seasons of The Sopranos and Sex and the City and HBO series including Game of Thrones season one and The Walking Dead seasons one and two.The app update also makes a bookmarking feature available for selected Samsung Galaxy smartphones for the first time.
Roku has appointed SmartKem CEO, Mustafa Ozgen, as general manager (GM) and senior vice president (SVP) of account acquisition.Mustafa OzgenOzgen joins Roku this month and is due to replace Roku’s GM and SVP of Roku TVs and player, Chas Smith, after a transition period. Smith plans to retire and leave the company at the end of Q1 2019.“Account growth is a top priority for us – both in placing our great Roku devices in the hands of consumers and further scaling our Roku TV licensing business,” said Anthony Wood, Roku founder and CEO.“Mustafa brings a wealth of leadership experience and global TV industry knowledge which makes him well suited to spearhead our mission to make the Roku platform widely used around the world.”Ozgen has both management and consumer electronics industry experience and joins Roku from Smartkem Limited, a supplier of organic semiconductors for the manufacture of LCD and OLED displays.Before that he was CEO of QD Vision, an MIT spin-off that was acquired by Samsung Electronics and its technology incorporated into Samsung’s QLED-branded TV displays. Ozgen also previously ran TV and media business units as SVP and GM of the home multimedia business unit at Sigma Designs.Ozgen said: “Roku is one of the most beloved companies in TV entertainment and has built incredible momentum. I’m honoured to join the team, and I look forward to connecting consumers with Roku devices as we drive further scale of the Roku platform.”
Comcast has announced the launch of Amazon Music on Xfinity X1 and Xfinity Flex, marking the first time the ad-free and on demand streaming service will be available directly on the TV through a pay-TV provider. The service will roll out “over the next few weeks” and will be accessible alongside the other content available on the service. Users who are also Amazon Prime members can say “Amazon Music” into their remotes to browse. “We’re thrilled to bring the Amazon Music experience to Xfinity customers starting today,” stated Ryan Redington, director of Amazon Music. “Now Amazon Music listeners can effortlessly explore millions of songs, including the latest releases by their favorite artists, and much more directly through Xfinity.”Nancy Spears, vice president, Business Operations and Strategy at Comcast Cable said: “Music makes up a big part of people’s favorite entertainment experiences and we’re thrilled to add Amazon Music’s huge library to our X1 and Flex platforms. Amazon Prime Video quickly became one of the most-viewed services on X1 following its launch last year, so we are excited to expand our collaboration and enable our customers to also enjoy Amazon Music on the biggest screen in the home.”This announcement continues the relationship between Comcast and Amazon, which saw Prime Video launched on X1 last year.