DMA Tech Watch: Hubble Galaxies, YouTube Red, Prince on Instagram, More!

By Phill Powell

Welcome to DMA Tech Watch, where we review the biggest news events and tech trends now on the radar. Here’s what we’re watching as of October 26, 2015:

HUBBLE FINDS BUMPER CROP OF NEW GALAXIES

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Think how vast a galaxy is. Now line up about 250 of them. That’s what the ever-amazing Hubble Telescope has recently discovered. (It’s an amazing time to learn rocket science and space exploration.) The Hubble Space Telescope has been in operation for more than 25 years but it’s still on the job, capturing images from the most remote stretches of Deep Space. The dwarf galaxies recently discovered by international astronomers working in Switzerland first appeared some 600 to 900 million years after the “big bang.”

YAHOO’S HUGE STREAMING NFL AUDIENCE

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Yahoo! has officially found a mega-audience, through its Yahoo! LIVE series of online-transmitted events. Yesterday’s webcast of the Buffalo Bills versus the Jacksonville Jaguars football game drew 15 million viewers, marking Yahoo!’s successful entry into sports broadcasting.

‘STAR WARS: FORCE': STREAMING RIGHTS PURCHASED, RECORDS SHATTERED

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Last Monday night’s teasing of Star Wars: The Force Awakens during ABC’s Monday Night Football was the stunning success everyone knew it would be. After the new trailer had been showcased at halftime, advance sales began and promptly set a new record for advance ticket sales and for Internet sales of movie tickets.

Getting a precise total figure is difficult but reports were that the upcoming movie generated 10 times the demand of the previous record-holder, 2012’s The Hunger Games. Theater chain AMC announced it sold out more than 1,000 shows nationwide within a 12-hour period. The trailer has been viewed more than 13 million times. In other developments, it was announced that Netflix will have streaming rights for the movie in 2016, but only in Canada, due to the terms of an existing deal. The movie opens in 53 days, on December 18th.

YOUTUBERs SEE RED OVER YOUTUBE RED

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Last Wednesday, YouTube announced a YouTube subscription service called YouTube Red. The new service will effectively force YouTube content generators to align themselves more closely with YouTube, and sign contracts. If they don’t, YouTube Red subscribers will be blocked from seeing the video content, because those videos will be designated as “Private,” and hidden from view. YouTube says the new service is subscription-based so it can ensure a quality user experience. The big question: Would average YouTube viewers be willing to fork over money each month for the clips they enjoy? More on this story as it develops…

MUSIC LEGEND COMES TO INSTAGRAM: BEHOLD THE PRINCESTAGRAM

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Gosh, Prince’s Instagram pic is sure, uh…intense, like maybe he wants to strangle me. And why does my iPhone suddenly smell like lavender potpourri?

He’s sold a bazillion albums already (actually, the count is somewhere north of 100 million) and now he’s mounting a comeback of sorts. As part of that, mega-talent and master of music production Prince has recently embraced Instagram, putting his own unique spin on it by calling it the “Princestagram.” No word yet on whether Prince will reveal how he has cheated time and remained nearly identical to his appearance three decades ago. (BTW, did you know that “Prince” is his real first name?)

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