Wednesday, August 21, 2013

Vevo reportedly inks music video deals with Apple, Samsung

Steven Musil/CNet

(Credit: Screenshot by Jonathan Skillings/CNET)
Apple TV is reportedly getting ready to launch a Vevo channel to showcase the music site's vast library of music videos, but it won't be likely be alone.

Echoing rumors from earlier this month, The Wall Street Journal reported Tuesday that Vevo has signed deals to provide programming to Apple's set-top boxes and Samsung television sets. Apple's TV app could be released as early as this week, while the launch of Samsung counterpart could be a few weeks off, people familiar with the matter told the Journal.

CNET has contacted Vevo for comment and will update this report when we learn more.

Launched in 2009, Vevo offers on-demand access to the platform's catalog of more than 50,000 videos from three of the four major record labels, including Universal, Sony, and the bygone EMI.

AdAge reported in early August that the free entertainment platform was said to be developing an app for Apple TV that will let users watch music videos 24 hours a day, 7 days a week. The service already has apps for the Roku, Xbox Live, and BlackBerry's PlayBook tablet, as well as apps for iOS, Android, and Windows mobile devices.

Vevo has become a hot play in tech in recent months. In July, the music video site renewed its agreement with Google to ensure the service's music videos stay on YouTube. As part of the deal, Google made an investment in Vevo that was speculated to be between $40 million and $50 million.

No comments:

Post a Comment