Tuesday, May 21, 2024

Just Announced on Prime Video: The 14 Biggest TV Series, Films, and Sports Events Coming in 2024 and 2025

May 2024 - Amazon hosted its first-ever upfront presentation in New York on May 14, showcasing the breadth and depth of Prime Video, the world’s largest ad-supported premium streaming service, with help from the most acclaimed talent in film, television, and sports.

“No other streaming service can reach the number of customers with premium entertainment that we can,” said Mike Hopkins, senior vice president and head of Prime Video and Amazon MGM Studios. “And our audience is not just a number on a page. They're highly engaged viewers passionate about the deep and broad selection of programming we deliver including live sports, series, and films.”

Prime Video has a monthly ad-supported reach of more than 200 million worldwide and more than 115 million in the United States.


“Welcome to the next hundred years of Amazon MGM Studios,” said Jennifer Salke, head of Amazon MGM Studios. “Only Amazon can dive into IP and spark new obsessions across books, podcasts, music, fashion, and games. No other studio offers creators so many ways to engage with an audience. And this has made Amazon MGM Studios the home for talent."
Here is a look at the upfront’s biggest moments and announcements across TV, films, and sports:


Road House sequel

Star Jake Gyllenhaal joined Salke onstage to celebrate the success of Amazon MGM Studios’ original film Road House, which has been watched by nearly 80 million viewers since its premiere on March 21 on Prime Video.

Salke revealed that Gyllenhaal will return for a second round as ex-UFC fighter Dalton in a sequel that the studio is developing.


The Boys

The Boys has been picked up for a fifth season, ahead of its Season Four premiere on June 13 on Prime Video.



The pulse-pounding thriller Cross, starring Aldis Hodge and based on the characters from James Patterson’s best-selling Alex Cross book series, was renewed for a second season ahead of its debut later this year.


Mr. & Mrs. Smith

The acclaimed series Mr. & Mrs. Smith, from co-creators and executive producers Donald Glover and Francesca Sloane, has been picked for a second season. The eight-episode series debuted on February 2 and quickly became a top series on Prime Video in more than 130 countries.


The Lord of the Rings: The Rings of Power

Attendees were transported back to Middle-earth with a first look at the upcoming second season of the hit series. The series’ first season was an unprecedented global success and one of the top original series for Prime Video, viewed by more than 100 million people worldwide and driving more Prime sign-ups worldwide during its launch window than any other previous content.

Watch the trailer

Get an inside look at the costumes in the show



The Legally Blonde prequel series Elle follows the origin story of Elle Woods and comes from Reese Witherspoon’s Hello Sunshine, a part of Candle Media.


Creator Laura Kitrell (High School, Insecure) is set as showrunner and executive producer, with Reese Witherspoon, Lauren Neustadter, Lauren Kisilevsky, and Marc Platt also serving as executive producers.



Academy Award winner Nicolas Cage will star in Noir, a new live-action original series from the producers of Spider-Man: Into the Spider-Verse. Based on the Marvel comic Spider-Man Noir, the series will debut on the MGM+ linear channel, then globally on Prime Video in more than 240 countries and territories.


Tomb Raider

Phoebe Waller-Bridge will write and executive produce a new series, based on the iconic video game franchise. Tomb Raider follows the adventures of world-famous archaeologist and adventurer Lara Croft. Amazon MGM Studios will soon begin a worldwide search to cast this iconic role. The project comes as part of a deal between Crystal Dynamics and Amazon MGM Studios, originating through dj2’s first-look deal with the studio, to develop additional Tomb Raider series and films.


Crystal Dynamics and Amazon Games have previously announced a collaboration to develop and publish a new multiplatform Tomb Raider game.


You’re Cordially Invited

Reese Witherspoon and Will Ferrell revealed a first look at their new comedy film, You’re Cordially Invited.


Witherspoon plays a woman planning her sister’s perfect wedding, and Ferrell the father of a young bride-to-be, who find out that they are double booked for destination weddings at a remote resort on an island off the Georgia coast.


Thursday Night Football

The 2024-25 season of Thursday Night Football will kick off with a huge AFC rivalry match-up, as Josh Allen and the Buffalo Bills visit Tua Tagovailoa and the Miami Dolphins on Thursday, September 12.



Prime Video also announced it will drop the green flag on May 25, 2025, with the iconic night race, the Coca-Cola 600, as its first exclusive NASCAR Cup Series race, live from Charlotte Motor Speedway.

Sports documentaries

Prime Video greenlit four new sports documentaries, including:

  • A four-part documentary on NASCAR icon Dale Earnhardt Sr.
  • A four-part series chronicling the history of the Madden video game franchise
  • An anthology series about the most epic Game 7s throughout sports history
  • A true-crime documentary about ChiefsAholic, the notorious Kansas City Chiefs superfan and serial bank robber

Prime Video also announced a June 20 premiere date. It released a teaser trailer for Federer: Twelve Final Days, a feature-length documentary chronicling the final 12 days of Roger Federer’s professional tennis career.

Eastern Communications Spearheads Digital Transformation Through ICT Enablement Sessions

Digitalization has become the cornerstone of growth for businesses in the Philippines. According to the International Data Corp. (IDC), Information Communication Technology (ICT) services spending in Asia-Pacific reached $1.3 trillion in 2023. Eastern Communications, the Philippines’ first telecommunications provider, is now leading the integration of ICT solutions in the country to fuel economic growth and entrepreneurship in the digital era.

While the IDC also reports a growing regional dependence on emerging technologies, with an average projected growth of 4.6% until 2027, the Philippines faces challenges. The United Nations' ICT Development Index shows the country scoring 65 out of 100, which falls below the global average (72.8) and ranks third lowest in Southeast Asia.

This data underscores the critical need for Eastern Communications to address these gaps by enhancing ICT literacy and expanding its network reach to bridge the digital divide for Filipinos.

Tailored Solutions for Diverse Needs

Eastern Communications understands that businesses in the Philippines vary significantly in size, scope, and requirements. Therefore, it has developed a range of ICT solutions that cater to the unique needs of each enterprise. From small startups to large corporations, Eastern provides comprehensive services designed to optimize operations by boosting efficiency and innovation.

“Empowering businesses beyond internet connectivity, we're elevating Eastern Communications' role to a managed services provider across various industries. This year, we're committed to delivering comprehensive ICT solutions that streamline operations and empower Filipino entrepreneurs to thrive in today's digital era," said Eastern Communications' AVP & Head of Marketing Jed Estanislao.

Eastern's Network Solutions offers seamless access points that are adaptable to any business setting. By having network tools equipped with cutting-edge security features like the Secure Access Service Edge (SASE), Security Service Edge (SSE), Software-Defined WAN (SD-WAN), and Managed Endpoints, businesses can operate confidently, knowing their networks are safeguarded against evolving threats. The company was recently recognized by Cisco as its Top SMB Partner, highlighting its dedication and expertise in delivering innovative Cisco solutions to small and medium-sized businesses.

With cyber threats rising, Eastern's Cyber Defense Suite provides innovative security solutions integrated into connectivity solutions, such as its DDoS Protected IDS & Zero Trust Network Access, and offers more advanced security options through Point Solutions and Eastern as a Managed Security Service Provider (MSSP).

Eastern Communications was recently granted Sophos’ Platinum Partnership status, becoming the first telco provider in the Philippines to receive this honor in May 2024. This achievement highlights its pivotal role in driving sales for Sophos' hero products, including XGS Firewalls and Endpoint Security, underscoring its commitment to delivering cutting-edge technologies to safeguard businesses against evolving cyber threats.

Eastern Cloud services cater to the varying needs of remote work environments. Innovations include cloud-hosted infrastructures, development platforms and testing environments, business continuity, and backup solutions, enabling businesses to operate seamlessly and securely from anywhere.

Continuing its vision to position the Philippines as a regional hyperscale hub, Eastern has enhanced its Data Center Services. Offering hyper-converged infrastructure, hyperscale colocation, and partnerships with industry leaders like Huawei and Asus, Eastern ensures optimal performance and reliability. Multi-tenancy options further maximize resource utilization, making Eastern's Data Center Services a cornerstone for businesses' digital infrastructure.

Access Eastern: Bridging the Digital Divide Across the Islands

Recognizing the importance of inclusivity in the digital age, Eastern Communications extends its reach to regional cities through its “Access Eastern” thought leadership runs. Starting in May 2024, these initiatives will cover key locations such as Clark, Laguna, Cavite, Baguio, Dumaguete, and more areas to follow. By engaging with businesses in regional hubs, Eastern Communications aims to bridge the digital divide and ensure that all enterprises, regardless of location, have access to transformative ICT solutions.

Through its tailored ICT solutions, strategic partnerships, and commitment to sharing its valuable expertise, Eastern Communications is not only fuelling the growth of businesses but is also building a culture of digital empowerment for Filipinos. As businesses continue to navigate the complexities of the digital era, Eastern Communications remains a trusted “Partner in Progress,” empowering them to thrive in an increasingly interconnected world.

Empowering Filipinos Through Education and Thought Leadership

Beyond offering cutting-edge ICT solutions, Eastern Communications recognizes the importance of knowledge democratization in driving digital adoption among businesses. In line with this vision, Eastern Communications is set to launch pocket ICT Enablement Sessions and its biggest thought leadership event of the year entitled, “Transcend Technology Summit: Forging the Future of Business."

Eastern's ICT Enablement Sessions, featuring industry leaders from Huawei, Fortinet, and Cisco, aim to equip businesses with crucial digital transformation knowledge about Network Solutions, Cybersecurity, Cloud Solutions, and Connectivity.

Scheduled for launch in the second half of the year, these initiatives represent Eastern Communications' most significant thought leadership events to watch out for. By partnering with tech industry leaders and experts, Eastern aims to empower Filipino businesses nationwide, providing them with the tools and knowledge needed to thrive in their respective industries and regions.

Monday, May 20, 2024

Enjoy Multimedia Experience With Vivo Y100’s 120HZ AMOLED Display and Dual Stereo Speakers

MANILA, PHILIPPINES - Anywhere you go, your smartphone surely comes with you as a form of entertainment. Multimedia consumption has become an integral part of your daily life.

Whether you are watching the latest show or blockbuster on your favorite streaming app, engaging in intense gaming episodes, or connecting with loved ones via video calls, you will need a smartphone with high-quality audiovisual capability. 

Aside from having an 80W fast charge, the Vivo Y100 is here to meet the demands of your multimedia needs, offering an extraordinary experience with its stunning display and superior sound quality.

Cinematic marvel with 120Hz AMOLED display and 1200nits peak brightness

Experience the pinnacle of visual brilliance with the Vivo Y100's 6.67-inch Ultra Vision AMOLED Dotch Display. This display offers a buttery-smooth 120Hz refresh rate, ensuring seamless transitions and vibrant visuals. 

With a peak brightness of 1200nits, every image and video pops with clarity and vivid color, even under bright sunlight.

Dual stereo speakers and 300% audio booster for unmatched sound

The Vivo Y100 is equipped with dual stereo speakers that can deliver audio up to 300% for a dynamic and immersive audio experience. This enhancement ensures loud and clear sound, whether you're watching movies, playing games, or making video calls. 

It also has a Hi-Res certification that guarantees crisp and precise audio. The Vivo Y100 shines in these scenarios:

Watching your favorite show or movie. The superior sound system transforms your viewing experience, making every scene feel like you're in a cinema.

  • Video calling with loved ones. Stay connected with loved ones as the advanced audio capabilities make video calls feel as if you're in the same room.

  • Answering important calls. The clarity and volume of the speakers ensure you won't miss a word during important calls, even in noisy environments.

The Vivo Y100 offers exceptional multimedia performance and style with its color-changing appearance at an accessible price, starting at just Php 12,499. With 8GB RAM and up to 256GB of storage, it’s packed with features to enhance your daily life. 

Plus, you can get up to Php 2,000 off when you say “power up moments that matter” to a Vivo specialist in any physical store nationwide.

Ready to elevate your multimedia experience? Visit Vivo concept stores and kiosks nationwide, or checkout via Shopee, TikTok, and Lazada. Discover more about Vivo Y100's features on the official Vivo website.

Quobyte's File Query Engine Redefines Large-Scale Storage Management with High-Performance Metadata Queries

SANTA CLARA, Calif. - Quobyte, the innovator in high-performance storage solutions, has unveiled its new distributed File Query Engine at ISC High Performance 2024, enhancing its storage platform for enterprises and researchers. This engine allows users to query file system metadata at exceptional speeds, making it ideal for environments with massive data sets.

The File Query Engine offers a range of capabilities, including the ability to query user-defined metadata for AI/ML training, enabling users to label files with data directly instead of managing small "metadata files." Additionally, administrators can quickly answer questions such as identifying space-consuming cold files or locating files owned by specific users. The File Query Engine replaces slow file system tree walks ("find"), offering a faster and more efficient alternative for large volumes.

Key to the File Query Engine's performance is its integration with Quobyte's distributed and replicated key-value store, which stores metadata. Unlike other products, Quobyte's File Query Engine does not require an additional database layer, resulting in faster queries and significant resource savings. Queries are executed in parallel across all metadata servers for fast scans across the entire cluster or select volumes. This engine never operates on outdated data.

"The File Query Engine is a game-changer for our customers," said Bjorn Kolbeck, CEO of Quobyte. "It streamlines the process of querying file system metadata, offering fast and efficient results even for large datasets, AI, and machine-learning workloads."

The File Query Engine is part of Quobyte release 3.22 and is automatically available without any configuration. Users can run file metadata queries using the command-line tool "qmgmt," which supports output in CSV or JSON formats. Additionally, queries can be initiated via the Quobyte API, providing flexibility and ease of use.

For more information about Quobyte's File Query Engine and its storage solutions, visit www.quobyte.com.

Conquer the Arena: Pre-register Now for 'PH Challengers: Honor of Kings' on Android and iOS!

May 2024 - Developer TiMi Studio Group and publisher Level Infinite have confirmed that Honor of Kings will continue its global roll-out on June 20. Pre-register now to unlock rewards!

  • Free Hero - Ying - & Associated Skin: Awarded to all who pre-register

  • Level 1 Milestone Unlocked: 500 Diamonds

  • Level 2 Milestone Unlocked: - 2000 Arcana Fragments

  • Level 3 Milestone Unlocked: - 5000 Starstones

  • Level 4 Milestone Unlocked: - All Heroes Free Trail Pass x 20

To pre-register:

Step One: Open your preferred mobile device.

Step Two: Type on your browser  honorofkings.com/pre-register. It only takes a minute! 

Step Three: Pre-register based on your device type: Google Play (Android), App Store (iOS) or email.

Step Four: Fill in the details needed or click the pre-order button.

Step Five: Wait for confirmation notification. 

In addition, from May 31, all players who pre-register and those in countries and regions where Honor of Kings has already launched, can enter a lucky draw event and have a chance of winning the following prizes:

  • Grand Prize - Full Hero with full Skin privileges

  • 1st Prize - 500 Limited Times Tokens

  • 2nd Prize - 18,888 Starstones

  • Sunshine Blessing Prize - 200 Diamonds for all participants

For more information on Honor of Kings, please follow our official social accounts on FacebookTwitterInstagram, and YouTube.