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Using the innovative Bolt+ platform to bring Bloomberg content with new audience rewards and engagement features to 8 million smart TVs globally

LONDON , Dec. 20, 2023 /PRNewswire/ — Bolt+, an innovative pioneer in the social TV and live-streaming landscape, is thrilled to announce a strategic partnership with Bloomberg Media, the global business and financial news leader. This global collaboration is redefining the consumption of news and thought leadership content on a global scale.

Bolt+ is distinguished by its ability to overlay a wide variety of dynamic, user-generated, and helpful information on any live stream worldwide. This includes integration with payment gateways such as Apple Pay, Google Pay, and Binance Pay. This facilitates a variety of experiences for creators and broadcasters to unlock new paid experiences for their live streams and replays, or to accept tips/donations for their content. These features enable content entrepreneurs to seamlessly build deeper relationships with their audience communities.

Bolt+ is currently available on web (via boltplus.tv) and has significantly expanded its global reach to the Bolt+ TV app on 8 million TVs, which includes Hisense TVs and 180 additional smart TV brands via the VIDAA operating system. 

As part of this dynamic partnership, Bloomberg Media will launch two live channels on the Bolt+ platform globally; Bloomberg TV+ and Bloomberg Originals.

Bloomberg TV+ will provide viewers with a non-stop feed of breaking news from markets around the world, offering real-time updates and insights.

Bloomberg Originals will focus on delivering cutting-edge thought leadership content, spanning critical topics such as climate change, AI and new technological frontiers. 

As part of the partnership, Bolt+ and Bloomberg Media are introducing an interactive ecosystem of audience rewards, encouraging viewers to engage with the Bloomberg channels. Utilising BoltChain, an Ethereum smart contract compatible blockchain, viewers can now earn rewards for their engagement, participation, and completion of various milestones through Bloomberg’s channels on the Bolt+ platform. Thanks to Bloomberg’s adoption of Bolt+, this will represent a transformative approach to content consumption and viewer interaction, turning passive watching into an interactive, rewarding experience. 

“The partnership with Bolt+ marks a significant milestone in our mission to bring high-quality, reliable news to viewers worldwide,” says Sophia Yuen, Head of Video and Audio at Bloomberg. “Through the innovative features on Bolt+ and BoltChain, we’re not just sharing content. We’re directly engaging with our audience in a way that’s both meaningful and rewarding. This partnership represents a leap forward in news dissemination and audience engagement.”

In an exciting development, Bolt+ is also integrating AI and machine learning to provide enhanced viewer interaction. This includes multi-lingual audio-to-text features, and a chatbot (BoltGPT) which offers additional information about the live stream, creating a more immersive and informative viewing experience. 

Jamal Hassim, Co-Founder and CEO of Bolt+, commented, “This partnership with Bloomberg symbolises not just the coming together of two leaders in their fields, but also a shared vision of transforming the way people consume news and engage with live streams globally. By combining Bloomberg’s highly respected content with our innovative technology and rewards system, we’re creating a new paradigm for news consumption and interaction on smart TVs across the globe. Our platform’s innovative features, like dynamic overlays and AI-driven engagement, set us apart in the live-streaming domain.” 

About Bolt+ 

Established in 2018 and headquartered in London, UK, Bolt+ stands at the forefront of dynamic social TV and live-streaming ecosystems. As the fastest-growing social entertainment ecosystem, Bolt+ is now focused on empowering users through BoltChain, allowing them to launch social streaming platforms and create economies within live streams. This includes a new system of community governance and an Ethereum-compatible protocol, ensuring Bolt and Plus tokens are at the core of the BoltOS ecosystem with innovative utility. This transformative approach not only redefines viewer engagement but also sets new standards for content commercialisation.

With a global workforce driving its innovation, Bolt+ delivers 7.2 million minutes of live streams every day. A thriving global community of content creators amplifies the platform’s variety of content by also creating gaming, music and podcast live streams, which contributes to a powerful layer of interactivity, community, and excitement on Bolt+. Through partnerships with Hisense, Bloomberg, One Football, and other major players in the entertainment and gaming space, Bolt+ delivers diverse content including news, sports, gaming and lifestyle streams from around the world, ensuring a rich and engaging experience for everyone. 

About Bloomberg Media

Bloomberg Media is the world’s leading multi-platform media company for business and finance, which draws on the editorial resources of more than 2,700 editorial professionals globally in more than 120 countries. Bloomberg Media is the consumer-facing media organization of Bloomberg L.P.

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Shanghai’s Lujiazui adds 5 global asset management institutions

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SHANGHAI, March 5, 2024 /PRNewswire/ — Five global asset management institutions, including Aspect Capital and Schroders Capital, have signed agreements to settle in Shanghai’s Lujiazui Financial City, said local authorities.

According to Xiao Jian, head of Lujiazui administration bureau under the China (Shanghai) Pilot Free Trade Zone, Lujiazui Financial City has so far attracted more than 8,000 financial institutions.

Lujiazui has become an important cluster for global asset management institutions in China. It now boasts about 80 percent of foreign-funded asset management institutions, 40 percent of foreign-funded corporate banks, nearly one-third of public fund management companies, and nearly one quarter of insurance asset management institutions of the total in the country, Xiao said.

More than 80 world-renowned financial institutions from 13 countries have established over 120 foreign asset management institutions in Lujiazui.  

“Lujiazui is an important gathering place and business expansion place for global asset management institutions in China. We are very honored to have the opportunity to join the Global Asset Management Partner Program. We also hope that through this signing, we can contribute to building Lujiazui into the core area of a global asset management center and accelerating Shanghai’s entry into the forefront of global asset management center cities,” Li You, Chief Compliance Officer of Aspect Capital (China) Limited.

Shanghai has made a great stride in pushing for financial openness and attracting more global financial institutions and investors. The next step could be to take advantage the special status of Shanghai Free Trade Zone and Lingang special area to develop an off-shore financial system, adopting the most advanced financial business models and regulatory regimes,” said Yan Hong, professor of finance of Shanghai Advanced Institute of Finance, Shanghai Jiao Tong University.

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LAMPRO International Distributor Summit: A Feast of Gathering and Future Prospect

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-Focus On Pro, Pro For Mate

HUIZHOU, China, March 5, 2024 /PRNewswire/ — On March 2-3, right on the 20th anniversary of the establishment of LAMPRO, the International Distributor Summit was successfully concluded in Huizhou. With the theme of “Focus On Pro, Pro For Mate”, the summit attracted more than 200 partners from all over the world, sharing the industry trend and advanced leading technology. During the summit, LAMPRO held an appreciation award ceremony and signing ceremony as well for partners to co-build a partnership system and create a brighter future together.

At the summit, Sichuan opera performances, band shows, and other entertainment sessions created a warm and comfortable homey vibe, so that every guest fully enjoyed the process. One of our partners even took the initiative to sing on stage.

To share business opportunities with partners and demonstrate the vision of prosperous development, LAMPRO has elaborately planned the “Tree of Dreams” launching ceremony and the 20th-anniversary sand painting video. In the beginning, Chairman Tiger Lin thanked all partners for choosing Unilumin and LAMPRO, and he emphasized, “It is vital to choose the right brand and bind with it, which will help you become an outstanding leader locally.” Afterwards, Mr. Lawrence Liu, General Manager of LAMPRO, shared the development strategy of LAMPRO partner system. The project director introduced and demonstrated LMini and other major product series in details, which greatly boosted the confidence of global partners.

Furthermore, to thank partners for their support and seek mutual development, LAMPRO also held an awarding session, a signing ceremony, and a visiting journey to the Daya Bay intelligent manufacturing base on March 3, which demonstrated the industry-leading intelligent manufacturing capabilities of LAMPRO and high quality of products. LAMPRO sincerely expects to establish a closer cooperative relationship with global partners. Partners said that they gained valuable friendship and cooperation opportunities at the summit, and highly recognized the manufacturing strength and product capability of LAMPRO.

Meanwhile, elaborately arranged lucky draws pushed the atmosphere to a culmination, in which prizes included electronic equipment of well-known brands. At the end of the dinner party, LAMPRO prepared unique souvenirs, including the 20th-anniversary mascot of LAMPRO, hoping to leave an unforgettable impression on every guest.

Looking ahead, we expect to share greater joys of success with more partners in subsequent distributor summits, create a bright future and display a better world together.

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Aptoide launches campaign for a truly open digital market with new DMA website

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LISBON, Portugal, March 5, 2024 /PRNewswire/ — Aptoide, the pioneer in global alternative Android app distribution, has launched a new campaign website, Leveling the game, including an Open Letter from the Aptoide founders, to demand full compliance from gatekeepers with the EU’s Digital Markets Act (DMA) and to urge regulators to take further action against anti-competitive practices by digital gatekeepers. Since 2011, Aptoide has been a vocal advocate for fair competition in the mobile app market, consistently challenging the market dominance of tech giants like Google.

 

With the March 2024 deadline for complete DMA compliance from gatekeepers set for this week, Aptoide sees this as a critical juncture for achieving true fairness in digital markets. However, the company also points out that significant obstacles remain, particularly with Apple’s recent DMA-related proposals, which include the introduction of a Core Technology Fee (CTF) and restrictive terms that limit developers’ access to alternative platforms.

“Aptoide has always advocated for a digital marketplace where innovation thrives and fairness reigns”, said Paulo Trezentos, Aptoide’s CEO and co-founder. “The DMA is a landmark step in that direction, but it’s clear that some tech gatekeepers are reluctant to let go of their stranglehold on the mobile industry. We must continue to push for reforms that will truly level the playing field”.

Aptoide argues that Apple’s proposed changes mostly serve to preserve its market dominance rather than to foster genuine competition, maintaining control by imposing disproportionate fees on alternative app stores and discouraging users from exploring non-Apple ecosystems through complex installation processes and misleading warnings.

Álvaro Pinto, co-founder and COO of Aptoide, added, “We’re at a crucial moment where the actions of regulators will determine the future of digital markets. Apple’s half-hearted reforms under the DMA are simply not enough. We need to ensure that the spirit of the DMA is not lost in loopholes and half-measures”.

In response to these challenges, Aptoide calls on EU authorities to hold Apple accountable and to demand that they:

  • Eliminate or significantly reduce the CTF to reflect actual costs.
  • Offer developers the freedom to choose between distribution models without restrictions.
  • Simplify the app installation process for a better user experience.
  • Apply the CTF fairly across all market participants.
  • Remove misleading warnings about alternative payment systems.
  • Ensure the confidentiality of data from competing marketplaces.

Aptoide believes that real competition can only emerge if the EU takes decisive action to enforce open market principles, leading to a digital marketplace that values fairness and innovation. And that the fight for an open digital marketplace is far from over and requires a united front. That’s why the company urges developers, consumers and regulators to join in demanding more from both Apple and Google.

Aptoide invites all stakeholders to visit their new DMA advocacy landing page, Leveling the game, to learn more about the ongoing struggle for an open digital world and to join the movement against the outdated monopolistic tactics of dominant gatekeepers.

Read the Aptoide Founders’ Open Letter about the DMA and what we need for real digital freedom here:

Open Letter from the Aptoide Founders

About Aptoide

Aptoide is a game-changing app distribution and payment processing platform, with over 430 million users, 10 billion downloads and 1 million apps. Available on multiple channels including Android, Web, TV and automotive, Aptoide offers developers a trusted, experienced partnership with a deep understanding of all ecosystems.

Please contact: press@aptoide.com 

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