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Amazon Prime Video acquires rights for Ukrainian movie

Amazon Prime Video has acquired rights to Ukrainian comedy #Selfieparty produced by the Sonce (“the Sun” in Ukrainian) channel. The news was reported by Sonce on its Facebook page earlier this month.

The acquisition took place a month after US tech giant made its video offer available in Ukraine along with other 200 countries and territories around the globe.

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Midemlab music startup contest: A call to Ukrainian startups (application deadline: Mar. 30)

The 10th edition of Midemlab, the leading international music startup competition, will take place on June 3-6, 2016 in Cannes, France, in partnership with Ukraine Digital News.

This is an opportunity for Ukrainian startups to find new business partners, raise funding, gain international visibility and recognition from the industry.

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Netflix launched in 130 new countries, including Ukraine

The renowned U.S. provider of on-demand Internet streaming media Netflix is expanding globally. On Jan. 6, it started offering services to about 130 new countries, including Ukraine, Russia, India, and more. In a statement announcing the expansion, the company said its strategy will bring the birth of a new global Internet TV network.

The subscription starts at 7.99 euros per month for users in Ukraine and other newly-added countries, with a free-month trial and cancellation at any time.

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Ukrainian band tops ranking of most popular YouTube music video in Russia

YouTube has released a list of the music videos that were most popular in Russia in 2015.  At over 41 million views, a song by Ukrainian band “Vremya i Steklo” is number one, far ahead of all its competitors.

Following Vremya i Steklo in the ranking were “A Million Voices,” the Eurovision song presented by Russia’s Polina Gagarina (14.3 million views), a spoof Skype advert (9 million views), and Tsok-Tsok, a song by Russia’s Uspeshnaya Gruppa (7.6 million views).

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Russian online video streaming platform Ivi.ru launches in Ukraine

Over the past few weeks Ivi.ru, a major Russian online video streaming platform, has made its web, Smart TV and mobile services available in Ukraine and 10 countries of the former Soviet Union, said its general manager Oleg Tumanov to Russian business daily Vedomosti. The move is following agreements with content right owners.

In these countries, the Russian company may reach a potential audience of up to 60 million monthly users — even though Internet access quality may leave to be desired in these countries, said Tumanov.

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Ukrainian Google Play store begins to offer books

Last week, a new section for books appeared in the Ukrainian version of the Google Play store. Users can go there to purchase or download, for free, electronic publications in 11 categories, ranging from books on computers to fiction.

The price of paid copies varies widely, with books for children available for cheaper than a hryvnia and business books, if new, sometimes costing more than a thousand.

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Google announces expansion of All Access Music service to Ukraine

Google announced last week that they are expanding their All Access Music service to Ukraine among five other countries – Bolivia, Chile, Colombia, Costa Rica, and Peru. With this latest move, Ukraine joins Russia as the only former Soviet republics with access to the service.

The All Access Music service launched last summer as a streaming music platform to compete with Pandora, Spotify, and others and has since expanded to dozens of countries around the globe.

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Coppertino raises $500,000 from AVentures, TA Venture and Torben Majgaard

Coppertino, a Los Angeles-based startup with Ukrainian origins, announced today that it has raised half a million dollars at an undisclosed valuation from leading Ukrainian investment firms AVentures and TA Venture as well as from Torben Majgaard, the Danish founder of Ukrainian IT-outsourcing company Ciklum.

Founded in 2011 by Petro Bondarevskyi and Ivan Ablamskyi, Coppertino has maintained its R&D center in Ukraine. Its main product, VOX, is a minimalist and free music player for Mac capable of handling any audio format.

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