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‘Modern Family’ Streaming Library Rights Land at Hulu, Peacock

The multiple-year deal marks the first time the entire library of the five-time Emmy-winning Modern Family will be available on both a subscription and an advertiser-backed service. Peacock will rotate 12 episodes (starting from the pilot) on its free service, with the remainder available to subscribers. – Lesley Goldberg, The Hollywood Reporter »

‘Tehran’ Spy Drama Renewed For Season 2 By Apple TV+

Apple TV+ stepped in to co-produce with Israeli broadcaster Kan 11 Season 1 of Tehran, from Moshe Zonder and Omri Shenhar, and carry internationally the Israel-Iran spy thriller. Starting with Season 2, Tehran will be an Apple Original worldwide. In Israel, it will continue to air on Kan 11 as well as on Apple TV+. – Nellie Andreeva, Deadline Hollywood »

Pirate Streamers Save UFC 257 After ESPN+ Collapses Under The Load * TorrentFreak

UFC 257 was always expected to be a popular event (McGregor PPVs always are) but it appears that ESPN+ was unprepared for just how many people would cough up $70.00 to watch the fight legally in the US. According to Yahoo Sports’ Kevin Iole, 1.3 million people tried to log into ESPN+ at the same time and the service simply couldn’t cope. – Andy Maxwell, TorrentFreak »

Netflix Korea Sets New Guinness World Record With Tiny Variety Ad

Netflix Korea has been certified by the Guinness Book of World Records as having devised the smallest magazine print ad ever, a 1.712 centimeter by 2.429 centimeter advertisement for the finale of “Busted” that it hopes will get both fans of the series and the actors who play its characters talking about the achievement, The ad appeared in last week’s issue of Variety. – Brian Steinberg, Variety »

Netflix Buys Lord and Miller Animated Film ‘The Mitchells vs. The Machines’ From Sony

The film centers on Katie (voiced by Abbi Jacobson), a creative type who gets accepted into her dream film school. Before she begins college, her dad (Danny McBride) decides that driving her to school is the perfect opportunity to bond as a family one last time. But as they unplug and hit the road, technology threatens their trip — and the Earth. – Rebecca Rubin, Variety »

‘Bridgerton’ Renewed for Season 2 at Netflix

Netflix noted that the Shondaland drama was on pace to be seen by 63 million households across its first 28 days of release. While the company, like other streamers, does not release traditional viewership data, it counts two minutes — aka long enough to illustrate the choice to watch was intentional — as a view. – Lesley Goldberg, The Hollywood Reporter »

Drake Officially Becomes First Artist to Pass 50 Billion Spotify Streams

In its first 24 hours of release in 2018, Drake’s “Scorpion” shattered Spotify’s one-day global record for album streams, with the album’s individual tracks totaled 132,450,203 streams, more than 50,000,000 greater than the previous record, set just weeks earlier by Post Malone’s “Beerbongs & Bentleys,” which was streamed 78,744,748 times globally on its first day of release. – Jem Aswad, Variety »

Netflix surpasses 200 million subscribers, but has more competition than ever in 2021

Netflix added a total of 8.5 million paid net subscribers in Q4, bringing in a record breaking 37 million paid memberships in 2020. Netflix “achieved $25 billion in annual revenue,” according to the earnings report. Still, Netflix is warning that “we expect paid net adds of 6 million” in Q1 2021 compared to last year’s “15.8 million, which included the impact from the initial COVID-19 lockdowns.” Most importantly, however, Netflix executives are telling shareholders that “we no longer have a need to raise external financing for our day-to-day operations.” Or, more simply put, Netflix no longer needs to borrow substantial amounts of cash. – Julia Alexander, The Verge »

AT&T kills off the failed TV service formerly known as DirecTV Now

AT&T unveiled DirecTV Now late in 2016, the year after AT&T bought the DirecTV satellite company. Prices originally started at $35 a month for the live-TV online service, and it had signed up 1.86 million subscribers by Q3 2018. But customers quickly fled as AT&T repeatedly raised prices and cut down on the use of promotional deals, leaving the service with just 683,000 subscribers at the end of Q3 2020. – Jon Brodkin, Ars Technica »
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