Category Archives: Policy & Product

J.J. Abrams Officially Closes Sizable WarnerMedia Film, TV Partnership

Abrams and his wife and Bad Robot co-CEO, Katie McGrath, have inked a new five-year, all-encompassing overall deal with WarnerMedia. The agreement — which multiple sources say is worth more in the line of $250 million as opposed to the previously reported $500 million estimate — marks the first time that Abrams has had both his film and TV deals under the same roof. The new pact, which runs through 2024 and is described as “exclusive,” also for the first time includes video games and digital content. Abrams is expected to create original feature films for WarnerMedia. – Lesley Goldberg, Variety » http://thr.cm/kSXCSn

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Subs to keep rising but global pay-TV revenues set to fall

The Pay TV Forecasts Update report found that of the likely additions, China will provide 19 million subs and India 26 million while the US is set to lose 14.4 million pay-TV subscribers between 2018 and 2024, representing a fall of 16% in that period. Simon Murray, principal analyst at Digital TV Research, went as far as to say that the company expects no uplift in the US over the next five years. “Other countries will experience a slowdown – or even some small declines in subscriber numbers – but no other country will match the gloomy projections for the US,” he added. – Joseph O’Halloran, Rapid TV News » https://ift.tt/2AcvHi1

Roku Shares Tumble Amid Apple TV+ Pricing News

In midday trading, Roku was off 9 percent while Netflix and Disney were down about 3 percent each. Apple TV+ is set to launch Nov. 1, while Disney+, at $7 monthly, has a Nov. 12 target date, and each are gearing up for competition with Netflix, the worldwide leader in premium subscription streaming that costs about twice what Disney will charge. – Paul Bond, The Hollywood Reporter » http://thr.cm/jcS7ap

WarnerMedia Taps HBO Vet Sofia Chang And Turner’s Rich Warren To Head Distribution

[Sofia Chang] held the previous post of EVP of Global Digital Distribution for HBO, one of many positions she has held since joining HBO in 2000. She has led the transactional digital and physical distribution of HBO and Cinemax programs worldwide. Since 2015, she has been responsible for distributing HBO and Cinemax subscription services on all digital platforms. – Dade Hayes, Deadline Hollywood » http://dlvr.it/RCqZ6N

Netflix can kill The OA, but it can’t kill a movement

The latest manifestation happened in New York City’s Times Square earlier this week. As flash mobs descended, a massive billboard—paid for by a GoFundMe—projected #SaveTheOA throughout the main hub of Midtown. The flash mobs performed the show’s “movements,” odd-looking dances meant to transcend time and space and also foster community. The billboard, which raised more than $5,000 in 24 hours, was made using fan art and was animated by a team that spanned the globe. Last week, on the other side of the country, fans picketed outside Netflix’s Los Angeles headquarters with signs reading “Algorithms don’t tell stories. Human hearts do.” One fan even went on a hunger strike to bring back the show. There may be a hashtag, but the efforts to bring back The OA go far beyond the usual internet slacktivism. – Angela Watercutter, Wired via Ars Technica » https://ift.tt/2Lf4W35

Apple to stream iPhone 11 Pro event on YouTube

[The] company is going to stream the Sept. 10 event on YouTube. Apple quietly posted a YouTube page on Friday inviting people to tune in to the event, where the company is expected to unveil three new phone models, replacing the iPhone XS, XS Max and XR with the rumored iPhone 11, 11 Max/11 Pro and 11R. Other products and services are also expected to make their debut. – Steven Musil, Cnet » https://ift.tt/2PPyR5V

NYC is suing T-Mobile for allegedly selling used phones as new and using other shady tactics

According to the city, T-Mobile and its subsidiary Metro, as well as other authorized dealers, “preyed on consumers” through several tactics. After a year-long investigation, the city says it obtained evidence that, in at least 21 instances, T-Mobile and Metro sold used phones to consumers who paid for new ones and regularly overcharged customers. – Colin Lecher, The Verge » https://ift.tt/2UFyKc3
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