YouTube shuts down music companies’ use of manual copyright claims to steal creator revenue

The problem with the Manual Claiming policy is that it was impacting creator content even when the use of the claimed music in videos was very short — even a second long — or unintentional. For example, a creator who was vlogging may have walked past a store that was playing the copyrighted song, but then could lose the revenue from their video as a result. – Sarah Perez, TechCrunch » https://ift.tt/33Adybr

Comedian Jim Gaffigan Rakes In $30 Million By Ditching Netflix And Betting On Himself

Gaffigan will star in the first original stand-up special on Amazon, which is going after the streaming giant with a push into comedy. Quality Time goes live today, and it can be shopped on the open streaming market when its exclusive run with Amazon Prime Video is up in two years. And that market is only expanding. – Ariel Shapiro, Forbes » https://ift.tt/2YZsqSh

Free trials influence over half of OTT video service subscriptions

Parks noted that the recent decline in traditional pay-TV and growing popularity of OTT services have fostered the widespread belief that OTT subscribers are driven by simple economics. Even though it acknowledged that pricing certainly plays a role in decision making, other key reasons including content availability, ability to work with connected entertainment devices, and service features also significantly influence these consumers. – Joseph O’Halloran, Rapid TV News » https://ift.tt/2NajBhf

Plex Introduces New Desktop App, Ends Home Theater PC Support

For the uninitiated, HTPCs are dedicated PCs connected to TVs or projectors to access streaming services and downloadable media. This used to be the primary way for early adopters to bring digital media to their TV screens, and apps like Plex owe much of their early popularity to this use case. In fact, Plex, XMBC / Kodi and Boxee all gained significant traction after Microsoft stopped investing resources into its own HTPC solution, dubbed Windows Media Center. – Janko Roettgers, Variety » https://trib.al/3X83tjM

Aubrey Plaza Feature Comedy ‘Hope’ Set At Netflix With Jackie van Beek & Madeleine Sami Directing

Hope, whose plotline is under wraps, marks the second feature to be directed by van Beek and Sami following their female-driven comedy The Breaker Upperers, which they also co-wrote and starred in. That pic, which was produced by Taika Waititi’s company Piki Films, premiered on Netflix in February. The Breaker Upperers made its world premiere at SXSW in March 2018. – Anthony D’Alessandro & Mike Fleming Jr, Deadline Hollywood » https://ift.tt/2MleFq2

Ewan McGregor to Return as Obi Wan Kenobi in Disney Plus Series

The Obi Wan series would be the third live-action “Star Wars” show on Disney Plus. The nascent streamer has previously announced “The Mandalorian” from Jon Favreau starring Pedro Pascal as well as a series based on Cassian Andor, the character first introduce in the film “Rogue One” with Diego Luna reprising his role from the film. – Joe Otterson, Variety » https://trib.al/vryOGT0
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