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Jeffrey Katzenberg’s video startup Quibi loses Janice Min

Janice Min, best known for turning around trade publication The Hollywood Reporter, left Quibi Wednesday — without explanation. Her exit marks the second big departure months ahead of Quibi’s launch as it follows last month’s exit of Tim Connolly, the head of partnerships and advertising. – Alexandra Steigrad, New York Post » https://ift.tt/2ZPA553

Cable nets, VOD drive US TV viewing to two-year high

VOD alone drove viewing up 36% year-on-year and nearly four-fifths of households watched VOD in Q1 2019. Comcast households watched 100,000 VOD titles each month, up from 52,000 in 2016. On average, households spent 53 minutes watching VOD each day, and five hours and 32 minutes watching live programming. Yet live programming still continued to capture the largest share of viewing by a wide margin. Indeed, cable network viewing increased 7% and made up two-thirds of total viewing. – Joseph O’Halloran, Rapid TV News » https://ift.tt/33aa7YN

Top US TV providers lose a record 1.3MN subscribers in Q1

AT&T had a net loss of about 625,000 subscribers across its three pay-TV services (DIRECTV (satellite), AT&T U-verse (IPTV) and DIRECTV NOW (vMVPD) in 1Q 2019 – compared to a net gain of about 125,000 subscribers in 1Q 2018. The leading pay-TV provider in the US, this meant that AT&T accounted for 47% of the net losses in the quarter. – Michelle Clancy, Rapid TV News » http://bit.ly/2Q7v3cN

Sports streamer fuboTV to expand into ad-supported free streaming, original content

The sports-focused streaming service fuboTV will soon follow the rest of the industry by offering its own free and ad-supported streaming channel, in addition to its paid subscription, sometime later this year. The news was exclusively shared with The Wrap (paywalled) in an interview with fuboTV co-founder and CEO David Gandler. – Sarah Perez, TechCrunch » https://tcrn.ch/2VsdiLt

Germany launches TV via 5G broadcast trial

With the help of the high power of the transmitters and the high transmission towers (HPHT), the broadcasting of TV channels covering large areas can be tested based on the new broadcast mode FeMBMS (Further evolved Multimedia Broadcast Multicast Service). FeMBMS allows far-reaching distribution of content across large coverage areas with a radius of up to 60 kilometres. – Jörn Krieger, Broadband TV News » http://bit.ly/2JeAzdd

Imagine Taps Former Netflix Exec Swati Shetty To Head Global Expansion

At Netflix, Shetty was responsible for building the company’s catalogue and originals’ slate. She secured a global, exclusive deal with Shahrukh Khan’s Red Chillies, a slate of original films including Love Per Square Foot and Lust Stories, and worked on series such as Sacred Games. India has been a priority market for Netflix, and Shetty was a key contributor since its launch in 2016. – Mike Fleming Jr, Deadline Hollywood » http://bit.ly/2LmYVmJ

Netflix Wins As Academy Leaves Oscar Eligibility Rule Unchanged

Instead, the board left intact Rule Two, the one that established that a film can be eligible for Oscars if it has a minimum 7-day theatrical run in a L.A. County commercial theater. That theater has to have a minimum of three screenings for paid admission each of those seven days, and those movies can be released on streaming sites on or after the first day of their theatrical qualifying run. – Dominic Patten, Deadline Hollywood » http://bit.ly/2W3veYX
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