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By Georg Szalai February 20, 2020| In its first earnings report since the merger, the company swung to a loss, took $589 million in programming charges and outlined three strategic priorities. ViacomCBS said Thursday it is planning a "House of Brands" streaming service that builds on CBS All Access and draws from both sides of the recently recombined company. Read more at The Hollywood...

By Michael Schneider February 20, 2020 | They’re on a streaming break — but “Friends” will still be there for you. WarnerMedia’s home entertainment division is aiming to capitalize on the brief disappearance of the hit sitcom from streaming video on demand, as fans look for other ways to get their “Friends” fix. Read more on Variety. Related Articles: Netflix Has 175 Days Left...

By Ben Munson February 13, 2020 | Netflix is cozying up closer to Samsung through newly announced deals for content exclusives and deeper device integration. According to TechCrunch, the new deals were announced this week at Samsung’s Unpacked event. Samsung device users will be able to use Bixby, Samsung’s voice assistant, to launch the Netflix app. Netflix will also generate recommendations for...

By Erik Gruenwedel February 11, 2020 |  Redbox has begun testing an ad-supported live TV service to select users, with plans to roll out the platform nationwide. The national kiosk disc rental chain in 2017 launched a digital rental and sellthough platform. The new ad-supported service is aimed at complementing the company’s digital and packaged-media strategies. Read more on Media Play News. Related Articles: Redbox...

By Jessica Toonkel and Alex Heath February 10, 2002 | YouTube is sending signals that it wants to become a destination site for every part of the TV universe. The Google-owned video giant is considering giving people the ability to sign up, through YouTube, for a wide range of subscription-streaming services run by entertainment companies, according to people familiar with the situation....

By Dade Hayes, Nellie Andreeva, Dominic Patten December 31, 2019 | Hollywood’s unofficial wake-up call came on February 1, 2013, when Netflix dropped the first season of House of Cards in a single, binge-able chunk. While that distinctive release pattern hasn’t yet become the official norm — many new rivals to Netflix insist on the traditional episode-at-a-time approach — the whole gestalt...

By Chaim Gartenberg December 31, 2019 | The Witcher has everything it needs to be Netflix’s next success: popular source material, a massive marketing campaign, a well-received performance by Henry Cavill, and an iconic meme in the form of the hit song “Toss A Coin To Your Witcher.” Yet, while certainly popular, it doesn’t seem like The Witcher is going to become...

By Patience Haggin and Sahil Patel December 26, 2019 | Comcast Corp. is in advanced talks to acquire video-streaming company Xumo LLC, according to people familiar with the matter, as the cable giant prepares to launch its own streaming service. Talks between the two companies are exclusive, and it is possible that negotiations could break down, some of the people said. Financial...

By Ben Munson December 23, 2019 | Together, HBO Max and Peacock will shake up the streaming video industry in 2020 by virtue of the massive resources their parent companies (AT&T and Comcast, respectively) have to invest toward their success. Individually, they could have varying impacts on the SVOD and AVOD markets. The goal posts are moved for HBO Max before it...

by james pearce November 8, 2019| In 10 years, an entire industry can undergo transformation. Look at the impact the iPhone had when it launched just over a decade ago – it upended the technology and telecoms markets, and the media market too, driving the world to a more data-driven, mobile-centric view. For filmmakers, the challenges of the coming decade will include adopting...