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By Todd Spangler September 30, 2019 | WarnerMedia announced several operational executive appointments for HBO Max, its premium service teed up to enter the streaming wars next year, under the leadership of Otter Media CEO Tony Goncalves. Goncalves leads the team handling product design, customer experience and lifecycle, acquisition and retention marketing, data reporting and insights, business development, and go-to-market strategy and business operations. HBO...

By Michael Lev-Ram September 23, 2019 | To address this new challenge, Netflix has assembled a team of veteran content developers who bear little resemblance to the typical C-suite crew sitting around a Silicon Valley conference room. Most of them have joined Netflix just in the past few years and were poached from the traditional Hollywood ecosystem. They present a diverse range of...

Our typical response to where long term U.S. Pay TV penetration will find a natural bottom has been that the absolute floor will depend on the number of households who consider sports content absolutely essential to their video consumption plans [caption id="attachment_6348" align="alignleft" width="200"] Michael Nathanson | Moffett Nathanson[/caption] September 26, 2019 | As cord cutting accelerates, investors are increasingly focused on where...

By Mike Shields September 24, 2019 | Disney and Apple are enemy combatants ramping up for World War Streaming. Interestingly, they are both very much in sync on one philosophy: The future of streaming video is one in which advertising is unwelcome. Read more on Business Insider. Related Articles: Apple Has the Cash, But Does It Need a Hollywood Studio? [Bloomberg]...

By Henry Chu September 20, 2019 | After dominating the subscription streaming scene for so long, Netflix is girding for a new phase in the SVOD wars with the entry of more deep-pocketed players like Disney and Apple, CEO Reed Hastings said in addressing the streamer wars on Friday. “While we’ve been competing with many people in the last decade, it’s a...

By Joe Flint September 17, 2019 | Comcast Corp.’s new streaming service, called “Peacock,” will debut in April with a slate of original programming featuring stars like Alec Baldwin and Demi Moore, in addition to exclusive streaming rights to popular NBC staples from “Parks and Recreation” to “The Office.” Because Comcast is the nation’s largest cable operator, it needs to balance its desire...

By Lesley Goldberg September 17, 2019 | In what is easily a record-setting five-year deal, HBO Max has secured the exclusive domestic streaming rights to The Big Bang Theory. As part of the deal with Warner Bros. Television, the multicamera comedy, created by Chuck Lorre and Bill Prady, has also extended its syndication deal with TBS and will air on the WarnerMedia-owned...

By Sara Rathner September 16, 2019 | When it comes to credit card rewards, it’s not all about gas, groceries and restaurants anymore. Issuers are moving beyond suburban staples to include millennial-friendly categories such as transit and streaming subscriptions. The trend toward streaming rewards, in particular, is hard to miss, with cards from American Express, Chase and Wells Fargo now featuring streaming as...

By Natalie Jarvey September 10, 2019 | Apple is revealing more details about its long-gestating streaming service.  The tech giant on Tuesday announced that its subscription service TV+ will launch Nov. 1, offering originals like the Jennifer Aniston and Reese Witherspoon starrer The Morning Show for $5 per month for a family subscription. That's significantly cheaper than offerings from Netflix ($13 per month for the...

By Daniel Frankel September 2, 2019 | The global over-the-top video distribution market grew its revenue by 33% last year, reaching $68 billion, according to figures released by Digital TV Research.  Global OTT revenue was more than double the $30 billion generated in 2016. OTT revenue reached $26.8 million in the U.S. last year, vs. $20.3 billion in 2017 and $15.6 billion...