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By Lucas Shaw, Gerry Smith and Mark Gurman May 9, 2018 | For the first time, Apple plans to begin selling subscriptions to certain video services directly via its  TV app, rather than asking users to subscribe to them through apps individually downloaded from the App Store, according to people familiar with the matter. This would simplify the process and bolster Apple’s TV...

By Ben Munson May 9, 2018 | Netflix won’t be the only service missing out on Disney content once the company launches its own streaming service in late 2019. Disney CEO Bob Iger said that the company will be pulling back all of its content that is distributed and monetized on third-party platforms.  “We are fully committed to not only bringing the product to...

By Anousha Sakoui May 8, 2018 | The clock may be ticking for MoviePass Inc. and owner Helios & Matheson Analytics Inc. Helios & Matheson said in a filing Tuesday that it had just $15.5 million in cash at the end of April, and the firm has been going through about $21.7 million a month. It also has $27.9 million on deposit with merchant processors. Read more...

By Amol Sharma May 8, 2018 | Cable giant Comcast Corp. is getting the pieces in place to make a hostile bid for 21st Century Fox’s entertainment assets should it choose to do so, according to people familiar with the situation. Fox agreed in December to sell the assets in question to Walt Disney Co. for $52.4 billion in stock. Read more on The...

By Mike Farrell May 4, 2018 | BTIG media analyst Richard Greenfield – one of the early backers of the over-the-top model – predicted that online retailer Amazon is best poised to become the most disruptive force in the pay television industry, outpacing Netflix and using its vast resources to fund forays into sports and other entertainment. “They [Amazon] are all about the...

By Liz Shannon Miller May 1, 2018 | The concept of Choose-Your-Own-Adventure storytelling isn’t a new one; just ask any ’80s kid who grew up reading the classic book series, where you jumped from section to section based on your own decisions. But Netflix has now evolved the experience off the page and on the screen — taking advantage of the streaming model in new...

By Jeff Prince and Shane Greenstein April 24, 2018 |  Users have always wanted to save money on their subscriptions, for example, so price is a factor. Delivery method and technology matter too. But perhaps most important is original content, which some industry insiders believe can and does drive streaming subscriptions. Consistent with this belief is the recent trend of streaming content providers investing...

By Mathias Döpfner April 28, 2018 | Mathias Döpfner, the CEO of Business Insider's parent company, Axel Springer, recently sat down with  CEO Jeff Bezos to talk about the early days of creating Amazon, what he's learned since then, how he funds his rocket company, Blue Origin, and what it's like when the president of the United States is your biggest critic. The sit-down...

By Sahil Patel April 27, 2018 |  The dream still isn’t dead. After a recent downswing in the video market for TV-quality shortform video series, there is renewed optimism among video makers as the top streaming giants experiment with this type of content. Now, video makers ranging from digital studios to publishers see an opportunity to sell and create shortform shows for the big...

By Paul Bond, Pamela McClintock April 26, 2018 | MoviePass, The subscription service famous for supplying a movie ticket per day for just $9.95 a month hasn’t been offering that wildly popular package since April 13, when it decided to slash it to just four tickets a month. The new offering, which also includes iHeartRadio All Access (normally $9.99 a month), is being...