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By Janko Roettgers July 19, 2018 | Roku plans to launch a marketplace for video subscription services in the coming months, which will allow consumers to sign up for and watch subscription services without the need to download separate apps on Roku devices, Variety has learned from multiple sources familiar with the company’s plans. The marketplace is said to be similar to Amazon Channels, a popular à la...

By Gerry Smith and Scott Moritz June 15, 2018 | HBO’s new owner is looking to devote more money to the network behind “Game of Thrones” and “Westworld.” John Stankey, the incoming head of AT&T Inc.’s entertainment division, plans to boost the service's original-programming budget to keep pace with deep-pocketed rivals like Netflix Inc. AT&T took over HBO and the rest of Time Warner Inc. on...

By Dawn C. Chmielewski and Dade Hayes June 14, 2018 | Comcast is prepared to make concessions, including shedding Fox’s stake in the online streaming service Hulu, in order to win regulatory approval for its $65 billion offer to acquire most of 21st Century Fox’s film and television assets, according to sources. The U.S. cable giant, in a competing bid submitted yesterday, promised to match any of the remedies...

By Phil Owen July 10, 2018 | Now that we're a couple years into the 4K and HDR era, the format has really started to come into its own as movie studios have firmly committed to taking full advantage of everything that Ultra High Definition and High Dynamic Range colors have to offer -- and a little assist from Apple, Netflix, Amazon...

By Peter Kafka June 12, 2018 |  Verizon? Go right ahead. Charter? You, too. Amazon and other tech companies with billions to burn? Go for it. That’s the message from a federal judge, who has ruled today that AT&T can buy Time Warner — and, crucially, didn’t apply any restrictions to his decision. That clears the way for other “vertical” mergers, which means other...

By Brooks Barnes and John Koblin June 11, 2018 | Jennifer Salke has been the head of television and movies at Amazon Studios for four months. Her sunny corner office at Culver Studios, a historic movie lot that now serves as Amazon’s entertainment headquarters, has not yet been fully put together. She is still getting to know some staff members in the film department. That is because Ms....

By Janko Roettgers June 6, 2018 | Sony Pictures Entertainment is in the process of building out a new state-of-the-art digital technology facility dubbed Innovation Studios, which is scheduled to open later this fall. Innovation Studios is being housed on the Sony Pictures lot in Culver City, Calif., and is designed to bring advanced technologies like volumetric capture to filmmakers, TV show producers and even Hollywood...

By Sahil Patel June 4, 2018 | Amazon has become a significant driver of subscriptions for TV companies with over-the-top streaming channels. But even as Amazon Channels assumes the role of a powerful player between TV networks and viewers, networks say they’re not too concerned about ceding too much control to the tech giant. Launched in late 2015, Amazon’s Prime Video Channels program...

By Todd Spangler June 1, 2018 |  Hulu CEO Randy Freer has made a series of sweeping organizational changes, leading to the departure of three top execs — chief content officer Joel Stillerman, Tim Connolly, senior VP of partnerships and distribution, and Ben Smith,  senior VP of experience. Its content teams will now be organized into two groups: one combining live TV and subscription VOD content licensing, acquisition...

Photo: Asa Mathat for Vox Media   By Edmund Lee May 30, 2018 | Recode Executive Editor Peter Kafka gamely asked AT&T CEO Randall Stephenson why it makes sense for his company to spend $85 billion to own Time Warner when it could simply license that same content. His answer came down to Netflix. “A key variable is the direct relationship with the customer, and a...