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 Tara LaChapelle | Bloomberg Opinion September 13, 2019 | Apple Inc. is getting ready to launch its own streaming-video service, Apple TV+, in the coming weeks. Compared to Netflix and other rival offerings, the new app will feature a rather skimpy lineup of viewing choices. That’s reigniting the will-they/won’t-they debate around Apple and the handful of Hollywood studios that look...

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 Paul Bond September 12, 2019 | CBS chief creative officer David Nevins made it clear Thursday that CBS, and a merged ViacomCBS, will be an arms dealer to the highest bidders while not hoarding content for their own streaming services. "There's a lot of hungry mouths to feed," Nevins told analysts at the Bank of America Merrill Lynch 2019 Media, Communications...

By Cynthia Littleton September 10, 2019 | WarnerMedia has tapped company veterans Sofia Chang and Rich Warren to oversee distribution for HBO, the nascent HBO Max streaming service and the Turner channels. The appointments of Chang and Warren as president of WarnerMedia Distribution come as part of the continuing shakeup of HBO and Turner operations following AT&T’s acquisition of Time Warner last year. Read more on Variety. Related Articles: WarnerMedia HBO Max...

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...

“The first problem you have to deal with is your own reaction. You will not be able to solve anything outside until you own how the situation affects you inside.” – Michael Singer, The Untethered Soul September 9, 2019 | Pursuing “success,” most people instinctively rely on the American work ethic formula: work hard, be smart, and push through obstacles to emerge victorious. This...

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...

Consumer viewing time is leveling off, but there is still interest in adding new services -- with the right content September 4, 2019 | There is little question that the proliferation of media and entertainment services and content available to consumers can be overwhelming if not mind-boggling. What started as a way of giving consumers more choice and control over their...