by Dade Hayes July 24, 2019 | AT&T has scheduled its big reveal of HBO Max details — presumably covering pricing, subscription features and product demos — for the afternoon of October 29 on the Warner Bros. lot in Burbank. CEO Randall Stephenson also said live sports and news will be elements in the streaming service. Turner Sports has carried NBA games as well as...

By Todd Spangler July 23, 2019 | A suit seeking class-action standing was filed Monday by the Rosen Law Firm, which which specializes in investor litigation. The lawsuit alleges Netflix violated SEC regulations by failing to disclose information about the Q2 shortfall — which precipitated a 13% drop in the company’s stock price. Other law firms have announced investigations into the matter as...

By Bijan Stephen July 23, 2019 | Have you heard about the best new streaming platform on the internet? It’s totally customizable, works on any device, and, best of all, is basically free. The only problem — and, I mean, come on, it’s barely a problem — is that it might be illegal, depending on how you use it. (In other words, depending on...

by Matt Donnelly July 20, 2019| In a triumphant return to the San Diego Comic-Con main stage, leadership at Marvel Studios managed some splashy surprises and showed off risky creative bets for the next two years of content coming from the superhero operation. But the biggest takeaway from the Saturday presentation inside Hall H was how important Marvel will make Disney Plus, the new digital streaming product and Netflix rival...

By Erich Schwartzel JULY 10, 2019 | As Walt Disney Co., AT&T Inc.’s WarnerMedia and Apple Inc. prepare to enter the crowded streaming-entertainment market, they are racing to stand out with epics, resuling in streaming show costs as big as those for a major movie. These new services are hoping their planned television epics shows will capture the cultural conversation, like “Game...

While the mass market consumer is becoming aware of larger (75 inch) 4K displays, 8K technology is preparing to open up the 82-98-inch category July 15, 2019 | Buzz about innovative new products and services such as 8K TVs and 5G tend to attract media attention, but it’s the early majority consumer base that ultimately defines long-term success. This group is vast...

By Brooks Barnes JULY 14, 2019 | LOS ANGELES — Dolly Parton recently held court there, big wig and all. Leonardo DiCaprio and John Kerry arrived at the same time last month. Cindy Crawford on the left, David Letterman on the right. And isn’t that Beyoncé by the espresso bar? Netflix’s 4,780-square-foot lobby is an icon of the Hollywood of today, with...

BY JONAH WEINER July 10, 2019 | When Nick Weidenfeld heard what happened at HBO last summer, he was thrilled. “Everyone I knew was texting that article around, saying, ‘What the [expletive]!’ ” Weidenfeld, an independent TV producer, recently recalled. A lot of people who work in Hollywood were spooked by the news, but not him: “I thought it was amazing.” Weidenfeld was...

By Nellie Andreeva July 8, 2019 | A new deal template, which is being floated by the recently formed Disney TV Studios as well as sibling FX Prods., will eliminate all that. I hear Disney TV studio executives have been informing agencies and producers of a new compensation model they are looking to employ across the board for broadcast, cable and...