Costco Offers Combined One-Year MoviePass And Fandor Subscription For $89.99
Costco is offering a one-year subscription to MoviePass and Fandor for $89.99 in a limited-time package deal.
The offer for the movie theatre subscription and indie-driven streaming services, is available until Dec. 18 and available only to Costco members.
MoviePass, a majority-owned subsidiary of Helios and Matheson Analytics, is now accepted in 91% of U.S. theatres but has caused a stir in the exhibition sector with its $9.95 monthly flat-rate plans and embrace of… Read
Verizon And NFL Reach New Five-Year Streaming Rights Deal
Verizon and the NFL have reached a new five-year deal to extend their streaming rights arrangement, though the wireless carrier will lose exclusive rights to the streams.
Terms were not disclosed for the new deal, which takes effect in January. Compensating for the loss of exclusive wireless rights will be an expanded presence for games on Yahoo Sports, an early pioneer in live-streaming games that is now owned by Verizon. The action will also be on Verizon’s OTT service… Read
TNT-TBS Mobile-To-Big Screen “Casting” Venture Sees 30% Month-To-Month Growth
With most TV viewing on mobile devices and tablets occurring in homes, TBS and TNT have started getting positive results from a new tech tool that enables viewers to “cast” programming they discover on mobile devices onto their big-screen sets.
Working with emerging tech firm Vizbee, the Turner networks quietly have implemented the feature and registered a 30% month-over-month gain in the number of “casts” between June and October. Jesse Redniss, chief innovation officer… Read
‘Now We’re Talking’ Renewed For Season 2 On Go90, Expanded To 22-Minute Format
The Now We’re Talking discussion will continue. The digital comedy series created, produced, written by and starring Tommy Dewey and Tug Coker has been renewed on go90. The eight-episode second season will be expanded to a 22-minute format.
The sophomore season of Now We’re Talking sees rival frenemies and ex-pro quarterbacks Tommy and Tug finding their stride as they take the leap into professional broadcasting, after gone to broadcasting school and called high school… Read
AT&T CFO John Stephens: Telco Bullish On Time Warner Deal, DirecTV Now Growth
AT&T CFO John Stephens began his keynote session at the UBS Global Media and Communications conference with the obvious: He reiterated the telco’s optimism about its legal fight with the U.S. Department of Justice over the pending takeover of Time Warner.
“We continue to feel strongly about the consumer benefits of the deal,” Stephens said.
With legal teams prepping for that epic court case, the UBS session quickly moved into other areas. One significant one was the quick… Read
Netflix’s Ted Sarandos Wonders: Will Disney’s Rival Service Be A Boutique?
Netflix chief content officer Ted Sarandos wondered aloud whether Disney’s planned streaming service would amount to the next Walmart — or a boutique offering that appeals to aficionados.
Asked during UBS’ Global Media and Communications Conference to handicap the prospects of the competing streaming service, set to launch in 2019, Sarandos said it’s unclear how Disney will position the entertainment offering.
Disney has proved deft at balancing direct-to-consumer and… Read
Netflix Falls For Paris-Set Romcom; Series To Be Helmed By Noemie Saglio
Netflix has set its latest French original, boarding an untitled half-hour romantic comedy series from UnRATED Studios. Based on an idea from British writer Chris Lang (Unforgotten), the series is directed by Connasse helmer Noemie Saglio and will join Netflix for global streaming in 2018.
Set in modern day Paris, the eight-episode series follows a group of friends who rally around their perpetually single girlfriend Elsa, who can’t seem to figure out why she is so… Read
NBC’s Bob Greenblatt: “People Are Running Away From Advertising In Droves”
Even though his company NBCUniversal was hosting this morning’s forum about advertising, measurement and the current state of the TV and digital video business, NBC Entertainment chairman Bob Greenblatt didn’t mince words.
“Consumers hate advertising,” he said. “People are running away from advertising in droves, and so that, to me, is the crux of the problem. How do we stop that from happening?” After stipulating that programming, not advertising, is his main purview… Read
Film4 Exec Joins Ink Factory; ‘Little Prince’ Wins At BAFTA Kids – Global Briefs
The Night Manager producer The Ink Factory has hired Film 4's Tracey Josephs as Head of Production. Josephs, based in London, is one of six new hires for the firm after it secured a $180M funding boost earlier this month. Overseeing all physical production at the TV and film company, Josephs was previously Head of Production at Channel 4's film division, where she worked on titles including Slumdog Millionaire, Twelve Years A Slave, Inbetweeners: The Movie, Carol, Ex Machi… Read
Apple Investment In Original Video Will Reach $4.2 Billion By 2022: Report
As it steps up from Carpool Karaoke and Planet of the Apps and deepens its well of original content, Apple will grow its investment in video from current levels of about $500 million to $4.2 billion in 2022, according to a projection by VC firm Loup Ventures.
The report, by former longtime Piper Jaffray analyst Gene Munster, predicts that Amazon will top both Apple and current leader Netflix by spending $8.3 billion by 2022, an average annual growth rate. But Apple is on… Read
Fox Chairman Dana Walden Joins Hulu Board Of Directors
Dana Walden, Chairman & CEO of Fox Television Group, has joined Hulu’s Board of Directors. She succeeds Randy Freer, former president and COO of Fox Networks Group, who was named Hulu CEO following Mike Hopkins departure last month.
The makeup of the board of Hulu, which is co-owned by 21st Century Fox, Disney, Comcast and Time Warner, consists of three seats for Fox, held by Peter Rice, Walden and Brian Sullivan, and three for Disney, Kevin Mayer, Ben Sherwood. Bruce… Read
Streaming Service BritBox Launches Xmas Specials and Simulcasts UK Shows
BritBox, the streaming service set up by BBC Worldwide and ITV that delivers UK fare to U.S. audiences, is launching more than 100 Christmas specials in December and is simulcasting a number of shows for the first time.
The service will launch a range of comedies, period dramas and entertainment series across the month. It also will near-simulcast The Queen's Christmas Message, an annual UK tradition, Carols From Kings Event as well as air holiday specials of BBC One soap… Read