Apple’s iPhone Sales Continued To Fall In September Quarter
Apple’s iPhone sales continued to slip in the September quarter, the company says in its just-released earnings report for the period — although its guidance for the holiday season suggests that it may grow again.
The company sold 45.5 million iPhones in its fiscal Q4, a 5% drop vs the period last year.
That contributed to a 19% drop in net income, to $9.01 billion, on revenues of $46.85 billion, down 9%. The top line was a hair below the $46.89 billion that analysts… Read
Nielsen Set To Measure Out-Of-Home TV Viewing For First Time
Nielsen said today that that it will measure out-of-home viewing for the first time. Subscribers to the service will receive audience estimates that combine in-home TV viewing, based on Nielsen's National TV ratings panel, with out-of-home viewing based on use of its Portable People Meter technology and panelists.
The company expects to launch the National TV Out-of-Home Measurement Service in April, with data effective in January. Data back to September 2016 will be… Read
Viacom Labs Sets First Livestream-To-TV Series For 2017
Viacom Labs is partnering with MTV Australia for the first on-air TV show that integrates livestream content from fans. The untitled series will bow next year Down Under.
Viacom Labs, Viacom’s incubator for the future of fan experience and engagement, has pioneered a format that pulls livestreams from fans as a curated, real-time feed running on-air during a regularly scheduled television show. MTV Music, Australia's 24-hour linear music channel, will be the first to… Read
CBS Signs With Google’s Planned ‘Unplugged’ Streaming Service
CBS has made an agreement — and Fox and Disney are close behind — to supply programming to Google’s Unplugged, a long-awaited internet-based skinny bundle TV service, we’re told.
In addition to CBS’ broadcast feed, the multiyear deal provides CBS-owned Pop and CBS Sports Network to Unplugged. The terms do not include The CW, which CBS co-owns with Warner Bros.
Unplugged is expected to launch early next year and cost $40 a month or less. It will include some videos from… Read
Sony Pictures Taking Part in Cyber Security Summit
Sony Pictures, the target of the worst computer hack in American history, will be represented at a closed-door cyber security summit being hosted today by the U.S. Attorney's office in Los Angeles. "This particular event is an off the record discussion that is closed to media," a Sony spokesman told Deadline.
The summit, which is part of Cyber Security Awareness Month, is being held in partnership with the FBI, the University of Southern California, the Lares Institute… Read
Ang Lee On His Game-Changing ‘Billy Lynn’s Long Halftime Walk’
EXCLUSIVE: Ang Lee, the two-time Oscar winning director of Life Of Pi and Brokeback Mountain, sat me down in the dark screening room of his small unassuming West Side headquarters, where he has edited what he hopes will be a groundbreaking cinematic step forward with Billy Lynn's Long Halftime Walk. You wouldn't guess it from the $40 million budget, but this Sony film was harder to mount than than Pi, the 3D VFX-heavy film shot on water with a computer-generated tiger. Bil… Read
Twitter’s Share Price Falls After Salesforce CEO Says He Won’t Bid
shares are down about 6% this afternoon following a report that Salesforce.com has decided not to make an offer — apparently leaving the social network company with no bidders.
“It wasn't the right fit for us," Salesforce CEO Marc Benioff told the Financial Times. His company’s shares are up about 6% today on the news.
His decision to steer clear of Twitter is a shift from last week when he told CNBC that “it's in our interest to look at everything." He added at… Read
The VR Moment That Made Steven Spielberg Feel “Like A Kid Again”
Robert Stromberg, the Oscar-winning special effects artist who is working with Steven Spielberg on an upcoming virtual reality family series, said today that when Spielberg put on a VR headset on for the first time to watch a four-minute cinematic test of the project, the famed director immediately recognized the vast potential of the VR format.
“I remember how truly excited he was when he took the headset off — it was like he was a kid again,” Stromberg recalled… Read
Discovery Deepens Digital Presence With Investment In Group Nine Media
Discovery Communications just raised its bet on digital media with an agreement to pay $100 million for a minority stake in a new holding company — Group Nine Media — that it says will be Facebook’s top video news publisher and among the five largest U.S.-based “digital first” media companies.
Its properties include Thrillist Media Group, NowThis Media, The Dodo and Discovery's Seeker digital network plus its SourceFed Studios production operation.
Discovery will have an… Read
Google Buys Video Sponsorship Facilitator FameBit
The already indistinct line between ads and infotainment on YouTube is about to become blurrier following parent company Google’s acquisition of FameBit.
The technology platform helps to connect companies willing to pay for sponsorships and promotions with content creators. Google and FameBit did not disclose deal terms.
The union will “help increase the number of branded-content opportunities available, bringing even more revenue into the online video community,” Google… Read
Twitter’s Stock Price Falls On Report Of Snags In Sale Process
shares are down about 13% in late-morning trading following a weekend Bloomberg report that its leading potential bidders — including Salesforce.com — have backed away.
The social media company reportedly cancelled a board meeting to consider offers. Disney, Google and Apple — the other companies seen as possible bidders — dropped out of the picture by late last week.
But CNBC’s David Faber says that some other, unnamed, companies remain interested.
Twitter Tells Bidders It Wants A Deal By The End Of This Month – Report
Those interested in buying will have to move fast. The social media company is telling potential bidders that it wants to wrap up negotiations by October 27, when it reports Q3 earnings, Reuters reports.
Disney and Google’s parent Alphabet are believed to be interested, although it’s not… Read