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Yahoo Confirms At Least 500M Users Accounts Hacked

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Yahoo has confirmed a 2014 hack by what it says were “state sponsored” actors that has compromised the information of at least 500 million users. Names, email addresses, personal demographic information, hashed passwords and telephone numbers were listed as among the user data potentially acquired in the hack, though the company has said unprotected passwords, credit card or bank information may not have been compromised. In a statement, Yahoo, said it is cooperating… Read

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News & Documentary Emmys Will Be Livestreamed On Twitter & Periscope Tonight

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We’ve just been handed this bulletin, ladies and gentlemen: The National Academy of Television Arts & Sciences said today that the News and Documentary Emmy Awards will be livestreamed on Twitter and Periscope for the first time. Viewers can watch and interact live via @newsemmys starting at 7:30 PM ET The 37th annual trophy show from the Jazz at Lincoln Center's Frederick P Rose Hall in Manhattan will see hardware doled out in 40 categories, with PBS leading all networks… Read

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DirecTV Now To Offer 100+ Channels With No Data Charges On AT&T, CEO Says

Randall Stephenson, president and CEO of AT&T, testifies before the Senate Antitrust, Competition Policy and Consumer Rights Subcommittee during a hearing on "The AT&T/DIRECTV Merger: The Impact on Competition and Consumers in the Video Market and Beyond," in Washington, D.C. on June 24, 2014. Photo Credit: Kristoffer Tripplaar/ Sipa USA

AT&T’ CEO Randall Stephenson just served up a few details about his widely anticipated DirecTV Now national live streaming video service, planned to launch by year end. The effort to turn the telco into a mobile video power — directly challenging cable — will offer more than 100 channels at “a very, very aggressive price,” he told the Goldman Sachs Communacopia investor conference.  And “the data required to stream it on your mobile device is incorporated into the price… Read

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Netflix Looks To Have Originals Account For Half Of Its Lineup, CFO Says

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Three years after it entered the original content business, Netflix looks to have originals make up about half of its offerings, CFO David Wells told investors today at the Goldman Sachs Communacopia Conference. “It will take us a couple more years” to hit that target, he says. “We’re a third to halfway to where we want to be. … We’ve got a ways to go” as the company looks for “a mixture of production models” — though not sports or ad-supported offerings. But he warned… Read

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Turner And AT&T Renew Carriage Deal; Nets Will Stream On DirecTV Service

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Turner Networks said today that it has reached a long-term multiplatform carriage deal with AT&T to keep its content on DirecTV and U-verse. The nets also will be available on streaming services DirecTV Now and DirecTV Preview, which are set to launch during Q4. The deal also includes TV Everywhere rights, allowing subscribers of satcaster DirecTV and web-based TV service U-verse to stream Turner nets live and on-demand content across a variety of platforms and devices… Read

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Facebook Fans Show Up for Emmys Telecast Despite Low Ratings

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More than 9M people had 14M interactions on Facebook last night during ABC’s Emmy Awards telecast, according to the social media giant. Some of the night’s biggest trending moments included Orphan Black star Tatiana Maslany’s surprise (and well deserved) win for Outstanding Lead Actress in a Drama Series, Game of Thrones‘ record-breaking 38th Emmy win, including this year’s trophy for Outstanding Drama Series (its second in a row), and Sterling K. Brown’s award for… Read

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NCTA Says Goodbye To “Cable” With Rebrand To Promote Tech Links

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The cable industry’s chief trade association is ready to retire the “cable” reference. Starting today, the NCTA no longer stands for the National Cable & Telecommunications Association. The organization has changed its name to NCTA – The Internet & Television Association. "NCTA represents members that are building the world's most powerful technology platform and creating the exciting content and services that entertain, inform and inspire consumers every day," said the… Read

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HBO & Cinemax Strike Deal To Land On Sony’s PlayStation Vue

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HBO and Cinemax have made a deal with Sony’s PlayStation Vue that will see the premium networks added to Internet-based TV service. The pact marks the first time either network's live programming will available directly to consumers as a stand-alone offering without the need of a bundle subscription and will cost $15 a month for each. Additionally, HBO Now will be coming to the PlayStation 4 and PlayStation systems for new and existing HBO Now subscribers. The launch will… Read

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Twitter Unveils TV App Just In Time For NFL Debut

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Twitter stock is up fractionally in trading after the platform unveiled the launch of its free app for Apple TV, Amazon Fire TV and Microsoft’s Xbox One, which went live today. The news comes as Twitter prepares to debut its live-streaming of 10 NFL Thursday night games starting tomorrow with the New York Jets-Buffalo Bills matchup. The app had been anticipated as Twitter seeks to become a force in video as it’s been struggling to sustain growth. The company, like its… Read

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Apple Celebrates iTunes Movies’ 10th Anniversary With 10-For-$10 Promo

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The clock is ticking for Apple’s iTunes Movies’ 10th anniversary 10-for-$10 deal – well, $9.99, actually, for each of six 10-movie bundles. The special 24-hour sale ends at 11:59 PM PT. U.S. iTunes account holders can purchase each bundle at the low cost — usual prices range from $8-$20 — thanks to the one-day deal hatched by Apple with five Hollywood studios: Warner Bros., Universal, Sony Pictures, Paramount and Lionsgate (the latter offering two bundles). Disney and… Read

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Lionsgate & Univision Team For Spanish-Language SVOD Movie Service

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Lionsgate and Univision Communications are teaming to launch a premium SVOD service for the Hispanic moviegoing audience in the U.S. Set to go live early next year, the unnamed service will feature titles across multiple genres from across the Spanish-speaking world. Many available on the same date as their theatrical release in Latin American markets. UCI President & CEO Randy Falco and Lionsgate CEO Jon Feltheimer today announced the service, which also will… Read

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George Kliavkoff, Former Hearst & Hulu Exec, Dives Into Virtual Reality As CEO of Jaunt

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George Kliavkoff is leaving Hearst Corp to become CEO of virtual reality company Jaunt. The move comes at a time when talent agencies, studios and even cameramen are gearing for a wave of VR content as the industry looks for the next level in pushing the envelope of entertainment. Jaunt is the company that has received funding from prominent media companies and venture capital firms including The Walt Disney Company, Evolution Media Partners, China Media Capital, Highland… Read