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Hulu’s Poised To Become An $8B Asset But Is “Hidden” To Wall Street: Analyst

attends the 2015 Hulu Upfront Presentation at Hammerstein Ballroom on April 29, 2015 in New York City.

Wall Streeters are supposed to be savvy about changes in the marketplace. But investors appear to have a blindspot when it comes to Hulu, a top analyst says today in a report that’s sure to attract a lot of attention. J.P. Morgan’s Alexia Quadrani says that Hulu could be worth nearly $8 billion in 2017. That’s about $2 billion more than investors currently figure based on their valuations of the streaming service’s owners: Comcast, Disney and Fox. She made her deep-dive… Read


ComScore To Buy Rentrak Creating Major Challenger To Nielsen

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Look out Nielsen: Audience measurement power comScore just said that it has agreed to acquire Rentrak in a stock swap. ComScore shares are up more than 7% in post-market trading, and Rentrak is up 12.9% following the announcement. Rentrak, which had a market value of $702 million before the news, will become a wholly owned subsidiary of comScore. Each Rentrak share will be worth 1.15 shares of comScore. When the deal closes, Rentrak shareholders will own about 33.5% of… Read


Google’s Chromecast Will Add Showtime And Sling TV Streams

SAN FRANCISCO, CA - SEPTEMBER 29:  The new Google Chromecast is displayed next to Nexus phones during a Google media event on September 29, 2015 in San Francisco, California. Google unveiled its 2015 smartphone lineup, the Nexus 5x and Nexus 6P, the new Chromecast and new Android 6.0 Marshmallow software features.  (Photo by Justin Sullivan/Getty Images)

This was a good day for streaming video services: Showtime and Dish Network’s Sling TV announced that their standalone online services will be available on TV to viewers who use Google’s Chromecast connector. Showtime’s up today on Chromecast and Android devices, as well as as Amazon’s Fire tablets, Fire TV, and Fire TV stick. Sling will be on Chromecast “in the coming weeks,” its CEO Roger Lynch says. It’s already on Android and Amazon platforms. Google disclosed its… Read


Comcast Unveils Watchable, Its Streamed Entertainment Service

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Comcast formally challenged Google’s YouTube, Facebook, and Verizon's Go90 this morning as it announced the launch of the beta version of Watchable, its widely anticipated ad-supported streaming service. Videos at the start will be available via iOS, and Comcast’s X1 set top boxes. They will include content from about 30 partners including AwesomenessTV, Buzzfeed, CelebTV, Collective Digital Studio, Defy Media, Discovery Digital Networks, Fast Company… Read


Facebook Back Up After 42-Minute Outage, Third Glitch This Month – Update


A lot of Facebook users may wish it had its “dislike” button now: The ad-supported social media site was down for about 42 minutes beginning at about 3:00 ET, according to We don’t know yet the breadth of the problem, but the company acknowledged that it had a major outage. This was the second glitch this week, and the third this month: Facebook also was down for about 14 minutes last Thursday, and reported problems on September 17. Those who… Read


Showtime Unveils Free Sneak Peek At ‘The Affair’ Season 2

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UPDATED, with second-episode info. Showtime is drawing the curtain today on Season 2 of The Affair, giving viewers a gander on multiple platforms prior to the drama’s return on October 4. Showtime also will make the second episode of The Affair available a week early, exclusively to subscribers on Showtime Anytime, Showtime on Demand and through the Showtime streaming service. Subscribers can watch Episode 2 of the new season at 11 p.m. ET immediately following the season… Read


James Murdoch: Fox’s TV Business Can Grow, Despite Industry Problems

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Yes, domestic consumers are starting to cut the pay TV cord, or not signing up in the first place. And, yes, TV ratings and ad sales are diminishing. But Fox CEO James Murdoch told the Goldman Sachs Communacopia Conference this morning that he remains optimistic about the business. Although he considers it “reasonable” to expect the U.S. pay TV market to shrink about 1% a year, there’s still a lot of growth in Europe, Asia, and Latin America. “We operate more globally… Read


Mandalay Sports Media Taps Dick Glover To Be CEO

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The new CEO at Peter Guber and Mike Tollin’s sports media enterprise replaces Rich Battista. He left in April, after two years on the job, for Time Inc. where he’s an EVP overseeing People and Entertainment Weekly. New CEO Dick Glover comes to Mandalay Sports Media from Funny or Die, where he was CEO. He’ll remain on the comedy venture’s board and will “maintain close ties with the company,” MSM says. Glover knows sports, though. He was NASCAR’s VP Broadcasting and New… Read


Epix Will Let Subscribers Download Some Movies And Shows For Offline Viewing


Epix just picked up speed in the race to let subscription viewers download movies and TV shows to digital devices so they can watch them without an Internet connection. The venture co-owned by Viacom, Lionsgate and MGM calls itself the “first network to deliver offline viewing directly from its mobile apps, available across Kindle Fire and all Apple and Android mobile devices and tablets including iPads, iPhones, and Samsung and Nexus devices.” Today’s announcement… Read


Apple Unveils New Apple TV, iPhone 6s & Large-Screen iPad – Update

SAN FRANCISCO, CA - SEPTEMBER 9: Apple CEO Tim Cook introduces the New Apple TV during a Special Event at Bill Graham Civic Auditorium September 9, 2015 in San Francisco, California. Apple Inc. is expected to unveil latest iterations of its smart phone, forecasted to be the 6S and 6S Plus. The tech giant is also rumored to be planning to announce an update to its Apple TV set-top box. (Photo by Stephen Lam/ Getty Images)

UPDATED with Apple TV and iPhone announcements: The product introduction event just wrapping up today was widely watched by Apple fans and investors — mostly to hear about updates for the iPhone and Apple TV. But Wall Street seems unimpressed so far: Apple’s share price is down about 2% since the event started. Here are some of the announcements. Apple TV: The late Steve Jobs once referred to this as a mere “hobby.” But CEO Tim Cook says that the “new Apple TV is the… Read


TiVo Sues Samsung, And Predicts Growth From New Deals

LAS VEGAS - JANUARY 07:  CES attendees walk by a large TiVo advertisement during the 2011 International Consumer Electronics Show at the Las Vegas Convention Center January 7, 2011 in Las Vegas, Nevada. CES, the world's largest annual consumer technology tradeshow, runs from January 6-9 and is expected to feature 2,700 exhibitors showing off their latest products and services to about 126,000 attendees.  (Photo by Justin Sullivan/Getty Images)

TiVo has several answers this afternoon for investors wondering how the DVR pioneer plans to grow in a period when Comcast and other major pay TV providers worry about cord cutting — and hope to slow it by promoting their own next generation video technologies. TiVo will head back to court, this time with a patent infringement suit against Samsung. Its DVRs improperly use TiVo’s processes that enable viewers to watch one show while recording another, the company says… Read


Hulu Introduces $11.99 Commercial-Free Option, But Vows To Boost Ad Sales

attends the 2015 Hulu Upfront Presentation at Hammerstein Ballroom on April 29, 2015 in New York City.

Hulu has finally responded to the chorus of subscribers who don’t want to put up with ads when they pay a monthly fee to stream movies and TV shows. The service today adds an $11.99-a-month ad-free option, while maintaining its $7.99 service with what it describes as “limited commercials.” Both will offer the same programming. A few shows on the ad-free service — including New Girl, Scandal, How To Get Away With Murder, Grey's Anatomy, and Marvel’s Agents Of S.H.I.E.L.D. … Read