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Comcast Debuts Xfinity Flex Streaming Service For Internet-Only Customers

Aiming to meet growing demand for video content by its internet-only customers, Comcast is rolling out Xfinity Flex, a new streaming service that will combine VOD, free, ad-supported live streams and access to subscription apps. The new offering, launching March 26, costs $5 as an extra fee for current Xfinity internet customers. It will feature 10,000 free, ad supported VOD film and TV titles and a handful of live services such as ESPN3, Xumo, Pluto, Tubi TV, Cheddar and… Read

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MoviePass Restores Movie-Per-Day Subscription Plan At $9.95 Teaser Rate

MoviePass, which has experimented with a range of subscription schemes in recent months, is rolling out an “uncapped” movie-per-day plan that will be $9.95 for those who pay for 12 months in advance. The plan costs $14.95 on a month-to-month basis, and the company (a unit of Helios and Matheson Analytics) cautioned that the pricing will be available only for a limited time. After the promotional period, which the company did not specify, the standard price of $19.95 will… Read

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Sony’s PlayStation Vue Expands Multi-View Feature To Apple TV Subscribers

Sony’s PlayStation Vue is expanding its “multi-view” feature, which already available on PlayStation 4, to Apple TV subscribers of the streaming service. The Vue skinny bundle, which was among the first lower-cost, internet-delivered TV players when it launched in 2015. Multi-view which was added two years ago on the PS4, allows viewers to simultaneously watch three programs and once. On Apple TV, it will allow four simultaneous live broadcasts. (In the image above, it… Read

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Byron Allen’s Entertainment Studios Acquires ‘Up North’ Prison Drama For Digital Distribution

Byron Allen’s Entertainment Studios has acquired the pilot of gritty drama Up North for global distribution on its streaming services, including TheGrio and Local Now. The company will finance and distribute eight episodes of the series to launch the first season. Written by Emil Pinnock and Ian Robertson, the Up North pilot digs into the brutal reality of the New York prison system, as an innocent teenager gets arrested for a crime he did not commit. Up North looks at… Read

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MoviePass Parent Company’s CFO Resigns To Take Another Job

Stuart Benson, CFO and Secretary of MoviePass parent Helios and Matheson Analytics, has resigned to take another job. The move was disclosed this morning in an SEC filing, which did not identify Benson’s new employment opportunity. “The company plans to initiate a search for, and hire, a new Chief Financial Officer as soon as practicable,” the filing said. Whoever does come in as the top finance exec at the company will face a situation that cannot be described as stable… Read

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More Unfriending At Facebook As Product Chief And Head Of WhatsApp Exit

Facebook’s time of transition, a seemingly unending phase since last year’s Cambridge Analytica scandal segued to a host of other corporate issues, is continuing with the exits of product chief Chris Cox and WhatsApp head Chris Daniels. Will Cathcart will take the place of Daniels at WhatsApp. Fidji Simo will be the new head of the Facebook app, the company said. Cox, who has been considered a close confidant of founder and CEO Mark Zuckerberg, will not be replaced… Read

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CollegeHumor & Adaptive Studios Team On Mockumentary Music Biz Series ‘Downbeat’

CollegeHumor, Big Breakfast and Adaptive Studios have teamed on Downbeat, a six-episode mid-form mockumentary digital series that will premiere on CollegeHumor YouTube channels beginning March 24. A new episode will launch each Sunday. Conceived and created by Graham Wallace (Jash, I Want My Phone Back) & Luke Kelly-Clyne (Hot Date, The Middle Passage), the series is described as an experiment in the world of character studies — a series where each episode follows the… Read

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YouTube Founders, Once TV Pariahs, To Get Emmys For Lifetime Achievement

Chad Hurley and Steven Shih Chen, two former PayPal colleagues who co-founded YouTube in 2005, were once so reviled in traditional-media circles that their company elicited a billion-dollar lawsuit by Viacom. Today, they were named as recipients of Emmy Awards for Lifetime Achievement. The entrepreneurs, who founded the company with Jawed Karim, will collect their statuettes at next month’s NAB Show. The annual confab has traditionally centered on broadcast television but… Read

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Fuse Unveils Upfront Slate: New & Returning Series, Premiere Dates, More

Fuse Media is getting a head-start on upfront season, unveiling its 2019-20 slate today. The lineup is highlighted by three new series, several returning ones and multiple premiere dates. Targeting diverse, millennial and Gen Z viewers, Fuse TV has greenlighted new series Made from Scratch, a docu-cooking show with Latinx rapper Young M.A.; The Read with Kid Fury and Crissle West (working title), a talk/variety show based on the hosts’ podcast; and Sugar and Toys, Fuse’s… Read

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Adult Swim And Crunchyroll Team On Programming, Expand Distribution Deal

Two of WarnerMedia’s closely aligned assets, Adult Swim and Crunchyroll, are deepening their ties with an expanded distribution deal and a new partnership for programming. The partnership makes Crunchyroll a premiere content partner for Toonami, the anime programming block that airs Saturday nights on Adult Swim. The two companies will collaborate on licensed content, co-productions and distribution opportunities. Crunchyroll, which was founded in 2006, had been… Read

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‘Cobra Kai’ Season 2 Teaser Trailer & Premiere Date: A New Dojo Rivalry Is Born

Bang a gong — it’s time to get it on. YouTube Premium has set an April 24 premiere date for Season 2 of its original series Cobra Kai, starring Ralph Macchio and William Zabka — with Martin Kove resurfacing from The Karate Kid source film. Watch the first teaser trailer above. Season 2 kicks in with Daniel LaRusso (Macchio) and Johnny Lawrence (Zabka) after the shocking cliffhanger featuring the return of John Kreese (Kove). When a new rivalry between opposing dojos is… Read

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Gizmodo Media Group Staffers Ratify Second WGA East Contract

The editorial staff at Gizmodo Media Group has ratified its second collective bargaining deal with the WGA East. The digital media outlet’s 169 members voted overwhelmingly to approve the new three-year contract, which is its first as part of Univision CommunicationsFusion Media Group. Here are details of the deal: 3% guaranteed increases in each year of the contract; Successorship agreement to protect the contract in the event of a sale; Increased severance for… Read