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CBS All Access Goes Live On Amazon Prime Video Channels

After seeing subscription gains for Showtime when the network’s stand-alone app entered the Amazon’s Prime Video Channels arena, CBS has reached a similar deal with the tech giant for its All Access OTT service. As of today, both the basic and reduced-ad tiers of CBS All Access will be available via Prime Video Channels, for $5.99 and $9.99 a month, respectively, the company said. A free, one-week trial is also included. During a conference call earlier this month with… Read

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‘Made In Mexico’ Reality Series On Nine Opulent Lifestyles Set For Netflix

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The first Mexican reality series on Netflix, Made in Mexico, will showcase nine of Mexico City’s wealthy socialites and their opulent but flawed lifestyles. The series debuts on the streaming service on Sept. 28. The cast includes: Pepe Díaz, a 35-year-old successful businessman and nightclub impresario who wants to shed his playboy past and settle down into a new life; Kitzia Mitre, born and raised into Mexico's high society and a fashion designer who splits her time… Read

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U.S. Sues Operators Of Pirate Radio Station Broadcasting Alex Jones’ Show — Updated

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UPDATED to clarify that Alex Jones is not involved in the station. A pirate radio station in Texas that broadcast conspiracy theorist Alex Jones’s show has dropped off the air amid an intensifying fight with the FCC. The Department of Justice filed suit against Walter and Rae Olenick, accusing them of operating an unlicensed radio station out of their Austin apartment complex since at least 2013. The FCC sent the couple multiple letters, warning of the dire consequences… Read

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‘Castle Rock’ Renewed For Second Season By Hulu

Hulu has renewed the psychological horror series Castle Rock for a second season. The series, from J.J. AbramsBad Robot Productions and novelist Stephen King, enjoyed one of the most successful launches for a Hulu Original, in terms of reach and consumption. The sixth episode of the series premieres on Wednesday. Castle Rock is one of a growing number of original series on Hulu, as the streaming service looks to attract subscribers and compete with streaming giants… Read

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PTC Calls Netflix’s ‘Desire’ Movie “Child Porn,” Asks Reed Hastings To Remove It

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The Parents Television Counsel is calling on Netflix to remove the controversial Argentinian film Desire from the streaming service, saying the company is placing profits ahead of corporate responsibility in distributing what it considers child porn. The film depicts a 9-year-old girl masturbating for the first time and experiencing an orgasm while watching a John Ford cowboy film with a young friend. The scene, in which the girls imitates the cowboy by sitting on her… Read

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Hulu Sets Premiere Dates For ‘Light As A Feather’, Season 2 Of ‘Marvel’s Runaways’

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Marvel’s Runaways returns to Hulu on December 21 — just in time for a little holiday binge-watching. The series follows a group of teens who have left their homes and parents behind and are learning how to live on their own. Season 2 picks up almost immediately where the first season left off, with the runaway teens now on their own, taking refuge in an underground hostel, and having to fend for themselves. Marvel’s Runaways is executive produced by… Read

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Fox Launches ‘FN Genius,’ An ‘HQ’-Style Mobile Trivia Game Tailored To Its Live Programming Push

EXCLUSIVE: Fox is rolling out an answer to the viral success of HQ Trivia. Its new mobile video game show, FN Genius, is already live in Apple and Android app stores and has been pitched in sales meetings since May. FN Genius will officially enter the spotlight this weekend with major promotions Saturday night and Sunday during The Simpsons. It will premiere on Sunday’s the Teen Choice Awards on the Fox broadcast network, according to sources with knowledge of the launch… Read

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Disney’s Bob Iger On Rivalry With Netflix, Fox Film Integration: “We Don’t Have To Be In The Absolute Volume Game”

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During today’s call with Wall Street analysts to discuss third-quarter earnings, Disney CEO Bob Iger offered some of his most extensive comments to date on the company’s high-stakes effort to compete with Netflix in the subscription streaming arena. The topic dominated the half-hour Q&A portion of the call. Iger repeatedly emphasized that the approach to the streaming service would be a gradual one that will not resemble the flood-the-zone, saturation tack taken by… Read

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‘Orange Is The New Black’ Season 6 Premiere Drew 5.3M U.S. Viewers, Nielsen Says, And 71% Of Them Were 18-49

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Six seasons in, and Netflix’s Orange Is the New Black continues to be a steady performer for the streaming service, according to new data from Nielsen’s SVOD Content Ratings report. (See the full report below.) The first episode of the latest season, which premiered July 27, drew more than 5.3 million U.S. viewers within three days, on an average minute basis. About 71% of viewers were in the 18-49 demo. In its first three days of availability, the full sixth season… Read

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Jeffrey Katzenberg And Meg Whitman Confirm $1B Raise For NewTV, Eye Holiday 2019 Launch: “Now The Real Fun Begins”

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Jeffrey Katzenberg and Meg Whitman, who first worked together decades ago at the Walt Disney Co., have re-teamed for one of the most lucrative fundraising efforts by a startup. They have secured an initial round of $1 billion for their mobile video network, NewTV, with an eye toward launching the subscription service by the end of 2019. The raise had been reported last month, but NewTV is officially confirming it today. In an interview with Deadline, Katzenberg and… Read

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Discovery Taps Amazon Vet As CEO Of Direct-To-Consumer Efforts

As it pushes deeper into streaming, Discovery has tapped former Amazon exec Peter Faricy for the newly created role of CEO, Global Direct-to-Consumer. The company has talked for the past couple of years about rolling out a domestic OTT subscription service. Thus far it has focused more on securing carriage on vMVPDs and other offerings like non-sports bundle Philo TV. Internationally, the company has continued to push Eurosport Player and also set a $2 billion pact with… Read

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FX Makes Its Ad-Free FX+ Platform Available To All Of Its Subscribers – TCA

FX is expanding the scope of its ad-free programming hub, FX+, making it available to all of its 90 million U.S. subscribers. Previously, it had been an add-on option only for Comcast and Cox cable customers. The announcement came as the Fox-owned (for now) network kicked off its day of presentations at TCA summer press tour. Opting in to the platform will still cost $5.99 a month for all subscribers, who will get all new seasons of FX originals as well as nearly every… Read