Whereas Apple Music and Spotify both made statements in response to the no-show of Adele’s 25 on their services at the end of last week, Pandora stayed quiet. The US-based non-interactive streaming service was clearly biding its time – because it’s just told the world that is does have 25 on its platform, just in time for Thanksgiving weekend.
When football programming is stripped away, NBC, CBS, and Fox’s viewership is 45% lower among men ages 18 to 49, a coveted demographic for advertisers.This is why the relationship between the NFL and the television industry is so vital. This is why the networks spend billions of dollars on games. This is also why right now there is an intense competition for the league’s Thursday Night Football package.
The two parties have signed a long-term agreement continuing their long-standing relationship, according to a joint release issued Nov. 23. The deal includes distribution across linear, TV everywhere, VOD and mobile, for a number of the network’s channels (including A&E, Lifetime, History and History en Espanol). It will also see AT&T carry Viceland, a recently announced 24-hour broadcast channel. The channel is set to launch in 2016 and will be geared at a largely male demographic.
In an order Tuesday, a New York federal court permanently enjoined the defendants from infringing the studios’ films and granted the final default judgment for $10.5 million — an amount based on 140 works at issue, statutory damages of up to $150,000 per infringement, and the studios pursuing only half of what they say they are entitled. But collecting could be tough. The MPAA studios have not identified with certainty who the operators of the MovieTube sites are. The court granted a default judgment in favor of the MPAA in August because none of the defendants had answered the complaint in any way, and they have continued to avoid the proceedings, according to Tuesday’s order.
Comcast has resorted to using what’s essentially a man-in-the-middle attack to warn customers that they might be breaking copyright laws. The move, first brought to light by San Francisco-based developer Jarred Sumner, introduces all sorts of privacy concerns.
The U.S. Justice Department is investigating whether Comcast Corp.’s business practices in the $5 billion cable advertising-sales market violate federal antitrust law, according to a document reviewed by The Wall Street Journal. The document, known as a civil investigative demand, indicates the department’s antitrust division is probing whether Comcast’s cable ad sales practices, as well as its deals to represent rival pay-TV providers’ ad sales, are hindering competition.
TiVo’s MSO business stayed hot in the company’s third fiscal quarter with 418,000 net adds, pushing its MVPD-partnership category beyond 5.51 million subs.
Sony has announced that the PlayStation 4 has sold through over 30.2 million units worldwide since its release in late 2013. The figure is as of Sunday, November 22nd, and Sony says “PS4 continues to demonstrate the fastest and strongest growth in PlayStation hardware history.”
A handful of the cable TV providers, including Time Warner Cable, are experimenting with letting Roku, the maker of a popular streaming Web-video device, take over as the primary access point for TV service. In principle, it means viewers can use one piece of TV equipment and one on-screen guide to seamlessly hop from an NFL game to “House of Cards” on the Netflix app to an Adele music video on YouTube. More cable companies should take this step of turning over the entertainment gateway duties to companies like Roku, or Apple, whose primary mission is making pleasant-to-use consumer electronics.
The merger of Charter Communications with Time Warner Cable (NYSE: TWC) and Bright House networks will put too much ISP marketshare in the hands of just two cable companies (Comcast would be the other one) and the deal should be rejected, according to Dish Network. The company made its claims in another filing to the FCC on the topic.
Sony Music Entertainment has struck a partnership with YouTube star Kurt Hugo Schneider to develop a new original series for digital video. The move promises to ‘bring together one of the world’s biggest YouTubers with some of the planet’s hottest recording artists for exciting, never-before-seen musical creations’.
On the heels of releasing its first feature film, (Beasts of No Nation grossed $90,777 in limited release), Netflix is ramping up its movie ambitions, scooping up two new indie films as it campaigns Beasts for an Oscar. The streaming media company is planning a day-and-date theatrical release for Girlfriend’s Day, a noir comedy featuring Bob Odenkirk as a down-on-his-luck greeting card writer who attempts to clear his name after he’s framed for murder.
Next week, a federal appeals court in Washington will hear one of its biggest cases of the year, one whose outcome will directly affect how Internet providers can alter your experience online. At stake are the government’s net neutrality rules banning telecom and cable companies from unfairly discriminating against new or potential rivals.
Snapchat is expanding its Live Stories feature as part of an app update Monday to get more user-generated content into each story. The idea is that when multiple people upload content of the same real-life moment — say, the game-winning shot at a basketball game — Snapchat was typically showing just one of those videos from just one angle. Now, users can swipe on their phone screen when watching a Live Story to see different angles of the same exact moment.