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Cable Is No Longer King
Cable Is No Longer King

Cable Is No Longer King

Streaming claims new record with 40.3% of TV usage in June

(Newser) - Americans spent more than 40% of their TV time in June on streaming services, a record high not just for streaming but for any single category of viewership, per Variety . Younger viewers now on summer holidays drove a 2.1% increase in overall TV consumption and 6% increase in streaming...

New Sports Venture May Change the TV Landscape
New Sports Venture May
Change the TV Landscape

New Sports Venture May Change the TV Landscape

ESPN, Fox, Warner Bros. deal seen as very bad news to the struggling cable industry

(Newser) - The new sports streaming joint venture from Fox, Warner Bros. Discovery, and Disney's ESPN doesn't have a name, CEO, or firm launch date yet—but it does have a lot of people talking about it. The streaming service will include the ESPN+ service plus 14 channels from the...

3 Media Giants Announce Sports Streaming Service

Joint venture will have games from all major US leagues

(Newser) - Three major media companies are teaming up to create a new sports streaming service that could spell trouble for the cable TV industry. The service from Fox, Warner Bros. Discovery, and Disney-owned ESPN, three of the top sports rights holders, will offer content from all major US sports leagues, the...

A Streaming Era Has Just Ended
Say Farewell to a Streaming Era

Say Farewell to a Streaming Era

Amazon Prime Video introduces ads

(Newser) - The age of the ad-free streaming service (for no additional subscription cost) is essentially over: As expected , on Monday ads were introduced to Amazon's Prime Video streaming service. Now the five biggest streaming services (which also include Netflix, Disney+, Max, and Paramount+) are all ad-supported at their lowest price...

This Was Most-Watched Streaming Original in 2023

Nielsen says 'Ted Lasso' was top-scoring original, while 'Suits' set streaming record

(Newser) - Nielsen exec Brian Fuhrer says Ted Lasso was such a big hit that he initially thought an error had occurred at the ratings company. The series was the most-watched original series on a streaming service last year, though its maker, Apple TV+, has fewer viewers than any other service Nielsen...

NFL's First Playoff Game Behind Paywall Sets a Record

Match on Peacock between Chiefs and Dolphins drew an average 23M viewers

(Newser) - Whether fans tuned in Saturday night to the Chiefs-Dolphins AFC playoff match on Peacock to watch Taylor Swift having fun in the stands or because they were actually invested in the game, those viewers helped make it the most-streamed live event ever, reports the AP . Nielsen stats show the game...

Keeping Amazon Prime Video as You Know It Will Cost You

Streaming service will begin showing ads in movies, TV shows on Jan. 29, unless you pay up

(Newser) - We knew this day was coming , though we didn't know exactly when. Now, Amazon announces that its Prime Video service will start showing ads in its movies and TV shows beginning next month. The AP reports that the ad-infused content will kick off on Jan. 29, according to an...

Amazon Prime Caves, Will Run Ads on Films, Shows

Prime members who don't want such interruptions can fork over an extra $2.99 per month

(Newser) - Amazon Prime Video will include advertising during shows and movies starting early next year, joining other streaming services that have added different tiers of subscriptions. Members of Amazon Prime can pay $2.99 per month in the US to keep their service ad-free, the company said Friday, per the AP...

Choosing a Show to Watch Takes More Time Than Ever

New report reveals viewers take more than 10 minutes to find a show on streaming sites

(Newser) - If you spend too much time scrolling through Netflix, you're in good company, a study by Nielsen's Gracenote has found. TV Tech breaks down its 2023 State of Play report, which notes that while people have more choices than ever to stream content digitally, it comes with some...

Hollywood Writer: Here's Why This Strike Matters

It's tech companies versus organized labor in the 'fight of our generation'

(Newser) - Hollywood writers are on strike because of the difference between broadcast TV and streaming—and because of the wider clash between workers and tech companies, striking writer Rafael Agustin explains at Mother Jones . Agustin writes that while people might feel a dispute between supposedly "rich" Hollywood writers on one...

Netflix: A Crackdown on US Password Sharing Is Nigh

Move to paid sharing has been a success in Canada, company says

(Newser) - American users of Netflix avoided a crackdown on password-sharing longer than users in other countries but change is on the way, the company said this week. Netflix says paid sharing will be rolled out in the US this quarter. Users will be able to add up to two people outside...

Say Goodbye to Mooching Netflix Passwords

Starting in 2023, free added profiles will have to be paid for as a 'sub-account' or create own new account

(Newser) - If you've been watching Netflix using a shared password, those free viewing days are about to come to an end. The streaming service announced this week that, starting in "early 2023," just one "home" will be allowed per account, while those extra profiles that many people...

HBO Max's Latest Film Is a Record-Smasher

Latino remake of 'Father of the Bride' is streaming service's most-viewed movie to date

(Newser) - The latest Father of the Bride remake was created to broadcast on HBO Max exclusively, and it's a move that's paid off for the streaming service. Deadline reports the new version of the film, starring Andy Garcia and Gloria Estefan, drew HBO Max's largest audience ever for...

Netflix's Fall Triggers Shockwaves in Streaming
Netflix's Chill Is Now 'Disastrous'

Netflix's Chill Is Now 'Disastrous'

'There's more to entertainment than volume and distraction'

(Newser) - The streaming industry is feeling shockwaves after Netflix stunned analysts Tuesday in reporting its first loss of subscribers in more than a decade. Shares fell 35% Wednesday, wiping out $50 billion in market capitalization, following a 40% year-to-date drop. "Simply put, Netflix's terrible 2022 has now become disastrous,...

Move Netflix Has Long Resisted Will Likely Come to Pass

Lower-priced subscription models with ads could be offered 'in a year or two,' CEO says

(Newser) - Netflix is planning to make some changes after a drop in subscribers —and one of them is a move the company has long resisted. Founder and co-CEO Reed Hastings said Tuesday that the company is looking at bringing in advertising to support lower-priced subscription models, Deadline reports. "Those...

Netflix Stock Nosedives After Fall in Subscriber Numbers

It's the first time global total has fallen since 2011

(Newser) - Netflix shares nosedived more than 25% in after-hours trading after the company disclosed its first loss of subscribers in more than a decade. The company said factors including the war in Ukraine caused it to lose 200,000 subscribers worldwide in the first quarter of 2022, when it had expected...

Russia's Netflix Users Aren't Happy They've Lost Service

After Netflix suspended streaming there due to Ukraine war, subscribers launch $730K class action

(Newser) - About 1 million of Netflix's 220 million subscribers worldwide are in Russia, and right now, they're pretty miffed. After Vladimir Putin decided to invade Ukraine, the streaming service blocked access in his nation and halted production of Russian-made movies and shows, and now customers there have launched a...

Tim Cook Just Dunked on Netflix, Amazon

Oscar win for his platform's 'CODA' gives him bragging rights ahead of older rivals

(Newser) - When CODA won the Oscar for best picture on Sunday, it handed a huge victory to Tim Cook and his Apple+ streaming platform. After all, Cook "triumphed just two and a half years after formally entering the film and TV business," writes Matthew Belloni at Puck . He trumped...

Netflix Users Love This Feature More Than Free Cupcakes

So says one engineer about 'Skip Intro' button, which platform says is hit 136M times daily

(Newser) - Without even thinking about it, Netflix users take part in a time-travel experiment of sorts as they watch movies and TV series. They do this via the "Skip Intro" button, which allows them to pass over the opening credits and into the meat of whatever they're viewing, and...

Hey Password-Sharers, Netflix Is Coming for You

Company tests $2.99 charge for accounts outside the main household

(Newser) - Your days of sharing Netflix passwords across households appear to be numbered. The company is testing new ways to crackdown on password sharing, including offering linked accounts at a discounted rate. The ability to create separate profiles and watch multiple streams from one paying account has "created some confusion...

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