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By Janko Roettgers March 20, 2018 | Jeremy Culver thinks he’s found a secret weapon to bring his next movie to the masses. “No Postage Necessary,” a romantic indie comedy coming this June, will be the first film to be to be released with the help of blockchain technology. Viewers will be able to buy the film through the  video app Vevue, and pay...

By Mike Snider March 18, 2018 | AT&T's fight to buy Time Warner — home to DC Comics heroes Batman, Superman and Wonder Woman, as well as HBO's Game of Thrones and CNN — heads to a high-stakes throw-down with the Trump administration in the quieter confines of a Washington, D.C., courtroom Monday. The stakes are high for AT&T and could change how viewers watch...

By Robert Lloyd March 14, 2018 | Growth is the business most big businesses are in, and it was natural enough that, having determined to get into original, scripted content — for some time, a kind of sign of arrival for a fledgling network passing out of its early reality-show or all-reruns-all-the-time phase — Netflix and the other streamers would go...

By DANIEL MILLER and JACLYN COSGROVE March 14,  2018 | Walt Disney Co. announced Wednesday a sweeping restructuring aimed at accelerating its global expansion during a period of upheaval for Hollywood. The Burbank-based entertainment giant said it would combine its international media business and its content streaming operation into one unit and create another division to house its consumer products business along with Walt Disney Parks...

By Jeffrey Dastin March 14, 2018 | Amazon.com Inc’s top television shows drew more than 5 million people worldwide to its Prime shopping club by early 2017, according to company documents, revealing for the first time how the retailer’s bet on original video is paying off. The documents also show that Amazon’s U.S. audience for all video programming on Prime, including films and...

By TOM TEODORCZUK March 14, 2018 | Lord [Andrew] Adonis, a former U.K. cabinet minister and academic, is one of the most vociferous, high-profile opponents of Brexit. Recently, he took issue on Twitter with the coverage from the BBC (British Broadcasting Corporation) of Britain’s protracted departure from the European Union and pleaded for “Netflix [to] set up a sharp, balanced news service.” While Netflix NFLX won’t be setting...

By Prospero March 12, 2018 | DEPENDING on your point of view, Netflix has established itself either as a haven for intelligent, challenging science-fiction drama, or as a dumping ground for follies which were too obviously flawed to merit a theatrical release. First, the streaming giant surprised subscribers by adding “The Cloverfield Paradox” to its catalogue with almost no advance warning....

By Theodore Schleifer March 10, 2018 | Filmmaker Jason Blum thinks that the battle between studios, theaters and streaming services like Netflix over how movies are released is basically over — and his industry lost. The movie industry has long been debating when films should be offered outside of theaters. Simultaneously? After weeks? After months? Well, Blum said Saturday that during that negotiation,...

By Wayne Friedman March 9, 2018 | Big traditional pay TV providers lost 3.7% or 3 million subscribers in 2017 -- one of the worst years ever, according to one report. But other research says that new, rising virtual pay TV services have softened the blow. Seven major services -- DirecTV, Dish Network, Comcast, Charter, Altice, U-Verse, and FiOS -- gave up...

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