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By Ben Munson May 9, 2018 | Netflix won’t be the only service missing out on Disney content once the company launches its own streaming service in late 2019. Disney CEO Bob Iger said that the company will be pulling back all of its content that is distributed and monetized on third-party platforms.  “We are fully committed to not only bringing the product to...

By Amol Sharma May 8, 2018 | Cable giant Comcast Corp. is getting the pieces in place to make a hostile bid for 21st Century Fox’s entertainment assets should it choose to do so, according to people familiar with the situation. Fox agreed in December to sell the assets in question to Walt Disney Co. for $52.4 billion in stock. Read more on The...

By Mike Farrell May 4, 2018 | BTIG media analyst Richard Greenfield – one of the early backers of the over-the-top model – predicted that online retailer Amazon is best poised to become the most disruptive force in the pay television industry, outpacing Netflix and using its vast resources to fund forays into sports and other entertainment. “They [Amazon] are all about the...

By Liz Shannon Miller May 1, 2018 | The concept of Choose-Your-Own-Adventure storytelling isn’t a new one; just ask any ’80s kid who grew up reading the classic book series, where you jumped from section to section based on your own decisions. But Netflix has now evolved the experience off the page and on the screen — taking advantage of the streaming model in new...

By Shalini Ramachandran,  Amol Sharma and David Benoit April 25, 2018 | Comcast on Wednesday lobbed an official $31 billion proposal to buy European pay-TV operator Sky PLC, topping an existing offer from 21st Century Fox Inc., which already owns a 39% stake in Sky. Fox counts Rupert Murdoch and his family as major shareholders. Separately, the cable giant is weighing whether to play interloper on Fox’s $52.4 billion deal to sell...

By Todd Spangler April 24, 2018 | Hollywood has been waiting to see when Netflix will downshift out of the fast lane — specifically, when it will stop burning tons of cash on an ever-expanding bonfire of original titles. That day is not coming anytime soon. The streamer could soon be worth more than Disney, which once was rumored to be a suitor, as it rides investor...

By Patrick Brzeski April 17, 2018 | Digital media company Cinedigm Corp. will soon begin beaming Chinese entertainment into U.S. homes. Chris McGurk, Cinedigm's chairman and CEO, delivered a speech Tuesday at the Beijing International Film Festival in which he unveiled plans to launch a new over-the-top channel in North America dedicated exclusively to the distribution of Chinese film and television content. Read more...

By Rob Haskell April 12, 2018 | Despite his success, Iger and his venerable Disney brand face an existential threat from Silicon Valley, in particular from companies like Netflix and Amazon. The studio has wagered on content, beloved but mutable stories with loyal audiences; meanwhile, Netflix has made so much money on subscriptions that it suddenly gets to spend billions on...

By Gene Maddaus April 11, 2018 | Disney is taking the gloves off in its battle with Redbox, working to make it significantly harder for the kiosk operator to obtain DVDs of recent Disney releases. According to an amended complaint filed on Tuesday by Redbox, Disney has recently retained Anderson Merchandisers, an in-store merchandising company, in its effort to limit the kiosk operator's purchases of Disney DVDs....

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