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DOJ, AT&T-Time Warner Provide Conflicting Accounts of Pre-Antitrust Suit Clash

Posted: 10-12-2018 | Author: Staff Report
Variety reports: “As the Justice Department pursues its appeal of a federal judge’s decision in favor of the AT&T-Time Warner merger, new court filings shed light on the tense meetings that ended with the filing of the landmark lawsuit. The contentiousness in one key meeting revolved around the companies’ claims that they were being unfairly singled out for […]

Pandora, Snapchat Pair Up

Posted: 10-12-2018 | Author: Staff Report
Hypebot reports: “Radio streaming service Pandora and popular photo sharing platform Snapchat recently unveiled an exciting new partnership where users of both platforms will be able to share their Pandora listening habits over Snapchat, all in hopes of increasing engagement. Services and labels are constantly looking to increase engagement amongst their products to ensure consumers come back […]

YouTube is cracking down on creators who post duplicated content

Posted: 10-12-2018 | Author: Staff Report
The Verge reports: “YouTube’s relationship with its creators has always been asymmetric; the platform necessarily has all of the power, and it’s not super transparent about the changes it makes that affect people who rely on the site for revenue. YouTube says that if you’ve been demonetized because of duplication, you’re eligible to reapply after a […]

Facebook’s gaming hub Fb.gg launches into beta on Android

Posted: 10-12-2018 | Author: Staff Report
Tech Crunch reports: “This summer, Facebook launched Fb.gg, its online gaming hub and Twitch competitor, designed to attract game streamers and their fans to watch videos on Facebook instead of on rival sites. Now, Fb.gg is expanding to mobile with its launch on Android.” Read more  

BBC Studios LA Strikes First-Look Development Deal With Lionsgate

Posted: 10-12-2018 | Author: Staff Report
Deadline Hollywood reports: “BBC Studios is to expand its TV production presence in the U.S. after striking a broad deal with Mad Men producer Lionsgate. BBC Studios Los Angeles, which produces series such as HBO’s The Night Of and Getting On as well as ABC’s Dancing with the Stars, will team up with the Orange Is The New Black producer to identify, co-develop and co-fund scripted formats […]

CNN’s $100 Million Problem: Collecting Payment for People Watching on Airplanes

Posted: 10-12-2018 | Author: Staff Report
The Hollywood Reporter reports: “Sometime in the next week, CNN’s parent company Turner will be filing court papers providing evidence for how it has allegedly been cheated by Dish Network out of license payments for the cable news network. The case has remained under the radar for more than a year since it was initially […]

Microsoft has killed Minecraft for Apple TV

Posted: 10-11-2018 | Author: Staff Report
The Verge reports: “Microsoft is no longer supporting the Apple TV version of Minecraft. The app has has been pulled from the App Store, and an in-game message notes that it won’t receive any further updates, though it’ll continue to be playable. Minecraft is one of the biggest games in history and has managed to find an audience on virtually […]

Netflix Content Quota in Europe May Lead to TV Buying Spree

Posted: 10-11-2018 | Author: Staff Report
The Hollywood Reporter reports: “New regulations that require 30 percent of streaming programming to be of homegrown origin are likely to spur streamers to boost their investment in Europe by increasing both original productions and local acquisitions. The regulation is likely to spur Netflix and Amazon to boost their investment in Europe by increasing both original […]

Fortnite’s Android beta is now open

Posted: 10-11-2018 | Author: Staff Report
Venture Beat reports: “Epic Games announced today that the beta test for the Android version of Fortnite is now open, meaning you don’t need an invitation to play it. The battle royale game has been a huge hit on all platforms, and the mobile version is no different. The iOS release of Fortnite has already earned over $300 million.” […]

The Music Modernization Act has been signed into law

Posted: 10-11-2018 | Author: Staff Report
The Verge reports: “President Trump has signed the Music Modernization Act (MMA) into law, officially passing the most sweeping reform to copyright law in decades. The bill, heralded by labels, musicians, and politicians, unanimously passed through both the House and Senate before going to the president. The bill revamps Section 115 of the U.S. Copyright Act and aims […]