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Former Yahoo Exec to Lead Believe Entertainment’s New Digital Studio
/ May 14, 2015 11:04 am
Former Yahoo Exec to Lead Believe Entertainment’s New Digital Studio

The Hollywood Reporter reports "Brian Hunt has joined the New York-based company as executive vp and head of development. The former head of development at Yahoo will spearhead Believe's push into original series and branded content for over-the-top and digital distribution. He will be based out of New York." Read More

Walmart challenges Amazon Prime
/ May 14, 2015 10:59 am
Walmart challenges Amazon Prime

CNN Money reports "Walmart (WMT) said it will test a subscription delivery service this summer for $50 a year, roughly half the price of Amazon Prime, with its annual fee of $99. Walmart spokesman Ravi Jariwala said his company will be unveiling a "limited" service for customers who can participate "by invitation only." Read More

CBS’s Video Streaming Service Now Offers Live TV In Over 60% Of The U.S.
/ May 14, 2015 10:52 am
CBS’s Video Streaming Service Now Offers Live TV In Over 60% Of The U.S.

Tech Crunch reports "CBS’s on-demand video streaming service will now offer local, live TV feeds which cover over 60% of the U.S., the company announced this morning. CBS All Access, the network’s over-the-top streaming video service, has long attempted to differentiate itself from competitors like Netflix by making live linear feeds from local CBS stations available to the service’s subscribers." Read More

The real threat to pay TV: bad customer experience
/ May 13, 2015 2:22 pm
The real threat to pay TV: bad customer experience

DigiDay reports "Verizon’s recent posturing around the need for smaller, slightly less expensive bundles is a classic case of treating the symptoms not the cause. Because the real threat that Big TV is facing is the disconnect between the monthly cost and the perceived value of the customer experience they’re delivering. Right now, that experience, to put it mildly, stinks." Read More

Australian Government Plans to Tax Digital Downloads, Media Dubs It the “Netflix Tax”
/ May 13, 2015 2:14 pm
Australian Government Plans to Tax Digital Downloads, Media Dubs It the “Netflix Tax”

The Hollywood Reporter reports "The Australian government is planning to raise $279 million (AUS$350 million) over the next four years by applying the 10 percent goods and services tax (GST) to digital downloads, including movies and TV shows sold to Australians by overseas suppliers, with legislation introduced into parliament on Tuesday, Australian treasurer Joe Hockey said." Read More

Ted Sarandos: Netflix Appetite for Originals Growing Stronger
/ May 13, 2015 2:04 pm
Ted Sarandos: Netflix Appetite for Originals Growing Stronger

Variety reports "Netflix is increasingly shifting content spending toward original programming — and demanding global rights for it — while its interest in output deals and non-exclusive content is waning, chief content officer Ted Sarandos said Wednesday at an investor conference." Read More

Cannes: Netflix Spreads Fear and Opportunism
/ May 13, 2015 2:00 pm
Cannes: Netflix Spreads Fear and Opportunism

The Hollywood Reporter reports "As Cannes kicks off, the global film industry will be watching to see what Netflix does next. Suffice to say chief content officer Ted Sarandos’ keynote address May 15 -- at the Cannes Film Market’s NEXT program -- will be this year’s hottest ticket." Read More

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