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Lionsgate, Tribeca Tap Jeff Bronikowski to Head Film Subscription-VOD Service
/ May 27, 2015 11:41 am
Lionsgate, Tribeca Tap Jeff Bronikowski to Head Film Subscription-VOD Service

Variety reports "Originally, the companies planned to launch Tribeca Shortlist in the first half of 2015, but it’s now slated to bow this fall. They haven’t revealed pricing or what specific content will be available via the SVOD service, but it will be narrowly targeted at film aficionados in contrast to general-interest entertainment services from the likes of Netflix or Hulu." Read More

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Backlash Brewing Against Binge TV as ‘Orange Is the New Black’ Creator Speaks Out
/ May 27, 2015 11:35 am
Backlash Brewing Against Binge TV as ‘Orange Is the New Black’ Creator Speaks Out

The Hollywood Reporter reports "While pioneer Netflix has ridden the binge-viewing trend to media-darling status (62 million global subscribers and a $600 stock price), on May 21 the service quietly began rolling out Canadian co-production Between week-to-week on Netflix and Canada's City network. At the same time, observers and even Netflix creators acknowledge that the all-at-once model limits media attention on shows beyond the burst around the premiere and might lead audiences to eschew series that feel more like a 13-hour obligation than entertainment." Read More

HBO NOW Survey Hints Network May Consider Reduced Pricing
/ May 26, 2015 11:49 am
HBO NOW Survey Hints Network May Consider Reduced Pricing

TechCrunch reports "At $15 per month, is HBO NOW too expensive when competing against lower-cost services like Netflix and Amazon Prime? That’s what the network wants to know, and it’s currently asking customers who have recently completed their trial of the new, over-the-top streaming service if they would be interested in subscribing at lower price points." Read More

Apple Promotes iPhone Innovator Jonathan Ive to Chief Design Officer
/ May 26, 2015 11:46 am

Billboard reports "Apple tech guru Jonathan Ive says he's been promoted to the company's chief design officer, making him one of the most powerful people in the world's most valuable company. Ive, who as a lead designer with the company helped conceive the iconic Apple looks of products like the iPod, iPad and Apple Watch, confirmed the promotion in an interview published Tuesday in the Daily Telegraph." Read More

Windows 10 Music app’s color scheme looks a lot like Spotify
/ May 26, 2015 11:41 am
Windows 10 Music app’s color scheme looks a lot like Spotify

Digital Spy "Windows 10's revamped Music app has been glimpsed up close after an official screenshot appeared on an Xbox support page. The software appears to sport an overhauled interface and a darker color scheme that is reminiscent of Spotify's latest apps." Read More

Worldwide Smartphone Growth To Slow In 2015, As China Reaches Saturation
/ May 26, 2015 11:36 am
Worldwide Smartphone Growth To Slow In 2015, As China Reaches Saturation

TechCrunch reports "The writing has been on the wall for some time, but analysts at IDC are again confirming today that the worldwide smartphone market will continue to see its overall growth slowing in 2015. The firm says that global smartphone shipments will grow just 11.3% this year, down from 27.6% the year prior. The changes are attributed, in part, to the Chinese smartphone market reaching saturation, which will make 2015 the first year that China’s smartphone growth (2.5%) will be slower than the worldwide market." Read More

Charter-TW Cable: Broadband Will Be Focal Point of Deal Approval
/ May 26, 2015 11:31 am
Charter-TW Cable: Broadband Will Be Focal Point of Deal Approval

Variety reports "The biggest regulatory hurdle Charter Communications likely will face in its mega-bid for Time Warner Cable is the question of control over the U.S.’s broadband pipes — the issue that prompted Comcast to abandon its own bid for TW Cable." Read More

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