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Oct 19, 2014

Brad Pitt’s ‘Fury’ all the rage at U.S., Canada box office

LOS ANGELES/NEW YORK (Reuters) – Brad Pitt’s gritty World War Two drama “Fury” conquered all box office foes over the weekend, ringing up $23.5 million in ticket sales at theaters in the United States and Canada.

“Fury” kicked two-time box office leader “Gone Girl” to second place. The thriller starring Ben Affleck collected $17.8 million from Friday through Sunday, according to data from tracking firm Rentrak.

Oct 16, 2014

Pay TV providers have option to offer new CBS streaming service

LOS ANGELES (Reuters) – CBS Corp is offering pay television providers the option to add the new CBS All Access streaming service to the packages they sell to consumers, Chief Executive Leslie Moonves said in an interview on Thursday.

Earlier on Thursday, CBS launched the digital video-on-demand and live-streaming services in an effort to win viewers who are increasingly turning to the Internet for entertainment.

Oct 15, 2014

Netflix’s U.S. growth slows, shares plunge

By Lisa Richwine

(Reuters) – Netflix Inc signed up fewer video streaming subscribers than forecast for the quarter that ended in September as its U.S. growth slowed markedly, sending its shares plunging as much as 27 percent.

The company, which operates in nearly 50 countries, blamed a $1 price hike, to $8.99 a month, for discouraging new sign-ups. It lured 3.02 million new streaming customers globally, versus the 3.69 million it projected in July.

Oct 14, 2014

Preview – Netflix movie push aims to freshen streaming content

LOS ANGELES (Reuters) – Netflix Inc is on a mission to start closing the yawning gap between the theatrical debut of movies and their availability for online streaming, forcing Hollywood to rethink where to release new films.

With a sequel to martial-arts drama “Crouching Tiger, Hidden Dragon” and four Adam Sandler movies, Netflix will have brand-new content for subscribers around the world. That instant access is much quicker than the typical 7-to-18 months Netflix must wait to stream new releases from Hollywood studios.

Oct 14, 2014

Netflix movie push aims to freshen streaming content

LOS ANGELES (Reuters) – Netflix Inc is on a mission to start closing the yawning gap between the theatrical debut of movies and their availability for online streaming, forcing Hollywood to rethink where to release new films.

With a sequel to martial-arts drama “Crouching Tiger, Hidden Dragon” and four Adam Sandler movies, Netflix will have brand-new content for subscribers around the world. That instant access is much quicker than the typical 7-to-18 months Netflix must wait to stream new releases from Hollywood studios.

Oct 12, 2014

‘Gone Girl’ retains hold at top of U.S. and Canada box office

LOS ANGELES/NEW YORK (Reuters) – Ben Affleck’s movie thriller “Gone Girl” dominated U.S. and Canadian movie charts for a second consecutive weekend, collecting $26.8 million in ticket sales to beat back challenges from four new films that fought for moviegoer dollars.

New action movie “Dracula Untold” finished second with $23.5 million while Walt Disney Co family comedy “Alexander and the Terrible, Horrible, No Good, Very Bad Day” was third, earning $19.1 million from Friday through Sunday, according to estimates from tracking firm Rentrak.

Oct 6, 2014

NBA TV deal allows for ESPN Internet streaming channel

By Liana B. Baker and Lisa Richwine

(Reuters) – The NBA’s agreement on a new more than $20 billion multi-year contract with broadcast partners Walt Disney Co and Time Warner Inc was overshadowed by news that Disney’s ESPN is joining with the basketball league to create an Internet sports channel available without a pay TV subscription.

A new streaming channel planned by ESPN, which sources familiar with the plans said would be widened to include other sports, is an early step that could upend the traditional cable and satellite companies if it leads more consumers cancelling their pay TV service.

Oct 5, 2014

Ben Affleck’s ‘Gone Girl’ snatches U.S. box office title

LOS ANGELES/NEW YORK, Oct 5 (Reuters) – Movie thriller “Gone
Girl,” starring Ben Affleck as a man suspected of causing his
wife’s disappearance, overcame a demonic doll named “Annabelle”
to win a tight weekend race at U.S. and Canadian movie box
offices.

“Gone Girl” pulled in $38 million over its first three days
in domestic theaters, according to estimates released Sunday by
tracking firm Rentrak. Horror flick “Annabelle” ranked close
behind with $37.2 million.

Oct 2, 2014

Disney extends CEO Iger’s contract through June 2018

LOS ANGELES (Reuters) – Walt Disney Co’s board extended Chairman and Chief Executive Bob Iger’s contract through June 2018, keeping him at the helm of the media and theme park company two years longer than he previously planned.

Disney announced the contract extension on Thursday but did not say who would succeed Iger, who has led the company to record profits. He plans to name a chief operating officer next year, a person with knowledge of Iger’s thinking said, setting up a likely successor.

Oct 1, 2014

DirecTV keeps NFL Sunday Ticket in $1.5 billion a year deal

LOS ANGELES (Reuters) – DirecTV (DTV.O: Quote, Profile, Research, Stock Buzz) extended its exclusive contract to sell the Sunday Ticket package of National Football League games, and sources said the company will pay $1.5 billion a year to keep the popular offering that has helped attract subscribers.

The agreement announced on Wednesday removes a potential roadblock to AT&T Inc’s (T.N: Quote, Profile, Research, Stock Buzz) proposed $48.5 billion purchase of the satellite TV provider. AT&T had the right to pull out of the deal if DirecTV was unable to renew its Sunday Ticket pact.