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Aug 13, 2015

NBC unlikely to repeat binge-watch test for ‘Aquarius’

LOS ANGELES (Reuters) – U.S. broadcast TV network NBC is unlikely to extend its binge-watching experiment for the second season of drama “Aquarius, the head of entertainment at the Comcast-owned network said on Thursday, though he would not rule out trying the approach for other series.

The success of Netflix Inc, with 65 million global subscribers, is pressuring traditional TV networks to try new approaches as they compete with online outlets for viewers, especially younger audiences who watch video on mobile devices.

Aug 7, 2015

Republican debate smashes records as Trump dominates

LOS ANGELES/WASHINGTON, Aug 7 (Reuters) – The Republican
candidates’ debate on Fox News Channel attracted 24 million
viewers, more than double the prior record for a presidential
primary forum, with social media data suggesting
combative billionaire Donald Trump was the main attraction.

Viewership for the raucous 10-way debate was the highest
non-sports telecast in cable history, according to Nielsen data
provided by Fox.

Aug 7, 2015

Republican debate sets TV record with 24 million viewers

LOS ANGELES (Reuters) – The Republican candidates’ prime-time debate on Fox News Channel drew 24 million viewers, more than double the prior record for a presidential primary debate and the highest non-sports telecast in cable TV history, according to Nielsen data released on Friday.

The tally for Thursday’s event in Cleveland more than doubled Fox News Channel’s previous largest audience, the 11.8 million viewers who tuned in on election night in November 2012.

Aug 6, 2015

Fox lowers profit outlook, shares drop

By Lisa Richwine and Anya George Tharakan

(Reuters) – Media company Twenty-First Century Fox Inc (FOXA.O: Quote, Profile, Research, Stock Buzz) on Wednesday reduced its profit expectation for the coming year, citing foreign currency impacts, the timing of film releases, and sports and digital investments in India.

Fox had projected earnings in the mid-$7 billion range for the 12 months through June 2016. Its shares fell about 5 percent to $30.50 in after-hours trading.

Aug 5, 2015

ESPN customer losses show even sports vulnerable as TV shifts

LOS ANGELES, Aug 5 (Reuters) – Walt Disney Co has
acknowledged that even powerhouse network ESPN and its live
sports programming are not insulated from the massive changes
shaking up the television landscape, confirming warnings from
skeptics.

The entertainment giant’s frank admission raised questions
about whether the pace of “cord cutting,” or dropping of pay TV
service, will hasten.

Aug 5, 2015

U.S. cable TV companies’ shares crushed after Disney disappoints

Aug 5 (Reuters) – Nagging investor concerns over viewers
cutting the cord on cable television and moving online turned
into a rout in the sector’s shares on Wednesday after Walt
Disney Co reported a dip in subscribers for its
cornerstone sports channel ESPN and rivals produced a mixed
batch of earnings.

ESPN, which is available only as part of broad cable TV
packages, has been seen as a savior of the bundling business
model with its line-up of live sports and highlight reels. But
the latest figures suggest even that may not be enough to stop
viewers demanding slimmer cable packages or moving online to
watch standalone streaming services.

Aug 5, 2015

Cable TV companies crushed after Disney disappointment

By Lisa Richwine and Bill Rigby

(Reuters) – Nagging investor concerns over viewers cutting the cord on cable television or moving online turned into a rout in the sector’s shares on Wednesday after Walt Disney Co reported a dip in subscribers for its cornerstone sports channel ESPN and rivals produced a mixed batch of earnings.

ESPN, which is available only as part of broad cable TV packages, has been seen as a savior of the bundling business model with its line-up of live sports and highlight reels. But the latest figures suggest even that may not be enough to stop viewers demanding slimmer cable packages or moving online to watch standalone streaming services.

Aug 5, 2015

Disney shares drop after company lowers cable outlook

((Corrects to show operating profit at theme parks rose 9 percent to $922 million, not $922 billion, in paragraph 8))

By Lisa Richwine and Arathy S Nair

(Reuters) – Walt Disney Co (DIS.N: Quote, Profile, Research, Stock Buzz) lowered profit guidance for its cable networks unit and reported quarterly revenue slightly below Wall Street forecasts, sending its shares down 6 percent on Tuesday.

Aug 4, 2015

Disney profit rises but shares slip as revenue misses forecasts

By Lisa Richwine and Arathy S Nair

(Reuters) – Media company Walt Disney Co (DIS.N: Quote, Profile, Research, Stock Buzz) on Tuesday posted record profit in the June quarter, but its revenue missed Wall Street expectations for the first time in two years and its shares fell more than 2 percent in extended trading.

Disney recorded net income of $2.48 billion for April through June, up 11 percent from a year earlier, and revenue of $13.1 billion, just shy of the $13.23 billion projected by industry analysts.

Jul 31, 2015

Three more ‘Game of Thrones’ seasons likely, HBO says

BEVERLY HILLS, California (Reuters) – HBO’s most-watched series, the medieval fantasy drama “Game of Thrones,” will likely continue through three more seasons, a network executive said on Thursday, as he defended the show’s gritty violence.

The sixth season is currently being filmed. Executives have planned to run at least seven seasons and are discussing with the show’s creators how much longer the show will extend beyond that, said Michael Lombardo, president of HBO programming.