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Sep 17, 2015

CNN reports big audience for online live debate stream

By Lisa Richwine

(Reuters) – CNN’s live stream of the prime-time Republican presidential debate drew a record online audience for a U.S. primary debate with 920,000 simultaneous viewers after about 90 minutes, the network said on Wednesday.

The total midway through the three-hour debate was “by far the biggest audience a primary debate has had on the Internet,” CNN said in a blog post on its website. The first nominating contest for the November 2016 election is four months away.

Sep 10, 2015

Apple aims to conquer living room with new Apple TV

By Julia Love and Lisa Richwine

(Reuters) – With a long-awaited update to its TV set-top box, Apple on Wednesday revealed a glimpse of its plans to conquer the living room, which analysts say the tech giant has neglected as its other gadgets deepen their hold on consumers.

At a San Francisco event in which it also rolled out new iPhones and a larger iPad, Apple gave Apple TV a makeover, complete with a full-fledged App Store, integration with Siri and a new touch-sensitive remote control.

Sep 2, 2015

Disney unboxes the Force to drive buzz for ‘Star Wars’ toys

LOS ANGELES (Reuters) – When technology and geek culture enthusiast Chris Pirillo purchased his iPhone 6 last year, he rushed home to broadcast himself unboxing the item live on YouTube.

The video has garnered nearly 50,000 views and is part of the growing craze of ‘unboxing’ that is a centerpiece of a live global Walt Disney event, starting on Wednesday evening in Australia, to unveil new toys from its December movie “Star Wars: The Force Awakens.”

Sep 2, 2015

Young and quirky YouTube stars lift traditional book publishers

LOS ANGELES (Reuters) – Videos like “Walking Around Naked” and “Apps That Need to Be Invented” made Connor Franta a star on YouTube. More than nine million watched “Coming Out,” in which the introspective 22-year-old told his young fan base that he was gay.

When he wanted to stretch beyond the format of a six- or 10-minute video, the new media sensation chose an old-fashioned media form: a book. It took a year to write and publish the 224-page memoir “A Work in Progress” and, to his surprise, it stuck on the New York Times best seller list for 16 weeks.

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

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.