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Mar 24, 2015

Online video site Vessel bets fans will pay for early access

By Lisa Richwine

(Reuters) – Online video platform Vessel launched its paid subscription service on Tuesday, offering programming at least three days before other websites in a bid to reshape an industry dominated by free content on Google Inc’s YouTube.

Vessel, which costs viewers $3 a month, was founded by former Hulu Chief Executive Jason Kilar and Chief Technology Officer Richard Tom. They aim to create an early window for a selection of web video, similar to the way movies are released in theaters before they arrive on cable TV or the Internet.

Mar 18, 2015

Discovery Channel founder starts nonfiction streaming video service

March 18 (Reuters) – Discovery Channel founder John
Hendricks on Wednesday launched a subscription streaming service
for fans of science, technology and history, with the goal of
dominating the nonfiction category in on-demand, online video.

Hendricks said the ad-free service CuriosityStream fulfilled
his long-held desire to deliver programming that people can
watch whenever they want. He hopes it will become viewers’ third
or fourth online video subscription after choices like Netflix
Inc and Hulu.

Mar 12, 2015

Disney feeds ‘Frozen’ frenzy with news of sequel

LOS ANGELES (Reuters) – The Walt Disney Co has started work on a sequel to “Frozen,” the best-selling animated movie of all time and a global merchandising phenomenon that helped push the media giant to record profits.

Directors Chris Buck and Jennifer Lee are returning for the sequel, Disney said on Thursday. No release date was set for the follow-up to “Frozen”, a surprise smash in 2013 that brought in nearly $1.3 billion in global ticket sales.

Mar 9, 2015

HBO standalone service coming to Apple devices in April

By Lisa Richwine

(Reuters) – HBO’s standalone streaming service will launch on Apple Inc devices next month in time for the season premiere of hit series “Game of Thrones,” the network said on Monday, a move to reach millions of viewers who do not subscribe to pay television packages.

The new HBO Now service will cost $14.99 a month. It will include all of the network’s past, present and future series plus its lineup of Hollywood movies, HBO Chairman and Chief Executive Officer Richard Plepler said at an Apple event in San Francisco.

Mar 3, 2015

Discovery adds online adventure channel to reach Web generation

LOS ANGELES (Reuters) – Cable network operator Discovery Communications Inc said it is boosting investment in original Web video with a new channel focused on adventurers, in an effort to reach younger audiences who have grown up watching media online.

The owner of The Discovery Channel and Animal Planet launched the ad-supported free online network called Seeker on Tuesday and will pitch it to advertisers in May during the newfronts, an annual showcase of digital content.

Feb 26, 2015

Oscars still top draw for advertisers despite fickle ratings

LOS ANGELES (Reuters) – The number of people who watched Sunday’s Oscars was down and the critics were less than impressed, but Hollywood’s biggest night is still a top draw for television advertisers.

This year’s telecast – which producers believed could build off 2014′s big audience of 43.7 million – attracted its lowest audience in six years and the oldest demographic ever with a median age of 53.

Feb 24, 2015

Comcast revenue rises as it adds video, internet customers

By Lisa Richwine

(Reuters) – Comcast Corp, the largest U.S. cable operator, posted fourth-quarter revenue that marginally beat estimates as the company added new video and high-speed internet customers.

The owner of media and entertainment company NBCUniversal also increased its stock buyback program to $10 billion, of which it earmarked $4.25 billion for 2015, and raised its annual dividend to $1.00 per share from 90 cents.

Feb 23, 2015

‘Birdman’ leap makes Fox Searchlight shine at Oscars

LOS ANGELES, Feb 22 (Reuters) – Fox Searchlight, the
arthouse film division of Rupert Murdoch’s 21st Century Fox
, dominated the Academy Awards on Sunday with eight
awards including the coveted best picture prize for its absurd
comedy-drama “Birdman.”

The recognition at the film industry’s top honors will
likely boost theater, DVD and digital sales for “Birdman,” which
has collected $76 million at global box offices.

Feb 23, 2015

Oscars kick off with humor and award for ‘Whiplash’ actor

LOS ANGELES (Reuters) – The 87th Academy Awards kicked off on Sunday with a humorous nod toward the lack of diversity among nominees for Hollywood’s highest honors and the night’s first recognition of a veteran actor.

As predicted, J.K. Simmons won the best supporting actor Oscar, the first of his career, for his role as a monstrous music teacher in the independent film “Whiplash.”

Feb 23, 2015

Oscar hopefuls turn up wattage for Hollywood’s big night

LOS ANGELES, Feb 22 (Reuters) – Two small movies headed to a
showdown for the biggest of all film prizes at the 87th Academy
Awards on Sunday, in an evening ceremony likely to honor veteran
actors along with feats of filmmaking.

Show business satire “Birdman” and the coming-of-age tale
“Boyhood” are widely considered favorites in the battle for best
picture and best director Oscars. But in one of the least
predictable years in recent memory, the races were too close to
call and there was room for upsets.