Smaller streaming services are setting themselves apart from Netflix by focusing on specialized content. While Walt Disney is the latest to announce plans for its own streaming platform, services such as Shudder, Crunchyroll and MUBI are already competing with major players including Netflix and Hulu, because "[f]ans feel they can go deeper in contrast to a big service," PwC's Christopher Vollmer says.
FX has purchased the rights to 17 movies from 2017 to add to its content library, as major movie titles are proving to be a stronger investment for basic cable networks than off-network shows. Recent adds to FX's lineup include "Spider-Man: Homecoming," "The Fate of the Furious," "Split" and other films from Universal, Sony and Fox.
Federal Communications Commission Commissioner Michael O'Rielly says that the FCC has no time to waste when it comes to updating media ownership rules and moving forward to "correct the mistakes of the last Commission." The FCC is expected to start taking steps to change the rules as early as September.
Comedian Jerry Lewis passed away Sunday at age 91. Lewis was honored with the National Association of Broadcasters 2015 Distinguished Service Award for his 61 years of commitment to the annual Labor Day muscular dystrophy telethon. "Jerry Lewis was more than a comic icon. ... NAB joins with the thousands of 'Jerry's Kids' who mourn the loss of this uniquely gifted and giving entertainment industry legend," said NAB President Gordon Smith.
According to a study in Neurology, quality of care, quality of life and burden on caregivers were similar for patients with Parkinson's disease who engaged in in-person doctor visits versus those who received virtual visits with a neurologist; however, each virtual visit saved patients an average of nearly 100 miles of driving and more than two hours. Researchers also found that 86% of neurologists and 97% of patients expressed satisfaction with virtual visits, with 55% of patients preferring virtual visits over in-person visits.
The top cable operators in the US represented 84% of new broadband subscribers in the second quarter, Leichtman Research Group reports. The biggest MSOs in the country attracted 460,000 subs, bringing the total count to 59.9 million subscribers, while the top telecoms saw a subscriber decrease of 230,000.
Hollywood studios including Warner Bros. and Universal Pictures are in talks with Apple and Comcast for premium movie downloads, despite the objections of movie theater chains, sources say. A premium service could help make up for revenue lost from declining DVD sales and other in-home entertainment services, but such a pact could cause theaters to boycott films they know will be available for premium download shortly after their theatrical releases.
Comcast's Xfinity Home security service recently reached the 1 million subscriber mark, and the company received the 2017 North America Frost & Sullivan Company of the Year Award for home automation and security services. Xfinity Home's Daniel Herscovici attributes the company's success to investments in new technology and the focus, execution and support of parent company Comcast.
AT&T advocated a checklist of reforms to the pole attachment process, telling the Federal Communications Commission that the changes would spur broadband adoption while maintaining service quality and safety. The telecom called for elimination of the arbitrary 30-day window for large requests in the make-ready process.
AT&T may try to reduce debt from the pending Time Warner merger by selling its Digital Life home security division, Reuters reports, saying the telecom is studying various options. AT&T is not commenting on the report, which indicates the sale could bring in close to $1 billion.
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