The SVOD graveyard: 5 services that have already bitten the dust amid the streaming revolution

AMAZON’S ANIME STRIKE: Amazon announced earlier this month that it was liquidating its anime SVOD channel, along with the Bollywood-focused Heera, and putting all the content in the general population of its Amazon Prime Video platform. Launched only a year ago, Anime Strike secured licensing rights to much of 2017’s most acclaimed anime titles, including “Inuyashiki,” “Princess Principal” and “Made In Abyss.” But Strike found itself in a competitive market for SVOD anime. Not only do large, general entertainment platforms like Netflix and Hulu stock it, but there were better entrenched specialty offerings like Crunchyroll to contend with. Also, on top of their $99-a-year Amazon Prime subscription, Anime Strike users had to pay $5 a month, giving the channel what was, in effect, a double pay wall. – Daniel Frankel, FierceCable

Amazon Just Made Every Single Episode Of ‘Dark Shadows’ Available To Stream

Amazon has made every single episode of [Dark Shadows] available to stream via Prime Video in the US and UK. Through its five years on the network, the 30-minute Robert Costello-produced series delivered a whopping total of 1,225 episodes. – Michael Haskoor, Decider

Logan Paul forced YouTube to admit humans are better than algorithms

Up until now, Google’s (and by extension YouTube’s) solution had been to take down offensive channels and tweak its advertiser-friendly guidelines to give brands more control over where their ads show up. But the tech giant is now taking that one step further. Earlier this week, it announced YouTube will now manually review uploads from accounts that are part of its Google Preferred ad tier, which lets brands publish advertisements in videos from the top five percent of YouTube creators. – Edgar Alvarez, Engadget

Facebook Decides Against Thursday Night Football Bid

[Facebook] hasn’t shied away from expensive sports rights, and its lack of interest in the NFL Thursday package doesn’t indicate that it’s backing off, said the person, who asked not to be identified discussing private information. The company has streamed live Major League Baseball, Major League Soccer, college football and European soccer games in the past two years. It offered $600 million for the rights to an Indian cricket league, losing out to Fox, and has been boosting its budget for content, including live sports and original shows. – Scott Soshnick / Eben Novy-Williams, Bloomberg Technology

Mo’Nique Calls For A Netflix Boycott After Being Offered $10.5 Million Less Than Amy Schumer

“Last week, I received an offer from Netflix for $500,000 to do a comedy special,” [Mo’Nique] began. “However, Amy Schumer got an offer from Netflix for $11 million. Chris Rock and Dave Chappelle got offers for $20 million. When my husband, who is also my manager, wanted to have a conversation with Robbie Praw —who is the Vice President of Comedy at Netflix— to ask him how the numbers were so different, Robbie Praw couldn’t even get back on the phone with us to discuss it. He was too busy.” – Mark Graham, Decider
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