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Cable and satellite TV sinks again as online streaming soars

DIRECTV and DISH made up some of their subscriber losses by nudging customers toward the online versions of their services. DirecTV Now—AT&T’s online version of DirecTV—gained 436,000 subscribers in 2018 to move up to a total of 1.59 million. Dish-owned Sling TV gained 205,000 customers, achieving a total of 2.42 million. Despite being delivered over the Internet, both DirecTV Now and Sling TV are linear pay-TV services that are similar in function to traditional cable and satellite TV. – Jon Brodkin, Ars Technica » https://ift.tt/2UrmTh0
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Disney in Active Talks With AT&T to Acquire WarnerMedia’s 10% Hulu Stake (EXCLUSIVE)

The question is what Disney is willing to pay for the 10% stake. Disney last summer pegged Hulu’s fair value at $9.296 billion after the 21st Century Fox deal closes, including an implied control premium of $1.246 billion. The $930 million implied value of WarnerMedia’s stake is a 16% premium over Time Warner’s original $583 million investment in Hulu in August 2016plus its subsequent $200 million capital contributions to the streamer. – Todd Spangler, Variety » https://ift.tt/2EzYiRF

‘Star Trek: Discovery’ Renewed For Season 3 At CBS All Access, Michelle Paradise Joins Alex Kurtzman As Co-Showrunner

CBS All Access has renewed Star Trek: Discovery for Season Three. The streaming service has also announced that Michelle Paradise (The Originals, Exes & Ohs) will join Alex Kurtzman as co-showrunner for the third season of the sci-fi series that has found its rhythm after its bumpy inaugural season. – Dino Ray-Ramos & Geoff Boucher, Deadline Hollywood » https://ift.tt/2C5QjtZ

Comcast Boss Brian Roberts Says NBCU Streaming Plan Won’t Mean “Cold Turkey” Exit From Third-Party Licensing Deals

“Our thinking going in is, we have an awful lot of content,” Roberts said. “Some of it will monetize best being on an advertising platform, others will monetize best being on a third-party platform. We’re very much focused on not just, as others have said, going completely cold turkey and taking it off all these other platforms. I don’t think that’s our mindset at the moment. We like those relationships.” – Dade Hayes, Deadline Hollywood » https://ift.tt/2IzpC6m

‘Gremlins’ Animated Series in Development for WarnerMedia Streaming Service

WarnerMedia’s streaming service is set to launch later this year, but original programming likely won’t start rolling out until 2020. Library content from WarnerMedia properties will make up the “beta” version of the service, as Kevin Reilly, chief creative officer for the service and at Turner, has called it. – Rick Porter, The Hollywood Reporter » https://ift.tt/2GMrG9o
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