MoviePass Launches MoviePass Ventures: Subsidiary Will Co-Acquire Films With Distributors – Sundance

According to MoviePass they are currently purchasing approximately 3% of domestic box office. However, it is purchasing in excess of 10% of a particular title’s domestic box office when it uses a series of levers within its app and marketing-based platform to impact a consumer’s selection of a particular independent film. Examples of having impacted 10%+ box office performance include: The Post, Three Billboards Outside of Ebbing, Missouri, Call Me By Your Name and The Shape of Water. – Anthony D’Alessandro, Deadline Hollywood

Disney Hires Apple Veteran to Launch Its Netflix Killer (EXCLUSIVE)

Most recently, [Kevin Swint] worked as VP product / content & services for Samsung, where he built out the company’s Milk Music streaming service as well as Milk Video, a mobile video aggregation service. Before that, he worked for five years at Apple, heading the worldwide iTunes movie business. Earlier in his career, Swint led digital products and services for Walmart. – Janko Roettgers, Variety

Def Leppard’s Classic Albums Now Available on Streaming Services

British hard rock legends Def Leppard have joined an esteemed list of formerly reluctant artists to abstain from streaming. The band, whose slick hits like “Pour Some Sugar on Me” and “Love Bites” were plastered across radio and MTV, announced on Friday that its entire catalog is now on all major streaming and download platforms. – Marc Schneider, Billboard

Comcast Wireless Now Lets You BYOD (Bring Your Own Device)

Comcast will let you bring very specific devices for use on the service, a company announcement indicating that “select, unlocked iPhone models” qualify. You’ll need to head to this website to see if your current model qualifies. A company FAQ says the company is working hard to expand qualifying handsets, including Android devices. The lack of a BYOD option turned many users off when Comcast unveiled the service last year. – Karl Bode, DSL Reports

People are using Netflix, Hulu, and Amazon Prime in very different ways

In age of the “peak TV,” TV shows have become the dominant form of entertainment among [Hub Entertainment Research] survey respondents overall. But that picture changes when you look at the 18-24 year olds polled. That cohort spent more time gaming and watching online videos on sites like YouTube and Facebook than they did watching TV shows through traditional channels or platforms like Netflix. Subscription-video services may soon face more competition from these other forms of entertainment than each other. – Ashley Rodriguez, Quartz

Four Disney-Managed YouTube Stars Launch Twitch Channels

The creators are part of the Disney Digital Network, as part of Disney’s absorption of multichannel network Maker Studios. Each will manage their own channels on Twitch, where they will broadcast live and create exclusive on-demand content. Most of the new and exclusive content will debut on Twitch beginning Thursday. – Todd Spangler, Variety

Spotify Has a New Plan to Take on Radio and Reinvent Podcasting

Eight companies, including BuzzFeed and Refinery29, have agreed to produce programming for the new initiative, called Spotlight. One of the first shows will be a four- to seven-minute daily newscast featuring reporting from BuzzFeed journalists across the globe. Spotlight will only be available to customers in the U.S. at first. – Lucas Shaw, Bloomberg Technology
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