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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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Spotify, Google, Pandora, Amazon Go to U.S. Appeals Court to Overturn Royalty Increase (EXCLUSIVE)

Spotify, Google, Pandora and Amazon.com have teamed up to appeal a controversial ruling by the U.S. Copyright Royalty Board that, if it goes through, would increase payouts to songwriters by 44%, Variety has learned. – Jem Aswad & Chris Willman, Variety » https://ift.tt/2H4d99f

Confirmed: Disney Will Empty Its ‘Vault’—Eventually—for Its Forthcoming Streaming Video Service

[The] self-imposed moratorium no longer makes sense. For starters, Disney doesn’t release older films with the same frequency as it did years ago; instead, the simply remakes them, with live-action versions of such animated classics as Aladdin, Dumbo, and The Lion King arriving this year. More importantly, the market for physical media like DVD and Blu-Rays has been decimated in recent years, as consumers have opted for subscriptions to streaming video services instead. – Brian Raftery, Fortune » https://ift.tt/2SPnFCw

Hollywood Studios Win Copyright Battle Against VidAngel’s Streaming Service

The studios alleged that what VidAngel was really doing was “space-shifting” and violating exclusive rights to copy and perform copyrighted works. Specifically, the lawsuit took issue with how VidAngel was circumventing the encryption on DVD and Blu-rays that protected against unauthorized access. By doing so, VidAngel was able to not only offer nudity-free versions of movies, but also access to films like Star Wars: The Force Awakens before such content was available on licensed VOD services like Netflix. – Eriq Gardner, The Hollywood Reporter » https://ift.tt/2TnNzTh

Netflix Makes Statement In Wake Of Steven Spielberg’s Attempt To Block Streaming Giant From Oscars

“We love cinema,” the official Netflix Twitter account wrote. They continue with a list of things they loved including: Access for people who can’t always afford, or live in towns without, theaters[.] Letting everyone, everywhere enjoy releases at the same time[.] Giving filmmakers more ways to share art[.] “These things are not mutually exclusive,” they concluded in a tweet that could be considered a clap back at the filmmaker. – Dino-Ray Ramos, Deadline Hollywood » https://ift.tt/2IQxSzb
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