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Disney+ to Surpass Netflix in 2025, Hit 284M Subscribers in 2026, Analyst Forecasts

Disney+ to Surpass Netflix in 2025, Hit 284M Subscribers in 2026, Analyst Forecasts

BY GEORG SZALAI | HollywoodReporter.Com Troy Warren for CNT #Business #Entertainment "Three platforms will control nearly half the world's SVOD subscriptions by 2026," according to Digital TV Research. While the Walt Disney’s Disney+ streaming service may have hit a speed bump as of late, it will reach more subscribers than Netflix by 2025, according to an analyst’s latest forecast. Research firm Digital TV Research shared the prediction in a report, projecting that the number of subscribers to Disney+ would reach 284.2 million in 2026, down from a 294.0 million estimate the firm had made earlier in the year. Netflix will in 2026 have 270.7…
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Phoenix: Use Sky Harbor airport to pay down Phoenix’s pension debt? The idea might just fly

Phoenix: Use Sky Harbor airport to pay down Phoenix’s pension debt? The idea might just fly

Leonard Gilroy | AZCentral.Com Troy Warren for PhoenixNewsAndTalk.Com #Business   Despite a booming economy and recovering tax revenues, Phoenix remains awash in nearly $5 billion in unfunded pension liabilities. This pension debt acts as a fiscal albatross, forcing the city to dedicate approximately $400 million of its budget toward pension costs and related debt service each year. The concern even prompted a citizens initiative two years ago that would have frozen most new city spending until the debt is paid down, but voters rejected the idea of constraining spending on city programs to focus on pension debt reduction. At the City Council’s direction, city staff are…
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Trump hotel lost $70 million during presidency, got help from bank

Trump hotel lost $70 million during presidency, got help from bank

By BERNARD CONDON, Associated Press Troy Warren for CNT #Business NEW YORK — Former President Donald Trump’s company lost more than $70 million operating his Washington, D.C., hotel while in office, forcing him at one point to get a reprieve from a major bank on payments on a loan, according to documents released Friday by a House committee investigating his business. In addition to the payment delay, the Trump Organization also had to inject $27 million from other parts of its business to help the hotel, according to documents released by the House Committee on Oversight and Reform. The committee said…
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Lena Waithe’s Hillman Grad Productions, Audible Strike Multi-Project Deal

Lena Waithe’s Hillman Grad Productions, Audible Strike Multi-Project Deal

BY J. CLARA CHAN | HollywoodReporter.Com Troy Warren for CNT #Digital #Business The first project in development is a comedy series inspired by the life of Kym Whitley. Audible has struck a multi-project development deal with Lena Waithe and Rishi Rajani’s Hillman Grad Productions. The first project in the deal is an original comedy series, Kym, inspired by the actress and comedian Kym Whitley’s life. Whitley will star in the series and executive produce through her Kwik Whit Productions banner. “We’re so excited to be expanding into the podcast space in collaboration with Audible and continuing our mission to tell human stories,” Waithe and Rajani said…
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How Will Paramount’s New Film Chief Remake the Studio?

How Will Paramount’s New Film Chief Remake the Studio?

BY PAMELA MCCLINTOCK | HollywoodReporter.Com Troy Warren for CNT #Business Brian Robbins hopes to convince A-list talent (he calls Tom Cruise daily) that he cares about theatrical and big-budget bets as he restructures the division for the streaming era. The Beverly Hills Hotel and its Polo Lounge are symbols of Hollywood, the intersection of executives, celebrities and the ultimate power lunch. So it was a fitting place for a meeting between Brian Robbins, the newly anointed president and CEO of Paramount Pictures, and Emma Watts, the president of its motion pictures group. Following the unceremonious ouster of her former boss, veteran studio chief…
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Comcast’s Sky Unveils Sky Glass Streaming TV, Eliminating Need for Satellite Dish

Comcast’s Sky Unveils Sky Glass Streaming TV, Eliminating Need for Satellite Dish

BY GEORG SZALAI | HollywoodReporter.Com Troy Warren for CNT #Business The European pay TV giant had promised "something magical," with Comcast CEO Brian Roberts telling a London event: "The big idea was to reimagine television Sky's role in the living room." Comcast-owned European pay TV giant Sky has unveiled a broadband-powered TV set, dubbed “Sky Glass,” that doesn’t require a satellite dish to access its full suite of services and has new features, including a playlist that compiles content from across Sky and streaming services. The product will launch in the U.K. later this month, followed by other markets next year.…
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UPDATE: Ex-Facebook employee says social network hurts kids, fuels division

UPDATE: Ex-Facebook employee says social network hurts kids, fuels division

By MARCY GORDON, Associated Press Troy Warren for CNT #EditorsPicks #Business WASHINGTON — A former Facebook data scientist told Congress on Tuesday that the social network giant’s products harm children and fuel polarization in the U.S. while its executives refuse to change because they elevate profits over safety. And she laid responsibility with the company’s CEO Mark Zuckerberg. Frances Haugen testified to the Senate Commerce Subcommittee on Consumer Protection. Speaking confidently at a charged hearing, she accused the company of being aware of apparent harm to some teens from Instagram and being dishonest in its public fight against hate and misinformation.…
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Georgia again named top business state by trade publication

Georgia again named top business state by trade publication

By Andy Peters, The Atlanta Journal-Constitution Troy Warren for CNT #Business Gov. Kemp touts ranking at Amazon warehouse opening near Augusta Georgia has been named the best state to do business for the eighth straight year by an economic development trade publication. As in 2020, Gov. Brian Kemp touted the award at the opening of a new Amazon warehouse. On Friday, Kemp announced the honor at a 450,000 square foot robotics fulfillment center in Columbia County, a suburb of Augusta. E-commerce giant Amazon has created about 21,000 jobs in Georgia since 2010, and the Seattle company’s rapid expansion proves the state is attractive…
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Delta pushes airlines to share no-fly lists names

Delta pushes airlines to share no-fly lists names

By Kelly Yamanouchi, The Atlanta Journal-Constitution Troy Warren for CNT #Travel #Business Delta Air Lines shared with the Federal Aviation Administration the names of more than 600 passengers it has banned for unruly behavior, and asked other airlines to also share their no-fly lists. “A list of banned customers doesn’t work as well if that customer can fly with another airline,” Atlanta-based Delta wrote in a memo in advance of a Congressional hearing this week on air rage. The airline said sharing of no-fly lists would “further protect airline employees across the industry.” Such a practice could increase the ramifications of bad behavior on planes.…
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China says all crypto transactions illegal; Bitcoin tumbles

China says all crypto transactions illegal; Bitcoin tumbles

By The Associated Press Troy Warren for CNT #Business BEIJING — China’s central bank on Friday declared all transactions involving Bitcoin and other virtual currencies illegal, stepping up a campaign to block use of unofficial digital money. Friday’s notice complained Bitcoin, Ethereum and other digital currencies disrupt the financial system and are used in money-laundering and other crimes. “Virtual currency derivative transactions are all illegal financial activities and are strictly prohibited,” the People’s Bank of China said on its website. The price of Bitcoin fell more than 9%, to $41,085, in the hours after the announcement, as did most other crypto…
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