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NBCU Reality Show Streamer Hayu Launches in India

NBCU Reality Show Streamer Hayu Launches in India

BY GEORG SZALAI | HollywoodReporter.Com Troy Warren for CNT #Digital The subscription video-on-demand service is now available in 28 territories. NBCUniversal’s reality show streaming service Hayu has launched in India. The Comcast entertainment unit said Thursday that the subscription video-on-demand service was now available in 28 territories. The direct-to-consumer service is available in India “on a full array of devices — mobile, tablet, laptop, connected TVs and selected consoles,” it said. “Targeting the broad base of viewers who are fans of the reality genre, Hayu offers over 8,000 episodes of top reality TV content, including all seasons of Keeping Up With the…
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Streaming Services to See 150M Cancellations Next Year as Churn Heats Up, Deloitte Predicts

Streaming Services to See 150M Cancellations Next Year as Churn Heats Up, Deloitte Predicts

BY ALEX WEPRIN | HollywoodReporter.Com Troy Warren for CNT #Business  #Digital The tech giants will need to balance subscriber acquisition with retaining existing customers to avoid losing subs. While most streaming services are still trying to scale up, a fresh challenge is emerging for companies hoping to be viable players in the market: large-scale churn. The global consulting firm Deloitte released its 2022 technology, media and telecom predictions Wednesday, and one of them is sure to be of interest to companies that are leaders in the streaming business, or hoping to become major players. Specifically, Deloitte predicts that more than 150 million people…
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Twitter CEO Jack Dorsey to Step Down, Parag Agrawal Named Successor

Twitter CEO Jack Dorsey to Step Down, Parag Agrawal Named Successor

BY ALEX WEPRIN | HollywoodReporter.Com Troy Warren for CNT #Business  #Digital Dorsey, who co-founded the social networking site, will remain on the company's board of directors through his current term, then leave the company entirely in 2022. Twitter CEO and co-founder Jack Dorsey will step down as the tech company’s chief executive. Parag Agrawal, Twitter’s CTO, will succeed Dorsey as the company’s new CEO, effective immediately. Twitter announced the news Monday, with the company’s board unanimously approving of Agrawal as Dorsey’s replacement. Dorsey will remain on Twitter’s board of directors through his current term, which runs into 2022. Once his term ends, Dorsey told staff in…
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Why Streamers Are Stalling on Sharing Data

Why Streamers Are Stalling on Sharing Data

BY TATIANA SIEGEL, RICK PORTER | HollywoodReporter.Com Troy Warren for CNT #Business  #Digital Success is subjective, subscriber bases vary wildly, and confusing metrics math has left Hollywood with little more to go on than "we know hot programming when we see it." Back in 2019, WarnerMedia struck a deal for its soon-to-launch streamingplatform HBO Max that secured exclusive domestic streaming rights to The Big Bang Theory for five years. The pact, which sources pegged in the billions, also included an extension of an existing syndication deal with TBS in which the comedy will continue airing on the WarnerMedia-owned network through 2028. While the syndication side…
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Streaming Platforms Use Black Friday Deals to Boost Sluggish Subscriber Growth

Streaming Platforms Use Black Friday Deals to Boost Sluggish Subscriber Growth

BY ALEX WEPRIN | HollywoodReporter.Com Troy Warren for CNT #Digital Hulu, Peacock, Paramount+ and Discovery+ are among the services offering steep discounts this week to entice new subscribers. Viewers of Good Morning America on Tuesday were offered a special sneak preview of what could be the biggest Black Friday offer in streaming video: one year of Hulu for 99 cents per month, a $6 discount per month or a $72 discount for the year. That Disney would use its signature ABC morning show to launch the offer underscores just how much returning growth to its streaming business matters to the company. In its last quarterly earnings report earlier in…
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Streamer Jack “CouRage” Dunlop Renews Deal With YouTube Gaming (Exclusive)

Streamer Jack “CouRage” Dunlop Renews Deal With YouTube Gaming (Exclusive)

BY TRILBY BERESFORD | HollywoodReporter.Com Troy Warren for CNT #Digital  #Gaming The gamer boasts over 3 million subscribers on the video-sharing platform, where he streams a variety of titles from 'Warzone' to 'Among Us.' Streamer Jack “CouRage” Dunlop has renewed his exclusive deal with YouTube Gaming. Dunlop, 27, a former esports commentator turned content creator, boasts 3.47 million subscribers on the platform where he streams popular games including Warzone, Grand Theft Auto, Cyberpunk 2077, Breath of the Wild and Among Us. He also hosts a second channel with Apex Legends content and more. “YouTube is the place where every online creator wants to be,” Dunlop tells The Hollywood Reporter. “One…
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Hulu to Raise Price of Live TV Subscription, Add Disney+ and ESPN+

Hulu to Raise Price of Live TV Subscription, Add Disney+ and ESPN+

BY J. CLARA CHAN | HollywoodReporter.Com Troy Warren for CNT #Digital Beginning on Dec. 21, Hulu with Live TV will cost $69.99/month for the ad-supported offering and $75.99/month for the ad-free version. Hulu will increase the price of its live TV subscriptions by $5 a month and add Disney+ and ESPN+ to the subscription tier, the streamer informed subscribers on Friday morning. Starting on Dec. 21, all Hulu subscriptions with live TV will include Disney+ and ESPN+ and will cost $69.99 per month for the ad-supported offering and $75.99 per month for the ad-free version. The price increase essentially drops the price of what…
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Disney Shows Its Cards in Pursuit of Sports Betting Dollars

Disney Shows Its Cards in Pursuit of Sports Betting Dollars

BY ALEX WEPRIN, GEORG SZALAI | HollywoodReporter.Com Troy Warren for CNT #Digital Now that major leagues are getting on board with gambling, the family-friendly Hollywood giant is eyeing that revenue and may start with a splashy ESPN licensing deal. The Walt Disney Co. is taking a gamble on sports betting. The entertainment giant, notoriously conservative when it comes to protecting its brand, will use ESPN as its entry point into the fast-growing sector. “Given our reach and scale, we have the potential to partner with third parties in this space in a very meaningful way,” Disney CEO Bob Chapek told analysts during…
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TikTok Hires Shavone Charles as Head of Diversity & Inclusion Communications

TikTok Hires Shavone Charles as Head of Diversity & Inclusion Communications

BY J. CLARA CHAN | HollywoodReporter.Com Troy Warren for CNT #Digital The executive — formerly at VSCO, Instagram and Twitter — joins TikTok in a newly formed role. TikTok has tapped Shavone Charles to lead communications around the social platform’s diversity and inclusion initiatives. Charles joins TikTok next week in the newly formed role after serving as the director of communications and creative partnerships at VSCO, where she launched the #BlackJoyMatters campaign. Prior to joining VSCO, she oversaw global music and youth culture communications at Instagram and music and culture communications at Twitter, two positions that she created at both companies. Outside…
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Tastemade Launches Travel Streaming Network

Tastemade Launches Travel Streaming Network

BY J. CLARA CHAN | HollywoodReporter.Com Troy Warren for CNT #Travel #Digital Series on the network will feature hosts like the conservationist Monty Halls, the Australian footballer Abbey Holmes and 'MasterChef New Zealand' winners Karena and Kasey Bird. Tastemade is launching a streaming network on Wednesday to showcase the network’s travel series. The network, Tastemade Travel, will first be available on Samsung TV Plus, Redbox, VIZIO WatchFree+ and IMDb TV, which reach a combined 80 million households in the U.S. Additional distribution platforms are expected to be added in the next quarter. Tastemade Travel will stream shows like Luke Nguyen’s Street Food Asia and Curtis Stone’s Field Trip, as well…
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