NEW YORK, April 23: According to Experian Marketing Services, an estimated 7.6 million U.S. homes are considered cord-cutters, an increase of 44 percent in the past four years.
SEATTLE, April 23: A new licensing agreement between Amazon and HBO makes Prime Instant Video the exclusive online-only subscription home for a range of HBO programming, including True Blood.
NEW YORK/MIAMI, April 23: A+E Networks Latin America and Sony Pictures Television are bringing the Lifetime network to countries across Latin America, including Brazil, as of July.
NEW YORK, April 23: David Royle, the executive VP of programming and production at Smithsonian Networks, tells World Screen Newsflash about delivering programming that is both entertaining and informative.
NEW YORK, April 23: AOL and Miramax have entered into an agreement to bring full-length films to U.S. viewers for streaming free of charge.
BALI, April 23: FOX has a 94-percent brand awareness amongst pay-TV subs across Europe, Asia and Latin America, outscoring the likes of Discovery, Disney and others in a recent survey, Hernan Lopez, president and CEO of FOX International Channels (FIC), announced in an address at the Asia-Pacific Pay-TV Operators Summit in Bali.
VANCOUVER, April 23: BroadbandTV has been signed to track and manage fan-uploaded content for more than 200 FremantleMedia TV shows, including American Idol, The Price is Right, Got Talent and The X Factor.
LOS ANGELES, April 23: Maker Studios is teaming up with the lifestyle brand NYLON to collaborate on original programming, the first of which will be the drama Oh, You Pretty Things!, starring Francesca Eastwood.
WASHINGTON, D.C., April 23: Rob Lowe is returning to National Geographic Channel as narrator for the three-night summer event The '90s: The Last Great Decade?
BALI, April 23: Viacom International Media Networks (VIMN) Asia is teaming up with SMIT to bring the edutainment service My Nick Jr. to China, where it will be delivered as an OTT offering.
LONDON, April 23: TalkTalk has secured a deal with FilmFlex Movies to bring hundreds of new films to its on-demand offering, among them 12 Years a Slave, Dallas Buyers Club and American Hustle.
NEW YORK, April 23: Morgan Spurlock, his production company Warrior Poets, Virgil Films and Abramorama have partnered in an effort to acquire and release fiction and documentary features theatrically and on cable VOD under the banner Morgan Spurlock Presents.
PARIS, April 23: The extensive movie and TV catalogue of French film director Jean-Pierre Mocky has found a home at Zodiak Rights.
TORONTO, April 23: Next month, Corus Entertainment's YTV is slated to begin airing Cook'd, a new cooking competition from Temple Street Productions.
LONDON, April 23: BBC has ordered Two Tribes, a new game show from Endemol’s Remarkable Television, for its daytime schedule.
LOS ANGELES, April 23: Intrigue has picked up the U.S. format rights for the CJ E&M dramas 3rd Hospital and Vampire Prosecutor.
ISTANBUL, April 23: Dotto, a 1950s quiz show that became the highest-rated program on U.S. daytime TV, is receiving a modern adaptation titled Fizzio, which is being distributed by Global Agency.
PARIS, April 23: PGS Entertainment has placed Chaplin & Co, an animated series inspired by the silent-film star Charlie Chaplin, with new broadcasters around the globe.
PARIS, April 23: Tomorrow marks the start of ZED's South Korean crowdfunding initiative for the development of Game Fever, a feature-length cross-media documentary.
VANCOUVER, April 23: A big-screen adaptation of Nerd Corps Entertainment’s Slugterra brand is set to hit U.S. theaters in limited release this summer.
BURBANK, April 23: Tree Fu Tom, an animated show aimed at getting children to move around, premiered its second season on the U.S. preschool channel Sprout.
LONDON/NEW YORK, April 23: Lauren Zalaznick, who previously served as executive VP of NBCUniversal, has joined the Shazam board of directors as an independent board member.
NEW YORK, April 22: Borgia’s Tom Fontana and The Mentalist’s Chris Long took part in a Media Mastermind Keynote: Creatives Talk session at MIPTV, moderated by World Screen’s Anna Carugati.
BALI, April 22: As Asia's multichannel industry convenes in Bali this week for the Asia Pacific Operators Summit (APOS), a key topic will be how the business can move beyond the region's 52-percent pay-TV penetration rate against a backdrop of slowing subscriber gains, with just 26 million net new additions in 2013, the lowest annual growth rate since 2007.
PHILADELPHIA, April 22: NBCUniversal saw a 29-percent increase in revenue in the first quarter and a 38-percent gain in operating cash flow, thanks to the Sochi Olympics, which generated $1.1 billion in revenue.
DALLAS/LOS ANGELES, April 22: The Chernin Group is partnering with AT&T to acquire, invest in and launch over-the-top video services, with more than $500 million committed in financing for the new joint venture.
LOS GATOS, April 22: Netflix, which reported first-quarter earnings and revenue that were up from a year ago, is planning to increase prices for new subscribers by $1 to $2 per month, depending on the country.
NEW YORK, April 22: Travel Channel has unveiled its new development slate, which features pilots for eight original series, including MY Tupelo Entertainment's Breaking Borders (working title).
SINGAPORE, April 22: As part of its ongoing efforts to combat piracy, HBO Asia will start premiering all HBO and Cinemax original content in the region less than 24 hours after the U.S. broadcast.
LOS ANGELES, April 22: The recently premiered HBO comedy Silicon Valley has been renewed for a second season, while the network’s Julia Louis-Dreyfus vehicle Veep got the go-ahead for a fourth season.