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Aereo's Assets Sold for Peanuts at Bankruptcy Auction

Aereo Inc., the online-TV service backed by Barry Diller that was found to violate copyright law, garnered less than $2 million for its assets at a …

Snapchat’s “Our Stories” are generating tens of millions of views

Snapchat is telling people how many views their “Our Story” clip receives if they make one in the collective, crowdsourced section. Based on people …

Internet-Traffic Rules Will Change How AT&T, Netflix Do Business

Tom Wheeler, chairman of the U.S. Federal Communications Commission, outlined a sweeping new set of proposals regulating how companies deliver data …

Disney’s Iger eyes direct-to-home digital programming

Disney is brainstorming ways to bypass cable distributors to bring at least three new digital direct-to-home services to consumers, Mouse House CEO …

GoPro Jumps Deeper Into Media Distribution With Dedicated Roku Channel

Looking for a place to watch countless POV snowboarding videos? GoPro and Roku have you covered with a new channel coming to the media streaming boxes this spring. GoPro already has a content distribution deal with Xbox, LG and Virgin America, but this one with Roku is the company’s biggest land …

Netflix, Amazon, Hulu drive 12.7% drop in live TV viewing in January, analyst says

Viewership of live TV declined 12.7 percent in January, said Nomura analyst Anthony DiClemente, who has become the latest media investment pundit to …

Bob Iger Hints At Streaming Service Plans For Marvel And ‘Star Wars’

The Disney CEO tossed in the possibility of new direct-to-consumer offerings in response to a question, in a call with analysts, about the company’s …

What Happens To Sumner Redstone’s Empire When He Goes – The Answer

<b>EXCLUSIVE:</b> This is possibly the most often discussed, and misunderstood, topic among money types from Wall Street to Hollywood. For good reason. …

Media Industry

Netflix Faces Life in the Mainstream

Netflix’s vision of the future is coming true. That doesn’t guarantee it will dominate it.<p>Discussing Netflix’s fourth-quarter results, Chief Executive Reed Hastings said last month that the recent “phenomena” of channels becoming apps, easily watched across an array of devices, has validated …

Wall Street

Sundance Deals: Netflix Tries to Crash the Party, But Is No Belle of the Ball Yet

Strong female performances, male friendships and popular writers have defined the festival this year<p>Netflix came to this year’s Sundance Film …

The State of News Streaming: Old and New Media's Play to Survive

From HuffPost Live to new CBS and MSNBC digital networks, here’s TheWrap’s Streaming 101 guide<p>As younger audiences’ list of TV, desktop, tablet, …

Media Industry

Nickelodeon to Unveil Stand-Alone Subscription Video Service in February

Children’s entertainment giant Nickelodeon intends to follow the example of HBO and unveil a direct-to-consumer subscription service in February, the …

TV Content Generates 80% of Consumer Attention

At a time when Internet video is getting a lot of interest from advertisers, a new report from the Cabletelevision Advertising Bureau finds that TV …

Network TV Ate My Life: Eddie Huang on Watching His Memoir Become a Sitcom

Bamboo-Ceiling TV<p>The network tried to turn my memoir into a cornstarch sitcom and me into a mascot for America. I hated that.<p>Photograph by Kenneth …

The Counterfeit Oscar Acting Style

Sometimes the jockeying for position in the Oscar race has as little to do with the art of the cinema as political ads do with the complexities of governing. But just as successful ads tap (perhaps perversely) into authentic (though sometimes dubious) passions, so Oscar campaigns may reveal …

Obama to push for cheaper, speedier broadband in the US

President Obama today outlined an upcoming executive action to increase US broadband speeds and reduce its cost, something he intends to announce at a speech tomorrow in Cedar Falls, Iowa, and again in his sixth State of the Union address next week.<p>In order to do that, The White House today said …

Net Neutrality

A Closer Look At Obama's Plan To Protect Consumer Data

This week, in the lead up to his State of the Union address, President Obama is talking about cybersecurity — how to ensure our safety in the digital world.<p>One key proposal sounds pretty straightforward: Companies should tell us — within 30 days — if our data has been hacked. But according to …

Netflix and VPN: The Double-Edged Sword That Could Cut Its Subscriber Base

There’s always been a healthy debate on Wall Street over the long-term viability of Netflix, but on one factor there’s clear consensus: There is no …

Avengers Trailer Is the Ultimate Test for Facebook Video Versus YouTube

When the new Avengers trailer debuted this week, it revealed that there is a huge battle going on—but not between The Hulk and his frenemy Iron Man. …

From 'Murder' to 'Utopia': 17 Highest and Lowest-Rated New Fall TV Shows (So Far)

Fox’s “Gotham” ranks second over CBS’s “Scorpion”; ABC’s “Black-ish” is top comedy<p>Fall means leaves changing colors, a crisp in the air and new TV …

HBO To Launch Stand-Alone Online Service, Without Cable, In 2015: Time Warner Investor Day

In 2015 a standalone, over-the-top HBO Go service will launch in the the U.S, HBO Chairman and CEO Richard Plepler just confirmed, in a move that had …

Content and Its Discontents

Adam Sandler, whatever his virtues, hardly seems like the kind of guy who might hold the fate of Hollywood in his hands. But when, recently, Netflix announced that it had signed a deal for Sandler to make four movies for its streaming service, and said that it would also be financing and streaming …

CBS Joins The Digital Subscription Crowd With Its 'All Access' Service

<b>CBS</b> is claiming a spot in the digital subscription service arena. The media network is introducing its own streaming and live video-on-demand service …

Netflix Quietly Raises its 4K Ultra High Definition Subscription Rates

Netflix, the leader in 4K Ultra High Definition streaming services, has raised their rates, while continuing to add more 4K content with the recent …

Customer Service

Hollywood's Streaming Pile-Up: Should Netflix Be Running Scared From HBO, CBS, Starz?

“This is one of the strategic moves you can make when you control your own destiny,” CBS’s Jim Lanzone tells TheWrap<p>The news that both HBO and CBS …

Cable Cord-Cutters Beware: Prices Could be Higher, Not Lower

As HBO, Others Launch Paid Streaming, Old Cable Bundles May Look Like a Deal<p>With HBO and CBS planning stand-alone streaming services, the oft-maligned pay-TV bundle has begun to loosen. But it’s not clear the brave new streaming world that replaces it will actually be cheaper for consumers.<p>By …

Pay-TV

'Black-ish' Series Premiere Draws Passionate Support and Derision

ABC comedy’s racial content creates polarizing reaction among viewers and non-viewers alike<p>Anthony Anderson and Laurence Fishburne headline ABC’s new …

Netflix Fires Back: Comcast’s Broadband Clout Enables It To Demand “Ransom”

Responses to Comcast’s incendiary “extortion” charges this morning are starting to come in. Here are ones from Netflix and independent TV network …