Apple is targeting April to debut a new streaming product that will include original content free for Apple device owners and a platform to subscribe to other digital media services. HBO hasn’t signed on to the service due to a disagreement over revenue sharing with Apple. Netflix and Hulu aren’t expected to be a part of the “Channels” service.
Georgia lawmakers, coaxed by dozens of lobbyists swarming the state Capitol, are pushing for a tax on digital video, books, music and video games.
FX Networks chief John Landgraf has long criticized Netflix’s quest to dominate television, and has advocated for the streaming giant’s shows to be evaluated, numbers-wise, in the same way that broadcast and cable series are. But now that Netflix has finally begun selectively touting its’ audience, he’s labeling its claims as bogus.
Fox and Netflix’s long legal dust-up over the streamer’s snatching of two executives almost three years ago is heating up as the former attempts to get the upcoming trial pushed back and the sparring latter wants to draw Rupert Murdoch’s New Fox and almost every other studio in town into the damning action.
CBC/Radio president Catherine Tait told Netflix’s Canadian lobbyist during an industry conference that the globally-expanding streaming giant reminded her of the former British and French empires.
Among traditional media companies, no one is making a bigger bet on streaming than Walt Disney Co. It’s all part of Ceo Bob Iger’s master plan to corral many beloved brands, from “Avatar” to “Zootopia,” and deliver them to the millions of viewers who now stream TV via monthly subscriptions. But challenging Netflix, the online pioneer with almost 140 million subscribers worldwide, will cost big money, especially with Disney digesting Fox.
Analysts bemoaned the streamer “leaving money on the table” while spending billions on pricey content, but new surveys find that there’s a limit to how much consumers will pay.
Netflix has publicly revealed some fuzzy performance figures for a handful of projects. But these are the exceptions. Viewership for Netflix’s hundreds of other original series and movies remains a corporate secret. As Netflix continues to grow, this practice has become increasingly irksome to other studios as well as talent agencies, some of which feel that Netflix’s lack of transparency gives it an unfair competitive advantage.