John Malone, chairman of Liberty Media, believes that Roku, Apple and Amazon are best positioned to lead the competitive streaming space, because they can scale globally and consumers prefer unified services. Roku and HBO Max are also moving closer to signing a distribution agreement, The Desk reports.
Disney is reportedly considering putting several of its live-action family movies on the Disney+ streaming service rather than in theaters, although it was not clear whether the studio would charge an additional fee as it did for "Mulan." The films under consideration include "Cruella" and the Tom Hanks vehicle "Pinocchio," as well as "Peter Pan and Wendy."
Nick at Nite will retain rights to off-network episodes of "Friends" under a new deal with Warner Bros. Television Studios. The agreement also includes cable premiere rights to reruns of the CBS hit sitcom "Young Sheldon."
Comcast's Watchwith app lets Xfinity Flex and X1 subscribers interact live with programming. The cable company unveiled the feature Wednesday on a pre-show special for Bravo series "The Real Housewives of Salt Lake City," letting viewers tweet comments and get responses from cast members.
Leichtman Research Group reports that the leading cable companies added 1.3 million subscribers in the quarter ending Sept. 30. This is almost 500,000 more than in 2019's third quarter, and the first gain to exceed a million in 13 years.
HBO Max and theaters will both start airing "Wonder Woman 1984" on Dec. 25, and streaming customers will not have to pay an extra fee. Films such as "Love and Monsters" and "Happiest Seasons" will have similar arrangements or skip cinemas altogether.
Conan O'Brien will drop his late-night TBS series in June 2021, although the channel will keep hosting "Conan Without Borders," his travel-themed events. A weekly variety program starring O'Brien is also in HBO Max's future.
Comcast is suing the city of Beaverton, Ore., over fees for using street-adjacent city land in service delivery. The company argues that an order the Federal Communications Commission issued in 2007 makes it exempt from such charges.
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