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Amazon Prime Video Unveils Redesign, Adds Top 10 Most-Viewed Carousel

Amazon will launch a major redesign of its streaming service, Prime Video, this week that includes a clearer emphasis on Amazon Originals, live programming and the streamer’s most-watched titles on the home page. The redesign, which Amazon said was in the works for 18 months, will roll out later this week on connected living room […]

5 Years In, NBC News Plots ‘Stay Tuned’ Expansion

On July 19, 2017, NBC News rolled the dice on Snapchat. Just a few months earlier, parent company NBCUniversal had invested $500 million in the tech company in conjunction with its IPO, and in turn its various divisions were figuring out how they could build a presence on the Gen Z-skewing platform. “I still have […]

MovieItaly, a Classic Film Streaming Service, Launches in North America

MovieItaly, a streaming service aimed at Italian film lovers, has launched in North America. The subscription video-on-demand channel from Italy’s Minerva Pictures is dedicated to Italian cinema and will cost $7.99 a month, $19.99 quarterly and $67.99 for the year. “It’s a price that’s affordable for a large part of our audience. It’s not too […]

ESPN+ to Hike Subscription Price Starting Next Month

ESPN+ will increase its monthly and annual subscription prices beginning in August, marking the second price hike for the Disney-owned service in the last year, a company spokesperson confirmed on Friday. Beginning on Aug. 23, ESPN+ will cost $9.99 a month and $99.99 a year, up from its current price of $6.99 a month and […]

YouTube Takes Live TV Market Share as Streaming War Escalates

The pay TV business has been in secular decline for years, with multichannel video packages from cable and satellite companies (MVPDs) seeing consistent erosion. But even amid the subscriber churn in pay TV, the streaming-focused virtual multichannel video providers (vMVPD) — think YouTube TV and Hulu’s live TV tier — have kept increasing market share, […]

YouTube Originals Chief Nadine Zylstra Joins Pinterest to Lead Programming

Pinterest has tapped Nadine Zylstra, most recently the global head of YouTube Originals, to lead global programming and originals at the San Francisco–based social media platform. Reporting up to Malik Ducard, Pinterest’s chief content officer and formerly YouTube’s vp content partnerships, Zylstra will lead strategy, development and distribution for Pinterest’s original programming. Her hiring comes […]

Subscription Spending on Apple’s App Store Now Outpaces Mobile Games

As companies increasingly adopt subscription models, user spending on non-game apps in the App Store now outpaces mobile game spending for the first time ever, according to a report from market intelligence firm Sensor Tower. As of June, non-game spending — primarily driven by subscriptions — accounted for 50.3 percent of spending on mobile apps […]

Former STX President Sophie Watts Joins Board of Ad Tech Firm Ryff (Exclusive)

Former STX Entertainment president Sophie Watts has joined the board of Ryff, a startup in the increasingly crowded virtual product placement space. Watts is expected to help promote Ryff’s tech, which allows for products to be inserted digitally into footage that has already been shot. The company is banking on her Hollywood bone fides to […]

Nintendo Buys Studio to Turbocharge IP-Based Production

Video game giant Nintendo is expanding further into the entertainment business. According to a regulatory filing in Japan on Thursday, the company has agreed to acquire the visual content company Dynamo Pictures Inc. Once the deal closes (as is expected  in October), Dynamo will be renamed Nintendo Pictures Co. and become a wholly owned subsidiary […]

Kris Jenner Joins MasterClass to Teach Course on Personal Branding

MasterClass has a new instructor, and relocation to Calabasas is not required. Superstar manager, mogul and branding expert Kris Jenner is offering up her talents, wisdom and secrets to success via a new MasterClass offering that just launched on the online platform. “Here we go,” announces Jenner in a new trailer, “Here we go.” And […]

TikTok to Add Content Ratings on Videos With “Overtly Mature Themes”

In an effort to prevent potentially disturbing or “overtly mature” material from reaching users under the age of 18, TikTok will begin adding content scores to videos as part of a new feature meant to emulate ratings used in the film, TV and gaming industries. According to a blog post shared on Wednesday, TikTok will […]

Netflix Picks Microsoft as Global Advertising Partner as It Plans New Service Tier

The bake-off to find Netflix’s inaugural advertising partner is over, and Microsoft is the winner. The tech giant will be Netflix’s global advertising technology and sales partner, the streaming service said Wednesday. “Microsoft has the proven ability to support all our advertising needs as we work together to build a new ad-supported offering. More importantly, […]