Hulu lands rights to ABC’s ‘Lost’

Hulu says all subscribers total 17 million

The island has a new home. Hulu nabbed the exclusive SVOD rights to all 6 seasons of ABC’s Lost. The series officially moved to Hulu yesterday. The rights had belonged to Netflix since 2009, thanks to a deal with Disney/ABC. It’s not too surprising: Disney is one of Hulu’s four corporate parents, and will eventually […]

Report: Snapchat considers three-second pre-roll ads

Report: Snapchat considers three-second pre-roll ads

Snap might be looking to introduce a new ad product. According a report from AdAge, Snapchat is considering a change that would prevent users from skipping pre-roll ads until three seconds have elapsed. (YouTube, by comparison, makes ads skippable after five seconds.) At the moment, Snapchat allows users to skip ads right away – and […]

Shares spike as Netflix confirms “Bright” sequel

Shares spike as Netflix confirms "Bright" sequel

Looks like lukewarm critical reaction hasn’t stopped Netflix from ordering a sequel to Bright, its recently-released fantasy/cop film hybrid. Acquiring the first film, which starred megastar Will Smith, reportedly cost Netflix close to $100 million. Smith will return for the sequel, as will director David Ayer. Wall Street certainly seems to have embraced the idea […]

A+E inks expanded carriage deal with Verizon

A+E inks expanded carriage deal with Verizon

A+E Networks has reached an expanded deal with Verizon. Along with the usual pact for Fios TV carriage, the agreement includes an exclusive distribution window for any original content produced by 45th & Dean, A+E’s digital content studio. The telco will have first-window rights for 45th & Dean content, some of which will be produced […]

Report: Amazon may bring more ad products to Alexa

Report: Amazon may bring more ad products to Alexa

According to a new report from CNBC, Amazon has been planning to bring more ads to Alexa, its smart voice assistant. The company has reportedly been in talks with retailers such as Procter & Gamble and Clorox. And according to CNBC’s sources, Amazon is also trying to gauge whether potential clients would pay to have […]

YouTube attempts to ward off criticism after disturbing Logan Paul video

YouTube attempts to ward off criticism after disturbing Logan Paul video

A recent video from YouTube star Logan Paul ignited a torrent of criticism. The video, in which the 22-year-old vlogger encounters the body of a suicide victim, was posted on New Year’s Eve. It was shot at Japan’s Aokigahara forest, a well-known suicide destination. Paul ultimately deleted the video from his channel, but not before […]

CNN scraps its Snapchat news show

CNN scraps its Snapchat news show

CNN will stop producing The Update, its daily Snapchat news show – at least for the time being. It seems the company struggled to effectively monetize the show under its rev-share deal with Snap Inc. “We plan to keep working together and mutually decided to hit pause as we explore the best opportunities for doing […]

Snap Inc. tasks new exec with expanding Stories beyond the Snapchat app

Report: Snapchat considers three-second pre-roll ads

Looks like some major changes are afoot at Snap Inc. The company hired former News Corp global video chief Rahul Chopra. According to Cheddar, Chopra will be tasked with expanding Snapchat’s user-generated “Stories” beyond the app itself. Snap has reportedly been discussing the possibility of letting users share Stories on other social media platforms, and […]

Report: Fox News streaming service in the works

Report: Fox News streaming service in the works

According to a source who spoke to BuzzFeed News, Fox has been developing a Fox News-centric streaming service. The service will reportedly charge a monthly fee, and feature exclusive content from Fox News pundits and personalities, including Tomi Lahren. According to BuzzFeed, this is the same service that Fox News alluded to back in August, […]

Amazon starts selling Apple TV again

Amazon starts selling Apple TV again

As expected, Amazon has once again begun selling the Apple TV streaming device. The company first banished the device from its e-commerce platform – along with Google’s Chromecast – in late 2015. Apple TV’s reinstatement comes in the wake of a previously-announced deal between Amazon and Apple. Under that pact, which the companies announced in […]

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