Only six months after Apple launched iTunes Movies and the iBooks Store in China, a Chinese regulator has shut down the two services. In recent months and years, China has been going out of its way to open doors for domestic tech companies – and that has meant restricting the operations of their foreign competitors, particularly American companies. (The distrust sown by the 2013 Edward Snowden leak is often cited as a motivating factor.) Still, Apple had seemed uniquely immune to China’s restrictions, and the shuttering took observers by surprise. It’s not good news for Apple: The Chinese market is the tech giant’s second largest after the U.S. And Apple’s e-services, which are tightly woven into its device ecosystem, are a key driver in iPhone and iPad purchases. “We hope to make books and movies available again to our customers in China as soon as possible,” said an Apple spokeswoman in a statement.
Della Reese, the breakout jazz/gospel singer whose TV credits include talk show Della and Touched By an Angel, died last night at age 86. “I know heaven has a brand new angel this day,” said Reese’s Touched By an Angel co-star, Roma Downey.
Nashville’s 6th season will be its last. “After more than 120 episodes of unforgettable television, we believe that creatively it is time for the series to come to a triumphant close,” said Kevin Beggs, chairman of producer Lionsgate Television Group. Nashville, which moved from ABC for season 5, ranks as CMT’s highest-rated and most-watched show […]
George Clooney is headed back the small screen. The ER alum will star in and direct a 6-episode series for Paramount Television and Anonymous Content, based on the Joseph Heller novel Catch-22.
AT&T is nearing a deal to acquire a full stake Otter Media, its joint digital video venture with the Chernin Group, according to a new report from Digiday. Otter Media – whose properties include Fullscreen, Crunchyroll, Hello Sunshine, and Gunpowder & Sky – was first formed in 2014. Since its inception, it’s been a purely […]
Dana Walden, the co-chair and CEO of Fox Television Group, has joined Hulu’s board of directors. Two other Fox execs already were already serving on the board: Peter Rice, the President of 21st Century Fox, and Brian Sullivan, the President and COO of Fox Networks Group’s Digital Consumer Group. 21st Century Fox currently owns a […]