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Fox to Challenge Ruling Granting Streaming Site Rights to Compulsory TV License

  Fox Broadcasting said it will appeal a U.S. federal court’s decision finding Internet video streaming site FilmOn — which has been waging a five-year legal battle with broadcasters — is entitled to a compulsory license to retransmit TV station programming online, just like a cable operator. In the decision, issued Thursday, Judge George Wu of the U.S. District …

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Hollywood director talks rise of TV, fall of film

  Hollywood TV and movie director T.J. Scott — best known for his popular on-screen works “Spartacus,” “Gotham” and “Orphan Black” — has made his way to Seoul to lend his expertise on the current and future state of the film and TV industries in the U.S. Invited as part of the Korea Creative Content …

70% of world population will have smartphone by 2020

Smartphone subscriptions are set to reach 6.1 billion by 2020, according to the latest edition of the Ericsson Mobility Report. The report shows that growth in mature markets comes from an increasing number of devices per individual. In developing regions, it comes from a swell of new subscribers as smartphones become more affordable; almost 80% of …

Can Big Data Based Intelligence Substitute Human Creativity?

Some time ago BBC published an article titled, “Calculated Risks: Will Algorithms Make Business Boring?” In the article, the author related this story: When Netflix (a TV and Movie video streaming site), decided to create their own original TV shows, they turned to data for inspiration. Combing through their data, they identified three aspects of …

Mobile Vs TV: Media & ad honchos battle it out at MELT 2015

The mobile trend was very much prominent on day one of MELT 2015, being held in Mumbai. The festival was abuzz with the IAA Debate, where Arnab Goswami, Editor-in-Chief, Times Now, and Rajiv Lochan, CEO, Kasturi & Sons, against The Quint’s Raghav Bahl and Vikram Sakhuja, Group CEO & equity partner, Madison, battled out the …

Only Spotify for Movies Can Stop Popcorn-Like Piracy

The movie piracy whack-a-mole popped up again this week in the form of “Popcorn In Your Browser,” a Web app that mashes up torrent and Video streaming sites to make it easy to watch pirated movies. It will probably get shut down, somehow, sometime soon. The film industry has been idly batting at movie pirates …

Cannes: Possible Partners for Netflix’s Move Into China

Netflix is casting a wide net in seeking Chinese partners while in Cannes, industry sources say, and the group of potential targets is diverse, ranging from online video streaming sites to a state conglomerate once run by the People’s Liberation Army. “They’ve been talking to a lot of different people — state media, industrial groups, …

Cord-Cutting Alert: Pay-TV Business Declines for First Time During Q1

The U.S. pay-TV business keeps shrinking, albeit slowly — but for the first time ever, the sector dropped a net number of subscribers in the first three months of a year, during Q1 of 2015. The industry is contracting at a 0.5% annual rate, with a net loss of 31,000 customers in Q1, according to …

Netflix asks FCC to reject AT&T-DirecTV merger unless changes made

Netflix Inc has urged the U.S. Federal Communications Commission to reject the pending US$48 billion merger of AT&T Inc and DirecTV unless its concerns about the deal are addressed. A Netflix spokeswoman said on Tuesday that the video streaming site does not oppose the merger in principle but is rather seeking remedies that would help resolve …

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