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AT&T will make HBO Max free to some customers, sets May 27 launch

(Reuters) – AT&T Inc. announced on Tuesday that it will make its HBO Max streaming service free to some customers when it launches on May 27. The HBO Max app will be pre-loaded on the AT&T TV set top box. HBO Max will also be included with the AT&T Internet 10... More »


Disney+ to debut late March in France in exclusive deal with Canal+

PARIS (Reuters) – Walt Disney Co (DIS.N) will launch its Disney+ streaming service on Vivendi SA’s (VIV.PA) pay-TV business Canal+ platform by the end of March next year, executives of the two groups said in a joint interview released in the daily Les Echos on... More »


AppleTV+ debuts streaming TV service with Oprah and Aniston

LOS ANGELES (Reuters) – Apple TV+, the iPhone maker’s entry into the crowded streaming TV market, debuts on Friday as the first “all-original” subscription video service, according to Apple Inc (AAPL.O) Chief Executive Tim Cook. All of the programming is origi... More »


China’s door to talks with U.S. on trade always open: state media

BEIJING (Reuters) – China’s door to talks with the United States about their trade dispute is always open, but China will not yield on important issues of principle, state media said on Sunday. There are no winners in a trade war, and China does not want to fi... More »


China-U.S. trade talks ‘making a final sprint’: state media

SHANGHAI (Reuters) – Chinese state media on Saturday expressed cautious optimism over trade talks between the United States and China, a day after President Xi Jinping said a week of discussions had produced “step-by-step” progress. Xi made the comments at a m... More »


Expanded ProSieben-Discovery streaming venture gets German…

FRANKFURT (Reuters) – Germany’s anti-trust regulator said on Monday it had given its blessing for German broadcaster ProSiebenSat.1 Media SE and U.S. Discovery Inc to expand their joint video streaming platform. The expanded 7TV venture will include content fr... More »


RTL says open to cooperation on TV streaming

MUNICH (Reuters) – European broadcaster RTL said it was open to cooperation in TV streaming after competitor ProSiebenSat.1 and Discovery Inc announced plans to build a joint German platform. “We are fundamentally open to cooperation and alliances if they fit ... More »


Democratic senators urge FCC to halt media ownership rule changes

WASHINGTON (Reuters) – More than 20 Democratic U.S. senators on Thursday urged Federal Communications Commission Chairman Ajit Pai not to approve any transfers of broadcast TV licenses as part of proposed mergers pending a federal court ruling. The 22 Democrat... More »


For ‘tween girls, social media use tied to wellbeing in teen years

(Reuters Health) – Girls who spend the most time on social media at age 10 may be unhappier in their early teens than peers who use social media less during the ‘tween years, a UK study suggests. Researchers looked at social media use and scores on tests of ha... More »


Bodenholm and Westray reveal media stock shorts on changing viewers

LONDON (Reuters) – European hedge funds Bodenholm Capital and Westray Capital Management revealed they had taken short selling positions on some media companies, bets that their stock prices will fall, on the back of changing consumer habits. Online services l... More »


Russia`s RT America registers as `foreign agent` in U.S.

The Kremlin-backed television station RT America registered Monday with the U.S. Department of Justice as a "foreign agent" in the United States, the outlet's editor in chief said and the Department of Justice confirmed later in the day. More »


FCC media rule rollback could usher in TV station buying spree

The Republican-led Federal Communications Commission is moving to quickly undo roadblocks to increased consolidation among media companies, potentially unleashing an onslaught of deals among TV, radio and newspaper owners as they seek to better compete with o... More »


Canada unveils vision for the arts- Netflix makes investment

Canada outlined its vision for its cultural and entertainment industries on Thursday, promising more money to foster Canadian content at home and abroad and striking a deal in which streaming service Netflix would invest C$500 million to create programming in ... More »


Pandora Media`s revenue beats on advertising boost

A person holds a smart phone with the Pandora app showing in New York U.S., June 9, 2017. Pandora Media Inc reported better-than-expected quarterly revenue as advertisers spent more on the online music streaming service amid stiff competition. More »


Australia`s Fairfax ends talks with PE suitors without formal bid

FILE PHOTO: People walk outside the Fairfax Media headquarters building in Sydney, Australia, May 3, 2017. REUTERS/Jason Reed Australian newspaper publisher Fairfax Media Ltd said two private equity firms withdrew from rival takeover bids worth up to A$2.9 bil... More »

Snoopy moves in with the Teletubbies at DHX Media

DHX Media Ltd is buying the entertainment unit of Iconix Brand Group Inc for $345 million, adding the Peanuts comic strip and cartoon character Strawberry Shortcake to its roster of brands that includes “Bob the Builder” and “Teletubbies”. More »


Conservative news site sole media outlet on Tillerson Asia trip

FILE PHOTO – U.S. Secretary of State Rex Tillerson speaks on issues related to visas and travel after U.S. President Donald Trump signed a new travel ban order in Washington, U.S. on March 6, 2017. REUTERS/Kevin Lamarque/File Photo U.S. Secretary of State Rex ... More »


Trump supports free press but will call out false reports: Pence

U.S. President Donald Trump takes questions during a news conference at the White House in Washington, U.S., February 16, 2017. REUTERS/Kevin Lamarque U.S. President Donald Trump believes in a free and independent press but he will not hesitate to point out fl... More »


White House accuses media of playing down inauguration crowds

A combination of photos taken at the National Mall shows the crowds attending the inauguration ceremonies to swear in U.S. President Donald Trump at 12:01pm (L) on January 20, 2017 and President Barack Obama on January 20, 2009, in Washington, DC, U.S. REUTERS... More »


Trump`s team considers moving White House press room

Reince Priebus (R), chief of staff to U.S. President-elect Donald Trump, walks with a staff member as he arrives to attend meetings with Trump at the Mar-a-lago Club in Palm Beach, Florida, U.S. December 28, 2016. REUTERS/Jonathan Ernst President-elect Donald ... More »

Trump revokes Washington Post’s campaign press credentials

WASHINGTON/NEW YORK U.S. Republican Donald Trump said on Monday he will no longer issue press credentials to the Washington Post, stopping the publication from gaining access to press areas at his presidential campaign events. The Washington Post, based in the... More »


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The new logo for DISH is seen on the podium before a news event to promote the company’s new logo, products and services at the Consumer Electronics Show opening in Las Vegas January 9, 2012. REUTERS/Rick Wilking Tribune Media Co chose to take off its televisi... More »

Canada newspaper ad revenue slumped in 2015: industry group

TORONTO Business got even tougher for Canada’s newspaper industry last year, data showed on Friday, with nationally distributed advertising cut by almost a quarter and online ad sales barely taking up any of the slack. Total daily-newspaper revenue in 2015 fel... More »

Pussy Riot founder sets sites on Russian media

VILNIUS Pussy Riot punk performer Nadya Tolokonnikova is looking for a new audience — readers and, ideally, financial backers who can turn her two-year-old news website into a full-blown contender on Russia’s media scene. She first rose to prominence by donnin... More »

Viacom cut pay for Redstone, CEO Dauman in 2015

BOSTON Media giant Viacom Inc said on Wednesday it cut the compensation of its top two executives, Executive Chairman Sumner Redstone and Chief Executive Philippe Dauman, as the company faced business pressures and a sharp drop in its share price. Although Via... More »

Poland tells EU to keep out of Polish affairs over media law

WARSAW Poland dismissed European Commission concern on Friday that a new law on state-run media threatened media freedom, warning Brussels not to interfere in its affairs on the basis of “biased and politically-engaged” reports. Simultaneously, the government,... More »

John Malone to restructure Liberty Media, Liberty Interactive

Media mogul John Malone, known for striking complex deals and running companies with intricate structures, is restructuring two companies he controls using tracking stocks and spinoffs. Liberty Interactive Corp (QVCA.O), which mainly houses Malone’s e-commerce... More »

Google seeks common cause with media firms over ad blocking

FRANKFURT Google says European media firms, often the search giant’s harshest industry critics, share a common threat because a surge in ad-blocking technology is a threat to all businesses dependent on advertising. Carlo d’Asaro Biondo, Google’s president for... More »

Gannett Co to buy Journal Media for $280 million

Gannett Co Inc, publisher of USA Today, said on Wednesday it will buy Journal Media Group for $280 million. The price of $12 a share represents an almost 45 percent premium to Journal Media’s closing share price of $8.29 Tysons Corner, Virginia-based Gannett s... More »

Vietnam to undergo major state media shakeup by 2020

HANOI Vietnam will trim its state-run media and publishing sector, with the loss of about 10,000 jobs and some widely circulated newspapers, as the ruling Communist Party tightens its control over the booming industry, a report said on Saturday. The number of ... More »

Britain asks BBC’s competitors to review its remit

LONDON Britain’s government will ask the BBC’s competitors to scrutinize the broadcaster’s remit and scale, the government said on Sunday, after years of controversy over how it has been funded. The BBC [TBBC.UL], the world’s largest broadcaster, has long been... More »

BBC to cut over 1,000 jobs as Britons trade TVs for tablets

LONDON The British Broadcasting Corporation will cut more than 1,000 jobs to cover a 150-million-pound gap in license fee income next financial year as millions of viewers turn off their televisions and watch programs on tablets and mobile phones. The BBC, the... More »

Sony CEO sees no major financial impact from cyber attack

LAS VEGAS (Reuters) – Sony Corp Chief Executive Kazuo Hirai on Tuesday said he does not expect the November cyber attack on the company’s film studio to have a significant financial impact, two weeks after the studio rolled out the movie at the heart of the at... More »

Sony CEO praises employees, partners for standing up to hackers

LAS VEGAS (Reuters) – Sony Corp Chief Executive Officer Kazuo Hirai on Monday praised employees and partners of the company’s Hollywood movie studio for standing up to “extortionist efforts” of hackers who attacked Sony Pictures Entertainment. In his first pub... More »


Obama says Sony hack not an act of war

WASHINGTON (Reuters) – U.S. President Barack Obama moved to prevent U.S. anger at North Korea from spiraling out of control on Sunday by saying the massive hacking of Sony Pictures was not an act of war but instead was cyber-vandalism. Washington’s longstandin... More »

Stars fill the stage as Stephen Colbert closes his ‘Report’

NEW YORK (Reuters) – Stephen Colbert filed his final “Colbert Report” on Thursday, bidding farewell to his popular cable television show with the help of scores of celebrities who crowded onto the stage for a rousing sendoff to the tune of “We’ll Meet Again.” ... More »

Amazon’s cloud business a harder sell in post-Snowden era

SAN FRANCISCO/SEATTLE (Reuters) – This spring, Taser International Inc won a small but high-profile contract to supply body cameras to the London police. But the deal nearly collapsed over one issue: where the video footage would be stored. In the end, the dea... More »

Washington tries to tackle hackers behind Sony attack

WASHINGTON/LOS ANGELES, (Reuters) – Washington made the woes of cyberattack victim Sony Pictures its own on Thursday as the White House acknowledged that the devastating strike against the big Hollywood studio was a matter of national security that would be me... More »

Xiaomi made $56 mln profit in 2013: filing

BEIJING (Reuters) – China’s Xiaomi Technology Ltd Co made a profit of 347.48 million yuan ($56.15 million) on 26.58 billion yuan ($4.30 billion) in revenue in 2013, according to new Chinese securities filings, showing the razor-thin margins at one of the hands... More »

Volvo to launch online car sales in marketing shift

PARIS (Reuters) – Volvo Car Corp said it will start selling vehicles online as it rolls out new models to compete with German luxury rivals such as BMW (BMWG.DE ). The Swedish carmaker, controlled by China’s Geely, will gradually introduce web sales and spend ... More »

Xiaomi’s India smartphone ban exposes wider patent risk

MUMBAI/BEIJING (Reuters) – The court order that banned Chinese mobile maker Xiaomi from selling its phones in India has halted its breakneck expansion into the world’s fastest growing major smartphone market and could be just the start of a string of patent ch... More »

Max Sound files patent suit against Google, YouTube in Germany

(Reuters) – Technology company Max Sound Corp said it filed a lawsuit against Google Inc and YouTube in Germany earlier this month, alleging infringement of a video-streaming patent. Max Sound claimed that all the products that use the H.264 video-encoding for... More »

Censors loom large over Sony’s PlayStation prospects in China

SHANGHAI (Reuters) – Sony Corp should fear China’s censors almost as much as rival Microsoft Corp when it launches its PlayStation 4 gaming console in the world’s third-largest gaming market next month. Sony said on Thursday that PlayStation 4 will go on sale ... More »

U.S. manufacturers group opposes stricter Internet regulations

WASHINGTON (Reuters) – The U.S. National Association of Manufacturers on Wednesday wrote to congressional and Federal Communications Commission leaders to oppose potential stricter regulations for Internet service providers. The FCC is working on new rules tha... More »

Dr. Phil’s startup launches video visits with U.S. therapists

SAN FRANCISCO (Reuters) – Doctor On Demand is the latest Silicon Valley startup to bet that people will turn to mobile devices for confidential counseling. The company has launched a web and mobile service to connect people with its network of U.S. psychologis... More »

Chinese Internet regulator welcomed at Facebook campus

BEIJING (Reuters) – Lu Wei, China’s top Internet regulator, may not welcome Facebook to his house, but he’s certainly welcome at Facebook. Lu, the minister of China’s Cyberspace Administration, recently toured the campuses of U.S. tech giants Facebook Inc, App... More »

James Franco pokes fun at Sony computer hacking scandal on SNL

NEW YORK (Reuters) – Just days after a massive hacking attack on employees at Sony’s Hollywood studio, distributor of the new James Franco comedy about a plot to assassinate North Korean leader Kim Jong Un, the actor wasted no time as host of “Saturday Night L... More »

Sony Pictures struggles to recover eight days after cyber attack

LOS ANGELES/WASHINGTON/BOSTON (Reuters) – Eight days after a massive cyber attack on Sony Pictures Entertainment, the Hollywood studio was still struggling to restore some systems on Tuesday evening as investigators combed for evidence to identify the culprit.... More »

IBM signs $1.25 billion WPP cloud deal and says more coming

LONDON (Reuters) – IBM is enjoying a wave of major technology outsourcing deals from European customers in the fourth quarter and the new contract signings are not over yet, an executive for the computer services giant said in an interview. Late on Tuesday, IB... More »

Bezos defends Amazon’s lack of profits, stance on publishers

NEW YORK (Reuters) – Jeff Bezos, the chief executive of Amazon.com Inc, was unapologetic about his twenty-year-old company’s lack of profit during a rare public appearance on Tuesday, noting he spends just six hours a year on investor relations. Bezos also dis... More »

Steve Jobs emails featured in Apple iPod U.S. antitrust trial

OAKLAND, Calif. (Reuters) – The late Steve Jobs, co-founder of Apple Inc (AAPL.O ), led the company to violate antitrust laws by restricting music purchases for iPod users to Apple’s iTunes digital store, an attorney for consumers suing Apple said in court. Op... More »

Germany backs Blackberry’s purchase of Secusmart

BERLIN (Reuters) – Germany has approved Canadian smartphone maker Blackberry’s (BB.TO ) planned acquisition of Secusmart, the encryption technology of which is used to protect the mobile devices of top politicians including Chancellor Angela Merkel. The deal i... More »

Staff fear the chop in Samsung Electronics annual reshuffle

SEOUL (Reuters) – Insiders say staff at Samsung Electronics have never been so anxious ahead of the annual reshuffle, as a weak smartphone performance and its worst earnings in three years are expected to cost many jobs. As is customary for Korean businesses, ... More »

U.S. court rejects Motorola Mobility price-fixing appeal

(Reuters) – A federal appeals court rejected Motorola Mobility LLC’s bid to sue several Asian suppliers under U.S. antitrust law for fixing prices of mobile phone displays sold to its foreign units. Wednesday’s decision by the 7th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals... More »

Garth Brooks cancels TV appearances amid Ferguson unrest

LOS ANGELES (Reuters) – Country music star Garth Brooks canceled scheduled media appearances this week, saying it would be in poor taste to promote his comeback album during national protests after a grand jury did not indict a white policeman in the fatal sho... More »

Behind Google’s Europe woes, American accents

BRUSSELS (Reuters) – When EU politicians call for the break-up of Google, it can sound like sour grapes, the anti-American backlash of an aging Europe envious, and fearful, of the wealth and growing power of young U.S. tech giants. But should any American take... More »

Facebook video draws Thanksgiving ads from Macy’s, others

NEW YORK (Reuters) – Macy’s Inc, which traditionally kicks off the U.S. holiday shopping season with a nationally televised parade in Manhattan, also will join a handful of other companies this year parading their ads on Facebook’s fledgling video feeds. As th... More »

Sold-out Cosby show goes ahead amid sex assault claims

MELBOURNE Fla./LOS ANGELES (Reuters) – Bill Cosby played a sold-out comedy show on Friday in Florida, despite a wave of sexual assault allegations this week that prompted the cancellation of several upcoming shows and two major studios to halt projects involvi... More »

Apple $450 million e-book settlement gets final court approval

NEW YORK (Reuters) – A U.S. judge on Friday gave final approval to Apple Inc’s (AAPL.O ) agreement to pay $450 million to resolve claims it harmed consumers by conspiring with five publishers to raise e-book prices. During a hearing in Manhattan, U.S. District... More »

Video streaming service Aereo files for bankruptcy

NEW YORK (Reuters) – Aereo Inc, the online video streaming company backed by media mogul Barry Diller, has filed for bankruptcy protection. The Chapter 11 filing on Thursday night came five months after the U.S. Supreme Court said Aereo violated broadcasters’ ... More »