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UFC Goes for a Knockout, With Celebrity Investors in Its Corner

Fri, 30 Sep 2016 12:47:39 EDT

Just months after being acquired by Hollywood talent agency WME-ING, the UFC is going A-list, with 23 celebrities, including Ben Affleck and Serena and Venus Williams, investing in the sport.

Political TV Advertising Is Forecast to Fall This Election Season

Thu, 29 Sep 2016 20:21:06 EDT

Spending on political advertising on local broadcast television in 2016 is expected to reach $2.8 billion, about $300 million less than what was spent in 2012—a result of the Trump campaign’s strategy.

Coca-Cola to Produce, Distribute Bottled Dunkin' Donuts Coffee

Thu, 29 Sep 2016 23:41:22 EDT

Dunkin’ Brands said it would launch bottled Dunkin’ Donuts coffee in U.S. stores early next year. The ready-to-drink coffee will be produced and distributed by Coca-Cola Co.

FCC Delays Vote on TV Set-Top Box Plan

Thu, 29 Sep 2016 20:43:23 EDT

Federal regulators Thursday delayed a vote on a proposal to overhaul the market for TV set-top boxes, dealing a setback to Federal Communications Commission Chairman Tom Wheeler on one of his top priorities for the year.

Hackers Infect Army of Cameras, DVRs for Massive Internet Attacks

Fri, 30 Sep 2016 17:30:11 EDT

Hackers used an army of hijacked security cameras and video recorders to launch several massive internet attacks last week, prompting fresh concern about the vulnerability of millions of “smart” devices in homes and businesses connected to the internet.

Redstone Firm to Call on Viacom, CBS to Weigh Merger

Wed, 28 Sep 2016 22:58:30 EDT

Weeks after cementing a powerful role in her family’s $40 billion media empire, Shari Redstone is moving to undo the last big strategic move of her ailing father, Sumner Redstone: the divorce of Viacom and CBS.

Cord-Cutting Could Cost Pay TV Industry $1 Billion in a Year, Study Says

Wed, 28 Sep 2016 23:10:10 EDT

Pay TV providers could lose nearly $1 billion in revenue from cord-cutters over the next 12 months, as consumers find savings by switching to standalone internet and streaming services, a new survey says.

Time Warner, Viacom Reported to Be Bidding for Argentine TV Broadcaster Telefe

Wed, 28 Sep 2016 17:33:16 EDT

Time Warner and Viacom are among bidders circling Telefónica’s Argentine television broadcaster Telefe for a potential acquisition, people familiar with the discussions said.

Outcome Uncertain on Eve of FCC's Vote on TV Set-Top Boxes

Thu, 29 Sep 2016 10:33:17 EDT

Federal regulators’ proposal to overhaul the market for TV set-top boxes remained on a knife’s edge a day ahead of a scheduled vote by the Federal Communications Commission.

Gawker Media Creditors Ask Judge to OK Probe

Thu, 29 Sep 2016 10:35:48 EDT

Lawyers representing Hulk Hogan and other creditors of Gawker Media have asked a bankruptcy judge to authorize a probe into transactions conducted by the online-media company before its bankruptcy filing.

Appeals Court Overturns Ban on Selfies in Voting Booths

Thu, 29 Sep 2016 09:24:28 EDT

A federal appeals court welcomed selfie culture into the voting booth, striking down a New Hampshire law that banned voters from sharing photos of their marked ballots on social media.

German Regulator Tells Facebook to Stop Collecting WhatsApp User Data

Tue, 27 Sep 2016 11:08:12 EDT

A German privacy watchdog has ordered Facebook to stop collecting user data from its messenger subsidiary WhatsApp, the latest clash between European privacy authorities and the social-network company.

Disney Considers Offer for Twitter

Tue, 27 Sep 2016 18:20:49 EDT

Walt Disney on Monday emerged as another potential bidder for Twitter Inc., the struggling social-media service, people familiar with the matter said.

Debate Moderator Lester Holt Faces Tough Test

Mon, 26 Sep 2016 22:39:01 EDT

Monday night’s debate was a major test for debate host NBC News and its top anchor Lester Holt, after a string of debate-related controversies that have dogged NBCUniversal’s news operations.

Major Labels Sue Popular 'Stream Ripping' Website

Tue, 27 Sep 2016 13:56:43 EDT

The record industry sued one of the most popular sites for converting YouTube music videos into permanent audio files, a fast-growing form of music piracy known as stream ripping.

76ers Take a Shot at Competitive Videogaming

Tue, 27 Sep 2016 15:43:11 EDT

The National Basketball Association’s Philadelphia 76ers on Monday became the first organization among the four major U.S. sports leagues to invest in teams that compete at videogames, a hot area attracting major advertisers and talent with ties to traditional sports.

Messaging Apps Vary Widely When It Comes to Privacy

Tue, 27 Sep 2016 06:55:24 EDT

With the arrival of Google’s new Allo service, it’s worth looking beneath the hood to see how popular messaging services care for users’ private correspondence.

West Elm to Launch Its Own Boutique Hotels

Mon, 26 Sep 2016 16:14:20 EDT

Furniture retailer West Elm is worried about following other chains down the rabbit hole of opening too many stores. So the company has another plan to sustain its growth: launching a chain of boutique hotels.

MillerCoors Attacks Bud Light in New Ad Campaign

Mon, 26 Sep 2016 18:26:13 EDT

Miller Lite is picking a fight with its rival in a new ad campaign that takes direct aim at the nation’s top-selling beer: Bud Light.

Rolling Stone Magazine Sells 49% Stake to BandLab Technologies

Mon, 26 Sep 2016 08:01:41 EDT

The investment, which sprang from the friendship of the sons of the magazine founder and a Singapore businessman, provides Rolling Stone with expansion opportunities in Asia.

Publishing Trade Body Digital Content Next Announces Online Ad Marketplace

Sun, 25 Sep 2016 19:00:11 EDT

Digital media trade body Digital Content Next is launching an automated online ad marketplace called TrustX, in a bid to bring more transparency to online advertising.

Snapchat Releases First Hardware Product: Spectacles

Wed, 28 Sep 2016 11:56:07 EDT

Evan Spiegel, CEO of renamed Snap Inc., calls the video-sharing sunglasses “a toy” but sees an upside to freeing his app from smartphone cameras.

Doubts Rise About Digital Ads

Mon, 26 Sep 2016 17:02:09 EDT

Marketers pouring huge sums into digital advertising are wrestling with several recent events that underscore a troubling picture: some are finding they can’t be sure how well that money was spent or what they’ve received in return for it.

Yahoo Executives Detected a Hack Tied to Russia in 2014

Sun, 25 Sep 2016 22:53:49 EDT

The intrusion was launched from computers in Russia and sought data on 30 to 40 targeted users of the company’s online services who did business in Russia, a person familiar with the matter said.

Yahoo Says Breach Affected at Least 500 Million Users

Fri, 23 Sep 2016 10:11:51 EDT

Yahoo disclosed a security breach by a “state-sponsored actor” affecting at least 500 million users, potentially the largest such breach on record and the latest hurdle for the company as it works through the sale of its core business.

Facebook Overestimated Key Video Metric for Two Years

Fri, 23 Sep 2016 15:24:34 EDT

Ad buyers and marketers are upset with Facebook after learning the tech giant miscalculated the average time people spent watching video ads on its platform.

Big Marketers Launch Audits of Their Ad Buyers

Fri, 23 Sep 2016 09:09:41 EDT

J.P. Morgan Chase is among companies scrambling to respond to a report that detailed a range of nontransparent advertising practices and conflicts of interest arising from agencies’ investments.

Paramount Takes Write-Down for Movie That Isn't Released Yet

Fri, 23 Sep 2016 21:00:31 EDT

“Monster Trucks” won’t hit theaters for four months, but it appears to have already driven Paramount Pictures off course.

SolarCity Aims to Cut Marketing Costs as Competition Heats Up

Thu, 22 Sep 2016 15:05:44 EDT

Cash-strapped SolarCity is trying to cut marketing costs amid competition from smaller upstarts using cheaper sales tactics.

Viacom's Interim CEO Tom Dooley to Depart; Dividend Cut in Half

Thu, 22 Sep 2016 07:28:04 EDT

Viacom said interim CEO Tom Dooley will depart in November and that it is slashing its dividend in half, moves to help the media giant make a clean break with the past and get its finances in order.

Facebook Plans to Expand Program to Fight Against Online Hate-Speech

Wed, 21 Sep 2016 17:17:01 EDT

Facebook plans to broaden a program that gives free advertising to online activists that fight back against online hate-speech, in a bid to undermine internet propaganda from Islamist terrorists and far-right radicals.

The Trade Desk Surges in First Day of Trading

Tue, 27 Sep 2016 10:22:46 EDT

Shares of the ad tech company the Trade Desk jumped more than 67% after going public on Wednesday, as the company looks to buck the recent trend of stock declines in the sector.

As Presidential Ad Spending Falls, Broadcasters' Shares Decline

Tue, 20 Sep 2016 23:07:24 EDT

The unorthodox approach Donald Trump has taken to campaigning for president took a toll on broadcasters, as signs emerged that advertising spending in the race for the White House would be worse than expected.

Ad Buyers Bet First Presidential Debate Will Take a Bite Out of NFL Ratings

Wed, 21 Sep 2016 00:44:07 EDT

The Sept. 26 debate between Hillary Clinton and Donald Trump is expected to reduce ratings for ESPN’s Monday Night Football. Ad buyers are predicting about 10.3 million to 11 million viewers, which would be down 15% to 20% from last year’s average Monday Night Football rating.

Record Companies' U.S. Revenue Up 8.1% in First Half of 2016

Tue, 20 Sep 2016 23:14:36 EDT

A huge jump in music streaming contributed to an 8.1% increase in record companies’ U.S. revenue in the first half of 2016, compared with the same period a year earlier. The growth was the industry’s strongest since the CD boom of the late 1990s.

Pokémon to Create Games for Next Nintendo System

Tue, 27 Sep 2016 11:06:39 EDT

Sales of Pokémon products have been lifted by the popularity of ”Pokemon Go,” and the company is hoping to bring the smartphone app to China and South Korea.

Hollywood Under Pressure to Put More Chinese Actors in the Spotlight

Tue, 20 Sep 2016 23:09:36 EDT

Hollywood movie producers often try to cast Chinese actors in U.S. films to appeal to audiences in China, which is on track to become the world’s largest box office in the next couple of years. The tactic has yielded mixed results.

New 'Avatar' Attraction Aims to Keep Fans Engaged

Tue, 20 Sep 2016 16:24:10 EDT

Twentieth Century Fox is launching a new “Avatar”-inspired attraction it hopes will keep fans interested in one of the studio’s most important properties.

Facebook Hires Executive With India Ties for Messenger App Push

Tue, 20 Sep 2016 21:15:30 EDT

Facebook is hiring Anand Chandrasekaran, a high-profile technology executive with expertise in Silicon Valley and India, to help develop strategies for its Messenger app.

Veteran Winners Dominate the Emmys

Mon, 19 Sep 2016 07:01:58 EDT

Veteran winners dominated top categories at the 68th Emmy Awards, underscoring the institution’s challenge in keeping up with a TV landscape that has changed rapidly in recent years.

'Sully' Holds On to No. 1 at the Box Office

Mon, 19 Sep 2016 00:03:13 EDT

‘Sully,’ the film drama about Capt. Chesley ‘Sully’ Sullenberger’s ‘Miracle on the Hudson,’ held on to the top spot at the box office, outshining new releases featuring the Blair Witch, Bridget Jones and Edward Snowden.

Africa's Naspers Takes Aim at Craigslist

Sun, 18 Sep 2016 15:49:23 EDT

Naspers, Africa’s biggest company, is making a push into the U.S. online-classifieds market in a bid to topple a household name, Craigslist.

Are You Ready to Watch Football Differently?

Mon, 19 Sep 2016 13:49:15 EDT

A successful Twitter NFL experiment foreshadows major changes in the way we consume sports.

Telemundo Rethinks Format to Reach New Viewers

Mon, 19 Sep 2016 00:03:08 EDT

Telemundo is overhauling its programming to appeal to a U.S. Hispanic audience whose tastes are changing. In July, the Spanish-language network introduced three prime-time series that don’t hew to telenovela stereotypes and clichés.

Bridal Magazine Changes Name to Modern Luxury Weddings to Be More Inclusive

Mon, 19 Sep 2016 00:17:22 EDT

The magazine Modern Luxury Brides is changing its name to Modern Luxury Weddings to be more representative of marriage in today’s society and broaden its appeal to same-sex couples.

Twitter NFL Broadcast Draws Audience of 243,000

Sat, 17 Sep 2016 02:18:55 EDT

Twitter’s high-profile debut live-streaming a National Football League game went off without a glitch Thursday night, but low viewership numbers indicate that most football fans still prefer to watch the game on traditional TV. An average audience of 243,000 viewers per minute watched the New York Jets beat the Buffalo Bills via a live-stream broadcast on Twitter.

21st Century Fox Sues Netflix for Poaching Employees

Fri, 16 Sep 2016 17:56:41 EDT

21st Century Fox filed a lawsuit against Netflix, accusing the streaming-video giant of illegally hiring two of its executives who were under contract.

As iPhone 7 Hits Stores, Apple Devotees Click 'Buy'

Fri, 16 Sep 2016 20:22:41 EDT

A slightly unusual scene unfolded Friday at some Apple Inc. stores, where the normal lines of camped-out shoppers eager to buy the latest iPhone were replaced in certain locations by smaller throngs who had preordered the largely sold-out phone.

Debates Are on TV, but Advertisers Target Eyeballs Online

Tue, 20 Sep 2016 17:43:59 EDT

Ahead of the first presidential debate, political advertisers are planning to grab millions of viewers’ eyes—but with a difference. The showdowns have no television commercials, so the focus will be online.

Belgians Have a Term for People Who Drink Stella Artois---Tourists

Fri, 16 Sep 2016 20:42:19 EDT

The pilsner of choice in many bars around the world has gone flat in the country of its birth, outdone by Jupiler and changing tastes.

Disney Taps Industry Veteran for Business Post at TV Unit

Fri, 16 Sep 2016 20:16:05 EDT

Walt Disney has tapped former Warner Bros. and Legendary Entertainment executive Bruce Rosenblum to run the business operations at its television unit.

Time Inc. Names Jen Wong to New COO Position

Thu, 15 Sep 2016 20:35:48 EDT

Time Inc. named Jen Wong to the newly created position of chief operating officer, the latest in a string of changes at the magazine publisher as it looks to boost digital revenue and broaden its opportunities.

Apple Makes Changes to News App

Thu, 15 Sep 2016 13:20:55 EDT

Apple News will now allow publishers to sell subscriptions through the app, bringing back a major element of the old Apple Newsstand.

Jobs Eliminated at DreamWorks Animation Following Acquisition

Thu, 15 Sep 2016 20:37:09 EDT

Comcast’s NBCUniversal is eliminating about 200 jobs at DreamWorks Animation, the animation studio it acquired earlier this year for $3.8 billion, the company said Thursday.

Pandora Launches Enhanced 'Plus' Service

Thu, 15 Sep 2016 10:52:33 EDT

Pandora Media has rolled out a new version of its ad-free internet radio service, allowing subscribers to replay songs, skip more of them and listen offline for the same $4.99 monthly price.

Former News Corp Executives Accused of Misleading U.K. Parliament

Wed, 14 Sep 2016 22:17:00 EDT

A panel of British lawmakers accused two former News Corp executives of misleading Parliament when the pair were questioned about the phone-hacking scandal at the firm’s now-closed News of The World tabloid, while exonerating a third one as well as the company’s U.K. division.

Fox News Co-Presidents Sign Multiyear Pacts

Thu, 15 Sep 2016 10:29:16 EDT

Fox News co-presidents Jack Abernethy and Bill Shine, who were tapped to lead the network after the departure of Roger Ailes, have signed multiyear contracts, 21st Century Fox Inc. said.

Coming Soon to TNT: The 'Star Wars' Films

Wed, 14 Sep 2016 10:00:07 EDT

In a multiyear deal whose price tag could be around $275 million, Time Warner’s Turner Broadcasting unit has acquired the commercial-TV rights to the complete “Star Wars” library, including four future films.

Twitter Arrives on Apple TV

Wed, 14 Sep 2016 10:57:34 EDT

The social media service targets the video market with a new app, at a time when the company is trying to revive user growth.

Pay-TV Startup Targets High-End Video Customers

Wed, 14 Sep 2016 22:47:13 EDT

Layer3 TV, a startup pay-TV distributor, is targeting high-end customers with a robust selection of networks delivered over the internet.

Netflix To Be On Liberty Global Set-Top Boxes

Wed, 14 Sep 2016 22:48:00 EDT

Netflix agreed to make its streaming-video service available to Liberty Global video subscribers in more than 30 countries.

Newport Targets Young Adults With 'Pleasure Lounge'

Wed, 14 Sep 2016 10:35:14 EDT

Two 18-wheelers have taken Newport lounges to events popular with young adults as part of Reynolds’ aggressive push to boost sales of the nation’s No. 2 cigarette brand.

Under Armour Bets on High-End Clothing Line

Tue, 13 Sep 2016 21:10:40 EDT

Under Armour is hoping to improve its standing among tastemakers with the debut of a high-end clothing line at New York Fashion Week.

Time Inc. Names Rich Battista CEO

Tue, 13 Sep 2016 21:00:21 EDT

Time Inc. named Rich Battista its new chief executive officer, continuing a shuffling of the top ranks at the biggest U.S. magazine publisher.

Relativity Media Suffers More 'Disappointments'

Tue, 13 Sep 2016 22:46:54 EDT

Relativity Media LLC’s ‘The Disappointments Room’ flopped at the box office over the weekend, curtailing the studio’s hopes the film would boost its postbankruptcy bottom line.

Jay Z's Music-Streaming Service Tidal Posts Huge Loss

Tue, 13 Sep 2016 17:39:24 EDT

Tidal, a music-streaming service controlled by Jay Z and a group of other musicians, burned through cash in 2015, showing the challenge it faces in competing with Spotify and Apple Music.

EU Drafts Reform of Copyright Rules

Wed, 14 Sep 2016 01:45:58 EDT

The abundance of free tunes uploaded to the internet each day has been making it hard for the music industry to sell them. Now, European officials have a potential solution.

Pandora Moves Closer to On-Demand Streaming

Wed, 14 Sep 2016 06:46:17 EDT

Pandora Media has signed direct licensing agreements with major record labels, in a move seen pushing it closer to offering on-demand music streaming.

Yelp, TripAdvisor Gain Legal Cover for Negative Reviews

Wed, 14 Sep 2016 10:07:31 EDT

Online review sites gained some added legal cover this week after Congress advanced a bill that makes it harder for businesses to sue customers over negative reviews and a federal court ruled in favor of Yelp Inc. in one dispute.

Twitter Faces Crucial Test With Live NFL Broadcasts

Wed, 14 Sep 2016 10:33:16 EDT

Thursday night’s matchup between the New York Jets and Buffalo Bills is a crucial test for Twitter, which is streaming the broadcast as part of an effort to regain support from advertisers.

Music Industry's Latest Piracy Threat: Stream Ripping

Tue, 13 Sep 2016 14:53:53 EDT

Stream ripping, which involves turning a song or music video played on a streaming service into a permanent download, is growing fast among young music fans, even as other forms of music piracy wane.

Discovery Channel Continues Its Makeover With New Series

Mon, 12 Sep 2016 22:15:58 EDT

The cable outlet is moving further away from sensational fare, carving out a niche with documentaries such as “Taking Fire,” a first-person look at war.

Instagram Users Can Now Automatically Block Offensive Comments

Mon, 12 Sep 2016 17:22:40 EDT

In a new effort to fight harassment, Instagram is now letting users ban offensive comments from showing up beneath their photos and video.

Time Enters Video-Streaming Fray

Sun, 11 Sep 2016 11:59:07 EDT

The magazine publisher is launching the People/Entertainment Weekly Network, an ad-supported app and streaming service, to help offset declining print revenue.

EU to Get Tough on Chat Apps in Win for Telecoms

Mon, 12 Sep 2016 11:41:48 EDT

The EU’s executive arm is expected this week to propose subjecting online services, such as Microsoft’s Skype and Facebook’s WhatsApp, to some of the same rules that have long regulated the telecom business.

A Town Named for Bacon Considers Switching to Pie

Sun, 11 Sep 2016 22:41:35 EDT

As ‘foodies’ invade, residents of Eggs and Bacon Bay, on the Australian island of Tasmania, must decide whether to adopt a (marginally) healthier name.

Facebook Backs Down, Restores 'Napalm Girl' Photo

Sat, 10 Sep 2016 22:24:00 EDT

Facebook reversed a decision to delete posts containing a famous Vietnam War photo of a girl fleeing napalm bombs after the move drew sharp rebuke from Norway’s prime minister and its largest newspaper.

Carriers Bring Back Subsidies With iPhone 7 Launch

Fri, 09 Sep 2016 17:53:24 EDT

Wireless carriers have spent years nudging customers into paying full price for their expensive smartphones, but a rash of promotions around the coming iPhone 7 shows a willingness to still subsidize the device.

Music Industry Hits Pause on Exclusive Album Releases

Thu, 08 Sep 2016 12:53:00 EDT

The music industry’s practice of granting ‘exclusives’ now appears to be headed the way of the eight-track tape as some record companies realize that restricting desirable albums to one online service could limit the overall growth of subscription music.

Liberty Media Faces Some Bumps for Formula One in U.S.

Fri, 09 Sep 2016 09:40:19 EDT

The multibillion-dollar sale of Formula One to Liberty Media marks a new push into the lucrative U.S. market for the glamorous motor sport—but John Malone’s media empire has its work cut out for it.

FCC's Tom Wheeler Sets Plan to Open Up Market for Set-Top Boxes

Fri, 09 Sep 2016 10:18:58 EDT

Federal Communications Commission Chairman Tom Wheeler has released his plan to open up the market for television set-top boxes, setting up a showdown with large cable and other pay-TV companies.

Two Media Outlets Sue Bill de Blasio in Freedom of Information Case

Fri, 09 Sep 2016 10:18:20 EDT

Two media outlets have filed a lawsuit against New York City Mayor Bill de Blasio over his decision not to release emails he exchanged with five longtime advisers.

Barnes & Noble Cuts Guidance as Sales Drop

Thu, 08 Sep 2016 13:41:09 EDT

Leonard Riggio, who took over as acting chief executive of Barnes & Noble Inc. in August, says the bookseller “shot itself in the foot” by cutting store personnel and aggressively reducing in-store inventory. He is now addressing those mistakes.

The iPhone, iPad and Watch News Apple Didn't Share on Stage

Mon, 12 Sep 2016 11:18:24 EDT

Here is a rundown of what Apple didn’t say aloud Wednesday as it unveiled the iPhone 7 and the iPhone 7 Plus, new wireless AirPod headphones and the second-generation Apple Watch.

Apple Unveils iPhone 7, Skips Headphone Jack

Thu, 08 Sep 2016 08:22:45 EDT

Apple unveiled its latest iPhones as the company seeks to reignite sales of the gadget that has propelled much of its growth over the past decade. The new iPhone 7 and iPhone 7 Plus remove the traditional headphone jack but include a new two-camera system.

Sony Unveils PlayStation 4 Pro

Thu, 08 Sep 2016 10:20:07 EDT

Sony laid out its road map for continuing to dominate living rooms with its PlayStation 4 videogame console, including plans to release a more powerful version of the top-selling machine called “Pro.”