The glut of original programming on cable and streaming services has made it increasingly difficult for networks to attract the best creative talent, Showtime's Tom Christie said at last week's Pay TV Show. He also said that Showtime will not follow in the subscription VOD providers' footsteps and release multitude episodes of its series at once.
Apple TV's attempt to simplify navigation for its various streaming services and cable programming apps by building an all-compassing content hub falls short of its goal, Wall Street Journal reviewer David Pierce writes. He cites the absence of many significant providers as a flaw, as well as a lack of coordination between cable network apps and other devices.
Journalists and media outlets that have relied on "Game of Thrones" speculation, recaps and analysis over the past eight seasons may struggle to find new content now that the show's finale has aired. James Poniewozik, a television critic for the New York Times, says that the show hit all the points needed to attract media attention: It was tremendously popular, inspired political discussions and appealed to critics and superfans alike.
The technology behind radio in vehicles has changed drastically since the first car radio was invented in 1930, but experts say the transformation hasn't dimmed people's love for it. Listeners have continued to tune in from the development of the transistor through the dominance of satellite radio, and CBS's Gabriel Falcon and Amy Wall say that the medium will still inspire loyalty in the future.
Steve Kroft, veteran investigator and interviewer on "60 Minutes," has announced his retirement after 30 seasons and close to 500 stories. "60 Minutes" will dedicate a September episode to looking back on Kroft's 50 years as a journalist, during which he uncovered financial assets that Saddam Hussein had concealed, influenced policy with a report on insider trading and followed a company that had lost one-third of its personnel on 9/11.
CBS has informally offered roughly $5 billion to acquire Starz from Lionsgate Entertainment, sources say, adding that a deal is not likely imminent and that Lionsgate may want more money for the premium service. The purchase of Starz might also subject CBS to anti-trust scrutiny due to its ownership of Showtime.
HBO concluded its hit "Game of Thrones" series after eight seasons, in a controversial finale that was expected to draw massive ratings on a highly unusual level for today's fragmented audience. The network employed a 10-second countdown to build suspense for the episode after leveraging the situation to air trailers for a number of new series.
Starry will expand its fixed wireless broadband service to another 17 markets following its initial launches in Boston, New York, Los Angeles and Denver, Virginia Lam Abrams, Starry's senior vice president, told a Wi-Fi conference. The company charges $50 a month for 802.11-based service that provides theoretical maximum speeds of 200 megabits per second.
The quandary of whether or not to appear on Fox News programs is dividing Democratic presidential candidates, who are split between wanting to reach the conservative network's vast audience and their own moral objections to its programming. Regional elections face their own media-based turmoil, with candidates' ability to bypass traditional party structure and the shrinking of local media leading to a lack of contenders for positions below the national level.
A growing percentage of television audiences are migrating to streaming services or getting too old for advertisers' demographic of choice, so networks at this year's upfront week events made a point of emphasizing their existing or planned streaming platforms. The week wasn't all about on-demand content though -- networks were still quick to tout successful shows like "Chicago Fire," "The Masked Singer" and "Grey's Anatomy."
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