Disney+ To Allow Original ‘The Simpsons’ Episode Formatting Option In 2020

The Walt Disney Company will allow Disney+ subscribers to access episodes of The Simpsons in their original format, starting next year. The streaming service told the Los Angeles Times that The Simpsons will be made available in the original 4:3 aspect ratio, rather than the current 16:9.  The company is responding to an outcry from […]

Discovery, Vizio’s Inscape Set Measurement Pact Covering 12 Million Smart TVs

Discovery and Inscape, a unit of Vizio, have set a partnership for TV measurement that will yield data from 12 million smart TVs. In a measurement landscape with many moving parts, smart TV data has gained currency with many programmers and advertisers in recent years. It reflects a more comprehensive view of usage on the […]

Disney Flips The Switch On Disney+, Formally Entering Streaming Derby

The moment of truth has finally arrived for Disney’s long-awaited, high-stakes entry into the streaming race, Disney+. The $7-a-month subscription service was due to go live at midnight PT as Monday became Tuesday, with a menu of film and TV titles from Marvel, Pixar, Star Wars, National Geographic and Disney’s own stable. Disney+ joins Apple […]

BBC iPlayer To Launch On Sky Under New Content Partnership

The BBC’s streaming service, iPlayer, is going to launch in full on Sky under a new content and technology partnership between the two British broadcasters. iPlayer will be made available as an app on Sky Q, putting it in the same company as Netflix on Sky’s internet-connected television platform. Sky Q will also host the […]

CGI James Dean Cast In New Movie, Raising Real-Life Eyebrows

Magic City Films said Wednesday that it has secured rights from the family of Oscar-nominated actor James Dean to use a CGI version of the actor to play a role in its upcoming Vietnam War action drama Finding Jack. Pre-production starts later this month. The news has piqued the interest of Twitter, where Dean is […]

T-Mobile-Sprint Merger Clears FCC Hurdle

The Federal Communications Commission on Tuesday issued its formal approval of the merger of T-Mobile and Sprint, a proposed $26 billion tie-up that would unite the No. 3 and No. 4 U.S. telecom providers. The party-line vote was held last month but officially revealed today. The news comes after the U.S Department of Justice in […]

‘Veep’ Creator Armando Iannucci Says Streaming “Bubble Is Going To Burst” Because People Have Too Much Choice

Veep creator Armando Iannucci has, in his signature withering fashion, predicted the death of the streaming wars. Just days after the launch of Apple TV Plus and with new streamers from Disney, Quibi and NBC on the horizon, Iannucci said not all can survive because audiences will simply have too much choice. Speaking at Digital […]

CBS Interactive Sets CEO Baton Pass From Jim Lanzone To Marc DeBevoise

Jim Lanzone, who has led CBS Interactive since 2011, will step down at the end of 2019, with longtime lieutenant Mark DeBevoise succeeding him in the top job. Lanzone will become an executive-in-residence at Benchmark Capital. The management shuffle comes about a month before Viacom and CBS complete their long-awaited merger. In his new role, […]

Facebook Removes More Russian Accounts, Sees Shares Rise On Q3 Sales Upswing

Facebook stock gained ground in after-hours trading following the company’s release of stronger-than expected third-quarter results. It was another newsy day for a company seldom out of the headlines. Earlier Wednesday, it announced it had removed dozens of accounts linked to ill-intentioned forces based in Russia. In the quarter, Facebook reported total income of $2.12 […]

Apple Rides Better iPhone Sales To Q4 Earnings Surprise

Improved revenue from its flagship device, the iPhone, and in its Services unit helped Apple beat Wall Street estimates for its fiscal fourth quarter. Adjusted earnings per share of $3.03 in the period ending September 30 eclipsed the consensus forecast by analysts for $2.84. Total revenue reached $64 billion, about $1 billion better than expectations. […]

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