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Sunday, January 29, 2017
Amazon Prime Video Streaming Hours Doubled in Fourth Quarter

Amazon Jan. 28 reported its Prime membership subscriber base grew 51% worldwide in 2015 from 2014. Prime Video, a free component of the $99 annual Prime subscription, ended Q4 with nearly double the streaming hours globally compared with the previous-year period.

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Time Warner Cable Posts First Annual Positive Video Sub Growth in 10 Years

Time Warner Cable Jan. 28 reported 32,000 net video subscriber additions for the fourth quarter (ended Dec. 31, 2015) — the No. 2 cabler’s first yearly gain since 2006. TWC, which is in the midst of regulatory proceedings regarding its acquisition by Charter Communications, gained 54,000 net video subs since the end of Q3. It ended the year with 10.8 million video subs. The cabler has lost 1 million video subs over the past five years.

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TWC CEO Rob Marcus Time Warner Cable CEO Upbeat on Streaming TV Service Trial

Time Warner Cable continues to test in New York City a broadband-enabled video platform that would enable subscribers to access programming without a set-top box. Characterized by CEO Rob Marcus as “foreshadowing the video product of the future,” the IPTV service wouldn’t emulate Dish Network’s $20 monthly Sling TV or Charter’s Spectrum TV Plus, as much as it would lower costs delivering pay-TV to consumers.

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Bridge of Spies (Blu-ray Review)

This is the kind of movie that is right in the wheelhouse of director Steven Spielberg, who is now firmly entrenched in the historical drama phase of his career. The film’s script, punched up in the second half by the Coen Brothers, takes a few liberties with actual events, but does so for the sake of creating a taut story about a very distinct moment in history. (Street Date 2/2/16)

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