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Monday, January 30, 2017
Captain Phillips 'Captain Phillips' Sails Into Top Sales Spot

Three new releases scored impressive debuts on the national home video sales charts the week ended Jan. 26, led by Sony Pictures’ 'Captain Phillips,' the acclaimed drama about the 2009 hijacking of the Maersk Alabama by Somali pirates that stars Tom Hanks and grossed a healthy $106.3 million in U.S. theaters.

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CBS, Amazon Expand SVOD Agreement

CBS Corp. and Amazon Jan. 29 announced an expansion and extension of their subscription streaming content licensing agreement. Under the renewed deal, classic and hit TV shows from CBS and Showtime Networks will be made available to the Amazon Prime Instant Video service.

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Sony's Brown Added as LAES Co-Chair

Matt Brown, EVP of worldwide commercial for Sony Pictures Home Entertainment, has been added as co-chair of the Los Angeles Entertainment Summit (LAES), being held July 21-23 at the Hyatt Regency Century City.

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FCC Chairman Tom Wheeler FCC Chairman Accepts ‘Invitation’ to ‘Interpret’ Verizon Court Decision

Speaking Jan. 28 at the State of the Net Conference in Washington, D.C., FCC Chairman Tom Wheeler implied that the Jan. 14 U.S. District Court of Appeals decision to reject the bulk of the FCC’s Open Internet Order represented a summons to expand the debate.

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Greg Summitt Westlake Entertainment Founder Greg Summitt Dies

Greg Summitt, founder of distributor Westlake Entertainment, died Jan. 4 of cancer in Los Angeles. He was 67.

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Report: TV-Connected Devices to Top 2 Billion Units by 2017

The global installed base of TV-centric connected devices surpassed 1 billion units in 2013 and will exceed 2 billion by 2017, driven by smart TVs, IP-enabled STBs, game consoles, Blu-ray Disc players and low-cost digital media adapters, according to the latest research from Futuresource Consulting.

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