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Monday, January 23, 2017
NPD Under Fire From Pay-TV Channels Over Cord-Cutting Claim

The NPD Group has elicited criticism from HBO, Showtime Networks and others for a Jan. 20 report claiming household subscriptions to premium TV channels declined 6% in 2013. The report, which also stated that more U.S. consumers (4%) gravitated toward subscription streaming services such as Netflix, has not been challenged.

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MGM Kicks Off 90th Anniversary With Select Re-Releases Restored in 4K on Blu-ray Disc

Famed studio Metro-Goldwyn-Mayer Jan. 22 announced it plans to celebrate its 90th anniversary with a series of classic re-releases restored in 4K resolution and released on Blu-ray Disc and distributed by 20th Century Fox Home Entertainment.

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Lee Daniels' The Butler 'Butler' No. 1, but 'Riddick' Sells More Copies

Three new releases captured the top three spots on both national home video sales charts the week ended Jan. 19, with honors for the top-selling disc of the week going to distributor Anchor Bay Entertainment for Lee Daniels’ 'The Butler.' However, more people took home 'Riddick' during the week as the sci-fi title was also available as part of a franchise boxed set.

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Netflix Adds 2.3M Domestic Subs, Posts $48M Profit

Netflix Jan. 22 said it added 2.3 million net new domestic streaming subscribers in the fourth quarter (ended Dec. 31), increasing its total to 33.4 million. The service added 1.7 million international subs, bringing its global subscriber count to 44 million.

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Innovid’s Second-Screen Solution Eyed by Pay-TV Operators

Several pay-TV operators are taking a look at a new second-screen solution from interactive ad company Innovid and Cisco, one that delivers interactive advertising based on relevant keywords heard in TV shows, according to Tal Chalozin, chief technology officer and co-founder for Innovid.

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Acorn TV series Acorn TV Ups Unique Viewers Seeking British Fare

With “Downton Abbey” underscoring increased U.S. consumer demand for British television series, web-based Acorn TV has quietly filled the void licensing content from across the pond since 2011.

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