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Saturday, April 15, 2017
Study Says Premium VOD Would Not Up Market Demand for Movies

A new MarketCast study underscores what opponents of premium VOD of long argued: Namely, that enabling consumers to watch new theatrical movies in the home actually reduces the number of moviegoers and their ancillary spending.

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NPD: Video Game Hardware Sales Declined 19% in March

Sales of video game systems dropped 19% in March, generating $253.2 million in revenue compared with $311.1 million during the previous-year period, according to new data from The NPD Group. Unit sales fell 17%. Indeed, Microsoft issued a statement focusing on increased time users spent on Xbox One (up 89%) in March than unit sales.

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German SVOD Service Ups Personal Recommendations to Combat Netflix, Amazon

If you can’t beat ’em, emulate them. That’s the tact German subscription video streaming service Maxdome is employing as a competitive pushback against Netflix and Amazon Prime Video operations in the country.

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Reports: ITV Eyeing Possible eOne Acquisition

British pay-TV operator ITV reportedly is pursuing possible acquisition of Canadian film and TV distributor Entertainment One (eOne). The official broadcaster of “Downton Abbey,” "Broadchurch” and “X-Factor” in the U.K., ITV is upping acquisitions of production companies and distributors in an effort to reduce its dependence on TV advertising, according to a report in the 'Financial Times' and other media outlets, including 'Bloomberg.'

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Sling TV Beta-Launches Multi-Stream Service

Sling TV April 13 beta-launched a new streaming service that enables subscribers to watch live and on-demand content on up to three separate devices. Currently, Sling TV subs can stream content on one device at a time.

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