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When AT&T shortly takes control of Time Warner, it aims to put a bigger emphasis on direct-to-consumer streaming services that it can promote with its cellular phone offerings. HBO, which operates the HBO Now streaming service, will be key to those plans, said a person familiar with AT&T’s thinking.
But to make HBO more competitive with fast-growing rivals like Netflix, AT&T ...
What to do with Hulu?
That’s one of the most strategic questions facing Disney and Comcast as they battle to win control of 21st Century Fox, a takeover contest likely to ramp up this week. Whichever wins will get control of the service, which has signed up more than 20 million subscribers and is now a serious competitor to Netflix, Amazon and streaming cable services like DirecTV Now.
The pace of deal making in the media sector is expected to accelerate this week, as a court decision on whether AT&T can buy Time Warner clarifies the regulatory environment. Media companies are desperate to get bigger so they can better compete with tech giants like Netflix, Facebook and Google. And tech firms, such as Apple, are also seen as potential buyers of entertainment companies.
BuzzFeed News plans to launch a new video interview show in the next two months, to stream on Facebook Watch. The weekly show is being described as a millennial-focused “Charlie Rose”–style program, with 20-minute episodes featuring an interview a week with a premiere celebrity, politician or other newsmaker.
Plans for the program show how BuzzFeed is building a stable of news ...
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