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Andrew Lloyd Webber Launches Free Musical Theater Streaming Service (Variety)

Andrew Lloyd Webber is to stream a production of one of his musicals for free on YouTube each week during the coronavirus crisis. Lloyd Webber’s YouTube initiative to entertain f... More

HBO to Make 500 Hours of Programming Free-to-View (DTE)

HBO is making almost 500 hours of programming free to stream for a limited time via its HBO Now and HBO Go on demand services as a gesture of goodwill to people stuck at home – e... More

Amazon Teams With SXSW to Launch a Virtual Fest (THR)

SXSW 2020 will see the light of day after all, albeit online rather than on the ground in Austin. Amazon Prime Video is teaming with the event to launch a so-called film festival c... More

‘Artemis Fowl’ Will Skip Theatrical Release and Debut on Disney Plus (Variety)

Disney’s “Artemis Fowl” will forgo a theatrical release and will instead launch on Disney Plus. The sci-fi fantasy was scheduled to open on May 29, but the coronavirus pandem... More

Apple’s New Deal With Amazon Prime Video is a Game Changer (Bloomberg)

The tech giant’s move to waive commissions on certain video content sold on its phones may be the first step toward lower fees for other app developers.... More

Jeffrey Katzenberg’s Quibi is Ready to Launch, but Will Viewers Bite? (Variety)

Quibi has spent more than $1 billion so far gearing up for what founder Jeffrey Katzenberg touts as a category-defining pay-TV service of the future, uniquely built for smartphones... More

Peacock Loses Olympics But Vast Library Provides Timely Launchpad (THR)

The NBCUniversal-backed streamer will become widely available July 15 with 15,000 hours of programming: "Their launch platform is now going to be the fact that everybody is home an... More

Video Streaming to TVs Soared 85% in U.S. in First Three Weeks of March (Variety)

During the coronavirus pandemic, Americans are staying home — and, as you would expect, they’re streaming more than ever. U.S. consumers’ viewing of streaming has continued t... More

Italy’s Regional Public Service Broadcaster RAS Goes Live With Synamedia Virtualized DCM (MESA)

Italy’s regional public broadcaster RAS has gone live with Synamedia virtualized Digital Content Manager (DCM) as it prepares to migrate from DVB-T SD/HD to DVB-T2/HEVC HD servic... More

Podcasts Lost the Commuter Audience, but 18% of Adults Say They’re Listening More (MC)

The coronavirus pandemic has tested podcasts’ reliance on a commuting audience, but new polling from Morning Consult shows the public is actually tuning in more over the past few... More

Disney+ to Launch in India on April 3 (TechCrunch)

Disney will launch its streaming service, Disney+, in India on April 3. The service, available globally in about a dozen markets, will launch in India on Hotstar, one of the most p... More

Quibi, Peacock & HBO Max Ready Launches as Economy Staggers But TV Viewership Skyrockets (Deadline)

As Americans shelter in place with many spending most or all of each day at home, three new streaming services are prepping for launch: Quibi, Peacock and HBO Max. They are hitting... More

Shows on the Rise – Netflix Brings the Drama (TV Time)

Netflix has a strong presence this week starting with OFT1’s Freud (No. 1). The crime thriller made its Netflix debut on the 23rd; bumping the eight-part series to No. 1 with a r... More

$20 for a Theatrical Movie On-Demand? Americans Want to Pay More Like $6 (THR)

The on-demand price range that many would be willing to pay for a movie in theaters is $5 to $8, a Hollywood Reporter/Morning Consult poll finds.... More

Internet Traffic is Surging But the Pipes Aren’t Bursting Yet (Bloomberg)

Planes are grounded, factories shuttered and cities on lockdown. Yet data - the lifeblood of the modern economy - keeps flowing. Widespread fears that communication networks would ... More

Disney Plus Hits 5M App Downloads in U.K., Europe on Launch Day (Variety)

Disney Plus zoomed out of gate in Europe and the U.K. on Tuesday, according to third-party data estimates — reflecting pent-up demand for the Mouse House’s streaming service an... More

Open Source Goes Mainstream (Forbes)

Open source developments in music are leading the industry in a new direction. An increasing number of creators, for example, are building custom instruments and software, then cho... More

Verizon to Launch Streaming Entertainment Series, Sets Dave Matthews Performance (Billboard)

Verizon has found a way to marry digital entertainment and philanthropy while honoring social distancing guidelines via Pay if Forward Live, a new weekly streaming series that will... More

How Live Streaming is Keeping Music Live During Coronavirus (Forbes)

As the adage goes about necessity being the mother of invention, with the Coronavirus pandemic live shows coming home are quickly taking on new meaning and importance, both to conn... More

Coronavirus is Changing Podcasting, Fast (Vulture)

Shows are drastically scaling down their studio time, production teams are increasingly shifting to remote workflows, public radio stations are postponing their pledge drives, and ... More