October 27, 2021
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'Amazon-Built' Sets Hit Crowded Smart TV Market ... Now Largely Controlled by Amazon
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The TVs are out and the pre-order period is finished - Amazon's new line of Fire TV-branded smart TVs are officially available Wednesday. And they're already undercutting the low-price leaders, TCL and Roku.
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Many exciting things can be done in cloud environments today — video editing, analysis, transformation and delivery are but a few of the processes that are now cloud-enabled. Join our panel of experts on Wednesday, November 3rd at 2:00pm EDT, as they discuss the best way to get content into and out of the cloud. Register now.
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The percentage of U.S. TV homes subscribing to a pay TV service has dropped to 71%, down from 82% in 2016 and 87% in 2011, according to a new report from Leichtman Research Group (LRG).
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Alphabet reported that ad revenues at its YouTube subsidiary hit $7.2 billion in Q3 setting a new record for the streaming pioneer, up 43% from the same quarter last year. The company also reported that YouTube Premium topped 50 million subscribers in the quarter. Overall, Alphabet's revenues grew 41% YoY reaching $65.1 billion and beating Wall Street expectations.
Full Story: Variety (10/26),  Deadline Hollywood (10/26) 
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Formed over the summer, and already at work creating an NFT marketplace for one of Fox Broadcasting's biggest properties, The Masked Singer, Fox Entertainment's Blockchain Creative Labs has announced its first big client outside the studio lot, the WWE.
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President Joe Biden has announced his intention to renominate acting Federal Communications Commission chair Jessica Rosenworcel as a member and chair of the agency, and to add Gigi Sohn as the third commissioner. Sohn’s appointment is a breakthrough nomination as the first LGBTIQ+ member of that agency.
Full Story: Next TV/Broadcasting+Cable (10/26),  Reuters (10/26),  The Verge (10/26) 
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