April 22, 2021
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For Netflix and Amazon, Long Road to Oscar Dominance Could Culminate Sunday
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Coming off a pandemic year, in which most of Oscar Best Picture nominees were either produced by big streaming companies, or at least debuted on streaming services, we have perhaps arrived at the point at which Silicon Valley has not only seized economic control of film and TV from Hollywood, but the creative juice, as well.
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AT&T reported that HBO Max and HBO added 2.7 million domestic subs in the January-March quarter, raising the total to 44.2 million domestically, up from 41.5 million at year's end. HBO Max and HBO subscribers are up 11 million from a year ago.
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The lucrative distribution agreement, which gives Disney Plus rights to Spider-Man and other film properties after Netflix's window, makes Sony look smart for not throwing its chips into the SVOD race, one analyst says
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Nielsen has launched Nielsen Streaming Video Ratings, a syndicated service that measures total viewership and advanced audience demographic insights by streaming platforms along side traditional linear TV ratings.
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Verizon reported the loss of another 82,000 Fios TV customers in the first quarter, leaving the pay TV service with just 3.77 million customers. That's the lowest total since the first quarter of 2011, when Verizon's then red-hot Fios TV service added 192,000 subscribers.
Full Story: Next TV (4/21),  The Hollywood Reporter (4/21),  Forbes (tiered subscription model) (4/21),  Variety (4/21) 
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