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Concurrent Media is a web site published by Concurrent Media Strategies, LLC, a Washington, DC-based media and technology consulting and publishing company. Both the company and the web site were founded by Paul Sweeting, a long-time media industry journalist and analyst. The web site focuses on the impact of technology and public policy on the media and entertainment industries, with an emphasis on content monetization, intellectual property rights and business strategy. Paul Sweeting is also an analyst with the GigaOM Pro Network.

The Philadelphia cable giant Coincast hopes to disrupt a $52.4 billion deal between 21st Century Fox and Disney for the ...
06/13/2018
Comcast Makes $65 Billion All-Cash Bid for Fox

The Philadelphia cable giant Coincast hopes to disrupt a $52.4 billion deal between 21st Century Fox and Disney for the bulk of Fox's assets. Source: Comcast Makes $65 Billion All-Cash Bid for Fox
http://concurrentmedia.com/2018/06/13/comcast-makes-65-billion-all-cash-bid-for-fox/

The Philadelphia cable giant Coincast hopes to disrupt a $52.4 billion deal between 21st Century Fox and Disney for the bulk of Fox’s assets. Source: Comcast Makes $65 Billion All-Cash Bid fo…

Remember the Great Set-Top Box War of 2016? That was the brouhaha touched off by then-Federal Communications Commission ...
06/08/2018
Thinking Inside The Box

Remember the Great Set-Top Box War of 2016? That was the brouhaha touched off by then-Federal Communications Commission chairman Tom Wheeler's effort to force cable TV operators to "unlock the box" and make their video service available as a standalone feed so that third-party device makers could incorporate the service into their own platforms and within their own user-interface functions. [ 608 more words ]
http://concurrentmedia.com/2018/06/08/thinking-inside-the-box/

Apple and Amazon look beyond the set-top box wars

Whoever winds up with Fox will earn a controlling stake in Hulu, meaning that for the first time in its history, the com...
06/07/2018
Why Hulu matters so much in the Disney-Comcast fight over Fox

Whoever winds up with Fox will earn a controlling stake in Hulu, meaning that for the first time in its history, the company will have a clear leader that will be able to strategically position it to its advantage. Source: Why Hulu matters so much in the Disney-Comcast fight over Fox
http://concurrentmedia.com/2018/06/07/why-hulu-matters-so-much-in-the-disney-comcast-fight-over-fox/

Whoever winds up with Fox will earn a controlling stake in Hulu, meaning that for the first time in its history, the company will have a clear leader that will be able to strategically position it …

The model the Europeans say they’re emulating is Hulu LLC, the U.S. streaming service owned by perennial antagonists Com...
06/07/2018
European TV Gets Ready to Fight Off Netflix and HBO

The model the Europeans say they’re emulating is Hulu LLC, the U.S. streaming service owned by perennial antagonists Comcast, Time Warner, 21st Century Fox, and Walt Disney. Source: European TV Gets Ready to Fight Off Netflix and HBO
http://concurrentmedia.com/2018/06/07/european-tv-gets-ready-to-fight-off-netflix-and-hbo/

The model the Europeans say they’re emulating is Hulu LLC, the U.S. streaming service owned by perennial antagonists Comcast, Time Warner, 21st Century Fox, and Walt Disney. Source: European TV Get…

The push by the online retail giant highlights the seismic shifts happening in the world of entertainment, as digital ou...
06/07/2018
Amazon Wins Exclusive U.K. Rights to Broadcast Some Premier League Matches

The push by the online retail giant highlights the seismic shifts happening in the world of entertainment, as digital outlets compete for eyeballs with traditional broadcasters. Source: Amazon Wins Exclusive U.K. Rights to Broadcast Some Premier League Matches
http://concurrentmedia.com/2018/06/07/amazon-wins-exclusive-u-k-rights-to-broadcast-some-premier-league-matches/

The push by the online retail giant highlights the seismic shifts happening in the world of entertainment, as digital outlets compete for eyeballs with traditional broadcasters. Source: Amazon Wins…

An Austrian court has ruled that video-sharing platform YouTube can be held partly liable for copyright breaches in vide...
06/07/2018
Youtube partly liable for copyright breaches: Austrian court

An Austrian court has ruled that video-sharing platform YouTube can be held partly liable for copyright breaches in videos uploaded by its users, in a ruling that may have far-reaching implications. Source: Youtube partly liable for copyright breaches: Austrian court
http://concurrentmedia.com/2018/06/07/youtube-partly-liable-for-copyright-breaches-austrian-court/

An Austrian court has ruled that video-sharing platform YouTube can be held partly liable for copyright breaches in videos uploaded by its users, in a ruling that may have far-reaching implications…

Unlike rivals AT&T and Comcast, the telecom giant hasn't made a public play for a major media company this year. Verizon...
06/07/2018
Is it Verizon’s turn to join media merger mania?

Unlike rivals AT&T and Comcast, the telecom giant hasn't made a public play for a major media company this year. Verizon says that's by design. Source: Is it Verizon's turn to join media merger mania?
http://concurrentmedia.com/2018/06/07/is-it-verizons-turn-to-join-media-merger-mania/

Unlike rivals AT&T and Comcast, the telecom giant hasn’t made a public play for a major media company this year. Verizon says that’s by design. Source: Is it Verizon’s turn to…

Apple announced a wide-reaching partnership with Charter Communications at its Worldwide Developers Conference that will...
06/07/2018
Charter to launch Spectrum TV app on Apple TV 4K

Apple announced a wide-reaching partnership with Charter Communications at its Worldwide Developers Conference that will let subscribers watch their pay TV service on Apple TV 4K later this year. Source: Charter to launch Spectrum TV app on Apple TV 4K
http://concurrentmedia.com/2018/06/07/charter-to-launch-spectrum-tv-app-on-apple-tv-4k/

Apple announced a wide-reaching partnership with Charter Communications at its Worldwide Developers Conference that will let subscribers watch their pay TV service on Apple TV 4K later this year. S…

Twitter has reorganized content-partnership teams into regionally focused units, a move that includes disbanding the liv...
06/07/2018
Twitter Reorgs Content-Partnerships, Folds Live-Video Team Into Regional Structure

Twitter has reorganized content-partnership teams into regionally focused units, a move that includes disbanding the live-video team. Source: Twitter Reorgs Content-Partnerships Group, Folds Live-Video Team Into Regional Structure (EXCLUSIVE)
http://concurrentmedia.com/2018/06/07/twitter-reorgs-content-partnerships-folds-live-video-team-into-regional-structure/

Twitter has reorganized content-partnership teams into regionally focused units, a move that includes disbanding the live-video team. Source: Twitter Reorgs Content-Partnerships Group, Folds Live-V…

The AT&T Shape conference included presentations on edge technologies, artificial intelligence and immersive entertainme...
06/07/2018
AT&T demos 5G at Warner Bros. studios

The AT&T Shape conference included presentations on edge technologies, artificial intelligence and immersive entertainment, as well as a film award ceremony and a 5G demonstration. Source: AT&T demos 5G at Warner Bros. studios
http://concurrentmedia.com/2018/06/07/att-demos-5g-at-warner-bros-studios/

The AT&T Shape conference included presentations on edge technologies, artificial intelligence and immersive entertainment, as well as a film award ceremony and a 5G demonstration. Source: AT&a…

Amazon is driving people to subscribe to streaming channels from TV networks. But is there a risk of yet another powerfu...
06/07/2018
Amazon has become an important distributor for over-the-top networks – Digiday

Amazon is driving people to subscribe to streaming channels from TV networks. But is there a risk of yet another powerful platform middle man? Source: Amazon has become an important distributor for over-the-top networks - Digiday
http://concurrentmedia.com/2018/06/07/amazon-has-become-an-important-distributor-for-over-the-top-networks-digiday/

Amazon is driving people to subscribe to streaming channels from TV networks. But is there a risk of yet another powerful platform middle man? Source: Amazon has become an important distributor for…

Shares of Netflix touched $349.29 this week, raising its stock market value to $153 billion, eclipsing Disney's $152 bil...
05/25/2018
The Weight Of The World

Shares of Netflix touched $349.29 this week, raising its stock market value to $153 billion, eclipsing Disney's $152 billion and making the streaming service, briefly, the most valuable entertainment company in the world. Netflix's stock has been the top performer in the S&P 500 so far this year, surging nearly 70 percent since January. But a bullish forecast put out last Friday by Bank of America analyst Nat Schindler suggested the peak is yet to come, fueling this week's rally. [ 665 more words ]
http://concurrentmedia.com/2018/05/25/the-weight-of-the-world/

Netflix’s global reach lures talent as well as viewers

Editorial-focused newsletters are gaining momentum—and a small Dutch company is putting inbox-based publishing within ev...
05/24/2018
Email—yes, email—is the next great media platform

Editorial-focused newsletters are gaining momentum—and a small Dutch company is putting inbox-based publishing within everyone’s reach. Source: Email—yes, email—is the next great media platform
http://concurrentmedia.com/2018/05/24/email-yes-email-is-the-next-great-media-platform/

Editorial-focused newsletters are gaining momentum—and a small Dutch company is putting inbox-based publishing within everyone’s reach. Source: Email—yes, email—is the next great media platform…

Bank of America Merrill Lynch reiterates its buy rating for Netflix shares, citing the rising number of broadband intern...
05/24/2018
Netflix will nearly triple its subscriber base to 360 million by 2030: Bank of America

Bank of America Merrill Lynch reiterates its buy rating for Netflix shares, citing the rising number of broadband internet users in international markets. Source: Netflix will nearly triple its subscriber base to 360 million by 2030: Bank of America
http://concurrentmedia.com/2018/05/24/netflix-will-nearly-triple-its-subscriber-base-to-360-million-by-2030-bank-of-america/

Bank of America Merrill Lynch reiterates its buy rating for Netflix shares, citing the rising number of broadband internet users in international markets. Source: Netflix will nearly triple its sub…

The telecom giant points to the role of famed net neutrality advocate Tim Wu in secretly working on the case and meeting...
05/24/2018
Charter Alleges NY AG Conspired With “Cabal” to Bring Netflix Throttling Lawsuit

The telecom giant points to the role of famed net neutrality advocate Tim Wu in secretly working on the case and meeting with the likes of Google and Netflix. Source: Charter Alleges NY AG Conspired With "Cabal" to Bring Netflix Throttling Lawsuit
http://concurrentmedia.com/2018/05/24/charter-alleges-ny-ag-conspired-with-cabal-to-bring-netflix-throttling-lawsuit/

The telecom giant points to the role of famed net neutrality advocate Tim Wu in secretly working on the case and meeting with the likes of Google and Netflix. Source: Charter Alleges NY AG Conspire…

McAdam stressed that Verizon likewise won’t be investing more deeply into the linear TV arena, and saying he doesn’t bel...
05/24/2018
Verizon Drops Plan to Build its Own OTT TV Service

McAdam stressed that Verizon likewise won’t be investing more deeply into the linear TV arena, and saying he doesn’t believe that traditional TV has a bright future would be an understatement. Source: Verizon Drops Plan to Build its Own OTT TV Service
http://concurrentmedia.com/2018/05/24/verizon-drops-plan-to-build-its-own-ott-tv-service/

McAdam stressed that Verizon likewise won’t be investing more deeply into the linear TV arena, and saying he doesn’t believe that traditional TV has a bright future would be an understatement. Sour…

With deep-pocketed Netflix poaching hitmakers Shonda Rhimes and Ryan Murphy with nine-figure paydays, rivals are "going ...
05/24/2018
TV’s Arms Race for Talent Is Blowing Up Traditional Studio Deals

With deep-pocketed Netflix poaching hitmakers Shonda Rhimes and Ryan Murphy with nine-figure paydays, rivals are "going bats— crazy" and leveraging their broad assets to secure creators amid "insane" bidding wars. Source: TV's Arms Race for Talent Is Blowing Up Traditional Studio Deals
http://concurrentmedia.com/2018/05/24/tvs-arms-race-for-talent-is-blowing-up-traditional-studio-deals/

With deep-pocketed Netflix poaching hitmakers Shonda Rhimes and Ryan Murphy with nine-figure paydays, rivals are “going bats— crazy” and leveraging their broad assets to secure creators…

According to Sony Music, the global industry will see a more modest revenue increase this year, largely thanks to heavy ...
05/24/2018
Sony forecasts slowdown in industry’s global recorded music growth in 2018

According to Sony Music, the global industry will see a more modest revenue increase this year, largely thanks to heavy declines in downloads and physical music sales. Source: Sony forecasts slowdown in industry’s global recorded music growth in 2018
http://concurrentmedia.com/2018/05/24/sony-forecasts-slowdown-in-industrys-global-recorded-music-growth-in-2018/

According to Sony Music, the global industry will see a more modest revenue increase this year, largely thanks to heavy declines in downloads and physical music sales. Source: Sony forecasts slowdo…

The move appears to be a tacit admission by the company that currently there is more of that opportunity  in music subsc...
05/24/2018
YouTube Bets on Music as “Trojan Horse” to Boost Subscription Business

The move appears to be a tacit admission by the company that currently there is more of that opportunity in music subscriptions than there is in video. Source: YouTube Bets on Music as "Trojan Horse" to Boost Subscription Business
http://concurrentmedia.com/2018/05/24/youtube-bets-on-music-as-trojan-horse-to-boost-subscription-business/

The move appears to be a tacit admission by the company that currently there is more of that opportunity  in music subscriptions than there is in video. Source: YouTube Bets on Music as “Troj…

Fox would dramatically expand its international portfolio through its 39% stake in the UK’s Sky and in Star India. These...
05/24/2018
Why Is Comcast Still So Hot For Fox?

Fox would dramatically expand its international portfolio through its 39% stake in the UK’s Sky and in Star India. These assets would boost Comcast’s international revenues to 25% of the company’s income. Source: Why Is Comcast Still So Hot For Fox?
http://concurrentmedia.com/2018/05/24/why-is-comcast-still-so-hot-for-fox/

Fox would dramatically expand its international portfolio through its 39% stake in the UK’s Sky and in Star India. These assets would boost Comcast’s international revenues to 25% of the company’s …

Confirming weeks of rumors, Comcast said Wednesday that it is in “advanced stages” of preparing an all-cash offer for en...
05/24/2018
Comcast Says It’s Ready to Outbid Disney for 21st Century Fox

Confirming weeks of rumors, Comcast said Wednesday that it is in “advanced stages” of preparing an all-cash offer for entertainment assets of 21st Century Fox. Source: Comcast Says It’s Ready to Outbid Disney for 21st Century Fox
http://concurrentmedia.com/2018/05/24/comcast-says-its-ready-to-outbid-disney-for-21st-century-fox/

Confirming weeks of rumors, Comcast said Wednesday that it is in “advanced stages” of preparing an all-cash offer for entertainment assets of 21st Century Fox. Source: Comcast Says It’s Ready to Ou…

In a new survey of more than 45,000 people, streaming video earned an average satisfaction score of 75, compared to 62 p...
05/24/2018
Cord-cutters are happier than cable TV customers for these reasons

In a new survey of more than 45,000 people, streaming video earned an average satisfaction score of 75, compared to 62 points for cable, satellite, and telecom TV providers. Source: Cord-cutters are happier than cable TV customers for these reasons
http://concurrentmedia.com/2018/05/24/cord-cutters-are-happier-than-cable-tv-customers-for-these-reasons/

In a new survey of more than 45,000 people, streaming video earned an average satisfaction score of 75, compared to 62 points for cable, satellite, and telecom TV providers. Source: Cord-cutters ar…

The top five publicly traded U.S. cable companies lost more than 235,000 subscribers in the first quarter, greatly surpa...
05/24/2018
Cable operators just had their worst Q1 video subscriber numbers ever, Kagan says

The top five publicly traded U.S. cable companies lost more than 235,000 subscribers in the first quarter, greatly surpassing the nearly 100,000 lost in the first quarter of 2017. Source: Cable operators just had their worst Q1 video subscriber numbers ever, Kagan says
http://concurrentmedia.com/2018/05/24/cable-operators-just-had-their-worst-q1-video-subscriber-numbers-ever-kagan-says/

The top five publicly traded U.S. cable companies lost more than 235,000 subscribers in the first quarter, greatly surpassing the nearly 100,000 lost in the first quarter of 2017. Source: Cable ope…

This was Blockchain Week in New York, formally known as Consensus 2018, an orgy of  blockchain-focused conferences, hack...
05/18/2018
How The Creative Industries Are Using Blockchain

This was Blockchain Week in New York, formally known as Consensus 2018, an orgy of blockchain-focused conferences, hackathons, meetups, hookups, seances and parties organized by CoinDesk that actually ran to 10 days. Yours truly was asked to moderate a panel at one such conference, the Blockchain Brand Innovation Summit put on by the CDX Academy and Columbia University Business School, and to offer a few words on how folks in the creative industries are using, or thinking of using blockchain. [ 1,266 more word ]
http://concurrentmedia.com/2018/05/18/how-the-creative-industries-are-using-blockchain/

A rough taxonomy

The Senate approved a Congressional Review Act (CRA) resolution that would simply undo the FCC's December 2017 vote to d...
05/17/2018
Senate votes to overturn Ajit Pai’s net neutrality repeal

The Senate approved a Congressional Review Act (CRA) resolution that would simply undo the FCC's December 2017 vote to deregulate the broadband industry. Source: Senate votes to overturn Ajit Pai’s net neutrality repeal
http://concurrentmedia.com/2018/05/17/senate-votes-to-overturn-ajit-pais-net-neutrality-repeal/

The Senate approved a Congressional Review Act (CRA) resolution that would simply undo the FCC’s December 2017 vote to deregulate the broadband industry. Source: Senate votes to overturn Ajit…

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