Maker Studios, the online production unit Walt Disney bought in May, is developing a Halloween special for Disney Channel and a "prank" show for Disney XD. Both specials will incorporate YouTube clips and be hosted by Disney TV personalities.
Cable TV providers are "more highly optimized" to deliver high-quality, reliable and efficient video content than Netflix and other over-the-top services, Michael Powell, president of the National Cable and Telecommunications Association, plans to tell a Senate panel on Tuesday. "The cable model is critically important for monetizing and delivering the highest premium content to consumers -- including sports, live news, and premium series," Powell says in prepared testimony.
Outdoor Channel Holdings, which is in the process of being acquired by Kroenke Sports & Entertainment, in Q1 tallied an 18% rise in revenues to $17 million, compared with the same period last year. Ad sales went up 20% to almost $9 million, but the company also reported a $9.6 million operating loss. The latter included a $6.5 million fee to InterMedia Partners after its agreement to acquire Outdoor Channel wasn't finalized.
Boxer Floyd "Money" Mayweather, for his May 4 win over Robert Guerrero, attracted at least 1 million pay-per-view customers for the fifth time in a row. The match, which had a suggested retail fee of $59.99, marked the first event under Mayweather's six-fight deal with Showtime.