Over-the-top service BritBox has doubled its paid subscriber count from last year to more than 500,000, helping the company reach a respectable eight-figure return. BritBox, which is co-owned by BBC Studios, AMC Networks and ITV, offers British programming that includes comedies, reality shows and dramas.
CableLabs has published a blog post listing the many ways blockchain security could be threatened, such as smart contract injection, replay attacks and permanence poisoning. "Due to the permanence of blockchains and the cost to fork, it's possible to sabotage a chain with even claims of illegal content to draw the ire of regulators and law enforcement," says the consortium's principal architect of security, Brian Scriber.
Sarah Personette, vice president of global client solutions at Twitter, says that video advertisers produce 50% of the company's revenue and that brand safety drives many innovations and initiatives. She also touts new video partners that Twitter has secured, including the Women's World Cup, the PGA and BuzzFeed.
Netflix's fourth-quarter 2018 earnings report shows that the number of paid subscribers jumped 34% from last year to 139 million, helping to boost revenue 27% to $4.19 billion. Also, the company says its subscribers stream about 100 million hours of content daily, helping it claim 10% of all TV watching.
Viceland is kicking off its new prime-time schedule Feb. 25 with "Vice Live," a two-hour show that will cover the day's breaking social media and pop culture developments across the world. The show will start at 9 p.m. and run from Monday to Thursday.
The Smithsonian Channel, the BBC and several international broadcasters have given the green light to "Inside Europe: 10 Years of Turmoil," a series that will explore several major European crises, including Brexit and the financial collapse in Greece. BBC Two will host the UK series premiere Jan. 28, and the program will come to the US this spring on Smithsonian.
Sinclair has launched STIRR, an ad-supported, over-the-top platform that delivers live local news, entertainment and regional sports to mobile devices, Amazon Fire TV, Roku and Apple TV. The company will bundle content from its almost 200 stations with that of channels including Outdoor America, Cheddar and World Poker.
Morgan Neville is producing "Shangri-La," a docu-series centered on iconic music producer Rick Rubin. The project will air on Showtime in 2019, exploring the life of Rubin, the co-founder of Def Jam Recordings and producer for artists including Lady Gaga, Jay-Z and Adele.
Hargray Communications is to increase its Pell City-area footprint by purchasing USA Communications' Alabama assets. The company will provide a full lineup of internet, TV and phone services to both residential and business customers.
Cox Communications is giving customers affected by the government shutdown payment extensions without penalties. Customers can schedule their payments for a future date by visiting the Payment Arrangement Options segment of the account site or contacting a customer service representative.
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