Some smaller movie exhibitors, traditionally enemies of streaming, have begun delivering first-run films to sheltering viewers over "virtual cinemas," with most digital tickets costing about $12 for a multi-day rental. "We figured it was better to maintain a relationship with our patrons and distributors," said Greg Laemmle, who owns a Los Angeles chain of art-house cinemas.
Jason Kilar, who was previously Hulu's chief executive officer, will soon be filling John Stankey's former role as leader of WarnerMedia. HBO and the upcoming HBO Max streaming service will be under Kilar's control, as will Warner Bros. and CNN.
YouTube is readying to launch a short-form video feature, which is expected to emulate TikTok. Shorts will be offered within YouTube's app and enable users to utilize the platform's licensed music library to create and upload videos.
Comcast has earmarked $500 million for employee wages and benefits "where operations have been paused or impacted" by the coronavirus quarantines. Brian Roberts, the company's CEO, added that he and other top executives will donate their salaries to outbreak-focused charities.
A Nielsen analysis of its Streaming Meter service and People Meter found an 85% increase of video streamed to TVs during the first three weeks of March compared to the same period last year as more people stayed inside. Netflix garnered 29% of the estimated 400 billion minutes streaming to TVs, followed by YouTube, Hulu and Amazon Prime; and the analysis didn't include mobile or PC video streaming.
The US Defense Information Systems Agency has awarded Comcast Business a $9.3 million, 10-year contract to construct ethernet gateways for its northeastern information network. Comcast will use the Ethernet Virtual Private Line platform that's designed to provide a point-to-multipoint secure network between various locations.
A new weekly dashboard will show how cable operators' broadband networks are handling the increased load created by the coronavirus pandemic. The "COVID-19 Internet Dashboard," created by NCTA -- The Internet & Television Association, shows that the networks in the study are currently performing well despite a double-digit increase in use since the beginning of March.
The National Football League has agreed to add a pair of wildcard games to the upcoming playoff season. CBS and Nickelodeon, which are both ViacomCBS properties, will air one game, while Comcast's NBC and Telemundo will show the other, as will the Peacock streaming platform.
Virgin Media has given UK parents free access to seven children's channels, including Cartoon Network and Nickelodeon, to help cope with school closures caused by the coronavirus pandemic. The access, which will continue until April 21, will automatically go into effect for some bundles.
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