Disney+, the entertainment giant's streaming service, reports it has 10 million subscribers after being active for two days. Chief executive Bob Iger has predicted Disney+ will attract from 60 million to 90 million subscribers around the world by 2024.
Nickelodeon will produce original movies and series for Netflix under a multi-year agreement the companies announced that also reportedly includes a "music-based" "SpongeBob SquarePants" spin-off focusing on the Squidward character. The deal, reported to be worth about $200 million, will involve Nick creating content based on familiar characters as well as new ones.
Motorola has launched the new edition of its Razr clamshell flip handset, which will sell for $1,500 as a Verizon exclusive with pre-orders starting on Dec. 26. The phone features a full folding touchscreen display without a keypad, and has more limited capabilities than the higher-end foldable devices in the market.
Coverage of the first day of impeachment hearings into President Donald Trump on all of the major networks attracted millions of viewers, but did little to sway public opinion on the president, experts say. Many conservative commentators dismissed the proceedings as nonsensical, while left-wing observers suggested testimony in the hearings directly implicated Trump.
Jennifer Nettles of the musical group Sugarland walked the red carpet at Wednesday's CMA Awards in a cape with "equal play" messages written on both the front and back of its pink fabric. Nettles says she'd like to see equal representation for both genders on country stations, and the idea that audiences aren't interested in women's stories is a myth.
The House Communications Subcommittee is scheduled to mark up a new version of the Satellite Television Extension and Localism Act Reauthorization renewal legislation today that expands the provision for negotiating retransmission consent fees to let smaller pay-TV companies bargain collectively. The Senate Commerce Committee postponed its scheduled markup of a STELAR renewal bill pushed by Chairman Roger Wicker, R-Miss.
Consumers in Europe and the US that have stopped subscribing to pay-TV services use more than twice as much data as average broadband subscribers, passing half a terabyte per month, analytics firm OpenVault says. Consumption is growing across the board, but usage patterns vary between those with unlimited plans and those with usage-based billing.
Bravo will allow a handful of brands to mix with attendees and promote their wares at its three-day "BravoCon 2019," which will feature stars from many of the channel's original shows. Brand activity will include PepsiCo supplying drinks and State Farm sponsoring a "She Shed" relaxation area.
AT&T expects to see a strong wave of upgraded 5G devices hit the market next year as phone makers start to install chipsets that support millimeter-wave spectrum as well as sub-6 GHz frequencies, Senior Vice President Igal Elbaz told a media conference. The carrier, which is marketing 5G only to enterprise customers for now, will likely introduce a phone for the lower-band spectrum this year.
A change in philosophy since the end of Jony Ives' time as Apple's head of design has resulted in thicker devices that give greater priority to functionality than they do to form, CNBC's Todd Haselton writes. He points to the new 8.3 millimeter iPhone 11 that is thicker than previous handsets but can support a stronger battery.
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