tv business

Hollywood’s medical TV shows finally have some real value

Medical shows are donating their prop supplies to US hospitals to help fight the Covid-19 pandemic.

The uncertainty of the 2020 Olympics hangs over an anxious TV ad industry

TV networks and advertisers think they can weather the coronavirus storm. But that assumes the 2020 Summer Olympics in Tokyo go on as scheduled.
The “Friends” cast members are each making $2.5 million to hang out for an hour

The “Friends” cast members are each making $2.5 million to hang out for an hour

The huge sums for the HBO Max reunion underscore the importance of well-known franchises when launching a new streaming platform.
Streaming still has a long way to go before it catches regular old TV

Streaming still has a long way to go before it catches regular old TV

A new report shows that live and on-demand TV still account for a much larger chunk of TV viewing time than streaming services.
Disney+ is adding subscribers much faster than expected

Disney+ is adding subscribers much faster than expected

The streaming service is off to an impressive start, but as Disney+ expands into other countries, it will need a lot more exciting content than just "The Mandalorian."
How the Super Bowl became an unrivaled US cultural phenomenon

How the Super Bowl became an unrivaled US cultural phenomenon

The NFL championship is an unavoidable, quasi-religious spectacle.
In the age of streaming, the NFL is the last refuge for traditional TV

In the age of streaming, the NFL is the last refuge for traditional TV

As we near the Super Bowl, the popularity of the NFL is perhaps the one thing preventing the traditional American pay-TV system from crashing.
Netflix has hit a wall in the US, but its global outlook is much rosier

Netflix has hit a wall in the US, but its global outlook is much rosier

The anemic US growth is likely to continue—or perhaps worsen—as more major players compete for eyeballs.
Julia Louis-Dreyfus is a major prize for Apple in the TV talent wars

Julia Louis-Dreyfus is a major prize for Apple in the TV talent wars

Apple has secured its biggest Hollywood acquisition since it launched a streaming service last year.
The “Jeopardy: Greatest of All Time” tournament is bigger than most American sports

The “Jeopardy: Greatest of All Time” tournament is bigger than most American sports

The quiz tournament is averaging more viewers than the NBA Finals, World Series, and Stanley Cup.
All the movies and TV shows you need to know about in 2020

All the movies and TV shows you need to know about in 2020

From "Tenet" to "West Side Story," here's every 2020 movie and TV series you should watch for, with trailers, release dates, and more.
HBO has to think hard before making another season of “Watchmen”

HBO has to think hard before making another season of “Watchmen”

It's been a big success for HBO. But the network still faces a difficult to decision about how to move forward with the superhero series.
The Jeopardy “Greatest of All Time” tournament is the contest America needs right now

The Jeopardy “Greatest of All Time” tournament is the contest America needs right now

At a time when so much of American TV is empty spectacle, the upcoming Jeopardy! tournament will be a wholesome competition that rewards actual knowledge.
HBO’s former CEO is the latest big-time TV executive to shift to streaming

HBO’s former CEO is the latest big-time TV executive to shift to streaming

Signing Richard Plepler would be a much-needed boost for Apple's nascent streaming service, which has been met with tepid reviews.
The successful launch of Disney+ depends on the legacy of Boba Fett

The successful launch of Disney+ depends on the legacy of Boba Fett

Disney is making a character based on the mysterious Star Wars bounty hunter the centerpiece of its all-important streaming product.
Netflix will let you skip Trump jokes. Is it a gimmick or the future of TV viewing?

Netflix will let you skip Trump jokes. Is it a gimmick or the future of TV viewing?

The feature—deployed for a Seth Meyers comedy special—provides a glimpse at how Netflix may be emboldened to implement technology that changes the TV viewing experience.
“The Witcher” is Netflix’s answer to “Game of Thrones”

“The Witcher” is Netflix’s answer to “Game of Thrones”

Ever since "Game of Thrones" became a global phenomenon, every TV network and streaming service has been looking for a rebuttal to the HBO fantasy series.
We’re starting to see what AT&T’s ownership of HBO really means

We’re starting to see what AT&T’s ownership of HBO really means

The HBO you're used to could soon be a thing of the past.
As AT&T’s cord-cutting losses mount, its HBO Max streaming service can’t get here fast enough

As AT&T’s cord-cutting losses mount, its HBO Max streaming service can’t get here fast enough

AT&T has to figure out a way to retain its existing base of TV customers before there aren't any of them left.