The entertainment industry was stunned last week when Time Warner announced plans for HBO to go over the top. The premium cable channel intends to offer a standalone service in the US come 2015 that won’t require a cable subscription. Legions of cord-cutters rejoiced upon learning the news, but what they weren’t actually hearing about were the details of how the new plan would work.
Just a day later the broadcast network CBS offered a bit more information about their upcoming Access All In streaming service. The network will begin offering their programming directly to viewers via the web and mobile apps at a cost of $6 per month.
Both of these landmark moves are being seen as bellwethers for how television will be distributed in the future and they come with all sorts of ramifications. Will selecting television channels a la carte actually increase our cable bills? What do all these new services mean for net neutrality? What does all of this mean for Netflix? We’ll explain.
Of course, we also cover the week’s top entertainment news stories including Amazon’s deal with Simon & Schuster, Neil Patrick Harris gets tapped to host next year’s Oscars and why pop-star Lorde is persona non grata in San Francisco.
Global Box Office: Middle East Embrace of Gone Girl Helps Keep It On Top
HBO Says It’s Going to Start Selling on the Web Next Year
HBO Has Embraced Netflix’s Business Model, But Not Its Net Neutrality Politics
Time Warner Investor Day: Five Things To Watch
Netflix Shares Plunge as Growth Disappoints
Cord-Cutters Rejoice: CBS Joins Web Stream
Warner Bros. Will Cut Costs by $200 Million Annually, CEO Says
Neil Patrick Harris to Host the Oscars
Steve McQueen Drama Lands HBO Pilot Order, Casts Its Star
Average Movie Ticket Prices Drop to $8.08
‘Twin Peaks’ Co-Creator to Reveal Characters’ Fates Over Last 25 Years in New Book
Nielsen Goof Fixed; NBC’s Brian Williams Remains News Champ
Lorde’s Royals Banned In San Francisco Ahead of World Series
Amazon Strikes Deal With Simon & Schuster
S&S, Amazon Agree on ‘Version’ of Agency Pricing
Amazon’s Monopsony Is Not O.K.
Misty Upham Confirmed Dead: Meryl Streep and Melissa Leo Express Grief
Oscar de la Renta, Who Clothed Stars and Became One, Dies at 82
Alain Siritzky, Producer of the ‘Emmanuelle’ Films, Dies at 72
Elizabeth Peña Dies at 55; Actress In ‘The Incredibles,’ ‘La Bamba’