Showbiz Sandbox 278: Grooveshark Goes Down As Periscope Comes Up

Content owners seem to be locked in a never-ending game of legal Whac-A-Mole in an attempt to thwart technologies that enable copyright infringement. Last week record labels managed to shutter the music streaming service Grooveshark and movie studios were granted a court ordered injunction against Popcorn Time, which has been dubbed the Netflix of Piracy. Yet now entertainment companies are concerned about audiences live streaming television shows and movies from their mobile phones using social media apps such as Periscope.

That’s exactly what happened on Saturday during the welterweight title fight between Floyd Mayweather Jr. and Manny Pacquiao. Some viewers took it upon themselves to beam video of the boxing match by transmitting the pay-per-view broadcast through their phones.

Meanwhile on Broadway, this year’s Tony Award nominations were announced, recognizing the best and brightest new live theatre productions. We’ll give you a rundown of who was nominated and why walking off with one of the prestigious prizes can mean big profits at the box office.

Of course, we also cover the week’s top entertainment news stories including the gigantic opening of “Avengers: Age of Ultron”, a remake of “Roots” and how “Seinfeld” is earning big bucks on subscription video-on-demand.


‘Avengers: Age of Ultron’ Nabs $191.3M In Domestic Debut

Disney Crosses $1B At International Box Office; Propelled By ‘Ultron’, ‘Cinderella’

‘Furious 7’ Becomes Highest Grossing Film Ever In China

‘Avengers: Age of Ultron’: Did Major Sports Events Hurt the Box Office?

2015 Tony Award Nominations

Downton’s Fellowes Adapting Anthony Trollope Novel for TV

Periscope Piracy Sets Up Grudge Match: Hollywood vs. Twitter

Live Nation Entertainment Buys Controlling Stake In Bonnaroo Festival

Alabama Shakes Scores Its First No. 1 Album on Billboard 200 Chart

‘Roots’ Remake a Go at History, A&E, Lifetime

Pandora Is Paying Out $0.0001 More Per Stream Than It Was Last Year

Hulu Sets Mammoth ‘Seinfeld’ Licensing Deal

Cuban Music Documentary ‘Buena Vista Social Club’ Gets An Encore

NBC To Stream Entire Season of David Duchovny Drama ‘Aquarius’

Hollywood Studios Win Landmark Court Victory Blocking Popcorn Time Sites

Music Streaming Service Grooveshark Shuts Down

Andrew Lesnie, Cinematographer for ‘The Lord of the Rings’ and ‘Hobbit’ Films, Dies at 59

Ben E. King, Soulful Singer of ‘Stand by Me,’ Dies at 76

Ruth Rendell, Novelist Who Thrilled and Educated, Dies at 85

  • André Ribeiro

    Hello, I have a question: Are movies like CINDERELLA and HOME considered blockbusters?