Showbiz Sandbox 330: Rio Olympics Faces Competition for TV Viewers

August 8, 2016

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The 2016 Summer Olympics are underway in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil and there are more ways to watch the games than ever before. In the United States, NBC is broadcasting 6,800 hours of coverage from Rio across 11 television channels and 41 live online streams. We look at the declining TV ratings and whether all the action is happening in primetime or online. And does that even matter?

What didn’t seem to matter at all were the dozens of negative reviews movie critics skewered threw at the latest DC Comics adaptation, “Suicide Squad”. After being universally panned, the film went on to break global and North American box office records when it opened over the weekend.

The Television Critics Association summer press tour has proven to be a hotbed of video streaming news. For instance, Time Warner bought a 10% stake in Hulu and NBC let slip they will be announcing their own streaming plans soon. Meanwhile, rumors are circulating that Apple wants to build a TV guide to let everyone know how and where there favorite shows can be found.

Of course we also cover the week’s top entertainment news including Oprah’s latest book club pick, the albums nominated for this year’s Mercury Prize and George R. R. Martin books another TV series.

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comScore Announces Official Worldwide Box Office Results for Weekend of August 7, 2016
http://www.prnewswire.com/news-releases/comscore-announces-official-worldwide-box-office-results-for-weekend-of-august-7-2016-300310189.html

China Box Office: ‘Time Raiders’ Runs Away With $65 Million Weekend
https://variety.com/2016/film/asia/china-box-office-time-raiders-weekend-winner-1201832486

Imax Strikes Biggest Ever Theater Deal With China’s Wanda
https://variety.com/2016/film/news/imax-wanda-1201828062/

TV Ratings: Olympic Competition Opens With 19.5 Million Viewers, Still Down From London
http://www.hollywoodreporter.com/live-feed/tv-ratings-olympic-competition-opens-917873

TV Ratings: Olympic Competition Opens With 19.5 Million Viewers, Still Down From London
http://www.hollywoodreporter.com/live-feed/tv-ratings-rio-olympics-opening-917393

Redstone Family Blasts Dauman After Viacom Profit Tumbles 27%
http://www.latimes.com/entertainment/envelope/cotown/la-et-ct-viacom-earnings-redstone-paramount-woes-20160803-snap-story.html

Behind Oprah’s Book Club Pick of ‘The Underground Railroad’
http://blogs.wsj.com/speakeasy/2016/08/04/behind-oprahs-book-club-pick-of-the-underground-railroad/

Kesha’s Dismissal of Her California Lawsuit Isn’t the End of Anything
http://www.billboard.com/articles/columns/pop/7460896/kesha-california-lawsuit-dismissal-means-little-new-songs-mean-more

Turner CEO John Martin Predicts CNN Will Pass Fox News in Ratings
https://variety.com/2016/tv/news/cnn-fox-news-ratings-jeff-zucker-john-martin-1201828623/

Rebel Wilson to Star in ‘Dirty Rotten Scoundrels’ Remake
https://variety.com/2016/film/news/dirty-rotten-scoundrels-remake-rebel-wilson-star-1201830467/

‘Game of Thrones’ Author Readying Superhero Show for TV
http://www.hollywoodreporter.com/live-feed/game-thrones-author-readying-superhero-917884

‘Miss Saigon’ Revival Reclaims Broadway Theater
http://variety.com/2016/legit/news/miss-saigon-broadway-theater-date-1201830547/

‘Man in the High Castle’ EPs on Showrunner Shakeup
https://variety.com/2016/tv/news/man-in-the-high-castle-frank-spotnitz-showrunner-1201832339/

David Bowie, Radiohead and More Nominated for Mercury Prize
http://www.rollingstone.com/music/news/david-bowie-radiohead-and-more-nominated-for-mercury-prize-w432686

4K TV Sales Reach 8+ Million
http://www.rapidtvnews.com/2016080743890/4k-tv-sales-reach-8-million.html

Japan’s NHK Begins World’s First 8K TV Broadcasts
http://www.theverge.com/2016/8/2/12349954/8k-broadcasts-start-japan-nhk

Hulu to End Free TV Service
http://www.hollywoodreporter.com/news/hulu-end-free-tv-service-917917

Time Warner Buys 10% Stake in Hulu, Valuing It at $5.8 Billion
http://www.wsj.com/articles/time-warner-buys-10-stake-in-hulu-1470223723/?mod=mktw

NBC Boss Bob Greenblatt Hints at Deeper Dive Into Streaming
http://www.latimes.com/entertainment/envelope/cotown/la-et-ct-greenblatt-nbc-tca-20160802-snap-story.html

Apple’s New TV Plan is a TV Guide
http://www.recode.net/2016/8/4/12379572/apple-tv-guide

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