Showbiz Sandbox 376: Cord Cutters Are Using An Old Hack To Watch Television – It’s Called An Antenna

August 7, 2017


As the Federal Communications Commission seeks to further deregulate cable television companies and do away with net neutrality, consolidation within the industry has caused rates to increase dramatically. We’ll explain how more and more people are growing fed up with high cable bills and what they’re doing about it. Some millennials have even discovered an amazing hack to get the broadcast networks for free! And it’s totally legal!

We’ll also tell you about how some big name players are getting fed up with Hollywood’s opaque accounting system. Sylvester Stallone is suing Warner Bros. over profit participation for his 1990s hit movie Demolition Man while filmmaker Steven Soderbergh is taking the distribution of his latest movie into his own hands.

In China, “Wolf Warrior 2” has earned nearly half a billion dollars at the global box office and looks set to become the country’s highest grossing movie ever. Meanwhile, Wonder Woman is still playing strong in theatres around the world and may surpass “Spider-Man” to claim the crown as the biggest comic book movie debut in history.

Of course, we also cover the week’s top entertainment news including why legendary TV producer Norman Lear is boycotting the Kennedy Center Honors reception, when Bette Midler is leaving “Hello Dolly” and why Netflix acquired a comic book company.


From ‘This is Us’ to ‘The Cake,’ Bekah Brunstetter Has a Full Plate

comScore Announces Official Worldwide Box Office Results for Weekend of August 6, 2017

AMC Stock Plunges 26% After Cost-Cutting Announcement

AMC Entertainment Earnings Sink on Box Office Flops

Wolf Warrior 2: The Nationalist Action Film Storming China

‘The Dark Tower’ TV Series Sets ‘Walking Dead’ Grad as Showrunner

What’s Next for ‘The Dark Tower’ Cinematic Universe

Warner Bros. Can’t Dodge Sylvester Stallone’s Fraud Lawsuit

With ‘Logan Lucky,’ Soderbergh Hopes to Change Film’s Business Model

The Book of Emma Reyes by Emma Reyes – BookFilter

Life in Code by Ellen Ullman – BookFilter

Because of Sex by Gillian Thomas – BookFilter

The Driver by Hart Hanson – BookFilter

Comey Sells Book to Flatiron

Kanye West Files $10 Million Lawsuit Against Saint Pablo Tour Insurers
WME-IMG Takes on Another $1.1 Billion in Outside Money

Paramount’s China film deal hits a snag as Viacom discloses missed payment

Luis Fonsi & Daddy Yankee’s ‘Despacito’ First Video to Hit 3 Billion Views on YouTube

USC Study Finds That Movies are Still Dominated by Men On-and-Off Screen

Bette Midler Sets Final Performance Date in Broadway Revival of Hello, Dolly!

Norman Lear Plans to Boycott Kennedy Center Honors Reception Hosted by Trump

‘Black America’ Alt-History Drama in the Works at Amazon
Netflix Buys Comics Publisher Behind Kingsman, Kick-Ass

Trade Sales Were a Bright Spot In a Dark Year for Sales

Why We Despise Cable Providers

Q2 Bloodiest Quarter on Record for US Pay-TV

Dish Drops 196,000 TV Subs Overall in Q2, Misses on Earnings After Massive Telemarketing Fine

Millennials Unearth an Amazing Hack to Get Free TV: the Antenna

NBC Execs Talk Fallon Ratings, ‘This Is Us’ Future and Those Pesky Fans

Judith Jones, Editor of Literature and Culinary Delight, Dies at 93