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Six Weeks Into Broadcast Season, ‘Stacking Rights’ Taking Effect

Ever go to a network website in hopes of watching the pilot of one of their new shows? And when you get there you notice that the first episode is gone, yet they have the five most recent episodes, otherwise called the ‘rolling five.”

Well that’s about to change.  Back in May, the broadcasters, especially ABC and NBC negotiated ‘stacking rights’ with the studios that make the shows. Now, all episodes from most of the new series from the current 2016-17 season along with several returning shows, will be made available, or ‘stacked’ on their website and apps.  The one catch is that you must be an authenticated viewer, which means you still have to subscribe to a Pay TV service provider (e.g. AT&T DirecTV, Comcast, Charter, Verizon FiOS).

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Twitter Q3 2016 Earnings Call: 6 Things You Should Know

On October 27th, Twitter held their Q3 2016 earnings call.  Here are the top 6 things you should know:

1. Slight Increase in Revenue: Total revenue was up only 8% YoY and 2% sequentially to $616MM.  Advertising made up 88% of the total at $545MM.  Data Licensing and Other brought in $71MM.

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Apple Reports Quarterly Earnings: 8 Things You Should Know

Apple reported their FY 16 4th Quarter results on October 25th.  Here are 8 things you should know:

1. FY 2016 Revenue was $216B: If Apple was a country, they’d be the 47th largest according GDP, ahead of Portugal, Vietnam and Greece.  This was down nearly 8% from 2015 ($234B).

2. Quarterly Revenue Down 9% YoY: Revenue for the quarter was $46.9B, down from $51.5B last year.

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Tyler Perry’s Madea Scares Away Box Office Competition

Tyler Perry’s latest movie, Boo! A Madea Halloween, easily won the weekend box office with $28.5MM (adjusted up from $27.6MM).  Not only did it beat Tom Cruise’s Jack Reacher: Never Go Back by $5.6MM but doubled it on a per screen count, $12,611 vs. $6,051. Rounding out the top five were Ouija: Origin of Evil (which also premiered this weekend) at $14.1MM, Ben Affleck’s The Accountant and the third week for The Girl on the Train.

Rank Title  Wknd B.O. (In millions)   Release Week   Theater Count   $ / Theater
1 Boo! A Madea Halloween  $28.5  1  2,260  $12,611
2 Jack Reacher: Never Go Back  $22.9  1  3,780  $6,051
3 Ouija: Origin of Evil  $14.1  1  3,167  $4,441
4 The Accountant  $13.6  2  3,332  $4,095
5 The Girl on the Train  $7.2  3  3,091  $2,318
Source: Box Office Mojo

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Turner to Delay Launch of FilmStruck. Why That’s a Good Idea

Turner was about to launch their first SVOD service tomorrow, called FilmStruck, but decided to push that till November.  They cited the need to refine the registration process.

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This delay is actually a good thing for the service.  Here’s why

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Netflix Reported Q3 Earnings: 10 Things You Should Know

Yesterday, Netflix held their Q3 quarterly earnings call.  Here are the Top 10 things you should know:

1. Over $2B in Streaming Revenue: For the first time they crossed over the $2B mark in quarterly streaming revenue.  Domestic streaming was $1.3B, an 8% increase from the previous quarter and up 23% YoY.  International streaming revenue of $.853B was 40% of the total, and 13% higher from Q2 and an impressive 65% growth YoY.

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Even Though The Accountant was #1 at B.O, WB Accountants May Still See Red

Ben Affleck’s The Accountant was the number one movie at the US box office this past weekend.  It brought in $24.7MM on a budget of only $44MM.  The WB, who distributed the title, should be ecstatic, right?  Well, similar to our analysis on Star Trek and Ghostbusters, let’s take a closer look and see:

Rank Title US Box Office Weekend (MM)
1 The Accountant  $24.7
2 Kevin Hart: What Now?  $12.0
3 The Girl on the Train  $12.0
4 Miss Peregrine’s Home for Peculiar Children  $8.9
5 Deepwater Horizon  $6.4
Source: BoxOfficeMojo

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