How Media and Entertainment is Writing a New Script to Speed Content to Consumers

Digital disruption is affecting many industries, as new digital technologies and business models impact the value proposition of existing goods and services. In particular, the cloud’s expansive market reach is disrupting how businesses have traditionally produced and delivered goods, making it easier for companies to enter new global markets by purchasing local IT services on an “as needed basis” in the cloud, without having to invest in new IT infrastructure.

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RFD-TV

Rural Media Group, Inc. (RMG) is a privately held Delaware-based “C” corporation which owns and operates the world’s largest portfolio combining rural-based satellite/cable delivered media and entertainment companies including:RFD-TV, LLC – Operates a cable TV network with approximately 40 million subscribers via DISH Network (231), DIRECTV (345), Verizon FiOS TV (247), Time Warner, Comcast, Mediacom, Charter, Bresnan, Brighthouse, Cox, and more than 600 independent rural cable systems.RURAL TV, LLC – Operates an international cable TV network in the UK with approximately 9 million subscribers on BSkyB and Freesat. RMG is in discussions with operators to launch RURAL TV in countries including Australia, New Zealand, Brazil, Ireland and Canada.

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This time Amazon really does have Bond in its sights

Article | May 20, 2021

MGM, which holds the largest film and TV library in Hollywood, is finally in play – and likely to be acquired by tech major and video streaming behemoth Amazon. With a rumoured price tag of $9 billion, the deal, while substantial, is merely equivalent to 8.3% of Amazon’s Q1 2021 earnings of $108.5 billion. Indeed, the 44% year-on-year (YoY) increase for its Q1 results alone would pay for the deal more than four times over. When it comes to investment capital to deploy, the tech majors led by Amazon and Apple are in a financial class of their own. This is the kind of deal that helps to explain why AT&T was so keen cut its losses and incur a $66 billion loss on its Warner Media assets by merging the former Time Warner media major with Discovery for $43 billion in cash and receiving 71% in equity in the new combined entity in return. It also follows on from Amazon’s 15.4x increase in what it is willing to pay to secure exclusive NFL Thursday Night Football coverage for its US Amazon Prime customers.

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Games video creators can help attract new audiences to esports, if rights holders empower them to

Article | June 14, 2021

Those who have been following MIDiA’s games coverage for a while will have seen our posts about the growth problem of esports and suggestions around putting focus on the entertainment angle, rather than just on the sports angle, in order to most effectively capitalise on the opportunity. We have known for a while that esports viewers are only a subset of the broader games-related video viewing audience.We also know that esports audiences enjoy live entertainment in general, more so than many other entertainment consumer segments. MIDiA’s Q1 2021 consumer survey enabled us to dive deeper into how this opportunity can be approached. As a part of our upcoming Esports Viewer Dossier 2021 update, we have looked at the esports viewers, in comparison to consumers who say they watch games-related videos but not esports. The former represents the current state of play, while the latter represents esports’ potential audience growth opportunity.

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Why Shares of AMC Entertainment Are Surging Today

Article | April 28, 2020

It was just two weeks ago that it looked as if the COVID-19 pandemic would push AMC into bankruptcy, as forced theater closures shut off revenue to the world's biggest cinema operator. The company also slashed its dividend, and executives all took pay cuts to help conserve cash. Investors should still be wary, even if AMC is able to open many of its theaters sooner than the mid-June date it had been eyeing.

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How to Watch Netflix in Virtual Reality

Article | April 20, 2021

Playing virtual reality video games is a blast—but it also takes work. If you simply want to kick back, relax, and experience some mind-bending visuals without thinking too much, why not try watching Netflix in VR? It's ridiculously easy to do, even if you don't have state-of-the-art equipment. There are three primary methods, depending on what kind of device you're working with: fire up the Netflix VR app on Android, set up mirroring with your iPhone, or simply download the Netflix app from your preferred Oculus device. Here's What You'll Need VR headset: No matter your budget, there's a virtual reality option for you. On the pricey end, there are sophisticated VR headsets like the Oculus Quest 2, which starts at $299, and the HTC Vive Pro Eye, which retails for $799. We've included a few other options in the gallery below, too. If you're looking for something less expensive, there's the $99 Google Daydream View system (discontinued, but you can still find them here and there), the Samsung Gear VR headset (which the manufacturer has also discontinued in the U.S., but you can find it on Amazon for $128), and the $25 Google Cardboard viewer (although you may want to purchase an additional head strap for it).

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RFD-TV

Rural Media Group, Inc. (RMG) is a privately held Delaware-based “C” corporation which owns and operates the world’s largest portfolio combining rural-based satellite/cable delivered media and entertainment companies including:RFD-TV, LLC – Operates a cable TV network with approximately 40 million subscribers via DISH Network (231), DIRECTV (345), Verizon FiOS TV (247), Time Warner, Comcast, Mediacom, Charter, Bresnan, Brighthouse, Cox, and more than 600 independent rural cable systems.RURAL TV, LLC – Operates an international cable TV network in the UK with approximately 9 million subscribers on BSkyB and Freesat. RMG is in discussions with operators to launch RURAL TV in countries including Australia, New Zealand, Brazil, Ireland and Canada.

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