Monday, February 8, 2016
  • Verizon Confirms It Is Weighing Yahoo Bid

    Less than a year after it agreed to acquire AOL for $4.4 billion, telecommunications giant Verizon is weighing a bid to acquire Yahoo, CEO Lowell McAdam confirmed during an interview with CNBC "Mad Money" host Jim Cramer on Friday. "At the right price, I think marrying up some of their assets with AOL and the leadership would be good," he said. ...Read the whole story

  • Majority Of TV Homes Get SVOD Service

    Eighty-one percent of U.S. homes have either set-top DVR technology; subscription video-on-demand service (SVOD) Netflix; or use video-on-demand (VOD) from a pay TV provider. ...Read the whole story

Around The Net

  • Imprisoned By Success, 'Orange' Gets Three More YearsVideoInk

    Netflix spent the last day at Sundance playing Sugar Daddy. It renewed "Orange Is The New Black" for three more years, and picking up rights to project "left and right," says this story.  ...Read the whole story

  • Netflix Confirms Hitler Satire For Springtime Variety

    Netflix confirms it  has worldwide rights to David Wnendt's Adolf Hitler satire “Look Who’s Back,” and it will premiere April 9. The movie, in which the Führer wakes up in present-day multicultural Germany, has been a box-office hit in Germany, grossing 19.6 million euros ($21.8 million) since its release in October. ...Read the whole story

  • Is Samsung Cracking Down On Ad Blockers In Play?AdExchanger

    AdExchanger's Allison Schiff reports that Samsung is taking a page from Apple's playbook. On Sunday it debuted support for content blocking within the default browser that comes pre-installed on its Android phones. "It didn’t take long for Adblock Fast, one of the first ad blockers to hit the Play store after Samsung’s release, to rise to the top of the charts," Schiff writes. Still, its success was short-lived. "Adblock Fast got booted out of Google Play on Wednesday for violating the section of Google's Developer Distribution Agreement that prohibits developers from creating anything that interferes with or disrupts how another ... ...Read the whole story

  • WSJ Says Super Bowl 50 Brought A Lighter Mood To AdsWall Street Journal

    Post Super Bowl 50, The Wall Street Journal's Suzanne Vranica asks: "What do comedian Amy Schumer, an overly active fetus and the singer Seal have in common? Each appeared in commercials Sunday during Super Bowl 50 that scored big with viewers." Bud Light ran a light election-themed ad featuring Schumer and actor Seth Rogen enlisting supporters to join the “Bud Light Party." The ad seems to please advertising executives and consumers surveyed by the Journal. “Well done and great casting,” Ewen Cameron, co-founder of ad agency Berlin Cameron United, told the Journal. And the paper has a great infographic depicting ... ...Read the whole story

  • Hyundai's 'First Date' Earns USA TODAY's Super Bowl Ad MeterUSA Today

    Hyundai drove away with first-place honors in USA TODAY's annual Super Bowl ad meter, the paper reported. The ad showed a dad, played by comedian Kevin Hart, who hands the keys of his new Hyundai Genesis to a young man who is taking his daughter on a date. The spot shows off a feature of the car that allows an owner to track its location. Hart uses it to show up multiple locations frequented by his daughter and her date to keep tabs on them. Heinz nabbed second-place honors with a wacky ad that featured dachshunds that donned hot-dog bun outfits.  The dogs raced across ... ...Read the whole story

Super Bowl 50 Killed The Super Bowl Star

It's time we see those Super Bowl spots across multiple screens for what they really are: a fata manana. That's a combination of "fata morgana" and "manana." The dictionary explains the "fata morgana" or "mirage" as ...More