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Posted by Sheila Shayon on August 11, 2014 11:33 AM
Notoriously passive aggressive Netflix CEO Reed Hastings took to Facebook last week to announce the streaming network's latest milestone: with $1.146 billion in subscriber revenue, Netflix has officially passed HBO.
"They still kick our ass in profits and Emmy's, but we are making progress. HBO rocks, and we are honored to be in the same league," Hastings wrote.
The streaming king can attribute its most recent success to the brand's wildly successful original series, including "House of Cards" and "Orange Is the New Black," the most-watched show ever. The network also recently announced a new season of "Arrested Development," as well as five new series based on Marvel characters, a comedy special, docu-series and talk show starring Chelsea Handler, and the debut of the brand's first adult cartoon later this month.
The major investment in more shows makes sense, as nearly three-quarters of titles viewed by Netflix subscribers are TV series. But while Netflix may finally be making significant gains against HBO, its main competitor, Amazon's Prime Instant Video, is growing at a more rapid pace.Continue reading...
Posted by Dale Buss on August 5, 2014 09:16 AM
Gannett buys out Cars.com for $1.8 billion and separates broadcasting and publishing businesses via latest US media spinoff.
Rupert Murdoch's 21st Century Fox withdraws bid for Time Warner.
Walgreens reportedly capitulates to critics and will remain US-based following $16 billion merger with Alliance Boots.
Xiaomi passes Samsung as China's top smartphone maker.
Vitaminwater struggles over use of stevia as Coca-Cola shifts formulas.
Samsung takes stance on child labor as it takes golf fans behind the tournament.
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adidas boosts marketing spending especially in the west.
Aflac invents the downward duck:Continue reading...
Posted by Dale Buss on July 25, 2014 09:17 AM
McDonald’s suspends sales of chicken nuggets in Hong Kong but sticks with Chinese meat supplier, as company gives itself 18 months to rebrand.
Amazon reports another loss amid sales growth as CEO Bezos alarms investors with spending pace and Fire Phone hits stores.
Coca-Cola topped World Cup brand sponsors in new survey as it faces boycotts over Gaza conflict.
BSkyB creates European TV powerhouse by buying affiliated assets from 21st Century Fox, which would give Murdoch more cash for Time Warner bid.
Zillow is in advanced talks to buy rival Trulia.
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Air Algerie plane crashed in Mali with 116 aboard and no survivors, as world faces deadliest crash year since 2005.
Bentley may add fifth model with SUV launch in two years.
CKE brings back Paris Hilton to tout for Carl’s Jr. and Hardee’s.
Comcast steps up its game on internet speeds.
CrossFit builds a passion brand.
Danone looks for second-half improvement coming out of massive food scare in Asia.
Dell takes social out of the silo.
Dunkin’ Donuts downgrades outlook after poor second quarter.
Facebook toys with idea of integrating Uber into Messenger.Continue reading...
Posted by Dale Buss on July 17, 2014 09:15 AM
Microsoft announces global layoffs affecting 18,000 positions.
Fiat Chrysler's biggest shareholder denies VW takeover rumor.
Murdoch’s surprise Time Warner play detailed as Liberty Media acquires BSkyB's ITV stake.
GM is expected to reveal more details about recall process in Senate hearings today.
Toyota is bringing back the Sienna "Swagger Wagon" campaign for automaker's first online reveal.
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Airbnb logo reveal sparks social media backlash.
Apple agrees to pay $450 million in e-book price fixing case as IBM deal dings BlackBerry.
BMW recalls 1.6 million cars worldwide.
Chrysler boosts production to fix recalled Jeeps.
Clear Channel brings outdoor ads to life on smartphones.Continue reading...
Posted by Dale Buss on July 16, 2014 08:53 AM
Airbnb prepares brand refresh and woos New York.
Samsung concludes 10-month World Cup soccer campaign with finale to "The Match" (above).
Tech "odd couple" Apple and IBM team up for enterprise mobility.
Time Warner shares soar after reportedly rejecting $80 billion Murdoch bid.
Comcast apologizes for customer service call embarrassment.
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AOL patents web-like response ads for TV.
Archie comics kills off namesake character as Marvel makes Thor a her.
Facebook brand stories perform better than traditional ads.
GE tests Snapchat marketing.Continue reading...
Posted by Dale Buss on July 8, 2014 09:09 AM
Crumbs Bake Shop closes its doors.
Greenpeace criticizes LEGO tie-in with Shell with LEGO-animated short film.
Samsung warns of slumping profits on weaker demand as it looks beyond hardware.
Tesla sued in China for trademark infringement.
Walmart embraces smaller store formats.
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ADM buys Wild Flavors.
Abuelo’s refreshes menu and look for 25th anniversary.
Air New Zealand pulls in-flight safety video featuring scantily clad models.
Herb Allen’s Sun Valley media mogul conference kicks off.
Alibaba sees red flags raised by deals by founder Jack Ma.Continue reading...
Posted by Shirley Brady on June 16, 2014 08:48 AM
Starbucks makes a bold commitment to education with College Achievement Plan for employees.
Medtronic buys Covidien for $42.9 billion and renounces US tax status.
Univision is for sale for $20 billion.
Amazon is expected to unveil its own smartphone this week.
Ben & Jerry's goes GMO-free.
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Adobe returns to US TV after decade break with latest spot.
Alibaba struggles with US branding ahead of IPO.
Cannes Lions festival gets underway with no Grand Prix for pharma.
Casey Kasem, voice of Top 40 radio, dies at 82.
Comcast seeks to replace GE name atop 30 Rock.Continue reading...
Posted by Shirley Brady on June 12, 2014 09:05 AM
The 2014 World Cup kicks off with a memorable moment as embattled FIFA head Sepp Blatter says his "mission is not finished."
Facebook gives marketers more access to your data.
Amazon launches Prime music service in US today.
Starbucks to offer wireless phone charging with Duracell.
Twitter fights TweetDeck hack (make that accident) as C-Suite shake-up rumored.
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Alibaba's 11 Main: US shopping site or R&D experiment?
Apple's influence extends to white being most popular car color.
AT&T accuses Netflix of "double-talk" over Comcast and Verizon.
Google now owns a satellite, and a platform to connect businesses with customers.
HP takes a crack at reinventing the computer.Continue reading...