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18 May 2021 Volume 70 Issue No:68

iWorld | VOD

AT&T and Discovery agree to merge media assets, form new streaming giant  
Paving the way for a blockbuster merger and acquisition deal, AT&T and Discovery Inc. have agreed to combine their media assets. The new company formed as part of the deal will be led by Discovery president and CEO David Zaslav. The move will create the world's second-largest media company by revenue after Disney  
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iWorld | Social Media  
Clubhouse for android to arrive in India this Friday  
Android users in India can finally come out of Clubhouse FOMO as the invite-only audio chat is debuting on Friday, after a week it launched the beta version in the US.  
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iWorld | OTT

Disney Plus' Falcon and Winter Soldier tops Nielsen's streaming chart  
Netflix is the uncrowned SVOD king in the United States. This is what the latest report from US-based information, data, and market measurement firm Nielsen seems to suggest.  
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iWorld | Social Media

Twitter Blue: A subscription-led future of Twitter?  
Is Twitter gearing up to launch a subscription service? Yes, say reports. The microblogging site is considering the launch of Twitter Blue priced at $2.99 per month, according to an independent researcher.  
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iWorld | eNews

Does the Discovery-AT&T Warner Media merger make sense?  
In one word. Yes. At least it gives them a chance in hell to play catch up with the well-muscled and well-entrenched rivals like Netflix, Disney, Amazon Prime Video, and Apple TV in the streaming race.  
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Television | TV Channels

Veteran television journalist Anjan Bandyopadhyay succumbs to Covid  
Veteran television journalist Anjan Bandyopadhyay died on Sunday night after battling with Covid-19 infection for over a month. He was 56.  
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Television | Production House

As infections surge, West Bengal and Odisha suspend TV & film shoots  
Struggling to combat the devastating surge in the number of Covid-19 cases, West Bengal and Odisha on Monday decided to suspend the shooting of all television shows and films with immediate effect.  
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Press Releases
» NBA welcomes free vaccination drive for journalists
» Zee Cinema bags 7 awards across categories at ACEF 10th Global Customer Engagement Forum and Awards, Primetime Awards 2020 and Global Digital Marketing Excellence Awards 2021
» News18 Madhya Pradesh/ Chhattisgarh launches a new show with doctors "Corona Par Baat, Doctors Ke Saath"
More News From Indian Television
IPL suspension may hit Disney+ subscribers' growth, ad revenue, says top exec
When the Board of Cricket Council of India (BCCI)'s announced on 4 May, that it is indefinitely suspending the Indian Premier League (IPL) mid-way, the decision was backed by advertisers and broadcasters alike. ........................ Read More...
AT&T's Warner Media & Discovery Inc closing in on merger?
The growing power of Netflix, Disney and Amazon and other larger media entities is forcing strange alliances on the industry. US telecom giant AT&T, which acquired Warner Media (then named Time Warner) for around $85 billion in 2018 is all set to fuse Warner Media with Discovery Inc, which itself is valued at around $16 billion with an enterprise valuation of $30 billion. ............................................................. Read More...
From Army of the Dead to Solos: Five must-watch OTT shows to enjoy this week
Post the coronavirus outbreak, the OTT platforms in India have witnessed a rapid surge in popularity. As people remained confined to their homes, they turned to the streaming platforms to binge watch some of their favourite shows and films.................................................... Read More...
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»   Telecom & ICT sector played key role in meeting challenges during the pandemic: TRAI chairman

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More International Stories From Elsewhere
»   AT&T agrees deal to combine WarnerMedia with Discovery
»   Twitter mulling paid service called Twitter Blue, finds researcher
    Source: The Guardian
»   Women in Animation Launches Global Toon Talent Database
»   Facebook's Head of Oculus and VR Partnerships Is Leaving the Company
    Source: Variety
»   Bosta raises $6.7M to expand e-commerce delivery business across Africa and MENA
»   Industrial automation startup Bright Machines hauls in $435M by going public via SPAC
    Source: Techcrunch
»   TV By the Numbers: Watch-Time, Ad Impressions Jump for NHL Hockey
    Source: Next Tv
»   2021 Emerging Leaders - Cinedigm's Natasha Pietruschka
    Source: Fierce Video
»   Sports Broadcaster Marv Albert to Retire
    Source: Multichannel News
»   Pay-TV revenues set to fall
»   WarnerMedia and Discovery to merge
    Source: Broadband Tv News
»   Report: Linear TV Revenue Dips 6% to $94.7B, While OTT Rockets Up
»   NAB Doubts Streamers Can Provide EAS Alerts Reliably
    Source: Tv Technology
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