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Episode 139: When student athletes play hard, who gets paid?

Nov 12, 2019

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Netflix hasn't killed the box office

by Ben Bradford Apr 9, 2019
Global box office revenue is at an all-time high despite the narrative that streaming services, like Netflix, make going out to the movies obsolete.
Global box office revenue is at an all-time high despite the narrative that streaming services, like Netflix, make going out to the movies obsolete.
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by Kai Ryssdal and Daisy Palacios Aug 1, 2018
The MoviePass competitor set its sights on the American market ... and they're not backing down.
Screenshots from the Sinemia app.
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Here’s why AMC Theaters are moving into movie subscriptions

by Renata Sago Jun 22, 2018
The nation’s largest movie theater chain, AMC, is getting into the subscription service game. Starting next week, the company will offer passes for about $20 a month that get people in to see three movies per week. Click the audio…

Disney's "Star Wars" terms are a financial burden for small theaters

by Kai Ryssdal and Shaheen Ainpour Nov 7, 2017
Erich Schwartzel wrote about the tough tactics — like requiring 65 percent of ticket sales — for the Wall Street Journal.
 Rian Johnson, director of "Star Wars: The Last Jedi," at Disney's D23 EXPO 2017 in Anaheim, California in July.
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Preserving America's movie going history

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Movie theaters find new ways to lure kids

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Why some movie studios want to skip the theater

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Theaters look to make more money by moving the candy

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'Thank you' as an anti-piracy strategy

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Fact-check: Do millennials want more texting at the movies?

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AMC's CEO thought maybe they did, until the internet shut him down.
A family buys tickets for a movie showing at the empty American Movie Center complex September 6, 2000 in Miami, Florida. 
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