Big screens are back, but what about audiences?

Jun 23, 2021
Stephanie Silverman, executive director of an independent movie theater in Nashville, is navigating an industry in transition.
The Belcourt Theatre in Nashville, Tennessee, reopened on April 23, but executive director Stephanie Silverman says the crowds have been "inconsistent."
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The pros and cons of leaving bank auto pay on autopilot

May 11, 2021
Pros: fast and convenient. Cons: getting billed twice, trouble unsubscribing from a service and losing track of payments.
Auto pay works well for fixed payments, but it can be dangerous for bills with fluctuating amounts.
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Streaming platforms are spending big to keep you indoors this summer

Mar 26, 2021
Big deals for theatrical releases and team sports are upping the competition for audiences.
Will this be you this summer? HBO Max, Netflix and Disney Plus certainly hope so.
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Marvel's "Black Widow" is finally set to premiere — in both theaters and living rooms

Mar 25, 2021
Theaters could use the revenue the film could provide, but they'll have to compete with maskless viewing (and cheaper snacks) at home.
Since much of the audience for "Black Widow" will not be vaccinated against the coronavirus, many fans will watch it at home.
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Amazon bets a billion a year that NFL's "Thursday Night Football" will draw customers

Mar 19, 2021
The games themselves might never be profitable, but the Prime members they draw probably will be.
Amazon's NFL deal may expand the ranks of Prime members. Experts also say the online giant has room to up its streaming game.
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Hollywood is betting big on animation in 2021

Feb 17, 2021
Steaming platforms are investing heavily in new original cartoons, as well as building libraries of older favorites.
Streaming services like HBO Max and Disney+ are investing more and more into animation like "The Simpsons," streaming on Disney+.
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Netflix promises a new movie every week. Can it afford that?

Jan 13, 2021
Some industry insiders are wondering whether it’s an overly ambitious strategy for the streaming giant.
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Netflix's strategy: more original content, but shorter runs

Oct 30, 2020
The new reality at the streaming service: Three years is a good run; more than that means a big hit.
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Quibi's shutdown shows just how hard it is to break into streaming right now

Oct 22, 2020
The money backing Quibi was there, but it was terrible timing to launch a mobile-first video streaming product.
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Disney+ wades into the streaming-with-friends space

Oct 1, 2020
The new Disney+ GroupWatch feature allows subscribers to watch shows with friends virtually and react to scenes using emojis.
A new feature called GroupWatch will allow up to seven subscribers to stream content simultaneously and share their reactions using emojis within the app.
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