Super Bowl 50 Breaks Streaming Record for the Big Game but Doesn’t Match Yahoo’s NFL Livestream

February 8, 2016  |  Media Week  |  No Comments

Super Bowl 50 was the most-streamed Super Bowl game ever, but it didn't break the NFL's own livestreaming record. As it announced this year's Super Bowl audience— 111.9 million, the third highest in Super Bowl history —CBS said its livestream of Sunday's game averaged 1.4 million viewers per minute. That represents a Super Bowl record for livestreaming. The 2015 game averaged 800,000 per minute for NBC. Fox's stream averaged 528,000 viewers in 2014, while CBS had 508,000 in 2013. NBC drew 346,000 viewers for the first livestream of a Super Bowl in 2012. However, the 1.4 million average was less than the audience Yahoo drew in October for the first exclusive livestream of an NFL game, which unlike the Super Bowl was not available on TV. An average of 2.36 million people worldwide—1.64 million of those in the U.S.—streamed the Buffalo Bills-Jacksonville Jaguars game, which took place in London. CBS said 3.96 million unique viewers watched Super Bowl 50 across all devices, including CBSSports.com on PCs and tablets; the CBS Sports app for iPad, Android, Windows 10, Amazon Fire, Apple TV, Chromecast, Roku and Xbox One; and NFL Mobile from Verizon

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Japanese Animation Post-Studio Ghibli: Who Rules After Miyazaki

February 8, 2016  |  Variety  |  No Comments

This search for the “new Miyazaki” began long before the Oscar-winning auteur released his 2013 swan song.

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Berlin Film Review: ‘What’s in the Darkness’

February 8, 2016  |  Variety  |  No Comments

Perhaps the most acute and uncompromisingly grim murder mystery to come out of China in years, "What's in the Darkness" exposes the putrid minds lurking in a sexually and politically repressed society.

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Berlin: Fortissimo Strikes Multi Film Deal With China’s Zhang Wei

February 8, 2016  |  Variety  |  No Comments

Fortissimo Films has struck an agreement to represent a slate of pictures by Chinese producer-director Zhang Wei.

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Hong Kong’s ATV Halts News Broadcasts as Financial Crisis Deepens

February 7, 2016  |  Variety  |  No Comments

Newscasts were halted on Saturday at Hong Kong's Asia Television after the company’s ongoing crisis turned into a death spiral.

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Film Review: ‘Plaza de la Soledad’

February 6, 2016  |  Variety  |  No Comments

Goded gets unusually intimate, relaxed access to the lives of those who practice the "world's oldest profession" from a square just behind the Presidente's office in Mexico City.

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How Super Bowl 50 Could Give a Boost to Verizon’s Go90

February 5, 2016  |  Media Week  |  No Comments

While Super Bowl 50 could set another TV viewership record, the audience that matters most to advertisers–adults 18 to 49– has been largely stagnant in recent years. But that may have to do more with where this crucial audience segment is watching the game, than whether they're watching it at all. For the fifth year in a row, the Super Bowl will be streamed over the Internet and on mobile phones, a tally that is not included in Nielsen's TV audience number. And while CBS is hoping most of those digital viewers will watch on CBSsports.com or its apps on connected TV devices and tablets, Verizon could steal some viewers who watch on its nascent mobile-TV service, go90 . Thanks to Verizon's existing deal with the NFL, as the exclusive mobile provider for live games, Super Bowl 50 will be available to go90 customers, with a catch: While go90 is available to non-Verizon users, the NFL mobile content is not. Super Bowl 50 is also available on the NFL's mobile app, but again, only for Verizon's 112 million wireless customers.

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Vietnam Remake of ‘Miss Granny’ is Top Local Title of 2015

February 5, 2016  |  Variety  |  No Comments

“Sweet 20” has become the second highest grossing local film of all time in Vietnam.

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Film Review: ‘Misconduct’

February 5, 2016  |  Variety  |  No Comments

A flagrantly derivative but modestly diverting drama of the sort that once claimed acres of shelf space at Blockbuster outlets.

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In Final Days Before the Super Bowl, CBS Is Still Finishing Up Its In-Game Ad Sales

February 4, 2016  |  Media Week  |  No Comments

Super Bowl 50 is only days away, but it's not too late for an advertiser to squeak into the game. CBS is still speaking with marketers about 30-second spots and might not finish those talks until hours before kickoff. "We're almost to the finish line," said Jo Ann Ross, CBS president of network sales. "We might have a two-point conversion coming soon." The last-minute strategy is part of Les Moonves' plan to wring the most money out of the network's Super Bowl ads, which sold for as much as $5 million per 30-second spot. In December, Moonves— who was named CBS Corp. chairman Wednesday, replacing Sumner Redstone —told investors that the network was holding back a few of its 30-second Super Bowl spots so it could sell them in the days before the game to advertisers who were desperate to get into the telecast. While "we could close it out tomorrow if we wanted," Moonves said at the time, the network was looking to fetch "north of $5 million a spot" shortly before Super Bowl Sunday.

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