Category: CBS

May 23, 2019 Off

Here’s the first teaser trailer for the new Star Trek: Picard series

By Jill T Frey

Just a bit shy of a year ago, Patrick Stewart blew the minds of Star Trek fans everywhere by taking the stage at the Las Vegas Star Trek convention to announce he was returning to the role of Jean-Luc Picard.

His return would come in the form of a series made for CBS’ streaming service, CBS All Access. He hinted that Jean-Luc may no longer be the captain we know from years ago — but beyond that, details were light.

The first teaser trailer for the series just dropped… and sure enough, it sounds like he’s not a part of Starfleet at all anymore.

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May 17, 2019 Off

Winter is coming for HBO NOW subscriber growth

By Jill T Frey

Fan reaction to Game of Thrones’ final season may be mixed, but the show has been undeniably good for HBO’s network — and for its over-the-top streaming service, HBO NOW. The Season 8 premiere drew in 11.8 million live viewers and 17.4 million viewers across all platforms on the day of airing, as well as a record number of sign-ups to HBO NOW, which in March was reported to have 8 million subscribers. But the show’s finale airs this Sunday, and HBO is set to see a huge exodus of streaming subscribers, as result.

According to new research from Mintel released this week, HBO NOW users are twice as likely as those from any other streaming service to cancel their subscription when a specific show ends.

The only service that performed worse on this front was YouTube Premium. And that’s not exactly an apples-to-apples comparison, given that … Read the rest

May 3, 2019 Off

CBS says streaming services & Super Bowl helped it achieve record revenues in Q1

By Jill T Frey

CBS credited its direct-to-consumer streaming services in helping it achieve double-digit revenue growth and record quarterly revenues in Q1, along with the gains that came from hosting Super Bowl LIII and those from affiliate revenue. The network said its over-the-top service for cord cutters, CBS All Access, combined with Showtime’s direct-consumer subscriptions, grew 71% year-over-year — its biggest quarter of growth ever.

Both services are continuing to grow in Q2, as well, thanks to “The Twilight Zone” on CBS All Access and “Billions” on Showtime, the company noted.

In addition, CBS is benefiting from other streamers’ needs for content. It spoke of gains from increasing sales of its content to providers like Amazon, Apple and Netflix, for example. The latter has just debuted “Dead to Me,” from CBS Television Studios, on its service. And CBS is producing “Diary of a Female President” for the Disney+ streaming service, which begins … Read the rest