AT&T STRIKES DEAL WITH DISCOVERY TO COMBINE MEDIA OUTLETS
NEW YORK (AP) — AT&T is putting all is media eggs into one basket. And the resulting $43 billion deal may change the way we watch news, sports and entertainment. In a deal announced today, AT&T says it will combine its media assets, which include CNN, HBO, TNT and TBS, with those of Discovery. That network owns several lifestyle networks, like the Food Network and HGTV. Because so many have “cut the cord” when it comes to cable and satellite, major broadcast media companies have sought to merge so they can fend off the steady growth of streaming services.
JOHN LEGEND TO HOST EVENT TO MARK TULSA RACE MASSACRE
TULSA, Okla. (AP) — This year marks the 100th anniversary of the Tulsa Race Massacre, an event few people know about. Organizers of an event to remember the slaughter have named John Legend to host a nationally televised ceremony to focus on the Tulsa Massacre. The EGOT winner will speak and perform during Remember & Rise, set for May 31. The Tulsa Massacre saw a white mob kill an estimated 300 people, most of them Black.
CHANCE THE RAPPER REFINES EDITING SKILLS TO DO HIS OWN MOVIE
CHICAGO (AP) — Many of us stuck at home by the pandemic used the time to learn or refine new skills, like the proverbial sourdough bread recipe. Then there’s Chance the Rapper, who used his downtime to level-up his film editing skills. And unlike a sourdough loaf, his results can be shared with a big audience. The musician did a concert film in 2017 but didn’t want to show it because he thought the editing wasn’t good. Then, the COVID pandemic forced Chance the Rapper to tape virtual concerts — and that let him brush up on his editing. So, he edited his own concert film. The result, “Magnificent Coloring World,” hits theaters this summer.
STREAMING SERVICES AND MOOCHERS
NEW YORK (AP) — Sharing is caring: it’s something we were taught as kids. But to streaming services, sharing account passwords is costing them money. And they want us to care enough about them to stop. The trick: how to do that without driving away subscribers or alienating those who might lean toward getting their own subs. So far, Netflix has taken baby steps toward curbing the practice. For example in March, some subscribers got an on-screen message asking them to confirm their account through an email or text. Netflix didn’t say how many subscribers got the verification message — but they say they don’t plan to spring that on everyone at once. Some studies have found that close to half the people who have streaming accounts share their passwords with family or friends.