The Radice Files — Issue #175: “Google, Comcast, Hulu, and Disney: Cage Match”

Frank Radice
5 min readOct 1, 2021

The strategy and game playing between YoutubeTV, Hulu, Comcast, and Disney, feels a lot like the carriage wars back when cable was just beginning. Bundling, MVPDs, all that rigamarole, can’t be good for the user. In the end, it’s about money, and guess who has to pay the freight.

It’s so back to the future. Also, a £630 steak wrapped in gold is now a thing in London.

Scarlett Johansson Settles ‘Black Widow’ Lawsuit With DisneyTheWrap

“I look forward to continuing our collaboration in years to come,” the actress said

Google And Comcast Go to War And Nobody Really Wins | Next TV

Just what was NBCUniversal thinking?

Comcast, Disney Carriage Talks Could Revolve Around Hulu’s Future: Analyst | Broadcasting+Cable

The long-term agreement that has Comcast carrying programming from the Walt Disney Co. that was reached in 2021 is expiring Thursday, according to analysts Craig Moffett and Michael Nathanson of MoffettNathanson Research.

What Will Finally Be the Tipping Point Against Facebook? | Anti-Defamation League

In light of The Wall Street Journal’s explosive series on Facebook, it is clear we have to rein in the company and other social media platforms. Read on to learn why this current moment is pivotal for reforming Big Tech.

How Peyton and Eli Manning Are Changing Television — WSJ

An alternate “Monday Night Football” becomes an instant hit on what was once a dull evening.

WPP and Snapchat launch AR partnership | Ad Age

Snap will help WPP employees learn about how best to use the camera company’s augmented reality technology.

Clubhouse finally lets you record conversations — The Verge

Clubhouse is getting a feature update that includes in-app recording, as well as the ability to create 30-second audio clips. Spatial audio is also making its way to Android devices.

Everything marketers need to know about the death of the cookie | Ad Age Digital News

Ripping up the old ways of advertising online to make new connections between brands and customers.

Super Bowl Halftime Show Set With Dr. Dre, Snoop Dogg, Kendrick Lamar, Eminem & Mary J. Blige — Deadline

Straight outta Inglewood comes word that Dr. Dre, Snoop Dogg, Kendrick Lamar, Eminem and Mary J. Blige will perform during the 2022 Super Bowl Halftime Show at SoFi Stadium near Los Angeles. The five artists have never before appeared together onstage, according to the official announcement of the show. Among them, they have 43 Grammys…

Why NFL TV ratings are rebounding this season — Los Angeles Times

The NFL’s start is its strongest since 2016, the year the league faced criticism from then-presidential candidate Donald Trump over players kneeling during the national anthem to protest police violence against the Black community.

Broadcast ‘Premiere Week’ Viewership Falls into ‘La Brea’-Sized Sink Hole, Down 53% Decade to Decade (Chart of the Day) | Next TV

How bad is it? It’s bad. Big Four network watching is down 72% since 2011 for the key 18–49 demo

Scott Stuber on Making Netflix ‘Best Film Studio in the World’TheWrap

Netflix’s film chief Scott Stuber stopped by TheWrap’s TheGrill conference to discuss the streamer’s upcoming plans for theatrical releases.

Jason Statham’s new Guy Ritchie movie skipping UK cinemas for Amazon release

Jason Statham’s new Guy Ritchie movie Wrath of Man skips UK cinemas for Amazon release.

Gladiator 2: Ridley Scott gives update on status of ‘legitimate’ follow-up to Russell Crowe film

Sequel is said to be set 25 to 30 years later

Katie Couric’s new book sparks outrage as she rips into ex-boyfriends, former NBC and CBS colleagues | Daily Mail Online has read the manuscript for Katie Couric’s book ‘ Going There’ , which is out in late October and will be accompanied by an 11-city book tour.

How an 11-Foot-Tall 3-D Printer Is Helping to Create a Community — The New York Times

Three-dimensional printing can create nearly any object. A partnership in Mexico is putting that theory to the test, building a village for residents living in poverty.

‘The Wendy Williams Show’ episodes delayed due to medical issues, but no longer COVID

Wendy Williams’ “ongoing medical issues” have delayed her talk show, but a statement said her COVID case is “no longer an issue.”

The story behind Salt Bae, gold-wrapped steak and a trail of lawsuits | Evening Standard

Memes, celebrity diners and gold-encrusted steaks — it’s all part of the brand

And finally…

Prince Live — Play that funky Music — Hollywood Swinging — Fantastic Voyage 4/28/11

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