Nov 15, 2017

Report: Amazon abandons TV skinny bundle plans

Jeff Bezos, CEO and founder of Amazon. Photo: Reed Saxon / AP

Amazon is ditching its plans to create an online streaming skinny bundle because it doesn't think it will be profitable enough, per Reuters. It has been unable to court traditional TV networks to bring their content to its Amazon Channels service.

Why it matters: Amazon has made large investments in video with the hope of increasing user engagement on its platform. It was hoping to dip into the TV streaming model, but the reported lack of confidence in the platform shows that the distribution economics behind the linear TV model are tough to completely reimagine for digital.

Amazon's content play: Experts predict Amazon will spend roughly $4.5 billion on content this year, a significantly larger investment than most of its cable rivals. It has been successful in securing the rights of original entertainment and programming, despite the reported difficulties in winning TV contracts. Just this week, it announced the purchase of global television rights to a multi-series showing of "The Lord of the Rings.”

Go deeper: From advertising to original content, Amazon's eating the media

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Warren sees bump in national poll following Nevada debate

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Sen. Elizabeth Warren surged to 19% and second place in a CBS News/YouGov national poll released Sunday, trailing front-runner Sen. Bernie Sanders (28%) but edging out Joe Biden (17%) and Michael Bloomberg (13%).

Why it matters: The poll notes that only 42% of Democratic primary voters have made up their minds. While Warren underperformed in the first three states, her strong debate performance in Nevada last week may have given her campaign new life.

Pence aide says intel report of Russia helping Trump is "false information"

Marc Short. Screenshot: Fox News

Marc Short, chief of staff to Vice President Mike Pence, claimed on "Fox News Sunday" that the White House has not received intelligence that Russia is seeking to help President Trump win re-election, calling it "false information" that has been selectively leaked by Democrats on the House Intelligence Committee.

The big picture: Short and national security adviser Robert O'Brien both dismissed reports published in the Washington Post and New York Times last week about a briefing provided by top election security official Shelby Pierson, an aide to outgoing acting director of national intelligence Joseph Maguire.

Bernie's juggernaut

Sen. Bernie Sanders speaks in San Antonio last night with his wife, Jane. Photo: Eric Gay/AP

Sen. Bernie Sanders won so big in the Nevada caucuses that Democrats are hard-pressed to sketch a way he's not their nominee.

Driving the news: With 60% of precincts counted (slow, but better than Iowa!), Sanders is running away with 46% of delegates — crushing Joe Biden's 20%, Pete Buttigieg's 15%, Sen. Elizabeth Warren's 10% and Sen. Amy Klobuchar's 5%.