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.”

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Updates: George Floyd protests continue for 8th day

Police officers wearing riot gear push back demonstrators outside of the White House on Monday. Photo: Jose Luis Magana/AFP via Getty Images

Protests over the death of George Floyd and other police-related killings of black people continued Tuesday across the U.S. for the eighth consecutive day, prompting a federal response from the National Guard, Immigration and Customs Enforcement and Customs and Border Protection.

The latest: The National Park Service said in a statement Tuesday that while it "is committed to the peaceful expression of First Amendment rights," it "cannot tolerate violence to citizens or officers or damage to our nation’s resources that we are entrusted to protect."

American carnage

Protesters race up a hill to avoid tear gas in Philadelphia, June 1. Photo: Mark Makela/Getty Images

The list of victims has swiftly grown since George Floyd died in police custody just eight days ago.

The big picture: Protests against police brutality have turned into a showcase of police brutality, with tear gas and rubber bullets deployed against crowds. The police have the arsenals at their disposal, but we're also seeing law enforcement officers becoming targets.

McConnell blocks resolution condemning Trump's actions against peaceful protesters

Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell (R-Ky.) blocked a resolution introduced by Minority Leader Chuck Schumer (D-N.Y.) on Tuesday that would have condemned the use of tear gas and rubber bullets against peaceful protesters outside the White House on Monday in order to allow President Trump to walk to St. John's Church.

What they're saying: "Justice for black Americans in the face of unjust violence, and peace for our country in the face of looting, riots, and domestic terror. Those are the two issues Americans want addressed," McConnell said on the Senate floor.