Afternoon Reads (May 9) YouTube, Dish, Idol


Three things you should know Thursday afternoon:

YouTube launches subscription service with ‘Sesame Street,’ UFC

YouTube unveiled its much-anticipated subscription service Thursday with such recognizable entertainment brands as “Sesame Street,” “Jim Henson Family TV” and the Ultimate Fighting Championship.

Monthly fees start at 99 cents, with each channel offering a 14-day initial trial.

“This is really just the beginning,” said Malik Ducard, YouTube’s director of content partnerships. “We’ll also be rolling out more paid channels in the coming weeks.”

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Ergen Says Dish Could Launch Internet TV Subscription Service

Dish Network chairman Charlie Ergen said the satcaster is well positioned to introduce an over-the-top TV service and he maintained that Dish is “very comfortable” with its bid to acquire Sprint in the face of an upped proposal from SoftBank.

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‘Idol’ Judge House Cleaning Near: Report

All four judges could be voted off the panel of faltering Fox icon “American Idol,” according to a new report.

The Wrap quoted an industry insider saying the show plans to start with a clean slate, giving even original judge Randy Jackson the boot as well as longtime producer Nigel Lythgoe. The report goes on to add that, despite other media reports, former judge Jennifer Lopez will not be back to save the show.

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