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12:40 PM ET, January 22, 2022


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Janko Roettgers / Protocol:
Netflix COO says the company is “open to licensing large game IP”; job listings hint it may launch Fortnite-like live service games with regular content updates  —  Two months after launching mobile games to all of its members, Netflix is looking to double down on gaming …
Todd Spangler / Variety:
Netflix reports Q4 revenue of $7.71B, up 16% YoY, net income of $607M, 222M paid subscribers, and $30B in 2021 revenue, up 19%; stock down 20%+ on weak guidance  —  Netflix ended 2021 with a slightly lower-than-expected subscriber gain in the fourth quarter, and its stock took a dive with a weak Q1 outlook.
Frank Pallotta / CNN:
Netflix's stock is down 41% from a November high as US subscriber numbers hit maturity, forcing it chase growth in developing markets and verticals like gaming  —  New York (CNN Business)Just like its comedy film “Don't Look Up,” the sky may be falling for Netflix.
John F. Harris / Politico:
John Harris reminisces about the early days of Politico on its 15th anniversary and argues that media institutions need to reclaim their agenda-setting power  —  As we approached the 15th anniversary of POLITICO, I plunged into old files expecting to find a lot that would make me cringe.
John Whitehouse / Media Matters for America:
OANN owner Robert Herring Sr. posts a video acknowledging that AT&T is dropping the network and urges viewers to ask Spectrum, Dish, and others to carry OANN  —  Earlier this week, my colleague Bobby Lewis looked at One America News Network's future after the deranged conspiracy theory channel was dropped by AT&T / DirecTV.
Anya Schiffrin / Columbia Journalism Review:
An update on interventions designed to help journalism, like municipal advertising in the US, tax credits, and ripple effects of Australia's news bargaining law  —  A year after publishing our 2021 report “Saving Journalism: A Vision for the Post-Covid World,” our researchers went …
Kim Lyons / The Verge:
Google files to dismiss state AGs' antitrust lawsuit and says in a blog post that allegations of ad auction collusion with Facebook are “more heat than light”  —  A lawsuit by states attorneys general fails to provide evidence of anticompetitive behavior, the company says
Todd Spangler / Variety:
Nielsen: in 2021, Criminal Minds on Netflix was the most-viewed on-demand TV show in the US, and CoComelon was second; Luca on Disney+ was the most-viewed movie  —  Netflix has pumped billions of dollars into original programming — but overall, its library of older licensed TV shows far …
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Charlotte Tobitt / Press Gazette:
BBC News has the biggest news account on Instagram, with 20M followers, which it says regularly drives 700K+ clicks weekly to its website, 5x more than in 2019  —  BBC News crossed 20m followers on Instagram in December - the first news account in the world to do so.
Paul Farhi / Washington Post:
Journalists covering the Olympics plan to use burner phones and laptops as they assume total surveillance by the government intent on controlling China's image  —  Journalists covering the Winter Olympics next month say they'll do their work in Beijing on brand-new cellphones and laptops.
Andy Hall / ESPN Front Row:
ESPN, which planned to send four reporters to the Winter Olympics in China, says it won't send any personnel due to COVID-19 concerns and related restrictions
Michael M. Grynbaum / New York Times:
Docs from Congress' January 6 committee show Sean Hannity texted advice for Trump on January 7, 2021, to then WH press secretary Kayleigh McEnany, now at Fox  —  The Fox News host Sean Hannity had some blunt advice for President Donald J. Trump on Jan. 7, 2021: “No more stolen election talk.”
Ted Gioia / The Honest Broker:
MRC Data: in 2021, songs over 18 months old represented 69.8% of the US streaming market, up from 65.1% in 2020  —  All the growth in the music business now comes from old songs—how did we get here, and is there a way back?  —  I had a hunch that old songs were taking over music streaming platforms …
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Sam Biddle / The Intercept:
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