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* Netflix Inc. scored five wins at the 76th Golden Globe Awards, including best foreign film for "Roma" and best TV comedy for "The Kominsky Method." Director Alfonso Cuaron also picked up a Golden Globe for "Roma," while Michael Douglas won for best actor in a TV comedy for "The Kominsky Method" and Richard Madden received the award for best actor in a TV drama for "Bodyguard." Meanwhile, 21st Century Fox Inc.'s FX Network (US) scored the best TV drama series award for the final season of "The Americans" and the best TV limited series award for "The Assassination of Gianni Versace: American Crime Story."

* Apple Inc.'s sudden lowering of its revenue forecast for the holiday quarter sent Wall Street into a frenzy, leading several analysts to downgrade the iPhone maker's stock. Other analysts, however, defended Apple, saying the firm's innovative edge and strong brand loyalty should help it regain investor confidence.

* Samsung Electronics Co. Ltd.'s new range of smart TV models will offer Apple's iTunes Movies and TV Shows and Apple AirPlay 2 support. Beginning this spring, the iTunes Movies and TV Shows app will be available on Samsung's 2019 smart TV models in more than 100 countries, while AirPlay 2 support will be available in 190 countries worldwide. Support for the services will also be added to Samsung's 2018 smart TV models via a firmware update.

* Telephone and Data Systems Inc. alerted the U.S. Federal Communications Commission about the retransmission-consent increase Nexstar Media Group Inc. is seeking and how the distributor would incur additional fees should the station operator complete its acquisition of Tribune Media Co. TDS also said in a Jan. 4 communication with FCC Chariman Ajit Pai that it has been in active negotiations with Nexstar since their contract expired on Dec. 31, 2018, resulting in TDS' video customers losing access to the broadcaster's stations in eight states.


* The diverging M&A strategies of the top four U.S. wireless operators all had significant impacts on the companies' stocks amid broader market volatility in 2018 and will likely weigh on their performance in 2019, according to analysts. AT&T Inc. saw its stock price lose more than a quarter of its value during the year, while Verizon Communications Inc. ended the year with its stock price up 6.2%. T-Mobile US Inc. and Sprint Corp. also managed to beat the broader markets, with T-Mobile ending the year almost flat and Sprint ending down just 1.2%.


* Chinese technology firms Huawei Technologies Co. Ltd. and Lenovo Group Ltd. testified against QUALCOMM Inc. on the opening day of the U.S. Federal Trade Commission's trial against the chipmaker, Bloomberg News reports. Qualcomm has been accused of threatening to withhold chip supply unless the companies continued to pay technology licensing fees. The nonjury trial started Jan. 4 and is scheduled to play out before U.S. District Judge Lucy Koh through Jan. 28.

Film & TV

* CBS Corp. named Susan Zirinsky as the new president and senior executive producer of CBS News Inc. Zirinsky, who is currently the senior executive producer of "48 Hours," will replace David Rhodes, who will step down from the role.

* Warner Bros.' "Aquaman" continued to dominate the domestic box office, pulling in $30.7 million over the weekend to cross the $900 million mark worldwide, according to comScore Inc. Sony Corp.'s psychological thriller "Escape Room" opened at No. 2 with $18 million, followed by Walt Disney Co.'s "Mary Poppins Returns" at No. 3 with $15.8 million. Sony's "Spider-Man: Into the Spider-Verse," which won the 2019 Golden Globe for best animated motion picture, came in at No. 4 with $13 million, while Paramount's "Bumblebee" rounded out the top five with $12.8 million.

The day ahead

Early morning futures indicators pointed to a lower opening for the U.S. market.

In Asia, the Hang Seng was up 0.82% to 25,835.70. The Nikkei 225 rose 2.44% to 20,038.97.

In Europe as of midday, the FTSE 100 fell 0.63% to 6,794.27, and the Euronext 100 retreated 0.48% to 916.89.

On the macro front

The Institute for Supply Management's non-manufacturing index, the TD Ameritrade Investor Movement Index and the factory orders report are due out today.

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The Daily Dose Europe: Apple appeals German iPhone ban ruling; Mediaset mulls Spanish consolidation: Tech giant Apple is appealing a court decision to ban the sale of certain iPhone models in Germany, while Italian broadcaster Mediaset SpA is considering the acquisition of the remaining stake it does not already own in its Mediaset España Comunicación SA unit.

The Daily Dose Asia-Pacific: Xiaomi buys stake in TCL; China hits Baidu, Sohu in latest content crackdown: Xiaomi Corp. acquired a stake in electronics manufacturer TCL Corp., while Chinese regulators ordered a one-week pause on updates of some products of internet search giants Baidu Inc. and Ltd. as part of a campaign to scrub cyber content.

Data Dispatch: 'Escape Room' expected to be trapped behind holiday holdovers: In a typically slow first weekend of the new year, forecasters expect Columbia Pictures' horror title "Escape Room" to open behind global holiday hit "Aquaman."

The Best Of: Media & Comm, editor's picks: Streaming services growth; NFL viewership gains: Stories about subscription video-on-demand services continuing their ascent in 2018 and the NFL games registering viewership gains in 2018 are among the editor's top five story picks for the week ended Jan. 4.

The Best Of: Media & Comm, most read: 5G ball game; CES 2019 preview; Cybersecurity's M&A: Stories about NBC Sports Chicago's deal with three of the city's professional sports teams and the CES 2019 are included in the most read stories for the week ended Jan. 4.

The week in OTT: 'The Punisher' set for return; fuboTV ups fee for legacy subs: "The Punisher" will return to Netflix for a second season on Jan. 18, while fuboTV raised the monthly price for legacy customers by $10 to $44.99 per month.

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Economics of Networks: Top 20 most read Economics of Networks articles in 2018: A look at 2018's most read TV network content.

Broadcast Investor: Public trading multiples: TV, radio stocks down to end 2018 as bull market fades: With the exception of Tribune Media, TV stocks ended the year down on higher interest rates and the potential for an overall economic slowdown in 2019. Meanwhile, in the radio sector, the majority of shares hit 52-week lows in the month.

Economics of Internet: Phone viewing keeps climbing for YouTube in 2018: YouTube has faced numerous challenges in the U.S. over-the-top video market in recent years but has emerged largely unscathed, with viewing steadily growing throughout 2018.

Global Multichannel: 2019 outlook for Latin American multichannel, broadband market: Latin America is poised for growth in 2019, but economic and political risks are on the horizon. M&A should remain active, focused in Mexico and Central America, while new service launches should get operators closer to convergence.

Broadcast Investor: Top 20 most read Broadcast Investor articles 2018: As the start of the new year is underway, Kagan looks back at the last 12 months to recap the trends, themes and highlights that Broadcast radio and TV groups and investors have faced over the course of 2018.

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