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Media & Comm, most read: Film financing; end of Comcast-NBC merger conditions

Here are the most read stories of the week.

Hollywood film financing, distribution model evolves as online services abound

With new digital platforms connecting producers to audiences and investors, independent filmmakers are finding cracks in the traditional Hollywood studio model. Rather than pitching a film at festivals to attract a studio buyer or going to banks for bonds against equity, tax incentives and foreign sales on what is typically a high-risk venture, a filmmaker can pitch a concept on a crowdfunding site, market on social platforms and partner with ticketing platforms for other sales and marketing opportunities.

Film studios, theaters, tech companies look to a more integrated future of film

Hollywood studios and theater chains are looking at digital content just as tech companies are wading into the traditional film business. This is the second article in a two-part series about the future of film.

Data Dispatch: Major mobile operators around Europe face uphill struggle to lift ARPU

In spite of the explosive growth in the use of smartphones in recent years, mobile operators across Europe are struggling to improve their average revenue per user. Competitive pressure from over-the-top players including Facebook Inc.'s WhatsApp and Microsoft Corp.'s Skype in core areas such as messaging and calling has made it even more crucial for the telecom industry to reverse years of slowing revenue streams.

Fresh concerns rise as Comcast-NBC merger conditions sunset

After seven years, the regulatory conditions on Comcast Corp.'s NBCUniversal Media LLC purchase expired Sept. 1. While consumer advocates had pushed for an extension, a legal expert said it was never in the cards under the department's current antitrust division.

Q&A: Healthcare tech CEO sees advantages to pay TV partnerships

Independa Inc. founder and CEO Kian Saneii sees the television, a familiar device already in most U.S. homes, as an ideal option for providing in-home interactive healthcare experiences.