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Yahoo Closes Down Yahoo Stream

Streaming Service Could Not Compete with Netflix, Amazon or Hulu

Yahoo Screen, the on-demand streaming service and digital home of the new season of former NBC sitcom “Community,” has been shut down by Yahoo. Launched in 2013, Yahoo Screen was a place to house both original programming (like “Sin City Saints” and “Outer Space” and high-profile shows from established networks). But Yahoo Stream, unfortunately, could not compete with heavy hitters like Netflix and Amazon despite licensing deals with Viacom for Comedy Central shows. Its remaining video efforts will redirect to its homepage, and to its existing online verticals like Yahoo Tech and Yahoo Sports. Katie Couric is expected to do her daily news show under the Yahoo News umbrella.

The official statement from Yahoo is as follows:

At Yahoo, we’re constantly reviewing and iterating on our products as we strive to create the best user experience. With that in mind, video content from Yahoo as well as our partners has been transitioned from Yahoo Screen to our Digital Magazine properties so users can discover complementary content in one place.

Written by Marc Berman

Marc Berman

Marc Berman has been writing professionally since 1999 and is the author of weekly column “Mr. Television” for Campaign US (www.campaignlive.com). Most recently, Berman was the creator and Editor-in-Chief of website and newsletter TV Media Insights for Cross MediaWorks. From 1999-2011, he was the Senior Editor for Mediaweek and has also written for The New York Daily News, Variety, The Hollywood Reporter and Emmy Magazine, among others. Berman has also appeared on “Entertainment Tonight,” “Extra,” “Access Hollywood,” “Inside Edition,” “The CBS Evening News,” E!, CNN, CNBC, Fox News and MSNBC.

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