Comcast Combines Vudu And FandangoNow

We Still love Lucille Ball, And Now She Has A Podcast On SiriusXM

BET Plus To Be Available Through Vizio’s SmartCast

BRAND CONNECTIONS

AT&T Completes DirecTV Spinoff

AT&T has completed the spinoff of DirecTV into a new entity part-owned by private equity firm TPG, capping a costly six-year adventure in the satellite TV business. The new entity, whose financials will no longer be included on the AT&T balance sheet, unveiled new branding and a new home for its internet-delivered TV packages. Later this month, DirecTV Stream will become the umbrella for streaming offerings like the one formerly known as AT&T TV Now (originally DirecTV Now).

Gannett Relaunches Linear Channels In Partnership With Amagi

Gannett Co. has relaunched its over-the-top properties in partnership with Amagi, a next-generation media technology company providing the platform for the USA Today News and USA Today SportsWire 24-hour streaming channels. Since launching OTT channels in 2018, Gannett has expanded to more than a dozen Free Ad-Supported Streaming TV (FAST) platforms including Xumo, The Roku Channel, […]

Vizio’s WatchFree+ Delivers New Look, New Channels

Vizio today unveiled an updated experience for its owned-and-operated free streaming video service, WatchFree+,  with an intuitive program guide and an expanded content offering fueled by Vizio’s Inscape data. Home to hundreds of free streaming channels, WatchFree+ continues to be a top destination on Vizio SmartCast. The reimagined WatchFree+ streaming service provides audiences with greater […]

Media Execs Wrestle With Balancing Value Of Cable Nets And Streaming Services

Competing economic incentives are leading NBCUniversal, Disney and WarnerMedia to make difficult decisions about how to program their streaming services. The tension between how to balance streaming video, theatrical release and linear TV is leading to some peculiar choices bound to confuse consumers in what’s becoming an increasingly jumbled landscape.

YouTube Suspends Sky News Australia Over COVID-19 Videos

Hulu + Live TV Adds NFL Network, $9.99/Month Sports Add-On

Can Paramount+ Succeed? One Producer Hopes to Make It So

“He’s our future,” one CBS Studios executive said of Alex Kurtzman, who has a lucrative contract to expand the Star Trek universe — and with it the streaming service’s audience.

Bob Ross Streaming Phenomenon Offers Cautionary Tale

Thanks to searingly modern platforms like Twitch and Pluto TV, the late painter and public TV personality Bob Ross has become a mainstay of the digital universe — particularly during the pandemic, when the popularity of a new Bob Ross channel skyrocketed as people trapped at home turned to their televisions for therapy. Ross provides a reductio ad absurdum for a quiet digital-age truth: A sprinkling of coveted intellectual property can allow a shrewd company to punch well above its weight.

Local Media Consortium Releases First Member Economic Impact Report

The Local Media Consortium, a strategic alliance of local media companies, released its first member economic impact report that “quantifies how its strength-in-numbers business model is helping the industry maximize digital cost savings and revenue for long-term sustainability.” This baseline impact report finds that by banding together to leverage scale, in 2020 the LMC delivered […]

DoubleVerify Ramps Up Its Brand Safety Technology

DoubleVerify, a software platform for digital media measurement, data and analytics, has released enhancements to its connected TV (CTV) brand safety and suitability solution that include DV’s app-level avoidance categories and app store data controls — providing advertisers with additional tools to ensure alignment with suitable inventory and brand equity protection on CTV. On the […]

OTTera Integrates With IRIS.TV

IRIS.TV has added OTTera, a white label OTT service, to the IRIS-enabled open video data ecosystem. With this integration, OTTera streaming CTV content will be contextually segmented by a growing list of data providers including Oracle Advertising, Comscore, GumGum, ZEFR, Kerv Interactive and Advanced Contextual, with all segmentation enabled by IRIS.TV. The new partnership will […]

Univision Names Streaming Leadership Team

The appointments come as the Spanish-language service prepares to launch a two-tier streaming service upon the close of the Televisa-Univision merger.

‘Loki,’ ‘Manifest’ Stay Atop Streaming Chart

Manifest‘s big run on Netflix continued in the week of June 28-July 4, as the canceled NBC series again topped the overall streaming rankings from Nielsen. Loki also rebounded in its fourth week, claiming the No. 1 spot among original streaming shows.

Disney Sued by Scarlett Johansson Over ‘Black Widow’ Streaming Release

The film star says the decision to release the film simultaneously on Disney Plus and in theaters cost her $50 million.

NBCU Has An Olympics Makegood Ad Problem: Is Digital/Streaming The Answer?

NBCUniversal has a growing and somewhat serious early makegoods issue for the Olympics — due to underdelivery of expected viewers, now five days in for the event. The company believes streaming and digital inventory time can lessen the blow. But with viewing numbers down around 35% to 40% or more versus the 2016 Rio Summer Olympics, the near term doesn’t look good — especially on the linear TV side of things, according to media-buying executives.

NATPE Streaming Plus Reveals Speakers, Agenda

HBO Max, Roku, Sinclair, Tubi, Univision, ViacomCBS streaming among companies already confirmed to speak at the third annual NATPE Streaming Plus in L.A. on Sept. 14.

Local Now Adds Ski TV To Its Lineup Of Partner Channels

Allen Media Group’s free streaming platform Local Now is expanding its premier free content with the addition of Ski TV, an Alpine lifestyle and ski/snowboard culture content TV channel based in Amsterdam, Netherlands. The deal will bring Ski TV’s library of original and licensed programming to the Local Now platform where it will entertain global ski and snow sports […]

AccuWeather To Launch Video Streaming Service AccuWeather Now

It will feature 24 hours of continuous daily programming, dedicated to all things weather, including extreme and natural events, global forecasts, climate and weather-related long- and short-form documentaries from across the U.S. and around the world.

MARKET SHARE

Tegna Stations To Stream NBA Draft Special Today

Gawker: The Return

After a failed reboot attempt two years ago, the site that helped set the tone for digital journalism is back.

Fox Nation Adds Warner Bros. Movies

QUARTERLY REPORT

Facebook Profits Top $10B As Revenue Soars

Revenue jumped 56% to $28.58 billion from $18.32 billion. Analysts, on average, were expecting earnings of $3.04 per share and revenue of $24.85 billion, according to a poll by FactSet.

States Say They Will Appeal Dismissal Of Their Facebook Antitrust Suit

A federal judge eviscerated arguments by more than 40 state attorneys general that Facebook had a monopoly.

FTC Head Blames Digital Platforms For Surge In Consumer Fraud

Federal Trade Commission Chairwoman Lina Khan took aim at big technology companies in her first appearance before Congress as the agency’s head, saying online digital platforms are partly to blame for a surge in fraud reported by Americans during the pandemic. “Fraud has continued to surge,“ Khan said Wednesday before the House Energy and Commerce Committee. ”One reason is that fraud today is supercharged by digital platforms where this conduct is tolerated and even promoted.”

Ranger Rick Wants To Explore Streaming Series

OneStream TV Launches Free Streaming Aggregator

Tech startup OneStream TV has launched a super streaming aggregator to allow consumers to use a single platform to discover thousands of free movies and TV shows that are normally scattered across many streaming apps. The platform is available for free to everyone at onestreamtv.com and no subscription or registration is required. As a streaming aggregator that unifies content […]

Olympics Ratings A Bust For NBC But A Boost For Streaming

Ratings for NBC’s telecasts of the 2020 Olympic Games in Tokyo are down significantly from 2016 but still among the most-watched TV events of the year.