Hulu Dropping Sinclair Regional Sports Networks

Hulu says its live TV service will no longer carry the Fox regional sports networks now owned by Sinclair Broadcast Group, effective Friday. In a post on its website, Hulu said it will “no longer have the rights” to distribute the channels. The move comes after the end of the baseball season and follows the networks being dropped Oct. 1 by YouTube TV, another virtual MVPD aimed at sports fans.

Deluxe Appoints Anna Lee Chief Strategy Officer

Deluxe, a global provider of digital and cloud-based solutions to content production studios and distributors, today appointed Anna Lee to the newly created role of chief strategy officer. She will report directly to Deluxe CEO Cyril Drabinsky and be responsible for developing, communicating, executing, and sustaining strategic initiatives for the company. In making the announcement, […]

Verance Claims Solution To Prevent Emerging Issues With Nielsen’s DAI

The technology comes amid industry fears that Nielsen’s fingerprint-based Dynamic Advertising Insertion technology, debuting in new TVs this quarter, will insert ads or measure content on Netflix, Hulu and others without permission.

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ESPN Moving High-Profile Features, Analysis Behind ESPN+ Paywall

Forget Antitrust Laws. To Limit Tech, Some Say A New Regulator Is Needed

Even as the Justice Department filed an antitrust suit against Google on Tuesday for unlawfully maintaining a monopoly in search and search advertising, a growing number of legal experts and economists have started questioning whether traditional antitrust is up to the task of addressing the competitive concerns raised by today’s digital behemoths. Further help, they said, is needed.

Lee Sears Named GM, Digital, Ad Sales At ViacomCBS Int’l Nets

Quibi’s End Spurs Hand-Wringing For Partners

The demise of Quibi, the short-form video service led by Jeffrey Katzenberg and Meg Whitman, will cause complications for a wide range of TV partners who supplied new and often innovative programming to the streaming upstart, which promised to deliver top-quality entertainment in episodes that would last ten minutes or less. CBS News, NBC News, the BBC, Steven Spielberg, Guillermo del Toro, Kevin Hart, Queen Latifah and Chrissy Teigen were among the popular actors and media entities that latched on to the venture.

Quibi Shutting Down Just Months After Launch

The company said Wednesday that it would wind down its operations and plans to sell its assets. “Quibi is not succeeding,” its top executives, Jeffrey Katzenberg and Meg Whitman, bluntly declared in a letter posted online. The video platform — designed for people who were out and about to watch on their phones — was one of a slew of new streaming services started to challenge Netflix over the past few years, most of which were part of much bigger tech and entertainment companies, like Apple and Disney.

TVN'S TV2025

Examining NBCU, Station Group Of The Year

Led by Valari Staab, the group has surged with vital investments in its technology and newsrooms. She talks about the creation of new facilities that have charted an early path to the industry’s IP future; bilingual collaborations with Telemundo stations and expanded investigations that have elevated its reporting; and NBCLX, which has successfully targeted a new generation of local news viewers with innovative, multiplatform approaches to news storytelling. Read the story and/or watch the full video  above.

TVN’S TV2025

Unique Content, Better UX Sustaining New Local Viewers On Digital

Digital executives from Tegna, Gray, Nexstar and Allen Media said they’re holding on to some of their surging COVID and protest audiences by ramping up their digital user experiences, cultivating loyalty programs and offering up plenty of bespoke content on their digital platforms. Read the story and/or watch the full video  above.

‘Peanuts’ Holiday Specials Won’t Air On TV For 1st Time In Decades

Quibi Weighs Shutting Down As Problems Mount

The streaming service is considering shutting itself down, according to people familiar with the matter, a move that points to a possible crash landing for a once-highflying startup that raised $1.75 billion in capital.

How Will Disney’s Streaming Pivot Work?

As the Hollywood giant hands studio leaders greater control over the content they create and builds out a new distribution division, the shake-up raises new questions.

NBCLX Presents ‘LXtion 2020’ Special Reports

With two weeks left until Election Day, NBCLX, an OTT and linear network designed for adults 18-45, today announced a series of video stories about the issues that are motivating millennials and Gen Z-ers to exercise their right to vote in this year’s election. The news series also includes “What Could Happen?” special reports that ask the provocative […]

Spectrum Networks Launches Polling And Election Hub To Help Voters Prepare For Election Day

As part of Spectrum Networks’ commitment to cover locally relevant issues, Spectrum News has launched Decision 2020: The Election Hub, a digital destination for voters to find local resources and reliable information to prepare for the 2020 election. Additionally, in partnership with market research firm Ipsos, Spectrum Networks conducted its first Spectrum News Poll in […]

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Automation, digital-friendly content and a local meteorologist can dramatically increase video views in apps, OTT, web

TV stations can rapidly increase digital video views — and advertising impressions — by adding automated tools that enable meteorologists to easily produce mobile friendly forecasts and schedule them to appear throughout the day, according to a Fireside Chat that took place during TV2025: Monetizing the Future. One TV station expanded mobile video views from 3,000-4,000 per month to 80,000-90,000 per month just 30 days after implementing Max Engage. Newer tools like Weather Insight use AI to target weather to users’ exact location.

COMMENTARY BY ALAN WOLK

TV At The Tipping Point

Alan Wolk: How is the industry going to handle this new interim period, where traditional pay TV is far from dead, but streaming is rapidly growing an audience?

AT&T Officially Announces In-Car Streaming

AT&T has officially launched its in-car video streaming service WarnerMedia Ride, offering it free to owners of 27 vehicle brands who have AT&T unlimited data connected car service. Ride will include news, sports and entertainment programming from brands including Bleacher Report, Boomerang, Cartoon Network, CNN, TBS, TNT and more. AT&T also plans to offer HBO Max on qualifying data plans next year.

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CBS’s Subramanyam: Live Still Thrives In Pandemic

Radha Subramanyam, chief research and analytics officer at CBS Corp., says linear TV isn’t dead yet: “The live experience is very, very special; Americans are always looking for live.” She also addresses questions on how many streaming options viewers will accept and predicted that a common currency for streaming metrics probably won’t arrive anytime soon, so the industry should do its best to be comfortable with the uncertainty and the presence of multiple metrics — at least for the time being. Watch the full interview above.

QUARTERLY REPORT

Netflix 3Q Sees Slump In Sub Growth

The drop-off disclosed Tuesday in Netflix’s latest earnings report was more dramatic than management had warned it might be. After picking up 2.2 million customers in the July-September period, Netflix finished the quarter with 195.2 million worldwide subscribers. Earlier, company had forecast an addition of 2.5 million subscribers during the quarter.

Sinclair Names A VP Of Digital Sports News

Veteran sports news executive David Morgan will lead Sinclair’s digital sports news strategy across 21 RSN brands and Stadium.

Justice Files Landmark Antitrust Case Against Google

The lawsuit marks the government’s most significant attempt to protect competition since its groundbreaking case against Microsoft more than 20 years ago. It could be an opening salvo ahead of other major government antitrust actions, given ongoing investigations of major tech companies including Apple, Amazon and Facebook at both the Justice Department and the Federal Trade Commission.

Biden Draws More Online Engagement As Election Nears

ViacomCBS Names Tom Ryan CEO Of Streaming

ViacomCBS today named Tom Ryan, currently CEO of Pluto TV, as president and CEO, ViacomCBS Streaming, unveiling a new leadership structure for its evolving global free and pay streaming services. Marc DeBevoise will step down from his role as chief digital officer, ViacomCBS, and president and CEO, ViacomCBS Digital, serving in an advisory capacity for the remainder of 2020 to support the transition and ongoing transformation of the digital organization.

AT&T CEO Blasts Amazon, Roku ‘Bottlenecks’

AT&T is nearly five months out from the launch of HBO Max and the service still doesn’t have distribution agreements in place with Amazon or Roku. CEO John Stankey, speaking Monday at the WSJ Tech Live event, said the impasses demonstrate how platform companies, not network providers, have begun to hamstring access to apps and services.

Super Aggregator ScreenHits TV Launches Beta

The debut of the limited software tool comes after the London startup bags another $2 million from its angel investors.

Facebook Blocks 2.2M Political Ads

Facebook tagged warnings to 150 million misleading election-related posts, and 2.2 million ads were rejected because they failed to complete the political ad authorization process.

‘Away’ Canceled After Single Season On Netflix

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NBCLX Goes Bold For Next-Gen Audiences

NBCLX is NBCUniversal Owned Television Stations’ multiplatform lab for storytelling innovation, iterating across digital, diginets and OTT. It’s turning news conventions on their head in a bid to build loyal younger audiences. Above, LXNews hosts Ashley Holt and Nik Zecevic at its studio at KXAS Dallas.

Tubi Announces Acquisition Deal With China’s Wanda Pictures