Philo Enters Marketing Deal With Best Buy

NBCU’s Peacock Launches ‘Meet The Press Reports’

‘Cobra Kai’ Karate Kicks Into Nielsen’s Weekly Streaming Rankings

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Netflix Launches Latest Production Hub In Vancouver

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TVN Tech | Broadcast Hackers Drawn To Email Targeting

Email remains one of the main ways through which attackers gain entry into broadcasters’ networks, and they change their methods of attack quickly. Good training not to click on suspect links is an essential defense. Above: Akamai multi-factor authentication access control on a smartwatch. Multi-factor authentication requires multiple pieces of identification before granting access.

TikTok Bans Some Advertisements

TikTok on Wednesday announced plans to tighten its advertising policies on weight loss and dieting products such as fasting apps and weight-loss supplements, and increase restrictions on ads that promote a harmful or negative body image.

TVN’S OTT NEWS SUMMIT 2020

Pandemic Boosts Streaming, But Discovery Challenges Linger

Executives from Newsy, CBC and Fox Soul have seen record-high pandemic viewership, but they have to maintain a strong ground game in making sure their OTT channels are visible and top-of-mind for new potential viewers. “Operational minutiae” is key to maintaining that visibility in a crowded ecosystem of different platforms and apps, they say.

TVN’S OTT NEWS SUMMIT 2020

For News Streaming, Election Is Proving Ground

Executives from CNN, ABC News, E.W. Scripps, Gray and Yahoo say the 2020 election provides them an opportunity to build on the audiences surges they’ve seen on their streaming platforms since the pandemic.

CNN Closes Book On Great Big Story Streaming Hub

China Threatens To Kill TikTok Deal

China has no reason to approve the “dirty” and “unfair” deal that allows Oracle and Walmart to effectively take over TikTok based on “bullying and extortion,” slammed an editorial published Wednesday in China Daily, an official English-language newspaper of the Chinese Communist Party.

Social Media Platforms Put Muscle Into National Voter Registration Day

‘West Wing’ Reunion Special Hits HBO Max Oct. 15

Sinclair Names D2C Gamification Chief Business Officer

J.R. McCabe, a veteran content creation, sales and marketing and product development executive, is picked to fill the new position.

Digital News Veteran William Earl Named Editor Of Variety.com

ByteDance, Oracle Stalled Over TikTok Terms

ByteDance and Oracle Corp issued conflicting statements on Monday over the terms of an agreement they reached with the White House over the weekend to allow TikTok to continue to operate in the United States, casting doubt on President Donald Trump’s preliminary blessing of the deal.

Quibi Explores Strategic Options Including Sale

Streaming service Quibi is exploring several strategic options including a possible sale, according to people familiar with the situation, as the company founded by Hollywood mogul Jeffrey Katzenberg struggles to sign up subscribers in a competitive online-video marketplace.

What The TikTok Deal Achieved

The saga of TikTok had everything: Ominous threats of surveillance. A forced fire sale. Threats of retaliation. Head-spinning deal terms that morphed by the hour. Dark horse bidders and a looming deadline. Now, as the dust settles on the weeks of drama over the social media app, investors and others are asking what it was all for. The answer? A cloud computing contract for the Silicon Valley business software company OracleT, a merchandising deal for Walmart and a claim of victory for President Trump.

ViacomCBS’ Noggin Subscription Service Launches On Amazon in Europe

Trump Backs Proposed TikTok Deal

Trump said the proposed deal between Oracle and Walmart will result in a new company likely to be based in Texas. “I have given the deal my blessing,” he said. “If they get it done, that’s great. If they don’t, that’s OK too.”

NBCU, Roku Strike Peacock Streaming Deal

On Friday, Roku and NBCUniversal reached a deal bringing Peacock, NBCU’s recently launched streaming service, to Roku, while also keeping a number of other NBC apps on the platform.

Republicans Ask DOJ To Prosecute Netflix Over ‘Cuties’

Saying that the Sundance award-winning film Cuties meets the definition of child pornography, almost three dozen Republican members of Congress led by Rep. Jim Banks of Indiana have called on Attorney General Bill Barr to prosecute Netflix for distributing it.

Roku And Peacock Clash Over Carriage

Roku, a major streaming gatekeeper, has reached an impasse with NBCUniversal over its nascent Peacock service and a swath of NBCU apps is about to go dark as a result. As soon as overnight Friday into Saturday, 11 national “TV Everywhere” apps, which are available to pay-TV subscribers, will disappear due to the dispute. Dozens of other local apps from NBC and Telemundo stations, which are available only to Roku viewers in those local markets, are also hanging in the balance.

US Bans WeChat, TikTok From App Stores

The Commerce Department said President Trump’s proposed ban of the apps WeChat and TikTok will go into effect Sunday, Sept. 20, to “safeguard the national security of the United States.” The order follows weeks of dealmaking over the video-sharing service TikTok. President Donald Trump has pressured the app’s Chinese owner to sell TikTok’s U.S. operations to a domestic company to satisfy U.S. concerns over TikTok’s data collection and related issues.

Using The ‘Netflix Experience’ To Deliver Local Investigations

Some people flock to streaming platforms for juicy dramas. Others queue up quirky comedies. But there’s also an audience willing to binge-watch local journalism. Just ask NBC Bay Area (KNTV). Last week, the NBC O&O dropped its second season of Derailed, an in-depth digital series investigating problems at BART, the Bay Area’s beleaguered public transit system. The whole project lives on NBCBayArea.com, YouTube and Apple TV, ready to stream in six digestible episodes ranging from about 4 to 15 minutes long.

Officials: Trump To Block U.S. Downloads Of TikTok, WeChat On Sunday

The U.S. Commerce Department plans to issue an order today that will bar people in the United States from downloading Chinese-owned messaging app WeChat and video-sharing app TikTok starting on this Sunday, Sept. 20, according to three officials.

Nielsen Launches Global Campaign Outcomes Database

Nielsen is launching Compass, a global database designed to establish syndicated standards and shared definitions for campaign outcomes measurement across platforms and regions. The campaign elements in the aggregated dataset — updated annually with about 25,000 campaign ROIs across 100 categories and 50 countries — include brands, pricing, promotions and media platforms.

‘Lucifer’ Tops Nielsen’s Weekly Streaming Rankings

The Tom Ellis show has rocketed its way to the top of Nielsen’s weekly top 10 shows on streaming list for the week of Aug. 17, removing The Umbrella Academy from top spot for the first time. Season 5 of Lucifer premiered that week, hence its hellishly strong performance.

TVSquared, Blockgraph Team Up On Cross-Channel Measurement

TV measurement and attribution firm TVSquared and Blockgraph, which securely connects data providers and users, said they are working together to provide omni-channel TV measurement and attribution capabilities.

Backlash Grows To TikTok-Oracle Deal

Senate Republicans and others criticized the latest plan to allow TikTok to continue operating in the United States, citing national security concerns.

 

Larry Wilmore Ready To Talk Politics, Culture

Wilmore, his new weekly series for the Peacock streaming service, came together on the fly but, as he describes it, promises to be a better fit for the writer, performer and producer of shows like Black-ish and The Mayor. The half-hour show debuts Friday with soccer great Megan Rapinoe, Missouri Democratic Congressional candidate Cori Bush and comedian-writer Amber Ruffin, another new Peacock host.