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WTOC Owns Facebook In Savannah, Ga.

Raycom’s CBS affiliate dominates social media actions in Savannah over the last six months according to data from audience insight firm Shareablee. WTOC has almost four times the number of actions than its nearest competitor. Sarah Smith, WTOC’s digital content manager: “We make sure that we’re hitting our audiences on all platforms, everywhere we can reach them digitally. We share as much on Facebook as we would anywhere else, as much as we would on the air.”

Hearst Leads Funding Round For SVOD Iflix

Hearst is out in front of a recent $133 million funding round for SVOD service iflix that is fending off the likes of Netflix and Amazon Prime Video in emerging markets. Along with Hearst, Singapore-based EDBI and clients of DBS private bank are new investors in iflix, and are joined by existing investors Evolution Media, Sky PLC, Catcha Group, Liberty Global, Jungle Ventures and PLDT Inc.

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Netflix Acquires Comic Publisher Millarworld

Netflix says it made its first acquisition, comic book publisher Millarworld, with plans to turn its characters into new films and shows for the video streaming service. Millarworld’s graphic novels “Kick-Ass,” “Wanted” and “Kingsman” have already been turned into movies by major studios. Los Gatos, Calif.-based Netflix did not disclose on Monday how much it paid […]

FX Nets, Xfinity Add Another Ad-Free Option

For those existing Xfinity TV customers who pay $5.99 for a monthly upgrade, they can get FX+, a commercial-free option of FX Networks: FX and FXX. It will be available Sept. 5.

Stations Need Better Ratings, Targeted Ads

A new  BIA/Kelsey study says that enhancing station ratings with third-party “Big Data” about viewers’ buying interests “adds substantially to the local TV value proposition” by permitting targeted advertising that would mean local TV broadcasters could become “more competitive with digital pure-play platforms and would see greater revenue growth in better monetizing their broadcast audiences.”

CBS Sets Carriage Deal With DirecTV Now

The new agreement deal will bring CBS-owned TV stations, Showtime, the CW and Pop to the DirecTV Now streaming service. Financial terms of the pact were not disclosed.

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Dish Network’s Way Forward Still Not Clear

It is not exactly a secret that Dish Network has all but given up on its DBS service, choosing instead to concentrate on Sling TV while trying to squeeze out every last penny of profit from the satellite TV business. But the company’s income was way down in the second quarter, even taking into account the $280 million fine in the telemarketing case the company booked in the quarter. And all other key financial indicators declined in the quarter, except for slightly better churn.

 

AT&T Mulls Post-Merger Sale Of CNN, TMZ

There are rumblings at the highest executive levels that AT&T’s top executives are considering divesting some Time Warner assets — including news organization CNN and celebrity gossip site TMZ — after they merge.

FuboTV Taps Ben Grad To Head Content

WaPo’s Gelman To Keynote NewsTECHForum

The Washington Post’s director of video and senior editor will highlight a conference gathering news, technology and digital executives to discuss the newspaper’s aggressive video strategy and role as a multiplatform news competitor.

What’s Behind Amazon’s Push Into Sports

Sports broadcasting is the latest industry to catch Amazon’s eye, but its interest will only turn into intent once it knows whether the likes of tennis and American football can give its video service an edge in its tussle with Netflix. It’s why the e-commerce giant has pursued sports streaming rights in recent months, particularly those with international appeal such as rugby, golf and tennis. These sports could drive Prime subscriptions and viewing in a market where it is still behind Netflix.

McEnany Left CNN To Host Pro-Trump Videos

Cable Firms Embrace Former Foe Netflix

A growing number of U.S. cable operators are forming alliances with Netflix, a shift that is helping the streaming pioneer add customers as its largest single market matures. “We’re now looking at proposals for including Netflix in some services and beginning to learn the bundling part of the business,” Netflix CEO Reed Hastings says.

Tremor Sells ‘Demand-Side’ Ad Platform

U.S. ad tech company Tremor Video is selling its “demand-side platform” to Israel-based mobile advertising firm Taptica for an enterprise value of $50 million continuing a raft of consolidation in a sector facing stiff online competition from Google and Facebook.

Wall Street Journal Tested Live Push Notifications

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Sling Needs To Cut The Cord From Dish

As Charlie Ergen drags his feet in finding a deal for Dish Network Corp., it’s becoming clear that Sling TV especially deserves a new home sooner rather than later. Sling is Dish’s live TV streaming service that starts at $20 a month and offers networks from HGTV and ESPN to CNN and Lifetime — a chubbier skinny bundle, if you will. Its name is also appropriate given that Sling is helping support Dish’s wounded satellite-TV business, as cord cutting accelerates across the industry.

Yelp To Beef Up Lobbying With DC Office

HBO Hack Threatens To Release Emails Sun.

An email purported to be from the hacker or hackers behind the HBO breach is making a fresh wave of threats against the network. While the sender of the email appeared to use a pseudonym, the sender offered evidence of hacked materials to buttress the claim.

Brown Sugar Launches on Roku Devices

Brown Sugar, the new subscription-video-on-demand service from Bounce, is now available on the Roku platform. Roku customers can now watch Brown Sugar’s library of iconic black movies, all un-edited and commercial-free as they were originally seen in theaters. Roku customers can purchase a subscription directly on their Roku device, which will also enable them to access the service at BrownSugar.com and on other Brown […]

YouTube Is The Far Right’s New Talk Radio

Like its fellow mega-platforms Twitter and Facebook, YouTube is an enormous engine of cultural production and a host for wildly diverse communities. But like the much smaller Tumblr (which has long been dominated by lively and combative left-wing politics) or 4chan (which has become a virulent and effective hard-right meme factory) YouTube is host to just one dominant native political community: the YouTube right.

AI Is Changing These Digital Newsrooms

Is the growing adoption of artificial intelligence products by digital publishers a much-needed lifeline for a struggling industry, or the next deadly threat to its survival? Some worry that AI will eventually “take over” journalism, replacing skilled humans with soulless, data-scraping machines. But these three industry leaders are showing how innovative implementation of AI can free newsroom resources to focus on the vital journalistic tasks — like reporting and editing — that humans do best.

Facebook Has New Plan To Curb ‘Fake News’

The company said it has created a software algorithm to flag stories that may be suspicious and send them to third-party fact checkers. If the fact-checkers review the post and write a story debunking it or giving context, that post may appear below the original content on Facebook’s news feed, according to a company blog post.

Trump Launches ‘Real News’ Facebook Series

Discovery Forms Auto Media Joint Venture

The agreement with TEN: The Enthusiast Network will combine: linear network Velocity, MotorTrend.com, the Motor Trend YouTube channel, Motor Trend’s OnDemand OTT service and TEN’s complete portfolio of automotive digital, social, live events and original content.

 

Everyone Wants To Be On TV, Even Gawker

Tonia O’Connor, Univision’s newly appointed CRO, says some of the former Gawker verticals, now called Gizmodo Media, will get shows on Fusion TV. “What we’re really focused on is the magic that can happen when you take digital audiences and convert them to television,” she says. Vice, BuzzFeed and Vox Media are pushing into TV. And even audio startup Gimlet is adapting some of its shows for the small screen.

Food Network Enters Crowded UK Social Food Video Market

How CBS News Is Trying To Reinvent Itself

In the fall of 2014, CBS launched CBSN, a 24-hour streaming news channel available for free online and across all manner of smartphones, tablets and connected TV screens. Nearly three years in, CBSN is profitable. Going forward, the plan is to “take some of the success and reinvest it” into the business, according to Christy Tanner, SVP-GM of CBS News Digital for CBS Interactive. This includes putting money and resources toward new content, distribution partnerships and editorial products, which will often involve working in tandem with other departments in the broader CBS portfolio — a testament to how much CBS higher-ups value CBSN.

‘Black-ish’ Spinoff Gets New Title: ‘Grown-ish’

YouTube Winning Over Top Advertisers Again

Four months after more than 250 brands pulled their advertising from YouTube because ads were appearing next to extremist content, the site’s top-spending marketers are running video ads again, according to new research from ad-sales software firm MediaRadar.