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.
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.
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.
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.
NBC News recently began production on Stay Tuned, a twice-daily newscast produced exclusively for users of the social media platform Snapchat. Young anchors Gadi Schwartz and Savannah Sellers tape their two-to-three minute programs in the Rockefeller Center studio belonging to the company where such innovations as color TV were developed. But making a newscast designed for a vertical screen of a mobile device did not require a technological breakthrough.
Two years ago, Comcast announced it would launch a live streaming service called Stream TV that would include your local network affiliates, and HBO, for just $15 a month. However, since that ballyhooed announcement, the cable operator has launched Stream in just two markets — Chicago and Boston. But now, Comcast says, Stream will finally go nationwide later this year, although it will carry the name, Xfinity Instant TV.