Amazon Looks To Add Live TV To Prime Video

Amazon is looking to add 24/7 live programming to its Prime Video service, according to multiple job listings posted over the past several weeks. The new channels could include live news, music and sports as well as scheduled movies and TV show showings.

Peacock Sets Google Platforms Deal

Peacock, the NBCUniversal streaming service initially launched in April, has set a distribution deal with Google for its national expansion in July. Google platforms and devices spanning Android, Android TV and Chromecast will begin carrying Peacock on July 15. Starting then, Peacock will offer a free tier featuring more than 7,500 hours of movies and TV programming. The higher level, Peacock Premium, will have 15,000 hours of content, and Android and Android TV users will get Premium for free until Oct. 15.

‘Cobra Kai’ Moves From YouTube To Netflix

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Tubi’s Ad Tech And New Content Featured At Inaugural Newfront Presentation

Tubi, a division of Fox Entertainment, made a series of announcements during its inaugural Newfront virtual presentation. With special appearances by The Masked Singer’s Ken Jeong and Nicole Scherzinger, and Fox Entertainment CEO Charlie Collier, the company said it will launch new advertising solutions, partnerships with key demand side platforms (DSPs), as well as a number of […]

Hulu Opens ‘Gateway’ To Interactive Ads

Hulu, in its first upfront as part of The Walt Disney Co., emphasized new ways its advertisers could reach streaming viewers. Advertisers including direct-to-consumer marketers SmileDirectClub, The RealReal and SweetGreen are among the launch partners for what Hulu is calling Gateway Go, which using interactive second-screen technology to send viewers QR codes and push notifications, so that those viewers can immediately react to brand offers on their mobile devices.

What’s Facebook’s Deal With Donald Trump?

Mark Zuckerberg has forged an uneasy alliance with the Trump administration. He may have gotten too close.

Affils Ask FCC To Revive Item Regulating OTT

Affiliates of ABC, CBS, Fox and NBC are asking FCC Chairman Ajit Pai to revive a years-old proposal to regulate some over-the-top video providers, providers currently beyond the agency’s reach in terms of program access and must-carry/retransmission consent rules.

Digital Publisher Owned By Hearst And Verizon Accused Of Racism, Misogyny

Facebook Plans To Boost Workforce Diversity

In a blog post on the social network’s website, Chief Operating Officer Sandberg said Facebook will have 30% more people of color, including 30% more Black employees, in leadership positions within the next five years.

Twitter Flags Trump Tweet Featuring Fake CNN Chyron As ‘Manipulated Media’

Facebook Cuts Trump Ads With Nazi Image

It took use of Nazi symbols by the Trump re-election campaign, but Facebook has now budged a bit from its “hands off” policy for political ads and speech. The platform has removed at least a few of the campaign’s ads for violating its policy against organized hate.

Black Creators Sue YouTube, Alleging Racial Discrimination

Facebook Takes Down Trump Ads Featuring Symbol Used By Nazis To Mark Political Prisoners

YouTube Adds Direct-Response Ad Formats

YouTube is experimenting with new ways to make video ads actionable, drive leads to increase performance, and automate content delivery across the platform. Alphabet and Google CEO Sundar Pichai mentioned YouTube’s direct-response business during the company’s 1Q earnings call in April, saying it has been a profitable focus for the company. Advertisers requested the support.

Zoom Vows To Protect User Privacy With End-To-End Encryption

Bill Banning Microtargeted Political Ads Draws Crowd

FCC’s Starks: Trump Trying To ‘Work The Refs’

FCC Commissioner Geoffrey Starks said today that for the commission to consider President Trump’s executive order on social media during the run-up to the election “risks producing a chilling effect construed to make social media companies less willing to flag misinformation.”

SiriusXM Acquires Podcast Platform Simplecast

Netflix CEO Donating $120M To HBCUs

Netflix CEO Reed Hastings and his wife, Patty Quillin, are donating $120 million toward student scholarships at historically black colleges and universities. The couple is giving $40 million to each of three institutions: the United Negro College Fund, Spelman College and Morehouse College. The organizations said it is the largest individual gift in support of student scholarships at HBCUs.

Litton’s ‘Mission Unstoppable’ To Launch Globally On CuriosityStream

CuriosityStream — the factual streaming, on-demand and linear channel service from Discovery Channel founder John Hendricks — and Litton Entertainment today announced an international distribution partnership for Litton’s Mission Unstoppable, produced in partnership with Lyda Hill Philanthropies’ IF/THEN Initiative.  Hosted by Miranda Cosgrove, the series features women role models in science, technology, engineering and math (STEM) with the objective […]

Hawley Unveils Bill Targeting Big Tech’s Shield

Sen. Josh Hawley (R-Mo.) will introduce legislation today that would give consumers grounds to sue companies like Facebook or Twitter over accusations of selective censorship of political speech.

Facebook Lets You Skip Political Ads

The change lets Facebook play both sides of the debate about political advertising on social media.

ViacomCBS CEO Talks CBS All Access Reboot

ViacomCBS CEO Bob Bakish detailed changes to CBS All Access, including 15,000 hours of new Viacom and CBS programming and sports content, as he discussed a planned relaunch in 2021 of the streaming service on Tuesday. “The second part of our strategy is to transform All Access into a super service,” Bakish told the Credit Suisse Annual Virtual Communications Conference during a session that was webcast.

Publishers, Tech Firms Call On Ad Industry To Disable Audience Data In The Programmatic Bidstream

16 DC Shows To Gather For Virtual ‘DC FanDome’ Event

More Americans Are Paying For Online News

The percentage of people paying for news online continues to increase — and people may even pay for more than one subscription. People worldwide blame domestic politicians most for spreading false and misleading information online. And more people than ever are getting news from Instagram, with 18- to 24-year-olds more than twice as likely as other age groups to prefer getting their news from social media. This is according to a new study from Oxford’s Reuters Institute for the Study of Journalism

Slavich To Lead Netflix Program Publicity

Publicity veteran Michelle Slavich is leaving Warner Bros. Pictures for Netflix. In her new role as VP publicity, Slavich will oversee the communications for the streamer’s series, film and documentary programming in the U.S. and Canada. She will report to Netflix communications chief Rachel Whetstone, with whom she previously worked at Google.

Nexstar Digital Adopts FreeWheel’s Strata

The new agreement allows advertisers and agencies easy access to Nexstar’s digital audience of 106 million monthly uniques and the broadcast industry’s widest reach of 63% of U.S. TV households gives them the ability to send orders electronically directly in their Strata workflow.

Katzenberg, Whitman Struggle With Quibi

Two veteran executives with contrasting styles are launching Quibi, an on-the-go streaming service, during a pandemic. Its success hinges, in part, on whether the duo can overcome their sometimes clashing styles and leverage their more than 80 years of combined business experience. At its current pace, Quibi will sign up fewer than two million paying subscribers by the end of the app’s first year, a person familiar with its operations said, well under its original target of 7.4 million.

Dalet, Bitmovin Join Forces To Power OTT For Australia’s National Rugby League

Dalet and Bitmovin announced today a new collaboration designed to improve preparation and accelerate delivery of OTT content for broadcasters, sports leagues and teams, brands, and other media-rich companies. The first organization to take advantage of the new technology partnership is Australia’s National Rugby League (the NRL). The workflow integration, which features the advanced media […]