Mutable Secures $1.5M Seed Round For Flagship Edge Computing Product

Mutable, a pioneer in public edge cloud technology, today announced completion of a $1.5 million seed round led by Lunar Ventures and Fly Ventures with participation from Momenta Ventures, Acequia Capital and Charlie Songhurst. The funds will be used to further develop Mutable’s public edge cloud, add staff to their product and business development teams […]

Zoom’s Privacy Practices Under Scrutiny

As the videoconferencing platform’s popularity has surged, Zoom has scrambled to address a series of data privacy and security problems.

Behind Roku’s Ad-Supported Strategy

Connected-TV giant Roku is betting big on ad-supported streaming. With millions of people suddenly sequestered at home, it may be just the right time. Streaming hours are up. Viewers spent about 40% more time streaming both ad-supported and subscription TV March 16 through 22, compared with the previous week, according to data from Vizio Inc. Matthew Anderson, the company’s chief marketing officer, explains its strategy and talks about how viewing habits have changed during the coronavirus crisis.

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Streaming Soars, Especially During Daytime

Streaming viewing rose 26% in the U.S. from March 9 to March 23 as viewers stayed home to avoid spreading the coronavirus, streaming intelligence company Conviva reported. The increases were largest in daytime, with a 39% jump between 10 a.m and 5 p.m. as people streamed news, shows and movies.

John Krasinski And Steve Carell Hold Mini ‘Office’ Reunion

EXECUTIVE SESSION WITH CATHERINE BADALAMENTE

TVN Executive Session | Graham Keeps Faith In Digital, NextGen TV

Graham Media’s SVP and Chief Innovation Officer Catherine Badalamente is pivoting quickly to deal with the new realities of coronavirus-era broadcasting, but she saw disruption on the horizon before that. She says digital platforms like OTT and NextGen TV offer some of the best hedges against future disruption, if only legacy salespeople can finally get on side.

InfoComm 2020 Canceled In Light Of Coronavirus

The News In The Age Of The Coronavirus

Can a fragile media ecosystem survive the pandemic? With the misinformation emanating from the Trump White House, the need for reliable, widely-accessible information and facts is more urgent than ever. Yet the economic shutdown created by the spread of COVID-19 promises to decimate advertising revenue, which could doom more digital news outlets and local newspapers.

Facebook Pledges $100M To Support News

As lockdowns and stay-in-place orders continue to be extended in countries around the world, millions of people are spending their days frequenting online publications to find out the latest about the COVID-19 pandemic. That’s part of the reason Facebook has announced it will spend an additional $100 million to support the news industry during the crisis.

Internet Showing Strain Despite Bit-Throttling

Despite recently initiated efforts by major platforms to throttle back their use of the internet’s bandwidth during the surging use driven by the coronavirus pandemic, the internet is showing growing signs of strain. Potential shutdowns or compromised net service are of grave concern to governments and health care professionals around the world, of course.

Fuse Media Unveils Call-To-Action, Pro-Social Responsibility Initiative

Fuse Media, a cross-platform entertainment media brand for the multicultural millennial and GenZ audience, is launching Be Change, a new call-to-action, social responsibility initiative that will educate, inform and empower this audience to be actively involved  in driving change for a better tomorrow.  Be Change will also give this audience the resources to become participants and improve their individual […]

Slate Launches A Metered Paywall

With Ad Rates Falling, Snopes Can’t Keep Up With Coronavirus Misinformation

Amazon Surprisingly Lags Competitors

Web trackers see Amazon flat or trailing rivals as a survey data show sales declines in many categories — and yet, an influx of direct-to-consumer brands is driving up ad costs.

Meredith’s Phoenix Stations Host Virtual Job Fair To Help Unemployed

Weather Channel Names New Host Of Weekend Show On Quibi

Major Brand Pulls Ads From Virus Content

The coronavirus pandemic has inspired an unprecedented surge in news readership. But it hasn’t created a concurrent surge in advertising revenue — starving news organizations of the resources they desperately need in a time of crisis. Advertisers are pulling back what they are spending, and refusing to allow their ads to be placed next to stories that report on the pandemic.

‘Messiah’ Canceled After Single Season On Netflix

Syncbak’s SBTV Debuts Dedicated COVID-19 Ch.

Viewers are able to tap into a curated 24/7 channel featuring COVID-19 segments from local stations across the country.

Working From Home Makes You Vulnerable To Hackers. Here’s How To Stay Safe

Demand For COVID-19 Facts On WhatsApp Is Skyrocketing

NewsGuard Busts Websites Sharing Fake Coronavirus Information

Netflix Says It Has Fixed Outage That Hit Some In US, UK

WMC Memphis Broadcasts Home School Lessons On Subchannel

The coronavirus pandemic has forced widespread school closures in the United States and an unprecedented disruption of K-12 education. For children living in homes without broadband internet service, the lack of schooling cannot simply be replaced by online distant learning substitutes. Gray Television’s NBC affiliate WMC Memphis (DMA 51), in partnership with Shelby County Schools, is offering […]

Local Media Traffic Spikes 48% In Wake Of COVID-19

As millions of Americans around the country are being ordered to shelter in place and work from home, newsrooms across the U.S. are working harder than ever to keep their readers informed on the latest news involving the COVID-19 pandemic. As a result, traffic across the TownNews customer network — made up of more than […]

iSpot.tv Adds TiVo Data To Ad Measurement System

Thousands Of Netflix Outages Reported In US

On DownDetector.com, a website used to track outages, there was a spike in reported outages Wednesday around 9:30 a.m. PT. About 3,000 outages were reported between 9:30 a.m. and 10 a.m. PT, with most of the complaints coming from the West Coast and Northeast, according to the site’s tracking map. More than 40% of the outages were due to “no connection,” while 35% complained “video streaming” wasn’t functioning properly.

What Twitter’s Removal Of 1Q Guidance Tells Us About Broader Digital Ad Market

Olympics Delay A Blow To NBC’s Peacock

When NBC revealed its streaming-war entry Peacock to investors in January, presenters made no secret of their big weapon: the Tokyo Olympics. With Tuesday’s postponement of the games as a result of the coronavirus, whether Peacock should launch as planned on July 15 is suddenly in question, too.

Facebook ‘Just Trying To Keep The Lights On’

The social network is straining to deal with skyrocketing usage as its 45,000 employees work from home for the first time.