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 […]

Spotify Staked Its Future On Podcasts. Then The Pandemic Changed How We Listen

FCC Diversity Committee: Yes, There Is Systemic Racism

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O’Rielly Voices Doubt About Trump Order

Republican FCC Commissioner Mike O’Rielly said he’s unsure whether his agency has the authority to carry out President Trump’s executive order targeting tech firms’ legal protections.

Large Trove Of History-Making ‘Ed Sullivan Show’ Archives To Stream Online

John Cleese Slams Removal Of ‘Fawlty Towers’ Episode From Streaming Site

White House Chief Digital Officer Leaves To Launch Tech Firm

Refomery29 Reeling From Claims Of Racism, Toxic Work Culture

Tom Hanks War Drama ‘Greyhound’ Set For July 10 Debut On Apple TV Plus

Web Inventor: Closing Digital Divide Must Be Top Priority

UNITED NATIONS (AP) — World Wide Web inventor Tim Berners-Lee said Thursday the COVID-19 pandemic demonstrates “the gross inequality” of a world where almost half the population is unable to connect to the internet. He told a high-level U.N. meeting “our number one focus must be to close the digital divide.” Some 3.5 billion people […]

Biden Preps Attack On Facebook Speech Policies

The campaign will urge its supporters to push the social media giant to strengthen its rules against misinformation and harmful comments.

’60 In 6′ Premieres Sunday On Quibi

ViacomCBS Employees Pressure Pluto TV To Stop Streaming New Bill O’Reilly Show

Hulu Cancels ‘Harlots’ And ‘Reprisal’

Some Advertisers Take Timeout From Facebook

Ever since Mark Zuckerberg defended the platform’s hands-off policy toward posts by President Trump that contained misinformation or promoted violence, some companies are staying away.

GOP Senators Urge FCC Crackdown On Social

Digital rights groups and the ad industry view President Trump’s recent order regarding social media as a threat to the First Amendment. But four Republican senators said Tuesday the order marks an “important step” to addressing “censorship” by social media companies.

Pluto TV Hits The 100 Channel Mark in UK

HBO Max Removes Civil War Epic ‘Gone With The Wind’

FCC Provides Push To Internet Broadcasting

Today, the FCC voted unanimously to help promote broadcasting as a new ancillary/competitive broadband service by making it clear that legacy broadcast TV attribution and ownership regulations do not apply to broadcast-delivered internet services like over-the-top video and data made possible by the ATSC 3.0 broadcast transmission standard.

Axios Allows Its Reporters To Join Protests

In a company memo, Jim VandeHei, the chief executive of the politics news site, said he supported staff members’ right to march, adding that the publisher would cover bail for any employee who is arrested.

TikTok Sees Live Broadcasts In Its Future

TikTok’s popularity skyrocketed with the help of short, quirky dance and lip-syncing videos. Now the social media app is betting that live broadcasts and educational content will play a bigger part in its future.

Digital Ad Spend Began Recovering In May

In March as the coronavirus crisis began escalating rapidly, publishers and ad tech companies battened down the hatches. Advertisers had begun to pause spend and media industry executives braced themselves for an even worse second quarter. By most accounts, April was a terrible month too, according to the 13 publishing, ad tech executives and industry experts Digiday contacted for this article. But in May, things began looking up — albeit moderately.

Megaphone TV Signs Exclusive Production Development Deal With 79th & York Entertainment

Megaphone TV, a provider of TV and multi-platform interactivity, has signed an exclusive production development deal with David Armour’s 79th & York Entertainment. Megaphone TV’s polling, trivia, and social platform creates interactive storytelling moments and transactional ad campaigns with broadcast partners that include ABC, NBC, Fox, Bravo and CNN International. Megaphone is a cloud-based solution […]

WORKING LUNCH WEBINAR

TVN To Present: Optimizing Spot TV In A Challenging Economy

Leading spot TV advertising and technology executives will address how the global coronavirus pandemic has affected their business during a TVNewsCheck Working Lunch Webinar set for June 25 at 1 p.m. ET. Speakers will talk about geo-targeting in a patchwork of DMAs in different stages of coping with the crisis; new categories and opportunities, and progress on impression-based selling, performance-based campaigns and the rollout of technologies to streamline and optimize transactions. Register here

 

Silicon Valley’s Embrace Of Content Moderation

Many in tech cheered when Twitter added labels to President Trump’s tweets. But civil libertarians caution that social media companies are moving into uncharted waters.

Kids TV Vet Loesch Named Exec Chairman Of Kartoon

‘Law & Order’ Spinoff Likely Bound For Peacock

A long-brewing Law & Order spinoff may eventually land with a new home, so as to most genuinely tell its stories. Law & Order: Hate Crimes was given a 13-episode order back in September 2018, though NBC pressed pause on the spinoff six months later. Now, SVU showrunner Warren Leight, who has been shepherding the Hate Crimes offshoot, told the latest edition of THR’s TV’s Top 5 podcast, “I think it was perceived to be a better fit with Peacock,” NBCU’s new streaming service. “The vocabulary people use when they commit hate crimes is not acceptable on network television, and that’s an interesting consideration.”

U.S. Connected TV Homes Reach 80%

Leichtman Research Group study says fourth-fifths of households have at least one OTT-capable viewing appliance, up from 74% in 2018.

Facebook To Label Pages And Posts From State-Controlled Media

Quibi Senior Executives To Take 10% Pay Cut

Quibi is implanting pay cuts for senior executives as its two-month-old entertainment app struggles to catch on with viewers amid the coronavirus pandemic. Senior executives, including CEO Meg Whitman and Chairman Jeffrey Katzenberg, will take a 10% pay cut in an effort “to tighten our belt,” they wrote in a memo to staff on Wednesday morning.