YouTube Sets SD As Global Default Video Quality

WarnerMedia: Streaming Of HBO Now Up 40% In Past Week

Public TV Stations Expand Remote Learning Services

One week after seven local public television stations announced remote learning partnerships with state and local education authorities, stations in 25 states have joined the effort to teach millions of students suddenly homebound by school closures in response to the coronavirus outbreak. “This is one of public television’s finest hours,” said Patrick Butler, president and […]

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Virus Revives Facebook As News Powerhouse

More than half of all news consumption on Facebook in America is about the virus, according to an internal report.

Rising Tolerance For Streaming Ads

A new survey of U.S. consumers finds that 76% say they’re willing to see ads in exchange for watching free streaming video. The survey also found that 55% plan to watch free video streaming services in the next 12 months.

Coronavirus Could End Up Boosting Big Tech

Amazon is hiring aggressively to meet customer demand. Traffic has soared on Facebook and YouTube. And cloud computing has become essential to home workers.

Streamer FuboTV, Facebank Group To Merge

FuboTV — a U.S.-based video streaming service offering a premium, over-the-top bundle of sports TV channels — has inked a deal to merge with Facebank Group, a developer of technology IP. Terms of the deal were not disclosed, but the proposed merger aims to create a sports-first digital entertainment alternative online for cord-cutters and cord-nevers.

Hearst Stations Expand Coronavirus Reporting

The group’s second Facebook Watch show, Field Notes, features pandemic stories from Hearst stations in 26 markets cross the U.S.

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TVN Executive Session | FoxNews.com Touts Its Digital Lead

Coming off a record overall month this January in digital traffic according to Comscore data, Fox News Digital’s VP and editor-in-chief says FoxNews.com’s consistently strongest story is its home page.

WRAL Podcast Bets Transparency Builds Loyalty

Like every other newsroom, WRAL-TV is grappling with the unique challenges of covering the coronavirus. But the Capitol Broadcasting station in Raleigh is also exploring those challenges publicly in the latest episode of a new podcast called How to Commit Journalism.

FDIC Calls Out Newsmax Over ‘Misleading Ads’

MLB.TV Offers Every 2018-19 Game For Free

Netflix Starts $100M Coronavirus Relief Fund

Netflix will create a $1 million fund to help the creative community affected by the coronavirus pandemic, Chief Content Officer Ted Sarandos announced Friday. “Almost all television and film production has now ceased globally — leaving hundreds of thousands of crew and cast without jobs. These include electricians, carpenters and drivers, many of whom are paid hourly wages and work on a project-to-project basis.”

Disney Plus Postpones Launch In India

YouTube Is Following Netflix By Reducing Streaming Quality Due To Coronavirus

WUCF Orlando Changes Schedule, Offers Free Online Resources Amid Pandemic

Sling TV Offers Free TV For Coronavirus Shut-Ins

News Orgs Drop Paywalls For Coronavirus Info

Media outlets big and small, from The New York Times to the Telegraph-Forum in Bucyrus, Ohio, are letting people read their coronavirus coverage without a subscription.

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Mary Collins | Cloud Gaming Poised For Growth Spurt

The recommended isolation to combat the coronavirus provides an ideal growth medium for a media business focused on immersive storytelling and social media interaction. Couple that with the recent suspension of most live sports and the resulting hole in television (and some radio) schedules and growth is almost inevitable.

COVID-19 Drives Up Business Broadband Consumption

Business hours broadband consumption has risen by more than 41% and overall usage in March is on track to outpace the previous monthly record as the country adjusts to life with the COVID-19 coronavirus, according to OpenVault, a provider of technology solutions and industry analytics for broadband operators. One week after the CDC declaration of […]

WhatsApp Unveils $1M Grant, Info Hub To Fight Coronavirus Rumors

EU calls on Netflix, Other Services To Stream In Lower Quality Due To Bandwidth Concerns

Webby Awards Cancel 2020 Show Due To Coronavirus Concerns

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TVN Tech | Messenger App A New Tool For Breaking News

Broadcasters including Gray Television and Cox Media Group have been beta testing the new Facebook Messenger Experience app from Social News Desk enabling users to opt in for breaking news and customized content. With 1.3 billion global Messenger users and a 50%-80% open rate, it opens a key new front to reach viewers, particularly as the coronavirus crisis escalates.

Coronavirus Disrupts Social Media’s First Line Of Defense

Netflix Sued By Former Prosecutor Over Portrayal In ‘Central Park Five’ Miniseries

Rosie O’Donnell To Revive Talk Show For Star-Studded Online Fundraiser

Fox News Returns To Twitter

Fox News is making a return to Twitter, more than a year after going silent on the social-media platform. Now the news outlet is poised to resurface on the venue, with executives envisioning the chance to use it as a service or a means of getting information about the coronavirus outbreak to followers. Approximately 18.5 million people follow the network on Twitter.

HBO Max, Quibi Stick With Launch Plans

Despite the broad and profound human and economic toll being exacted by the COVID-19 pandemic, the so-called streaming wars are going on as scheduled, at least for now.

Hulu Expands 1080p/60fps Support To Fire TV, Other Devices