CTV Ad Impressions Up 55% In 3Q: Innovid

Ad impressions delivered by connected TV grew by 55% in the third quarter compared to the prior year, according to ad and analytics company Innovid. In its fall 2020 U.S. Video Benchmarks Report, Innovid said the CTV’s share of video ad impressions jumped to 41% in the quarter from 33% a year ago.

Google Battles Marketers Over Antitrust Claims

Google has asked a judge to dismiss an antitrust lawsuit brought by a group of marketers that allege the company monopolized “online display advertising services.” “The whole is no greater than the sum of the parts, and the amalgam does not add up to a monopolization claim,” Google argues in papers filed Monday with U.S. District Court Judge Beth Labson Freeman in San Jose.

Netflix Hires Nne Ebong As VP Of Overall Deals, Original Series

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Bloomberg Quicktake Streaming News Network Launches

Bloomberg Quicktake will report on global stories through the lens of business, backed by Bloomberg’s newsroom of 2,700 journalists in 120 countries. It will feature content produced in a variety of compelling formats, including documentary-style original series, anchor-led live news shows, data visualizations, motion graphics, on-the-ground breaking news and live events. The network launches globally on major streaming platforms including Apple TV, Roku, Android TV, Samsung Smart TV and Amazon Fire TV, through a newly designed Bloomberg App.

T-Mobile TVision Raises Competitive Concerns For Sling TV, Philo

The Uncarrier’s new pay TV service matches up against these specific incumbents well in terms price and channel selection, and executives have noticed

NBCU Bows PayPal For Its One Platform

NBCUniversal is introducing PayPal as its transactional partner for ecommerce on One Platform, its ad-buying model for reaching and measuring unduplicated audiences across all of its linear and OTT properties, introduced this past January. Last month, NBCU debuted ecommerce initiative One Platform Commerce with Shop Telemundo, said to reach 91% of U.S. adult Hispanics. Now, it’s rolling out ecommerce across the full One Platform.

Chairman: Locast Hits Operational Sustainablilty

Locast, the nonprofit broadcast TV streaming service that’s a legal target of major US broadcasters, has turned a corner of sorts, according to founder and chairman David Goodfriend. Locast, a service that launched in January 2018 and is now available in 25 U.S. markets, has 1.7 million users nationwide. Locast also has enough paid donors in that group for the nonprofit to attain operational sustainability, he said.

Apple TV Plus Finally Hits Its Stride

Since its tortoise-slow launch a year ago, Apple has evolved its subscription streaming service substantially.

TikTok Is Swooning Over Election Analysts

Fancam videos — which splice together footage of someone the TikTok community is fawning over — are considered to be the sincerest form of admiration. Think Ariana Grande, Kristen Stewart and Kim Jong-in of popular K-pop group Exo. Well, this week, users found a new subject to fixate on: election analysts including CNN’s John King and MSNBC’s Steve Kornacki.

Netflix Picks France To Test First Linear Offering

Roku 3Q Revenue, Streaming Hours Spike

Honolulu Star-Advertiser Creates A Digital Broadcast

Social Media Companies Survived Election Day

Twitter, Facebook and YouTube remained on alert as the lack of a clear election result kept the online misinformation flowing.

‘Schitt’s Creek’ Again Tops Nielsen U.S. Streaming Rankings

Discovery In Dispute With T-Mobile Over TVision

Discovery CEO David Zaslav said that it is currently in a dispute over how Discovery’s channels are being offered on T-Mobile’s new TVision pay TV service. Sources familiar with the situation said ViacomCBS has similar concerns.

Tegna Updates Station OTT Streaming Apps on Roku, Plans To Launch On Amazon Fire TV

Tegna today said it has completed an update of its stations’ over-the-top streaming apps on Roku, “enhancing the experience for viewers.” Tegna also announced it is planning to launch OTT streaming apps for its stations on Amazon Fire TV by the end of 2020. When the rollout on Amazon Fire TV is complete, Tegna stations’ […]

‘Interrogation’ Canceled At CBS All Access

TiVo Launches ‘Deep Discovery’ Programming Search Tool

TiVo has introduced a new API-based metadata solution for its pay TV operator and consumer electronics customers. Finnish telco Elisa appears to be the first client to deploy it.

Netflix Reorg Brings New Anxieties, Accountability

Netflix’s newly installed global head of TV, Bela Bajaria, is not just reshaping the leadership and structure of a key division, her new approach promises far more accountability about the kinds of shows being made by the streaming giant’s most prominent producers.

Web Platforms Face Continued Criticism Over Election Policies

After the 2016 presidential election cycle, when Russian operatives used social media platforms to spread propaganda, Facebook, Twitter and YouTube took steps to prevent false election-related information from mushrooming on their platforms. So far the verdict on the efforts is mixed at best.

Spot TV Execs To Explore How Attribution Platforms Affect Market

A TVNewsCheck Working Lunch Webinar will gather senior executives of the spot TV marketplace to consider how the growing use of attribution platforms is affecting the buying and selling of local TV advertising campaigns. Set for Nov. 19 at 1 p.m. ET, the webinar will feature (clockwise from left: Adam Monaco, SVP Disney Advertising Sales Local; Tracy Chavez, EVP and director of investment operations at Publicis; Shawn Makhijani, SVP NBC Spot On and SVP business development and strategy at NBCU Owned Stations; Janet Stilson, contributing editor, TVNewsCheck, moderator; and Chaitanya Upadhyay, VP local solutions at Alphonso. Register to attend the webinar here.

‘Castle Rock’ Canceled After Two Seasons At Hulu

Pennsylvania Emerges As Online Misinformation Hot Spot

Pennsylvania was a hot spot for online misinformation on Election Day. Facebook and Twitter scrambled to take down false posts about polling locations in Scranton, Philadelphia and beyond to minimize the spread of misinformation and prevent it from sowing doubt about the election process.

NFL Streaming Usage Up 41%

Conviva data flies in the face of the league’s perpetually declining broadcast TV numbers.

Why The Supposedly Revolutionary Quibi Failed

The startup, headed by Jeffrey Katzenberg and Meg Whitman, promised short-form content designed specifically for mobile phones, and investors poured $1.75 billion into the idea. The duo’s instincts about what would sell proved wrong.

White House Fights To Reinstate WeChat Ban

An injunction that blocks the government from enforcing a ban on WeChat downloads “improperly hampers” efforts to combat foreign spying, the U.S. Department of Justice argues in new papers filed late last week with a federal appellate court.

Among Gen Z, 40% Of Video Hours Come From Mobile

Vudu to Launch On New Xbox Series X, Series S

QUARTERLY REPORT

YouTube TV Subs Pass 3M; YouTube 3Q Ad Rev Up 32%, Google Up 9%

During its third quarter earnings call, Google and YouTube parent company Alphabet reported that YouTube TV subscribers had passed 3 million. That’s up from 2 million reported in February — despite a monthly price hike from $50 to $65 at the end of the third quarter, following its deal to carry legacy Viacom cable networks. The new number puts YouTube TV in second place among virtual vMVPDs, behind Hulu, with 3.4 million subscribers as of 2Q.

VUit Slots Esports-Themed Election Night Special

VUit, the ad-supported streaming service built in partnership with some of the world’s largest local TV station groups, will be presenting a special esports themed election night special on its popular VUit eSports channel, entitled VUit eSports — Decision 2020. Starting Nov. 3 at 7 p.m. ET, and running all evening, the special will bring […]