The Academy Awards could eventually go to a streaming service, because, as some stakeholders believe, “TV is going nowhere.” The growing sense of broadcast obsolescence is why key people at the Academy of Motion Pictures Arts and Sciences have begun to talk quietly about taking their valuable telecast to a streaming service.
The kind of television that now enthralls the Academy of Television Arts and Sciences is not the kind of television that broadcasters make — or that most people watch. Three-quarters of Americans never even heard of the Amazon show that won most of the comedy prizes Monday night. Broadcasters would be better off if they created their own awards. If nothing else, the ratings would be better.
The CBS show is the only original hour on the broadcast networks on Thursday and leads the 18-49 demographic comfortably. The networks largely aired reruns of the shows that will be opening new seasons in a week’s time.
MGM has promoted Brian Edwards to president of the studio’s television operations, where he will continue to report to Mark Burnett, chairman, Global Television Group. Edwards will oversee all business aspects of MGM’s television and digital productions.
Start-up virtual pay TV provider fuboTV said it has added eight more local affiliate stations, putting the total number of CBS, Fox, NBC, CW and Telemundo locals under contract at 486. This total ranks the start-up third among vMVPDs, according to recent data published by CNET and others.
The station group reups deals for stations in 26 markets that were set to expire at the end of this year.