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.
A year ago at CES, TiVo demonstrated how popular OTT devices, such as Roku and Apple TV, could let users enjoy access the content on the TiVo DVR in their living room from other rooms in the house, or out of the home. But this week at CES 2020, Ted Malone, VP of products and services for TiVo, conceded that apps for OTT players are nowhere close to being deployed.
Applicaster today announced it has partnered with Nexstar-owned WGN America to build the media organization’s first mobile experience. WGN America is the flagship entertainment network of Nexstar Media Group and is nationally distributed across 75 million homes historically via cable, satellite and telecommunications. The new WGN America app was developed using Applicaster’s SaaS app management […]
The scale of suspensions, following the Cambridge Analytica scandal, was far larger than the social network had previously revealed.
TVU Networks, a global technology and innovation provider of live IP solutions, has announced the purchase of its TVU Anywhere app for capturing and streaming live video with the TVU Server by the Vegas Stats & Information Network (VSiN.) VSiN uses the TVU setup to produce live remote coverage and updates for its growing audience. Dedicated to […]
ViewLift, a provider of end-to-end platform services for web, mobile and OTT, today announced its alliance with Bonneville International, and the re-launch of Salt Lake City NBC affiliate KSL-TV’s digital video content service, available on web, connected TV and mobile devices. With the new service, branded KSL TV, viewers everywhere will have access to the station’s […]
ViewLift’s OTT streaming and monetization platform has been selected by Nexstar Media Group KRON San Francisco’s KRONon, a new digital video subscription service. The Nexstar/ViewLift collaboration makes MNT affiliat’s news and community coverage available to viewers anywhere, at any time across iOS, Android, Amazon Fire TV, and Apple TV devices and on the web. KRONon […]
Delta Fiber Netherlands, an internet, TV and telephony provider in The Netherlands operating under the brands Delta and Caiway, has chosen Metrological to provide a new, integrated TV app experience for its TV subscribers. The App Store service is now available on the new interactive TV platform in The Netherlands for all Delta and Caiway TV subscribers. “Metrological enables […]
The new service, “Flex,” available March 26, brings together apps that customers already pay for, like Netflix, Amazon’s video or HBO, and free services like YouTube, Pluto and Tubi, and lets users search for TV shows and movies across the different services.
Nexstar’s Bay Area MNT affiliate debuted KRON-ON, a new 24/7 digital news subscription service for mobile, desktop, tablet and OTT platforms, including Apple TV and Amazon Fire.
NBCUniversal and Comcast Ventures, the investment arm of the media conglomerate, are getting into bed with Acorns, a financial app aimed at millennials. The strategic partnership is centered on opportunities for editorial content and events.
A nonprofit called Locast, available in seven major U.S. cities, beams popular networks to phones, TVs and computers. It’s like the online version of a TV antenna, free and easy to use. It’s like an app version of a $50 antenna you can get from Best Buy, and it’s free and easy to use.
When Univision announced expanded local news apps for seven of its top markets this week, one of the platforms for “integrated social media sharing capabilities” was a channel you won’t usually see in similar English-language-station releases. It’s WhatsApp, the world’s most popular messaging app, but one that’s little-used by U.S. newsrooms.
The new apps will include livestream so mobile users can watch local newscasts in real time.
Syncbak says its MarketSync app will allow providers and broadcasters to syndicate, deliver and monetize original content.
Snap Inc. on Wednesday announced new scripted shows for its photo messaging app Snapchat that will launch this fall and struck partnerships with Hollywood production companies and writers in hopes of reversing its decline in users.
The idea behind WatchBack is for the media giant to learn about consumption habits, data that is often not available to NBC when someone watches a show on linear television.
TV networks and production studios are turning to text in search of younger audiences for their existing shows and inexpensive options to develop new content franchises. NBCUniversal’s Syfy, AMC Networks, Warner Bros. Digital Networks’ DramaFever and Canvas Media Studios are among the media companies and studios producing series for Yarn, a chat-based fiction app that appeals to teens and twentysomethings. The companies see Yarn as a way to reach an important audience segment as well as to receive in return more in-depth analytics regarding their content’s performance than available on many other platforms.
The league is finally dropping a requirement that viewers sign in with a cable or satellite subscription, in hopes of expanding its online audience at a time when TV ratings are declining . Though there are restrictions — no free streaming on smart TVs, for instance — the move marks a significant departure for sports.
It is licensing nonexclusive content from YouTube stars and other online influencers for the free app called Watch Back.
Capitol Broadcasting’s NBC affiliate WRAL Raleigh, N.C. (DMA 25), has released a major update to its popular weather app, providing an all-new user experience, “including easier access to popular features, customizable designs, animated graphics and voice alerts,” according to the station. The app is a complete overhaul, delivering interactive radar plus 7-day and hourly forecasts. […]
CNN is launching a new virtual reality experience for Oculus Rift. CNN VR has been available on Android and iOS for Samsung Gear headsets and Google Daydream. Adding the Oculus Rift headset brings the VR experience to the desktop, at high resolution.
Google is set to announce plans to aggressively move into in-app advertising with the launch of new strategies to monetize mobile gaming apps through video and rewards, as well as an innovative bidding strategy for in-app ad inventory.
Individual station apps and websites feature a new TV Everywhere experience for Spanish-language audiences.
Turner and Tegna have made strategic investments in Vizbee, a crossplatform casting and data company, during Vizbee’s latest round of funding. “As we continue to shape the future of television, Vizbee’s focus on fan engagement as well as data and advertising will help us grow our OTT efforts from both a business and technology standpoint,” […]
The start-up Alphonso collects viewing data for advertisers through mobile gaming apps that can track users on the devices’ microphones, even when the apps aren’t in use.
Cable TV cord-cutters expecting YouTube TV’s full app for Roku and Apple TV devices this year will have to wait a little longer.
In a tenuous market for short-form video content, digital video creators might have a new, but old friend: TV networks. Discovery Communications has aired nine original digital series since August on its nine TV Everywhere apps for its TV networks that include Discovery Channel, TLC and Investigation Discovery.