Catching Up on NextGen TV

What are broadcasters learning from continued rollouts of ATSC 3? How are they progressing with cable operators passing signals through? How many SFN rollouts are planned for the next 24 months? How important is the automotive market for enabling NextGen TV in cars and where are broadcasters and manufacturers on making this possible?  

Discovery CEO Rips Nielsen Over Viewer Undercounts

Like many media executives, Discovery CEO David Zaslav is not happy with Nielsen, which admitted Tuesday that it may have undercounted viewers during the pandemic. During a conversation Wednesday at MoffetNathanson’s annual media and communications summit, Zaslav blasted Nielsen’s “antiquated system of measurement,” arguing that its ratings were inaccurate even before this latest snafu.

Aubrey Plaza, Danny DeVito To Star In Animated Horror Sitcom ‘Little Demon’ From FXX

TiVo leads Roku And Amino In MobiTV Auction With Baseline Bid Of $14.1M

ESPN’s Berman Signs Extension, Mayne Out

Chris Berman, who joined ESPN a month after it launched in 1979, has signed a new multiyear deal with the sports TV giant. The deal, announced on Berman’s 66th birthday Monday, includes a new gig hosting NFL PrimeTime on ESPN Plus, a weekly highlights show. Meanwhile the final whistle was blown on another ESPN veteran. SportsCenter anchor Kenny Mayne tweeted that he is leaving ESPN, calling himself a “salary cap casualty.”

‘When Calls The Heart’ Renewed For Season 9 At Hallmark Channel

QUARTERLY REPORT

AMC Networks Posts Softer 1Q Revenue

AMC Networks today reported a 6% downturn in revenue during the first quarter due to a slump in advertising and content licensing, but earnings per share beat Wall Street forecasts. Total revenue of $691.7 million fell from $734.4 million in the year-earlier period, missing analysts’ consensus estimate of $722.3 million. Earnings per share, though, topped the Street at $2.02, or $2.98 on an adjusted basis. Analysts on average were expecting $1.87

Josh Duggar Granted Release As He Awaits Child Porn Trial

LITTLE ROCK, Ark. (AP) — A federal judge on Wednesday allowed former reality TV star Josh Duggar to be released as he awaits trial on charges that he downloaded and possessed child pornography. Magistrate Judge Christy Comstock ordered Duggar, 33, confined to the home of family friends who have agreed to be his custodian during […]

Maine Abandons Fight For Law To Require A La Carte Cable Service

The Maine Attorney General’s Office has given up its fight to defend a law that would have required cable TV providers to give subscribers the option of purchasing access to individual cable channels rather than bundled packages. Maine lawmakers passed the first-of-its-kind measure in 2019, but cable companies quickly challenged it in federal court. They argued in part that the law violated their First Amendment rights by infringing on the “editorial discretion” of programmers and cable operators.

‘Mayans MC’ Renewed For Season 4 At FX

Conan O’Brien Sets End Date For TBS Show

The host will bring his nightly show to a close in late June but will continue his relationship with WarnerMedia via a weekly HBO Max series.

THE PRICE POINT

The Price Point | As Cable And Satellite Shed Subs, Tipping Point Nears

No matter how you look at it, first quarter was another disaster for traditional cable and satellite. Leading the pack was DirecTV with a loss of 620,000 subscribers. As first reported by Mike Farrell in Multichannel News, the loss caused Bernstein Media analyst Peter Supino to proclaim: “If DirecTV continues to bleed subs at its […]

Law&Crime Network Selected As Pool Camera For Robert Durst Murder Trial

Law&Crime, the live true crime trial cable network, has been selected by Los Angeles Superior Court to provide video footage from inside the courtroom of the Robert Durst murder trial for all of the national, international and local media covering the high profile trial. Live gavel-to-gavel trial coverage will begin on May 17.   The trial […]

Streaming Wars Casualties: Cable TV Channels On Chopping Block

As NBCUniversal turns off the lights on its sports network, expect other Hollywood giants to cull their sprawling linear offerings as they prioritize billions of dollars toward direct-to-consumer platforms.

Comcast Advertising Appoints Growth Strategy VP

In the newly created role, Rick Mandler will be responsible for formulating growth marketing strategies across the Comcast Advertising portfolio.

Adult Swim & HBO Max Merge Animation Development Under Suzanna Makkos

Bob Costas Returns To HBO For Interview Series

The multiple Emmy winner will host his third interview show for HBO beginning later this spring. Back on the Record With Bob Costas — the title is a nod to his first series at the premium cabler, On the Record — will air four times a year and feature in-depth interviews with prominent figures in sports, entertainment and pop culture and discussions about the sports issues of the day.

NBC Sports Chicago Airing ‘BetCast’ Version Of Bulls Game

Courteney Cox Horror Comedy Series Shining Vale Greenlit At Starz

TV One Unveils 2021 Slate At Upfront

TV One announced its programming slate of new and returning series and specials at its upfront presentation on Thursday. The presentation, led by TV One and Cleo TV President Michelle Rice and other executives, revealed that Cleo Speaks, Jazz Smollett and Jake Smollett’s Living by DesignJust Eats with Chef JJ and Jernard Wells’ New Soul Kitchen will return this year.

Comcast Moving Cartoon Network To Pricier Packages

‘Madea’ Prequel Series In Development At Showtime From Tyler Perry

Jason White Named CMO Of MTV Entertainment Group

Altice USA Completes Morris Broadband Purchase

Paul Pierce Out At ESPN After Instagram Live Video With Exotic Dancers

How Fox News’ Gutfeld Breaks Latenight Mold

Greg Gutfeld, a longtime fixture on Fox News, is the latest entrant to the latenight comedy talk show race, with the premiere of his Gutfeld! on Monday at 11 p.m. ET. He’s seeking to appeal to an audience of conservatives who feel like “targets of ridicule” watching rivals like Jimmy Kimmel, Stephen Colbert and Jimmy Fallon.

Showtime Names Danielle De Jesus & Dave Binegar VPs Of Scripted Programming

Guy Fieri Signs New Three-Year Deal With Food Network

‘Walking Dead’ Final Season To Premiere In August

WICT Announces #BeyondtheHashtag Series Expansion

Women in Cable Telecommunications (WICT) has expanded its #BeyondtheHashtag series and gotten new partnership support for the program as the industry continues to promote diversity, equity and inclusion. The Beyond the Hashtag series was established at the WICT Leadership Conference in the wake of the #MeToo and #TimesUp movements, which ignited a global campaign about the obstacles […]

How Sinclair Pulled Off The Gargantuan Bally Sports Networks Rebrand Amid The Pandemic

Two ‘SpongeBob SquarePants’ Episodes Dropped By Nickelodeon

Taped SAG Awards Go For Spirit Of Live Ceremonies Past

Sunday’s Screen Actors Guild Awards ceremony airing at 9 p.m. ET on TNT and TBS will be taped, bowing to the pandemic that has upended the entertainment industry’s awards season. For the SAG honors, the challenge became how to evoke the tradition of ceremonies past.

Verizon To Give More Bill Credits To Fios TV RSN Customers For Lost Games

Sinclair Ready To Put Bally Sports Networks In Starting Lineup

Rebranding a network is no small feat in the best of times. Throw in a pandemic and a clock ticking down to Opening Day, and it’s going to be a photo finish for Sinclair to flip the Fox Sports RSNs to Bally Sports this week.

‘American Gods’ Canceled At Starz

MSG Entertainment To Buy MSG Networks

Almost six years after splitting the company to unlock value, Madison Square Garden Entertainment said it has agreed to combine with MSG Networks in a tax-free exchange of shares. The recombination is expected to bolster MSG Entertainment, which includes Madison Square Garden arena, Radio City Music Hall and other venues that have been hit hard as the pandemic has shut down the concert business.

AT&T’s Brenda Laboy Joins Comcast In Top Engineering Post

‘Snowfall’ Renewed For Fifth Season At FX

Three More ‘Game Of Thrones’ Spinoffs In The Works At HBO