Gannett Relaunches Linear Channels In Partnership With Amagi

Gannett Co. has relaunched its over-the-top properties in partnership with Amagi, a next-generation media technology company providing the platform for the USA Today News and USA Today SportsWire 24-hour streaming channels. Since launching OTT channels in 2018, Gannett has expanded to more than a dozen Free Ad-Supported Streaming TV (FAST) platforms including Xumo, The Roku Channel, […]

OTTera Integrates With IRIS.TV

IRIS.TV has added OTTera, a white label OTT service, to the IRIS-enabled open video data ecosystem. With this integration, OTTera streaming CTV content will be contextually segmented by a growing list of data providers including Oracle Advertising, Comscore, GumGum, ZEFR, Kerv Interactive and Advanced Contextual, with all segmentation enabled by IRIS.TV. The new partnership will […]


Grass Valley Tackles A Changing Industry

The vendor’s shift to SaaS products is a reflection of broadcasters’ changing business models, as they invest in new over-the-top services to meet consumer demand for nonlinear programming while traditional broadcast revenues decline.

DMR Launching Social Video Division To Boost OTT Channels

Digital Media Rights (DMR) has formed a new social media division that will curate content for social platforms in order to push distribution and create revenue and marketing opportunities. DMR Social starts out with a footprint of more than 17 million subscribers and followers on YouTube and Facebook across eight brands. Collectively they average more than 284 million video views and 8 million hours watched per month.

Fox’s Flx OTT Ad Product Integrated Into Strata Platform

Fox TV Stations said today it’s made a deal to integrate Fox Flx, its over-the-top advertising product, into the Strata buying platform operated by Comcast’s FreeWheel unit.

Premion Shows Station Groups The Way To OTT Revenue

Over-the-top advertising has become a surprisingly important business for companies that have been stockpiling television stations. Streaming revenue is letting broadcasters, including Cox Media Group, Sinclair Broadcast Group and the NBC and Fox O&Os, claim a foothold in the technology field and create advanced advertising products for clients enamored of digital and social media.

MadHive Announces Licensing Deal For HyphaMetrics Panel Data

Enterprise software platform MadHive said today that it will be the first partner to license HyphaMetrics’ panel data, “the only cross-screen and cross-walled garden dataset in the ecosystem.” It added that “combining MadHive’s proprietary OTT-first device graph with Hypha’s powerful panel data gives MadHive customers exclusive access to robust cross-screen insights, allowing them to seamlessly […]

CIMM Launches Pilot To Understand Time Spent Across ‘Every’ TV Platform

The Coalition for Innovative Media Measurement (CIMM), a division of the Advertising Research Foundation, this morning said it is launching new research to “better understand how time is spent across every platform available on TVs today.” The initiative, dubbed the “Passive TV Measurement Study,” will explicitly look at how American consumers spend time with linear TV as well as OTT (over-the-top internet-connected) devices, smart TV apps and video game consoles.

Scripps Launching Florida Statewide News Network

The Florida 24 Network highlights reporting from Scripps’ six stations in the state and is available over-the-top in every TV market across the state.

46% Of U.S. Broadband Homes Have 4 Or More Subscription Streaming Services

Forty-six percent of U.S. broadband homes supported four or more subscription streaming services at the end of the first quarter, a percentage that is more than double the 22% Parks Associates reported in 1Q 2020. Parks also reported that the U.S. homes with at least one subscription OTT service reached 82% in 1Q vs. 76% a year earlier.

Network Affiliates Push FCC For OTT Must Carry

There is a major difference of opinion between the National Association of Broadcasters and the network affiliate broadcaster associations over whether the FCC should require streaming services to deliver emergency alerts. NAB says no, while network affiliates say yes, definitely. All they need to do is carry local TV station signals on their streaming services, which they are pushing the FCC to mandate.

Walmart Officially Enters The OTT Gadget Biz

A key sales destination for the biggest connected TV device makers, the big box chain is now the competition with its cheap Onn-branded streamers. Google now has one more really effective way to proliferate Android TV.

Nexstar, Sinclair, Fox Stations, Amagi Execs To Address Streaming News Technology Challenges

Streaming News 2021 will wrap up Wednesday with a roundtable on technology and the free ad-supported TV approach to building a business on OTT. Register here.

Tightrope Expands Screenweave Mobile, OTT Media Apps To Amazon Fire TV, Android, iOS Devices

Tightrope Media Systems is expanding its Screenweave mobile and OTT apps to bring community media organizations’ live channels and on-demand programs to an even wider range of viewing platforms. Complementing existing Roku and Apple TV support, a new Screenweave app brings content from Tightrope’s Cablecast Community Media platform immediately to Amazon Fire TV devices. Screenweave apps for Android TV devices as well as Android and iOS smartphones and tablets will follow in the coming months. Screenweave apps […]

Gray Television Ties OTT Retrans To Local News

Gray Television is pushing the FCC to classify over-the-top video providers as MVPDs so they will have to negotiate carriage with stations. That is according to a presentation to FCC Commissioner Nathan Simington and his media adviser, Adam Cassady, by Gray counsel and former FCC commissioner Robert McDowell.

ATEME Transcoders Support First Huawei Cloud Live Sports Video Project In Brazil

Huawei Cloud, a cloud service provider, has implemented ATEME transcoders to support its new OTT video services deployed in the company’s cloud environment. The Huawei Cloud Elastic Cloud Server (ECS) is a platform for content and service providers to access scalable cloud servers, as well as a reliable, secure, flexible and efficient application environment in […]

Cox Taps Soo Jin Oh As President Of Gamut

In her new role, Oh will be responsible for driving innovation and continued engagement while overseeing Gamut’s day-to-day over-the-top advertising businesses and their functions.

Scripps CEO On Why He’s Bullish On OTA TV

E.W. Scripps is moving from new-school distribution to old-school to expand the audience for its Newsy channel: On Oct. 1, the news offering that’s available today via OTT apps will go on the air in Scripps’ 41 broadcast markets, reaching some 80% of U.S. TV households. in a Zoom video interview, Scripps President-CEO Adam Symson explained what the Cincinnati company hopes to get out of OTA — and offered a few suggestions about how the industry could upgrade one of its oldest mediums.

OTT Industry: 76% Plan To Change Business Model To Capitalize On Streaming Demand

A new report from Applicaster finds that 84% of media execs plan for continued streaming growth in 2021; advertising is king: two-thirds of respondents use advertising, often as part of a monetization mix; and 19 different combinations of revenue models are now used across platforms.

Scripps, Amazon Set OTT Ad Venture

Scripps’ Octane OTT sales team and Amazon Advertising will work together to sell Amazon OTT inventory across IMDb TV, livestreaming service Twitch, top-tier network and broadcaster apps and Amazon’s News apps to local businesses.

Accedo Offering OTT Live Event Management Service

Video services provider Accedo has launched its latest service offering. Supporting live streaming events at scale, Accedo Live Events is designed to help customers deliver reliable and scalable coverage of live events. Technology agnostic, it can be used with any OTT technology platform.  The live event industry has been heavily affected by the global COVID-19 […]

Bitmovin Launches Cloud-Agnostic Video Encoding Solution

Bitmovin, a provider of online streaming video technology, announced today Bitmovin Cloud Connect, a new offering that enables over-the-top (OTT) content providers working on Google Cloud Platform (GCP), Amazon Web Services (AWS), and Azure platforms to deploy Bitmovin’s encoding solution in their existing cloud. Bitmovin Cloud Connect is a new offering that may be used […]

How To Sell Local OTT Advertising

Erin Overstreet, VP of digital sales at Gray Television, explains how to frame the advantages of OTT advertising for local clients, the need to break down broadcast and digital sales silos and the importance of simplicity in the process. This is the latest installment of How To, a TVNewsCheck original video series that solicits innovative, practical and actionable advice from TV experts in news, technology, sales and marketing.

Fox TV Stations’ OTT Ad Sales Business FLX Off To A Fast Start

Although Fox Television Stations was a bit late to the party starting an OTT advertising selling business compared to other station groups, it is now coming on strong since the first of the year with its FLX operation. Ad sales deals have doubled since the first of the year, says Michael Page, VP of digital sales for Fox Television StationsSome 300 campaigns have run since January.

Griffin Media Releases OTT Apps Powered By Whiz Technologies

Whiz Technologies has delivered new OTT television apps for Griffin Media‘s two broadcast television stations. All the apps are available in the respective app stores and are being actively used. Richard Cox, Griffin director of digital services, said: “We had very specific requirements for our OTT apps, most notably the ability to alert the viewer […]

Altibox TV Selects Agama To Expand Client Device Monitoring Solution To OTT Devices

Altibox, part of Norway’s Lyse Group, has extended its Agama monitoring solution to include support for OTT companion devices. Agama’s solutions are now responsible for all monitoring, analytics and assurance across all types of devices. Altibox, a TV and Internet provider in Norway and Denmark, chose Agama’s STB Client Device Monitoring (CDM) solution to benefit from […]

GumGum Launches New OTT Video Ad Unit

GumGum, a global technology and media company specializing in contextual intelligence, has released its In-Video product, which it calls “the first scalable overlay ad placement for streaming video environments.” Phil Schraeder, GumGum CEO, said: “This new ad unit is a game-changer for CTV and OTT and for all of us as consumers. With this In-Video […]

Intigral And NPAW Team On Upgraded OTT S In MENA

NPAW (Nice People At Work), a video intelligence company providing a video analytics solution, has renewed its partnership with Intigral, a media and entertainment provider in the Middle East and North Africa (MENA), to improve user insight. By adding NPAW’s new and enhanced “Users” product, to the existing suite of YOUBORA, Jawwy TV — Intigral’s […]

Amino Accelerates Android TV Momentum In North America

Amino, a global media and entertainment technology solutions provider, is making advanced TV a reality through enabling operators to deliver integrated live TV, VoD and OTT platforms. AW Broadband, Conway, Hay Communications and Home Telecom, are among the 14 operators that have leveraged Amino’s solution portfolio to launch services on the Android TV Operator Tier […]

Synamedia Adds SaaS Solutions For Pay TV, OTT Video Providers

The content protection, advanced advertising and video networking provider announced the first two in a series of services designed to allow video providers a more flexible, frictionless way to roll out and enhance new services while monitoring and capitalizing on consumer experience. Company executives also reported rapid growth in the video networking sector, a reaction to the media industry’s move from traditional delivery to OTT.

TAG Video Systems Offering 3-Part OTT Webinar Series

TAG Video Systems has added a three-part series to its IP Academy 2021 webinar line-up. The provider of SW, IP, COTS/cloud, probing, monitoring and multiviewing solutions for all four of the major broadcast applications (live production, playout, transport/delivery and OTT) is tackling OTT, from an overview to the technical details to setting it in motion. The series […]

Scripps To Take Over-The Air Nets Over-The-Top

The E.W. Scripps Co., which acquired Ion Media in part for the broadcast spectrum controlled by Ion, said it plans to take its digital multicast networks over-the-top to cash in on the streaming gold rush. “We don’t really see it as being an either-or sort of proposition for consumers,” said Scripps CEO Adam Symson during an investor day presentation to analysts Wednesday.

StockCharts Launches Free OTT Streaming Service For Traders

StockCharts, a technical analysis and financial charting platform for online investors, today announced the launch of StockCharts TV On Demand, a 24/7 over-the-top video streaming channel devoted exclusively to financial charting and market analysis from leading technical experts. This free platform “provides traders with insightful, educational and information content, arming them with necessary market knowledge […]


TVN Executive Session | NBC’s Spot On Sees $1.2B Local OTT Business In ’21

Shawn Makhijani, SVP of NBC’s advanced advertising service for local and regional buyers, says TV buys are becoming more holistic to embrace OTT, driven by a dramatic uptick in streaming viewing. “The rule of thumb is you want to get 20% of your local TV campaign to be OTT,” he says. Note: This story is available to TVNewsCheck Premium members only. If you would like to upgrade your free TVNewsCheck membership to Premium now, you can visit your Member Home Page, available when you log in at the very top right corner of the site or in the Stay Connected Box that appears in the right column of virtually every page on the site. If you don’t see Member Home, you will need to click Log In or Subscribe.


TVN Focus On Digital | TV Station CMSs Streamline And Simplify

Content management systems are the workhorses of local stations’ digital operations. Executives from Tegna, NBCU, CBS, Gray, Nexstar and Fox have discovered that user simplicity and integrations for multiplatform distribution have become essential attributes. Note: This story is available to TVNewsCheck Premium members only. If you would like to upgrade your free TVNewsCheck membership to Premium now, you can visit your Member Home Page, available when you log in at the very top right corner of the site or in the Stay Connected Box that appears in the right column of virtually every page on the site. If you don’t see Member Home, you will need to click Log In or Subscribe.

ABC O&Os Debut ‘Imagine From Home’ Guided Drawing And Art Series On CTV Apps

ABC Owned Television Stations in partnership with Walt Disney Imagineering stream Disney magic into your home with Imagine from Home, an interactive weekly video series where fans of all ages are taught by Disney Imagineers to create drawings and art projects inspired by beloved Disney attractions. The series premieres today, Feb. 12, on the ABC Owned Television Stations’ 32 […]

Android TV Still A Non-Factor In Connected TV, Report Shows

OyaWatch TV Launches In Nigeria On Red Bee’s OTT Platform

OyaWatch TV is a new Nigerian subscription based streaming service, aiming to become a leading provider of media and entertainment experiences in the country. The service was launched on Feb. 5, through Red Bee Media’s OTT platform. It includes a wide variety of live and on-demand content from all the biggest international broadcasters and local sources, distributed through […]


Fox Stations Launch FLX, A New Linear And OTT Advertising Service

Fox Television Stations’ new FLX service allows advertisers to buy availabilities across its linear TV stations and about 150 OTT and CTV options. The service is now included in Fox’s pre-existing partnership with Mediaocean.

Telestream, Skyline Communications Create Cloud-Based OTT Operations Management Solution

Telestream, a provider of workflow automation, media processing, quality monitoring and test and measurement solutions for the production and distribution of video, has announced a strategic collaboration with Skyline Communications. The development initiative focusses on the integration of Telestream’s cloud-based video monitoring solutions, together with Skyline Communication’s DataMiner network management, orchestration and operations support solution.  Skyline’s multi-vendor […]