Prince Harry And Meghan Sign Netflix Deal

Prince Harry and Meghan Markle have signed a deal with Netflix. It will include scripted series, docuseries, documentaries, features and children’s programming. The focus will be on creating a wide range of programmes about stories and issues that resonate with them personally — including highlighting issues that their nonprofit Archewell is focused on. There are already several projects in development including an innovative nature docu-series and an animated series that celebrates inspiring women. Markle has no plans to return to acting.

Locast Streaming Local TV Channels In Detroit

The free service is offering 66 TV channels in the nine counties comprising the 14th DMA.

WUCF Orlando Launches Free Livestream

Emma Roberts Inks First-Look TV Deal At Hulu

Stations Join New Syncbak OTT Platform VUit

Aiming to be “The Netflix of Live, Local and Free,” VUit is doubling down on the power and potential appeal of hyperlocal live content both regionally and nationally. VUit’s initial launch partners include more than 200 television stations. Syncbak also announced that Gray Television has made a “significant additional investment” in the company.

AVOD Revenue To Grow 25% This Year

Subscription streaming video’s alter-ego, advertising-supported VOD, continues to gain traction among consumers — and advertisers. New data from eMarketer suggests AVOD revenue will grow more than 25% this year compared to 2019.

Streaming Is First Choice For 50% Of Viewers; What Happens Now?

A recent survey from Hub Research revealed that over 50% of Americans make streaming their first stop when deciding what to watch, choosing the streaming stick over the set-top box. This has far-reaching implications for the TV industry as it signals a real sea change in the way people view TV and what the industry might look like in the years to come.

Estrella Media Signs Distribution Agreement With FuboTV

Hispanic media company Estrella Media said today that it has entered into a distribution agreement with live TV streaming platform fuboTV. Estrella Media’s live national EstrellaTV channel, as well as its flagship television station in Los Angeles, KRCA, are now available to fuboTV’s subscribers on its Latino package in the U.S. This deal marks one of […]

Wurl Network Launches 42 Channels On Plex

Wurl, a provider of streaming video distribution and advertising services for connected TV, announced today that streaming media platform Plex recently launched 42 channels on the Wurl Network. The channels, all launched in a single day, include such popular programming as Reuters, The Bob Ross Channel, Game Show Central, Deal or No Deal, Wipeout Xtra, FailArmy, The Pet Collective, People Are Awesome and WeatherSpy, from leading […]

Flipboard Expands Its Push Into Video

GoPro Launches Live Streaming Service For Premium Subscribers

Streaming Potential Raises ViacomCBS Outlook

Wells Fargo Securities media analyst Steven Cahall raised his outlook on ViacomCBS  Thursday from “Underweight” to “Equal Weight” and increased his 12-month price target on the stock to $30 per share from $19 per share, citing the programmers  aggressive moves in the streaming video space.

Peacock Ushers In Era Of Voice-Activated Ads

Unilever, Target and Coors are among the brands using the streaming service’s interactive feature on Comcast’s Voice Remote-equipped X1 and Xfinity Flex platforms.

Red Bee To Power Launch Of SportsTribal TV Streamer

SportsTribal TV is a new, free ad-supported sports streaming service, offering a wide range of 24/7 sports-based entertainment channels from around the world. Launching in late 2020, SportsTribal TV enables traditional and non-traditional sports rights owners, niche and micro-niche sports, social creators and sports storytellers to turn their video content into professionally managed, 24/7 streaming […]

Dalet Announces IBC 2020 Virtual Showcase

Dalet, a provider of solutions and services for broadcasters and content professionals, today announced its virtual IBC 2020 event plans through Dalet Connect. An extension to Dalet’s online presence launched in April 2020, Dalet Connect is a digital meeting environment dedicated to media professionals looking for workflow solutions. Dalet kicks off its “Virtual IBC” on Sept. […]

Tubi Now Available On New Tivo Stream 4k Device And Streaming On Tivo+

Tubi, a division of Fox Entertainment, says its massive library of more than 23,000 movies and television shows is now available on the new TiVo Stream 4K device and streaming on the TiVo+ content network. The renewed agreement between Tubi and TiVo provides seamless access to on-demand content across movies and TV programming. TiVo customers […]

Roku, Netflix Surge On Upbeat Analyst Reports

Shares of Roku Inc. surged over 11% on Wednesday after Citi initiated coverage of the streaming video company with a “buy” rating, while Netflix also rallied more than 11%. Roku and Netflix are among several technology-related companies that have benefited as a result of the coronavirus pandemic, with people around the world spending more time at home.

NBCU Adds Free NBC Sports Channel To Peacock

NBCUniversal has added a free sports channel to its new Peacock streamer. Called NBC Sports on Peacock, the channel will offer sports talk shows and live sports event coverage. Shows will be available on demand in addition to streaming live.

‘Altered Carbon’ Canceled At Netflix

Why Does Roku Still Insists It’s ‘Neutral’?

The company’s CFO proclaims the top OTT platform still plays its ‘traditional’ Switzerland role in the streaming wars. But analysts say it now has too many advertising and subscription agendas.

Netflix Lays Bare Non-Scripted Strategy

Netflix is aggressively searching for its own large-scale talent competition and a big-ticket game show as it moves into its next phase of non-scripted originals. The streamer is looking to do more four-quadrant family entertainment shows to build on its recent reality shows such as Too Hot To Handle and Love Is Blind.

Time Streaming Ad-Supported Video Grows

Beneath the headlines and social media commotion about high-profile subscription video on demand (SVOD) titles like Tiger KingUpload and Ozark, a new form of digital streaming is gaining traction: those that are ad-supported.

OTT News Summit Confronts Programming In A Wild Year

Panelists from NBC, CBS, Graham and Fox will tackle the challenges of launching new content and adapting streaming programming in a year upended by COVID-19 and explosive protests at TVNewsCheck’s virtual event on Sept. 22. Register here.

Vevo Study Reveals What Drives Viewer Behavior With Video

Music video platform Vevo has partnered with Magna and IPG Media Lab and revealed significant findings around the nuances of multicultural audiences’ video viewing behavior. “The Anatomy of a Video Experience: A Multicultural Study” explores how audiences consume content across multiple devices and their motivations around viewing habits. Understanding these subtleties is key for advertisers […]

‘West Wing’ Original Cast To Reunite For Staged Version Of Season 3 Episode

Peacock Joins NBCU’s U.S. Open Golf Coverage

Pandemic Paying Off For Pluto TV

NCTA: FCC Should Ban Joint ‘Broadcast Internet’ Carriage Negotiations

Cable operators are telling the FCC that retrans regulations should apply to carriage negotiations that include ancillary “broadcast internet” services. That came in comments by NCTA-The Internet & Television Association on the FCC’s inquiry into what, if any, rules need to be changed to accommodate broadcaster’s potential new multichannel services using the ATSC 3.0 transmission standard.

Has ‘The Great Re-Bundling’ Arrived?

Is it just a silly media-tech myth, or do recent OTT deals portend a major retrograde trend?

Evoca TV Adds BYUtv And Outdoor Sportsman Group

EXECUTIVE SESSION WITH FRANK COMERFORD

TVN Executuve Session | NBCU Grows Pay-Per-Performance Deals

Frank Comerford, NBCU Owned Television Stations’ CRO and president of commercial operations, says its Post-In Flight deals are starting to take off and could eliminate much of the post-buy work for both the station group and ad agencies. He says Spot ON, NBCU’s OTT/CTV product, is also bolstering business development and making it easier to communicate with advertisers.

Netflix Apologizes After Marketing Of French Film ‘Cuties’ Is Seen As Sexualizing Children

US Spending $1B/Month More On Streaming

Americans are spending an average of $1 billion a month more on video streaming since January, according to cloud video technology company Grabyo. Amid the pandemic, video streaming services have reached 72% penetration into American homes, up 13% since January.

Should Broadcast Nets Launch Own Award Show?

The broadcast networks’ Emmy woes are not new; you can call them part of an “anyone but Netflix and HBO is suffering” story. All told — including PBS but not The CW, which I’m not sure Emmy voters know exists — broadcasters landed 127 noms this year, down from 151 in 2019. Cable received 246, down from 299. Compare that with 269 noms fro online platforms, up from 199, making it the first time that streamers lead the Emmy race.

DAZN Explores New $1B Funding Push

An IPO using a special purpose acquisition company is reportedly one of the options being considered by the sports streaming service.

Obsesh Media To Distribute Original Premium Series On Sinclair’s STIRR And TBD

Obsesh Media, a digital platform for outdoor sports top athletes and high-profile lifestyle personalities to connect with fans through original video, has a deal to bring its original premium programming to Sinclair Broadcast Group’s free, ad-supported streaming service STIRR and its multicast network TBD. The first series in the deal, Parkour Adventures of Jesse La […]

Amazon, Diving Further Into Live Sports, Sets Deal To Stream Seattle Sounders games

Netflix Tests Shuffle Play Button On Home Page

The streamer is testing out a new “Shuffle Play” button that allows viewers to watch TV and movie titles randomly selected by the streaming service. The button appears on the profiles page only on TV devices, including Roku.

Pluto TV Adds Channels, Restructures Lineup

ViacomCBS’s Pluto TV said it has added a dozen new channels and reconfigured its streaming lineup to make it easier for viewers to find what they want to watch. The new channels included Three’s Company, Johnny Carson TV, Dabl, The Rifleman, Demand Africa, Western TV, Classic TV Comedy, Classic TV Drama, Pluto TV Love Stories, Pluto TV Suspense and Pluto TV Fantastic.

NBA And Turner Providing Live Chat Groups During Playoffs