VUit (pronounced “view it”), launched in September by its parent company Syncbak as a free, ad-supported national streaming service aiming to be the “Netflix of Live, Local, and Free,” has unveiled a new channel meant to fill a void in the current presidential election coverage: Battleground States. The channel will provide viewers across the country a 24/7 […]
For the first time ever, consumers don’t need a cable subscription to watch AMC Networks channels including AMC, BBC America, IFC and SundanceTV. AMC Networks has dramatically increased the footprint for AMC+, its expanded ad-free streaming service, which will be available today through Apple TV and Prime Video channels.
Today’s launch includes the debut of LX News, a weekday newscast targeted to Gen Z and millennials.
Google has altered its approach to TV and streaming, merging Chromecast and Android TV into a $50 Google-branded offering featuring a remote control. Chromecast with Google TV is the official new name for the setup, which marks the end of the Android TV brand name, which had been in use since 2014.
Global video advertising platform SpotX says it has seen more than a 900% increase in political advertising spend across its platform of OTT and CTV channels since April 2020. The increase, it said, “represents a broader shift of viewers and advertisers toward streaming platforms.” According to Nielsen, streaming grew to more than 25% of total […]
NBCU streamer Peacock is bringing a much-requested feature to its streaming service, offline downloads. users can now download their favorite shows to watch even when they are not connected to the internet. The feature is available to Premium Plus users, which is $9.99 a month, or $4.99 for Comcast or Cox subscribers.
Netflix is likely to raise subscription prices in North America or Europe soon, but it won’t likely suffer major backlash, in the view of one Wall Street analyst. Alex Giaimo of Jefferies pointed to a shift in tone between remarks from management on the first-quarter earnings call in April to the second-quarter call in July.
Advertisers are flocking to streaming TV, pursuing viewers who are spending more time watching programming on ad-supported services. But fraudsters seeking to steal some of those new ad dollars are moving in, too. Ad measurement and verification firm DoubleVerify says it detected 780 fake streaming-TV apps this year that it believes were set up by bad actors to lure spending by unsuspecting advertisers — just one of the scams in play.
Christy Tanner, EVP and GM of CBS News Digital, says the OTT landscape has space for plenty of news organizations to connect with viewers. The lack of a common third-party currency is keeping competition’s ferocity away — for now.
TVNewsCheck presented a virtualized four-day edition of its second annual OTT News Summit in 2020, examining the pandemic’s impact on the streaming value chain and how news organizations can take advantage of new opportunities in content, technology and monetization. There were keynote interviews, panel discussions and roundtables examining streaming news content, workflow and ad technology challenges and monetization.
The streamer is set to launch all 45 seasons of the veteran sketch comedy series beginning Oct. 1. This marks one of the first times that every season of the NBC show will be available in one place to watch.
Executives from CNN, Sinclair, Fox Television Stations and Gray Television say COVID-19 has tested the capacities of their streaming workflows and found them even more adaptable and robust than they imagined.
Executives from Newsy, CBC and Fox Soul have seen record-high pandemic viewership, but they have to maintain a strong ground game in making sure their OTT channels are visible and top-of-mind for new potential viewers. “Operational minutiae” is key to maintaining that visibility in a crowded ecosystem of different platforms and apps, they say.
Jean Ellen Cowgill, GM of Bloomberg’s forthcoming QuickTake streaming channel, and its global head of digital strategy and business development, says COVID-19 is driving even larger audiences to OTT and bringing the platform closer to an inflection point. QuickTake hopes to capture younger business professionals with a more dressed-down visual and narrative style than its more buttoned-down signature brand.
Executives from NBC LX, CBS Local Digital, Graham Media and Fox Television Stations say the pandemic, protests and other dramatic news developments this year have spawned creative programming decisions, along with innovative new remote workflows to realize it.
Streaming service Quibi is exploring several strategic options including a possible sale, according to people familiar with the situation, as the company founded by Hollywood mogul Jeffrey Katzenberg struggles to sign up subscribers in a competitive online-video marketplace.
On Friday, Roku and NBCUniversal reached a deal bringing Peacock, NBCU’s recently launched streaming service, to Roku, while also keeping a number of other NBC apps on the platform.
Saying that the Sundance award-winning film Cuties meets the definition of child pornography, almost three dozen Republican members of Congress led by Rep. Jim Banks of Indiana have called on Attorney General Bill Barr to prosecute Netflix for distributing it.
Roku, a major streaming gatekeeper, has reached an impasse with NBCUniversal over its nascent Peacock service and a swath of NBCU apps is about to go dark as a result. As soon as overnight Friday into Saturday, 11 national “TV Everywhere” apps, which are available to pay-TV subscribers, will disappear due to the dispute. Dozens of other local apps from NBC and Telemundo stations, which are available only to Roku viewers in those local markets, are also hanging in the balance.
Entertainment Studios today elevated Patricia Wilson to executive vice president of its television network, JusticeCentral.TV. Wilson joined Entertainment Studios in 2010 when its first court series, America’s Court with Judge Ross, launched in syndication. In her new position, Wilson will also remain executive producer and showrunner for all five of the Entertainment Studios/Allen Media Group court series currently in production: America’s Court with Judge […]
Broadcasters such as Sinclair and Vice are increasingly shifting playout functions to cloud platforms, seeking more flexibility and agility there and testing the waters with disaster recovery strategies, OTT channels and diginets. “In the cloud, you can build up a whole separate system in parallel, test it, then cut over to it,” says one consultant.
Wilmore, his new weekly series for the Peacock streaming service, came together on the fly but, as he describes it, promises to be a better fit for the writer, performer and producer of shows like Black-ish and The Mayor. The half-hour show debuts Friday with soccer great Megan Rapinoe, Missouri Democratic Congressional candidate Cori Bush and comedian-writer Amber Ruffin, another new Peacock host.
Tubi, a division of Fox Entertainment, today announced record Monthly Active Users (MAU) and Total View Time (TVT) in 2020. In August, Tubi’s MAU reached 33 million — a new milestone and increase of 65% year-over-year. In addition, TVT surpassed 200 million hours streamed in April — and has been above 200 million hours each month […]
Apple will bundle some of its subscription services together for discount. Customers who want to buy subscriptions to Apple TV+, Apple Music, Apple Arcade and iCloud storage will soon be able to do so for a combined price that starts at $15 per month.