T-Mobile Looks To Become A Streaming Force

As the wireless business heads into the perilously capex-intensive 5G future, though, it’s actually the so-called New T-Mobile, fresh off its $30 billion purchase of Sprint, that might have the inside track to the video business.

World’s Biggest Film Festivals Unite For 10-Day Global Streaming Event On YouTube

Local Now Launches Mental Health Series With Dr. Wendy Walsh

The free streaming service Local Now has introduced a new daily series featuring Dr. Wendy Walsh to offer advice and insight on mental health topics during the COVID-19 pandemic. Dr. Wendy Walsh Is Here for You is now available on the 24/7 free streaming service owned by Allen Media Group. In this new series, Walsh will offer insight, provide […]

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Welcome To The Skype Pandemic

The rough-and-ready video quality of journalism during the coronavirus crisis is changing the way we engage with the media.

Tubi’s Customized Quarantine Playlist Goes Live

As the country stays at home overwhelmed with streaming options, Tubi has debuted a quiz for its consumers that will generate a customized Quarantine Playlist of premium Tubi titles based on their mood. Consumers can visit TubiWhatToWatchQuiz.com to take the quiz and anyone who shares their playlist on Twitter has an opportunity to win a $25 Postmates promo code. Someone deemed […]

Quibi Says Connected TV Casting Option Will Be Ready By Mid-May

Quibi’s Top Marketing Exec Leaves

Another top executive at Quibi has left the fledgling streamer: Megan Imbres, head of brand and content marketing, is leaving the company after a year in the role. Imbres, whose exit comes two weeks after Quibi’s April 6 launch, oversaw creative development for all of the short-form streaming service’s brand and content marketing executions, including its Super Bowl LIV ad.

‘The Masked Singer’ To Stream On Tubi

Episodes of unscripted juggernaut The Masked Singer will stream on Tubi, Fox Corp.’s free, ad-supported service, the companies have announced. Tubi, whose acquisition by Fox closed Monday, will add the first two seasons of the competition series to its platform starting Thursday night.

‘Leverage’ Reboot Starring Noah Wyle Ordered By IMDb TV

Big Raises For Netflix’s Hastings, Sarandos

Reed Hastings, the streaming giant’s founder, CEO, president and chairman of the board, tallied $38.6 million in 2019, according to an SEC filing — a $2.5 million increase from the previous year. Chief Content Officer Ted Sarandos saw a $5.1 million bump to $34.7 million.

Pandemic & Chill: Netflix Adds A Cool 16M Subs

The first quarter spanned the beginning of stay-at-home orders in the U.S. and around the world, a result of the coronavirus pandemic. People appeared to latch on to its vast video library as a source of entertainment and comfort at a time when most had nowhere to be but home.

HBO Max Launch Set For May 27

The streaming service is set to debut amid the shutdown brought about by the novel coronavirus outbreak, bringing with it 10,000 hours of library programming from across the WarnerMedia catalog.

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CBS Launches CBSN Chicago

The debut is the newest expansion of major market local news streaming services from CBS and features local news content produced WBBM.

Fans Invited To Compete For ‘Friends’ Reunion Special Spot

NEW YORK (AP) — The big upcoming “Friends” reunion special is inviting a few extra friends — maybe even you. Castmembers of the popular show have announced that five fans will get a chance to watch the reunion taping live and rub shoulders with stars Jennifer Aniston, Courteney Cox, Matthew Perry, Lisa Kudrow, Matt LeBlanc […]

The Grio Launches New Series For Facebook Watch

Allen Media Group’s digital news division — The Grio — debuts a new video series for Facebook Watch. Staying In Business features interviews and profiles of African-American business owners who reveal how they are adapting to unprecedented times in America, while focusing on how these black-owned businesses and entrepreneurs are struggling to survive during the current coronavirus pandemic. Staying In Business premieres […]

NBCU’s Fandango Buying Vudu From Walmart

Vudu, the digital movie and TV rental unit of Walmart, is being acquired by NBCUniversal’s Fandango division. The news was confirmed in a blog post on Vudu’s website. Comcast and NBCU had been reported to be in talks earlier this year to acquire Vudu, a deal that gives the company another streaming outlet as it integrates Xumo and also rolls out Peacock, which just went live for Comcast subscribers.

Fox Nation Open To Product Placement Deals

The Fox News subscription service will offer marketers the chance to embed their products in some of its programs, which have in the recent past included a crime series led by Nancy Grace, a documentary series hosted by former CBS News correspondent Lara Logan, and a cooking show built around Fox & Friends host Steve Doocy.

Nagra Launches Nexguard Forensic Watermarking On Akamai Edge Network

Nagra, an independent provider of content protection and multiscreen television solutions, today announced that its NexGuard Streaming watermarking solution for OTT has been integrated with Akamai, the intelligent edge platform for securing and delivering digital experiences. The integrated solution uses Akamai’s edge platform to bring an added level of anti-piracy enforcement and revenue protection to […]

YouTube Spars With Auditor Over Ad Risks

Google wants to substantially limit the information a key auditor of YouTube can share about the risks of advertising on the video service, according to people familiar with the situation, highlighting tensions between the tech giant and Madison Avenue.

Starz Streaming Usage Up 44% During Pandemic

Telestream Announces Inspect 2110 IP Video Monitoring For Broadcast, Production, Distribution

Telestream, a provider of workflow automation, media processing, quality monitoring and test and measurement solutions for the production and distribution of video, has developed its Inspect 2110 video monitoring solution for broadcast, production and distribution networks. Inspect 2110 will be available this summer. Further extending the Telestream IQ Solutions monitoring family, Inspect 2110 monitors ST 2110 […]

Qligent Foresight Evolves Predictive Analysis Solution

Qligent has introduced Foresight, its second-generation, cloud-based service that uses AI, machine learning, and Big Data to mitigate content distribution issues. Designed to help broadcasters, MVPDs and OTT service providers understand and correlate factors that contribute to higher audience engagement, Foresight provides real-time 24/7 data analytics based on system performance and user behavior. “Foresight uses the data you already have in your plant, plus some new data that you can gather from end user devices, for predictive analysis,” said Lang Cooksey, […]

TiVo Stream 4K: When Will The Big CES Buzz Product Finally Arrive?

Programming A Streaming Movable Movie Feast

The Criterion Channel, a year-old streaming service, is a hotbed of cinephilia in the best of times. Right now, it’s about as close as you can get to actually going to the movies. Whereas other streamers supply expansive oceans of “content,” the Criterion Channel pools its movies into collections, double-bills and night-by-night selections. Algorithms aren’t welcome.

Harmonic Makes Its Video Encoding Tech Free During Pandemic

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TVN Tech | 1080p HDR Gains Momentum For Major Sports

Costs are inhibiting a flood of 4K sports production, but 1080p HDR offers numerous practical advantages, among them that the improvement in picture quality is more readily apparent to consumers than the gain from 4K resolution. Above, Sony tested an 8K camera at the Sony Open in Hawaii last year, but doesn’t expect 8K to be used for regular sports production for several years.

MediaKind Unveils Public Cloud OTT Streaming

An SaaS version of MediaKind’s Aquila OTT streaming solution launches today, offering broadcasters the ability to quickly launch new or temporary program services with end-to-end technology operating in the public cloud.

Charter To Distribute HBO Max

The WarnerMedia streaming-video service will be made available to all of Charter’s existing HBO subscribers, the two companies said Wednesday. There will be no additional charge for the new package, but customers will have to sign in to the HBOMax app.

Vela Announces Third Sales Hire In 90 Days

Vela, a provider of Volicon-replacement systems for broadcast, television and MVPD organizations, has named Tracy Connors to lead Southeastern United States sales activities and manage select strategic accounts. She is the third of three recent sales hires and completes the staffing of Vela’s worldwide sales team. The two other recent additions are Kevin Lichtman, taking over […]

Netflix Stock Price Surges To All-Time High

After markets opened Wednesday, Netflix’s stock increased about 3.5% to $427.77 per share, topping its previous high of $423.21 per share, set during midday trading in June 2018. If the gains hold through the end of Wednesday, Netflix will also top its previous all-time high closing price of nearly $419 per share, set in July 2018.

Net Insight Joins The Zixi Enabled Network

To reduce the cost to serve and increase innovation agility, Net Insight says it is joining the Zixi Enabled Network, thus enabling interoperability with other Zixi customers and partners, as well as making it easier to acquire and distribute content over public Clouds such as Amazon Web Services. Consumer demand for instantly accessible, personalized, immersive […]

Stay-At-Home Media Stocks Soar

Shares of Hollywood stay-at-home streaming stocks keep rising as Americans get their TV fixes online amid the coronavirus pandemic.

Locast Launches In Puerto Rico

Locast, a free streaming app offering access to local broadcast television, is now offering a dozen local TV channels via the internet across Puerto Rico. The nonprofit said the timing of the launch should help the U.S. territory keep its citizens informed during the ongoing coronavirus outbreak and the incoming summer hurricane season.

NBC ‘Evaluating’ Early Peacock Launch

NBCUniversal makes its streaming debut with the early preview of Peacock that will be exclusive to Comcast subscribers starting Wednesday, ahead of the July nationwide rollout. But with so many people forced to stay at home due to the coronavirus pandemic, Peacock executives suggested the service could come early.

Quibi Hits 1.7M Downloads In First Week

That 1.7 million figure does not indicate how many people signed up for the app, which is offering an extended 90-day free trial. Once the trial ends, Quibi will cost $5 with advertising and $8 without advertising. CEO Meg Whitman said that the initial reaction “exceeded our plans and expectations.”

NBCU Unveils Peacock Launch Ad Partners

NBCUniversal said Monday that Capital One, L’Oreal, Molson Coors, Subaru and Verizon have signed up as launch sponsors for the new streaming service Peacock when it debuts this week. Peacock hits nationwide on Wednesday, April 15, free for customers of parent company Comcast, and three months later for everyone else with a price range from free to $10 a month.

Quibi Patent Dispute Gets Quicker Hearing

A federal judge says there’s “sufficient good cause” to hear plaintiff Eko’s request for an injection on May 4 instead of June 29.

‘Friends Reunion Special’ Will Not Be Available On HBO Max At Launch

Another Technical Meltdown At Hulu

Hulu Live experienced its second major technical snafu this week Thursday night with thousands of customers again taking to social media sites to express their frustration over being unable to watch their favorite shows.

Hulu Ad Sales Chief Peter Naylor Departs

Hulu’s head of ad sales Peter Naylor has left the streaming company to take a job with Snap, where he will head up U.S. ad sales. Naylor’s departure comes as Disney is folding Hulu more into its larger operations and comes two months after Randy Freer exited as CEO. In February, Hulu promoted Kelly Campbell to president to serve as his replacement under Disney direct-to-consumer chief Kevin Mayer.