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

Verizon And Disney Expand Partnership

Verizon and Disney are expanding their distribution and marketing partnership to add the full Disney+/Hulu/ESPN+ bundle at no charge for 12 months for subscribers to two wireless plans. Beginning Thursday, customers who choose the “Play More Unlimited” or “Get More Unlimited” packages will get the bundle for free as part of their monthly cost of $45 or $55 before taxes and fees. Disney charges $13 a month for its three-service bundle. If bought separately, they would be $19.

Tubi Adds ‘Ultimate Tag’ From Fox

Apple TV+ To Launch Discounted Bundle

Apple Inc. plans to bundle access to CBS All Access and Showtime content at a discounted price for subscribers to its TV+ video service, according to people familiar with the plans. This is Apple’s first discounted bundle offering for video content with the TV+ service. Currently, users must subscribe to different content providers in the TV app on an à la carte basis.

Redbox Says FAST Play ‘Free Live TV’ Now Up To 60 Channels

Tru Optik Launches Self-Service Data Marketplace For Connected TV, Streaming Audio, Gaming Advertising

Tru Optik, an identity resolution provider across OTT and connected TV (CTV), today launched a new self-service platform for streaming media and connected device audience planning. The Data Marketplace will be made available directly to brands and agencies for the first time, as well as expand the features and capabilities it already provides to the […]

Nielsen: Streaming Grows To 25% Of TV Usage

Streaming grew to more than 25% of total TV minutes viewed in the second quarter, according to Nielsen’s latest Total Audience Report. In Nielsen’s last report, streaming represented 19% of TV usage in the fourth quarter. At the same time, live TV consumption dropped to 3 hours and 43 minutes per day in the first quarter, down from 3:53 a year ago and 4:10 two years ago.

CBS News Digital’s Christy Tanner To Keynote OTT News Summit

The EVP and GM of CBS News Digital will be the Sept. 25 closing keynote interview at TVNewsCheck’s virtual conference, focusing on streaming’s monetization prospects and the changing dynamics for AVOD services in a crowded marketplace. Register here.

Trump Lip-Sync Star Sarah Cooper Gets Netflix Special

LOS ANGELES (AP) — Sarah Cooper, whose lip-sync parodies of President Donald Trump are an online sensation, is coming to Netflix with a variety special. “Everything’s Fine,” starring the writer and comedian, will debut this fall, the streaming service said Wednesday. Cooper is working with heavyweight talent on the special: Maya Rudolph is the executive […]

TiVo Stream 4K-Powered Smart TVs Coming In ‘Late 2021, Early 2022’

For Fox Stations, OTT’s Target Is Niche

Fox Television Stations CEO Jack Abernethy says the group’s decision to target African-American viewers on OTT with Fox Soul was part of a broader strategy to break from the pack in streaming news. News Now, its multiplatform streamer, takes a different tack using live coverage stitched together and “deejayed” from its Phoenix station with other O&Os soon to contribute.

Fox News Media Launching Int’l Streamer

The new Fox News International platform will provide Fox News Channel and Fox Business programming to 20 countries by early 2021.

Larry Wilmore To Host Peacock Latenight Show

Sinclair Renews Comscore Local OTT Measurement Deal

Comscore today announced the renewal of its local OTT measurement partnership with Sinclair Compulse360, a local OTT content and advertising platform. As a part of this agreement, Comscore will provide currency-grade, independent third-party validation and measurement for all of Compulse360’s OTT campaigns, with both local market and national volume reported for their clients “We launched […]

Politically Charged ‘Black-ish’ Episode Gets Belated Home

LOS ANGELES (AP) — A politically charged episode of “black-ish” from 2017 that was shelved by ABC has found a home on Hulu, a corporate sibling of the Disney-owned broadcast network. “I cannot wait for everyone to finally see the episode for themselves,” series creator Kenya Barris posted Monday on social media. Barris said he […]