Syncbak’s SBTV Debuts Dedicated COVID-19 Ch.

Viewers are able to tap into a curated 24/7 channel featuring COVID-19 segments from local stations across the country.

Netflix Says It Has Fixed Outage That Hit Some In US, UK

Thousands Of Netflix Outages Reported In US

On DownDetector.com, a website used to track outages, there was a spike in reported outages Wednesday around 9:30 a.m. PT. About 3,000 outages were reported between 9:30 a.m. and 10 a.m. PT, with most of the complaints coming from the West Coast and Northeast, according to the site’s tracking map. More than 40% of the outages were due to “no connection,” while 35% complained “video streaming” wasn’t functioning properly.

Olympics Delay A Blow To NBC’s Peacock

When NBC revealed its streaming-war entry Peacock to investors in January, presenters made no secret of their big weapon: the Tokyo Olympics. With Tuesday’s postponement of the games as a result of the coronavirus, whether Peacock should launch as planned on July 15 is suddenly in question, too.

YouTube Sets SD As Global Default Video Quality

WarnerMedia: Streaming Of HBO Now Up 40% In Past Week

Chicago TV News Startups Still Up In The Air

The coronavirus pandemic threatens to delay the launch of two ambitious new Chicago-based television news operations in the coming months. CBS-owned WBBM had announced plans to roll out CBSN Local, a 24/7 streaming news service, by the end of March. But in light of everything else going on, Officials said Monday they don’t know when the service will start. Questions also surround the launch of a live daily national newscast on WGN America, the Chicago-based cable network owned by Nexstar Media Group.

Rising Tolerance For Streaming Ads

A new survey of U.S. consumers finds that 76% say they’re willing to see ads in exchange for watching free streaming video. The survey also found that 55% plan to watch free video streaming services in the next 12 months.

Streamer FuboTV, Facebank Group To Merge

FuboTV — a U.S.-based video streaming service offering a premium, over-the-top bundle of sports TV channels — has inked a deal to merge with Facebank Group, a developer of technology IP. Terms of the deal were not disclosed, but the proposed merger aims to create a sports-first digital entertainment alternative online for cord-cutters and cord-nevers.

MLB.TV Offers Every 2018-19 Game For Free

Netflix Starts $100M Coronavirus Relief Fund

Netflix will create a $1 million fund to help the creative community affected by the coronavirus pandemic, Chief Content Officer Ted Sarandos announced Friday. “Almost all television and film production has now ceased globally — leaving hundreds of thousands of crew and cast without jobs. These include electricians, carpenters and drivers, many of whom are paid hourly wages and work on a project-to-project basis.”

Disney Plus Postpones Launch In India

YouTube Is Following Netflix By Reducing Streaming Quality Due To Coronavirus

Sling TV Offers Free TV For Coronavirus Shut-Ins

EU calls on Netflix, Other Services To Stream In Lower Quality Due To Bandwidth Concerns

Netflix Sued By Former Prosecutor Over Portrayal In ‘Central Park Five’ Miniseries

Rosie O’Donnell To Revive Talk Show For Star-Studded Online Fundraiser

Trevor Noah Sets ‘Daily Social Distancing Show’

Comedy Central’s The Daily Show with Trevor Noah got inventive as it tries to navigate the television production shutdown brought on by the coronavirus pandemic. Following the example of other latenight shows that have broadcast segments produced remotely, on Wednesday, The Daily Show‘s YouTube channel posted a video introducing the The Daily Social Distancing Show.

HBO Max, Quibi Stick With Launch Plans

Despite the broad and profound human and economic toll being exacted by the COVID-19 pandemic, the so-called streaming wars are going on as scheduled, at least for now.

Hulu Expands 1080p/60fps Support To Fire TV, Other Devices

Netflix Postpones Inaugural Comedy Festival In L.A.

Quibi: If You Build It, They Will Watch

Quibi founder Jeffrey Katzenberg says his and Meg Whitman’s new short-form mobile streaming service’s content is so good, there’s no way it can’t find an audience.

Fox Buys Streamer Tubi For $440M

Fox has acquired the ad-supporting streaming service Tubi in a $440 million cash deal. Tubi Founder and CEO Farhad Massoudi will continue to head the company.

The Coronavirus Crisis Is Showing Us How To Live Online

Universal To Release/Stream Films At Same Time

Universal Pictures, a division of Comcast Corp-owned NBCUniversal, will make its movies available at home on the same day they are released in theaters worldwide, beginning with the DreamWorks Animation film Trolls World Tour, which opens in the U.S. on April 10.

Hulu Live Adds Marquee Sports Network

Netflix & Hulu To Share ‘Community’ Streaming Rights

Netflix Sued By Chipmaker Broadcom

Broadcom, a leading chipmaker for pay TV set-tops and other telecom CPE, is suing Netflix, alleging that the streaming service is violating eight of its patents related to data transfer and video playback.

Hulu Employee in L.A. Positive For Coronavirus

According to an individual with knowledge of the situation, the employee in question immediately began self-isolation once they started experiencing symptoms. The individual is said to be recovering at home. Anyone else in the office who came into contact with the person has been informed, with those employees now required to also self-isolate and begin working from home immediately.

Marvel’s Disney+ Shows Pause Production

Marvel Studios is pressing pause on its Disney Plus shows currently in production, which includes The Falcon and the Winter Soldier, Loki and WandaVision. For shows that are in pre-production, work will continue remotely.

‘Rise Of Skywalker’ Gets Early Digital Release

Coronavirus Concern Closes Netflix L.A. Building

Netflix on Thursday closed one of its office buildings for deep cleaning because one of its employees is suspected of having coronavirus.

Amazon’s Greg Hart Steps Down As Worldwide Video VP

Apple’s ‘Morning Show’ Shuts Down Production Due To Coronavirus Concerns

CBS All Access Launches Animated ‘Tooning Out The News’ Series

Vidaa And OTTera’s Streaming Video Service Join Power on Hisense Smart TVs

Consumer electronics company Hisense and their subsidiary Vidaa have chosen OTTera, the white label OTT streaming video service, to add to the Hisense Vidaa platform. Vidaa will work with OTTera to integrate long-tail providers and use OTTera’s integration and already integrated advertising solution for a speedier onboarding to its platform. “Hisense and Vidaa have been […]

Quibi Accused Of Stealing Patented Tech

Digital video company Eko hit back against Quibi on Tuesday, accusing the upcoming mobile-only streaming app of infringing on its patented technology and misappropriating trade secrets. The Israeli company is essentially looking to bar Quibi, set to debut next month, from using video technology that underpins how viewers watch its shows.

NBC News Launches Content Studio To Pair Advertisers With Streaming Video

The NBCUniversal news operation is launching NBC News Custom Productions, an editorial unit devoted to finding ways to pair advertisers with a growing array of content options made for streaming-video outlets.

NBC News Explores ‘Today’ Streaming Options

In a memo issued Monday, NBC News Digital staffers were told that the company plans to explore streaming opportunities for Today and intends to shift some employees assigned to video “to focus on preparing for a streaming experience.” A person familiar with the matter says NBC News is mulling such an initiative, but cautioned that it is in its earliest days and is not guaranteed to come to fruition.

Stop Calling It OTT!

“We never use the term OTT in our marketing,” says Anita Normanly, production manager in the audience development department at WRAL Raleigh, N.C. “We always talk about WRAL Streaming Channels,” adding that they deliberately chose the word “channel” because that’s how viewers think about TV. Jake Seaton is the digital product manager and says the goal has always been making it easy for viewers. “If it’s on digital, then it’s on our Streaming Channels.”