Report: Google TV Preps For Launch Of 50 Free Channels

Examining the latest update of the Google TV app has uncovered indications that the tech conglomerate’s move into live TV is well underway with at least 50 channels set to premiere.

Walmart Ponders Streaming Deal With Paramount, Disney And Comcast

The retail giant is exploring bundling a streaming service into its Walmart+ membership program.

CBS News Streaming Names Allison Sandza Executive Producer For DC-Based Coverage

‘Q-Force’ Canceled After One Season At Netflix

Elon Musk A Guest On ‘Jay Leno’s Garage’

Vizio Offers Smart TV User Accounts For Managing Streaming Subscriptions

Smart TV maker Vizio has gotten itself into the payment and subscription management business, introducing the Vizio Account. Vizio said the account will make it easier for smart TV users to subscribe to streaming services and take advantage of special offers. With the Vizio Account, viewers can sign in once and spend less time accessing and managing viewing options.

Ryan Reynolds Gets Channel, Stock In Deal With FuboTV

How YouTube Keeps Broadcasting Inside Russia’s Digital Iron Curtain

Access to the video site allows Russians access to one of the few sources of independent information about the Ukraine war. YouTube still operates in Russia, possibly because the Kremlin views it as too big to block.

Mike Tyson Claims Hulu Stole His Life Story For Upcoming Series

Vice News Promotes Beverly Chase To VP Of Current Programming, Development

Beverly Chase has been promoted to vice president of current programming and development for Vice News and Vice World News. Chase was previously the executive producer of long form for Vice News. In her new role, she will continue to serve as as executive producer and showrunner of Vice on Showtime. She will also now oversee original programming, specials, and long form projects while expanding her role at Vice News Tonight.

Arbitrator Rules In Favor Of WGA, Netflix Pays Millions More In Residuals

The Writers Guild of America said Thursday that an arbitrator ruled in its favor, resulting in writers receiving millions of dollars in unpaid residuals from Netflix films.

HBO Max And Discovery+ Will Merge Into Single Streaming Service By Summer 2023

Warner Bros. Discovery sets its direct-to-consumer strategy — which includes a new FAST offering.

Amazon Hires Taylor Rooks As ‘Thursday Night Football’ Features Reporter

CNN Content Coming To Discovery+

Blue Ant Media Makes Promotions In Support Of Worldwide FAST Expansion

International content producer, distributor and channel operator, Blue Ant Media, has promoted Craig Junner to SVP, programming + content strategy, global media, and Andrea Harrick to VP, content acquisitions, global media. Both promotions, the company said, “arrive on the heels of a year filled with significant growth in the free streaming arena for Blue Ant Media, which saw both Craig and Andrea playing […]

NEWS ANALYSIS

Are The ‘Shark Week’ Guys Really About To Blow Up HBO Max?

Rumors on Twitter run amok that the anticipated rollup of HBO Max and Discovery+ won’t be something most of us like.

‘Days Of Our Lives’ Moving From NBC To Peacock, To Be Replaced By Newscast

Starting Sept. 12, Peacock will become the exclusive home of the 57-year-old soap, which has already produced two spinoffs for the platform dubbed Beyond Salem. NBC will fill the DOOL slot with NBC News Daily, which NBC News promises will “provide signature world-class reporting and breaking news coverage in a first-of-its kind, live in most markets mid-day news offering. The hour-long program will be anchored by Kate Snow, Aaron Gilchrist, Vicky Nguyen and Morgan Radford and offer “up-to-the-minute national and international news, with the option for NBC stations to add local news.”

Paramount+ Lands On The Roku Channel

Both Paramount+’s ad-free and ad-supported plans are making their way to Roku’s aggregated subscription video lineup, Roku announced. In the coming weeks, viewers will be able to subscribe to either Paramount+’s essential plan ($4.99 per month) or its premium tier ($9.99 monthly) through The Roku Channel’s new dedicated programming guide for the service. This marks the first time Roku’s created such a guide for a premium subscription partner.

Netflix Is Scrambling To Learn The Ad Business It Long Disdained

Reed Hastings insisted on focusing on subscriptions until competitors started nibbling away at his business model.

‘First Kill’ Canceled By Netflix After One Season

FX CEO John Landgraf Predicts Peak TV Will Peak In 2022 With Another Record

Through the first half of the year, there have been 357 total U.S. scripted originals across broadcast, cable and streaming — up 16% from last year’s record pace.

Estrella Media Debuts Cine EstrellaTV FAST Channel On LG Channels

Spanish-language media company Estrella Media today announced that smart TV maker LG Electronics will carry Estrella Media’s FAST (free ad-supported streaming TV) networks through LG Channels. LG is the first partner to launch Estrella Media’s brand-new Cine EstrellaTV FAST channel this month. In addition, LG Channels will carry Estrella News, delivering live Spanish-language news coverage, and EstrellaTV, the flagship television network […]

Tubi’s Gordon Ramsay FAST Channel Launches

Tubi’s brand-new Gordon Ramsay FAST channel is now available as part of the platform’s growing lineup of more than 145 sports, entertainment and local news channels. Currently featuring episodes of popular Fox series, including Hell’s Kitchen, Kitchen Nightmares, Masterchef and Masterchef Junior, Tubi’s Gordon Ramsay FAST channel joins other popular linear channels on Fox Entertainment’s free streaming service, […]

‘The Wilds’ Canceled After 2 Seasons At Prime Video

Roku Drew Record $1 Billion In Ad Commitments In Upfront

Roku said it secured more than $1 billion in commitments from advertisers during the upfront market, a record for the streaming platform. With more consumers cutting the cord and shifting to streaming, Roku has positioned itself as an alternative to traditional TV. Roku said its upfront negotiation happened concurrently with the broadcast networks, signaling a strategic shift to TV streaming for brands.

‘Abbott Elementary’ To Stream On Both Hulu And HBO Max

Co-exclusive streaming rights for hit ABC sitcom Abbott Elementary will be shared by Hulu and HBO Max beginning on Aug. 20.

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KCCI Content Used In Streaming True Crime Story About 1992 Double Murder

QUARTERLY REPORT

YouTube Ad Revenue Up Just 4.8% In 2Q

Perhaps disabusing the video business of the notion that sustained double-digit growth is merely a matter of transitioning models from subscriber to advertising focus, YouTube just reported its slowest quarterly revenue growth in more than two years. Alphabet said during its second quarter earnings report Tuesday that YouTube generated $7.34 billion from April-June, up 4.8% year over year. The expansion missed equity investor forecasts of around $7.49 billion.

‘iCarly’ Renewed For Season 3 At Paramount+

Disney Says Hulu Will Now Accept Political Issue Ads After Earlier Rejection Of Democrats’ Abortion And Gun Spots

Walt Disney Co. said in a statement Wednesday morning that Hulu will now accept political issue ads, a change in the policy of the streaming platform after Democrats chided the company for rejecting spots on abortion and guns.

Kantar Sees 2Q Streaming Rebound After Flat 1Q

Streaming resumed its growth in the second quarter, reaching 113 million households in the U.S. as of June, following no growth in the first quarter, according to Kantar’s Entertainment on Demand streaming analytics. The second-quarter increase gave streaming a penetration rate of 88%, up 2 percentage points from 1Q.

Does The Netflix Binge Viewing Model Still Work?

With Netflix’s stock price and business model under pressure from a rapidly evolving streaming landscape, new research from Diesel Labs examines the ongoing relevance of Netflix’s long-standing promotion of a binge viewing programming strategy. Many other streamers have moved away from Netflix’s model.

TiVo: Viewers Use An Average Of 9 Streaming Services

With the streaming industry becoming increasingly saturated, making sense of viewer data and consumption habits is key. According to TiVo’s most recent video trends survey, consumers’ average number of streaming services peaked to about nine apps in 4Q 2021. And Chris Ambrozic, SVP of product management for TiVo Discovery Solutions, hints that the average number of apps continues to tick up in TiVo’s upcoming consumer survey — scheduled for release in September.

Clix Streamer Hits Over 6 Million Monthly Users In Less Than A Year

Hulu Not Running Democrats’ Ads On Abortion, Guns

Democratic campaign groups are slamming the Disney-owned streaming service Hulu for what they say is its refusal to run ads on the crucial midterm election issues of abortion and gun safety. The streaming service did not run ads submitted last week by the Democratic campaign groups and has failed to give the groups a clear reason, according to a national Democratic Party official.

Mike Moon Departs As Netflix Head Of Adult Animation

NFL Expands Media Footprint, Launches League-Branded Streaming Service

The NFL has launched a league-branded subscription streaming outlet featuring live mobile rights once controlled by Verizon. NFL+, as the new service is known, is available in two versions. The basic one costs $5 a month (or $40 a year), while the premium tier is $10 a month, or $80 a year.

Red-Hot Early Buzz For ‘The Gray Man’ Could Put Netflix Back In The Black

After a less-awful-than-we-all-thought-it-would-be earnings report, early social buzz for Netflix’s $200 million spy thriller seems good.

TVN’S STREAMING NEWS 2022

For News Streamers, Content And Workflow Challenges Are The Next Frontier

Executives from E.W. Scripps, Fox Television Stations, NBCUniversal Local and Cox Media Group told a TVNewsCheck webinar last week that hiring challenges are frustrating their efforts to swiftly build out robust streaming channels, but forays into automation and hub-and-spoke models are easing some of the pressure.

Netflix Readies For Departure Of Another Off-Net Show: ’30 Rock’