‘Outer Banks’ Surges To Top Of Nielsen U.S. Streaming Chart

Outer Banks topped the Nielsen U.S. streaming chart for the week of Aug. 2-8 with nearly twice the viewing of its closest competitor. The Netflix original was in its first full week of streaming after its second season hit Netflix in late-July. It delivered 2.1 billion minutes of viewing across its 20 episodes. It joins an elite club of shows north of the 2 billion mark in a single week since Nielsen began reporting streaming numbers in mid-2020.

Fox’s Tubi Adds BBC Studios Content To Streaming Service

Locast Shuts Down After Copyright Loss

The owners of the country’s major broadcast TV networks — ABC, CBS, NBC and Fox — had sued Locast in 2019, saying Locast violated their copyrights, and asked for the service to be shut down. After a decision against it, Locast suspended operations on Thursday.

RTI Intros RTI Music MS-3 Music Streamer

Control and automation manufacturer RTI has debuted the new RTI Music and the MS-3 Music Streamer. RTI Music is designed so that technology integrators can deliver what RTI calls “an exceptional streaming experience” to their clients with native control through any RTI control system. RTI Music is an entirely seamless control experience, eliminating the need — for […]

Key YouTube Exec Who Built Hollywood Partnerships Resigns

YouTube’s vice president of content partnerships, Kelly Merryman, a key executive who helped smooth relationships with Hollywood networks and studios, has left the company.

Locast Suspends Contribution Request Interruptions

Locast, the local TV station streaming services, said late Wednesday that it was suspending its interruptions to its programming to ask those who have not contributed to the service to do so. Locast has argued since its inception that it is eligible for a nonprofit exemption from copyright laws, but the U.S. District Court for the Southern District of New York this week agreed with the broadcast networks, who challenged that nonprofit status.

HBO Max App Joins Vizio TV SmartCast Lineup

NBC News’ Tom Llamas Will Add New Streaming Option To The Evening News Fray

The NBC News anchor, who previously led breaking news coverage for streaming platforms in addition to other duties at ABC News, is preparing for the launch of a digital evening endeavor for NBC News, a project he vows will have a kinetic feel and range a little further afield than the linear products that still represent the best-known examples of the format.

Cox Media Group Signs Deal With VUit Streaming Platform

Cox Media Group has signed an agreement to stream its local content on the VUit national streaming service. VUit was started by tech company Syncbak with backing from Gray Television. With Cox Media Group’s stations, VUit now has local coverage and programming in 150 of the nation’s 210 markets.

‘Seinfeld’ Gets Launch Date On Netflix

Break out the Drake’s Coffee Cakes and the Junior Mints: Netflix has set a debut date for Seinfeld. The classic sitcom, to which the streamer acquired global rights in a $500 million deal with distributor Sony two years ago, will make its Netflix bow on Oct. 1. The show has called Hulu home for the past six years.

BNC Launches New Streaming Platform

BNC Go is tailored to suit the interests, active lifestyles and consumption patterns of Black millennial and Gen Z audiences. It will debut Sept. 13 on Amazon Fire TV, Pluto, Roku, Tubi, Samsung, Vizio and more with 18 hours of original content daily.

58% Of Americans Subscribe To More Than One Of The Big 3 Streaming Services

Streaming-TV monogamy still isn’t a thing, according to the latest survey by Leichtman Research Group. The Durham, N.H., firm released its Emerging Video Services 2021 survey Aug. 31, finding that 58% of Americans subscribe to more than one of the big three of Netflix, Amazon Prime and Hulu.

Broadcasters Victorious As Judge Rules Against Locast

The four major U.S. broadcast networks — ABC, CBS, NBC and Fox — have emerged victorious in a lawsuit against Locast, a nonprofit that enables — or they say, basically steals — local TV streams. Plaintiffs — the stations — asked a judge to throw out Locast’s claim that its online service is legally exempt from copyright infringement liability because it seeks only donations, not fees, from users, and only enough to keep its business running. Locast wanted a finding that it is exempt.

FuboTV Gets OK In Iowa To Launch Sportsbook

FuboTV said its Fubo Gaming unit got approval to offer online sports wagering in Iowa. Fubo Gaming plans to launch its Fubo Sportsbook in the fourth quarter. The company has already gotten approvals to operate a betting service in Arizona, Pennsylvania, Indiana and New Jersey.

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WABC Streaming ‘Eyewitness To 9/11: Behind The Lens’

How Connected TV Platforms Are Expanding Their User Bases

After a year of unprecedented growth in the connected TV space, the industry’s top players are flush with more users than ever. But the real battle is far from over, and connected TV platforms need to figure out the best way to keep those customers coming back.

‘FAST’ Has Become A Fast Mover In The Streaming Game

While much attention continues to be dedicated to the growth of Netflix, Disney+ and other popular subscription VoD services, the market for free ad-supported streaming TV (FAST) services is also on the rise amid the precipitous decline of traditional pay TV. Fueled in part by an influx of new, premium content, building audiences and fresh advertising dollars, the FAST market in the US is poised to reach 216 million monthly active users in 2023, according to a new study from nScreenMedia.

‘Manifest’ Saved With 20-Episode Fourth & Final Season On Netflix

Manifest will live on. After weeks of negotiations, Netflix has closed a deal for a super-sized fourth and final season (20 episodes) of the missing plane drama, which will be available exclusively on the streamer worldwide. In a nod to Manifest‘s fans, whose passionate support helped resurrect the show following its cancellation by NBC, the announcement of the Season 4 pickup by Netflix was made on so-called “828 Day” (8/28) — when the series about the mystery of Flight 828 is celebrated annually — at 8:28 a.m. PT.

 

Jon Lovitz Stars In Tubi Original ‘Tales Of A Fifth Grade Robin Hood’

As part of its back-to-school programming, Tubi will debut a new summer original comedy, starring Emmy Award nominee Jon Lovitz (Saturday Night Live), Tales of a Fifth Grade Robin Hood, on Friday, Aug. 27, exclusively on Fox Entertainment’s free streaming platform. In addition, Tubi will be partnering with Kids In Need Foundation, to provide vital school supplies and […]

Christina Chu Joins Redbox As VP Of Technology

‘Cobra Kai’ Renewed For Season 5 At Netflix Ahead Of Season 4 Premiere

Netflix’s ‘All American’ Edges ‘Outer Banks’ For No. 1 In Streaming

The season 3 debut of The CW’s All American on Netflix was the most watched program on the major U.S. SVOD services for the week of July 26-Aug. 1, attracting 1.433 billion viewing minutes during, according to Nielsen.

Phenix Names T.K. Gore Chief Revenue Officer

Phenix, a provider of real-time streaming technology, today appointed T.K. Gore chief revenue officer. In his new role, he will spearhead Phenix’s sales leadership and expansion following the company’s oversubscribed Series B investment in April. “T.K. is a 26-year veteran of the sports and media industries with unique insights into how fans wish to connect with streaming applications, leading […]

Is The Wireless Gravy Train Nearing An End?

Wireless subscriber growth has been off the charts over the past year, with second quarter increases nearing records as mobile service providers like AT&T, Verizon and T-Mobile blanket the market with free offerings. But as subscriber numbers have surged, MoffettNathanson principal and senior analyst Craig Moffett wrote in a research report that those new customers are a volatile bunch, meaning the industry may soon have to decide whether to keep heavy promotions going just to maintain the status quo, or risk losing them by turning off the promotional spigot.

AT&T TV Now Officially DIRECTV Stream

Did Fox Just Officially Break The Bundle With ‘Sports On Tubi’ Announcement?

With the addition of 10 live-streamed sports channels to the AVOD service, expect lots of cannibalization from pay TV networks as the game progresses.

Redbox Inks Streaming Deal With Game Show Network

CNN Is Hiring 200 Journalists For CNN+. Here’s What It’s Looking For

CNN says its subscription streaming service will launch in the first quarter of 2022 and, in addition to journalists, the network will hire hundreds of specialists in production, engineering, technology, marketing and analytics.

Telemundo To Stream Virtual Community Forum On COVID Vaccines

Telemundo will stream a special virtual community forum on its digital properties on Wednesday, Aug. 25, at 5 p.m. ET featuring faith leaders, medical experts and community leaders discussing the safety and effectiveness of COVID-19 vaccines. Noticias Telemundo is the exclusive media partner of the virtual forum in partnership with the Ad Council and COVID […]

Shareef Abul-Ela Named VP And Head Of LiveNOW

He will oversee all aspects of the Fox streaming news service, including content, product, marketing and distribution.

CBS News And Stations Launches CBSN Baltimore

CBS News and Stations has launched CBSN Baltimore, the 12th of 13 local direct-to-consumer streaming news services within the group. WJZ Baltimore is the station behind CBSN Baltimore.

Qwest TV And Local Now Offer Free Music Channels

Qwest TV has partnered with Local Now, a free, ad-supported streaming service featuring hundreds of live channels, on-demand films and TV content. With this partnership, Qwest TV will now be freely accessible to millions of viewers in the U.S., bringing the musical vision of Quincy Jones to their screens. “Local Now is our latest partner in bringing more […]

The Clickbaitification Of Netflix

The same tricks that nearly destroyed online journalism now threaten to take over the streaming service.

Not Just K-Pop: Korean TV Shows Gaining US Popularity

NEW YORK (AP) — Most nights around 10 p.m. when her family heads off to bed, Carol Holaday signs onto her computer. She’s not falling down Internet rabbit holes of random information or combing through social media at her San Diego home. Holoday is signing on to volunteer with the subtitle translation of Korean TV […]

Extreme Reach Partners With BrightLine On CTV/OTT

Extreme Reach, a global advertising, analytics and rights management platform built for all forms of TV and streaming video, has formed a partnership with BrightLine to create frictionless workflows as brands race to leverage the new personalized, interactive advertising and advanced ad formats in CTV/OTT environments. The companies say the  partnership leverages both of their […]

Gilbert Arenas, Terrell Owens Host Sports Shows On Fubo Sports Network

‘Paw Patrol’ Unleashed: Behind ViacomCBS’s Plan To Take On Disney

When Paw Patrol: The Movie hits theaters and the Paramount+ streaming service today, it will kick off one of ViacomCBS’s most ambitious efforts to take on Disney in the streaming wars. The release of the feature film based on the animated children’s series about a group of rescue dogs who protect their community, will be backed by an “eight figure” marketing blitz, with 1,800 TV ads across channels like Nickelodeon. It involves partnerships with almost 200 companies — from Kellogg’s cereal to Best Western hotels — on tie-ins for toys and other products, many of which will come with a free trial of Paramount+.

‘Punky Brewster’ Sequel Canceled At Peacock

Sinclair Launches Tennis Channel In UK As Streaming Service

Sinclair Broadcast Group’s Tennis Channel is now available to British tennis fans thanks to the Aug. 19 U.K. launch of the Tennis Channel International streaming service. The debut follows launches in Germany, Austria and Switzerland in April 2020, and this year’s introduction in Greece. Tennis Channel International features a 24-hour streamed programming channel and will […]

Talking TV: Is There Room For Niche On FAST OTT Channels?

TVNewsCheck‘s Michael Depp talks with David Chu, co-founder and CEO of Digital Media Rights, about the viability of niche-oriented AVOD options on streaming.