Fox Nation Launches on Cox Contour TV

Court TV Now Available On YouTube TV

Court TV, the newly-rebooted, multiplatform network devoted to live, gavel-to-gavel coverage, in-depth legal reporting and expert analysis of the nation’s most important and compelling trials, is now available on YouTube TV. “We’re thrilled to have Court TV added to YouTube TV at a time when consumer appetite for the real-life drama of true-crime and courtroom trials […]

Quibi’s Katzenberg Puts Blame On Pandemic

Downloads of the $1.8 billion short-form streaming app, meant for phones, are paltry. “I attribute everything that has gone wrong to coronavirus,” Katzenberg said. “Everything.”

‘Friends’ Reunion Special For HBO Max Likely To Film At End Of Summer

CBS All Access Cancels ‘Tell Me A Story’

A new trend is beginning to emerge as broadcast networks look to fill coronavirus-induced programming holes on their schedules. Hours after Fox acquired Spectrum’s L.A.’s Finest, The CW has picked up linear rights to the CBS All Access fairy tale drama series Tell Me a Story. The seasonal anthology has also been canceled at streamer CBS All Access and will not return for a third season.

Peacock Sets ‘At-Home Variety Show’ Featuring Seth MacFarlane, NBCU Stars

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Locast’s David Goodfriend: On The Five Spot

The former Clinton aide and Dish attorney is the latest to go head-on against the major broadcast conglomerates over OTA streaming. You might want to bet on the defendant this time.

Quibi Fights For Survival In Court Hearing

A Quibi attorney argued on Thursday that the company would suffer “immense harm” if forced to disable its Turnstyle feature pending the outcome of a patent lawsuit. Eko, a New York-based video company, filed suit in March, alleging that Quibi had stolen its method of rotating video between horizontal and vertical orientations. Eko is seeking an injunction that would force Quibi to disable the feature while the suit is being litigated.

Roku Streaming Rises Amid Pandemic

The set-top box maker saw streaming hours rise 80% year-over-year. Active accounts grew by 38 percent to 39.8 million since the same period last year.

NBC’s Peacock Will Have An Xbox One App

Hulu Nabs ‘Scandal’ Streaming Rights

Scandal, Shonda Rhimes’ primetime political drama series, is jumping from Netflix to Hulu later this month. All seven seasons of Scandal — 124 episodes in all — will begin streaming exclusively on Hulu as of May 20, when the show will no longer be on Netflix in the U.S. The series was created by Rhimes (Grey’s Anatomy, Private Practice) and stars Kerry Washington as political fixer Olivia Pope.

Appeals Court Gives Jerry Seinfeld The Win In ‘Comedians In Cars’ Dispute

CBS All Access To Get Summer Reboot

CBS All Access will get a significant reboot this summer, ViacomCBS CEO Bob Bakish told Wall Street analysts Thursday, with Paramount films and shows from Nickelodeon, BET and other networks joining the service. The subscription service will be rebranded and will also expand internationally in the next 12 months, Bakish said.

YouTube TV, ViacomCBS Expand Carriage

YouTube and ViacomCBS have revealed an expanded, multi-year distribution deal that will add 14 new networks to the tech giant’s YouTube TV service this summer. The agreement will keep CBS TV stations, CBS Sports Network, Pop TV, Smithsonian Channel and The CW on the bundle and also add BET, CMT, Comedy Central, MTV, Nickelodeon, Paramount Network, TV Land and VH1. Additional networks on a premium tier will include ET Her, MTV2, Nick Jr., NickToons, TeenNick and MTV Classic.

TiVo Stream 4K Takes On Roku, Amazon

The TiVo Stream 4K is the well-known DVR company’s first piece of hardware that doesn’t have anything to do with recording TV broadcasts. Instead this little box, designed to plug into HDMI and hang from the back of your television, is all about streaming video — and could be a serious competitor to some favorite such devices like the Amazon Fire TV Stick 4K and the Roku Streaming Stick Plus.

Roku Signals Growth Ambitions With OneView

Roku has revamped its ad platform on its quest to dominate the over-the-top advertising ecosystem. The company has rolled Dataxu into a new ad platform, OneView, that it says will let advertisers plan, buy and measure campaigns across digital devices in four out of five U.S. homes—including non-Roku households.

SurvivorNet TV, A Channel For Cancer Survivors, Goes OTT

Raina Falcon Promoted To HBO Max VP Of Publicity

Media Stocks Need Streaming Growth

Investors eyeing media stocks battered during the coronavirus pandemic from a TV ad recession and cord-cutting should tune into the streaming opportunities of TV networks for potential earnings growth, Morgan Stanley analyst Benjamin Swinburne argued Tuesday. Swinburne said the impact of cord-cutting and ad revenue drops is already priced into TV-centered media stocks, so the next leg up for share prices should come from proof entertainment players can defy Netflix and drive sustainable earnings from the streaming space.

Interra Systems And Skyline Communications Team To Improve Quality Of OTT Services

Interra Systems and Skyline Communications today announced a new partnership to improve quality of service and quality of experience for linear and nonlinear OTT channels. The companies say the integration between Interra Systems’ ORION-OTT system and Skyline Communications’ DataMiner network management and orchestration (NMS/OSS) platform “gives broadcasters and OTT service providers a single, automated, end-to-end solution […]

Verizon Strikes Deal To Market Pluto TV

Verizon and ViacomCBS have struck a deal for the latter’s fast-growing AVOD property, Pluto TV, to bundled across Verizon’s 116 million wireless, 4 million video, and 6 million broadband customers in the U.S.

HBO Max To Enter Emmy Race, Starting With Anna Kendrick’s ‘Love Life’

FuboTV Says COVID-19 Impact Will Be ‘Significant’

Quibi Legal Foe Eko Gets Backing From Activist Investor Elliott Management

Peacock Sets ‘Battlestar Gallactica’ Reboot

Peacock’s reboot of Battlestar Galactica has found its world builder. Michael Lesslie, who was the lead writer and showrunner of AMC’s spy drama The Little Drummer Girl and wrote scripts for Macbeth and Assassin’s Creed, is to create, write and exec produce the series. The new Battlestar Galactica comes from Mr Robot and Homecoming exec producer Sam Esmail.

Lockdown TV: Netflix Dominates, News Surges And Bea Arthur Is Still Golden

But after a peak in March, the audience has started to shrink. “There’s only so much content people can consume,” a Nielsen executive says.

Pandemic Broadens World Of ABC’s Localish

Localish, the millennial-targeted project from ABC’s stations that jumped from digital beginnings to linear broadcast, has expanded its horizons in the wake of COVID-19. It’s using its signature approach to positive, community-oriented stories to circle back on past subjects in a virus-changed world and explore wider corners beyond the group’s markets. Above, Michael Koenigs, the executive producer of Localish.

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Amazon Profit Falls As Pandemic Costs Rise

Amazon founder and CEO Jeff Bezos said the company will likely spend at least $4 billion during the second quarter in order to speed up delivery times and buy masks and other protection equipment for workers in its warehouses and Whole Foods supermarkets. Shares of Amazon.com Inc. fell about 5% in after-hours trading Thursday following the release of the earnings report.

Tubi Streaming Another Fox Gordon Ramsay Series

Pluto TV Adds Four AMC Networks Channels

Quibi Leaked New User Email Addresses For First Three Weeks After Launch

Edgar Bronfman Jr. Named Executive Chairman Of Streamer FuboTV

HBO Max To Be Available On Google Platforms

HBO Max, the upcoming streaming service from AT&T-owned WarnerMedia, will be available across Google platforms and devices when it launches on May 27, the company said on Wednesday.

Synamedia Partners With Google Cloud

Synamedia, a global independent video software provider, today announced that it has partnered with Google Cloud to expand its video network portfolio with new over-the-top “as a service” offerings. This partnership, it says, lets Synamedia further address customer needs for high availability, increased scalability and maximized performance for OTT services while simultaneously reducing operational costs […]

NFL, Amazon Extend Thursday Night Football

The NFL and Amazon have inked a multi-year extension to their Thursday Night Football deal, which sees the digital giant stream 11 games throughout the season. First signed back in 2017 and extended in 2018, the agreement sees Amazon show the games on digital via Prime Video and Twitch, with Fox retaining broadcast (plus showing in Spanish on Fox Deportes) and NFL Network handling cable.

NAB Celebration Of Service To America Online

The National Association of Broadcasters has pulled the plug on its physical Celebration of Service to America awards gala in Washington June 9. Instead, there will be a virtual event sometime in the summer, but one that will add the “unparalleled efforts of broadcasters during the COVID-19 pandemic” to those being celebrated.

Streaming Films Eligible For Oscars For 1 Year

The Academy of Motion Pictures Arts and Sciences on Tuesday announced the change for the 93rd Academy Awards as a response to how the coronavirus pandemic has impacted the film industry. The film academy also said it will condense the two sound categories into one and prohibit DVD screeners for 2022’s 94th Oscars in an effort to become more carbon neutral.

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YouTube’s 1Q Revenue Rises 33%

YouTube brought in $4.04 billion during the first quarter, marking an increase of 33% from the 1Q 2019, according to parent company Alphabet, which reported its first quarter earnings on Tuesday afternoon. Overall, YouTube accounted for nearly 10% of Alphabet’s $41.16 billion in 1Q sales. (Alphabet is also the parent company of Google.) YouTube’s $4.04 billion in 1Q sales falls a bit short of where it was at during the last quarter of 2019, when it reported $4.72 billion in revenue.

Tubi To Come Loaded On LG Mobile Phones

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.