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.

Quibi CEO Meg Whitman To Speak at DNC

Quibi CEO Meg Whitman will be speaking at the Democratic National Convention on Monday night. She’s one of four current or former Republicans who will be speaking at the convention this week.

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

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 […]

DMA 15

Locast Now Offers Minneapolis-St. Paul Stations

The free streaming service offers viewers more than 45 TV channels.

COMMENTARY

The Effects Of Binge TV And Why Weekly Episodes Shouldn’t Go Out Of Fashion

Peacock Takes Exclusive Rights To ‘Rich Eisen Show’ In Sports Talk Push

ViacomCBS Plans International Streamer

ViacomCBS has raised the curtains on its long-anticipated global streamer, with plans set for an early 2021 launch in Australia, Latin America and the Nordics. Having teased the prospect of a “broad pay streaming product” back in May, ViacomCBS Networks International has unveiled plans for a premium SVOD service for all audiences, underpinned by major output deals with Showtime and CBS All Access and a “super-sized” selection of content from ViacomCBS brands including CBS, MTV, Comedy Central, Nickelodeon and some first-run Paramount films.

‘A League Of Their Own’ Reboot Ordered To Series At Amazon

Tegna’s True Crime Network Launches OTT App For Amazon Fire TV, Apple TV, Chromecast, iOS, Android

Tegna Inc.’s 24/7 true crime multicast network True Crime Network today launched its free, ad-supported over-the-top streaming app on most major platforms. True crime fans can now watch True Crime Network’s programming on Amazon Fire TV, Apple TV, via mobile and tablet apps on iOS and Android operating systems, Chromecast, and on the web at watch.truecrimenetworktv.com. The True […]

Philo Streaming TV Bundle Hits 750,000 Subs

Roku Adds 43 Million New Accounts in 2Q

How ‘Mulan’s’ Move To Disney+ Could Signal The Future Of Streaming

Analysts and theater owners believe, if successful, Mulan could signal a sea change wherein theatrical tentpoles become premium tier offerings driving revenue above and beyond base subscriptions.

‘High Fidelity’ Canceled At Hulu After One Season

New Rev Opportunities At OTT News Summit

Executives from NBCUniversal, E.W. Scripps, Sinclair and CBC will share their latest approaches to monetizing their streaming channels as pandemic audiences grow but TV’s advertising fortunes have been more challenged. Register here.

‘Mulan’ To Premiere On Disney+

Vizio Will Remove the Amazon Prime Video Button From Its Remotes Per Walmart’s Request

TAG Video Systems Joins The Streaming Video Alliance

TAG Video Systems  has joined the Streaming Video Alliance, an industry forum comprising online video companies. TAG said it joined “to stay close to the heart of steaming technologies and participate in the forum’s work groups which are dedicated to developing best practice solutions for the highest-quality video experience possible.” Tomer Schechter, TAG CTO, said: “TAG […]

Apple TV+ Comes To American Airlines Flights

FCC Docs Take The Wraps Off TVision

Applications show the TMobile device could be based on the same dongle as Dish’s AirTV Mini.

‘Hunters’ Renewed For Season 2 At Amazon

MSNBC Changes Up Daytime Lineup

Nicolle Wallace’s Deadline: White House will expand to two hours and Chuck Todd’s MTP Daily will move to early afternoon as part of MSNBC’s overhaul of its daily lineup.

Bloomberg QuickTake’s Jean Ellen Cowgill To Keynote TVN’s Annual OTT News Summit

Jean Ellen Cowgill, GM of Bloomberg’s soon-to-launch streaming service, will headline TVNewsCheck’s virtualized OTT News Summit in a keynote interview unpacking QuickTake’s approach to reaching a younger, larger demographic for global business news. Register here.

Disney+ Content Chief Agnes Chu Exits

Disney+ content chief Agnes Chu is leaving the Mouse House to head up Condé Nast Entertainment’s video push. Chu, who was SVP, content for the nascent streamer, is set to become president of the publishing company’s studio and distribution division. She joins in September and reports to Condé Nast CEO Roger Lynch.

Philo Now Available Via Google Chromecast

Low-cost, sports-free streaming television service Philo said it has reached a deal with Google and is now available via Chromecast. Philo also said it rolled out Philo Connect, which will help Philo users connect and watch programming all of their devices.

Live Vertical Converts Horizontal TV Streams To Vertical For Phones

French rolling digital news channel BFMTV debuted “Live Vertical,” a new smartphone user experience. Developed in collaboration with French start-up, Wildmoka, the Live Vertical solution automatically converts the horizontal frames of standard TV streams to a vertical format better suited to smartphone screens. The companies say Live Vertical revolutionizes the TV viewing experience on a […]

CBS All Access Gets Programming Boost

CBS All Access is getting an infusion of new programming as it preps for a rebrand in 2021. The service will add more than 3,500 episodes from the Viacom family of networks, including BET, Comedy Central, MTV and Nickelodeon. To accommodate the new programming, All Access will get a design refresh that places an emphasis on the different brands. The price is expected to stay the same, starting at $6 per month with ads.