Local Now Launches Mental Health Series With Dr. Wendy Walsh

The free streaming service Local Now has introduced a new daily series featuring Dr. Wendy Walsh to offer advice and insight on mental health topics during the COVID-19 pandemic. Dr. Wendy Walsh Is Here for You is now available on the 24/7 free streaming service owned by Allen Media Group. In this new series, Walsh will offer insight, provide […]

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Welcome To The Skype Pandemic

The rough-and-ready video quality of journalism during the coronavirus crisis is changing the way we engage with the media.

Tubi’s Customized Quarantine Playlist Goes Live

As the country stays at home overwhelmed with streaming options, Tubi has debuted a quiz for its consumers that will generate a customized Quarantine Playlist of premium Tubi titles based on their mood. Consumers can visit TubiWhatToWatchQuiz.com to take the quiz and anyone who shares their playlist on Twitter has an opportunity to win a $25 Postmates promo code. Someone deemed […]

Quibi Says Connected TV Casting Option Will Be Ready By Mid-May

Quibi’s Top Marketing Exec Leaves

Another top executive at Quibi has left the fledgling streamer: Megan Imbres, head of brand and content marketing, is leaving the company after a year in the role. Imbres, whose exit comes two weeks after Quibi’s April 6 launch, oversaw creative development for all of the short-form streaming service’s brand and content marketing executions, including its Super Bowl LIV ad.

‘The Masked Singer’ To Stream On Tubi

Episodes of unscripted juggernaut The Masked Singer will stream on Tubi, Fox Corp.’s free, ad-supported service, the companies have announced. Tubi, whose acquisition by Fox closed Monday, will add the first two seasons of the competition series to its platform starting Thursday night.

‘Leverage’ Reboot Starring Noah Wyle Ordered By IMDb TV

Entertainment Studios Live-Streaming Comedy Event To Support Feeding America

Allen Media Group’s television production division — Entertainment Studios — will distribute a live-streaming comedy event to support and raise money for the hunger-relief organization Feeding America. Co-produced by the Funny Or Die entertainment brand and comedy studio, this comedy event will live-stream on the Allen Media Group television networks Comedy.TV and The Weather Channel, as well as on the […]

Big Raises For Netflix’s Hastings, Sarandos

Reed Hastings, the streaming giant’s founder, CEO, president and chairman of the board, tallied $38.6 million in 2019, according to an SEC filing — a $2.5 million increase from the previous year. Chief Content Officer Ted Sarandos saw a $5.1 million bump to $34.7 million.

ABC News Live Launching On YouTube TV And Amazon’s News App

Big Streaming Gains In Some Local Markets

With people home-bound to slow the spread of the coronavirus, streaming has shown some pretty big increases in local markets, according to Nielsen. Comparing the week of March 23 to the week of March 2, connected device usage by 25 to 54 years old rose 95% in Portland, Ore.; 86% in Chicago; 78% in Denver, 74% in New York and 72% in St. Louis. In terms of connected device streaming ratings, the top markets include Orlando, Buffalo, Milwaukee and Norfolk.

Pandemic & Chill: Netflix Adds A Cool 16M Subs

The first quarter spanned the beginning of stay-at-home orders in the U.S. and around the world, a result of the coronavirus pandemic. People appeared to latch on to its vast video library as a source of entertainment and comfort at a time when most had nowhere to be but home.

HBO Max Launch Set For May 27

The streaming service is set to debut amid the shutdown brought about by the novel coronavirus outbreak, bringing with it 10,000 hours of library programming from across the WarnerMedia catalog.

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CBS Launches CBSN Chicago

The debut is the newest expansion of major market local news streaming services from CBS and features local news content produced WBBM.

Fans Invited To Compete For ‘Friends’ Reunion Special Spot

NEW YORK (AP) — The big upcoming “Friends” reunion special is inviting a few extra friends — maybe even you. Castmembers of the popular show have announced that five fans will get a chance to watch the reunion taping live and rub shoulders with stars Jennifer Aniston, Courteney Cox, Matthew Perry, Lisa Kudrow, Matt LeBlanc […]

The Grio Launches New Series For Facebook Watch

Allen Media Group’s digital news division — The Grio — debuts a new video series for Facebook Watch. Staying In Business features interviews and profiles of African-American business owners who reveal how they are adapting to unprecedented times in America, while focusing on how these black-owned businesses and entrepreneurs are struggling to survive during the current coronavirus pandemic. Staying In Business premieres […]

Imagica Live Elects Zixi For Innovative Cloud Media Center

Zixi, a provider of live broadcast-quality video over any-IP, and architect of the Software-Defined Video Platform (SDVP), today announced that Imagica Live, a cloud-based media center for live sports streaming, has adopted Zixi and Zixi ZEN Master as the foundation of its robust worldwide video transmission network. Since 2017, Imagica Live has operated the virtual media […]

NBCU’s Fandango Buying Vudu From Walmart

Vudu, the digital movie and TV rental unit of Walmart, is being acquired by NBCUniversal’s Fandango division. The news was confirmed in a blog post on Vudu’s website. Comcast and NBCU had been reported to be in talks earlier this year to acquire Vudu, a deal that gives the company another streaming outlet as it integrates Xumo and also rolls out Peacock, which just went live for Comcast subscribers.

Fox Nation Open To Product Placement Deals

The Fox News subscription service will offer marketers the chance to embed their products in some of its programs, which have in the recent past included a crime series led by Nancy Grace, a documentary series hosted by former CBS News correspondent Lara Logan, and a cooking show built around Fox & Friends host Steve Doocy.

YouTube Spars With Auditor Over Ad Risks

Google wants to substantially limit the information a key auditor of YouTube can share about the risks of advertising on the video service, according to people familiar with the situation, highlighting tensions between the tech giant and Madison Avenue.

Starz Streaming Usage Up 44% During Pandemic

TiVo Stream 4K: When Will The Big CES Buzz Product Finally Arrive?

Programming A Streaming Movable Movie Feast

The Criterion Channel, a year-old streaming service, is a hotbed of cinephilia in the best of times. Right now, it’s about as close as you can get to actually going to the movies. Whereas other streamers supply expansive oceans of “content,” the Criterion Channel pools its movies into collections, double-bills and night-by-night selections. Algorithms aren’t welcome.

Harmonic Makes Its Video Encoding Tech Free During Pandemic

JVC’s Streaming Cameras Provide Virtual Connections For Remote Production

JVC Professional Video has been serving the remote production world since long before it became a standard. From education and worship to TV production and newsgathering, JVC has a wide range of models to support all applications and budgets in today’s work-from-home environment. Included among the company’s latest offerings is the GY-HM250 Series; cameras that stream directly to […]

MediaKind Unveils Public Cloud OTT Streaming

An SaaS version of MediaKind’s Aquila OTT streaming solution launches today, offering broadcasters the ability to quickly launch new or temporary program services with end-to-end technology operating in the public cloud.

Charter To Distribute HBO Max

The WarnerMedia streaming-video service will be made available to all of Charter’s existing HBO subscribers, the two companies said Wednesday. There will be no additional charge for the new package, but customers will have to sign in to the HBOMax app.

‘NBC Nightly News’ Launches Kids’ Edition

Lester Holt is discussing hard news with a softer touch. The NBC Nightly News anchor is leading an experimental version of NBC’s flagship newscast aimed specifically at children and teens. The first edition of Nightly News Kids Edition streamed Wednesday evening on YouTube and the show, viewed as a test within NBC News, is likely to appear at least twice per week and potentially with greater frequency.

Broadcast Pix Rolls Out StreamingPix

Broadcast Pix has launched StreamingPix, which it calls “a complete live production and streaming solution designed for easy set up and use, yet powerful enough to produce compelling professional content.” Aimed at companies from aquariums to zoo’s — churches, corporations, events, schools, universities and all users who want to take streaming to the next level. […]

Netflix Stock Price Surges To All-Time High

After markets opened Wednesday, Netflix’s stock increased about 3.5% to $427.77 per share, topping its previous high of $423.21 per share, set during midday trading in June 2018. If the gains hold through the end of Wednesday, Netflix will also top its previous all-time high closing price of nearly $419 per share, set in July 2018.

Limelight Networks Introduces Video And Edge Enhancements

Limelight Networks, a provider of edge cloud services, today announced enhancements to its Live Video Services that enable a range of low-latency streaming options as well as serverless computing capabilities designed to deliver personalized and secure online video experiences. Limelight’s realtime, live and on-demand video delivery services integrate one of the world’s largest global private networks with […]

Stay-At-Home Media Stocks Soar

Shares of Hollywood stay-at-home streaming stocks keep rising as Americans get their TV fixes online amid the coronavirus pandemic.

Locast Launches In Puerto Rico

Locast, a free streaming app offering access to local broadcast television, is now offering a dozen local TV channels via the internet across Puerto Rico. The nonprofit said the timing of the launch should help the U.S. territory keep its citizens informed during the ongoing coronavirus outbreak and the incoming summer hurricane season.

NBC ‘Evaluating’ Early Peacock Launch

NBCUniversal makes its streaming debut with the early preview of Peacock that will be exclusive to Comcast subscribers starting Wednesday, ahead of the July nationwide rollout. But with so many people forced to stay at home due to the coronavirus pandemic, Peacock executives suggested the service could come early.

Quibi Hits 1.7M Downloads In First Week

That 1.7 million figure does not indicate how many people signed up for the app, which is offering an extended 90-day free trial. Once the trial ends, Quibi will cost $5 with advertising and $8 without advertising. CEO Meg Whitman said that the initial reaction “exceeded our plans and expectations.”

NBCU Unveils Peacock Launch Ad Partners

NBCUniversal said Monday that Capital One, L’Oreal, Molson Coors, Subaru and Verizon have signed up as launch sponsors for the new streaming service Peacock when it debuts this week. Peacock hits nationwide on Wednesday, April 15, free for customers of parent company Comcast, and three months later for everyone else with a price range from free to $10 a month.

Quibi Patent Dispute Gets Quicker Hearing

A federal judge says there’s “sufficient good cause” to hear plaintiff Eko’s request for an injection on May 4 instead of June 29.

‘Friends Reunion Special’ Will Not Be Available On HBO Max At Launch

Another Technical Meltdown At Hulu

Hulu Live experienced its second major technical snafu this week Thursday night with thousands of customers again taking to social media sites to express their frustration over being unable to watch their favorite shows.

Hulu Ad Sales Chief Peter Naylor Departs

Hulu’s head of ad sales Peter Naylor has left the streaming company to take a job with Snap, where he will head up U.S. ad sales. Naylor’s departure comes as Disney is folding Hulu more into its larger operations and comes two months after Randy Freer exited as CEO. In February, Hulu promoted Kelly Campbell to president to serve as his replacement under Disney direct-to-consumer chief Kevin Mayer.