New Disney Deal With NCTC Includes Disney Plus, ESPN Plus

Amazon To Stream ‘Academy Of Country Music Awards’ In 2022

In an announcement on Thursday, the ACM Awards will move from CBS, which previously announced that it would be airing the Country Music Television awards show next year. A date and location will be announced later, but the show has been traditionally held in Las Vegas, although the pandemic moved the show’s production to Nashville.

Energy Authority Launches Advanced Video Streaming and Headend Management Service

Long-time video provider Jackson Energy Authority (JEA) has teamed up with Nagra, a Kudelski Group company and a provider of content protection and multiscreen video solutions, to launch JEA’s new IP-based multiscreen video streaming service, “E+ Premier”. Powered by the Nagra OpenTV Video Platform and Harmonic’s VOS360 cloud streaming solution, the new service will not only enable JEA to […]

TVN TECH

As Monitoring’s Challenges Multiply, So Do Solutions

Viewers can be unforgiving when it comes to the quality of their video viewing experience, whether it’s OTA or OTT, though the latter presents more complicated challenges for monitoring vendors. They’re responding with an array of technologies to keep viewers from clicking away. Above: The Weather Channel was an early adopter of OTT and OTT monitoring, pictured here using an Actus OTT quality assurance solution.

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ABC Owned TV Stations To Stream Veterans Career Fair

ViacomCBS’s Kelly Day On Going Global With Pluto, Paramount Plus … And SkyShowtime

Now that all the big media companies have launched at least one streaming service into the overcrowded U.S. market, it’s time to look everywhere else for more customers. Kelly Day, a long-time digital-media veteran, is president of international streaming services for ViacomCBS. She’s charged with the task of debuting ad-supported service Pluto and subscription service Paramount Plus into dozens of countries by the end of 2022.

‘Manifest’ Making Deals With Cast & Writers As Series Gets Closer To Resurrection At Netflix

Ex-Netflix Employees Accused Of $3.1 Million Insider Trading Scheme

Five people, including three former Netflix employees, used confidential subscriber growth information to illegally trade in Netflix stock, netting $3.1 million, according to a Securities and Exchange Commission complaint filed on Wednesday.

Locast Adds Support From Vizio Smart TVs

Fox Weather Names Correspondents Ahead Of Fall Launch

Fox Weather, Fox News Media’s new AVOD streaming weather service launching this fall, has signed three reporters and five multimedia journalists. Correspondents Nicole Valdes, Steve Bender and Max Gorden will provide live, breaking news coverage on developing weather events from around the country alongside multimedia journalists Will Nunley, Robert Ray, Katie Byrne, Mitti Hicks and Hunter Davis. In making the announcement, Sharri Berg, president of the platform, said: “We are […]

Comcast & ViacomCBS To Launch Joint Streamer SkyShowtime In 20 European Markets

Comcast and ViacomCBS have announced the next phase of their expected joint streaming venture into international markets in the form of SkyShowtime, which is looking to roll out in 20 European territories in 2022.

Roku Adds AccuWeather Now Streaming Service To Lineup Of Live Channels

AccuWeather Now, the newly launched video streaming product from AccuWeather, is now available on The Roku Channel, the home for free and premium content on the Roku platform. The Roku Channel’s users can now access AccuWeather’s forecasts as well as 24/7, continuous daily programming, dedicated to all things weather, including extreme and natural events, global forecasts, […]

Amazon Hires NFL Network Veteran As EP Of Live Sports

Mike Muriano joined the tech giant Tuesday as executive producer of live sports for Prime Video, where he will oversee production of Thursday Night Football.

Roku And Charter End 9-Month Spectrum TV Blackout

A new deal ends the impasse that kept the cable operator’s OTT app from being downloaded on Roku.

TVN NEWSROOM INNOVATORS

KSL’s ‘Cold’ Podcast Taps Deep Vein

Cold, a true crime podcast produced by Salt Lake City’s KSL, has kickstarted a major content and revenue front for the broadcaster, drawing Amazon Studios as an exclusive broadcasting partner. Editor’s Note: This is the latest of TVNewsCheck’s “Newsroom Innovators” profiles, a series showcasing people and news organizations evolving the shape and substance of video reporting. These profiles examine the inception of their innovations, the tools they employ and how they’re reconciling experimental approaches to news storytelling within daily workflows. You can find the others here.

‘Field Of Dreams’ TV Drama From Mike Schur Gets Peacock Series Pickup

Revived El Rey Network Premiering Exclusively On Roku Channel On Aug. 17

Sports TV Is About To Be Turned Upside Down

The increasing shift of sports viewing to compelling streaming experiences will hasten the utter collapse of the cable bundle. Who will be the winners, and who will be the losers?

TCA: FX’s Cable-Streaming Approach a ‘Tremendous Success’, Said Landgraf

YouTube Viewing During Tokyo Games Jumped Seven Times Over Rio

During the Tokyo Games, which ran July 23-Aug. 8, YouTube viewers watched more than 200 million hours of Olympics-related content (including historical footage of past Olympic Games). According to the video platform, that’s seven times the amount of hours of Olympic Games content YouTube visitors watched during Rio 2016.

Hulu Exceeds Expectations In Quarter

Hulu had a total of 42.8 million subscribers, up from 41.6 million in the second quarter. Its Hulu Plus Live TV vMVPD lost 100,000 subscribers and finished the quarter with 3.7 million customers.

Sports Rights’ Streaming Wave May Finally End Pay TV Bundle

NBCUniversal, Disney and ViacomCBS, along with tech giants like Amazon, are shifting resources to snap up live programming from major leagues in a new arms race to fuel direct-to-consumer services.

Jenn Suozzo, ‘NBC Nightly News’ Executive Producer, Expected To Join CNN+

Jenn Suozzo, a veteran NBC News producer who has been working as the top producer at NBC Nightly News, will step away from the broadcast and is expected to be the latest high-profile TV-news executive to join CNN’s new CNN+ streaming service, according to a person familiar with the matter.

APT, PBS To Expand Programming On PBS Passport

FuboTV Breezes Past Wall Street 2Q Forecasts

Streaming pay TV provider FuboTV reported second-quarter results far better than Wall Street analysts expected, showing a gain of 91,000 subscribers compared with the year-ago quarter. Total revenue nearly tripled to a record $130.9 million and adjusted losses of 38 cents a share came in more than a dime lower than forecasts. Advertising revenue jumped 281% to $16.5 million.

Kasie Hunt Joins CNN As National Affairs Analyst, CNN+ Anchor

CNN chief Jeff Zucker announced Hunt’s hiring Tuesday. She is the first new hire for CNN to lead a show for its upcoming streaming offering CNN+.

Telemundo Launches Streaming Division That Will Feed Peacock

NBCUniversal Telemundo Enterprises said it has launched a new Hispanic streaming division that will create content that will mostly live on Peacock, NBCU’s streaming service. The new streaming division is developing more than 50 streaming projects that will start airing in 2022. Romina Rosado, above, was named EVP and general manager of the new unit.

MLB, Barstool Sports In Talks To Air Games

Major League Baseball and Barstool Sports have had significant negotiations about having national midweek games on the site’s platforms. The discussions are what Barstool founder Dave Portnoy was referring to last week when he mentioned his company has had talks with “major leagues.”

Netflix Must Face Ex-Prosecutor’s Defamation Lawsuit

A federal judge on Monday said Netflix Inc. must face a defamation lawsuit by former Manhattan prosecutor Linda Fairstein over her portrayal as a racist and unethical villain in When They See Us, a 2019 series about the Central Park Five case.

AT&T Closes $1.175B CrunchyRoll Sale To Sony

AT&T moves further away from the video biz with the divestment of the thriving anime-focused niche SVOD service.

What Streaming Upstart CNN Can Learn From Fox Nation And Other Competitors

By the time CNN’s new streaming service CNN+ debuts in early 2022, Fox News will have launched its third streaming service. MSNBC, meanwhile, has been creating content for NBCUniversal’s Peacock.

Cinedigm Reviving El Rey Network As Streamer

Consumers Still Prefer to Stream, J.D. Power Report Says

‘Zoey’s Extraordinary Playlist’ Nears Comeback With Holiday Movie On Roku

V-Nova LCEVC Approved For Use In Mobile Devices By Kineton

V-Nova, a provider of video compression solutions, has had its codec-enhancer V-Nova LCEVC validated for use in mobile devices following laboratory testing by market-leading testing and certification company Kineton. Outlined within a new report, the 10-week testing period recreated the end-user experience and focused on four key areas of measurement: frames-per-second playback, dropped frames, adaptive bitrate […]

Comedy Central Renews ‘South Park’ Through Season 30 In $900M Deal

South Park has been renewed through Season 30 at Comedy Central and 14 original movies based on the show have been ordered at Paramount+, as part of a new deal signed between MTV Entertainment Studios and co-creators Trey Parker and Matt Stone.

Lachlan Murdoch: CNN’s New Streaming Service Is Proof Fox Nation Is Working

QUARTERLY REPORT

Roku 2Q Results Keep Climbing, But Streaming Hours Dip

Roku posted another strong quarter of results, but its shares fell 9% in after-hours trading due to factors like a dip in streaming hours and flattening growth trajectory of its active accounts. The streaming provider said net revenue grew 81% year-over-year to $645 million, ahead of Wall Street forecasts. Operating income reached $69.1 million, compared with a loss of $42.2 million in the year-earlier quarter.

Notre Dame Football’s Home Opener Will Not Air On NBC For First Time in 30 Years

The Fighting Irish football faithful will have to pay up to watch Notre Dame’s home opener against Toledo next month. NBC, which has broadcast every Notre Dame home football game since 1991, will sit out the Sept. 11 matchup in favor of NBCUniversal’s streaming service Peacock. This will be the only Notre Dame game that Peacock will have exclusively; the rest of the Fighting Irish’s home schedule will be available on both Peacock and NBC.

Selena Gomez Slams ‘The Good Fight’ For ‘Tasteless’ Joke About Her Kidney Transplant