Texas Court Fines Dish-Infringing Streamer $7M

A Texas district court has found for Dish in the satellite service’s direct copyright infringement suit against streaming service Universe IPTV. The court found that the Arabic language IPTV service — owned and operated by defendants Mohamed Omar, Hossam Abd Elghany and Moustafa Maatouk — had provided access to Dish content to U.S. subscribers without authorization from Dish, directly infringing the satellite operators exclusive rights to distribute and perform that content.

ATEME Completes Open Caching Testbed

ATEME, a provider of video delivery solutions for broadcast, cable TV, DTH, IPTV and OTT, has announced its ongoing participation in the Streaming Video Alliance’s Open Caching API Testbed Initiative. As part of the initiative, designed to demonstrate API functionality in an interoperable system between content owners, CDNs and network operators, ATEME helps to continuously […]

Philo Now Integrated Into Google TV

Live streaming TV service Philo is now fully integrated into Google TV, meaning users of the connected TV platform will see Philo content alongside shows and films from their other services. Philo subscribers can use Google TV to access their shows and Philo channels directly from the Live tab, and see customized recommendations in the “For You” tab. The company said the integration is rolling out of the next few days.

Netflix’s ‘Squid Game’ Soars In Weekend Streaming Share

Backing Netflix executives’ projections that Squid Game would be its biggest global TV series ever, TV analytics company TVision says the South Korean dystopian drama pulled in a massive 11% of all streaming time spent by U.S. viewers this past weekend.

NBCU Names Kelly Campbell Peacock President

The appointment comes two days after Campbell announced that she was leaving Disney’s Hulu, where she had been president. Campbell will join the Peacock leadership team starting in November and will be based in the Los Angeles area. She will report to Matt Strauss, chairman, NBCU’s Direct-to-Consumer and International.

Fox Weather To Launch On Oct. 25

The new AVOD streaming platform will offer users a suite of weather products featuring local, regional and national reporting, in addition to live programming. It also has just signed WABC New York Meteorologist Amy Freeze as an anchor.

How IATSE’s Strike Threat Sets The Stage For Hollywood Guilds’ Coming Fight Over Streaming

It’s typical for Hollywood’s labor unions to support for each other during labor disputes, but the support for IATSE during its current contract dispute with film and TV producers goes beyond the usual labor solidarity. That’s because the below-the-line workers’ union could be setting a standard for all future Hollywood contracts in the streaming era.

‘Seinfeld’ Fans Decry Iconic Comedy Series’ New Aspect Ratio In Move To Netflix

Kelly Campbell Eyes Peacock Role Following Hulu Exit

Kelly Campbell, who just abruptly exited as president of Hulu on Monday, has been in discussions with NBCUniversal for a top job at streaming service Peacock. Insiders say under the role being considered, Campbell would report into Matt Strauss, chairman of direct-to-consumer and international at NBCU, who reports to Mark Lazarus, chairman of NBCUniversal Television and Streaming.

AVOD Service Xumo Serves Up Movies With No Ads

In a move that seems somewhat counterintuitive, Xumo, an ad-supported streaming service owned by Comcast, will begin offering some movies completely ad-free. Kicking off in October through December 2021, the company will showcase a completely ad-free movie each week across all of its owned and operated properties. The company said the move is an extension of a pilot program it ran last August with Xumo viewers on Comcast Xfinity X1 devices.

YouTube Brings Performance To CTV Ads

YouTube on Monday introduced an option for performance advertisers that allows them to drive and measure conversions on connected television (CTV) by increasing the ability for viewers to shop from the messages in the ads they see on the screen. Now, for the first time, performance advertisers can take advantage of YouTube on CTV to drive and measure conversion through the expansion of Video action campaigns.

Kelly Campbell Exits As Hulu President

After less than two years as Hulu’s president, Kelly Campbell has left the Disney-controlled streaming service. Campbell’s sudden departure was announced to staff by Rebecca Campbell, Disney’s chairman of international operations and direct-to-consumer, who said that Kelly was no longer with Hulu “effective immediately” but did not provide a specific reason.


What They Saw In Ozy

The story behind the story is about the elite investors who plowed millions into a media dream without much due diligence, persuaded by the charm of Ozy’s head, Carlos Watson.


Locast Ruling Could Offer Narrow Path For Successor Apps

Major TV networks notched a win recently when a New York federal court permanently barred streaming service Locast from transmitting broadcast content over the internet, but the ruling could also leave the door open for successor companies to attempt alternative streaming tactics, experts say.

NBCU, YouTube TV Reach Deal, Avoid Blackout

NBCUniversal and YouTube TV have reached a carriage agreement a day after the previous one expired, enabling 14 NBCU networks to avoid going dark. The companies had been at odds in recent days over a number of networks, including regional sports outlets, the broadcast mother ship and local stations.

Netflix Hits Record As ‘Squid Game’ Extends Content-Fueled Rally

Ozy Media Chairman Marc Lasry Resigns

Ozy Media Chairman Marc Lasry quit the embattled company Thursday, under fire for a series of questionable business practices. COO Samir Rao had previously taken a leave of absence from the company after it was revealed he had impersonated a Google executive on a fundraising call with Goldman Sachs.

Forecast: Disney+ To Overtake Netflix In Global Subs By 2026

Disney+ will surpass Netflix in global subscriptions in 2025, forecasts the latest subscription-video-on-demand (SVOD) update from Digital TV Research. The report projects that Disney+ will add 140 million subscription subscribers between 2021 and 2026, to bring its total to 284 million. Netflix is forecast to add 53 million subs, to reach 271 million by 2026.

IMDb TV Releases First-Look Trailer For ‘Judy Justice’

Italian Broadcaster RAI Uses Nagra To Watermark Content In Fight Against Piracy

Nagra, a Kudelski Group company and an independent provider of content protection and multiscreen television solutions, said that Radio Televisione Italiana (RAI), the Italian national public broadcasting company, is leveraging Nagra’s NexGuard forensic watermarking and Anti-Piracy Services Platform to protect its streaming content and related advertising revenues. As a Free-to-Air (FTA) national public service provider, RAI is one of the major content producers and broadcasters […]

Glewed TV Names Andrew Budkofsky Chief Revenue Officer

Glewed TV, an ad-supported, video-on-demand (VOD) discovery, live distribution and monetization management platform for original and professionally produced video content, today appointed Andrew Budkofsky advisor and chief revenue officer. In this new position, he will lead the brand’s sales and marketing functions. “Andrew joins Glewed TV at a time of tremendous growth for our company as […]

Synamedia Rolls Out ‘Zero Compromise’ 8K Encoding, Streaming Tech

Synamedia, an independent video software provider, said today it has achieved 8K real-time encoding and streaming with “zero compromise” on its Vivid Compression platform powered by AMD EPYC 7763 processors. Leveraging these AMD processors, Synamedia said, “eliminates the need for screen splitting and other technology tricks which compromise video quality.” Synamedia’s global team of experts built […]

‘All Rise’ Revived For Season 3 At OWN

The canceled CBS legal drama starring Simone Missick has officially been revived for a 20-episode third season. Additionally, HBO Max and Hulu will share streaming rights to the series. The show will debut on both platforms on Dec. 1. Showrunner Dee Harris-Lawrence will return.

FCC Slaps Streamer Pluto TV With $3.5M Fine

The FCC’s Enforcement Bureau says ViacomCBS’s Pluto TV has agreed to pay a $3.5 million civil penalty over claims that Pluto TV streamed off-TV video on some platforms without the availability of the requisite captions, in violation of FCC rules. The company has also admitted to liability for its actions.

OTTera Adds Vanessa Delgado As Brazil-Based Executive

White label streaming service OTTera has hired Vanessa Delgado as president of growth and ad sales for OTTera LATAM, to keep up with growth in usage across Latin America. U.S.-based OTTera operates both on-demand streaming video applications and linear channels worldwide. Stephen L. Hodge, OTTera chairman and co-CEO, said: “OTTera has seen an amazing increase […]

Former BBC Anchor Katty Kay Leaves Embattled Ozy Media After Just Three Months

Former BBC News anchor and correspondent Katty Kay, who had just joined Ozy Media in late June, has announced her exit following the recent controversy swirling around revelations of the digital company’s practices. “Yesterday morning I handed in my resignation to Ozy Media,” Kay wrote on Twitter. “I was looking forward to working with the talented young reporters but I did not expect this!”

IMDb TV Launches In U.K., Eyes Global Rollout

Frndly TV Launching Hallmark Movies Now As Add-On Channel

Frndly TV, the low-priced streaming TV provider featuring wholesome programming, said it is launching Hallmark Movies Now video-on-demand service as an add-on for subscribers. Subscribers to Frndly TV, who already get three Hallmark Networks — Hallmark Channel, Hallmark Movies & Mysteries and Hallmark Drama — as part of its core $5.99 a month month package, can also subscribe to Hallmark Movies Now for an additional $5.99 a month.

Ed Carroll Steps Down From AMC Networks After 34-Year Run

Carroll will stay through year’s end. He’s the latest executive to leave the company that is seen as a prime acquisition target at a time of consolidation in media. Carroll oversaw all business operations for the company and in recent years focused on building its portfolio of niche streaming services and the AMC Plus service.

Industry Board Calls For Content-Based ‘TV Ratings’ For Streaming Services

An industry-created content ratings oversight board whose members include major studios and networks is recommending that streaming services adopt TV’s age-based ratings system, given the growing number of families that can access those platforms, many of which do not use the TV parental guidelines content ratings.

CNN Taps Scott Galloway As Host Of New Streaming Service

C-SPAN Launches Free Mobile Video App

Netflix’s Sarandos Declares New Era Of Transparency

Conceding that the transition to video streaming has resulted in a scarcity of available program performance data, Netflix Co-CEO Ted Sarandos told interviewer Kara Swisher during Monday’s Code Conference in Beverly Hills that Netflix is going to make an effort to change things. “We’re trying to be more transparent with the market and talent and everybody,” Sarandos said. “It’s a big black box for everybody.”

Disney & ESPN To Televise, Stream NHL In 109 Countries Beginning With 2021-22 Season

As the National Hockey League prepares to drop the puck on the 2021-22 season, The Walt Disney Co. and ESPN will bring the NHL to fans in 109 countries around the world as part of the groundbreaking long-term agreement announced in March. Coverage will appear across Disney’s ESPN networks and streaming platforms (including Star+, ESPN Player […]

‘The Crown’ Season 5 To Premiere In November 2022

NBCU Warns YouTube TV Viewers They May Lose Channels, Including Local NBC Stations

Another carriage fight has burst into public view: NBCUniversal on Sunday said it was notifying customers with YouTube TV that more than 14 of its networks, including local NBC channels, could go dark on the streaming service in a matter of days. NBCU’s deal with YouTube TV is set to expire Thursday, Sept. 30. Google is unwilling to pay the higher rates the media conglomerate is asking in the renewal talks, according to NBCU. Google said that if it can’t reach a deal by Sept. 30, it will reduce YouTube TV’s monthly subscription fee by $10 per month while the NBCU nets are dark.

‘The Other Two’ Renewed At HBO Max

Video Streamers Spend Big On Social Media

Streamers Among Brand Loyalty Leaders

Brand Keys said comfort dominates amid COVID-19 trial by fire.

‘Controlling Britney Spears’: FX And Hulu Premiere Follow-Up Documentary From NY Times Tonight

As the widely watched Britney Spears conservator case plays out, another documentary about the legal battle and its fallout launches tonight. FX and Hulu will premiere “Controlling Britney Spears,” a follow-up film from the team behind the Emmy-nominated “Framing Britney Spears.”