The People Onscreen Are Fake. The Disinformation Is Real

For the first time, A.I.-generated personas, often used for corporate trainings, were detected in a state-aligned information campaign — opening a new chapter in online manipulation.

CBC Signals Plans To Go Full Streaming, Ending Traditional TV And Radio Broadcasts In Canada

The head of the CBC says it is preparing to end traditional TV and radio broadcasts and move completely digital, as audiences shift to streaming, but the move is unlikely to happen over the next decade. In an interview with The Globe and Mail, Catherine Tait, president and CEO of the CBC, said the broadcaster is eventually preparing to shift all its content to online-only “in order to remain relevant.”

US SVOD Spending Grew By Over 17% In 2022, Passed $30 Billion

This latest year-over-year growth, reported by the Digital Entertainment Group (DEG), comes after domestic SVOD spending expanded by nearly 20% in 2021 and 37% in 2020. Where does $30 billion plus rank a sector in terms of the overall domestic entertainment business pie? Consider that North American theatrical releasing generated $7.36 billion last year, according to Box Office Mojo.

BRAND CONNECTIONS

Biden To Call For ‘Strong Limits’ On Targeted Advertising

President Joe Biden plans to call for stringent curbs on targeted advertising data collection in Tuesday evening’s State of the Union address. “Big Tech companies collect huge amounts of data on the things we buy, the websites we visit, and the places we go,” the White House stated in a fact sheet outlining Biden’s speech. “There should be clear and strict limits on the ability to collect, use, transfer, and maintain our personal data, especially for sensitive data such as geolocation and health information, and the burden must fall on companies — not consumers — to minimize how much information they collect.”

Startup TV Network AfroLandTV Launches Live Channel On Vizio Smart TV’s

AfroLandTV, a streaming platform for global Black movies and TV from the African diaspora, has launched a live channel on Vizio WatchFree+, Vizio’s free streaming service. The channel will feature a wide variety of programming, including original series, movies, shows and Nollywood, all focused on telling the stories of Africa and its diaspora. This distribution […]

Kevin Costner, Roseanne Barr Help Fox Nation Join Super Bowl Streaming Wars

Kevin Costner, Kelsey Grammer, Dan Aykroyd and a bevy of other notables are set to appear in a promo for Fox Nation, suggesting that the subscription-based streaming service is one of the more important business initiatives for Fox Corp., the parent company of the Fox broadcast network, which will televise Super Bowl this Sunday, and Fox News Media, which operates the broadband outlet.

CMS Provider TownNews Rebrands As BLOX Digital

TownNews, the software-as-a-service division of Lee Enterprises, today launched its new name and brand identity, BLOX Digital. Additionally, BLOX Digital unveiled an expanded mission to “empower content producers across industries to connect with their worldwide audiences at scale, and continually transform to achieve their business goals.” The name BLOX Digital is a nod to its […]

Streaming TV Platform Atmosphere Raises $1 Billion Series D Round

Atmosphere, a provider of streaming TV entertainment for businesses, today announced a new $65 million Series D funding round, led by Sageview Capital, Valor Equity Partners and S3 Ventures. This newest round of funding follows an $80 million Series C financing led by Sageview Capital completed in December 2021. Atmosphere’s announcement comes as the company […]

Disney Removes ‘Simpsons’ Episode In Hong Kong That Mentions Forced Labor In China

CNN, PBS Each Win Two DuPont-Columbia Awards

CNN and PBS took home two prizes apiece, headlining Monday’s duPont-Columbia Awards handed out by Columbia Journalism School. CBS Evening News anchor Norah O’Donnell and co-anchor of PBS NewsHour Amna Nawaz hosted the award ceremony, which returned to an in-person event for the first time in three years. Local TV honors went to KXAS Dallas-Fort Worth, WXIA Atlanta, WTVF Nashville, KARE Minneapolis and WBRZ Baton Rouge, La.

Amazon Spent $16.6B On Video, Music Content In 2022

Amazon poured significant investment into content enhancements last year, disclosing last week it spent a total of $16.6 billion on digital video and music content in 2022 — up from $13 billion in 2021. Approximately $7 billion went toward Amazon originals, live sports and licensed third-party video content

Amid Strong Documentary Demand, ABC News Studios Breaks Out At Disney

With premieres at Sundance and SXSW, a growing slate and profitability, the in-house studio is a textbook example of media companies adapting to a streaming-first world.

LaSharah Bunting Named ONA CEO-Executive Director

The former New York Times digital journalist takes over at the nonprofit beginning March 31.

Disney’s Iger Returns To Familiar Stage, But With Different Challenges

The company reports quarterly earnings on Wednesday, and Wall Street is expecting it to lay out a new streaming strategy and operating structure.

Paramount Reveals Plan To Remake Showtime

The premium cable network overhauls its slate around franchises after its merger with streamer Paramount+.

FTC Preparing Wide-Ranging Antitrust Suit Against Amazon

The Federal Trade Commission is preparing a potential antitrust lawsuit against Amazon Inc. that in the coming months could challenge an array of the tech giant’s business practices as anticompetitive, according to people familiar with the matter. The timing of any case remains in flux, some of the people said. The commission also could opt not to proceed, and doesn’t always bring cases even when it is making preparations to do so.

Canela Media Appoints Oscar Padilla SVP Of Commercial Operations

Canela Media, a minority-owned tech company “committed to redefining digital media experiences for the Hispanic community,” today named Oscar Padilla senior vice president of commercial operations. In this role, he will apply his background in digital media ad operations, advertising technology and data solutions to oversee Canela Media’s ad operations. Padilla will report to Canela Media Founder-CEO […]

‘That ’90s Show’ Renewed For Season 2 At Netflix

Season 1 of the That ’70s Show spinoff premiered on Jan. 19, and immediately reached Netflix’s Top 10 English TV list in 35 countries, with more than 41 million hours viewed, according to the streamer.

Media First Intros On New Jersey Streaming Channel

Media First Group has launched a new streaming TV channel, On New Jersey (ONNJ). The New Jersey-based channel features news, talk and entertainment for the Garden State. ONNJ features live and on-demand television programming. On New Jersey is available to viewers for free. The channel can also be watched anytime at www.onnj.com and on connected TV through the Roku app. Media First Group Partner Gerald […]

Atmosphere Becomes Exclusive Digital OOH Streaming Platform For TMB’s Video Content Catalog

Atmosphere, a global provider of streaming TV entertainment for businesses, has set an exclusive content partnership with streaming and community-driven entertainment company TMB (Trusted Media Brands) to bring its library of content, including its brands FailArmy, People Are Awesome, The Pet Collective and Weather Spy, exclusively to Atmosphere. TMB’s portfolio includes a wide range of […]

‘1923’ Renewed For Second Season By Paramount+

Creator Taylor Sheridan needs another season to finish telling the origin story of the Dutton family he made famous in Yellowstone. And there’s always the chance Season 2 could attract the same number of people who first tuned into the premiere of 1923 in December: The prequel that stars Harrison Ford and Helen Mirren was the most watched Paramount+ premiere ever in the U.S. and drew in 7.4 million total viewers across Paramount+ and linear previews.

Lackluster Earnings Reports Show Big Tech’s Golden Age Is Fading

The past year of rising interest rates and falling stock prices has shaken Big Tech, along with the San Francisco Bay region it dominates. Now, tens of thousands of layoffs from Google, Microsoft, Amazon, Facebook and dozens of other companies have made it clear: The golden age is over. Speeches about austerity have replaced the free-flowing stock grants and free sushi lunches.

Walmart Set To Refresh Ultra-Cheap Streaming Device With New 4K Google TV Box

Amazon Beats 4Q Revenue Estimates, But Profits Slump

Amazon said it earned $300 million, or 3 cents per share, in the October-December quarter. Industry analysts were expecting the Seattle-based company to earn 17 cents a share. Amazon’s 4Q profits represent a significant drop from the $14.3 billion it posted during the same period in 2021, when the company had a nearly $12 billion gain from its investment in Rivian Automotive. Shares in Amazon.com Inc. fell 4% in after-hours trading.

Nielsen Streaming Top 10: ‘Ginny & Georgia‘ Takes No. 1 Spot

The most streamed title across all streaming services in the first week of the year was Ginny & Georgia, according to Nielsen’s weekly streaming rankings. The teen comedy-drama series was watched for 2.5 billion minutes from Jan. 2 to Jan. 8, during which its second season on Netflix was available for four days.

Frndly TV Adding Three Channels From Scripps To Streaming Lineup

Comcast Dumps 6 Million Shares Of BuzzFeed After Media Company Finally Gets A Bump

The $15.7 million sale follows a big runnup in BuzzFeed’s shares following the announcement it will use AI to produce content

YouTube TV’s NFL Sunday Ticket Will Have Split Screen Viewing And More

Recently Google struck a deal to offer NFL Sunday Ticket starting this fall. Google reportedly spend $2 billion for NFL Sunday Ticket, and they have big plans. Now, during Google’s 4th quarter 2022 earning call, we learned some of the new features NFL Sunday Ticket will offer.

QUARTERLY REPORT

Alphabet Posts Lower 4Q Profit Amid Ad Squeeze, Competition

While overall revenue grew at Google’s parent, advertising revenue fell by nearly 4% and revenue at YouTube declined 8% year-over-year. That appeared to spook investors, who sent the company’s stock lower in after-hours trading. The company said it earned $13.62 billion, or $1.05 per share, in the October-December quarter. That’s down 34% from $20.64 billion, or $1.53 per share, in the same period a year earlier.

Dan Aykroyd, Other ‘SNL’ Alums & George Wendt Belly Up For Fox Nation’s ‘A History Of The World In Six Glasses’