Angie Grande Named Director Of NBCU Local Streaming News Channels

The TV and digital news veteran oversaw the recent launch of NBC Owned Stations’ local news streaming channels on Peacock.

Fox News Host Dan Bongino Permanently Banned From YouTube

BBC Studios Bolsters US Digital News Team, Jennie Baird Named EVP

BBC Studios today announced a number of new roles aimed at further bolstering its digital news team in the U.S. News Corp. SVP and Global Head of Product Jennie Baird takes on the newly created position of EVP and MD of digital news and streaming. During her tenure at News Corp., Baird was responsible for […]

BRAND CONNECTIONS

C2PA Releases Specification of World’s First Industry Standard For Content Provenance

The Coalition for Content Provenance and Authenticity (C2PA), an organization established to provide publishers, creators, and consumers with opt-in, flexible ways to understand the authenticity and provenance across various media types, released version 1.0 of its technical specification for digital provenance. This specification, C2PA says, “is the first of its kind and empowers content creators and editors worldwide to […]

Netflix Stock Jumps As Billionaire Hedge Fund Manager Reveals Stake In Streamer

Netflix rose handily in after-hours trading Wednesday following news that Bill Ackman’s Pershing Square Capital has acquired more than 3.1 million shares to become a top-20 stockholder.

With Powr.tv Buy, Bitcentral Looks To Streamline OTT Workflows

Bitcentral’s acquisition of direct-to-consumer video publishing vendor Powr.tv this week sees the company edging closer to an end-to-end streaming publishing solution, building on its AI-powered video playlisting tool.

Can CNN’s Hiring Spree Get People To Pay For Streaming News?

The network’s boss, Jeff Zucker, tries to make up for lost time by signing Chris Wallace, Audie Cornish and Eva Longoria.

TV News Joins Streaming’s Nostalgia Programming Play

Networks like CBS and CNN are leaning on “iconic franchises” and “old-school” reporters in a bid to transition linear audiences to digital viewers.

Haystack News Deal With Hearst Boosts Live Channels On Service

ABC Comedy ‘Maggie’ Moving To Hulu

Single-camera comedy series Maggie, originally picked up by ABC for the 2021-22 season, now will stream exclusively on sibling Hulu in the U.S. as a Hulu Original. The decision, underscoring the blurring of the lines between linear and streaming at the major media companies, was made in order to get Maggie in front of audiences instead of keeping it on the bench because of a lack of available slots on the network.

NBCU And TikTok Partner For Winter Games

The new arrangement comes as a direct result of NBCUniversal’s RFP last year to social media platforms to propose new content, product and monetization approaches for the 2022 Winter Olympics and Paralympics.

CBS News, Stations Rebrand And Expand Streaming

CBS News and the network’s owned stations get a major streaming overhaul with a new name, the CBS News Streaming Network, dramatically expanded OTT programming and the launch of a new local streaming channel in Miami.

‘Star Trek: Picard’ Season 2 Trailer Offers First Look At Whoopi Goldberg’s Return As Guinan

Peacock Grabs Another Hulu Exec With Annie Luo Heading Partnerships

NBCUniversal said it hired senior Hulu executive Annie Luo as EVP, global partnerships and strategic development for its Peacock streaming service. Luo follows Kelly Campbell, who was head of Hulu and is now president of Peacock. Hulu is controlled by the Walt Disney Co., but NBCU’s parent Comcast owns a minority stake in Hulu. Comcast is expected to sell its stake to Disney, but the two sides are haggling about how much Hulu is worth.

Has Nielsen Been Shortchanging Netflix On Streaming Metrics?

The research company admits that Don’t Look Up was “not fully credited” in its Christmas week rankings.

‘Daredevil’ Cracks Nielsen Top 10 Rankings 3 Years After Cancellation

Marvel’s Daredevil appears to be making a comeback, three years after its cancellation by Netflix, ranking at No. 8 on Nielsen’s weekly U.S. streaming chart of originals for Dec. 20-26. The series has sparked new interest following the recent cameo of Matt Murdock, aka Daredevil, played by Charlie Cox, in Spider Man: No Way Home. Additionally, Murdock’s arch-nemesis, Kingpin, played by Vincent D’Onofrio was revealed as a key part of Disney+’s Hawkeye storyline that week.

‘Squid Game’ Will Get A Second Season, Netflix Confirms

It’s officially a green light: Squid Game, Netflix’s breakout hit of 2021, will be getting a Season 2, Ted Sarandos, co-CEO and chief content officer, affirmed Thursday. On Netflix’s fourth quarter 2021 earnings Q&A, Sarandos was asked whether there would be a second season of the violent South Korean survival drama, which has scored as the company’s No. 1 most-viewed TV series. v“Absolutely,” Sarandos replied. “The Squid Game universe has just begun.”

NBC News Executive Editor David Firestone Retiring After 45 Years In Journalism

NBC News Digital Executive Editor David Firestone is retiring in mid-May after 45 years in the journalism business, the last five of them at NBC. Firestone joined NBC News on May 1, 2017. He first served as managing editor for NBC News Digital, and was promoted to executive editor in March of last year.

LocalBTV Hopes To Launch In 100 Markets By End Of 2022

LocalBTV, a streaming service for local broadcast channels, has added another two markets and hopes to reach 100 by the end of this year. The service’s two newest markets are Cincinnati and Toledo, bringing its current total to 21. Jim Long, CEO of LocalBTV parent company Didja, said that both new markets are starting with fewer than 10 channels but that figure should double soon. LocalBTV plans to reveal its next 20 markets soon and Long added that a still-unannounced partnership will be key to that expansion.

QUARTERLY REPORT

Netflix Stock Plunges As Subscriber Growth Worries Deepen

The Los Gatos, Calif., company added 8.3 million worldwide subscribers during the October-December period, about 200,000 fewer than management had forecast. Besides releasing its fourth quarter results Thursday, Netflix also projected an increase of 2.5 million subscribers during the first three months of this year, well below analysts’ expectations for a gain of 4 million, according to FactSet Research.

Analyst: Sinclair Still Faces Long Odds On DTC Regional Sports Streaming

Senate Judiciary Committee Advances Big Tech Antitrust Bill

A major piece of legislation aimed at limiting the business conduct of Amazon and other tech platforms cleared the Senate Judiciary Committee on Thursday, underscoring a bipartisan desire to curb the influence of major internet companies.

Sling TV Now Available On Vizio SmartCast

Vizio today announced that Sling TV, a leading streaming service delivering live news, sports entertainment and kids programming, is now available on Vizio SmartCast TVs. Millions of SmartCast users across America can now access the Sling app to watch the live content they love, plus more than 150,000 on-demand shows and movies. With free channels like ABC […]

Peacock To Launch 24/7 Local News Channels From NBC O&Os

Channels covering Chicago, Philadelphia, Boston and South Florida are available now for free, with additional channels to launch later this year.

Tegna Stations To Debut ‘A Different Cry’ Investigation Into Rising Suicide Rates Among Black Youth in America

Tegna Inc. today announced A Different Cry, a three-part investigation into the rising suicide rates among Black youth in America, will make its digital premiere on Tegna stations’ Fire TV and Roku apps and the Watch section of all stations’ websites beginning Sunday, Jan. 23. A special hosted by WXIA Atlanta journalist Madison Carter and […]

Amazon Unveils Title Of Its Big-Budget ‘Lord Of The Rings’ Streaming Series

Comcast Technology Solutions Expands Video Understanding Tool VideoAI Beyond Its Own House

Comcast Technology Solutions is expanding the software-as-a-service (SaaS) tool it uses to understand and manage metadata in Comcast’s own streaming video to the broader market. VideoAI is a tool the service provider uses for video understanding tasks such as video segmentation and contextual advertising within in-house platforms including streaming service Peacock, as well as the TV service divisions of Sky and Comcast Cable.

Guy Tasaka Named Managing Director Of LMA Tech Resource Center

Samba TV Installs Roku Vet Dallas Lawrence As Head Of Communications And Brand

Disney Revamps Streaming Business, Names Joe Earley Hulu President

Disney reorganized its global direct-to-consumer streaming organization, including installing Joe Earley, formerly head of Disney Plus marketing and operations, as president of Hulu. As part of the reorg, Disney is creating a new hub for international content creation under the direction of Rebecca Campbell as chairman, international content and operations. She previously held the title of chairman, international operations and direct-to-consumer.