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Fox’s Abernethy: Expanding News Must Avoid The ‘Ron Burgundy Shuffle’

With a 10 p.m. primetime hand back hanging over broadcast, Fox Television Stations CEO Jack Abernethy says producing more of the same local news will have diminishing returns for the whole industry. In a wide-ranging Executive Session interview, Abernethy weighs in on programming challenges and their pressures on newsrooms, streaming opportunities and his outlook for syndication, measurement, auto’s resurgence in spot and broadcast’s ability to compete against the big streamers.

Two Films Hit Theaters, But Netflix Remains Committed To Streaming

The company agreed to some exclusive theatrical distribution for Glass Onion and Matilda the Musical, but it’s not clear exhibitors will get much more.

Big Tech Sees More State-Level Attacks On Content Moderation

The Computer & Communications Industry Association, which represents Big Tech, says that free speech will be increasingly under attack from state legislatures that, after the midterms, will be controlled by one party. Both Democrats and Republicans are concerned about edge provider content moderation, though they disagree on the problem and the solution.

 

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HBCU Go Features All-Female Broadcast Team For 2022-23 Basketball Season Coverage

Allen Media Group (AMG) free, streaming digital platform, HBCU GO — a media provider for the nation’s 107 Historically Black Colleges and Universities (HBCUs) — will feature what it calls the first all-female broadcast team to announce HBCU games for its 2022-23 basketball season coverage. In celebration of the 50th Anniversary of Title IX, the new broadcast team will include Lawrencia Moten, play by play; color […]

Buffering Could Be Costing Subscription Streaming Services As Much As $390M Per Month

Bitmovin, a streaming infrastructure provider, says it has found that poor video quality and buffering issues could cost video streamers as much as $390 million per month. Almost half of Americans (47%) claim to have unsubscribed from a streaming service due to buffering issues. With the ongoing recession in the U.S. and the ongoing streaming […]

Netflix Top 10: ‘The Crown’ Season 5 Continues To Reign at No. 1, ‘1899’ Debuts At No. 2

The Crown Season 5 continues to dominate the Netflix Top 10 chart. During the Nov. 14-20 viewing window, the latest installment of the British royal family drama starring Imelda Staunton and Jonathan Pryce earned 84.3 million hours viewed. The show’s fifth season opened on Nov. 9 to 107.39 million hours viewed within its first five days of availability and ranked in the Top 10 in 88 countries.

Comcast Offers A Week Of Streaming Freebies To Xfinity Video Subscribers

Comcast announced that subscribers to its Xfinity X1, Flex and Stream services get a week of free viewing — from Nov. 22 through Nov. 28 — of “thousands of shows and movies” from such services as HBO Max, Amazon’s Prime Video, Showtime, AMC+ and more. Note that “thousands of” doesn’t mean “all of,” as the no-charge menu Xfinity is offering often only includes select series or particular seasons.

YouTube TV Customers Sue Disney For Jacking Up Virtual Pay TV Prices

A lawsuit filed on behalf of YouTube TV subscribers across four states accuses Disney of using its market power to unfairly jack up prices on their virtual pay TV service. The proposed antitrust suit, filed in a San Francisco federal court on behalf of YouTube TV subscribers in California, Arizona, Indiana and Kentucky, alleges that Disney uses its control of virtual MVPD service Hulu+Live TV, along with its ownership of the most coveted asset in the pay TV ecosystem, ESPN, to dictate pricing in the virtual pay TV market.

‘Top Gun: Maverick’ To Land On Paramount+ In December

NEW YORK (AP) — Seven months after first arriving in theaters, “Top Gun: Maverick,” the year’s top film, will finally land on a streaming service. Paramount Pictures announced Tuesday that “Top Gun: Maverick,” having made more than $1.48 billion worldwide at the box office, will debut Dec. 22 on Paramount+. In an age where studios […]

Advertisers Oppose Possible Privacy Rules, While Watchdogs Call For Curbs

The ad industry and advocacy groups on Monday weighed in with the Federal Trade Commission on potential new privacy rules, with the ad industry voicing opposition to possible regulations, but consumer advocates contending that new rules are needed.

U.S. Total Of Streaming Video Devices Topped 1 Billion Last Year

The total number of streaming-video-capable devices in the U.S. topped 10 figures in 2021 and will exceed 1.1 billion by 2025, S&P Global Market Intelligence reported. In a research note S&P said much of the credit for those one-billion-and-counting totals goes to a surge in connected-TV ownership — from 107.7 million sets in 2016, to 191.8 million in 2021 to a forecast 274.2 million in 2026.

Hallmark Content Streams In Spanish On Canela

Joshua Johnson Leaves NBC News

CBS News Temporarily Pauses Its Twitter Postings

Elon Musk Reinstates Trump’s Twitter Account 22 Months After It Was Suspended

Elon Musk reinstated former President Donald Trump’s account on Twitter Saturday, reversing a ban that had kept Trump off the social media site for more than 22 months — since a pro-Trump mob attacked the U.S. Capitol on Jan. 6, 2021, as Congress was poised to certify President Biden’s election victory. Musk made the announcement after holding a poll that asked Twitter users to click “yes” or “no” on whether Trump’s account should be reinstated. The “yes” vote won, with 51.8%.

Talking TV: Fox’s LiveNOW And The Art Of DJing News

Andrew Craft, senior digital journalist with Fox’s LiveNOW streaming channel, shows TVNewsCheck’s Michael Depp how to multitask as producer, director and anchor while on the air for hours at a time.

Steven Ginsberg Named Editor Of The Athletic

Prime Video Launches 12-Hour Sports Talk Programming Block

Prime Video wants to be a sports content juggernaut. The streamer already has exclusive rights to NFL Thursday Night Football, and on Thursday announced the launch of Sports Talk, a new 12-hour original sports-talk programming block.

IAB Projects: 2023 Overall Ad Spend Willl Be Up 5.9%

Among the many findings: Led by CTV(+14.4%), every digital channel is projected to see ad spend growth in 2023 while traditional channels will decline year over year.

FINTECH.TV And Katz Media Group Announce Exclusive Sales Partnership

FINTECH.TV, a global news media platform focused on digital and impact investment content, including live reporting on the latest news and perspectives in finance, blockchain, technology, Crypto and NFT’s, today announced a partnership with Katz Digital Video, a division of Katz Media Group. As part of the new agreement, Katz Digital Video will exclusively represent the domestic sales of FINTECH.TV’s advertising assets, including […]

Allen Media Group’s Local Now Teams Up With Jamie Kennedy On New Streaming Channel

The Allen Media Group digital platform Local Now has launched the Jamie Kennedy Channel. Local Now has teamed up with the comedian and actor to bring viewers a library of his best comedy content. AMG says that while Local Now offers viewers several comedy channels, “the Jamie Kennedy Channel is the first on the platform […]

Tech Site Protocol Shutting Down

Protocol, the upstart technology news website launched by former Politico owner and publisher Robert Allbritton in early 2020, will shutter later this week and lay off dozens of staffers, people familiar with the matter told CNN.

‘Neighbours’ To Return: Amazon’s Freevee Saves Iconic Australian Soap

Apple Kicks Off Major League Soccer Plans With Pricing & Launch Details

The streamer has revealed the pricing and launch details of its new MLS Season Pass after it landed the rights to the league earlier this summer. It marks one of the biggest sports streaming deals at a reported cost of $2.5 billion and comes as Apple ramps up its sporting interest with rights to certain MLB baseball games.

MundoNow Hires Digital Media Producer/On-Air Talent Dafnne Wejebe

MundoNow, a U.S. bilingual and bicultural digital media platform, today appointed Dafnne Wejebe director of audio content. She will anchor the lineup for the recently launched Óyenos Audio podcast network with her new show, Codice Criptico. MundoNow says the podcast “will deliver premium bilingual content that engages the listener to help Wejebe explore and solve […]

Elon Musk Fires Twitter Employees Who Criticized Him

Early on Tuesday, Musk’s team ordered nearly two dozen Twitter employees who had pushed back publicly and privately against him to be fired, three people with knowledge of the matter said. The billionaire, who completed a $44 billion acquisition of Twitter last month, later confirmed the exits on the platform and mocked the former employees.

Netflix Introduces Prelude To Sharing Crackdown With New ‘Manage Access and Devices’ Feature

The tool lets you see who has been accessing your account, from what device, when, and from what location. It also lets you give them the boot.

 

NBCUniversal And Roku Expand News Lineup On The Roku Channel

Telemundo Stations’ Regional News Channels are now available on The Roku Channel with additional FAST channels — Dateline 24/7, Today All Day and Sky News International — arriving by early 2023. Also, the deal for NBC News NOW on The Roku Channel has been renewed.

Google To Pay $392M To Settle With State AGs Over Location Privacy

Google has agreed to pay $392 million to settle claims brought by 40 state attorneys general who alleged the company misled smartphone users about the collection of their location data. The settlement agreements, unveiled Monday, also require Google to make additional disclosures to consumers about the collection and use of their location history.

Amazon Plans To Cut Thousands Of Corporate Workers

The e-commerce giant, which will shed roughly 10,000 positions as soon as this week, would become the latest big tech company to slash its workforce.