TiVo Announces Voice-Controlled DVRs

DVR maker TiVo today officially confirmed the launch of its new DVR, the TiVo BOLT VOX, and its smaller counterpart, the TiVo Mini Vox, following yesterday’s leak. As had been reported, the biggest change is that these are the first TiVo DVRs to include a voice remote control.

Cisco Buying BroadSoft For $1.9 Billion Cash

NEW YORK (AP) — Cisco Systems Inc. will pay about $1.9 billion cash to buy BroadSoft Inc. in a move aimed at expanding its communications software offerings. The networking technology giant is paying $55 per share, marking a 2 percent premium to Broadsoft’s closing price on Friday. Gaithersburg, Maryland-based BroadSoft provides telecommunications technology for businesses, […]

Fewer Brands Using Programmatic This Year

Brand safety concerns are having an impact on programmatic buys. According to ad tracker MediaRadar the number of brands running programmatic ads this year from January through July dropped 2% compared to the same period a year ago.

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Joe Lewis, Amazon Comedy, Drama Head, Out

The news comes after programming chief Roy Price resigned from the streamer following allegations of sexual harassment. Sharon Tal Yguado will take over and head all scripted shows. Lewis’ departure follows news that he faced conflict of interest allegations at Amazon, where he cast his girlfriend, actress Yara Martinez, in the streamer’s scripted drama The Tick.

‘Star Trek: Discovery’ Renewed By CBS All Access

Netflix To Raise $1.6 Billion For Content Buys

The video streaming giant said it will use the proceeds of the senior notes offering for capital expenditures and “strategic transactions.”

Startup Streaming Broadcast Signals In SF

Didja allows its downloaders to stream live (or store for later viewing) some three dozen minor broadcast signals, mostly ethnic channels and diginets. It’s a first step. Plans calls for offering most broadcast signals, including Big Four affiliates, to more than 60% of U.S TV homes. CEO Jim Long says he knows he will have to pay for the affiliates to come aboard and has already begun those discussions.

At BuzzFeed, A Pivot To Movies And TV

Matthew Henick, a onetime teenage ringtone magnate, is leading the company away from popular shorts toward deals with production studios.

Young Subscribers Flock To Old Media

Shunning President Donald Trump, the millennial generation does what it once resisted: pay for news. As Trump wages daily war against the press, millennials are subscribing to legacy news publications in record numbers — and at a growth rate, data suggests, far outpacing any other age group.

Sling TV Suffers Meltdown During ‘Walking Dead’

Hulu Adds 9 Fox Affiliates To vMVPD Service

Hulu said today that it has added nine Fox affiliates to its virtual pay-TV service. Hulu said it now has deals with more than 290 TV stations and has more than two stations locked in for 80% of U.S. TV households.

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What Does Price’s Leaving Mean For Amazon?

It would be nice to think that former Amazon Studios chief Roy Price resigned from his job because company founder and CEO Jeff Bezos simply couldn’t tolerate the idea that one of his key executives had sexually harassed a key producer. But something else may have also played a role in the decision to finally make a change: Bezos, it seems, simply wasn’t happy with how Price was running Amazon’s TV business. Now that Price is gone, Hollywood is wondering whether his departure will mark the beginning of an even bigger shake-up at the streamer.

Facebook Gives Publishers Instant Articles Paywall

Reif Cohen: Skinny Bundles Are A ‘Big Yawn’

Jessica Reif Cohen, longtime media analyst at Bank of America Merrill Lynch, said virtual MVPs (aka “skinny bundles”) from the likes of Dish, DirecTV, Hulu, YouTube and Sony “so far are one big yawn, a big nothing” in terms of penetration and subscribers.

Silicon Valley Giants Headed For A Reckoning

How Facebook and Google became mercenaries — and now casualties — in the information war. Before the election threw a harsh spotlight on the politicization of digital media platforms, tech companies themselves were chasing profit from politics with abandon

Netflix Is Making a Big Bet On Anime

Netflix is planning to spend approximately $8 billion on programming next year, and anime is set to play a big role in the company’s plans. Netflix has 30 different anime projects that are in varying stages of development.

Google Makes TV Ad Buys Smarter

The platform, integrated into DoubleClick for Publishers, eliminates the need for ad slots to be sold as fixed lengths in the advertising break. The technology automatically optimizes the ad buy by determining the best combination of personalized and relevant ads for each viewer.

‘Casual’ Renewed By Hulu For 4th & Final Season

60% Of Publishers Unsatisfied With Video Quality

Dish Network’s Top Lawyer Leaving

Stanton Dodge, Dish Network Corp.’s long-time corporate counsel, will be stepping down from the company after 20 years next week to become the top legal mind for online fantasy football giant Draft Kings.

Verizon To FCC: Time To Reform Retrans

Verizon feels that OTT streaming customers shouldn’t bear the brunt of a retransmission impasse between their internet provider — often a cable operator — and programmers, and wants the FCC to consider this in any reform of the retransmission consent process.

Netflix Introduces New Sport: Binge-Racing Shows

Lower-Income Kids Watch More TV, Digital Media

LOS ANGELES (AP) — Children in lower-income families spend more time watching TV and using electronic devices than kids in more affluent homes, according to a survey released Thursday. The report by the nonprofit group Common Sense Media on the viewing habits of more than 1,400 children nationwide age 8 and under found that less-affluent […]

Verizon Eyes Spring Start For Online TV

Verizon Communications Inc. is aiming for a spring 2018 launch for its new online TV service, which has been delayed at least twice as the telecommunications giant grapples with how to compete in the media world, according to people familiar with the matter. While Verizon has shared its plans with TV networks, the timing of the web-based, live TV service’s introduction remains tentative and could be further postponed.

CBS Sports Streamer To Launch ‘Soon’

CBS’ streaming sports video service will launch “soon,” according to CBS Interactive President Marc Debevoise. Unlike ESPN’s upcoming streaming service — which will focus on sports that don’t quite fit on the linear channel — the new CBS service will emphasize sports news and talk instead of live games.

New Online Political Ad Regs To Be Proposed

Lawmakers plan to introduce a bill Thursday that would impose new requirements on online platforms that run political ads. The measure, first floated by Senate Democrats Mark Warner (Virginia) and Amy Klobuchar (Minnesota), has picked up Republican Sen. John McCain (Arizona) as a co-sponsor.

VidAngel Files For Bankruptcy Amid Legal Battle

Chelsea Handler’s Netflix Show Ending