Amazon Testing Its Own Delivery Service

Amazon.com Inc. is experimenting with a new delivery service intended to make more products available for free two-day delivery and relieve overcrowding in its warehouses, according to two people familiar with the plan, which will push the online retailer deeper into functions handled by longtime partners United Parcel Service and FedEx Corp.

YouTube Changes Algorithm As Fake News Rises

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Who Wins, Loses In Media’s Pivot To Video

Digital media’s latest shift away from words reveals the same old obsession: Steal some of TV’s $70 billion ad pot. Can even Facebook succeed amid a tsunami of new content?

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Spectrum NY1 News Website Rolls Out Redesign

Facebook Invests $1 Billion In Virginia

Virginia Governor Terry McAuliffe, a Democrat, announced Thursday that Facebook will build its next data center in Henrico County, which is just outside Richmond. Facebook plans to invest $1 billion in the state in all. The company is putting $750 million into construction and $250 million to multiple solar facilities that will power the data center, McAuliffe said.

Netflix Hikes U.S. Subscription Prices

The price of the most popular plan is going up by 10% to cover rising content costs, starting in November.

How Politico Found Tom Price’s Private Jets

A tantalizing tip, followed by months of painstaking reporting, revealed the HHS secretary’s extravagant travel habits.

CBS: All Access Subs Up 200% Since ‘Star Trek’

A TV Creator’s Guide To Streaming Platforms

With the explosion of streaming services in Hollywood, agents and executives have more options than ever when it comes to where they take their TV shows. And now that Apple is the newest entrant in the increasingly competitive arms race for prestige programming, they have yet another attractive (and deep-pocketed) buyer. Here, the town’s top sellers weigh in on the perks, the digs and what each of these tech companies wants most from Hollywood.

Buzzfeed’s ‘AM To DM’ Reaching 1M On Twitter

How Twitter Feeds The Web in Local TV

Facebook may be the big dog when it comes to driving traffic to local TV news sites, but Twitter is an essential tool now for creating online content.

YouTube’s Plan To Take On Netflix And Hulu

With a veteran television exec, talent like Demi Lovato and Google’s $86 billion in cash, the platform known for skateboarding videos and tween vloggers wants to join the battle to become a prestige TV player. “I want our shows to resonate in a big way with audiences,” says content head Susanne Daniels. “And once that happens, we’ll be on that list — like it or not.”

Local Media Consortium Partners With CrowdTangle

The Local Media Consortium (LMC), a partnership of leading local media companies, today announced a partnership with CrowdTangle (www.CrowdTangle.com), a Facebook-owned content discovery and social monitoring platform, to provide the LMC’s members with access to CrowdTangle’s tools for real-time social media monitoring and tracking in newsrooms across the U.S. All of the LMC’s membership, which is composed […]

Facebook Comes Clean About Russian Ads

Feeling the heat from congressional investigators and special counsel Robert Mueller, Facebook is opening up about its foreign agent infestation. Regarding the roughly 3,000 ads bought by Russian operatives over the past two years, Facebook now estimates that they were seen by about 10 million U.S. users.

Creating Local TV Strategies To Monetize OTT

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Two broadcasters, an ad rep firm CEO and a leading industry consultant will address how TV station groups can profit from licensing their content to skinny bundles and selling advertising over the top during a session to be presented at TVNewsCheck’s TV2020: Monetizing the Future conference.

 

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KTVI Holds The Lead In St. Louis Social

Taking advantage of planned events, helicopter views and Facebook Live segments are just some of the reasons KTVI says it’s been able to stop on top of Facebook actions in a tight race among TV stations in St. Louis.

Google And Facebook Failed Us

The world’s most powerful information gatekeepers neglected their duties in Las Vegas. Again.

Facebook To Add 1,000 Moderators

Hulu To Add 207 New Titles This Week

Roku Unveils Faster Media Players, More

How Univision Has Grown Its Digital Presence

Digital and TV have an often symbiotic relationship for Univision, with shows created for digital also running on linear TV.

Publishers Shift Focus Away From Facebook

Facebook is still a big source of referral traffic for publishers overall. But it has declined as a referral source relative to Google and left publishers frustrated with lagging monetization opportunities in key areas like video. Meanwhile, other platforms have stepped up, offering publishers more attention (Google and Apple News), financial rewards (Snapchat) and a growing audience and better user experience (Instagram).

Nearly 2M Streamed Thurs. NFL On Amazon

Nearly 2 million people logged onto Amazon.com for the online retailer’s first livestream of Thursday Night Football, the National Football League said.

Google Hopes To Boost Subs For Publishers

Google is working on new tools that could help news organizations bolster their subscription businesses. The tools are part of a broader effort to preserve the kind of journalism that Google’s dominance, and that of other web giants like Facebook, has threatened.

Despite Trump, Social Is Useful Marketing Tool

Unilever is increasingly using social listening to learn about consumer behavior, says CMO Keith Weed. The technique enables marketers to eavesdrop on conversations where true sentiments are expressed.

Americans Can’t Give Up Destination TV

Pay-TV subscribers in the United States are growing increasingly satisfied with over-the-top streaming TV services vs. traditional cable TV, but they also are spending nearly an hour more a week watching regularly scheduled television programming than they did two years ago. That increasingly complex consumer relationship with streaming and cable television is explored in detail in a trio of new J.D. Power studies.

Roku Shares Soar Over 67% In IPO Debut

Shares of video streaming firm Roku Inc. rose more than 67% in their market debut on Thursday, giving the U.S. IPO market a much-needed shot in the arm. Roku ended trading on the Nasdaq with a share price of $23.50, giving it a market capitalization of about $2.23 billion.

Netflix Commits To $400M Canada Investment

Under an agreement with the government of Canada, Netflix has agreed to invest a minimum of $500 million Canadian (about $400 million U.S.) in original productions in the country over the next five years. Netflix will establish a permanent, multipurpose film and TV production presence in Canada — the first time that the company has done so outside the U.S.

Roku Connects With Investors, Shares +16.6%

Shares of Roku Inc., a Fox-backed video streaming firm, rose as much as 16.6% in their market debut on Thursday, giving the U.S. IPO market a much-needed shot in the arm.

‘Madam Secretary’ Gets Multi-Platform Syndi

Netflix leads off-network launch with previous-season episodes of the CBS drama currently available for streaming. WE tv to launch the series on cable in 2018. CBS O&Os will serve as launch group for broadcast syndication beginning in fall 2018.