Cox Unveils New Hub For College Sports Fans

Diehards.com is designed for fans of the ACC, Big 10, Big 12, PAC-12 and the Southeastern Conference. Texas Pete Hot Sauce and Zaxby’s are ad partners.

All NFL Games Online, Watching Not Simple

The sports universe is heavily Balkanized online, meaning your best bet at comprehensive streaming of pro football will involve that old standby — a cable or satellite TV subscription — or cellphone service through Verizon. Otherwise, you’ll be limited to a few unrestricted games online, including Thursday’s night season opener between the Kansas City Chiefs and the New England Patriots. Here’s a stream-by-stream guide.

Russians Ran Fake Ads On Facebook In 2016

Russian disinformation groups spent about $100,000 for about 3,000 issue ads on Facebook connected to hundreds of false accounts over the past two years, according to findings of an investigation released Wednesday afternoon by the social network.

BRAND CONNECTIONS

Apple Adds Four Execs To Growing TV Unit

Apple has recruited four TV veterans to join its burgeoning video content team. Kim Rozenfeld, formerly head of current programming at Sony Pictures Television, is joining the tech giant as its future head of current and the lead executive on documentary series development. Two more Sony veterans, Max Aronson and Ali Woodruff, are joining Apple as development executives. And former WGN America head of publicity Rita Cooper Lee has joined Apple to lead communications for the new video content unit.

TMZ Vet Who Left Emerges As A Rival

Mike Walters left TMZ after clashing with Harvey Levin. Now he is running The Blast, a well-financed entrant on the sharp-elbowed celebrity news scene.

Pilot Sponsors Grady Mobile News Lab

NAB’s Pilot innovation initiative will sponsor the Mobile News Lab project at the University of Georgia’s Grady College of Journalism and Mass Communication during fall 2017. The sponsorship will provide the lab with new equipment for producing virtual reality content along with materials for training mobile-media best practices.  The Grady Mobile News Lab launched in Fall 2014 to […]

Newsy, Scripps DC Bureau Launch ‘Getting A Fix’

Newsy, the next-generation national news network, and the Scripps Washington Bureau have launched Getting a Fix, a new series focused on their joint investigation into the opioid crisis. The series presents an on-the-ground look at solutions to the devastating opioid epidemic in the United States. In this series, Newsy and the Scripps Washington Bureau investigative […]

Brown Sugar Available To Amazon Prime Members

Amazon today announced the launch of Brown Sugar — the new subscription-video-on-demand service featuring baddest African-American action movies — on Amazon Channels.  Amazon Prime members can now watch Brown Sugar’s library of iconic black movies, all un-edited and commercial-free as they were originally seen in theaters. Prime members can purchase a subscription directly, which will also enable them to access the service atBrownSugar.com and on […]

‘Frontline’ to Launch ‘The Frontline Dispatch’ Podcast

App Ranks 14,000 Local Reporters, Anchors

Once per hour, the free Social Rankings mobile app from SND updates to offer a leaderboard-style display of local TV reporters and anchors by market. The talent is ranked by how much engagement their Facebook posts received in the past 24 hours. The app also shows the total engagement, total number of posts and average per-post engagement stats for each reporter and anchor by market.

MARKET SHARE | SOCIAL SCORECARD

WAGA Millions Ahead In Atlanta Social Media

WAGA, the Fox O&O in Atlanta, leads all media outlets in Atlanta by about 8 million social media actions over the last six months according to data from audience insight firm Shareablee. WAGA has almost 22 million actions on social, 41% of the total engagement generated by the DMA (No. 10), with more than 53.8 million social actions. WAGA is also ahead in actions per post with 1,724.

Streaming Pioneer Roku Seeks $100M In IPO

Video streaming player pioneer Roku listed a $100 million fundraising target in a Friday regulatory filing. But that figure is likely to change after its investment bankers gauge the demand for its initial public offering of stock. Like many young tech companies, Roku is still unprofitable. Last year, it lost nearly $43 million on $399 million in revenue. Since its 2002 inception, Roku has amassed $244 million in losses.

NEWS ANALYSIS

Digital Advertising Facing Its Moment Of Truth

Every agency, platform and digital media player has been on high alert since Procter & Gamble Chief Brand Officer Marc Pritchard, who holds the strings to the conglomerate’s $2.4 billion annual U.S. advertising purse, threatened to yank his company’s spend if they fail to address the growing mess of issues in digital advertising like fraud, brand safety and transparency.

Media Startup Handing Struggling Papers A Lifeline

YouTube TV Launches In 12 More Markets

Continuing to carve out deals with local broadcast network affiliates, YouTube TV has expanded into 12 more markets: Cleveland, Denver, Indianapolis, Milwaukee, Oklahoma City, Salt Lake City, San Diego, Kansas City, St. Louis; Greensboro, N.C; Harrisburg, Pa.; and Hartford, Conn.

VidAngel Turns To Utah Court For Relief

Having suffered a string of legal defeats, VidAngel is hoping to have better luck in a Utah courtroom. On Thursday, VidAngel brought a lawsuit against a host of entertainment companies and is seeking declaratory relief that its streaming service that filters profanity, sex, violence and more from movies is permissible by law.

FuboTV, Nielsen Partner On Addressable Ads

By deploying Nielsen Marking Cloud’s Data Management Platform, FuboTV aims to provide advertisers with “deep consumer analytics” tied to its subscriber base, enabling advanced audience segmentation, modeling and targeting.

Glenn Beck Makes Big Cuts At The Blaze

Spotify Head Of Video And Podcasts Out

Tom Calderone Out As Spotify Head Of Video

‘Starsky & Hutch’ TV Reboot Lands At Amazon

How Social Media Is Useful In A Crisis

Social media proved to be a key search-and-rescue tool in Houston this weekend. Identifying those who needed to be evacuated, connecting families, and recruiting volunteers are just a few ways sites like Twitter and Facebook were used. Here are other ways social media has proven useful in a crisis.

Local News Battles Offensive Comments

There’s a growing debate over whether local news outlets should keep online comments—and just how to keep such comments civil. Countless newsrooms rely on comments sections and social media to foster community engagement and drive traffic to their sites, but those platforms are too frequently hosts to hate, bigotry, threats and damaging content.

TVN TECH

Tech, Ingenuity Help Stations Weather Harvey

The effort of covering the historic storm fully tested Houston stations’ technological and logistical prowess and planning, while straining their human resources. With power and cable outages prevalent, the broadcasters also streamed their coverage continuously over Facebook Live so that folks with a charged smartphone could watch, too. Above, KHOU broadcast news temporarily from the facilities of noncommercial KUHT.

Toshiba Joins The Alexa-Enabled TV Brigade

DMAS 27 & 32

Dispatch Stations Both On YouTube TV

WTHR Indianapolis and WBNS Columbus, Ohio, are now carried on the local live-streaming subscription TV service.

 

Philly.com To Debut Paywall Next Week

Google Updates AdWords Ad Rotation

The idea is to simplify ad rotation into two settings. With the change, two options become available in September — Optimize, which prioritizes the best-performing ads; and Rotate Indefinitely, which gives ads equal preference. The Optimize setting will optimize ads for clicks in each individual auction using signals such as keyword, search term, device, and location.

Second Street Buys Presslaff Interactive Revenue

Second Street announced today the acquisition of Presslaff Interactive Revenue (PIR), a data-driven email marketing software and consulting business focused on the collection and use of first-party data for the media industry. Second Street is a provider of private-label online audience engagement and interactive content platforms for media companies including contesting, quizzes, ballots, polls and […]

Are Consumers Ready To Give AR A Try?

While AR shows more promise than VR, there has yet to be a “killer app” that everyone must have, the way smartphones have become essential for navigation and everyday snapshots. Rather, people will discover AR over time, perhaps a few years. Someone renovating or moving might discover the furniture apps. New parents might discover educational apps. Those people might then go on to discover more AR apps to try out. But just hearing that AR is available might not be enough for someone to check it out.