Sinclair, Compulse Pick Oracle Moat For Media Performance Measurement

Sinclair Broadcast Group and its advanced marketing services company Compulse have picked Oracle Moat to measure media performance across more than 300 digital properties. Oracle Moat Analytics will help advertisers determine traffic metrics, viewability metrics and brand safety rates for ad campaigns.

QUARTERLY REPORT

TiVo’s Pay TV Revenues Decline As MobiTV Integration Proceeds

CBS To Make US World Cup Qualifier At Jamaica Available Only As Stream

NEW YORK (AP) — CBS, which has the U.S.-English language rights to the Americans’ World Cup qualifier at Jamaica next week, said Tuesday it will make the Nov. 16 match available only on its Paramount+ subscription streaming service. CBS announced in March it had reached an agreement with IMG and Mediapro to acquire rights to […]

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NEWSTECHFORUM 2021

Fox Weather’s Sharri Berg To Keynote NewsTECHForum

Sharri Berg, president of the newly launched Fox Weather streaming channel, will keynote TVNewsCheck’s NewsTECHForum in a wide-ranging look at its operations and the rapidly evolving TV weather landscape. Fox Weather meteorologists Amy Freeze and Craig Herrera will join the discussion on Dec. 14, presented in-person at the New York Hilton and virtually. Register here.

NBCU To Launch Livestream Shopping, Following Big Tech’s Lead

NBCUniversal is making its livestream shopping debut with a show on Instagram and other platforms during the holiday season, allowing viewers to buy clothing, home decor and other products featured in the program, the Comcast unit said on Tuesday.

Meta Plans To Remove Thousands Of Sensitive Ad-Targeting Categories

Ad buyers will no longer be able to use topics such as health, race or sexual orientation to target people with unwanted ads on Facebook or other Meta apps.

NBC News Reveals Launch Plans For Hallie Jackson’s Streaming Show

The senior Washington correspondent’s NBC News Now streaming program will run at 5 p.m. nightly, and will debut Nov. 15.

Vevo Launches 10 Channels On Local Now

Music video network Vevo and Local Now, Allen Media Group’s free streaming service, today announced their partnership and the subsequent launch of 10 Vevo channels on Local Now. Programmed by Vevo’s curatorial team, each channel focuses on a specific genre or decade. The Vevo channels on Local Now include: Vevo Pop, Vevo R&B, Vevo Hip […]

CBS Local Digital’s Adam Wiener Departing

Adam Wiener, EVP and GM of CBS Local Digital is leaving the company on Nov. 12 after 12 years with the group.

Newspapers Cutting Back On Print Give Readers iPads And Tutoring

The strategy underway in Chattanooga, Tenn., and Little Rock, Ark., highlights the papers’ enduring reliance on older subscribers.

U.S. Subscription Streaming Revenue Spikes 17% In 3Q To Nearly $16.4 Billion

Other home video sectors are down from the 2020 quarantine, Digital Entertainment Group finds.

First Group Of PBS Stations Launched On DirecTV Stream

The first group of public broadcasting stations to appear on DirecTV stream are being launched early this week by the virtual multichannel video programming distributor. DirecTV Stream and PBS reached a deal to stream PBS member stations in October.

‘Star Trek: Prodigy’ Renewed For Season 2 At Paramount Plus

‘Broadcaster Blockchain’ Goes Mainstream

Last month Fox offered 10,000 free “Miss Masky’ Genesis Edition NFTs to the general public through its www.maskverse.com website. In less than 10 hours, all 10,000 had been claimed and a second 10,000 NFT run had been announced. The question now is where do NFTs fit in the television ecosystem?

CTV Ad Companies VideoByte And VideoBridge To Merge

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How Fox’s Weather App Hit A Million Downloads On Launch

The Fox Weather app was the top free app downloaded in the week it launched, ahead of brand giants like TikTok, Instagram, YouTube and Facebook. How’d they do it? A combination of old-school advertising and brand loyalty.

Meta Plans Brick-And-Mortar Stores

The social networking company has discussed opening physical stores to showcase its virtual reality and augmented reality devices.

Revolt Expands With App For Mobile Devices And Connected TV

Disney+ Promo: $1.99 For The First Month

The Walt Disney Co. has enlisted just about every part of the company for Disney Plus Day — which is actually a weeklong series of promotions, events and content premieres. It’s ultimately aimed, of course, at driving up paying subscribers for the global streaming service. Among the deals: Starting today (Nov. 8) through Sunday, Nov. 14, new and eligible returning Disney+ subscribers can get one month of the service for $1.99 (available in the U.S. and select countries). After the first month, the service goes back to the regular price ($7.99/month in the U.S.).

NEWS ANALYSIS

Why Suits Against Netflix Could Shake Streaming

The mega-streamer is facing more defamation complaints than any major news outlet, stemming from projects like Making a Murderer and When They See Us — but is it a distributor, a publisher or something else entirely?

Facebook Faces New Antitrust Lawsuit

The suit, filed by the now defunct photo start-up Phhhoto, accused the social network of stalling on a deal and then putting it out of business.

TVN’S FRONT OFFICE

Digital Ad Taxation: Great In Theory, But Disastrous In Practice

A concept that on paper seems like a good idea — levying additional taxes on media companies that sell digital advertising to keep the power and influence of Big Tech in check — is quickly turning out to be a disastrous experiment. While many believe the digital behemoths aren’t paying enough taxes, remedies proposed at the state level demonstrate digital advertising taxes can be unfair to smaller media companies, particularly struggling local news outlets.

‘Squid Game’ Dominance Continues

Squid Game remained the dominant force in U.S. streaming from October 4 to 10, according to Nielsen, once again racking up more than 3 billion minutes of viewing. The Korean drama, Netflix’s top all-time original with viewing by 142 million global households according to the company, attracted 3.26 billion viewing hours in its previous week. That made it just the sixth title to clear the 3 billion mark since Nielsen began tracking streaming in 2020. The most recent week saw a slight dip to 3.02 billion, but the show’s hold was impressive.

Fox Weather Generates More Than 1 Million Downloads

Peacock Struggles To Take Flight Amid Low Demand For Its TV Originals

Peacock has a serial TV problem and is counting on a pandemic-delayed pipeline of programming to help overcome it. More than a year after its launch, NBCUniversal’s streaming service lacks the buzzy original TV shows of its rivals or even the fan-friendly Star Trek offerings of Paramount Plus, the ViacomCBS service formerly known as CBS All Access. And while top brass praised Peacock as “headed in the right direction” during Comcast’s earnings call with Wall Street analysts last week, the lack of breakthrough hits, considered key to streamer growth, suggests the service has much work to do before it becomes truly competitive with its rivals.

QUARTERLY REPORT

Roku Stock Falls After Slight 3Q Earnings Miss

Roku stock dropped sharply in after-hours trading after the company reported third quarter revenue that fell just short of Wall Street analysts’ consensus estimate. Revenue of $680 million missed the Street number by a bit more than $3 million. On the bottom line, though, earnings per share of 48 cents far outpaced the estimate of 6 cents.

MRC Accredits IAS For Facebook, Instagram Measurement

Integral Ad Science (IAS) this morning announced it has been accredited by the Media Rating Council for impression and viewability measurement and reporting of display and video ads across Facebook and Instagram.

‘Squid Game’ To Compete As Drama, Not Limited Series, At 2022 Awards Shows

Though Netflix’s most popular (OK, “sampled”) original series has yet to be renewed for any additional season, the nine-episode Korean thriller will compete as a drama series, and not as a limited series, at upcoming awards shows (including next fall’s Emmys). It thus will throw in against the anticipated likes of Succession, Better Call Saul‘s final season, The White Lotus and the farewell season of This Is Us.

Sinclair Says It Has ‘Critical Mass’ Of Rights For Direct-To-Consumer Sports Offering

IABM Appoints Callum Jones Head Of Digital

IABM has named Callum Jones head of digital at the international trade association for broadcast and media technology. Using the wealth of experience he has gained in leading digital initiatives at several high-profile organizations, Jones is tasked with carrying forward IABM’s digital-first mission across all its platforms. A sports journalism graduate of the University of Huddersfield, […]