NBC Will Stream ‘Sunday Night Football’ To Mobile Phones Starting In 2018
NBCUniversal has acquired rights from the NFL to stream Sunday Night Football through NBC's “TV Everywhere” offering to mobile phones for the first time, beginning with the 2018 season.
The top-rated weekly games already have been available to cable subscribers via authenticated apps for tablets and connected TVs, but streaming to phones became possible when Verizon recently re-upped with the NFL on a non-exclusive basis. In its announcement, NBCU noted that the… Read
Refinery29 Lays Off Staff, Points To Tough Times To Come In 2018 For Digital Media
Young women’s lifestyle content creator Refinery29 has laid off 34 employees, just slightly more than seven percent of its staff. The layoffs came despite the 12-year-old company raising more than $125 million to date from investors, including Turner and Scripps Networks.
“This year has been especially challenging for digital media and advertising companies,” said a company statement. “Refinery29 has seen tremendous growth, but is not immune to some of the negatives that… Read
T-Mobile Acquires Layer3 TV, Plans To Roll Out Pay-TV Bundle In 2018
Wireless carrier T-Mobile is entering the crowded TV space, buying broadband video startup Layer3 TV and planning to turn Layer3’s nascent pay-TV service into a nationwide offering in 2018.
Financial terms were not disclosed. Denver-based Layer3 has raised about $80 million from investors including Evolution Media, whose backers include CAA and Jeff Skoll’s Participant Media. The company has added Hollywood veterans including former Fox exec Lindsay Gardner and ex-UTA… Read
SoulPancake Joins Amazon Prime Video
SoulPancake, a provider of uplifting programming, has joined Amazon Prime Video as a content provider and plans to debut a collection of original videos on the service.
This new content-distribution partnership expands on SoulPancake’s mission to bring positive and inspirational content to audiences.
SoulPancake will release three new shortform series exclusively for Prime subscribers: Kat, a comedic look at navigating life in the big city as a broke, single (feline)… Read
Warner Bros’ Machinima Launches Three New Series for Facebook Watch
Machinima, a provider of digital entertainment for gamers, announced three new series for Facebook Watch: gamer dating show Co-Op Connection, sketch comedy show Dank/Fire and comic-book-focused talk show Action Figures Comics.
Facebook has been working to secure professional, episodic video content to its Watch feature, which it launched in August. The social network’s chief executive, Mark Zuckerberg, has pledged to spend $1 billion on original content over the first… Read
Costco Offers Combined One-Year MoviePass And Fandor Subscription For $89.99
Costco is offering a one-year subscription to MoviePass and Fandor for $89.99 in a limited-time package deal.
The offer for the movie theatre subscription and indie-driven streaming services, is available until Dec. 18 and available only to Costco members.
MoviePass, a majority-owned subsidiary of Helios and Matheson Analytics, is now accepted in 91% of U.S. theatres but has caused a stir in the exhibition sector with its $9.95 monthly flat-rate plans and embrace of… Read
Comcast Launches Behind-The-Scenes ‘Will & Grace’ Companion Show On X1
In a synergistic campaign around the return of Will & Grace , NBC parent Comcast is making an original, behind-the-scenes companion series available on its X1 cable platform as well as its YouTube channel.
Inside Stage 22 with Max and David, an Xfinity Originals Series, is named after the studio where the sitcom is filmed. Creators Max Mutchnick and David Kohan talk with cast members and also offer insights and background on the series and never-before-seen highlights… Read
Verizon And NFL Reach New Five-Year Streaming Rights Deal
Verizon and the NFL have reached a new five-year deal to extend their streaming rights arrangement, though the wireless carrier will lose exclusive rights to the streams.
Terms were not disclosed for the new deal, which takes effect in January. Compensating for the loss of exclusive wireless rights will be an expanded presence for games on Yahoo Sports, an early pioneer in live-streaming games that is now owned by Verizon. The action will also be on Verizon’s OTT service… Read
Film Slate To Be Financed By Digital Currency And Distributed Via Blockchain
EXCLUSIVE: In what may be the first group of features to be financed by cryptocurrency and distributed via the blockchain, a consortium of companies plans to release New Frontiers, a sci-fi anthology of five segments that will combine into one feature.
Ground Control Entertainment, XYZ Films, and producer Kyle Franke are partnering with SingularDTV co-founder and president of entertainment Kim Jackson on the project, which will consist of a five-part anthology of films… Read
TNT-TBS Mobile-To-Big Screen “Casting” Venture Sees 30% Month-To-Month Growth
With most TV viewing on mobile devices and tablets occurring in homes, TBS and TNT have started getting positive results from a new tech tool that enables viewers to “cast” programming they discover on mobile devices onto their big-screen sets.
Working with emerging tech firm Vizbee, the Turner networks quietly have implemented the feature and registered a 30% month-over-month gain in the number of “casts” between June and October. Jesse Redniss, chief innovation officer… Read
‘Now We’re Talking’ Renewed For Season 2 On Go90, Expanded To 22-Minute Format
The Now We’re Talking discussion will continue. The digital comedy series created, produced, written by and starring Tommy Dewey and Tug Coker has been renewed on go90. The eight-episode second season will be expanded to a 22-minute format.
The sophomore season of Now We’re Talking sees rival frenemies and ex-pro quarterbacks Tommy and Tug finding their stride as they take the leap into professional broadcasting, after gone to broadcasting school and called high school… Read
T Group Acquiring Big Boots Studios, Will Launch Digital Studio
T Group Productions said today that it is acquiring Big Boots Studios, one of the first studios dedicated to engagement platforms — entertainment and social media experiences rooted in the digital space. T Group President Jenny Daly said her company will establish its own digital studio, T Group Media.
Roger Mincheff, who founded Big Boots with Anthony Kaan last year, will serve as President of TGM and report to Daly. In his new role, Mincheff will oversee the studio’s… Read