Discovery, MTV Virtual Reality Stunts Gain Increasing Network Interest
Though we’re a long way from the kind of virtual reality getups predicted back in the 1990s, the technology has been steadily improving. Currently used primarily in video games, the tech nonetheless has interesting implications for entertainment in other mediums. So it goes that networks, keenly interested in drawing a bigger slice of the slivered viewer marketplace, are exploring VR-based gimmicks in multiple formats.
First up, Discovery Communications has announced… Read
Amazon To Expand Prime Instant Video Into Japan Next Month
Following Netflix, which launches in the country September 2, Amazon will extend Prime Instant Video to customers in Japan starting sometime in September. No actual launch date has been set at this time, but Prime members will enjoy access to Prime streaming content at no additional cost when the service debuts. Prime customers in Japan will be able to access Prime Instant Video through Android and iOS devices, as well as gaming consoles and smart TVs. 4K Ultra HD will be… Read
Cablevision Agrees To Offer CBS’ Web Services To Broadband Subs
Cablevision will become the first cable or satellite company to offer broadband customers CBS All Access and Showtime’s streaming service, the companies say this morning as they announced a renewal of their program carriage agreement. Details including pricing will be announced “at a later time.”
Besides that this looks like a boilerplate announcement for what they call “a broad-based multi-year” deal covering CBS owned stations, Showtime, CBS Sports Network, and… Read
NBCU Invests $200M In BuzzFeed, Continuing Its Digital Expansion Effort
This is NBCUniversal’s second major digital media investment this month, following last week’s purchase of a $200 million equity stake in Vox Media. The Comcast-owned entertainment company’s $200 million stake in BuzzFeed gives it entree into one of the Internet’s most popular, and often controversial, news sites.
This morning’s announcement says that NBCU and BuzzFeed will “explore strategic partnerships across both organizations in the coming months.”
With about 200… Read
Broadway Hears Static Over FCC Proposed Auction Of Bandwidth For Wireless Mics
The days when audiences heard "to be or not...brrzzz bzzchchch! Pick-up at three-four and…brrzzzchh!…Lex!… brrzzzchh!…'tis nobler…" may be returning, as the FCC finalizes plans to auction off chunks of the microwave spectrum currently used by Broadway shows, news organizations, sports franchises and others who depend on wireless microphones for static-free communication. Executives from those groups this week received several hundred pages of FCC documents outlining its… Read
NBCU Invests $200M In Vox Media
The widely anticipated deal gives Comcast’s NBCUniversal an equity stake in one of the fastest growing digital media companies. Vox Media’s properties include SB Nation, Polygon, The Verge, Vox.com, Eater, Racked, Curbed, and Re/code — the last picked up in May. The tech publication says that NBCU’s $200 million deal indicates that Vox is worth more than $1 billion.
"Vox Media has a great portfolio of premium digital brands that deeply engage broad audiences," says NBCU… Read
Google To Become “Alphabet,” With Search And Businesses As Subsidiaries
Google has outgrown Google, it seems. The company says in a blog post and SEC filing that it’s re-establishing itself as a new entity called Alphabet — with Google as a subsidiary. You Tube will remain with Google, but Google Fiber — the cable-like TV and broadband service — will be separate.
The post doesn’t spell out all of the details of the new corporate structure. But it it says that Alphabet subsidiaries will include Life Sciences (which is developing a… Read
DirecTV To Stream ‘NFL Sunday Ticket’ To Those Who Can’t Buy Satellite
AT&T hopes to score with football fans who want to watch DirecTV’s NFL Sunday Ticket but can’t put a satellite dish on their apartment, condominium, townhouse, or college dorm — or have another obstruction. The telco just expanded its streaming option to those who can’t subscribe to the No. 1 satellite company, which AT&T just acquired.
NFLSUNDAYTICKET.TV will cost $49.99 a month, and offer live out-of-market NFL games to computers, mobile devices, major game consoles… Read
Stacey Snider: Don’t “Tsk Tsk” Tech And Media Consumption Changes
This morning at UTA headquarters, LinkedIn brought its ongoing “Discussion Series” of panel chats featuring high achievers in various industries to Hollywood for the first time. Moderated by LinkedIn Executive Editor Dan Roth, the panel with UTA CEO Jeremy Zimmer and Fox Co-chairman Stacey Snider was a lively talk about mentoring and the current way new talent is brought into the business side of the industry and nurtured. And for audience members — most of whom were… Read
Will WWE Face A Smackdown Or Tag Team With Dutch TV Mogul John de Mol?
A lot of investors are asking the question today after BTIG’s Brandon Ross circulated a report noting that the Dutch media tycoon’s investment vehicle, Talpa Beheer, recently bought 6% of World Wrestling Entertainment. John de Mol proved his eye for hit TV when he developed shows including Big Brother, Fear Factor, and The Voice.
The report contributed to an 8.8% jump in WWE’s stock price today — and helped it to touch a 52-week high of $22.05. The company’s shares are up… Read
‘Top Gear’ Gets New Exec Producer; Discovery Expands In Turkey: Global Briefs
Just as the former Top Gear team heads over to Amazon Prime, the BBC show has plugged in a new executive producer. Lisa Clark will step in for Andy Wilman who left the motoring series after Jeremy Clarkson was exited and who is joining Clarkson, Richard Hammond and James May for their new program at Amazon. Chris Evans has strapped into the Top Gear driver's seat for the BBC and will reunite there with Clark, with whom he previously worked at The Big Breakfast and Don't Fo… Read
Time Warner Cable Strikes Out In Securing More Distribution For Dodgers
Los Angeles Dodgers fans who can’t watch games on SportsNet LA are still out of luck for now. It “doesn't look like we'll get additional distribution for the Dodgers network this season,” Time Warner Cable CEO Rob Marcus told analysts this morning in a call to discuss Q2 earnings.
This has been a problem for the No. 2 cable operator, which has agreed to sell itself to Charter Communications. TWC committed $8.35 billion for a 25-year hold on Dodgers rights. But most other… Read