Pay TV Cord Cutting Poised To Accelerate Based On 2016 Data, Analyst Says
What a difference two months make. In late January, SNL Kagan forecaster Tony Lenoir made what he deemed an “aggressive” prediction when he said that the number of homes subscribing to broadband — but not pay TV — could grow 83% from the end of 2016 to 28.0 million in 2021.
Now he says the prediction “could end on the conservative side given the speed at which the TV ecosystem and U.S. broadband landscape are evolving.”
The subscription data for the end of 2016, he says,… Read
NBCU Teams With Snap And BuzzFeed To Offer Content At 2018 Winter Olympics
Here’s an example of the kind of alliance NBCUniversal apparently had in mind early this month when it made a $500 million investment in Snap — owner of Snapchat — in its initial public offering: The companies say today that they will partner to offer content in February from the Winter Olympics in PyeongChang, South Korea.
Snapchat will cover the games on Snapchat Discovery with daily “Our Stories” and “Publisher Stories.” The latter will be co-produced by BuzzFeed, in… Read
Senate Votes To Scuttle FCC’s Broadband Privacy Rules
Comcast, AT&T, Verizon and other broadband providers may soon win back the freedom to use and sell information they collect about customers’ internet surfing habits.
The Senate just passed a resolution to scrap a collection of FCC rules — adopted in October, but that have yet to take effect — that require ISPs to secure consumers’ permission to use the data about them. The proposal now goes to the House, and then President Trump, who are expected to approve.
The Senate… Read
About 75% Of Screens Receive Movies Via Satellite, Digital Cinema Group Says
EXCLUSIVE: Roughly three years after it began offering movies and other content to theaters via satellite, the Digital Cinema Distribution Coalition says it ended 2016 serving about three of every four U.S. screens — up from 62% in 2015.
The coalition contracted with 179 exhibitors that have more than 2,650 theaters with 30,000-plus screens. It reached 23,579 screens at the end of 2015.
The DCDC delivered 221 film titles last year, up from 200 in 2015. They included Best… Read
AT&T Removes Ads From YouTube Saying Some Ran Near “Hate” Videos
Add AT&T to the list of companies yanking ads from Google’s YouTube.
The telco says today that it’s “deeply concerned” that some of its messages “may have appeared alongside YouTube content promoting terrorism and hate.”
“Until Google can ensure this won't happen again, we are removing our ads from Google's non-search platforms," AT&T says.
The move comes a day after Google promised to "tighten safeguards" to help advertisers avoid inadvertently financing "hateful… Read
MGM Television Inks Development Deal With Snap
MGM Television is making a further push into the multiplatform and digital space, closing a deal with Snap to develop Shows — TV-like mobile video content — for Snapchat’s Discover platform. This marks Snap’s first deal with a major entertainment studio and adds to the deals it already has in place with several leading TV networks to develop and produce premium content for its platform.
Snapchat Shows are original stand-alone programming from some of the world's best… Read
Google Unveils Policies To Help Ad Buyers Avoid Offensive Content
Google vowed today to “tighten safeguards” to help advertisers avoid inadvertently financing “hateful, offensive and derogatory content.” In addition, YouTube will take “a hard look” at the guidelines that determine “what content is allowed on the platform — not just what content can be monetized.”
The new policy, described in a blog post by Chief Business Officer Philipp Schindler, follows snowballing complaints after The Times of London reported that computer algorithms… Read
Nexstar & Sinclair Forge Alliance To Promote Next-Gen TV Transmissions
Two of the biggest independent TV station owners — Nexstar Media Group and Sinclair Broadcast Group — just announced a potentially important alliance to promote a new standard that could make it easier to meld 4K programming and interactive broadband data in over-the-air transmissions.
The companies signed a memorandum of understanding to create a consortium that they’ll jointly own to “promote spectrum aggregation, innovation and monetization and enhance their abilities… Read
Turner & Warner Bros To Launch Boomerang SVOD Service With New & Classic Toons
Ever feel like there’s just not enough “yabba dabba doo” in your life? How about, “What’s up, doc?” Turner and Warner Bros feel your pain and are launching Boomerang, a stand-alone subscription streaming service featuring new and classic toon franchises from the Looney Tunes, Hanna-Barbera and MGM libraries (watch a sizzle reel above).
Boomerang also will be the exclusive home to new original series including Warner Bros. Animation's Dorothy and the Wizard Of Oz… Read
AMC Networks’ Shudder Acquires Swedish Drama ‘Jordskott’ For Streaming
Shudder, the premium streaming service backed by AMC Networks, has acquired the Scandi-noir drama Jordskott from ITV Studios Global Entertainment. The first two episodes of Season 1 will launch April 6, with two new episodes premiering each week thereafter.
The 10-episode first season focuses on the seven-year disappearance of police investigator Eva Thörnblad's daughter, Josefine. Still attempting to deal with the grief of her loss, Eva (Moa Gammel) is haunted by the… Read
YouTube Live TV Service To Launch At $35 Per Month
YouTube’s much-rumored live TV bundle will launch “in the next few months” with more than 40 channels at $35 a month, the Google-owned video portal said today in unveiling the service dubbed YouTube TV. The Internet-based “skinny bundle” will compete with the likes of AT&T’s DirecTV Now, Sling TV and Sony’s PlayStation Vue.
Hulu is prepping a similar service and Apple TV wants to. YouTube’s version was tipped to launch sometime this spring at around a $40 price point.
Amazon Web Services Has Fixed Problems That Led To Widespread Outages – Update
Updated: Amazon Web Services says it’s “fully recovered” from the problems that led to widespread outages of internet sites and applications today.
Its Amazon Simple Storage Service (or S3) is now “operating normally.”
The company began to see what it called “high error rates” around 11:00 A.M. PT.
The nagging problems affected its US-EAST-1 services, a unit that’s based in Virginia and serves the east coast.
“We are working hard at repairing S3, believe we understand… Read