Netflix’s Ted Sarandos Chides Apple & Disney For Being “Very Late” To Streaming
EXCLUSIVE: "Absolutely!" Ted Sarandos said Monday when asked whether his attitude toward the upcoming streaming platforms from Apple, Disney and WarnerMedia is a case of "bring it on."
"I have no idea what they're doing until we see it," Netflix's chief content officer told Deadline today of Apple's expected new streaming service unveiling March 25, and Disney+ fueled by Marvel, Star Wars and Pixar coming later this year. "So, I have to really reserve comment and… Read
Feeling The Churn: Why Netflix Cancels Shows After A Couple Of Seasons & Why They Can’t Move To New Homes
For decades, the success of a TV series had been measured by its longevity. The standard series regular contracts are for six years, which has been considered a threshold for a show to be deemed reasonably successful. Netflix might be rewriting the rulebook with a business model that involves shows often running for two to three seasons.
The Internet network also is assuring its series will remain Netflix exclusives even after their cancellation, with a moratorium… Read
‘You Vs. Wild’: Netflix Sets Interactive Expedition Series With Bear Grylls
Following the recent success of Black Mirror: Bandersnatch, Netflix has set its next interactive series. The Internet network said today that You vs. Wild, an eight-episode interactive family series fronted by survival expert and TV veteran Bear Grylls, will premiere April 10.
The streamer had ramped up its efforts in interactive storytelling in light of the strong buzz and fan engagement for Black Mirror: Bandersnatch, which became an instant pop culture phenomenon.
Sony’s PlayStation Vue Expands Multi-View Feature To Apple TV Subscribers
Sony’s PlayStation Vue is expanding its “multi-view” feature, which already available on PlayStation 4, to Apple TV subscribers of the streaming service.
The Vue skinny bundle, which was among the first lower-cost, internet-delivered TV players when it launched in 2015. Multi-view which was added two years ago on the PS4, allows viewers to simultaneously watch three programs and once. On Apple TV, it will allow four simultaneous live broadcasts. (In the image above, it… Read
NBCUniversal And Sky Boost Unified Ad Offering In Sign Of Synergy To Come
Offering a sign of synergies to come, NBCUniversal and Sky have announced a unified expansion of the company’s AdSmart suite of tech-enabled ad solutions. It is the first joint advertising effort since Comcast acquired Sky last year.
Among AdSmart’s capabilities are using set-top box data to help advertisers optimize their linear TV dollars; addressable TV and digital tools that enhance targeting; and providing AI-powered contextual media planning. The collective set of… Read
Apple Rips Spotify Complaint In Europe As “Misleading Rhetoric”
Apple has issued a lengthy response to Spotify’s complaint before European Commission regulators, which was issued earlier this week. The iPhone maker dismisses it as “misleading rhetoric” that conceals its streaming competitor’s financial motives.
Spotify told the EC that Apple’s 30% “tax” on Spotify streams represents an “unfair advantage” that hinders competition. Other companies have long had the same issue with the environment of the App Store.
In its response, Apple… Read
#SaveODAAT: Can Sony TV Find New Home For Beloved Latinx Family Sitcom?
One Day at a Time co-showrunner Gloria Calderón Kellett sounded the alarm three weeks ago after a meeting with Netflix executive about a fourth season of the show. “I wish I felt more confident,” she wrote on February 20. And yet, the news today of Netflix’s decision to cancel One Day at a Time came as a shocker given its critical acclaim, its rabid following and the underserved audience it caters to.
Within minutes of the news of One Day at a Time’s cancellation… Read
YouTube Founders, Once TV Pariahs, To Get Emmys For Lifetime Achievement
Chad Hurley and Steven Shih Chen, two former PayPal colleagues who co-founded YouTube in 2005, were once so reviled in traditional-media circles that their company elicited a billion-dollar lawsuit by Viacom.
Today, they were named as recipients of Emmy Awards for Lifetime Achievement.
The entrepreneurs, who founded the company with Jawed Karim, will collect their statuettes at next month’s NAB Show. The annual confab has traditionally centered on broadcast television but… Read
‘The Bachelor’ First Seasons, ‘Wedding’ And ‘Paradise’ Extensions Come To Tubi AVOD Service Under New Deal With Warner Bros
Tubi and Warner Bros Domestic Television Distribution are taking viewers into the way-back machine in a deal that will land the first seasons of The Bachelor and The Bachelorette, as well as more recent franchise extensions, on the streaming service.
Initial seasons only of The Bachelor, which premiered in 2002, and The Bachelorette, which followed in 2003, will both stream on Tubi beginning April 1. Also included in the pact are The Bachelorette: Trista & Ryan’s Wedding… Read
Jada Pinkett Smith’s ‘Red Table Talk’ To Return To Facebook Watch With More Episodes In Spring – SXSW
Jada Pinkett Smith’s groundbreaking series Red Table Talk is set to return to Facebook Watch in May with more than 20 new episodes just in time for Mother’s Day. The news was announced at SXSW during a Facebook event where Paresh Rajwat, Facebook’s head of video products also made announcements about new music and video features on the social platform.
After launching last year, Pinkett Smith’s Red Table Talk has become wildly popular, becoming Facebook Watch’s #1 show… Read
Discovery, AMC Networks, Viacom Stocks Dip After DirecTV Now Pulls Their Plugs – Update
UPDATED with closing stock prices. The stocks of cable programmers Discovery, AMC Networks and Viacom have all dropped between 3%-4% today despite broader-market gains as investors process the news that their networks are caught in the shuffle at DirecTV Now.
After reports in recent days pointed to changes, AT&T’s DirecTV Now has confirmed it is rolling out new, higher-priced bundles — a $50-a-month “Plus” plan and the $70-a-month “Max,” each of which includes HBO… Read
Oscar-Winning Doc ‘Free Solo’ Climbs Aboard Hulu Today
Free Solo, the Oscar-winning Best Doc Feature about soloist climber Alex Honnold, will begin streaming today on Hulu, the streamer announced.
"Free Solo is a true masterpiece that combines awe-inspiring camerawork with the kind of authentic storytelling that Hulu viewers love," said Lisa Holme, VP Content Acquisition at Hulu. "We couldn't be more excited to partner with our friends at National Geographic Documentary Films to add this extraordinary film to the growing… Read