Media

NBC’s Snapchat news show gains 29+ million viewers in its first month

 NBC News’ first-ever daily show for Snapchat is seeing promising numbers after its first month on the air. In a release sent to reporters this morning, NBCU claims the show has grown its audience to over 29 million unique viewers. That’s roughly triple the number of viewers who tune into the top-rated “NBC Nightly News with Lester Holt” program. Read More

New Star Wars movie focused on Obi-Wan Kenobi is in the early stages

 The next standalone spin-off series set in the Star Wars universe could be focused on Obi-Wan Kenobi, the Jedi who took Luke Skywalker under his wing in the original series, and who also helped train the child who would become Darth Vader. Variet...

YouTube TV now available to 50% of U.S. households

 Following July’s expansion which tripled its footprint, Google today announced that YouTube TV is now available to 50 percent of U.S. households, thanks to a rollout to 14 new markets. The company is also pre-announcing its plans to move into 17 more major metros in the weeks ahead, as it continues its rapid march towards nationwide coverage. YouTube TV is one of many “skinny… Read More

Another ‘Game of Thrones’ episode leaked early via a partner

 HBO’s international partners and affiliates should be extra careful going forward: For the second time in a little over two weeks, one of them was responsible for the early leak of an episode before its official airing. Episode 6, which is set for its broadcast premiere this Sunday, August 20, hit torrent sites after it was aired accidentally by HBO Nordic and HBO España. HBO said a… Read More

Apple said to be spending $1 billion on original content in 2018

 Apple’s ambitions around creating original content seem set to grow: The Wall Street Journal reports that it has a budget of around $1 billion to spend on creating its own programming next year. That’s a budget that begins to approach those of dedicated content creators like HBO, which spent just around twice that last year on its own shows. Apple’s first forays into… Read More

Sling TV now works in the browser

 Despite having been one of the first to offer live, streaming TV over the internet, Dish’s Sling TV service has just now introduced a way to watch its service via a web browser. The company is today launching an in-browser player for Google Chrome. The player, which is still in beta, will work on both Windows and Mac devices, the company notes. Via the web player, you’re able to… Read More

Sling TV founding CEO Roger Lynch is Pandora’s new president and CEO

 Pandora announced today it has appointed Robert Lynch as its new president and CEO. Lynch was the founding CEO of Dish’s Sling TV previous to the move. He will also become a member of Pandora’s board of directors, along with Snap Inc.’s Michael Lynton. Lynch’s new position comes just as Pandora has launched a rebranding effort to focus on conversion of free users to… Read More

Facebook is rolling out a Trending News section on mobile, now with its own link

 Facebook is rolling out a “Trending News” section on mobile that includes its own link in the app’s main navigation. This follows the company’s earlier announcement this spring of a redesign for Trending Topics, an increasingly important part of Facebook’s social network, where it tracks the news stories that are buzzing across its service. That redesign is… Read More

MIT’s AI streaming software aims to stop those video stutters

 MIT’s Computer Science and Artificial Intelligence Lab (CSAIL) wants to ensure your streaming video experience stays smooth. A research team led by MIT professor Mohammad Alizadeh has developed an artificial intelligence (dubbed ‘Pensieve’) that can select the best algorithms for ensuring video streams both without interruption, and at the best possible playback quality.… Read More

Amazon kills its European DVD rental biz, Lovefilm

 Amazon is getting out of the DVD rental business with the closure of Lovefilm, the so-called “Netflix of Europe” that Amazon bought in 2011 for a reported $312 million valuation. The company, which operates in the U.K. and Germany, is a subscription service that lets consumers rent DVDs that are sent out by mail – similar to Netflix’s original business model before… Read More

Netflix in talks to retain Marvel and Star Wars movies after 2019

 Netflix is still in active talks with Marvel over potentially retaining streaming rights to Marvel and Star Wars movies after 2019, which is the date Disney has set for when it’ll remove Disney and Pixar movies from the subscription service in favor of its own in-house Disney streaming offering. We already knew the fate of Disney’s Marvel co-production TV shows, including… Read More

LaterPay brings its media payment technology to the US

 LaterPay is offering media companies a business model that goes beyond subscriptions and ads. LaterPay is trying to help monetize “the vast space” between subscriptions and ads, allowing publishers to charge for their content on an à la carte basis. That can meaning charging per article or video, or asking users to buy a pass to their site for a limited period of time. Read More