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Posted Thursday 4/12/18 at 10:36PM EDT
ESPN+ is ESPN’s most important product launch in years
The $4.99 streaming service launching today doesn't include many ESPN staples like Monday Night Football and Sunday Night Baseball, but it is ESPN's way of moving forward as viewers abandon cable, while evolving away from "outdated" channels like ESPN News and ESPN Classic. "The company has struggled to stem the continuing loss of subscribers to cord-cutting, and needs digital services to succeed to maintain the same level of vitality with the next generation of sports fans that it has with the current one," says Kevin Draper. "If successful, ESPN+ and the ESPN app could define the network in this era, just as SportsCenter did in the 1990s and early 2000s, becoming an essential hub for obsessive sports fans. If they aren’t, the company will have to continue to rely on what is likely to be a shrinking market for pay television."
Posted Friday 3/09/18 at 11:05PM EST
It's disappointing that Netflix automatically dubs foreign-language TV shows
Variety recently revealed secrets of the Netflix operation, including that the company's research found that Americans prefer dubbed voices for foreign-language shows, rather than subtitles. Viewers of dubbed shows were more likely to stick through the season. However, "as purists," says Hanh Nguyen, "it’s disappointing to hear that U.S. viewers are still less inclined to watch programming in a foreign language, no matter how excellent. We can only speculate about the reasons why, but in this day and age of smart phones and multiple devices, a lack of sophistication may not be the reason." ALSO: Here are the best Netflix shows to use as background noise.
Posted Thursday 3/01/18 at 10:28PM EST
A streaming service devoted to brainy British quiz shows is launching in the UK
IQTV will offer such brainy game show staples as Mastermind and The Weakest Link. “Intelligent quiz shows represent an attractive, untapped genre for a niche SVOD service," says Rod Henwood, who is overseeing the service. "They have significant and very loyal audiences, their brands are enduring, their hosts are highly recognizable with a strong social media following."
Posted Tuesday 2/13/18 at 7:30PM EST
YouTube TV will reportedly raise its price and add the Turner family of channels
The streaming service's monthly price will go up from $35 to $40 a month, according to a Buzzfeed post that has since been removed because it contained embargoed information. Concurrent with the price hike, YouTube will reportedly add Turner channels, including CNN, Adult Swim, Cartoon Network, TBS, TNT and TCM.
Posted Thursday 1/25/18 at 9:04PM EST
Why is Facebook Watch such an ungainly mess?
Slate's Inkoo Kang says Facebook’s streaming TV service tries too hard to promote commenting in real time, resulting in a cluttered, overlapping interface.
Posted Thursday 1/18/18 at 9:48PM EST
Why do Amazon, Netflix and Hulu keep canceling alternative comedies?
The recent cancelation of risk-taking and niche comedies like One Mississippi, Lady Dynamite and Difficult People may be a sign that the streaming services are evolving in how they select shows, says Josef Adalian. Also, Amazon wants to differentiate itself from Netflix by offering more mainstream fare. “Sure, die-hard fans of Lady Dynamite or The Get Down will deeply miss the shows, but it’s unlikely many will cancel their subscriptions as a result,” says Adalian. “While all Big Three streamers continue to up their overall content spends, they really don’t have unlimited budgets — particularly as they move into other genres, like talk shows (Netflix, Hulu) or live sports (Amazon). If a series isn’t clicking on some level — viewership, awards, pop-culture buzz — the fundamental rules of TV are going to kick in.” ALSO: Streaming TV is facing a problem with subscribers canceling when their favorite shows are over.
Posted Tuesday 1/09/18 at 6:45PM EST
Hulu surpasses 17 million subscribers, says South Park and Law & Order: SVU were its most-watched shows of 2017
This Is Us, The Handmaid’s Tale, Family Guy and Bob’s Burgers were also among Hulu’s top shows of 2017.
Posted Friday 12/22/17 at 2:05PM EST
CNN is ending its daily Snapchat news show after four months
The Update premiered in August and featured news stories from CNN staff around the world.
Posted Wednesday 12/20/17 at 2:14PM EST
NFL will allow ESPN to stream Monday Night Football games on mobile phones
Earlier this week, the NFL announced that NBC would start streaming Sunday Night Football games on mobile phones.
Posted Tuesday 11/28/17 at 2:15AM EST
Goliath co-creator: “Our show is the most binged show in the history of Amazon”
Amazon confirmed showrunner Jonathan Shapiro’s statement, which he made recently at a speech at the Los Angeles Intellectual Property Law Association’s Techtainment 3.0 conference in Los Angeles. Goliath, said Amazon, was “the top binged first season of a U.S.-produced Amazon Original Series ever over its first 10 days. No other season one had a higher season completion rate through ten days.”
Posted Saturday 11/18/17 at 12:32AM EST
Nearly 60% of U.S. homes have a TV streaming device
Nielsen found that 58.7%, or 69.5 million homes had an internet-connected device capable of streaming to a TV. That’s a 12% increase from June 2016.
Posted Thursday 11/16/17 at 12:56AM EST
Amazon scraps plans for its own live TV service
Reuters reports that Amazon believes it cannot profit off of a service combining broadcast and cable TV networks.
Posted Wednesday 11/15/17 at 1:33PM EST
Sports Illustrated is launching a subscription TV service
Sports Illustrated TV will cost $4.99 a month with the slogan “Because you love sports.” It will include documentary, narrative and talk programming, but no highlights. The service will also include sports movies like the first five Rocky films.
Posted Tuesday 11/14/17 at 2:27PM EST
A new streaming service will charge $16 a month for 37 cable channels, with no broadcast and sports networks
The Philo service hopes to capture millennials who aren’t interested in paying big bucks for television.
Posted Thursday 11/09/17 at 6:08PM EST
ESPN is getting an ESPN Plus streaming service
Disney CEO Bob Iger promises a “one-of-a-kind product” with ESPN Plus, which will have ESPN programming plus access to thousands of live sporting events. “It will have more live sports than you can get on any channel, site or app,” he says. ALSO: ESPN plans to lay off more than 100 staffers after Thanksgiving.