Category: Programming

Peacock lands first paid-streaming NFL playoff game

The NFL built its popularity on the strength of free over-the-air television. But the powerful league is taking another step into the pay-for-play by making fans pay to watch a playoff game this January.  The NFL announced NBCUniversal’s Peacock will be the first streamer to exclusively show an NFL playoff game on Jan. 13, 2024.   An NBC Sports spokesman confirmed to Front Office Sports that fans must sign up for a “Peacock Premium” subscription …

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Originals vs Licensed Content: Why Streamers All Have Their Own Magic Numbers

Splashy originals drive new subscription growth, engaging library titles are key for retention and certain movies and TV series are extremely valuable on the licensing market, which Hollywood is opening up yet again after years of in-house consolidation. As Wall Street prioritizes revenue over raw growth and every major media company is attempting to claw its way towards streaming profitability, all three elements have taken on new importance. Identifying the composition of each major streamer’s …

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Canela Announces More Than 2,000 Hours of Original Content in 2023-24 Season; All Titles Will be Free

The free Spanish-language streaming platform Canela.TV has had a bit of a quiet start to 2023. The service added some new programming for kids from “Blippi” and “Cocomelon” in early April, but otherwise has made only small ripples in the streaming pond, no huge waves. Watch Now That is changing this week, however, with the announcement that the streamer’s parent company Canela Media is planning to add more than 2,000 hours of content to the …

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NASCAR Looking to Partner with Streamer for Digital Rights Package in Addition to Linear TV Deals

Streamers, start your engines! Sports Business Journal’s John Ourand is reporting that NASCAR is ready to make a partial jump to streaming, and is looking for a partner to stream a package of its races once its current broadcasting deal with FOX and NBC expires after the 2024 season. The auto-racing league’s search has just begun, according to Ourand, as its exclusive negotiating window with FOX and NBC ended on Monday, May 1. It has …

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Vizio Debuts Branded Content Studio, Refreshed Home Screen at NewFronts

Despite connected TV companies being in the NewFronts for only a few years, brands like Vizio have become a dominant part of the annual conversations.The company made an impression with advertisers last year, with Vizio closing its 2023 upfront negotiations in October and securing more than $200 million in commitments, a 100% increase. So this year, ahead of Monday afternoon’s IAB NewFronts event at New York’s Penn 1, Adam Bergman, Vizio’s group vp of advertising …

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Survey: Documentary Film Production Slows Dramatically in 2022; Could More Docs Head to Free Streaming Services?

Nonfiction films can be an incredibly powerful way to get information. Truth is often so subjective that humans tend to believe what their eyes tell them first, which is why documentaries are such an impactful genre of storytelling. Well-made documentaries and docuseries can show beauty and wonder, but can also hold dark and sometimes uncomfortable truths. Sadly, there is less of this content being made, according to new data from Diesel Labs. Diesel’s numbers indicate …

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Netflix to invest $2.5bn in South Korean content

Netflix has committed to invest $2.5bn in South Korea over the next four years including for Korean films, series and unscripted shows. After a meeting in Washington DC with South Korean president Yoon Suk Yeol, who is there on a state visit, Netflix co-CEO Ted Sarandos confirmed the global streamer would be spending $2.5bn in the country – “twice the total amount Netflix has invested in the Korean market since we started our service …

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