Retransmission consent disputes have already caused a record number of local channel blackouts this year, the American Television Alliance reports, pointing to 213 times that local stations have stopped pay-TV providers from broadcasting their signals. This year's total has surpassed the 2017 record and last year's figure of 165 blackouts.
Don Johnson will reprise his role as "Nash Bridges" on USA Network in a two-hour movie under a deal with rights holder Village Roadshow, media reports say. Village Roadshow reportedly hopes the special will lead to a full series order, although Carlton Cuse, the creator of the original series, is not participating.
A Comcast unit is joining with a property manager to install smart devices into 50 apartments in Chicago, Xfinity Communities said. Xfinity and Kass Management Services will integrate home automation services, such as lighting and thermostats, into two buildings, with property owners controlling public areas.
Charter Communications continued to build up the library of content in its Spectrum programming unit, purchasing the rights to air all seven seasons of "Mad About You" on demand. Hulu and Amazon can continue to broadcast the show under a deal with Starz, which holds its streaming rights.
Exclusive content is driving subscription video-on-demand users to add services, according to the 2019 Manatt, Vorhaus Digital Strategy Study, and viewers aged 18-34 aren't tied to watching streaming content on a TV screen. "[Younger viewers] don't care about the size of the screen. It's really about the convenience and access," says Ned Sherman of Manatt Digital.
Competition television show "Cannonball" -- whose international iterations have aired in the Netherlands, Australia and the UK -- will debut on USA Network for a 10-episode season in 2020. The series will include stunts and obstacles in a water park-like setting.
Video streaming services release viewership or user statistics at their own discretion, with no verification methods, but some advertisement-supported platforms are looking to change that. Nielsen has said that it is in talks with Pluto TV, Xumo and Tubi about implementing its Digital Ad Ratings, which will likely help marketers make decisions based on confirmed numbers.
A large portion of the customers leaving DIRECTV and DISH are either keeping existing subscriptions to cable broadband or picking up new TV contracts, a Cowen report states. The report goes on to note that satellite subscribers had a 56/44 mix of cable and telco broadband in Cowen's latest survey.
Lucky Generals' new campaign for Busch features a YouTube spot touting Busch Light's new "Pop Up Schop," which is concealed in a US national forest and anyone who can find it via the brand's clues on Twitter is in with a chance to win Busch beer for life. Busch will also plant 100 trees in national forests for each person locates the mystery pop-up as part of its partnership with the National Forest Foundation.
Brands celebrated the 50th anniversary of the moon landing with a variety of space-themed ads and out-of-this-world products. Among the brands are Krispy Kreme, seen in archival footage onsite at Cape Canaveral for the 1969 launch, which released new doughnuts for the occasion, and Budweiser, which developed a special beer based on recipes it had during the Apollo missions and promoted it with a video.
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