Charter Communications and Disney reached a carriage accord that could create a path for the cable company to distribute and market Disney-owned streaming services ESPN+, Hulu and Disney+. The multi-year agreement, which insures Charter's continued carriage of 22 Disney-owned channels, also calls on the companies to fight piracy together and manage password sharing among streaming subscribers.
The number of wireline broadband subscribers grew by 339,000 during the year's second quarter as cable companies dominated the landscape to bring their 12-month gains to a net of 2.8 million new customers, SNL Kagan reports. Comcast grew by 209,000 subscribers while Charter added 221,000, as telecoms lost ground due to defections among legacy DSL customers.
AT&T's WarnerMedia could be among the over-the-top providers bidding for the rights to "Seinfeld" after the iconic sitcom's Hulu deal expires next year, the Los Angeles Times reports, with some observers predicting the series will cost up to $500 million over five years. This would be another example of TV broadcasting companies taking their shows back from streaming services, a trend that has led to "The Office" and "Friends" leaving Netflix.
Viacom and CBS completed their long-awaited merger in an all-stock agreement that values the combined companies at approximately $30 billion and puts Bob Bakish at the helm of ViacomCBS, where he will take over several cable networks formerly run by new CBS CEO Joe Ianniello. The deal puts Viacom's cable networks under the same roof as Paramount, Showtime and the CBS network, but some analysts believe ViacomCBS will need to find another partner to compete effectively against larger rivals.
Oprah Winfrey's OWN network has found its footing after a slow start, becoming a popular service among African American women, and has attracted an increasing number of high-profile creators. Analysts warn, however, that OWN faces more challenges as viewers increasingly shift to streaming platforms.
The new ViacomCBS entity will integrate content from its far-flung properties and platforms so that, for example, programming from its cable networks could appear on streaming service CBS All Access, executives said. They discussed leveraging the company's many TV episodes and films on both ad-supported Pluto TV and CBS All Access, which offers ad-free access for $9.99 monthly and limited ads for $5.99.
Netflix's move to expand overseas has also brought the company under more scrutiny in some markets over its content. Protests have emerged in several countries -- including Brazil, Jordan, Saudi Arabia, Israel and Turkey -- over programming that offended local sensibilities.
An agreement to conserve energy in set-top boxes saved consumers about $1.6 billion last year due to efforts from Comcast, Charter Communications and other pay-TV companies, D+R International found. The accord has led to a 39% decline in yearly energy consumption since 2013 as well as curbing CO2 emissions by 28.6 million metric tons, D+R, an independent auditor, reported.
Firefly Chief Analytics Officer Taylan Yildiz talks about the company's digital out-of-home screens, dynamic geotargeting of the "taxi-top" ads, programmatic inventory and measurement capabilities in this interview. Yildiz says Firefly serves about 430 million impressions each month and he expects that to grow as it adds drivers and more cities.
Amazon Prime Video is increasing its media spend with the bulk going to new original shows. Amazon Prime Video spent $73.1 million so far this year in national and regional TV, according to iSpot.tv, followed by Hulu's $38 million and Netflix's $25.6 million.