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Viacom, Discovery Debut Low-Cost Streaming TV Without Sports

Wall Street Journal: The online-TV service Philo launched on Tuesday, offering a bundle of 37 channels, including Comedy Central, TLC, Food Network, AMC and A&E. It’s the newest player in a sea of streaming offerings ranging from “skinny bundles” of channels to...

AT&T-Time Warner: Sessions Mum on White House Review Role

Reuters: U.S. Attorney General Jeff Sessions would not say on Tuesday if White House officials contacted his department about its review of AT&T's proposed purchase of Time Warner, which one analyst said the Justice Department may sue to block as soon as...

FCC Poised to Pass Next-Gen TV Standards for Viewer Tracking

Bloomberg: Targeted ads that seem to follow you everywhere online may soon be doing the same on your TV. The Federal Communications Commission is poised to approve a new broadcast standard that will let broadcasters do something cable TV companies already do: harvest...

Sony TV Networks Expands Duties of Crackle General Manager

Variety: Eric Berger, who has run Sony Pictures Television Networks’ Crackle for the past six years, is expanding his duties with the additional post of chief digital officer of SPT Networks. Berger will have broader responsibilities for the division’s digital...

Roku Founder-CEO Becomes Latest Tech Industry Billionaire

MarketWatch: The man who is determined to change the way we watch television has become a billionaire, thanks to the strong performance of the newly listed stock of the company he founded. Anthony Wood, who incubated streaming-media company Roku while working at...

Hulu Preps New Ad Formats for Virtual Reality, Binge Viewing

Variety: Hulu aims to offer ads aimed specifically at people in the midst of binge-viewing; ads woven into new virtual-reality programming; and ads keyed to specific occasions, such as the premiere of a new series. The company is making its pitch as advertisers are...

Amazon Denies Report of Plan to Create Freemium Streamer

The Verge: Amazon is reportedly working on a free, ad-supported version of its Prime video streaming service, according to sources that spoke with AdAge. But despite all the details, however, an Amazon spokesperson said: “We have no plans to create a free,...

Bloomberg’s Twitter News Network Signs Big-Dollar Partners

Axios: Bloomberg's new Twitter network will launch on Dec. 18 with six founding partners: Goldman Sachs, Infiniti, TD Ameritrade, CA Technologies, AT&T and CME Group. The average price point of the partnerships is $1.5 to 3 million, leading to Bloomberg securing...

Hearst Said to Seek New Cosmopolitan Editor as Sales Decline

New York Post: Hearst may be readying another top-editor shake-up. Higher-ups have begun to quietly search for a new editor-in-chief at Cosmopolitan, its most profitable title, sources are whispering. Cosmo’s newsstand sales decline accelerated in the first half of...

Conde Alum’s Paper Mag Hopes to ‘Break the Internet’ Again

New York Post: Nicki Minaj figured out a way to one-up Kim Kardashian – twice over – on the cover of Paper Magazine’s latest “Break the Internet”-themed issue. The risqué cover, and corresponding 16-page “Minaj à Trois” editorial, features the rapper in triplicate...

Time Warner Expands HBO Streaming Service Across Europe

Advanced Television: HBO Go has launched HBO Go, its standalone SVoD service, in four new European countries: Slovakia, Czech Republic, Romania and Hungary. The launches mean that viewers in the central European countries will be able to watch current popular shows...

ProSieben, Channel 4 Team Up to Battle Facebook, Google

Financial Times: Channel 4 has formed a joint venture with three of Europe’s largest commercial broadcasters to try and compete more effectively for pan-European ad campaigns against tech groups Facebook and Google. The broadcaster has taken a 25 percent stake in EBX,...

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