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Netflix Enters Radio Business with New Channel on SiriusXM

CNBC: Netflix will soon be streaming on the airwaves thanks to a partnership with Sirius XM. The company said on Wednesday it will be creating a comedy channel for the satellite radio provider. The radio channel's focus is going to be stand up excerpts and highlights...

Comcast Former Staffers Test the Limits of #MeToo Movement

Bloomberg: The #MeToo movement is based on a basic premise: Speak up. For a lot of women, that’s gotten results. Many of the alleged perpetrators have been fired or exiled. Harvey Weinstein is facing criminal prosecution. But as a trio of former Comcast workers are...

Viacom Leads $15 Million Funding in Kid Platform Pocket.watch

TheWrap: Pocket.watch, a kids media brand and entertainment platform touting new digital stars, said on Wednesday that it has closed a $15 million funding round led by Viacom. Pocket.watch and Viacom have already kicked off other content initiatives together, the...

Netflix Redesigns TV Interface with New Sections for Film, Series

TheVerge: Netflix just announced that it has given a major overhaul to the user experience on its TV apps. “The new interface was based on rigorous research and testing around how we can make it easier to find titles on TVs, where navigation can feel a bit tougher...

Report: Teenagers Now Watching an Hour of YouTube Every Day

Sky News: Teenagers are now watching around an hour of YouTube every day, according to a new report which reveals a dramatic change in people's TV viewing habits. Ofcom found UK subscriptions to streaming giants such as Netflix and Amazon have overtaken traditional...

BuzzFeed Opens Standalone Website for Brand ‘BuzzFeed News’

TechCrunch: BuzzFeed's own research has found that some readers “don’t completely understand” that while the company is famous for GIF-filled lists, it also produces “deeply researched and fact-checked” journalism. So BuzzFeed is making that distinction a clearer with...

Conde Nast Leans a Lot from Millennial Foodie Brand ‘Basically’

AdAge: A year ago today, Bon Appétit launched Basically, a digital foodie brand for millennials. The thinking behind the vertical was pretty simple: "It's amazing how passionate twentysomethings are about food and restaurants. But that doesn't necessarily mean they...

Survey: Over 5 Million US Consumers Will Cut the Cord in 2018

MarketWatch: Over 5 million U.S. consumers will cut the cord in 2018, a move that will cost the pay-TV industry billions in lost subscription revenue, according to a survey published Tuesday by cg42. The New York consulting firm estimates a total of 5.4 million U.S....

Comcast Targeted in Cord-Cutting Effort from Consumer Reports

Multichannel News: Consumer Reports magazine and its advocacy affiliate Consumers Union are ganging up this month on cable fees and bundling. They've launched a "What's the Fee" (WTF) online assault on system operators, with Comcast as its first...

Fox Flops in World Cup Final Ratings as US Audiences Tune Out

Financial Times: France’s football World Cup victory shattered television ratings records in Europe, but US audiences were not quite as captivated. About 11.3 million people in the US tuned in to the final match, down a third from 2014’s World Cup final.  Overall, the...

Comcast-NBC to Pursue Direct-to-Consumer Video with Bluprint

MediaPost: NBCUniversal';s cable entertainment unit is rebranding the subscription offering from its crafting brand Craftsy Unlimited as “Bluprint,” marking a new foray into direct-to-consumer video offerings. The subscription service will be bulking up its content...

Viacom to Stay Independent Amid CBS Merger Push, CEO Says

Hollywood Reporter: Viacom CEO Bob Bakish on Tuesday didn't directly address his company's legal tug-of-war with CBS, but he did predict Shari Redstone's push for a recombination of the companies will not happen anytime soon. "My guess is, yes, we will be independent...

Univision, Televisa Content Chief Departs for Production Venture

Bloomberg: Isaac Lee, the executive who unified the programming at Spanish-broadcasting giants Univision and Televisa is stepping down from his role of content chief for both companies. Lee decided to resign after “successfully completing the mandate of aligning the...

Spotify, Snapchat, Drudge Go Offline in Issue with Google Cloud

TheWrap: Popular right-leaning sites Breitbart.com and Drudge Report both went offline at about 3:30 p.m. ET on Tuesday, as several other sites and apps hosted on Google Cloud Platform went down. Breitbart and Drudge were up and running again within about 30 minutes...

BuzzFeed, HuffPost Execs Say Facebook Defers to Conservatives

Wall Street Journal: At a private meeting late last week, some publishing executives criticized Facebook for being overly accommodating to conservative outlets, days before social-media executives are to appear on Capitol Hill to discuss how content is displayed on...

Vox to Begin Licensing Its Publishing Technology to Other Media

Wall Street Journal: Digital publisher Vox Media is trying out a new money-making strategy: Selling the software that it uses to produce stories. The company is beginning to license Chorus, the technology that underpins the portfolio of sites it owns and operates,...

New York Times Under Fire for ‘Homophobic’ Trump-Putin Cartoon

Reuters: A viral cartoon depicting Donald Trump and Vladimir Putin as gay lovers has been condemned as “homophobic,” with mental health charities warning it sent a negative message to vulnerable young LGBT people. Activists said the satirical animation implied...

News Corp Australia to Team with Fairfax on Printing Newspapers

Reuters: Fairfax Media said on Wednesday it had agreed with rival News Corp.’s Australian unit to collaborate on printing newspapers to curb costs. The publisher of the Sydney Morning Herald and Australian Financial Review newspapers said the move would result in the...

Meredith Top Exec in Native Ad Division Mysteriously Leaves Job

New York Post: At Meredith, the chief creative officer of The Foundry, a video and native advertising division, was out rather mysteriously recently. Chris Hercik, a former creative director at Sports Illustrated, moved into the Foundry job only in November as the...

Comcast Might Pull Out of War with Disney for 21st Century Fox

CNBC: Comcast is unlikely to make another bid for 21st Century Fox's movie and television assets, focusing on a bid for Britain's Sky television. Comcast was engaged in a bidding war with Disney over the Fox assets. Recently Disney threw some cash into its own bid,...

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