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Hulu live streaming price to be under $40; adds CBS, CBS Sports to line up
Cloud TV, Virtual MVPD, Content Deals
Hulu live streaming price to be under $40; adds CBS, CBS Sports to line up
Jan 04 2017 11:45 AM

Hulu’s entry into live streaming will launch within the next few months for less than $40/mo., according to Hulu CEO Mike Hopkins, who also announced the service had reached a deal with CBS for its live content to go along with ABC and Fox.

Missing still is NBCUniversal, which, interestingly, is one of Hulu’s owners.

Google finally breaks into Hollywood with CBS deal for its streaming service
Cloud TV, Virtual MVPD, Content Deals
Google finally breaks into Hollywood with CBS deal for its streaming service
Oct 20 2016 7:15 AM

Following years of being kept at arms-length by Hollywood studios and broadcasters, Google is one giant step closer to launching its expected Cloud TV service after getting CBS to agree to supply programming. Reports also say that all three of the remaining Big 4 broadcasters getting closer to deals.

Netflix, Amazon outspent everyone but Disney and NBC on original content
OTT, Content
Netflix, Amazon outspent everyone but Disney and NBC on original content
Oct 17 2016 8:30 AM

Only Disney and NBCUniversal are spending more on creating original content than Netflix and Amazon, a new report says, with the two streaming platforms’ spending exceeding stalwarts like CBS, HBO and Turner.

PS Vue adds CBS channels in new markets as race for carriage deals heats up
Cloud TV, Broadcaster, OTT
PS Vue adds CBS channels in new markets as race for carriage deals heats up
Sep 30 2016 10:15 AM

It’s happening v-e-r-y- s-l-o-w-l-y, but PlayStation Vue is expanding the number of markets where it’s offering live CBS programing. The latest to join the Cloud TV play include Atlanta, Hartford/New Haven, Conn.; Kansas City; Phoenix; and St. Louis. The new markets – all Meredith Corp. affiliates – means that there are 39 markets with live broadcast delivered over the streamer.

Watch out ESPN et al, Twitter’s got game… maybe
Live Streaming, Sports
Watch out ESPN et al, Twitter’s got game… maybe
Jul 26 2016 8:00 AM

Twitter is continuing to gain momentum in its bid to become a major player in major sports, this week announcing it had signed deals with Major League Baseball and the National Hockey League to stream a one game a week from each league beginning later this year.

Star Trek to boldly go with Netflix for global distribution of new series
Content Deals, SVOD
Star Trek to boldly go with Netflix for global distribution of new series
Jul 18 2016 8:15 AM

Netflix has wrapped up a deal with CBS Studios International giving it exclusive global rights outside the U.S. and Canada to the latest iteration of the Star Trek franchise that CBS plans to roll out in January.

Millennials, Live Streaming
With deal to stream GOP & Dem confabs, Twitter becomes go-to partner for reaching Millennials
Jul 12 2016 9:30 AM

CBS News is partnering with Twitter to provide live online coverage of the Republican and Democratic national conventions this month and – in the process – reach Millennials, 82% of whom say they get most of their news from online sources.

Twitter and CBS plan to deliver complete coverage of the RNC (July 18-21) and DNC (July 25-28), with Twitter providing live streaming and conventional Tweets from the convention sites, Cleveland and Philadelphia respectively.

Canada embarks this week on a short path to true a la carte pay TV
Content, Pay TV
Canada embarks this week on a short path to true a la carte pay TV
Mar 02 2016 12:00 PM

The era of true a la carte pay TV has begun to roll out in Canada, putting conventional wisdom that the bundle is the best deal for consumers to the test, and setting up the question: who wins and who loses if every channel is on its own?

Canadian operators – starting this week – will be required to offer a basic package of channels for $25, with complete unbundling of content the goal by the end of this year.

CBS starts live linear streaming to Cablevision’s Optimum TV subscribers
Cloud TV, Live Streaming, Pay TV
CBS streaming live linear broadcast signal to Cablevision pay-TV subscribers
Feb 16 2016 3:30 PM

In August, Cablevision and CBS agreed to a comprehensive multi-year carriage agreement that included the stipulation that the operator would be the first MVPD partner to live stream the CBS signal and Showtime. That’s a done deal now, as Cablevision's Optimum TV subscribers can now watch CBS programs in all dayparts – daytime, primetime and late night – online and on mobile devices… as long as they’re in a markets served by a CBS-owned stations (ie.

CBS claims new record for streaming of Super Bowl 50
Sports, Live Streaming, Mobile, OTT
CBS claims new record for streaming of Super Bowl 50
Feb 08 2016 6:30 AM

CBS isn’t saying just how many people streamed the Denver Broncos win over the Carolina Panthers in Super Bowl 50, but claim the sportstacular saw a record audience watch the game via the Internet.

What’s a record?

NFL adds NBC to ‘Thursday Night Football,’ will stream 10 games direct to consumers
Content Deals, Sports, Live Streaming
NFL adds NBC to ‘Thursday Night Football,’ will stream 10 games direct to consumers
Feb 02 2016 5:15 AM

CBS and NBC will each televise five Thursday Night Football games in 2016 and pay a lot more for the privilege. What entity will get the rights to stream 10 of the Thursday night games has yet to be announced, but is expected to come soon as the NFL said it’s in the middle of “active discussions with potential digital partners.”

NFL looking for new rights deal on its ‘Thursday Night Football’ package
Pay TV, Sports, SVOD
NFL looking for new rights deal on its ‘Thursday Night Football’ package
Jan 13 2016 11:15 AM

The NFL’s Thursday Night Football broadcasting rights remain up for grabs with CBS possibly sharing the regular-season games with another broadcast network, according to published reports.

CBS has, for the past two year, shared the games with cablenet NFL Network, but the latest proposal from the league has raised the possibility that another broadcaster – or two – could join the party.

NBC and Fox are the most likely to participate.

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