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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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 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?
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.”
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.