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.
Fox Broadcasting is live streaming all of its primetime programming, saying it’s targeting viewers who want to tune into programs online instead of using television sets.
The caveat? It’s a big one: You have to be a pay-TV subscriber. (And, if you’re looking to catch live prime time sports, you won’t find it.)
The streams begin this week and are available in 210 TV markets nationwide through the Fox website and its Fox Now app.
While Apple fiddles with its long-delayed (dead?) Internet TV service and Sling TV and Sony PlayStation Vue strive to craft packages of network content that will appeal to a broad array of America’s increasingly Internet-only households, Hulu – which is owned by Disney, Fox and Comcast – which already offers an SVOD service – looks ready to jump feet-first into the virtual MVPD fire with live streaming content from at least two of its owners.
Consumer behavior has shifted significantly during the 2015 fall season, according to a new study, calling into question the validity and value of Live+7 ratings, and providing new insight into Fox’s just announced decision to abandon overnight ratings for its non-sports programming.
Fox says it’s no longer planning to release overnight ratings – which are supplied by Nielsen and measure live or same-day viewing – because, “the connections between viewers and our shows today are more complex and, in many ways, deeper than ever – but they no longer only happen overnight.”
It’s the first network to step away from the measurement system that has been the go-to source for determining how popular a TV show is.
Dish subscribers in 79 markets across the U.S. won’t be watching 129 local Sinclair Broadcasting stations for a while as the latest contentious retransmission battle between an operator and broadcaster has gone public again.
Sinclair stations went dark on Tuesday, as the broadcaster had warned its viewers who use Dish might happen. Sinclair affiliates include a number of ABC, CBS, NBC, Fox and CW stations in 36 states.
Waiting for the other shoe to drop in the 21st Century Fox-Time Warner saga?
You can breathe again.
21st Century has withdrawn its $80 billion unsolicited offer for the company saying that Time Warner (NYSE:TWX) won’t even engage with it.