AT&T’s streaming service DirecTV Now nears half a million subscribers

AT&T’s streaming service DirecTV Now nears half a million subscribers

 DirecTV Now, AT&T’s live TV service aimed at cord cutters, has now reached nearly 500,000 subscribers only 7 months after launch, the company announced today as part of its Q2 2017 earnings release. That uptick comes from the addition of 152,000 subscribers this past quarter, and is up from the 200,000 DTV Now subscribers the company had reported in January, following its first month… Read More

ABC News teams up with ATTN: to produce original news videos for social media

ABC News teams up with ATTN: to produce original news videos for social media

 ABC News announced today it’s teaming up with digital media company ATTN: to develop original news videos that will be distributed across social media sites, including Facebook, Instagram and Twitter. The partnership aims to produce videos targeting audiences who no longer tune into traditional news broadcasts aired on television. However, the news footage featured in the program will… Read More

Netflix to debut ‘Disenchantment,’ a new animated series from ‘The Simpsons’ creator Matt Groening, in 2018

Netflix to debut ‘Disenchantment,’ a new animated series from ‘The Simpsons’ creator Matt Groening, in 2018

 The creator of the longest-running scripted primetime series ever, “The Simpsons,” is preparing to launch a new show for Netflix. The streaming service today announced it has ordered 20 episodes of an animated comedy series called “Disenchantment,” from “The Simpsons” creator Matt Groening. The first episodes are set to debut in 2018, the company says,… Read More

‘Game of Thrones’ premiere sent HBO NOW half a million downloads, 3x increase in revenue

‘Game of Thrones’ premiere sent HBO NOW half a million downloads, 3x increase in revenue

 HBO’s “Game of Thrones” isn’t just a cultural phenomenon – it’s also a driving force for the company’s over-the-top service aimed at cord cutters, HBO NOW. According to new data from app store analytics firm App Annie, the HBO NOW streaming app was downloaded over 500,000 times in the first week following the Season 7 premiere. This translated into… Read More

Nielsen’s TV ratings now include Hulu and YouTube TV

Nielsen’s TV ratings now include Hulu and YouTube TV

 Nielsen is taking a big step in measuring streaming TV today with the addition of Hulu and YouTube TV to its ratings. Nielsen’s President of Product Leadership Megan Clarken said that the company’s ratings (the best-known measurement of TV viewership) have included some streaming data before, but it was usually when “traditional networks … distributed their content… Read More

Facebook acquires Source3 to get content creators paid

Facebook acquires Source3 to get content creators paid

 Facebook is on the cusp of a big push to lure independent content creators to share their art through the News Feed. But it needs to prove it can help creators monetize their content without allowing piracy to run rampant. That’s why it’s acquired content rights management startup Source3, including its team and technology. The startup explains that “At Source3, we set out… Read More




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