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TV advertising is a mess — meet 23 industry insiders working to fix it

The TV industry is undergoing massive changes as people flee from traditional TV to streaming platforms and advertisers shift big money from TV to over-the-top services. And now, the coronavirus crisis is expected to accelerate viewers' shift away from traditional TV. Even as viewers flock to streaming services, reaching TV-sized audiences on those platforms is a challenge for marketers. Business Insider identified 23 people from agencies, networks, consortiums, and adtech firms who are at the...
Tags: Google, Amazon, Nbc, Abc, Youtube, Disney, US, Los Angeles, Trends, Unilever, Fox, Netflix, Comcast, Levy, Aol, Bravo


Many people say they're willing to try free streaming-TV services but newcomers like Pluto TV still have work to do to get their attention

People are filling their stay-at-home days with more TV.  61% of people in a March survey by Kagan, the media research arm of S&P Global Market Intelligence, said they were watching more video as a direct result of the coronavirus outbreak. Free ad-supported streaming services like Pluto TV and Xumo have been fast-tracking channel launches and promoting more news and educational to attract those audiences, as Business Insider previously reported. Yet, the Kagan survey suggested streaming-TV se...
Tags: Asia, Europe, Youtube, Disney, US, Trends, Fox, Netflix, Comcast, Ken Burns, Disneyland, Vizio, Pluto TV, Business Insider, Amc Networks, Disney World


40 advertising execs who manage $90 billion in spending describe how they're shifting their 2020 budgets in a new report. Here are 4 key takeaways for the TV industry.

Analysts at the Wall Street research firm UBS surveyed 40 ad executives about how they're shifting the more than $90 billion they collectively manage in ad spending, in light of the coronavirus pandemic.  We break down the four key takeaways for the TV industry from UBS' 37-page report that was published on April 6. Most advertisers say the pandemic has already impacted ad spending, and the majority expect to shrink their budgets for the rest of the year because of it.  While TV advertising is...
Tags: Asia, Europe, Wall Street, China, Disney, Digital, US, Trends, Fox, Netflix, Comcast, Ubs, Roku, Espn, Ken Burns, Disneyland


SLAPP Suit Filed Against Fox News Over Awful & Dangerous COVID-19 Coverage (techdirt)

Pretty much everyone knew this was coming. Fox News' coverage of the COVID-19 pandemic has been absolutely despicable -- insisting that it was little more than the flu, was overhyped by Trump's political enemies, and nothing anyone should be worried about, before turning on a dime to suddenly pretend they never said any of that earlier, and that suddenly it was always obvious it was serious: Of course, a ton of people not only still remember the earlier messaging, but continue to insist i...
Tags: News, Washington, Fox, West, Comcast, San Diego, Jaguar, Fox News, Green Party, Washington State, Trump, Mike Masnick, Yakima, Times of San Diego, Ken White, AT T TV


National Geographic launches a homeschool hub for parents and teachers, [email protected]

The COVID-19 outbreak has closed schools across most of the U.S., impacting over 55 million students who are now learning at home. That’s created an increased demand for homeschool resources. Today, National Geographic is responding to that need with the launch of a new online hub, [email protected], which pulls together all of National Geographic’s family-friendly educational content into a one-stop shop for parents and teachers alike. The free digital resource combines the educational content from t...
Tags: Apple, Kids, Families, Education, Parents, Disney, Tech, Comcast, National-Geographic, Homeschool, NatGeo, National Geographic Society, National Geographic Kids, Disney Pixar Star Wars Marvel, Open School, Rachel Buchholz


Friday round-up

At The Washington Free Beacon, Kevin Daley reports that “[t]he Supreme Court has yet to settle on an alternative for cases delayed due to the coronavirus pandemic, as lower federal courts transition to teleconferencing and other remote work technologies.” Tom Goldstein writes for this blog that “[i]f as is likely no vaccine is available this fall, the court will have to consider conducting oral arguments remotely by video.” At Bloomberg Law, Kimberly Robinson reports that the court’s “robust and...
Tags: Supreme Court, Law, Bloomberg, United States, Comcast, New York Times, Department Of Homeland Security, Baltimore, University Of California, King, Round-up, Stephens, Equal Employment Opportunity Commission, Brownback, Regents, Tom Goldstein


Comcast v. ITC and Rovi: Supreme Court petition.

The USITC sided with Rovi against Comcast and barred importation of the set top boxes that Comcast uses for its X1 cable service.  Comcast has now petitioned its case to the U.S. Supreme Court with three questions: Should the case be vacated as moot since the patents are now expired?United States v. Munsingwear, Inc., 340 U.S. 36 (1950). The statute focuses on “articles that  . . . infringe.” Here, the accused set-top boxes themselves don’t infringe and are not infringing when imported.  The in...
Tags: Supreme Court, Law, Comcast, Commission, Itc, Patent, U S Supreme Court, EBay Inc, Rovi, USITC, MercExchange, Munsingwear Inc, expired?United States


Coronavirus Updates: Top Comcast, NBCUniversal Executives Donate Salaries; Disney Donates Masks, Furloughs Film Crews

As the coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic wears on, the economic effects of social distancing and industry-wide shutdowns of Hollywood productions across the world are being heavily felt. But everyone from companies, to celebrities, to top executives are pitching in to lessen the impact of the coronavirus crisis. Former and current Disney CEOs Bob Iger and Bob Chapek helped set an example recently by foregoing all and part of their salaries, respectively, and top executives in other multimedia com...
Tags: Florida, Hollywood, Movies, Disney, Comcast, Nbcuniversal, Jeremy Darroch, Iger, Little Mermaid, The Little Mermaid, Roberts, Brian Roberts, New York California, Bob Iger, Disney Parks, Dave Watson


Comcast and Fox Corp. Set Broad New Carriage Agreement

Comcast and Fox Corp. have come to terms on a broad carriage agreement covering all of Fox’s cable channels, including Fox News, and its O&O local TV stations. The long-term deal is significant for Fox Corp. given the importance of Comcast’s distribution footprint to core earnings. The pact covers authenticated streaming rights to Fox properties […]
Tags: News, Fox, Comcast, Fox News, Fox Corp


Top Comcast, NBCUniversal and Sky Executives to Donate Salary Amid Coronavirus Crisis

Comcast chief Brian Roberts, NBCUniversal CEO Jeff Shell and other division leaders at Comcast will donate their salaries to coronavirus-related relief efforts as the world grapples with the devastating pandemic. “For the duration of this situation, our senior leaders, Mike Cavanagh, Dave Watson, Jeff Shell, Jeremy Darroch and I have chosen to donate 100% of […]
Tags: News, Comcast, Nbcuniversal, Brian Roberts, Coronavirus, NBCUniversal CEO Jeff Shell


How free streaming-TV services are trying to capitalize on big viewership increases, from fast-tracking channel launches to ramping up news programming

Free streaming-TV services like Pluto TV and Xumo are fast-tracking channel launches and leaning into news, education, and "lean-back" programming, to attract viewers who have more time at home. A recent spike in streaming-video viewership, driven by people who are staying home to help slow the spread of the novel coronavirus, could take these businesses to the next level. ViacomCBS' Pluto TV has in recent weeks launched more news channels and bingeable networks with around-the-clock programmi...
Tags: New York, Time, US, America, Los Angeles, Trends, Fox, Netflix, Comcast, James Bond, World Health Organization, Ken Burns, Vizio, Pluto, Wall Street Journal, Nickelodeon


A Roku exec explains a new initiative the company is rolling out to answer the 2 biggest questions it's getting from advertisers (ROKU)

People's daily routines are changing rapidly as they stay home to help slow the spread of the novel coronavirus. Roku is trying to help marketers that are still advertising figure out where they fit into viewers' new routines. Dan Robbins, a Roku exec, said advertisers were asking how they could connect their brands to the change in consumer behaviors and quickly adapt their existing creative for this moment. Roku launched a "Home Together" initiative last week that includes a few new offerin...
Tags: Asia, Europe, China, Disney, US, Trends, Fox, Netflix, Comcast, Showtime, Roku, Ken Burns, Disneyland, Pluto TV, Robbins, Amc Networks


Comcast Details What the Coronavirus Has Done To Network Traffic (slashdot)

Comcast said that internet traffic has risen 32% because of the coronavirus, but the company said it has the capacity to handle peak traffic demands in the U.S. From a report: Tony Werner, Comcast president of technology, said in a press briefing that the company normally adds capacity 12-18 months ahead of time, with typical plans targeting 45% a year increases in traffic. "First and foremost, I think it's important to know that the network is performing well," Werner said. "And people are able...
Tags: News, Chicago, Comcast, Werner, Seattle San Francisco, Msmash, Tony Werner Comcast


How free streaming-TV services are trying to capitalize on big spikes in viewership, from fast-tracking channel launches to bolstering news programming

Free streaming-TV services like Pluto TV and Xumo are fast-tracking channel launches and leaning into news, education, and "lean-back" programming, to attract viewers who have more time at home. A recent spike in streaming-video viewership, driven by people who are staying home to help slow the spread of the novel coronavirus, could take these businesses to the next level. ViacomCBS' Pluto TV has in recent weeks launched more news channels and bingeable networks with around-the-clock programmi...
Tags: New York, Time, US, America, Los Angeles, Trends, Fox, Netflix, Comcast, James Bond, World Health Organization, Ken Burns, Vizio, Pluto, Wall Street Journal, Nickelodeon


A Roku exec reveals the 2 biggest questions he's getting from advertisers and the actions the company is taking in response (ROKU)

People's daily routines are changing rapidly as they stay home to help slow the spread of the novel coronavirus. Roku is trying to help marketers that are still advertising figure out where they fit into viewers' new routines. Dan Robbins, a Roku exec, said advertisers were asking how they could connect their brands to the change in consumer behaviors and quickly adapt their existing creative for this moment. Roku launched a "Home Together" initiative last week that includes a few new offerin...
Tags: Asia, Europe, China, Disney, US, Trends, Fox, Netflix, Comcast, Showtime, Roku, Ken Burns, Disneyland, Pluto TV, Robbins, Amc Networks


A Roku exec reveals the 2 biggest questions he's getting from advertisers and the steps the company is taking to address them (ROKU)

People's daily routines are changing rapidly as they stay home to help slow the spread of the novel coronavirus. Roku is trying to help marketers that are still advertising figure out where they fit into viewers' new routines. Roku exec Dan Robbins said advertisers are asking how they can connect their brands to the current change in consumer behaviors, and how they can quickly adapt their existing creative for this moment. Roku launched a "Home Together" initiative last week that includes a ...
Tags: Asia, Europe, China, Disney, US, Trends, Fox, Netflix, Comcast, Showtime, Roku, Ken Burns, Disneyland, Pluto TV, Robbins, Amc Networks


Comcast Details What the Coronavirus Has Done To Network Traffic

Comcast said that internet traffic has risen 32% because of the coronavirus, but the company said it has the capacity to handle peak traffic demands in the U.S. From a report: Tony Werner, Comcast president of technology, said in a press briefing that the company normally adds capacity 12-18 months ahead of time, with typical plans targeting 45% a year increases in traffic. "First and foremost, I think it's important to know that the network is performing well," Werner said. "And people are able...
Tags: Tech, Chicago, Comcast, Werner, Seattle San Francisco, Tony Werner Comcast


Free streaming-TV services like Pluto TV and Xumo see the opportunity to become a daily habit and are fast-tracking channel launches and leaning into news

Free streaming-TV services like Pluto TV and Xumo are fast-tracking channel launches and leaning into news, education, and "lean-back" programming, to attract viewers who have more time at home. A recent spike in streaming-video viewership, driven by people who are staying home to help slow the spread of the novel coronavirus, could take these businesses to the next level. ViacomCBS' Pluto TV has in recent weeks launched more news channels and bingeable networks with around-the-clock programmi...
Tags: New York, Time, US, America, Los Angeles, Trends, Fox, Netflix, Comcast, James Bond, World Health Organization, Ken Burns, Vizio, Pluto, Wall Street Journal, Nickelodeon


Tuesday round-up

Yesterday, for the second time since its building closed to the public, the Supreme Court issued opinions via its website rather than from the bench, along with orders from last week’s conference. The justices added one case to their merits docket next term: Brownback v. King, in which they will decide whether a ruling for the government in a Federal Tort Claims Act case bars a lawsuit under Bivens against the employees involved. Amy Howe covers the order list for this blog, in a post that first...
Tags: Supreme Court, Law, Congress, Washington Post, Cnn, Comcast, Donald Trump, King, Round-up, U S Supreme Court, Cooper, Robert Barnes, Allen, Howe, Nina Totenberg, Brownback


Top Disney execs including Bob Iger and CEO Bob Chapek take pay cuts as the company risks losing billions in revenue (DIS)

Top Disney executives, including Bob Iger and CEO Bob Chapek, are taking pay cuts as the coronavirus pandemic continues to ravage the media giant's stock and impede its operations globally.  Iger will forgo his full salary, the company announced on Monday in a memo to employees. Iger's base salary was $3 million last fiscal year, and he made $47.5 million in total compensation. Chapek, who became CEO in February, will take a 50% salary cut. The cost-saving measures will start on April 5 and re...
Tags: Asia, Europe, China, Disney, US, Trends, Fox, Netflix, Comcast, Iger, Espn, Ken Burns, Disneyland, Executive, Amc Networks, Disney World


The key factors analysts are watching at 5 major media companies including Disney and Fox to help determine whether their stock will keep falling or rebound

Wall Street analysts are tallying up the toll the coronavirus pandemic has taken media conglomerates like Disney and Fox — and the key drivers that could help them in this period of economic turmoil. Combined, Disney, Fox, ViacomCBS, Discovery, and AMC Networks lost $92 billion in market value since the last market high on Feb. 19, largely thanks to Disney. We break down the impact on each of these companies, based on separate reports released this week by firms Bernstein, CFRA Research, and U...
Tags: Asia, Europe, UK, China, Amc, Walking Dead, Disney, Trends, Fox, Netflix, Comcast, Nba, Ubs, Cbs, Fox News, Paramount


Monday round-up

Ariane de Vogue reports at CNN that “[u]ndocumented immigrants who work as health care providers are asking for their efforts fighting the coronavirus to be taken into consideration as the Supreme Court considers the Trump administration’s bid to phase out the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals program,” in Department of Homeland Security v. Regents of the University of California. For The New York Times, Adam Liptak reports that in a letter filed with the court on Friday, attorneys for a gr...
Tags: Usa, Supreme Court, Law, Washington Post, New York City, Court, Cnn, Comcast, Ada, Department Of Homeland Security, Trump, Round-up, Robert Barnes, Adam Liptak, Richard Wolf, Pacific Legal Foundation


Cringely Predicts 2020 Will See 'the Death of IT' (slashdot)

Long-time technology pundit Robert Cringely writes: IT — Information Technology — grew out of something we called MIS — Management Information Systems — but both meant a kid in a white shirt who brought you a new keyboard when yours broke. Well, the kid is now gone, sent home with everyone else, and that kid isn't coming back... ever. IT is near death, fading by the day. But don't blame COVID-19 because the death of IT was inevitable. This novel coronavirus just made it happen a little quicker.....
Tags: Amazon, News, Amazon Prime, Comcast, EditorDavid, Cringely, Robert Cringely


Working From Home Hasn't Broken the Internet

sixoh1 shared this story from the Wall Street Journal: Home internet and wireless connectivity in the U.S. have largely withstood unprecedented demands as more Americans work and learn remotely. Broadband and wireless service providers say traffic has jumped in residential areas at times of the day when families would typically head to offices and schools. Still, that surge in usage hasn't yet resulted in widespread outages or unusually long service disruptions, industry executives and analys...
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Cringely Predicts 2020 Will See 'the Death of IT'

Long-time technology pundit Robert Cringely writes: IT — Information Technology — grew out of something we called MIS — Management Information Systems — but both meant a kid in a white shirt who brought you a new keyboard when yours broke. Well, the kid is now gone, sent home with everyone else, and that kid isn't coming back... ever. IT is near death, fading by the day. But don't blame COVID-19 because the death of IT was inevitable. This novel coronavirus just made it happen a little quicker.....
Tags: Amazon, Tech, Amazon Prime, Comcast, Cringely, Robert Cringely, IT Information Technology, MIS Management Information Systems


Analysts stress test 5 major media companies whose stock has cratered, including Disney and Fox, and forecast their potential to bounce back

Wall Street analysts are tallying up the toll the coronavirus pandemic has taken media conglomerates like Disney and Fox — and the key drivers that could help them in this period of economic turmoil. Combined, Disney, Fox, ViacomCBS, Discovery, and AMC Networks lost $92 billion in market value since the last market high on Feb. 19, largely thanks to Disney. We break down the impact on each of these companies, based on separate reports released this week by firms Bernstein, CFRA Research, and U...
Tags: Asia, Europe, UK, China, Amc, Walking Dead, Disney, Trends, Fox, Netflix, Comcast, Nba, Ubs, Cbs, Fox News, Ken Burns


Mark Zuckerberg, Priscilla Chan and Roberts Family Make Major Donations to Coronavirus Relief Efforts

Leaders at Comcast and Facebook have pledged $30 million to initiatives that aim to help ease the coronavirus crisis. The Chan-Zuckerberg Initiative, the health-focused philanthropic entity headed by Facebook CEO Mark Zuckerberg and his wife, Dr. Priscilla Chan, have donated $25 million to the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation to help explore treatment options for […]
Tags: Facebook, Mark Zuckerberg, News, Comcast, Bill, Priscilla Chan, Roberts, Melinda Gates Foundation, Brian Roberts, Mark Zuckerberg Priscilla Chan, Coronavirus


The good, the bad, and the ugly: Analysts stress test 5 major media businesses including Disney and Fox whose stock has cratered and forecast their potential to bounce back

Wall Street analysts are tallying up the toll the coronavirus pandemic has taken media conglomerates like Disney and Fox — and the key drivers that could help them in this period of economic turmoil. Combined, Disney, Fox, ViacomCBS, Discovery, and AMC Networks lost $92 billion in market value since the last market high on Feb. 19, largely thanks to Disney. We break down the impact on each of these companies, based on separate reports released this week by firms Bernstein, CFRA Research, and U...
Tags: Asia, Europe, UK, China, Amc, Walking Dead, Disney, Trends, Fox, Netflix, Comcast, Nba, Ubs, Cbs, Fox News, Ken Burns


The coronavirus has ravaged media. Analysts dissect how 5 major companies like Disney and Fox have been affected and the key drivers that could help them recover.

Wall Street analysts are tallying up the toll the coronavirus pandemic has taken media conglomerates like Disney and Fox — and the key drivers that could help them in this period of economic turmoil. Combined, Disney, Fox, ViacomCBS, Discovery, and AMC Networks lost $92 billion in market value since the last market high on Feb. 19, largely thanks to Disney. We break down the impact on each of these companies, based on separate reports released this week by firms Bernstein, CFRA Research, and U...
Tags: Asia, Europe, UK, China, Amc, Walking Dead, Disney, Trends, Fox, Netflix, Comcast, Nba, Ubs, Cbs, Fox News, Paramount


Students Get $150 With New Xfinity Subscriptions

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