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June 10th, 2020

 

#Streaming – About content engagement tools

« By adding gamification elements to a live stream such as polls, contests or prediction games, fans become more engaged with the content and can interact with their friends and social media in real time. However, todays streaming providers are fighting significant latency issues, up to 30 or 60 seconds behind the action on the field.  These delays render the inclusion of interactive components extremely difficult… »

https://www.nexttv.com/blogs/real-time-streamings-next-frontier-interactivity-and-gamification

 

#Usage #ConnectedTV – About connected TV usage

« The rise in total media consumption during shelter-in-place restrictions was expected and has been well documented to date, but the persistent high levels of CTV use across smart TVs, internet-connected devices and game consoles suggests that life in the new normal includes a heavier dose of connected TV use than before the lockdowns »

https://www.nexttv.com/news/ctv-stays-up-as-traditional-tv-returns-to-normal-levels

 

#Covid19 #Onlinenews – About impact of covid on online newspapers

« The Los Angeles Times had 227,079 direct-paid digital subscribers at the end of May. Thats a whopping 58% increase from the 83,245 subscribers it had last December. The LA Timestotal number of paid digital subscribers — including readers from apps such as Apple News+ — is 363,047. The Boston Globe had 205,000 digital subscribers as of mid-May, a 41% increase from the 60,000 subscribers it had since COVID-19 hit. Boston Globe editor Brian McGrory told local news station WGBH it took the Globe seven years to reach 100,000 subscribers. It doubled that number in the last 11 months… »

https://www.mediapost.com/publications/article/352222/us-newspaper-groups-gain-1-million-new-digital-s.html

 

#Covid19 #Disney+ – About Disney+ success

«… the leader is Disney Plus, which it claims had 20% of its users actively using the platform on a weekly basis in the first quarter, which was nearly double its Q4 engagement »

https://www.nexttv.com/news/disney-plus-has-biggest-spike-in-regular-usage-during-pandemic

 

#Covid19 #Canada #Digital – About impact of pandemic on Canada’s media industry (in French)

https://trends.cmf-fmc.ca/fr/rapports-de-recherche/evaluation-des-contrecoups-reprise-vigoureuse/

 

#Streaming #USA – About streaming platforms rise

«… half (40%) of Americans watch video on a TV via a connected device daily. This is a drastic increase from 29% in 2018, 12% in 2015, and 1% in 2010. Older individuals use connected TV devices less often than others. Among all adults ages 55+, 18% watch video on a TV via a connected device daily compared to 48% of ages 35-54 and 55% of ages 18-34… »

https://www.digitaltveurope.com/2020/06/08/80-of-us-households-have-at-least-one-streaming-device/

 

#Streaming #SVOD #Audiences – About SVOD audiences in May

« Netflix, which saw average U.S. household minutes surpass 600 in April, dipped to around 550 average viewing minutes. While Disney Plus reached 200 average viewing minutes per household, then fell back to February-like usage levels in the same span »

https://www.nexttv.com/news/netflix-hulu-disney-plus-viewing-dipped-in-may

 

#Covid #Movies – About movies being « home released » due to pandemic.

« Universal was one of the first studios to drastically consolidate the home release window for three of its films—Emma, The Hunt and The Invisible Man—when the filmstheatrical runs were cut short due to pandemic-caused theater closures. Each movie was available to rent on major transactional platforms including Vudu and Amazon Prime Video for $19.99 »

https://www.nexttv.com/news/window-dissing-has-theatrical-distribution-finally-collapsed

 

#SVOD #Usage – About shared SVOD accounts

« Borrowed services might include mainstream TV and film products such as Netflix, Hulu or Amazon Prime Video, but also include sports streaming services and niche content services. A silver lining for the OTT distributors is that most using another households login say they would pay extra for a service that gives them the content they want »

https://www.mediaplaynews.com/ampere-one-in-seven-svod-homes-borrow-accounts/

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#Covid – Cartoon Network movie will be released on the web

«  The move comes as Comcast and The Walt Disney Co. have released some new films for home consumption, either view electronic sales or on streaming sites such as Disney Plus because theaters have been closed by the COVID-19 pandemic… » 

https://www.nexttv.com/news/cartoons-we-bare-bears-movie-to-be-sold-digitally

#Covid – During confinement, airport employees in Geneva produce an horror movie (in Portuguese)

Four workers of Geneva airport, confined in the same appartment for two months, produced an amateur horror movie that they released on Instagram.

https://rr.sapo.pt/2020/05/24/vida/aborrecido-no-confinamento-funcionarios-de-aeroporto-em-genebra-fizeram-filme-de-terror/noticia/194010/ 

#Covid – A theater company starts producing a web series during pandemic. 

https://www.washingtonpost.com/entertainment/theater_dance/round-house-theatres-sweet-and-funny-new-web-series-serves-up-covid-19-era-life-in-10-minute-slices/2020/05/20/7ae340dc-9aa3-11ea-89fd-28fb313d1886_story.html

#Quibi – The mobile app has a rough start and already has to cut costs.

« Quibi is reportedly looking to cut costs as its major advertising partners seek to defer payments after the new streaming services slower than expected launch » 

https://www.fiercevideo.com/video/quibi-seeks-cost-cuts-as-major-ad-sponsors-pull-back-report?

#Youtube – Youtube Kids joins AppleTV

« YouTube Kids is meant to give children a safer alternative to YouTube, where even Restricted Mode can let through violent content and other things parents and caretakers dont want kids to se…. » 

https://techcrunch.com/2020/05/26/youtube-kids-app-is-now-available-for-apple-tv/

#SVOD #Covid – Major SVOD platforms benefit from confinement.

« With many Americans still social distancing and staying home to help stop the spread of coronavirus, streaming services like Netflix and Disney+ have seen significant increases in usage. Over the last two months, Netflix, Amazon Prime Video and Disney+ saw growth in share of streaming hours through the week of May 11 versus February 3… »

https://www.fiercevideo.com/video/comscore-data-shows-ott-viewing-share-growth-for-most-major-svods

#SVOD #Covid – Major SVOD platforms benefit from confinement (2) 

« Streaming services are the only entertainment sector likely to emerge from the coronavirus pandemic unscathed and bigger than before, according to a new report from Ampere Analysis. With a projection of a net loss of $160 billion over the next five years for the entertainment industry, streaming is the only area forecasted to see notable growth… »

https://www.nexttv.com/news/video-streaming-projected-to-be-lone-growth-area-amid-dollar160b-pandemic-bath-for-entertainment-biz

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#Hulu #Technology – Hulu tests « Watch Party »

« Hulu has begun testing Watch Party, its first social feature that will allow viewers to virtually watch Hulu with other subscribers... / … Users who have access to the test can launch the experience through the Watch Partyicon found on the Details pages of shows and movies from Hulus on-demand streaming library. They will then be given a link to invite their family and friends (up to eight people total) to join. »

https://www.fiercevideo.com/video/hulu-tests-watch-party-social-viewing-feature?

 

#Quibi #Demographics # Strategy – About Quibi’s audience

« Quibi is making some strategic moves amid a sluggish start... / …The Bloomberg report, which said Quibi has been surprised to see itself appealing specifically to an older female audience, jibes with another article in the Wall Street Journal from earlier in the week, which said that Quibi executives now believe that their service has relied too much on scripted shows. 

https://www.nexttv.com/news/quibi-rejiggers-programming-slate

 

#PlutoTV #Platforms – About Pluto TV

« The erstwhile Viacom bought Pluto TV in early 2019 for $340 million as part of CEO Bob Bakishs strategy to layer digital acquisitions atop its portfolio of basic-cable brands and Paramount Pictures… »

https://www.nexttv.com/news/pluto-tv-everything-you-need-to-know-about-the-avod-platform-that-wants-to-be-more-than-just-a-dwarf-planet

 

#Quibi – About Quibi’s users reviews

« Apptopia’s analysis of reviews over the past 60 days for Quibi, which launched on April 6, gave the streamer a 77% sentiment score,” with 100% being the most positive result. The app researcher says this is actually higher than results for Disney+ (around 74%), Netflix (70%), and Amazon Prime (70%) over the same period — in terms of the volume of reviews, the recency of those reviews, and the ratio of positive and negative reviews… »

https://www.mediapost.com/publications/article/351978/quibi-posts-most-positive-reviews-for-a-streamer-a.html

 

#SVOD #AppleTV #Disney+ #Business : About the Top 5 streamers

« According to new research from Parks Associates, the streamers have rounded out the big three(Netflix, Amazon Prime Video and Hulu) to create a big sixor sorts... »

https://www.digitaltveurope.com/2020/06/01/disney-and-apple-tv-fourth-and-fifth-biggest-us-svods/

 

#Youtube – About Youtube screens

« More than 100 million people in the U.S. watch YouTube and YouTube TV, the companys pay-TV service, on TV screens each month, according to YouTube. Watch time in the U.S. on TV screens was up 80% year-over-year in March... »

https://www.wsj.com/articles/youtubes-chase-for-streaming-tv-ad-dollars-faces-hurdles-11591005600?mod=djemalertNEWS

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#Covid – Cartoon Network movie will be released on the web

«  The move comes as Comcast and The Walt Disney Co. have released some new films for home consumption, either view electronic sales or on streaming sites such as Disney Plus because theaters have been closed by the COVID-19 pandemic… » 

https://www.nexttv.com/news/cartoons-we-bare-bears-movie-to-be-sold-digitally

#Covid – During confinement, airport employees in Geneva produce an horror movie (in Portuguese)

Four workers of Geneva airport, confined in the same appartment for two months, produced an amateur horror movie that they released on Instagram.

https://rr.sapo.pt/2020/05/24/vida/aborrecido-no-confinamento-funcionarios-de-aeroporto-em-genebra-fizeram-filme-de-terror/noticia/194010/ 

#Covid – A theater company starts producing a web series during pandemic. 

https://www.washingtonpost.com/entertainment/theater_dance/round-house-theatres-sweet-and-funny-new-web-series-serves-up-covid-19-era-life-in-10-minute-slices/2020/05/20/7ae340dc-9aa3-11ea-89fd-28fb313d1886_story.html

#Quibi – The mobile app has a rough start and already has to cut costs.

« Quibi is reportedly looking to cut costs as its major advertising partners seek to defer payments after the new streaming services slower than expected launch » 

https://www.fiercevideo.com/video/quibi-seeks-cost-cuts-as-major-ad-sponsors-pull-back-report?

#Youtube – Youtube Kids joins AppleTV

« YouTube Kids is meant to give children a safer alternative to YouTube, where even Restricted Mode can let through violent content and other things parents and caretakers dont want kids to se…. » 

https://techcrunch.com/2020/05/26/youtube-kids-app-is-now-available-for-apple-tv/

#SVOD #Covid – Major SVOD platforms benefit from confinement.

« With many Americans still social distancing and staying home to help stop the spread of coronavirus, streaming services like Netflix and Disney+ have seen significant increases in usage. Over the last two months, Netflix, Amazon Prime Video and Disney+ saw growth in share of streaming hours through the week of May 11 versus February 3… »

https://www.fiercevideo.com/video/comscore-data-shows-ott-viewing-share-growth-for-most-major-svods

#SVOD #Covid – Major SVOD platforms benefit from confinement (2) 

« Streaming services are the only entertainment sector likely to emerge from the coronavirus pandemic unscathed and bigger than before, according to a new report from Ampere Analysis. With a projection of a net loss of $160 billion over the next five years for the entertainment industry, streaming is the only area forecasted to see notable growth… »

https://www.nexttv.com/news/video-streaming-projected-to-be-lone-growth-area-amid-dollar160b-pandemic-bath-for-entertainment-biz