ABC News is the first major news broadcaster to launch on the Apple TV, which will include free live hourly updates with no pay-TV subscription required. Live content will come from some of the network’s big players like Good Morning America, Nightline, 20/20 along with streams of breaking news, the daily White House press briefing and nine local news affiliates. Variety reports ABC News is skipping the authenticated step in order to reach a larger audience. “The idea of this is to put users in control of their news,” said Joe Ruffolo, SVP of ABC News Digital. Apple TV also updated to include apps from AOL On, PBS Kids, Flickr and Willow TV.
Billy Crystal will lead the Emmy tribute to his long-time friend Robin Williams at Sunday’s awards show. “We felt we needed to do something powerful and memorable,” said producer Don Mischer. “Billy seemed like the perfect choice.” Williams, who last year honored Jonathan Winters in the Emmys’ In Memoriam segment, was found dead on August [...]
Showtime gave season three orders to summer series Ray Donovan and Masters of Sex. The dramas are “quintessentially Showtime: bold, provocative, premium television with production values at the top of the food chain,” said David Nevins, president, Showtime Networks. Masters is averaging nearly four million viewers across platforms per week, while Donovan is averaging five [...]
Crackle series Sports Jeopardy! with Dan Patrick will premiere Sept. 24. Hosted by Emmy-winning sportscaster Dan Patrick, the weekly 30-minute program takes on the format of the iconic quiz show. More than 30,000 contestants registered to audition for the series over the summer.
Disappearing message and photo app SnapChat will start sending out movie and TV clips, ads and news articles this November. The Wall Street Journal reports advertisers and media companies are discussing providing content for a new service called SnapChat Discovery – users will be able to read clips or watch videos by holding a finger [...]
Major League Soccer and KickTV are the latest to sign on for a content partnership, collaboration and distribution agreement with The Whistle Sports Network. The deal will surround The Whistle’s recently launched Xbox application. KickTV on YouTube offers all things soccer with more than 1.1M regular subscribers, 13 channels and over 110M views. Meanwhile, The [...]
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