If you’re in mainland China, and you love to stream foreign programming, you’re life’s been getting harder lately. First off, Chinese regulators recently closed a loophole allowing companies to skirt the country’s requirement that no more than 30% of a platform’s streaming content come from abroad. (Programming that was imported physically – say, on a DVD – and then uploaded to streaming services was not counted in the tally. Now it is.) Perhaps more threateningly, the state’s top regulatory agency, the State Administration of Press, Publication, Radio, Film and Television, or SAPPRFT (rolls off the tongue, doesn’t it?) has banned 81 popular third party apps, many of which enable Chinese users to access foreign channels on their set-top boxes. Alibaba’s Tmall Box, which dominates the Chinese set-top box market, was among the first devices to have its access to the 81 apps blocked.
TV Land has cut ties with two more original series, canceling Lopez after two seasons and late-night comedy Throwing Shade after one. In addition, the Melissa McCarthy and Ben Falcone-produced comedy, Nobodies, is moving to flagship Viacom scripted brand Paramount Network.
FOX issued a put pilot order for comedy One Hit Wendy. Julianne Hough (Dancing With the Stars) stars as a singer who peaked at 18 and is now trying to guide her talented niece through the music biz.
Mashable was just sold – and it didn’t exactly fetch a hefty price tag. The digital media company was purchased by Ziff Davis, a publisher of gaming, healthcare, and tech content. The news was first reported by the Wall Street Journal. According to the paper, Ziff Davis only paid about $50 million for the company. […]
According to a new report from Recode, Univision is looking to bring in a minority investor to support Fusion Media Group. Along with the Fusion TV network and a production studio, FMG consists of a number of digital media properties, including The Onion and most of the sites formerly owned by Gawker Media. (Univision bought […]
NBC Olympics is lining up 1800 hours of live streaming coverage of the XXIII Olympic Winter Games from PyeongChang in February, marking a record for a Winter Olympics. In addition, PyeongChang will be the first Winter Games to offer live streaming of the NBC broadcast network, including primetime and primetime-plus programming as part of its […]