This should tell you just how heavily Facebook is betting on live video: The social media giant has begun rolling out a panoply of new live video features, including a dedicated video tab within the Facebook iOS and Android apps. Set to roll out in the coming weeks, the new Video hub includes a slew of new content, both live and recorded from previous live broadcasts, categorized by topic. That level of organization may seem like a no-brainer, but it’s a key step forward, allowing Facebook to better compete with the likes of YouTube and Periscope, instead of forcing users to be beholden to the whims of their News Feed. Among other new features, Facebook’s new video upgrade will allow people to use Groups to designate live videos toward only select individuals. It will also users to see metrics about their live video audiences. You can learn more here.
The Wendy Williams Show is heading to late night. Bounce secured day and date repurpose rights to the talk show from Lionsgate’s Debmar-Mercury and will begin airing it weeknights at 11p starting Monday, March 5. “The opinionated voice of The Wendy Williams Show has come to symbolize pop culture,” said Jonathan Katz, President and CEO […]
With Sinclair Broadcasting’s acquisition of Tribune Media likely a few weeks from final approval, the Federal Communications Commission’s independent watchdog is investigating dealings between Sinclair and FCC Chairman Ajit Pai, reports the New York Times. The probe, looking at whether Pai and aides improperly pushed for rule changes timed to benefit Sinclair, has been in […]
FOX Sports paved its road for the upcoming Daytona 500, mapping out production details for its coverage of Sunday’s race, which will run at 2:30p on FOX. This year will see the addition of aerial drone coverage as well as a record number of in-car cameras for the event with 14 in the cards. In […]
Ahead of NBA All-Star festivities, Turner Sports announced that NBA on TNT’s live game coverage this season is delivering the net’s most viewed season-to-date viewership since 2013-14 with an average of 1.9 million viewers through 44 telecasts. That is up 20% over last year with double-digit growth across all key demos – People 18-34 (+20%), […]
The CW is adding a 2-hour Sunday primetime block next season. Nine years ago the CW returned Sunday to its affiliates, but now, up 3% year-to-date in total viewers and boasting the youngest median age in broadcast, the net has inked agreements for clearances on 6 nights. “As one of the largest CW affiliate groups, […]