New Indie Film Fest Sets Digital On Demand Channel
CineFlix Fest, which plans to launch a six to nine-week travelling independent film festival through the south this fall, is also launching CineFlix Digital on Demand , which it calls a paid subscription channel with films and behind-the-scenes content. Although a press release issued today by the festival’s backers – John Schneider Studios and Maven Entertainment ... Read more
Millennials More Likely to Consume Internet-Only TV
New research about the US market reveals that among broadband households almost a quarter of those headed by millennials (23%) subscribe to television programming only via the Internet – that is, Over-The-Top (OTT) TV– which is more than the national average of 15%. Market research firm Park Associates also found that 61% of millennials subscribe to ... Read more
See Showtime’s ‘Roadies’ Premiere Free
Non-Showtime subscribers can catch a censored version of the first episode of Cameron Crowe’s Roadies for free across multiple platforms including, YouTube and Facebook. It can also be downloaded from iTunes, or seen right here:  Roadies, whose stars include Luke Wilson and Carla Gugino, follows the often-humorous stories of the backstage workers behind an ... Read more
TCT Joins Truli Subscription Package
Christian-focused programmer TCT will now stream three online channels over the free faith-based subscription service Truli. On-demand content from TCT will also be available. The three TCT channels are: TCT, featuring teaching, music, ministries, church services, entertainment programs and movies; TCT Kids, which includes such classic TV shows as Bonanza, Ozzie & Harriet, and I Love Lucy TCT HD, with a ... Read more
Sling Debuts on Apple TV
Viewers with fourth-generation Apple TVs can now watch Sling TV’s live and on-demand Internet TV service. Starting at $20 per month, Apple TV users will be able to view Sling TV’s single-stream, beta multi-stream, Sling Latino and Sling International offerings by downloading the app from the App Store. Sling TV features sports, breaking news, TV ... Read more
Skyboxe to Launch B2B Hybrid Service
Targeting big box retailers, hotels, college dorms, residential centers, assisted living facilities, and other businesses, Skyboxe said it will launch later this year in the US, Canada and Mexico with a hybrid mix of local TV stations and a la carte subscriptions to services like HBO Go, MLB, Hulu, Netflix. “Skyboxe offers a distinct alternative ... Read more
NeuLion, UCF Plan Stand-Alone Channel
NeuLion has partnered with UCF (University of Central Florida) Athletics to launch UCFKnights.TV, which it called a “first of its kind, stand-alone school video network.” Set to launch in August over the web, Apple TV and Roku, the channel will include live-game streaming, highlight packages, full DVR controls, social media integration and more. “By working ... Read more
Cinedigm to Bring Comic Con Channel to OwnZones
Broadcasting & Cable has reported that Cinedigm, an independent content distributor, will offer a version of CONTV, a service devoted to the comic book universe, as a streaming channel on Cinedigm claims a library of more than 52,000 films and TV episodes, consisting of documentaries, independent movies and festival picks through the Sundance Institute and Tribeca ... Read more
‘Last Chance U’: The Making of NFL Stars
Last Chance U, an original six-part documentary series that follows a group of young NFL aspirants, is scheduled to premiere exclusively on Netflix July 29. The series follows recruits to undefeated Eastern Mississippi Community College (EMCC), which has won three straight National Championships. The EMCC Lions have gained renown in junior college sports for recruiting ... Read more
WhereverTV Offers Free Trial Package
WhereverTV has launched a “Free TV Online” package of 15 channels. The channels, which you’ll get free for two weeks, fall into the following categories: Movies and TV shows: Movie Channel Entertainment: Comedy Time and Bandwagon Live News and information: OK!, France 24, RT News Live, RT Documentary, TwiT TV and American Cooking Network Religious: ... Read more
Popcornflix Adds Stand-Up Comedy
Free streaming service Popcornflix is adding monthly stand-up comedy titles to its lineup of movies and TV shows. The content, ranging from Sam Kinison to Mike Birbiglia, comes though a deal with production firm Comedy Dynamics. Besides the new stand-up, Popcornflix’s offerings include movies like Paranormal Activity and The Accused, children’s shows like Inspector Gadget ... Read more
Bounce TV Sets Ad-Free Ali Funeral Coverage
  Bounce TV, available over-the-air to viewers without cable or satellite, said it will air Muhammad Ali’s Louisville funeral procession and memorial service live and commercial-free tomorrow, June 10. Coverage of the procession starts at 9am ET, with the service scheduled for 2pm. Between the two live events, Bounce TV will air The Greatest, the 1977 ... Read more
Savor or Devour? Netflix Has a Binge Scale for That
  Binge-watching is a term perhaps first coined to describe those Netflix subscribers who consume television series like a bottomless bag of potato chips. So it makes perfect sense that the streaming service would examine viewing patterns for more than 100 of its TV series in over 190 countries and invent a way to contextualize ... Read more
Tubi and Crunchyroll in Anime Moves
Free service Tubi TV has teamed with Sentai Filmworks, to stream a number of anime series – including Onigiri, Rin-Ne Season 2, and Tanaka-kun Is Always Listless  — from two days to a month after their Japanese air dates. All episodes of several classic hit anime series, including Gatchaman and Clannad, are also being made ... Read more
Streaming Services Rival Broadcasters on Social Media
Engagement Labs, creator of the eValue™ score, has released its rankings of the top performing broadcast networks and streaming services on social media. Each network and streaming service was assessed for “responsiveness,” “engagement,” and “impact.” Among the streaming content providers, Hulu nabbed the top spot on Facebook, despite posting less frequently than competing streaming services, ... Read more
Bollywood Channel Expands to Apple TV
India’s Eros Now, featuring Bollywood movies, music videos and TV shows, is now available on Apple TV in addition to the web, smartphone apps, iPad, Android TV, Samsung, Chromecast and Amazon Fire TV. Eros Now boasts a movie library of over 3,000 films and 37 million registered users worldwide. Basic service is free and includes ... Read more
US-Canadian Internet TV Market Could Reach $24.39 Billion in 2021
Industry analyst firm Digital TV Research predicted that Internet-delivered, aka Over-The-Top (OTT), television and video revenues in both Canada and the US will reach a combined $24.39 billion in 2021, up from $2.67 billion in 2010 and $15.39 billion in 2015. The new report, North America OTT TV & Video Forecasts, said there were 81.81 ... Read more
More ‘Detective Montalbano’
MHz Choice will add two new episodes of the hit Italian series Detective Montalbano to its lineup on June 28.  For $7.95 per month, MHz Choice offers web, smartphone, iPad and Roku users more than 2,000 hours of subtitled mysteries, dramas and comedies from around the world. Other upcoming new titles can be previewed here: ... Read more
Caméra d’Or Winner ‘Divines’ Coming to Netflix
Netflix announced that Divines, which was screened at this year’s Cannes film festival, will be made available to its subscribers in the US and around the world later this year. The movie, which is set in a ghetto near Paris, follows Dounia, a tough, but naive teenager who sees getting rich or dying trying as ... Read more
Viewers Could See Advertising on Netflix and Amazon Prime
  Netflix and Amazon Prime Video subscribers could see advertising-supported programming in the future.  That’s the conclusion of a new study by market research firm GfK of 2,311 American consumers ages 13-64, including 1,007 regular users of major streaming services such as Netflix, Hulu, Amazon and YouTube. The study, Comparing Streaming Services 2016, suggests that Netflix and ... Read more