Warner Bros. formed a new division, Warner Bros. Digital Networks, to focus exclusively on digital and OTT (Over-the-Top) video services – in other words, TV shows and movies not tied to cable or satellite. The company said to expect announcements of more streaming services in the coming months. Warner Bros.-owned digital networks already include DramaFever, …
YouTube is already the largest ad-supported video site in the world, according to Bloomberg. Recent developments suggest, however, that it’s increasingly focused on securing paying subscribers. Noting previous failed efforts at establishing a premium platform, Motley Fool’s Rick Munarriz sees promise in YouTube Red, the $9.99 per month service that launched in October 2015. YouTube …
Showtime’s award-winning Homeland will go from a fall to a winter premiere when season six debuts in January 2017. The hit drama is scheduled to begin production in New York this August, marking the series’ stateside return after having shot season sour in South Africa and season five in Berlin. Claire Danes, Rupert Friend, F. Murray …
Puppets and Julie Andrews Female wrestlers in spandex Where would you find such things in the same place? On Netflix, of course! Here are the streaming service’s latest original programming developments: Coming in 2017, Julie’s Greenroom will be a series for pre-schoolers conceived by and starring “Mary Poppins” herself Julie Andrews, with a cast of …
CuriosityStream, which offers over 1,400 documentaries and non-fiction series, said it is premiering two original shows this month: David Attenborough’s Light on Earth and Mark Emery’s American Wildlife. The feature-length Light on Earth focuses on “creatures that produce their own radiance” both on land and in the oceans. It’s a co-production of CuriosityStream, the service …
  TheStreet’s Andrew Hedlun writes that streaming giant Netflix’s future is looking rather rosy, at least short term, thanks to new content-driven subscriber growth. Hedlun refers to a Cantor Fitzgerald report highlighting Netflix’s new original television series and features, as well as plans to exclusively stream popular Walt Disney films and television programming. The report …
  Amazon’s new pilot season, which allows its Prime Members to help select the next slate of original Amazon shows, kicks off June 17. Prime Members in the US, UK, Germany, Austria and Japan, will be able to stream and review new shows, including two one-hour pilots, The Last Tycoon and The Interestings, which will …
Cinedigm’s Dove Channel, looking to grow its “family friendly” streaming service, has enlisted Rakuten Marketing to create a national affiliate program targeting mommy and faith-based outlets.   An affiliate program works by running ads that link to an advertiser’s site (in this case, Dove Channel) over a network of targeted online publications. Dove Channel, which launched …
  NanoTech Entertainment’s UltraFlix service is now is now offering its 4K HD roster of movies, documentaries, TV shows, concerts and sports to Roku 2 and Roku 3 owners. UltraFlix says it has 600 hours of on demand content, plus another 100 hours of free content, but no names of titles in its library are …
Amazon's 'Transparent' to Return for a Fourth Season
The Washington Post’s Brian Fung reports AT&T plans to offer to wireless customers its pay-tv service, DirecTV, directly in their cars. Although AT&T hasn’t given a service launch timeline, Fung writes about the additional revenue-generating potential of providing data-hogging video to vehicles that are connected to its cellular network. Chris Penrose, senior vice president of …
  NBC will premiere its latest stab at a live variety series, Maya & Marty tonight. If the previews are any indication, Maya Rudolph and Martin Short are returning to a brand of male-female comedy schtick and banter that used to be a mainstay of, well, the TV variety series. So if you like Maya …

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