Funimation’s Summer Anime Simulcasts

Funimation has announced 14 “simulcast” titles that will run on its anime subscription service this summer, with a promise of more to come. Subtitled simulcasts air shortly after each show’s Japanese broadcast premiere. Several of the titles will also be dubbed into English, a feature Funimation claims as exclusive to its service. The episodes, in … Read more

Report: Ads Mustn’t Undermine Internet Video

U.S. broadband households watch an average of 3.8 hours of Internet video on TV screens per week — 20% of all video seen on these devices. This represents a tremendous opportunity for advertisers, according to a new report, Tracking Eyeballs: Video Analytics and Measurement, by industry research firm Park Associates. Park Associates forecasts total digital … Read more

Dems’ Protest: Potent Publicity for Live Streaming

Twitter and Facebook’s live streaming capabilities have come to the fore thanks to the Democrats’ historic sit-in on the floor of the House of Representatives. After the House leadership cut off the body’s official TV feed, the Dems turned to Twitter’s Periscope and Facebook Live to bring their marathon protest to the world. Twitter is … Read more

‘Glued’: Sitcom About Binge-Watching

Comcast Cable’s Xfinity has debuted its first original web series – Glued, a six-part sitcom about a binge-watching married couple. The series comes with serious sitcom credentials. It stars real-life married couple John Ross Bowie (Barry Kripke in The Big Bang Theory) and Jamie Denbo as the couple obsessing over watching every episode of a hit fictional … Read more

Innovativ Plans Niche Channel for Lovecraft Fans

Innovativ Media Group said it will launch a niche subscription streaming channel, HPLovecraft.TV, later this summer. The channel will also be embedded into The Lovecraft Ezine, a free online pub that’s “devoted to weird fiction, cosmic horror, and the Cthulhu Mythos.” The initial programming on HPLovecraft.TV will consist of an original 30-episode animated web series, … Read more

Free ‘Ray Donovan’ Premiere

Non-Showtime subscribers can watch a free, TV-14 rated version of the season four premiere episode of its award-winning series Ray Donovan, starring Liev Schreiber, on YouTube and SHO.com. The start of the new season finds Ray, an in-demand professional fixer in Los Angeles, seeking redemption following his murder confession to a priest. The series also … Read more

‘Queerated’ Revry Launches

Revry, an LGBT-focused subscription streaming service, has launched over Apple TV, Chromecast, Roku and smartphone apps. Priced at $4.99 per month or $54.99 annually, the service includes, movies, web series, podcasts and music. Initial “queerated”-content includes all five seasons (30 episodes) of Starting From…Now!, an Australian-produced lesbian web series that Revry says has already surpassed 24 million … Read more

Hulu and Netflix Expand Kids’ Libraries

Streaming video competitors Hulu and Netflix have announced content licensing deals that considerably expand their libraries of children’s programming. In an agreement with the Disney-ABC Television Group, Hulu acquired streaming rights for full prior seasons of kids’ titles from Disney Channel, Disney Junior and Disney XD. The deal will add more than 500 episodes and more … Read more