In partnership with Ellen DeGeneres, Kevin Hart, and other A-listers, YouTube is currently developing six original series, Bloomberg reports. Each will be free, and ad-supported. Adds Bloomberg: “Google also will increase its spending on YouTube Red, a paid video and music streaming service launched in October 2015.”
In a CNN interview, YouTube CEO Susan Wojcicki says women and minorities still get interrupted in mid-sentence, even in supposedly enlightened places, and it drives her up a wall. "Even in a culture where people are well meaning, there are sometimes 'microaggressions.' People who will just cut you off. You'll be talking and someone will interrupt you," she tells CNN Money's Poppy Harlow
The Wall Street Journal senses a skittish media investor environment. In part, it seems few new product launches are in the pipeline within major ad categories. And other investors see bad things ahead for cable companies and networks: 762,000 customers cut the cord in Q1, a record.
Everybody seems to be writing a comparative guide to new streaming services. What we need is a guide to the guide of streaming services. This New York Times piece notes, once again (but very clearly) that it's all a trade off. Joni Mitchell sang it way back in the 70s: "Something's lost, but something's gained." In the same song, decades before it made sense, she also tackled the DVR disparity for some of these services. "It's cloud illusions I recall/I really don't know clouds at all."
Snap wants to jump into content, big time and has signed original show deals with NBCUniversal, Turner, A+E Networks, Discovery, BBC, ABC, ESPN, Vice Media, Vertical Networks, the NFL and Metro-Goldwyn-Mayer, the Wall Street Journal says and the paper says it is talking to CBS and Fox.
Almost a half million households unhooked cable or satellite in the first quarter, a big jump as cord-cutting becomes the next big "thing."
With 3.1 billlion monthly views online Pop Sugar thinks bigger. It wants to make theatrical films, and for its own online platform. It presents a long list of new projects.
HBO has decided not to renew its licensing deal with Amazon when it expires in mid-2018, Variety reports. “The move reflects HBO’s focus on growing the subscriber base of its HBO Now standalone digital service,” it writes. “Amazon Prime is among the many digital content providers that HBO has teamed with to market HBO Now.”
Hulu just debuted its live TV service, which will set consumers back $39.95 a month. “That $39.95 will get you several dozen channels, which you can watch on your phone or connected TV devices like Xbox and Apple TV,” Recode writes. “It also includes Hulu’s subscription video service, which gives you access to old TV shows and movies, as well as Hulu originals like ‘The Handmaid’s Tale.’”
Hulu officially launched its streaming TV service today, for $40 a month. It also announced it will carry Scripps networks like HGTV. Among other features, it will offer each of the broadcast networks.