Charter Communications is making a splash in its southern California systems with its 9-month-old Spectrum News 1 channel, Knight-Cronkite News Lab reports. The cable company believes the channel, which recruits staff based on local knowledge rather than TV experience and shuns both car chases and granular traffic reports, will help differentiate it from streaming services.
Starz will launch "Heels," an eight-episode hour-long wrestling drama starring Stephen Amell, previously the lead in The CW's "Arrow". Amell's character plays the villain in the ring of a family-run wrestling operation in Georgia.
Comcast has added Xumo, an ad-supported provider of streaming video with more than 160 channels, to its Xfinity X1 service. Xumo, which also launched on 10 Android-powered devices, can now be accessed in over 35 million homes across the US.
Apple will reportedly spend up to $6 billion on original programming for its Apple TV+ service that insiders say will launch by November with a limited content lineup. The company, which had an initial programming budget of $1 billion, has set a goal of grossing $50 billion in service revenues by next year.
Asian households are ahead of the curve when it comes to streaming TV content, Horowitz Research says in a new report focusing on the market. Almost 80% of Asian TV viewers stream content weekly, compared to 65% of the broad market, and streaming makes up 52% of the time they spend watching TV.
AT&T introduced its new over-the-top streaming offering in 10 markets across five states in advance of an expected national launch this year. AT&T TV employs an Android device capable of transmitting 4K TV, cloud-based DVR technology and traditional programming tiers as well as housing a video library with 55,000 on-demand titles and third-party apps including Pandora and Netflix.
Arm & Hammer and People magazine teamed on a "Thank You, Coach $100,000 Giveaway" campaign from The VIA Agency and Wavemaker, which encourages consumers to use Instagram, a dedicated site or mail to put forward coaches "who go above and beyond to inspire and empower their team members" for the chance to win one of 20 prizes of $5,000. The campaign includes editorial stories about outstanding coaches in People, and videos and ads across Arm & Hammer's social and digital channels.
Viacom's merger with CBS has given the new entity a highly diversified and deep portfolio of cable networks. New Chief Financial Officer Christina Spade will be tasked with balancing their budgets, as well as saving $500 million within the next few years.
Showtime is offering online viewers two free episodes of its "On Becoming a God in Central Florida" series over Sho.com and YouTube, as well as other platforms, before it debuts August 25 on the premium network. The 10-episode comedy-drama stars Kirsten Dunst as a Florida woman involved in a pyramid scheme.
AMC will partner with Britain's ITV in a three-part series examining the sensational "Who Wants to Be a Millionaire" scandal in the UK in "Quiz" from filmmaker Stephen Frears and producers of "The Crown." The short series chronicles cheating accusations against a couple who won all the money on the show in 2001.
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