Nintendo Wii users will no longer be able to watch streaming video through the console after Jan. 31, 2019, Netflix has told customers. Hulu and YouTube are offered through Nintendo's newest console, the Switch, and other streaming services may follow.
Chip and Joanna Gaines, whose hit HGTV show "Fixer Upper" ended in April, are in talks with Discovery to rebrand one of its cable channels and take the creative reins. The couple say the channel would feature family-friendly lifestyle content through their Magnolia production company, much of it filmed in their hometown of Waco, Texas.
NBCUniversal planned several innovative strategies to help sponsors connect with viewers of the 2018 People's Choice Awards, which aired this weekend on E!, including "picture-in-picture" ads that didn't interrupt the program. "This is about making commercials smarter to keep our audiences engaged, ultimately aiding our advertisers' messaging," wrote Laura Molen, the company's president of advertising sales and partnerships.
Xfinity subscribers can now subscribe to the Brown Sugar over-the-top streaming service on Comcast's X1 platform for $3.99 monthly. The offering, from Bounce, features boxing, original programming and movies aimed at African-American audiences.
Over-the-top network Cheddar is premiering "Cheddar Sports," an hourlong show devoted to esports that will air three times a week and may expand to a daily schedule. Logitech is the show's sole sponsor, allowing Cheddar to present content without commercial breaks while featuring Logitech's esports-driven products in the program.
Hearst Magazines and The Ritz-Carlton have joined together to produce five short films by five filmmakers for a global digital and video campaign titled "The Stay." The films showcase what a stay at Ritz-Carlton properties encompasses and run about 10 minutes each, with a trailer released last week.
Bob Evans Farms has launched a humorous series of videos for Thanksgiving that Alfonso and Angela Ribeiro star in, showing how simple it is to add some gourmet flair to the brand's products for the holidays. The push is running across social and includes a sweepstakes where consumers can enter via the Bob Evans Grocery Facebook account to win a year's supply of the brand's products.
CEO Bob Iger confirmed that Disney+ is on schedule to start broadcasting by the end of next year and that it will feature programming aimed at family viewers, while Hulu will continue to offer general entertainment. Disney's fourth-quarter net income hit $2.32 billion, a 33% leap from 2017, and revenue increased 12% to reach $14.3 billion.
HBO has ordered David Simon's "The Plot Against America," an alternate history series in six parts that shows the perspective of a Jewish working-class family as xenophobic Charles Lindbergh rises to become president of the US. The show is based on Phillip Roth's book.
Comcast has told the Federal Communications Commission about its reluctance to support the satellite industry's market-based approach to the C-band, saying that the plan hasn't been tested and that "foreign-based operators" are trying to clear out the spectrum. NCTA-The Internet & Television Association and the American Cable Association also shared their C-band concerns with the FCC, recommending that train safety systems pass an interference test before being allowed to use the spectrum.
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