A recent Horowitz Research study found that Asian-Americans prefer streaming services over live TV, with viewers turning to Netflix and YouTube for content. Their streaming habits may reflect the larger issue of representation; while upward of 21 million Asian-Americans live in the US, a mere 4% of regular actors on TV series are Asians, the 2017 Tokens on the Small Screen study reports.
Calvin Klein will stop pure print advertising campaigns in February and only use print ads to support digital efforts, according to a company note. The brand's new advertising focus will be "consumer-centric" via a "digital-first, socially amplified model, with video the preferred format," the note said.
Comcast has partnered with Four Seasons and Hilton hotels to begin beta testing X1 for the hospitality business. X1 for hotels will extend the "home-away-from-home experience" with features including live TV, voice remote and over-the-top apps, and may add concierge-like services in the future.
Disney Channel has set a Feb. 15 premiere date for the live-action movie of its popular animated show, "Kim Possible," the story of a high-school superhero. The film will star Sadie Stanley and be produced by Omnifilm Entertainment.
Last week's free Facebook Watch debut of "Buffy the Vampire Slayer" and "Angel" yielded fewer than 600,000 views for each. Todd Spangler says these weak stats show Facebook is not successfully converting visitors to viewers, a big challenge in the company's ability to make money off longer-format video.
CommScope chief Alex Pease is still contemplating the outcome for Arris' set-top box products, but says he is confident that consumer premises equipment is still one of its strong suits. "We believe we can manage this business extremely effectively with cost control to help us really improve the profitability and cash flow," he said.
Actor Edward Norton has partnered with poet Daniel Nadler on Entertainment Data Oracle technology, which collects real-time analytics from movies and ads to improve financial-success predictions for film and television projects. "We felt like EDO could bring the kind of rigorous data-driven and actionable analytics that digital advertising has had for years to the huge budgets on TV," Norton says.
Roku customers will now be able to access classic movies on demand via TCM's new streaming service, Watch TCM. The video-on-demand service offers hundreds of films in TCM's catalog, and is also on Android, iOS and Amazon FireTV.
A panel of US Court of Appeals judges is skeptical of the Justice Department's efforts to block the AT&T-Time Warner merger based on antitrust violations. The judges, who are expected to deliver a final ruling in a few months, noted on Thursday that they would only have the authority to roll back the merger if the trial judge had made substantial errors.
FX leads the way in nominations for the 2019 Golden Globe awards, scoring 10 for shows including "Barry," "The Assassination of Gianni Versace" and "The Americans." Sandra Oh and Andy Samberg will co-host the ceremony, which will broadcast live on NBC January 6.