Unruly/Tremor Video's Les Seifer and Nick Woodford look at the momentum behind shoppable video and how brands can use the format to increase revenue. One key to shoppable video is how it puts consumers in control and optimizes the shopping experience, they write.
Members of the television and film industry that received Paycheck Protection Program funding from the federal government include production companies, talent agencies and industry institutes and foundations, a list released by the Small Business Administration shows. The Motion Picture And Television Fund and the Gersh Agency were among organizations that received between $5 million and $10 million.
Charter Communications is selling senior unsecured notes for
$1.5 billion, following a previous $3 billion sale in the spring. The company said it will likely use the funds to pay down debt and buy back shares.
Roku has expanded its live linear program guide to include premium services, as well as over-the-air channels, after introducing the feature with listings of free live-streamed services. The Roku Channel grid will add schedules for Cinemax, Epix, Starz, HBO and Showtime for anyone who subscribes to them.
Disney has signed a first-look contract with former National Football League quarterback Colin Kaepernick, under which ESPN Films will partner with his production company, Ra Vision Media, on a series of documentaries dealing with race and social injustice. The agreement, which is aimed at providing a forum for filmmakers of color, also calls for Ra Vision to provide content across other Disney units.
The Democratic and Republican national conventions are unlikely to resemble those of previous years as organizers adapt to ongoing pandemic restrictions, and television news desks are also being forced to scale back their coverage over health concerns. Programs are eyeing smaller deployments, keeping reporters outside of convention events and having commentators and analysts weigh in from home or studio desks.
Some streaming customers are trying to keep their costs down by pausing subscriptions on services in some months while binge-watching original content on one or two other services, SlashGear reports. Services are trying to counteract the trend by offering discounts for annual subscriptions or releasing original shows one episode at a time.
Parks Associates reports that viewers are watching about seven hours of video per week, compared with 3.6 hours in 2017. The study also shows that 74% of homes have one or more over-the-top services.
A group of sports leagues, unions and media organizations, including both NCTA - The Internet & Television Association and the National Association of Broadcasters, are asking federal lawmakers to offer risk insurance for businesses attempting to operate as the pandemic continues. Many insurance companies are not providing pandemic coverage, the coalition points out in a letter to Congress.
AMC Networks will share US streaming rights to "Mad Men" with Amazon Prime Video's IMDb TV under a deal with Lionsgate. The show will run exclusively on IMDb from July 15 to the first of October, when various AMC platforms will also begin carrying it.