TiVo's Video Trends Report for Q4 2019 finds the favorite video bundle to be Facebook, YouTube and pay TV, followed by Facebook, Netflix and YouTube. The top 11 bundle choices all included at least one ad-based video on demand service, according to the report.
Peacock, the upcoming streaming service from Comcast's NBCUniversal, will have a monthly price of $4.99 with five minutes or fewer of commercials per hour and $9.99 without any at all, and the former will be free for some cable and internet customers. A free-for-all tier will also be available, featuring 7,500 hours rather than the 15,000 that the two Premium tiers offer, and not providing live sports.
AMC Networks spelled out development plans for its AMC Studios production arm, saying it will craft seven of 11 upcoming projects for its internal cable services while potentially selling the remaining four to third parties. Katie Couric is among the producers involved in the projects, which include an adaptation of a book by Stephen and Owen King.
The Clorox Co.'s David Kellis offers six rules for mastering online video, including adapting video to each platform and using text and graphics to overcome "sound off" defaults. He recommends sticking to one takeaway per video, maintaining a quick pace and personalizing videos when possible.
WGN America will convert its primetime lineup to a three-hour all-news block this summer by deploying resources from owner Nexstar Media, which can draw on 110 newsrooms. The company is branding News Nation as a straight-news rival to the major cable news networks, with Perry Sook, Nexstar's chief executive officer, telling employees the service will deliver "fact-based news that is impactful, educational, and unbiased."
All Elite Wrestling will run for at least another four years on TNT and add another weekly show, the network announced during the winter Television Critics Association event, saying ratings have been strong from the start. TNT also said that it will debut "Snowpiercer," a series based on the film, on May 31.
ViacomCBS continued to shake up its executive team in the wake of its recent merger with changes at cable network Pop TV and in the company's ad sales ranks. Pop TV, formerly part of the Showtime unit, will shift to the Entertainment & Youth division, and internal memos described resignations at ViacomCBS Domestic Advertising Sales, which is headed by President Jo Ann Ross.
A number of cable companies are offering subscribers free access to streaming services in an effort to stem losses from the growing cord-cutting trend. Altice has procured rights to offer free access to CuriosityStream, while Comcast is expected to make the Peacock service free to a group of its customers and reportedly considering no-cost content for some viewers not in its service area.
HBO Max executives at the Television Critics' Association event this week downplayed the role its monthly price of $14.99 will play in consumers' buying decisions, with the company's Kevin Reilly asserting that "People do not shop for their entertainment experience with price being the primary factor." WarnerMedia Entertainment also said that creator Steven Soderbergh has signed a three-year development deal with the streaming service, as well as with HBO.
Disney+ is the most well-regarded of the existing five subscription streaming services, a YouGov survey of 1,182 adults in the US says, with 76% giving it a favorable rating compared to 74% for Netflix. US-based iOS and Android users also downloaded Disney+ on at least 30 million occasions in the fourth quarter, the most of any app, analytics firm Sensor Tower reports.