Android issues on DIRECTV Now resolved | Nielsen to include Sling TV in its ratings | More parental controls added to DIRECTV Now
September 25, 2018
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Android issues on DIRECTV Now resolved
DIRECTV Now's update on Android devices corrects a problem with the play/pause controls. The updates were made available in the Google Play store.
Cord Cutters News (9/25) 
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Nielsen to include Sling TV in its ratings
Nielsen has agreed to provide digital TV measurement for Sling TV and add the over-the-top service to its TV measurements. The deal between Nielsen and Sling's parent company, DISH Network, gives access to Nielsen's other measurement services.
MediaPost Communications (9/20) 
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More parental controls added to DIRECTV Now
DIRECTV Now has added parental controls to Apple TV and iOS devices. The company first added the controls to some devices in August.
Cord Cutters News (9/23) 
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DISH Network providing free TV for American Airlines
Passengers aboard American Airlines long-haul flights can now watch live TV through DISH Network. The free service is streamed to passengers' personal devices and includes channels including CNN, ESPN, NBC and Telemundo.
Engadget (9/19) 
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Study: TV gets highest share of premium digital video ads
Fifty-seven percent of premium digital video ads were displayed on TVs as opposed to smartphones or tablets during the second quarter, per Comcast's Freewheel. The group attributes that to the success of over-the-top and video-on-demand advertising.
FierceVideo (9/21) 
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Hulu's fate may be tied to Comcast's Sky deal
Comcast's purchase of UK pay-TV company Sky might put the cable company's 30% stake in Hulu in play, according to a report that suggests Comcast would be reluctant to retain a minority share once Disney owns a controlling stake. There is also speculation that Comcast may go after the remaining 39% stake in Sky that Disney will soon own.
CNBC (9/23) 
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Gaming industry TV ad impressions led by PlayStation
Gaming industry TV ad impressions led by PlayStation
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Sony's PlayStation took a 32.5% share of TV ad impressions within the mobile and video gaming industry between August 16 and September 15, per and GamesBeat. PlayStation's "Marvel's Spider-Man: Gameplay Launch Trailer" garnered the most impressions at 543.2 million.
VentureBeat (9/23) 
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Magna: Local TV ad revenue to gain, national TV will fall
Ad revenues in the US will reach an all-time high of over $200 billion this year, Magna forecasts. Its report found that midterm political ad spend will boost local TV revenues by 9.1%, even though national ad spend is expected to decline 2%.
Multichannel News (9/20) 
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Millennials prefer streaming, mobile to TV
Some 55% of millennials watch video content via subscription streaming services to bypass advertising and they also watch less than half as much linear TV as the average person, according to a survey by The Harris Poll and OpenX. Over one-third of millennials use their mobile devices for more than six hours each day, while 55% of all respondents use their mobile devices for a minimum of three hours daily.
MediaPost Communications (9/24) 
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Tests are a gift. And great tests are a great gift. To fail the test is a misfortune. But to refuse the test is to refuse the gift, and something worse, more irrevocable, than misfortune.
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