ESPN head sees tech giants vying for NFL rights | Altice CEO tells of talks with Locast as retrans hedge | Report: Comcast, telecoms making progress on robocalls
September 13, 2019
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ESPN head sees tech giants vying for NFL rights
ESPN head sees tech giants vying for NFL rights
Pitaro (Alberto E. Rodriguez/Getty Images)
Silicon Valley companies such as Amazon, Google and Facebook are likely to jump into the bidding for National Football League TV rights that expire in 2021 and 2022, ESPN President Jimmy Pitaro said, though he expressed confidence his network would retain an NFL deal. Pitaro also pointed to the success of ESPN+, a premium streaming service with more than 2 million subscribers.
The Associated Press (9/12),  Deadline Hollywood (9/12) 
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Altice CEO tells of talks with Locast as retrans hedge
Altice USA has entered talks with Locast, the streaming service that offers local over-the-air channels in select major markets, Altice CEO Dexter Goei told a media conference, although he declined to say whether the MSO would complete a deal with the service. Goei said he was intrigued by Locast's use as a hedge against paying unreasonable retransmission consent fees to local stations.
Light Reading (9/12) 
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Report: Comcast, telecoms making progress on robocalls
Comcast is among the wireless phone carriers who are be making inroads into curbing the glut of illegal robocalls, data analytics firm Transaction Network Services says in a report. TNS notes that only 12% of calls deemed to be potentially unlawful in the first half of 2019 came from numbers emanating from the six companies, including Comcast, that account for 70% of America's call volume.
USA Today (9/12) 
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Video Evolution
Roku has top market share in US streaming platforms
Roku has top market share in US streaming platforms
Roku is the biggest single US streaming provider with 21.3% market share and 20.1% growth over the past year, according to Tivo analysis. All smart TV manufacturers combined reached 27.6% market share, and Apple TV saw a 22.9% drop year over year.
The Drum (free registration) (9/12) 
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Content Focus
WarnerMedia reaches major content deal with J.J. Abrams
WarnerMedia reaches major content deal with J.J. Abrams
Abrams (Frazer Harrison/Getty Images)
WarnerMedia has won the competition among studios to land an exclusive deal with J.J. Abrams, the creator of "Lost" and director of "Star Wars: The Force Awakens," whose production company will create a wide range of content for the AT&T unit including TV shows, movies and games. The production company, Bad Robot, will produce programming across all of WarnerMedia's platforms which include basic and premium cable networks as well as streaming services.
Deadline Hollywood (9/12),  Variety online (9/12) 
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Charter CFO vows aggressive action vs. piracy, sharing
Charter Communications hopes to convince other cable companies and programmers to help in its fight to stop piracy and password sharing, Chief Financial Officer Chris Winfrey told a media conference. While Charter has not shared details on any technical plans, Winfrey said he initially hopes to convince the parties to arrive at a common set of "authentication principles."
Light Reading (9/12) 
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Marketing Innovation
Report: Online video ad spend to surge in 2020
Some 84% of marketers plan to spend part of their ad budgets on online video in the next year, 70% are directing funds toward social media networks and 63% are increasing podcast investments, according to Kantar's Getting Media Right research. Kantar also revealed struggles with 25% not integrating their marketing and 27% operating without an integrated strategy for media and nonmedia operations.
The Drum (free registration) (9/12),  Netimperative (9/12) 
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