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Co-Viewing Trend Continues: Sling TV debuts ‘Watch Together’ Feature

Summary by Glenn Goldstein:

In our era of social isolation, streaming audiences are craving connected experiences with friends and family – and streaming services are responding with features that enable synchronized co-viewing of content with integrated video and text chat. Sling TV is the latest to join the party, along with offerings available or in the works from services such as Netflix, Amazon Prime, and Hulu.

NBcuniversal and Roku Finally Strike Deal to Bring Peacock to the Platform

Summary by Scott Favelle:

{“url”: “https://www.adweek.com/tv-video/nbcuniversal-and-roku-finally-strike-deal-to-bring-peacock-to-the-platform/”, “source”: “Adweek”, “author”: “Kelsey Sutton”, “excerpt”: ” At the center of the disagreement was the percentage of ad inventory Roku and NBCUniversal would each be able to monetize on Peacock if Peacock were to go live on Roku devices. “}

Mozilla Releases Browser Extension to Analyze Youtube Recommendations

Summary by Scott Favelle:

{“url”: “https://www.adweek.com/digital/mozilla-releases-regretsreporter-browser-extension-to-analyze-youtube-recommendations-engine/”, “source”: “Adweek”, “author”: “David Cohen”, “excerpt”: ” Ashley Boyd said in a blog post, \u201cYouTube recommendations can be delightful, but they can also be dangerous. The platform has a history of recommending harmful content\u2014from pandemic conspiracies to political disinformation\u2014to its users, even if they\u2019ve previously viewed harmless content.\u201d”}

Discovery Says Its New Streaming Service is Coming ‘very Soon’

Summary by Scott Favelle:

{“url”: “https://www.fiercevideo.com/video/discovery-says-its-new-streaming-service-coming-very-soon”, “source”: “FierceVideo”, “author”: “Ben Munson”, “excerpt”: ” Discovery, Inc.\u2019s public discussions about a new streaming service that pulls together content from all its brands could soon become a reality for consumers. CEO David Zaslav said Discovery\u2019s new streaming service will be \u201ccoming to the market very soon\u201d and he said his company is \u201caggressively driving\u201d new original content for the platform.”}

Australia: IAB & Neilsen Announces Plans to Future Proof Audience Measurement

Summary by Scott Favelle:

{“url”: “https://mumbrella.com.au/iab-announces-plans-to-future-proof-audience-measurement-643365”, “source”: “Mumbrella”, “author”: “Anna Macdonald”, “excerpt”: ” Through the remainder of 2020 the IAB with Nielsen, the endorsed audience measurement provider in Australia, will work towards developing a new privacy compliant and future-proofed audience measurement system based on industry standards accepted by advertisers, agencies, and media.”}

BBC TV Licenses Dropped By 250,000 Subscribers, As Streamers Become Cheaper Option

Summary by Scott Favelle:

{“url”: “https://thestreamable.com/news/bbc-license-fee-dropped-by-250000-as-streaming-service-become-cheaper-option”, “source”: “The Streamable”, “author”: “Fern Siegel”, “excerpt”: ” It\u2019s a sign of the times \u2014 The BBC reports a serious drop in licenses and it might be the result of cord-cutting.\nThere were 25.671 million licenses in the past year, down from 25.927 million a year earlier. It was the sharpest drop in recent history”}

What Streaming Services Support P.I.P (Picture-in-picture) On iOs 14?

Summary by Scott Favelle:

{“url”: “https://thestreamable.com/news/what-streaming-services-support-p-i-p-on-ios-14-and-tvos-14”, “source”: “The Streamable”, “author”: “Jason Gurwin”, “excerpt”: ” The good news is that most of the major On-demand Streaming Services and Live TV Streaming Services already support P.I.P on iOS 14 out of the box.\n”}

Apple Releases Tvos 14 For Apple TV with P.I.P, Youtube 4K, & Homekit

Summary by Scott Favelle:

Apple released their brand new update to Apple TV devices called tvOS 14. The most noticeable enhancement is platform wide support for P.I.P. meaning that you can watch on-demand or l The company has also added support for audio sharing that lets you connect two sets of AirPods to your Apple TV, as well as for the first time, the ability to watch YouTube in 4K.

Twitch is Testing Mid-roll Ads

Summary by Scott Favelle:

{“url”: “https://www.thedrum.com/news/2020/09/16/twitch-testing-mid-roll-ads-and-here-s-why-you-should-care”, “source”: “News”, “author”: “John Glenday”, “excerpt”: ” Twitch is eyeing a potentially lucrative new revenue stream by \u2019experimenting\u2019 with the display of adverts mid-stream to some non-subscribers. The commercials run across both affiliate and partner channels, with creators receiving their share of revenues.\u00a0″}

AWS Debuts Cloud Digital Interface (AWS CDI) to Reliably Transport Uncompressed Live Video Between Applications

Summary by Scott Favelle:

Today AWS unveiled the AWS Cloud Digital Interface (AWS CDI), a new network technology that allows Independent Software Vendors (ISVs) and AWS Partners to build reliable, live video applications that can connect products and services within the AWS Cloud.

Domesday Delayed for Targeted Advertising on iOS: Possible Pivot to Contextual Advertising?

Summary by Glenn Goldstein:

Apple has given iOS developers and the targeting advertising world a reprieve with their recent announcement delaying the major policy change on IDFA (the identifier that enables targeted advertising). The change had originally been planned for the upcoming iOS 14 release and would disable ad targeting by default and force apps to gain opt-in confirmation from users. As tech platforms continue to react to public and regulatory pressure to protect consumer privacy, we may see a shift away from ad targeting based on tracking identifiers, and more toward advertising optimized for characteristics of the adjacent content.

Mulan Reportedly Underperforms On PVOD 

Summary by Scott Favelle:

The film was initially scheduled for a cinematic release in March, but that was indefinitely postponed when the coronavirus pandemic forced cinemas around the world to shut. Theatres are now reopening across Europe and the US, but Disney made the bold call to launch the film in most markets on Disney+ at an additional cost.

Checking The Addressable Scorecard: MVPDs, Smart TV, Nextgen TV

Summary by Scott Favelle:

Here’s an overview of where things stand in the world of MVPDs, smart TV and NextGen TV addressability.For this purpose, the go-to source is Mitch Oscar, USIM’s director of advanced television strategy, who tracks all things ATV on an ongoing basis.Here’s his summary of the addressable universe as of Q2, broken down by MVPD: attempt to delve into the OTT/CTV addressability sphere in this installment, but instead focus on an overview of…