Welcome to the fall premiere season. We’re welcoming back familiar shows like Key & Peele, Person of Interest, The Simpsons and The Big Bang Theory, as well as some of last year’s holdovers like Sleepy Hollow, Marvel’s Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D., Brooklyn Nine-nine and The Blacklist. So what about this year’s newcomers? First up tonight is Gotham, an interesting Batman prequel, along with CBS’ first attempt at a hacker drama/action show called Scorpion (CSI: Cyber starring Luke Perry and Bow-Wow aka Shad Moss will debut in midseason). ABC will tie the new comedy Black-ish to its long-running hit show Modern Family, and on Amazon we’ll get the next block of episodes for its new show Transparent. The How I Met Your Mother complete series boxed set arrives on Blu-ray, along with a 25th anniversary edition of Ghost in the Shell, and FIFA 15 on almost all videogame consoles. Oh – and on Saturday Night Live you can expect Star-Lord himself Chris Pratt. Hit the gallery or just look after the break to check out each day’s highlights, including trailers and let us know what you think (or what we missed).%Gallery-slideshow225321%0
TV networks’ weak upfront advertising market was a mixed bag for the business — but not all that bad for CBS, according to Les Moonves, president/chief executive officer for CBS Corp. In-season TV
shows for video on demand may not be in the cards, but management is happy about the network’s upfront performance.
With six million U.S. homes adding streaming media players in Q2, there’s little doubt as to the increasing popularity of the latest plug-and-play devices for serving up premium web-delivered content in the comfort of the living room. To make it easier for content owners to satiate this growing consumer appetite, Ooyala is helping its partners deliver full entertainment services like Australia’s Presto over Google’s Chromecast devices.
To extend the Presto experience to TVs, Ooyala worked with Presto to enable a complete host of streaming requirements via Chromecast; including content protection, discovery and a cross-device resume feature that enables continuous playback after switching devices, as well as Ooyala’s rich analytics for measuring content and consumption trends.
As steaming device adoption continues to grow, taking advantage of distibution via Chromecast and other devices is one of the fastest ways media companies can deliver personalized experiences to the largest screen in the house.
When it comes to streaming video innovation on the desktop, CBS Local Sports is the latest Ooyala customer to roll out something completely different: GRIDCAST. GRIDCAST allows sports fans to stream up to five different CBS Radio stations at once, toggling between live and on-demand video and audio streams in a single video player.
Powered by Ooyala’s Mosaic player technology, GRIDCAST features interviews, radio host talk and behind-the-scenes footage from stations across Chicago, Atlanta, Houston and Washington, D.C.
Ideally suited for sports and news broadcasting, Ooyala’s Mosaic player makes it possible for any broadcster to cost-effectively roll out new video experiences that put the viewer in the driver’s seat with the ability to switch between multiple selections for on-demand programming or live events, and even select camera angles.
Keep an eye out for more news from Ooyala this week as we head into IBC 2014, where we’ll have our full suite of streaming and analytics technology on display.
Is Showtime pondering a direct-to-consumer online service? The question might better be put as, What content owner isn’t?
At Thursday’s Nomura Digital Media Conference in New York, CBS COO Joseph Ianniello either foreshadowing the future or just rattling pay-TV operator’s cages — said there was nothing in its contracts with service providers that restricts us from doing something direct to consumer.
Mind you, Ianniello didn’t say the premium cable channel was planning to offer a Netflix-like service that would be more appealing to cord cutters and cord nevers, just that it could.
The lure, of course, is the 10 million U.S. broadband households that don’t subscribe to pay-TV, a number that is climbing as U.S. pay-TV penetration continues to drop, many of them from the attractive Millennial demographic.
His statement generated a lot of hubbub, as it should,
For years, industry wags have shot down the notion of a la carte as something broadcast and cable networks wouldn’t be willing to do because of the lucrative carriage fees they get from operators.
But Showtime isn’t the only content owner that apparently is looking to transition into a different business model, or at the very least to cover all the bases as the industry’s business model continues to evolve.
HBO continues its limited experiment offering an SVOD version of HBOGo to some Comcast Broadband only subscribers, even as rumors of an expanded over-the-top HBOGo surface following Time Warner’s rejection of 21st Century Fox’s takeover bid last month.
HBO CEO Richard Plepler in January also raised the specter of an online offering, telling Buzz Feed If the (pay-TV) arithmetic changes and the arithmetic makes sense in a different way, we are not going to be caught without the ability to pivot.
And, there’s been plenty of babble surrounding Dish Network’s intentions to roll out an online TV offering, possibly by the end of the year. That product, which CEO Charlie Ergen has championed, would include content from Disney properties including ESPN and ABC. (See related stories: Dish’s $30 OTT deal a loss leader that will bring in subs, draw Millennials; Dish-Disney deal keeps on giving, as Dish subs get more content; Dish talks with content owners could launch Internet TV service in 2014.)
Launching Showtime over the top might be a very successful play.
The network has a bunch of big titles, Homeland, Ray Donovan, and Masters of Sex, for example, as well as a catalog of older hit series.
Even with that programming clout, it’s only in less than 20% of U.S. households, Ianniello pointed out.
Is that the kind of thing a man with no OTT plans would mention?
Ianniello has always been a big fan of the dollars Showtime and CBS have brought in from OTT licensing revenue to Netflix, Hulu Plus, Amazon and others.
Will the future offer an even bigger stream of cash from delivering content online?
Count on it.
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