Advanced Television


Locast shuts permanently

US TV station streamer Locast has been ordered to close its operations permanently. The service had previously been ordered to suspend all operations, but now a New York federal court has ordered a permanent injunction that bans Locast from operating. The owners of the major broadcast networks in the US – namely ABC, CBS, NBC […]

September 17, 2021

MLS audience up 50% on ABC, ESPN

The 2021 Major League Soccer season (MLS) on ABC and ESPN networks in the US has delivered an average audience of 384,000 viewers through 18 matches, a 50 per cent increase compared to the 2020 regular-season average (257,000). Compared to the 2019 regular-season average (277,000 viewers), the audience of 384,000 average viewers for MLS on […]

August 27, 2021

Sarlanis heads Discovery’s Crime & Investigative content

Discovery has promoted lifestyle programming veteran Jason Sarlanis to President, Crime & Investigative Content, Linear and Streaming, effective September 1st. Kathleen Finch, Chief Lifestyle Brands Officer, Discovery, who made the announcement, has also reported that Kevin Bennett, who currently is Group EVP Programming and General Manager at Investigation Discovery (ID), which in 2021 to date […]

July 30, 2021

My Perfect Supercar signs Small World international deal

Mediafisch CEO Björn Hering announced the company, together with Elysian Fields, has signed a deal with Small World, a Joe Lewis Company (JLC), to be the worldwide distribution and production partners for the unscripted television series My Perfect Supercar. The series is being produced in association with one of the most exclusive clubs in the […]

June 24, 2021

ABC appoints Silver as General Counsel

ABC Managing Director David Anderson has announced the appointment of Ingrid Silver to the role of ABC General Counsel. SIlver joins the ABC with more than 25 years’ experience in the media and law, practised mainly in the UK and Europe. As a digital media, broadcast and communications transaction and regulatory expert, she has developed […]

June 18, 2021

Disney, Sony “landmark” movie licensing deal

The Walt Disney Company and Sony Pictures Entertainment (SPE) have agreed a multi-year content licensing deal for US streaming and TV rights to Sony Pictures’ new theatrical releases across Disney Media & Entertainment Distribution’s portfolio of platforms, including its streaming services Disney+ and Hulu, as well as linear entertainment networks including ABC, Disney Channels, Freeform, […]

April 22, 2021

Australia: Freeview enhanced HbbTV platform

Freeview Australia has launched its free enhanced HbbTV (Hybrid Broadcast Broadband TV) service, which it says will provide Australians with a more seamless integration between broadcast and on-demand BVoD services. As well as providing a more streamlined way to search and discover a world of free-to-air (FTA) entertainment across more than 35 channels, it also […]

April 12, 2021

Increased viewership for X Games Aspen

In the first action sports event to take place in North America since the pandemic put large events on hold, X Games Aspen 2021 content across ESPN, ESPN2 and ABC experienced double-digit viewership increases on television and triple-digit growth on social and digital media platforms. Driven by the rise of young talent, with six of […]

February 10, 2021

Data: Millions of Americans streamed election news for free

Following the 2020 US presidential elections, streaming device and platform specialist Roku has released new data detailing the significant growth in consumption of election-related news via streaming on the Roku platform. The analysis coincides with newly-released data from a nationwide survey of more than 2,000 US adults, conducted by The Harris Poll for Roku prior […]

November 19, 2020

Data: Biden pips Trump in town hall TV ratings

US President Donald Trump and former vice president Joe Biden participated in ‘town halls’ in the US on NBC and ABC, respectively, on October 15th. According to analysis by Samba TV, the cross-screen television data and analytics provider, 6.3 million US households tuned into Trump’s town hall, a 209 per cent increase from the previous […]

October 16, 2020