Fox News Digital Eyes Double-Digit Viewing Increase in April

Fox News Digital said it finished the month of April with double-digit viewership increases, including multiplatform views (up 26% from April 2019), multiplatform minutes (19%) and multiplatform unique visitors (20%).

Fox attributed the increase to viewer interest in the coronavirus pandemic.

The network, citing ComScore data, also reported new highs in multiplatform unique visitors (121.5 million), total multiplatform views (1.9 billion) and total multiplatform minutes (4.5 billion minutes). This April marked the second-highest month of multiplatform unique visitors, coming only behind March 2020, as well as notched the network’s fifth consecutive month with over 100 million multiplatform unique visitors.

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Fox said its branded mobile news app topped CNN’s app in viewers with 8.7 million unique visitors compared to 7.3 million for CNN.

Multi-Platform Total Minutes
Fox News Digital – 4.5 billion (up 19%)
CNN.com – 5.4 billion (up 90%)

Multi-Platform Total Views
Fox News Digital – 1.97 billion (up 26%)
CNN.com – 2.93 billion (up 100%)

Multi-Platform Unique Visitors
FOX News Digital – 121.5 million (up 20%)
CNN.com – 165 million (up 33%)

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TiVo Adds Amazon Prime Video App

TiVo Dec. 3 launched the Prime Video app on select TiVo devices to its pay-TV operator customers nationwide, making Amazon Originals, movies and TV shows easier to find.

Pay-TV subscribers with an Amazon Prime membership can stream content via the Prime Video app on select TiVo devices. With the TiVo Voice Remote, users can find what they are looking for by simply saying the name of the show, movie, or an actor’s name into the remote.

For example, saying “Find the show with John Krasinski” will display “Tom Clancy’s Jack Ryan” where the viewer can select from a list of episodes. Customers can also use a TiVo feature that gathers every episode of a series available from anywhere, to bookmark episodes for later viewing.

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“Adding the Prime Video app means fueling fandom for great content that reaches millions of households,” TiVo CEO Dave Shull said in a statement.

The Prime Video app on TiVo includes enhanced experiences, such as select 4K Ultra HD and High Dynamic Range (HDR) content and a behind the scenes look at movies and TV shows with X-Ray, powered by IMDb.

“Providing Prime members with great content and offering them an excellent viewing experience has always been our priority,” said Andrew Bennett, director of worldwide business development for Amazon Prime Video. “By making the Prime Video app available for select TiVo pay-TV operator customers, we can further expand the number of people that can enjoy Prime Video’s popular movies, hit TV shows and exclusive Amazon Original series as part of a seamless viewing experience.”

Google Bows $4.99 ‘Play Pass’ Video Game Platform

Google Sept. 23 announced the launch of “Play Pass,” a $4.99 monthly service offering access to more than 350 apps and video games. All games are free of ads and upfront payments.

Subscriptions include a 10-day free trial. For a limited time (12 months), Play Pass costs $1.99/month, then $4.99/month thereafter.

Play Pass apps and games can still be found on the Play Store. All apps and games found on the Play Pass homepage or throughout the Play Store with the ticket are completely unlocked with your subscription.

“Play Pass helps encourage people to try new experiences they would not have otherwise,” Maria Sayans, CEO of Ustwo, said in a statement.

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Netflix Stock Up as App Downloads Surge

Shares of Netflix are up 3% Sept. 9 in midday trading following a Wall Street report outlining a surge in downloads of the SVOD behemoth’s app.

Apps are indicative of video streaming outside the traditional in-home television on portable devices such as cell phones, tablets and laptops.

Data from Bank of America Merrill Lynch found that app downloads in the current third quarter (ending Sept. 30) are up 18% from the previous-year period and 30% from Q2 (ended June 30).

Domestic app growth is up 6% year-over-year and 13% from Q2, while Netflix’s global app downloads are up 21% from last year and 34% from Q2.

Bank of America Merrill Lynch attributed the third season bow of original series “Stranger Things” in June for the stock bump.

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Consumer SVOD Mobile App Spending Rose 77% in 2017

Consumer spending on the top 10 mobile apps for subscription video-on-demand services via the App Store and Google Play rose 77% in 2017 to about $781 million compared to 2016, according to new data from Sensor Tower. Revenue grew almost 88% just in the fourth quarter to $242 million.

As expected, Netflix topped all SVOD apps, generating $290 million in revenue in 2017, up 113% from 2016. Notably, apps from YouTube, Starz and CBS All Access grew even more at 154%, 147% and 128%, respectively.

The data underscores the brand strength of Netflix generating revenue from alternative sources. The SVOD pioneer generated total 2017 revenue of $11.67 billion, including $3.28 billion in Q4.

The report suggests programing plays a big part in app use. HBO Now saw revenue peak to $67.3 million in Q3 when season seven of “Game of Thrones” aired. Revenue declined 21% in Q4 to $53.2 million.

CBS touted Star Trek reboot “Star Trek: Discovery” as a revenue driver. And it didn’t disappoint. Spending increased 105% in Q3 to $4.1 million compared to $2 million in the previous-year period. Revenue grew 33% to $5.4 million into Q4.