Pluto TV Adds Four New Channels

As Americans hunker down at home due to the coronavirus outbreak, AVOD service Pluto TV March 17 launched four new channels — TokuSHOUTsu (Ch. 681), Cops (Ch. 308), Blaze Live (Ch. 250) and America’s Voice News (Ch. 247).

TokuSHOUTsu (Ch. 681) offers tokusatsu entertainmant. Tokusatsu is the Japanese term for TV dramas and live-action films with special effects, monster brawls, superhero stunts and sci-fi. Content includes “Super Sentai,” “Ultraman” and “Kamen Rider.”

Cops (Ch. 308) gives viewers access into the daily lives and work of police officers, sheriff’s deputies and others in law enforcement. Filmed on location across the United States, the series follows real-life officers on patrol as they conduct high-speed pursuits, arrests and more.

America’s Voice News (Ch. 247) is a political news network.

Blaze Live (Ch. 250) is news and entertainment “for people who love America,” according to Pluto TV. Hosts include Mark Levin, Glenn Beck, Steven Crowder, Dave Rubin, Phil & Jase Robertson and Sara Gonzales.

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In addition to these four new channels, Pluto TV will be running programming blocks:

  • Sci-Fi Action on Pluto TV Movies 1 & 2, Channels 54 and 56, March 18, 7 p.m. (EST/PST),Stealth, Virtuosity, Aeon Flux;
  • Athletically Funny on Pluto TV Comedy, Channel 60, March 19, 7 p.m. (EST/PST), Kingpin, Bull Durham, Nacho Libre, Necessary Roughness, The Foot Fist Way;
  • Character Comedies on Pluto TV Comedy, Channel 60, March 25, 7 p.m. EST, The Dictator, The Love Guru, Superstar, Night at the Roxbury; and
  • Family Adventures on Pluto TV Movies 1 & 2, Channels 54 and 56, March 30, 7 p.m. (EST/PST), Lemony Snicket, The Tuxedo, Young Sherlock Holmes.

Historic David Susskind Martin Luther King Jr. Interview Available on DVD From MVD

The historic David Susskind Archive: Interview With Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. is available on DVD from MVD Entertainment Group.

Susskind’s long and intimate interview with Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. originally aired on June 9, 1963. Restored by the Paley Center, this broadcast has not been seen in full since its original airing. Among the subjects discussed were the current state of the American Civil Rights Movement and the then recent events in Birmingham, Ala.

On that Sunday night in June, WPIX-TV (NY) cleared this extraordinary interview between Susskind (host of “Open End”) and King. “Open End” had recently been removed from the schedule of WNEW-TV because of the station’s management reluctance to air discussions regarding race relations in America. WPIX picked up the ball, and the rest, as they say, became history.

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Susskind and King discussed the gamut of racial issues of the day, particularly King’s disappointment at the speed at which the Kennedy Administration was moving regarding Civil Rights legislation. The interview so rattled the White House that President Kennedy responded by going on national television to defend his Administration’s positions and to outline his push for what would later be the Civil and Voter’s rights Acts.

The interview was recorded two months before the civil rights leader delivered his “I Have a Dream” speech.

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AT&T Boss: HBO Max to Offer Live Sports, News — in the Future

HBO Max, WarnerMedia’s pending subscription streaming service, will “ultimately” offer live sports and news, in addition to original and catalog programming, Randall Stephenson, CEO of parent AT&T, told investors.

Speaking July 24 on the fiscal call, Stephenson said the branded OTT service would be revealed in further detail to investors in a presentation on the Warner studio lot in Burbank, Calif., on Oct. 29.

“You should assume that ultimately HBO Max will have … live sports and premium sports,” Stephenson said. “Those are going to be really, really important elements for HBO Max. The same with news.”

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The live programming and sports elements would significantly differentiate HBO Max from Netflix, Amazon Prime Video, Disney+ and Hulu, which cater to original and catalog programming.

AT&T CEO Randall Stephenson

In fact, Netflix remains adamant it will not offer live sports, a market Prime Video dabbles in with Major League Baseball and Premier League soccer in the United Kingdom.

WarnerMedia, the media successor to Time Warner, last week revealed the management team behind HBO Max, which is slated to launch in Spring 2020.

While banking on the HBO brand, the streaming service will borrow liberally throughout the WarnerMedia business portfolio, which includes Turner and Warner Bros.

Indeed, Turner has pay-TV carriage license agreements with MLB, the NBA and NCAA March Madness men’s national championship tournament. How those contracts would relate to HBO Max remains to be seen. But Stephenson doesn’t see a problem.

“There’s a lot of opportunity to take advantage of the unique content deals that we have within WarnerMedia,” he said.

The CEO said the recently-ended HBO series “Game of Thrones” significantly increased HBO digital subscribers – a trend he hopes will continue with Max.

“HBO Max will be a key part of this wireless strategy as we get into next year pairing unique premium video content with our wireless, TV and broadband business,” Stephenson said. “[It] is going to be something special in the marketplace. And the implications of that to profitability, we think, are pretty important.”

 

 

Nielsen: Out-of-Home Viewership Boosting Linear TV News Consumption

Despite living in an over-the-top video ecosystem, linear TV remains a primary source of news for young U.S. adults — even outside the home (OOH), according to Nielsen.

News viewing OOH attracts both men and women adults equally across the general population. Notably, Nielsen found that more women (56%) 18-24 watch news remotely than men (43%).

Survey respondents said restaurants and bars are among the most popular places to view news. And this pattern continues among general population respondents aged 25-34 and 35-plus as 59% and 52%, respectively, reported viewing in a restaurant or bar.

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Meanwhile, 61% of younger adults aged 18-24 reported viewing in someone else’s home, while 43% reported watching in a restaurant or bar followed by 40% who reported watching at work and 39% at the gym.

The viewing habits among young adults support the common perception that they like to view content in social environments and in a variety of places.

“While most of us would consider watching the news at a bar, someone else’s home or even at the gym as doing so during our own time, our survey results found that viewers seek out the news at other times too. In fact, they’re going out of their way to catch the latest headline—even during work hours,” read the report.

According to the survey, 40% of the general population respondents age 18-24 reported watching the news while at work. Although the Internet has given consumers the opportunity to get their news on the go, that’s not their only source. Viewers are turning to linear TV out of their homes to catch a glimpse of the news ticker or get the latest weather report before they leave the office.

As more consumers, particularly young adults, take control of how, where and when to watch content, Nielsen contends OOH live news viewing presents advertisers with a great opportunity to be effective with their message and connect with a consumer segment that’s younger and educated.

Streaming Video Service iFlix Bowing 24-Hour News Hub

Subscription streaming video service iFlix is launching a 24-hour live news hub, aggregated news streams, clips, and linear feeds from international, regional and local news sources.

The service will be available across iflix’s 28 markets in Asia, the Middle East and Africa, beginning Sept. 3. News partners include CNN, Al Jazeera, DW, CGTN, and CCTV 4, among others.

“Technology has dramatically reshaped the news and media industries over the past decade,” Mark Britt, co-founder and CEO of iFlix, said in a statement. “Audiences today, particularly the rapidly growing youth segments, want immediate access to the stories and events that are shaping the world around them.”

iFlix News also features direct access to local linear channels, including CNN in the Philippines, Bernama News Channel, and KiniTV in Malaysia, Berita Satu and Kompas TV in Indonesia, Thairath TV and Spring News in Thailand and Mizzima TV in Myanmar.

In addition to the linear channel offering, live news segments will also be available in short form format.

“The launch … is a significant step forward in our commitment to provide customers with the broadest and most compelling selection of content available,” said Britt.

iFlix also offers a library of Hollywood, regional, and local TV shows and movies. The platform allows subscribers access on up to five devices concurrently, including phones, laptops, tablets, and televisions.