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  • Tennis Channel to Launch 24/7 Free Pickleball Streaming Network
    The pickleball phenomenon is real. The Tennis Channel and the Professional Pickleball Association Tour will launch Pickleballtv, a 24/7 free, ad-supported streaming channel as part of a new joint venture. The Tennis Channel, a sports-focused digital cable and satellite TV network, will also air a majority of live PPA Tour matches on Tennis Channel platforms. … Read more
  • This iOS 17 Feature Makes Apple Podcasts a One-Stop-Shop for Shows and Services
    Apple’s iOS 17 update gave Apple Podcasts a sizable refresh. In addition to changes like full-screen artwork, interactive widgets and search filters with more detailed results, users can now connect other subscriptions to the Podcasts app.   Apple Music, Apple News+, Calm and Lingokids users with in-app subscriptions will find their accounts automatically linked to the … Read more
  • Local ABC, CBS, FOX, & NBC Stations May See $4 Billion Boost in Political Advertising Next Year
    After a tough year when the advertising market cratered amid inflation and various economic pressures, local stations like ABC, CBS, FOX, and NBC could see relief coming over the horizon.  S&P Global Market Intelligence Radio/TV Station Annual Outlook 2023 report predicts the 2024 campaign season could garner $4 billion in political ad revenue, which is … Read more
  • Meta Quest VR Headset Launches on October 10 and Will Start at $500
    Meta’s new Quest 3 mixed reality headset hits store shelves on October 10. The 128GB version of the headset will cost $500, and the 512GB headset will cost $650. Meta said all Quest 3 headset purchases will come with virtual reality RPG Asgard’s Wrath 2 until January 27, 2024. The 512GB headset will include a … Read more
  • Google Podcasts is Shutting Down And Moving to YouTube Music
    Google said it will shut down Google Podcasts and transition customers to YouTube Music by the end of 2023.  The move is part of a plan by Google to make YouTube the go-to app for all things streaming, including podcasts. Google said 23% of weekly podcast listeners in the U.S. name YouTube as the service … Read more
  • Squid Game: The Challenge Debuts on Netflix in November, But Will Audiences Have to Wait to See The Entire Season?
    Last Friday, the trailer for a new spin on a fan-favorite dystopia went live. Squid Game: The Challenge is a reality competition show featuring 456 people competing for a chance to outlast them all and win $4.56 million in cash. The contest begins on November 22, though whether the competition will debut in its entirety … Read more
  • FTC May Continue Fighting Microsoft-Activision Merger – Even After the Deal Closes
    The U.S. Federal Trade Commission will challenge Microsoft’s $69 billion acquisition of video game company Activision Blizzard, despite already losing the trial to block the deal. On Tuesday, the agency issued an order to resume its review of the merger, meaning it will continue to challenge the deal.  “The Commission has determined that the public … Read more
  • Hollywood Writers Get the AI Protections and Streaming Data They’ve Been Asking For
    The Writers Guild of America on Tuesday released the details of its new contract with the studios and the Hollywood writers appeared to get virtually everything they wanted, including better protections against the use of artificial intelligence and more transparency over how well their streaming shows and movies have performed. The new contract, which ends … Read more
  • Amazon CEO Confirms Former Microsoft Product Chief Panos Panay Will Join Online Retail Giant
    It’s official: Panos Panay, who led Microsoft’s efforts to transform into a hardware maker, will join Amazon to run its devices and services team. Amazon CEO Andy Jassy on Wednesday confirmed the move, which had leaked earlier shortly after Panay said he was leaving Microsoft after 19 years. Panay will take the reins from Dave … Read more
  • Americans Are Cutting Back Streaming Service Spending As Cord Cutters Become More Budget-Savvy
    Consumers are using fewer – and spending less on – streaming services, but paring down subscription services and saving money doesn’t mean viewers are in an entertainment deficit.  The average number of streaming services used by consumers decreased from 11.6 in the fourth quarter of 2022 to 10.9 in the second quarter of 2023, according … Read more

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