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Disney Hires Netflix Alum to Help Run Upcoming Streaming Service

Walt Disney Company on Monday said it has hired former Netflix executive Tehmina Jaffer to help launch and run its upcoming Disney+ streaming service as the conglomerate’s senior vp business affairs for its direct-to-consumer and international segment. – Paul Bond, The Hollywood Reporter » https://ift.tt/2HfPOAM

Freeform Launches New Streaming App

As ABC Family changes its name to Freeform Tuesday, the network is launching a new mobile app that will enables viewers to stream programming and interact via social media. […] The network will premiere the new series Shadowhunters Tuesday night and after it airs on Freeform on cable, the first two episodes will be available without signing in via the app. – Jon Lafayette, Broadcasting & Cable Magazine

ABC TV now live-streaming through the iView catch-up service

ABC’s iView was the first of the Australian catch-up services, kicking off back in 2008. Previously it had offered the ABC News 24 channel as a live-stream, but the changes announced today make the main ABC programming available to watch live via the either the iView web site or the iOS and Android apps. At the moment native apps for smart TV and other devices won’t feature the live-streaming option with the broadcaster electing to roll out the feature to “devices without easy access to broadcast TV.” – Nic Healey, CNET

ABC Lines Up Original Series for New Streaming Effort (EXCLUSIVE)

photo: Netflix/Lisa Higginbotham, Variety

WatchABC allows users to access new and previous episodes of current ABC series, in addition to a live stream of the networks’ linear feed in some markets, on mobile devices and PCs. Some of the content is only available to pay-TV subscribers. How exactly Disney-ABC Television Group will utilize the originals on WatchABC is still being debated, say insiders. [The] series could be reserved just for pay-TV subs or made freely available; it’s also possible to see a blended strategy in which new episodes are free but previous ones require authentication. – Andrew Wallenstein, Variety

Chicago puts off tax for streaming services

photo: Elise Amendola, AP

Enforcement on the tax, which is actually not new, has been postponed from September to Jan. 1, 2016 so the city can help work with companies that are not complying. Under the measure, streaming subscription and pay-per-view services will have to collect a nine percent tax from their Chicago customers. – ABC 7 Chicago

Disney, Apple Arguing Over Channels to Be Included in New Streaming Television Service

Disney is pushing Apple Inc. to include most of its channel offerings, while Apple wants to offer fewer channels in an effort to keep prices lower. Disney’s channels include ESPN and Disney Channel, along with several spinoffs channels like Disney Junior, Disney XD, ESPN2, ESPN Classic, and more. Disney also owns ABC channels that Apple feels are essential, like ABC Family, so Apple may be forced to agree to offer more Disney channels to ensure negotiations go smoothly. – Juli Clover, MacRumors

Fan TV helps you find the right source for your streaming video

There really hasn’t been an easy way to find where shows are available across multiple streaming sources. Now there’s help: a free iOS app called Fan TV. […] The app is iOS-only for now. It is designed to help you find video content across more than 40 streaming sources, including Netflix, Hulu Plus, Amazon, iTunes, ABC, CBS, NBC, PBS, HBO and Showtime. – Jim Rossman, The Dallas Morning News

Apple will launch its attack against pay TV companies this fall

Late on Monday, The Wall Street Journal published a report relaying that Apple Inc. has plans to launch a subscription-based streaming TV service this fall. According to the report, Apple’s TV offering will cost users approximately $30 to $40 a month and will offer a somewhat lightweight selection of 25 channels. Some of the cable channels reportedly on-board already include big names such as ESPN and FX. Naturally, the service will reportedly include content from major networks like ABC, CBS and FOX. But notably absent from the mix is NBCUniversal. This is supposedly the result of negotiation difficulties Apple previously experienced with Comcast, NBCUniversal’s parent company. – Yoni Heisler, BGR
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