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Apple explores ‘special occasion’ TV streaming

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Perhaps Apple Inc. is considering mood TV in the same way Apple Music offers up tunes for certain occasions. Apple could want to package aggregated niche services targeted at, say, animal lovers or car enthusiasts. – Claire Atkinson, New York Post

Opening Day streaming is ‘out’ of the question for baseball fans

MLB announced a deal this week with Dish Network that could lead to in-market streaming — but the satellite pay-TV provider needs to reach separate deals with Fox-owned YES Network and SportsNet New York (SNY). […] or any other regional sports networks, known as RSNs — is not likely as RSNs are trying to win those rights from MLB, a source close to the situation said. […] Fox Sports, which owns 15 of the 30 RSNs that carry MLB games, and Comcast, which owns stakes in six, including SNY, are locked in tense negotiations with baseball over in-market streaming. – Josh Kosman, New York Post

‘Kimmy Schmidt’ shows the irrelevance of NBC

Tina Fey’s new comedy “Unbreakable Kimmy Schmidt” was rejected by NBC, which commissioned it. That turned out to be excellent news, because the show wound up on Netflix. Netflix doesn’t have a Standards and Practices division. The networks’ inability to think outside of their cramped and fearful mindspace, in which the overarching concern is to refrain from being interesting lest the advertisers get spooked, is why they’re becoming as irrelevant as the VCR. – Kyle Smith, New York Post
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Free streaming is smallest slice of music revenue pie

The major record labels reaped a combined $295 million in revenue from free ad-supported streaming services in 2014, up 34 percent from the previous year, new figures show. Despite the double-digit growth, the freemium model remains the smallest slice of the nearly $2 billion streaming pie, according to a report from the Recording Industry Association of America. […] The number of US paid subscriptions rose to 7.7 million in 2014, up from 6.2 million, and still a fraction of the 115 million households in the US. – Claire Atkinson, New York Post
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Apple will share viewer data to programmers on its TV service, claims report

According to the New York Post, Apple plans to share viewer data, such as demographics, what’s being watched and when to broadcast networks and other programmers. This level of data would help programmers target advertising to Apple TV customers, and isn’t something usually provided by cable companies, Amazon.com, or Netflix. The Post cites sources saying Apple plans to launch its service in the fall, and it has been in talks with Disney, CBS, FOX, and Discovery Communications for content partnerships. – Dan Seifert, The Verge
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GoPro gets streaming channel on Roku player

The sports camera company said Thursday it’s taking its action-packed channel to Roku, the video streaming player with 10 million-plus customers. […] GoPro programming head Adam Dornbusch said the channel “will make it simple for Roku customers to watch GoPro originally-produced and `best of’ user-generated content on their televisions.” – Richard Morgan, New York Post
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Amazon plans a streaming-video alternative

[Amazon.com] will roll out a new ad-supported streaming offering early next year that will be separate from its $99-a-year Prime membership, which includes a video service, sources said. The ad-supported option — part of an overhaul of its media offerings — poses a serious challenge to streaming rivals such as Hulu and Netflix, analysts said. […] For advertisers, the service could be the Holy Grail in terms of targeting . In theory, Amazon could tell if ads viewed online led to purchases on its retail site. – Claire Atkinson,New York Post 
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Media companies miss ad dollars after signing streaming deals

Viacom executives bemoaned the lack of a credible ratings agency to measure viewers streaming their programs via Netflix or Amazon — but it was these same executives who signed the deals and welcomed the revenue from the streaming companies in the first place. The financial and ratings wounds, it would appear, are at least somewhat self-inflicted. […] Some analysts pointed out that wide availability of content online via Netflix and Amazon.com and other services hurts TV ratings. – Claire Atkinson,New York Post
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Jimmy Iovine gets pushback over Beats Music streaming plan

[Jimmy Iovine], who earlier this year sold the popular Beats headphones brand along with its sister music service to Apple for $3 billion, is attempting to steer the industry away from free streaming services in favor of lower-priced paid subscriptions, sources said. Iovine is getting plenty of pushback, however. […] Iovine — like other long-time recording execs — is no fan of Spotify, Pandora and other free ad-supported services that dominate the industry. While they are fast-growing, the money they generate for the labels is still a trickle. […] Although Pandora and Spotify pay just fractions of pennies to the labels each time a song is streamed, they represent the only area of growth in an industry plagued by piracy and slumping sales. What’s more, they share a cut of the ad revenue with the labels. – Claire Atkinson, New York Post  
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Good news for Hulu Plus subscribers: Hulu CEO is considering to run fewer ads

Think there are too many ads on Hulu Plus? You’re not alone: Hulu CEO Mike Hopkins is considering reducing the ad load on Hulu’s paid subscription tier, according to a New York Post report. Hulu has been showing users more than 80 ads per month, compared to 32 on YouTube, according to the Post. – Janko Roettgers,Gigaom
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