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Gay, transgender characters thrive on U.S. streaming sites, traditional TV lags

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[GLAAD], which monitors how the lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender community is portrayed in the media, said its 20th annual television survey released on Tuesday found that transgender characters are completely absent from primetime broadcast programming. But 7 percent of characters on streaming services were transgender, including two series leads. – Chris Michaud, Reuters

Yahoo slashes ad price for streaming NFL game: sources

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Yahoo Inc has dropped the price of advertising for its first Web-streamed National Football League game on Sunday from an early price of $200,000 to less than $100,000, two media buyers familiar with the situation told Reuters on Wednesday. […] The price cut, made over several months, reflected the broad uncertainty about how many people would tune in, especially in the United States, said the media buyers, who requested anonymity because they work with Yahoo.- Jessica Toonkel, Reuters

Fans flock to first-ever video game live-streaming expo

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Gaming-focused conventions are nothing new, but Twitchcon 2015 is the first time fans, aspiring broadcasters and the virtual stars they watch will come together for a two-day conference dedicated solely to online game broadcasting. Twitch, the biggest online home for game live-streams with roughly 100 million unique viewers per month, is hosting the event and expects 15,000 gamers to attend. – Curtis Skinner, Reuters

HBO towers over streaming upstarts at TV’s Emmys

HBO, owned by Time Warner Inc, topped all networks and their streaming competitors with a total of 43 awards. It was the first time in 13 years a network won both the drama and comedy series honors. Online retailer Amazon.com shared the Emmy stage, taking five awards for groundbreaking transgender series “Transparent,” including best actor for Jeffrey Tambor. Streaming pioneer Netflix earned four Emmys, with Uzo Aduba named best supporting drama actress for playing “Crazy Eyes” on the dark prison series “Orange is the New Black.” – Lisa Richwine, Reuters

Disney Movies Coming to Roku, Fire TV, and Xbox

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Disney Movies Anywhere can now be accessed through its new app for the Microsoft Xbox 360 and for Amazon’s Fire tablets, Fire TV and Fire TV Stick. Walt Disney Studios added that it would launch the app on video streaming-device maker Roku Inc and Google Inc’s Android TV on Sept. 15, coinciding with the DVD release of “Cinderella.” – Arathy S Nair, Reuters via Zatz Not Funny

EU finds no evidence of illegal activity in Apple’s music streaming deals: report

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The European Commission, the executive arm of the European Union, started an investigation in April and had sent out questionnaires to several record labels seeking information about their dealings with Apple. The investigation did not turn up evidence of any illegal activity, but the European Union will continue to monitor the market, the report said, citing sources. – Anannya Pramanick, Reuters via Business Insider

Time Warner Cable is reportedly open to being acquired by Charter

Reuters reports that Time Warner is “open” to being acquired by Charter Communications, in a move that would create a cable giant with 15.6 million video subscribers and 16.4 million broadband customers. That’s smaller than the giant that would have been created by a combination of Comcast and Time Warner, which would have had 21.7 million video subscribers and 20.7 million broadband customers. But given the Federal Communications Commission’s close scrutiny of the earlier merger attempt, a Charter bid for Time Warner could still face rough going. – Casey Newton, The Verge

Vivendi to bid for Sky?

France’s Vivendi has denied a report that it is looking to buy the pay-TV group Sky. The rebuttal, published by Bloomberg, comes after Reuters, quoting three sources, said that Vivendi is considering the acquisition of Sky as one of several options to expand Canal+ group. […] Vivendi is currently in exclusive negotiations to buy an 80% stake in dailymotion for €217 million. – Chris Dziadul, Broadband TV News

Why the cable industry should fear Verizon’s streaming video app

In a recent interview with Reuters, [CFO Fran Shammo] said he could see Verizon offering streaming video “not necessarily [on] a consumer-pay model” but using an approach that relies largely — if not exclusively — on advertising. […] The details of this model will prove to be extremely important, but the big takeaway here is that Verizon’s service theoretically could be priced at zero (or in general, substantially less than the $15-20 per month many of the major apps such as SlingTV and HBO Now expect to charge). This won’t lead to all the providers abandoning subscription fees overnight just so they can reach cord-cutters; after all, one of the best parts of watching HBO is that a full episode of “Game of Thrones” is, in fact, an hour long. – Brian Fung, Washington Post
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