By Evan DeSimone
Opinions & Analysis
Why the TV bundle isn’t going anywhere
Comcast has unveiled plans for a new web-based TV service called Stream, which will offer a small bundle of channels — including the major broadcast networks and HBO — for $15 per month. In doing so, the biggest cable company in the country (at the end of the first quarter, Comcast reported 22.4 million video subscribers in the U.S.) appears to be joining a growing list of TV companies offering web-based alternatives for cord-cutters.
Digiday — http://bit.ly/1SkGRBl
Comcast’s Streaming Service Could Push Customers Back to Cable
Comcast CMCSA -0.64%’s new service for cord cutters might yet prompt some to retie the knot. The cable giant announced on Monday a new video streaming service that will allow its broadband subscribers to get basic broadcast TV channels, plus HBO, and a cloud-based DVR service for an extra $15 a month.
AT A GLANCE: INTERNET TV OPTIONS
How other providers stack up against Comcast’s new streaming video service.
CMO Today: Snapchat Tweaks Discover Section
NEW DISCOVERY: Snapchat is tweaking its presentation to make publishers’ content–and related advertising–more visible to its massive user base. WSJ reports that the disappearing messages app’s “Discover” section, which hosts videos and text from publishers like ESPN, CNN and Cosmopolitan, has a new home in much better real estate.
Deals & Signings
Verizon Adds Vice to Upcoming Video Service
Verizon’s planned video service, which the telco says it will launch this year, will include programming from Vice. Verizon says it will offer some Vice content available on other platforms, as well as “original domestic and international programming” created specifically for Verizon. Verizon has previously announced programming deals with CBS Sports, Scripps and AwesomenessTV, but hasn’t provided a launch date, pricing or other details for the upcoming service.
Re/code — http://on.recode.net/1HZRxWk
Streaming Video News
Local TV Takes News to Web in Fight for Cord Cutters
Local TV stations are plugging one of the last major holes in mobile video: streaming their news to phones and tablets. The move presents yet another challenge to cable and satellite providers, which are grappling with the widespread online availability of content.
NYT — http://nyti.ms/1TzVL98
Netflix hits new high price in advance of stock split, earnings
Streaming video leader Netflix (NFLX) closed at a new high today, just a day before its seven-for-one stock split and two days before the company releases its second-quarter earnings. After opening at $686.69, shares are up as much as 5% and topped $716 before closing at $707.90, up 4%. Its previous closing high was $681.19.
USA Today — http://usat.ly/1K4wDFZ
Comcast’s Gigabit service will cost roughly a third of rent in parts of its coverage area
Comcast finally unveiled the cost of its blazing 2-gigabit-per-second Internet service: $299 per month, or $159 during a special promotional period. This is all well and good, except that its coverage area is a portion of Tennessee, where the median household income is 45th in the nation at $41,693.
The Next Web — http://tnw.co/1DeLZjo
Brazil’s Hottest YouTube Star Is a Blue Chicken. Next Stop: USA
Brazil’s biggest YouTube star is a blue spotted hen named Galinha Pintadinha — Lottie Dottie in English — and she’s out to take over the world. At least, that’s how it feels to parents in Brazil.
Bloomberg — http://bloom.bg/1HZqqdV
Denyse Godoy and Christiana Sciaudone
YouTube’s Susan Wojcicki On Star Creators: ‘YouTube Is Their Home’
YouTube’s position as the king of online video is being threatened by rivals, none more serious than Facebook. But YouTube’s CEO says she’s not concerned about losing its top creators, who command millions strong audiences and who have been experimenting with other video platforms.
Forbes — http://onforb.es/1CEdyrf
Apple poised for over-the-top TV deal with networks, report says
It’s been more than a year since the Supreme Court shut down Aereo, a controversial start-up that let consumers use the Internet to watch over-the-air TV. Now, Apple AAPL -0.24% could be on the cusp of filling that void by reaching a deal with affiliates of the four major television networks.
Fortune — http://for.tn/1HtwMg8
Jeff John Roberts
Lots of Companies You’ve Heard Of Are Making VR Cameras. Now Meet the Other Guys.
Even in the nascent, unproven market for virtual reality content, there are already plenty of options for filming live-action VR videos.
Re/code — http://on.recode.net/1RwqZQR
Snapchat Tweaks Design to Highlight Discover Section
Snapchat unveiled some tweaks to its app Monday that put a bigger emphasis on media content: The stories page now highlights its “Discover” section, which features branded content from media partners like ESPN, CNN and Warner Music Group.
Variety — http://bit.ly/1JfudOW
Newsweek Reorganizes Operations in Europe
Less than 18 months after Newsweek made a triumphant return to print following an ill-fated merger with the Daily Beast and a departure from newsstands, the magazine is reorganizing its operations in Europe. IBT Media, which bought the magazine in 2013, is doing away with the position of editor-in-chief for its European edition, and Richard Addis, who held that title, is exiting the magazine.