Vice Media has broken off talks with Time Warner about selling a stake in the company to the cable giant, and now it has cut a deal with A&E Networks that values the new-media upstart at $2.4 billion
Love History Channel and Lifetime? Then you may be able to watch them on Dish’s upcoming internet TV service — but lots of details are still unclear.
Sister cable channels A&E and History are beefing up the Facebook pages of some of their most popular TV shows with an e-commerce component…
A&E is looking to test how well Microsoft’s addressable TV platform Admira can handle targeted media buys across some of its smaller channel…
Twitvid.io Gets Money, Changes Name to Vidly; video add-on for Twitter avoids competitor confusion with the name change and gets a $500,000 angel round. (TechCrunch)
A&E Television to Buy Lifetime; financial terms not disclosed, Lifetime will be a subsidiary of A&E and branding will remain separate. (paidContent)
Justice Dept. Hands Out Grants to Fight Piracy; DOJ shells out $1.9 million to law enforcement agencies around the country. (Variety)
A Preview of ESPN’s Hologram; here’s a taste of how the technology looks (much better than election night). (Broadcasting & Cable)
Blockbuster Expands Kiosk Program Into Grocery Stores; 57 Big Y grocery stores in Massachusetts and Connecticut will get the DVD rental boxes. (Video Business)
How Vizio Became the Top-Selling TV in the U.S.; a combination of timing, following the competition and making technology that was “good enough.” (The New York Times)
Comcast’s (s CMSCA) TV Everywhere test is expected to include TV programming from Scripps Networks, Rainbow Media, A&E Television Networks and Comcast Networks, reports Multichannel News. They will join Time Warner’s (s TWX) TNT and TBS networks, which were announced as inaugural participants in the trial earlier this week.
TV Everywhere aims to put full-length cable programming online, but require viewers to prove that they have a cable subscription before they’re able to watch. Currently most full-length episodes from cable networks aren’t available on the web.
Scripps programming includes the Food Network and HGTV; Cablevision’s (s CVC) Rainbow Media has AMC (home of Mad Men and Breaking Bad) and Sundance Channel; A&E has A&E (obvs) as well as Bio and the History Channel; and Comcast Networks has G4 and E!.
According to Multichannel, Viacom’s (s VIA) MTV, Disney/ABC (s DIS) and NBC Universal (s GE) won’t be part of the initial trial, but are open to participating later on.
The Comcast TV Everywhere trial begins next month and will roll out to 5,000 people nationwide.