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NBC Universal and Peacock boost sports offering with Big Ten college football

NBCUniversal has struck a seven-year deal for NBC and streamer Peacock to become the exclusive home of Big Ten Saturday Night US college football, beginning in 2023. Peacock will also exclusively stream eight additional Big Ten Football games each season. Big Ten Saturday Night will mark the first time ever that Big Ten Football will have […]

Comcast drops plan for NBC Sky World News service

Comcast has reportedly shelved plans for the international news channel it hoped to rollout this year to rival CNN, blaming the COVID-19 crisis for forcing it to scupper the project. Concrete details of the plan for a channel to be branded As NBC Sky World News – the first co-branded operation between Comcast’s US network […]

NBCU’s Peacock will be mostly ad-supported, confirms Comcast CEO Roberts

Comcast CEO Brian Roberts has laid out the company’s plans for its new streamer, Peacock, saying that the company is looking for the “fastest way to get to profitability with the least amount of investment” with an ad-supported model being the way forward.  The CEO was speaking at a Q&A during Goldman Sachs’ annual Communacopia […]

NBCU taps AI emotion measurement firm Canvs for viewer surveys

NBC Universal is partnering with artificial intelligence-powered emotion measurement firm Canvs in an effort to get a “consistent and accurate” grasp of open-ended survey responses. The news came as New York-based Canvs announced the launch of Canvs Surveys, a language-emotion AI designed to help researchers identify “the hidden meanings of how people feel below the […]

SoundCloud appoints NBCU’s TV Everywhere boss

Berlin-based music service SoundCloud has appointed digital media veteran and former NBC Universal and HBO executive Alison Moore as chief revenue officer. Moore, who has 20 years digital experience, joins from NBCU, where she was general manager and executive vice-president for TV Everywhere, working across the company’s portfolio of brands. SoundCloud said that Moore takes […]

NBCU launches comedy SVoD platform

NBCUniversal has revealed a subscription on-demand platform for comedy, SeeSo. The US$3.99 (€2.78) a month US service will include episodes and clips from shows such asSaturday Night Live, the UK and US versions The Office and Monty Python’s Flying Circus. NBCU Digital Enterprises executive VP Evan Shapiro said SeeSo was not designedo go up against SVOD platforms Netflix, […]

NBC Universal invests US$200 million in Vox Media

NBC Universal has made a US$200 million investment in Vox Media – the parent company of digital brands like tech site The Verge, news site Vox.com and sports site SB Nation. Announcing the deal, NBCU said that Vox’s premium brands would engage broad audiences. The other five Vox brands are: gaming site Polygon; food and […]

Discovery, Nat Geo, NBCU veterans launch Justice Network

A collection of veteran US TV execs have come together to launch a new true-crime channel, Justice Network. The US cable net count has been created by Bounce TV founder Lonnie Cooper. Steve Schiffman, former president of Nat Geo, Barry Wallach, former president of NBCUniversal US TV distribution and John Ford, the ex Discovery Channel […]

NBCU strikes Polish free-to-air deal

Polish broadcaster Telewizja Puls has struck a programming deal with NBCUniversal that gives it a raft of the studio’s TV and film content. TV Puls, which said this it the biggest studio deal it has agreed, will put out the NBCU content on its TV Puls and Puls 2 channels. The deal covers current and […]

NBCU ‘well set’ for post-mega-merger era

The CEO of Comcast has said NBCUniversal’s current performance means the content business is well prepared for any landscape changes, including the potential Fox-Time Warner merger. Brian Roberts told investors NBCU’s performance “strategically and financial positions us well in the content business”, and that “we certainly don’t think we need to bulk up in content”. […]

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