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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”. […]

UKTV, NBCU join BAFTA environmental body

UKTV, NBCUniversal International Television Production and Shed Media are joining the BAFTA Albert Consortium – an industry body for environmental sustainability in TV production. The three firms join existing consortium members, including the BBC, ITV, Channel 4, Sky, and producers like Kudos, Twofour, Endemol and All3Media. Samantha Jukes-Adams, VP of production for NBCUniversal International Television […]

Antenna appoints former NBC Universal, Cineflix Studios boss

Pete Smith, the former NBC Universal and Cineflix Studios boss, has been recruited as managing director of Greek broadcast group Antenna. The Greek TV company said it had brought in Smith as part of a wider plan to extend its international presence. Antenna CEO Theodore Kyriakou said that Smith will play a key role in […]

European pay TV channel revenues to hit US$5.5bn by 2018

Revenues for Europe’s top pay TV channels is expected to grow by 31% to US$5.52 billion by 2018, with Viacom holding onto its slot as the leading international channel provider, according to Digital TV Research. According to Digital TV Research’s TV Channel Revenues in Europe report, Viacom will turn in revenues of US$749 million in […]

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