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  • Comcast says technical issue caused NBC to disappear from its program guide, is being fixed

    Comcast says technical issue caused NBC to disappear from its program guide, is being fixed

    A number of Comcast users noticed this morning that the channel NBC has disappeared from the programming guide on their TV – an odd and unfortunately timed glitch on Election Day here in the U.S. Many have been complaining on Twitter about the problem, posting screenshots that show the channel’s disappearance while tweeting at Comcast-run Twitter accounts for answers. The… Read More

  • Tyra Banks on startup investing and her new TV show

    Tyra Banks rang the closing bell at the Nasdaq Entrepreneurial Center in San Francisco this afternoon. The supermodel turned entrepreneur and startup investor was there to celebrate the one-year anniversary of the launch of Tyra Beauty. Tyra Beauty is both “beauty business and badassery,” Banks quipped in a video chat with TechCrunch. It’s a “cosmetics experience, not… Read More

  • NBC will stream the debates and other election coverage in VR, starting tonight

    NBC will stream the debates and other election coverage in VR, starting tonight

    Facebook is live streaming the presidential debates with help from ABC News, and Twitter this morning announced it will host its own live streams, courtesy of a Bloomberg partnership. NBC, however, in an effort out-tech them all, will instead stream the debates in virtual reality. Welcome to the future, where watching TV is that weird thing that only grandma still does. NBC says… Read More

  • NBCUniversal is bringing mini TV shows to Snapchat

    NBCUniversal is bringing mini TV shows to Snapchat

    NBCUniversal is expanding its relationship with social networking platform Snapchat, according to an announcement out this morning detailing a new content and advertising partnership between the two companies. The deal will see the media and entertainment brand developing mobile, short-form versions of several of its popular shows, including NBC’s “The Voice” and E! Read More

  • NBC will offer 85 hours of VR Olympics programming, courtesy of Samsung

    NBC will offer 85 hours of VR Olympics programming, courtesy of Samsung

    NBC has already hinted at plans to capitalize on the exponential interest surrounding VR by adding the format to its planned wall-to-wall Olympic coverage, but for the first time, the Rio broadcasting network is shedding some real light on how it intends to do so. The plan revolves around Gear VR — exclusively, in fact. Owners of Samsung’s headset (and compatible Galaxy phones… Read More

  • Glu Mobile To Invest Up To $7.5 Million In QuizUp, With Option To Acquire

    Glu Mobile To Invest Up To $7.5 Million In QuizUp, With Option To Acquire

    QuizUp, the Icelandic company that put trivia in an app, has announced that it is receiving up to $7.5 million in funding from Glu Mobile, with an option to call to acquire. This comes in the wake of a partnership forged between NBC and QuizUp, announced in October, with the network looking to turn QuizUp content into a proper TV show played both in studio and at home through the app. The… Read More

  • Yahoo Renews Its Partnership With NBC Sports

    Yahoo Renews Its Partnership With NBC Sports

    Today, Yahoo announced that one of their crown jewels, its relationship with NBC Sports, has been renewed. In a post, Ian Weingarten, SVP, Corporate Development and Partnerships, said: We’ve renewed our partnership with NBC Sports Group, bringing even more content to Yahoo/NBC Sports viewers, including Premier League highlights, NBC Sports Regional Network team reports, and Golf Channel. Read More

  • The Future For Artists And Celebrities (And YouTubers) Is Direct Intimacy Crunch Network

    The Future For Artists And Celebrities (And YouTubers) Is Direct Intimacy

    The most-watched Game of Thrones episode ever, this past season’s finale, had 8.11 million viewers. Meanwhile, Pentatonix, a musical a capella group on YouTube since 2012, gets 10 million views each week. My point isn’t that these personalities will eventually replace premium content, but rather that YouTubers and independent artists have been commanding comparable audiences to… Read More

  • Mobile Web Surfers Again Facing Unexpected Redirects To App Store, Native Apps

    Mobile Web Surfers Again Facing Unexpected Redirects To App Store, Native Apps

    Remember the early days of web surfing? You’d be happily browsing through your favorite sites, clicking links – then, boom! – your screen was littered with pop-up advertisements! The problem became so prevalent, people began installing pop-up blocking software on their PCs as a solution to the ongoing annoyance. Today, as users make the transition to mobile, a new irritation… Read More

  • NBC’s 10-Hour Super Bowl Live Stream Begins Now

    NBC’s 10-Hour Super Bowl Live Stream Begins Now

    As we reported weeks ago, NBC is bringing the Super Bowl to the internet for free offering a live stream of the big game today starting at noon ET. This isn’t the first time that NBC has streamed the big game, but it is the first time that the whole game (from pre-game, to the game itself, to half-time and beyond) will be streamed start to finish on the internet. Also, users… Read More

  • NBC Will Live Stream The Super Bowl For Free

    NBC Will Live Stream The Super Bowl For Free

    Good news for cord-cutters: NBCUniversal has said it will offer an 11-hour free digital video stream of this year’s Super Bowl, including pre-game coverage, the halftime show, and even an episode of “The Blacklist” following the big game. The stream, which will be offered for free, will begin at noon on February 1st and then wrap up at 10 PM ET that evening. However, NBC… Read More

  • Adobe Partners With Microsoft’s Azure To Power NBC’s Sochi Olympics Video Streaming

    Adobe Partners With Microsoft’s Azure To Power NBC’s Sochi Olympics Video Streaming

    NBC caught a lot of flak for its live video streams during the London Olympics, but for Sochi, the network promises to stream every event live. Just like during the London Olympics, NBC’s partner for making these streams possible (and authenticating cable subscribers) is Adobe – and Adobe itself is partnering with Microsoft to power the streams. Adobe’s Primetime platform… Read More

  • NBC Shutters Hyper-Local News And Information Site EveryBlock After Failing To Find The Right Business Model

    NBC Shutters Hyper-Local News And Information Site EveryBlock After Failing To Find The Right Business Model

    It’s not easy trying to make money as a hyper-local network these days (just ask AOL’s Patch), but in a surprising move, NBC just announced that it is shutting down EveryBlock, the Knight Foundation-backed news and information site MSNBC acquired in 2009. In an email to Poynter.org, Senior Vice President and Chief Digital Officer of NBC News Vivian Schiller wrote that the… Read More

  • Satirical Twitter Account @NBCDelayed Is The Best Part Of NBC’s Olympics Coverage

    Satirical Twitter Account @NBCDelayed Is The Best Part Of NBC’s Olympics Coverage

    If you’ve grown sick of these NBC/Olympics stories, too bad! We have nearly two weeks of Olympics and their respective tape delays left. I don’t even want to count how many hours of delayed Ryan Seacrest that is. Here is a wild, EXCLUSIVE, Olympic story that could only be found by top-notch journalists with Internet connections and Twitter accounts (where could we find people… Read More

  • Please Don’t Watch NBC Tonight. Or Any Night.

    Please Don’t Watch NBC Tonight. Or Any Night.

    Spoiler alert: Phelps and Lochte raced today. The results are all over Twitter. But the race won’t air on TV in America until tonight. This is 2012, not 1996. NBC has put all of the events live online, provided you have a cable subscription, but won’t have them available recorded online and won’t air many events, including the most high-profile ones, until a primetime… Read More

  • The 16-Year Itch: Microsoft, NBC Call It Quits, NBC Gets Custody Of MSNBC.com

    The 16-Year Itch: Microsoft, NBC Call It Quits, NBC Gets Custody Of MSNBC.com

    They came together with a common worldview and complementary personalities. Then, as they grew older and grew apart, they still tried to make it work — for the sake of the child, at least. Now that that kid is a teenager, they’ve decided now is probably the best time to finally call curtains: After 16 years, Microsoft and NBC are parting ways in their joint news venture, and NBC… Read More

  • What’s Driving Facebook’s Olympics Deal With NBC? A Battle With Twitter For TV Presence

    What’s Driving Facebook’s Olympics Deal With NBC? A Battle With Twitter For TV Presence

    Facebook and NBC are expected to announce a partnership today for the London Olympic Games. In short, Facebook users will be reminded to watch NBC’s coverage and NBC viewers will be reminded to join the conversation on Facebook. On the surface, it looks like a straightforward marketing partnership where Facebook gets web traffic plus promotion on TV, while NBC gets a more engaging… Read More

  • NBCUniversal Ramps Up Film Exposure In China With Youku Premium Deal For 100 Films

    NBCUniversal Ramps Up Film Exposure In China With Youku Premium Deal For 100 Films

    NBCUniversal continues to ramp up international streaming deals as a way of getting its content in a non-pirated (read: revenue-generating) format out to the masses. Today, the media company is making a key move into China in a multi-year licensing deal with Youku, the country’s biggest online video player with 300 million monthly viewers, to provide a rolling selection of 100 feature… Read More

  • NBC Ruins The Fun, Fires Employee Over "What Is Internet" Video

    By now you’ve probably seen the Katie Couric and Bryant Gumbel pondering the wonders of the Internet. It’s a bit hokey and of course shows the NBC hosts talking nonsense about something outside of their expertise. Well, NBC clearly didn’t find it as cute as everyone else and reportedly fired the employee that uploaded it. Best Buy almost did that once. Remember how that… Read More

  • The Future Of TV Is HTML

    The Future Of TV Is HTML

    The title of this post is both a very old idea and a very new one. With the prevalence of fiber connectivity and pervasive broadband speeds, this year has been a hot one for bringing together the home computer and the living room TV. While companies like Apple and Google battle over share of TV viewers, they have left open and promoted the web for content distributors to control their own… Read More

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