South China Morning Post: China to step up internet censorship with stricter rules for social media and streaming sites

South China Morning Post: China to step up internet censorship with stricter rules for social media and streaming sites. “Chinese social media and web video platforms must approve all news-related comments before they go online and step up training for censors to keep out ‘harmful’ content, according to new regulations taking effect on December 15.”

New York Times: This Ad’s for You (Not Your Neighbor)

New York Times: This Ad’s for You (Not Your Neighbor). “Although millions of American voters may not be aware of it, the powerful data-mining techniques that campaigns routinely use to tailor political ads to consumers on sites and apps are making the leap to streaming video. The targeting has become so precise that next door neighbors streaming the same true crime show on the same streaming service may now be shown different political ads — based on data about their voting record, party affiliation, age, gender, race or ethnicity, estimated home value, shopping habits or views on gun control.”

ZDNet: Want to search across all of your streaming channels? These two apps can help

ZDNet: Want to search across all of your streaming channels? These two apps can help . “Fortunately for us, there are some half-a-dozen applications and services that make it possible to easily search across over 100 streaming channels for our favorite TV shows and movies. That said, in my experience, only two of them, JustWatch and Reelgood, are good and mature enough to deserve your TV-watching time.”

Variety: U.S. Streaming Tops Cable TV Viewing for First Time, Nielsen Says

Variety: U.S. Streaming Tops Cable TV Viewing for First Time, Nielsen Says. “For the month of July, streaming among American TV households represented a record 34.8% share of total consumption, while cable and broadcast came in at 34.4% and 21.6%, respectively. Streaming usage has surpassed that of broadcast before, but this is the first time it has also exceeded cable viewing.”

Wall Street Journal: Some Ads Play on Streaming Services Even When the TV Is Off, Study Finds

Wall Street Journal: Some Ads Play on Streaming Services Even When the TV Is Off, Study Finds. “Many commercials continue to play on ad-supported streaming services after viewers turn off their television, new research shows, a problem that is causing an estimated waste of more than $1 billion a year for brands.”

Deadline: Roku Channel Launches Free Hispanic Streaming Hub Espacio Latino

Deadline: Roku Channel Launches Free Hispanic Streaming Hub Espacio Latino. “Roku is launching Espacio Latino, a free streaming hub for Hispanic programming, on the Roku Channel. With more than 61 million active accounts as of March 31, Roku is a leading gateway for streaming, and one of its most popular offerings is the Roku Channel, a mix of free and paid on-demand and linear services with reach to some 80 million households.”

TorrentFreak: US Court Orders Every ISP in the United States to Block Illegal Streaming Sites

TorrentFreak: US Court Orders Every ISP in the United States to Block Illegal Streaming Sites. “More than a decade after U.S. lawmakers scuttled the controversial SOPA legislation that would’ve required ISPs to block pirate sites, a US court has demonstrated that the ability to block sites has been available all along. Injunctions issued in response to lawsuits against three pirate streaming services require every ISP in the United States to prevent subscribers from accessing them.”

Engadget: Amazon is rebranding IMDb TV as ‘Freevee’

Engadget: Amazon is rebranding IMDb TV as ‘Freevee’. “Amazon’s IMDb TV is rebranding. Beginning April 27th, the ad-supported streaming service will be known as Freevee, according to The Hollywood Reporter. Amazon’s Studios division told the outlet the new name is designed to better reflect how much it costs to access the platform.”

MakeUseOf: 11 Free Movie Streaming Sites With No Sign Up Requirements

MakeUseOf: 11 Free Movie Streaming Sites With No Sign Up Requirements. “There are countless streaming services like Netflix, Paramount+, and Disney+ that make it easy to watch movies, but you need to sign up and pay a monthly subscription fee. It can get expensive to access all those movie libraries. Fortunately, there are multiple streaming services that let you watch free movies legally… and you don’t even need to register!”

Bloomberg: Will the Stars Ever Make Money in This Town Again?

Bloomberg: Will the Stars Ever Make Money in This Town Again?. “Over nearly two years, as Covid-19 has kept people away from movie theaters and in front of their TVs, the economics of Hollywood have been transformed. Digital streaming apps have displaced the box office, and that in turn is changing how everyone in the business gets paid — even stars in the wealthiest reaches of show business.”

DeadHead Web App Streams Grateful Dead Concerts from Internet Archive On Demand

Spotted via my IFTTT/Reddit alerts: a new Web-based streaming app for live Grateful Dead concerts. There’s not a lot of documentation for site but it’s basic: looks like the concerts are arranged by year starting in 1965. (The site is powered by concerts in the Internet Archive.) Click on a one of the squares representing a concert and you’ll get a list of tracks with their duration. You can jump directly to specific tracks. Click play on a track and you’ll get a player at the bottom of the screen. No-frills but certainly functional.

Study: Pandemic speeded trends away from live TV viewing (Tech Xplore)

Tech Xplore: Study: Pandemic speeded trends away from live TV viewing. “The pandemic accelerated changes in how people use their televisions, further reducing the dominance in traditional live viewing of what networks are showing, a new study has found. Nearly two-thirds of people said in June that they viewed free video on demand content on their televisions once a week, up from 46% in February 2020, according to Hub Entertainment Research.”

The Verge: Scarlett Johansson’s Black Widow lawsuit has unearthed a huge problem with streaming

The Verge: Scarlett Johansson’s Black Widow lawsuit has unearthed a huge problem with streaming. “This summer’s biggest Hollywood attraction is a multimillion-dollar battle between two of the industry’s best-known players: Scarlett Johansson and Disney. Johansson sued Disney last week over its day-and-date release of her Marvel superhero film Black Widow, which put the movie on Disney Plus the same day it hit theaters, potentially depriving her of a huge box-office-infused paycheck. The aftermath has been chaotic, but it’s more importantly illuminated the myriad ways that streaming has forever changed the way we experience movies and the implications for the creatives and talent who make them.”

Screen Rant: New Website Helpfully Compares Every Single Streaming Service’s Offerings

Screen Rant: New Website Helpfully Compares Every Single Streaming Service’s Offerings. “A new website Movie of the Night has a chart and graphs that separate content into various categories for people who want to watch something specific on a streaming service. The website includes the number of shows or movies that fit into a category and provides viewers with the list of content based on the five main streaming services: Netflix, Amazon Prime Video, Disney+, HBO Max, and Hulu. However, users also have the option to add Peacock, Paramount+, and more.”

Engadget: Streaming music made up 83 percent of the record industry’s revenue in 2020

Engadget: Streaming music made up 83 percent of the record industry’s revenue in 2020. “The coronavirus pandemic may have made it nearly impossible to check out live shows last year, but the music industry still found a way to grow despite all the hardships. According to the Recording Industry Association of America’s annual year-end report, overall recorded music revenue increased by 9.2 percent to $12.2 billion in 2020. That growth was primarily sustained by more money coming from streaming services, with the format generating $10.1 billion in revenue in 2020, up from $8.9 billion in 2019. 2020 marked the fifth consecutive year of growth on that front.”