Ars Technica: How a French satellite operator helps keep Russia’s TV propaganda online

Ars Technica: How a French satellite operator helps keep Russia’s TV propaganda online. “More than a decade on, Russia once again finds itself trying to consolidate its information hegemony in the region. And, once again, Eutelsat is making it possible. But two experts on the satellite industry say it’s time that Ukraine’s allies step up and force Eutelsat to prioritize real reportage on the situation in Ukraine over Russia’s state-backed disinformation.”

Deadline: Channel 4 Strikes YouTube Deal; Sky Arts Series; Post-Production Launch; WBD Spain Series; Indielab — Global Briefs

Deadline: Channel 4 Strikes YouTube Deal; Sky Arts Series; Post-Production Launch; WBD Spain Series; Indielab — Global Briefs. “British broadcaster Channel 4 has signed a deal with YouTube to put 1,000 hours of programming on the Google-owned streaming platform…. Shows will begin rolling out this month and include 8 Out Of 10 Cats; Location, Location, Location; Nikki Grahame: Who Is She?, SAS: Who Dares Wins and The Dog House.”

Vulture: Netflix Ratings Just Got a Little Less Secretive

Vulture: Netflix Ratings Just Got a Little Less Secretive. “Netflix is making good on its promise to start disclosing viewership stats on a regular basis. Reversing years of secrecy, the streaming giant today will start releasing a weekly report revealing not only the most popular programming on the service but exactly how many viewing hours those titles accumulated around the world over the preceding seven days.”

New York Times: Locast, a nonprofit streaming service for local TV, is shutting down

New York Times: Locast, a nonprofit streaming service for local TV, is shutting down. “Locast, a nonprofit streaming service that piped local broadcast signals over the internet, is shutting down after a federal judge ruled against the organization in a rare case tackling the legality of network content delivered online. The organization said it was ‘suspending operations, effective immediately,’ and it added that Locast was meant to “operate in accordance with the strict letter of the law,” but had to comply with the ruling, with which it disagreed.”

CNET: How to improve your TV’s speech and get rid of muffled dialog

CNET: How to improve your TV’s speech and get rid of muffled dialog. “If you’re struggling to understand the dialog in your new favorite show, it’s most likely the TV’s tiny speakers that are to blame. However, there could be other causes — for example, if you find that people’s lips are moving but speech isn’t correlating, you may need help with a lip-sync issue. If your main problem is that dialog sounds muffled and incomprehensible, whether you’re using a TV speaker or a separate sound system, here are three things you can do to fix it.”

Robservations: Media Burn wins grant to launch Guerrilla Television Network (Robert Feder)

Robert Feder: Robservations: Media Burn wins grant to launch Guerrilla Television Network. “Chicago’s Media Burn Independent Video Archive has received a $459,150 grant from the Council on Library Resources to collaborate with the University of Chicago on digitizing hundreds of previously unseen videotapes from the 1970s. In addition to Media Burn’s content, the new Guerrilla Television Network will include work from Appalshop, Community TV Network, Experimental TV Center, Kartemquin Films and New Orleans Video Access Center.”

CNN: The pandemic has changed TV viewing patterns, and awards shows are suffering

CNN: The pandemic has changed TV viewing patterns, and awards shows are suffering. “The Grammys free-falled in the ratings despite a telecast that critics praised for its inventiveness and energy. But where some saw a well-produced event, others saw a desperate appeal to youth that was ill-suited for the older demos of broadcast TV. The bigger-picture problem is that a great splintering is underway — a loss of communal experiences, whether at the movies or on broadcast or, to some degree, in music.”

New York Times: How the Pandemic Stalled Peak TV

New York Times: How the Pandemic Stalled Peak TV. “Nearly a year ago, when the full force of the coronavirus pandemic hit the United States, home viewing became the main leisure activity for those who found themselves working remotely and unable to go out in their off hours….But pandemic-related production delays, which all but shut down the filming of scripted shows and films for much of 2020, have started to have an effect.”

CNET: Golden Globes 2021 livestream: Start time, nominations, how to watch Sunday

CNET: Golden Globes 2021 livestream: Start time, nominations, how to watch Sunday. “The Queen’s Gambit could see Anya Taylor-Joy complete her star transformation with a win for best actress (limited series), and Rosamund Pike could score in the best actress (comedy or musical) category with her memorable performance as Marla Grayson in I Care a Lot. Keen to tune in? Here’s everything you need to know to watch the 2021 Golden Globes, including nominations, start time and livestream options.”

Cultivating Creativity: New hiring database aims to stamp out systemic racism in Canadian film and TV (St. Thomas Times-Journal)

St. Thomas Times-Journal: Cultivating Creativity: New hiring database aims to stamp out systemic racism in Canadian film and TV. “Filmmaker Chanda Chevannes is used to being the only woman of colour in a room of predominantly white men when pitching a documentary. She’s not alone. While change is slowly being made towards increased diversity, Black, Indigenous and creative People of Colour (BIPOC) have for years faced barriers of racism and exclusion. The new… website, an industry-wide roster of Canadian BIPOC creatives and crew working in screen-based industries, including film, television and digital, is out to challenge that.”

BetaNews: YouTube TV gets a massive price hike, but I’m not canceling

BetaNews: YouTube TV gets a massive price hike, but I’m not canceling. “When I first cut the cord and switched my television service to YouTube TV, the price was a very manageable $35 per month. Then the monthly charge went to up $40 and ultimately landed at $50. When it hit the $50 mark I became nervous, as it was approaching cable TV pricing. Sadly, today, the price jumps once again, this time to $65. Uh oh.”

TV’s Coronavirus Crisis: Which Shows Are Facing Shortened Seasons? And Which Series Had Already Wrapped? (TVLine)

TVLine: TV’s Coronavirus Crisis: Which Shows Are Facing Shortened Seasons? And Which Series Had Already Wrapped?. “For some programs — quite a few of them, actually — the news is good. Modern Family, for instance, had already wrapped work on its 11th and final season before one production after another began shutting down. And having completed taping on Season 3, The Masked Singer had closed up its bonkers wardrobe closet until next time around.”