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Fading U.S. Channels: How steep is their audience decline in the streaming era?

Variety Intelligence recently published Fading Ratings, featuring a useful series of charts that captures the downward audience trend over five-to-seven years of several portfolios of U.S. networks. The starting points are 2014 or 2016. SVOD’s Rising: The context-setting chart highlights the rise of Netflix and the top subscription streamers. The SVOD’s may be leading the …

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GZ DOC Panel: Global Factual Content Summit: 2021 VOD Platforms & Festivals

What are the key demand trends in the documentary sector across platforms, and how are the festivals responding? That was the ambitious topic for this morning’s recording of an engaging panel for the upcoming Guangzho International Documentary Film Festival 2021. China had almost fallen off my radar after many years of deep involvement in the …

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Disney, Discovery and media giants spend $600 Mn on promoting their streamers, but don’t gain ground on Netflix

In a failing difficult bid to catch up with Netflix, the legacy media groups are investing heavily in promoting their streaming services on their own and other channels. iSpot.tv reported on the promotion and advertising spend by the major TV network groups for their streamers. Discovery+ Ran 420,485 national TV airings of promotion/advertising content, with …

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Netflix 2023 What You Need To Know Now


Netflix’s 41% of Time Spent dominates viewing of commissioned & acquired programs

What is Netflix’s share of U.S. viewing? Last month I reported on Comscore’s June 2021 findings that Netflix (26% market share) and YouTube (21%) dominate viewership on connected TV’s. The key Comscore measure is ‘Time Spent’. Here’s the chart: Misleading However, the data is misleading if you are a producer, distributor or programmer whose job …

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News Roundup: Climate Change Documentaries Breaking Through?

The COP 26 UN Climate Change Conference opens in Glasgow on October 31, bringing urgency to the race to save our planet. Documentary commissioners, producers and distributors have responded with lots of new orders. Does global warming have the urgent audience appeal of programs that address hot button issues like true crime, gender, and social …

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Netflix & YouTube dominate viewing of streamers. End of Discovery+ as a standalone?

Netflix (26% market share) and YouTube (21%) dominate viewership on connected TV’s. The launch and rollout of powerful new streamers like Disney+, HBO Max, Paramount+ and Discovery+ hardly dented their dominance. Their combined share of the key measure of Time Spent dropped only 2% in 18 months. The outlook is not promising for the new …

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Ellen Windemuth discusses conservation, wildlife filmmaking and her Waterbear streamer with Season of the Osprey’s Jacob Steinberg.

Industry legend Ellen Windemuth is CEO of WaterBear Network, the new free streaming platform dedicated to the future of our planet. Ellen was founder and CEO of Off The Fence, and has produced more than 500 hours of programs including this year’s Academy Award documentary winner MY OCTOPUS TEACHER. In conversation with SEASON OF THE …

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Sean Bean To Narrate Osprey Raptor Wildlife Doc For Love Nature & Sky (by Deadline’s Peter White)

Sean Bean is to lend his voice to a natural history documentary about Osprey. The Game of Thrones star is narrating Osprey: Sea Raptor, a one-hour doc for wildlife brand Love Nature that will also and Sky in the UK. The film, which is produced by Love Nature and CosmoVision Media Group, tells the true …

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