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  1. The international streaming offering of the NFL, Game Pass International, is leaving Endeavor Streaming. From next season, they are teaming up with DAZN and, as a result, they will be integrated into their offerings. https://www.nfl.com/news/nfl-dazn-enter-long-term-agreement-delivering-game-pass-international-beginning-
  2. Hoping it's a Matt Quinn design. This could be a much needed improvement for their legacy and Raycom stations.
  3. Yep. Quite surprising. I don’t think they are going to launch this thing on Monday, unless they make a soft launch, maybe debuting the new KCAL set and going on with the new hirings, which is the most likely thing. No new graphics or “CBS News Los Angeles” until after the holidays or when CBS News Detroit launches (or maybe yes), which could be the moment to promote the new product and finally get KCAL to produce the other hours. Unless, as you say, it is postponed at the last minute and/or withholding it for the New Year.
  4. There are other renders indeed... They were presented on a virtual news conference on Midterms Day.
  5. Nope. The other site says is a BDI design. And from the preview it has indeed a BDI design feeling to it.
  6. The BBC has unveiled its long-awaited new set in Studio B, the former BBC World News long-form programming studio, and also used by Newsnight, The Andrew Marr Show and Victoria Derbyshire, among others. The new studio is completely different from its predecessor, as it has cues from the Washington D.C. bureau set, Scandinavian sets, whilst retaining nods to the overall architecture of New Broadcasting House and the first generation of sets after moving there. The new set is also video wall-laden, including a "catwalk" explainer zone, a large touch video wall and a vertical screen designed to present content in a mobile style. The set was designed by Simon Jago, and the new camera technology comes from Electric Friends, a Norwegian tech company related to TV 2 Norway, also based in Bergen; the technology was pioneered by TV 2 themselves, and has since been used by many broadcasters worldwide, including SRF, Al Arabiya, TV 4 and the Beijing Meteorological Bureau, among others. The new set will be used by the domestic News at Six and News at Ten, as well as the BBC London News and many political programming, including the election results programming; News at One and the News Channel will remain at Studio E for the foreseeable future, however, other news shows, including BBC Breakfast and the nations, will gradually switch to new sets in due course.
  7. Rupert Murdoch's new TV project in the UK, TalkTV, has launched just under an hour ago. The new channel, operated by their radio subsidiary Wireless Group (but owned directly by News UK), is the new home to Piers Morgan's show (which will be also broadcast on Sky News Australia and Fox Nation), but it is being mostly built on the basis of Murdoch's opinionated DAB station TalkRadio, which going forward will be a radio simulcast of the newly-launched channel, and most of its programming taking on a filmed radio styling. The three new TV-focused shows, involving Morgan, former The Talk panelist Sharon Osbourne (with exactly the same name for the new show) and The Times political editor Tom Newton-Dunn, have bespoke graphics designed by Jump Design (with lots of cues to Fox News, indeed), music from Sitting Duck and set designs from Jack Morton and MOOV. These same premises worked with ITV Daytime/Good Morning Britain previously, and their executive director, Erron Gordon (who also championed Morgan as GMB co-presenter) has made the presentation much more professional than that of rival GB News. If anybody's interested (for presentation purposes), the channel is live on YouTube and surprisingly, not geoblocked (however, in the US and Canada is not available thanks to Piers being on Fox Nation, also in AU and NZ, but it is in the rest of the world). Each hour is being individually posted both live and on-demand, as it was the case with talkRadio beforehand.
  8. Since last Monday, PrendeTV (in the US), blimTV (in Mexico) and VIX (pan-regionally) has been replaced by the single streaming destination promised by the merged company. The service, under the common ViX name, is structured similarly to PrendeTV (and in part on Pluto TV), but it is now taking on a freemium model similar to Peacock. There will be two tiers: the free, ad-lite tier will focus on existing Televisa and Univision properties, including its prized library of telenovelas, which have been exported to over 100 countries; additionally, there will be programming from both broadcasters available on demand, including recent telenovelas and same-day news programming and clips. The service also offers a selected library of exports, like films, South American telenovelas, Turkish dramas and reality shows, all produced in or dubbed into Latin American Spanish, coming from providers like MarVista, Film Factory, Caracol Televisión, RCTV International, Ay Yapım, Tims Productions, Lionsgate, MGM and The Walt Disney Studios (in non-exclusive contracts). The service is also offering a live channel offering, including over 100 services, both live and playlisted, based on curated streams on novelas, genres and personalities, including a channel for Hollywood films, Mexican classics, and even shows around stars like Eugenio Derbez and Angelique Boyer, among others, alongside live news channels, separate for each market: Univision's Noticias Univision 24/7 will be available in the U.S., and two channels from Televisa: FOROtv and a ViX-exclusive channel called N+ Media, will be available to Latin American audiences. Additionally, there will be a sports-exclusive channel from TUDN, with separate feeds for both markets, plus beIN Sports XTRA en Español (only available in the US). It will also stream 30 FTA matches from the 2022 FIFA World Cup to Latin American users, except in Argentina. The premium tier, named ViX+ (yep, another plus OTT service) will offer such content, plus ad-free access, and original content from 3Pas Studios (owned by Eugenio Derbez and Ben Odell), Propagate, Mediacrest, Dynamo, Mediapro, Selena Gomez, Mario Vargas Llosa and Salma Hayek-Pinault, among others. It will also offer a full slate of soccer content, including all Liga MX matches, the full UEFA Champions League coverage (US only) and 10 additional and exclusive matches from the 2022 FIFA World Cup (Latin America only), bringing the total of streamed matches to 40, as well as soccer-themed documentaries, including a true crime series. Additionally, Televisa's distributor Videocine will produce original films for the premium tier, some of which will be available in both coverage zones, with others being exclusive to its Latin American subscribers. The service is being led by former Paramount executive Pierluigi Gazzolo, who serves as Chief Transformation Officer for TelevisaUnivision. The founder of the original VIX service, Rafael Urbina, is the president of the platform, whilst former Netflix executive for Mexico, Rodrigo Mazón, is leading the premium content division. Michael Cerdá, which was behind the product and the UI of Disney+, ESPN+ and Star+, is leading the product and engineering process. As already told, the service is available as a public beta since Monday, available at www.vix.com, and since yesterday, the apps have being rolling out, first for Android and today for Apple devices. Beforehand, existing users from all three predecessors were able to test the platform since it was announced in early February. The service will officially launch on March 31.
  9. If you want to watch how the coverage is like in Ukrainian TV, many of the news channels are broadcasting in YouTube (i.e. parliamentary channel Rada TV and 24 Kanal, a small channel from Lviv). Additionally, Swiss-American company Zattoo, available on German-speaking countries, has unblocked temporarily access to a portion of its service and launched a pop-up website featuring a selection of Ukrainian channels and world news channels. The service offers live feeds of the big Ukrainian commercial channels: pro-government 1+1 (both the national feed and its 1+1 International feed, which features simultaneous English translation), pro-Russian Inter, mostly neutral ICTV, news channel Ukraine 24, and diaspora channel UATV (owned by news agency Ukrinform) and the aforementioned Rada TV. Most channels are offering a single marathon news program, Yedyni noviny (United News), jointly produced by all commercial channels under the coordination of Rada TV. Each hour is hosted by a different newsreader/newscaster alternating from each of the participating broadcasters, and interchangeably presented in both Ukrainian and Russian, interspersed by patriotic commercials and PSAs. Additionally available are Al Jazeera English, Euronews (in English, German and Russian) and DW-TV (in English and German), which are also easily available in other media, such as YouTube and their own websites. A channel exclusive to the Zattoo offer is Russian-speaking German diaspora channel TV Ost/West, founded by activist media mogul Peter Tietzki, based in Berlin. To access the service, there is no need for VPN, and no registration or payment required, there is a limited ad load too. http://zattoo.com/int/ukrainian-tv
  10. Look really nice, honestly. They are much more pleasing that the Tokyo 2020 graphics (from which the graphics template has been sourced) and clearly take cues from the Beijing Look of the Games. Here are some additional illustrations of the graphics (on spoliers): The world feed open also follows on the style from the Tokyo 2020 opening. There are two versions, a version with the OBS logo (the one available on the link, which has been updated to reflect the new IOC brand system), and a clean version that RHBs can use to place their own logo.
  11. Stream? What an horrible name! Otherwise, I find the package OK. Not as strong as Guardian or Inergy or even U-Phonix, but it is nowhere as bland as it is the Scripps package or even SAM's best seller Aerial. I think it could be useful for the mid-market and small-market stations which tend to use Aerial.
  12. As far as I can see, everyone is bashing NewsNation. Even with the scandals and chaos going around the station, there should be definitely a room for NewsNation for many reasons. First of all, they are quickly finding an audience thru new media outlets and MVPD services, and they are slowly picking up new deals with both traditional and MVPD providers. Second, there is space for a right-leaning news outlet to compensate for the direction Fox News and Newsmax have taken. Maybe you've got executives which have some kind of relationship with a former President, but, as far as I can see, there is not Fox-like rhetoric, and, if they finally make the programming and content right, NewsNation can easily target the more traditional conservative audiences by making their news-based pundit programming as a selling point to disaffected viewers. Finally, they have a larger network of resources (the Nexstar local stations, WGN Radio, The Hill, BestReviews) that they can boost the network's audiences, and make additional programming with an infotainment focus. Live PD could also be a fit for their weekend primetime hours, as one of you suggested, as their direction into true crime-based specials with the Missing in America franchise (which should be spun-off as a weekly show) can also attract viewers. They also need to use more their wasted staff, like Rich McHugh, which could do a semi-regular, long-form investigative series. The thing is using the Nexstar stations as their only external source is not going to be easy enough to attract an audience, they should use the rest of their national brands and resources to make additional programming. The other problem is that their transitional Blue Bloods/news/opinion schedule is making both audiences and advertisers to go away from the network. They should go all-news/opinion/infotainment as fast as they need to build an audience.
  13. Nope. The new logo is very different from the Sinclair-era logo. Although it has the same order of positions, the new logo has that new wordmark inspired from the historic KOMO-TV logo from the 80s, whilst the former used Helvetica, in a style similar to the logos used during the final years of Fisher ownership.
  14. Liking the new set from what has been seen. However, nothing will beat the former set (specially during its first years). It looks like NBC News is trying to do the best to unify all the visual styles of its new set to have something of an Art Deco-like style, which has been already implemented over at Studio 1A across the street. However, the look they developed for MSNBC reflects better these attempts (it doesn't work at 1A because it is a mess of things which have been constantly changed since 2013). The best part of the set is, with no doubt, the entrance zone which shows virtual portraits related to the show on air. The set is airy, much more simplicity and has that retro feeling all around. EDIT: NewscastStudio confirms it is a Clickspring set, fabricated by Mystic and lighting made in-house, plus additional information about the set.
  15. Right-wing pundit Piers Morgan, known for unsuccessfully replacing Larry King at CNN, and for its stint at ITV's Good Morning Britain, which took in a more opinionated direction and increasing ratings until his resignation early this year because of unappropiate comments regarding the CBS/ITV Oprah with Meghan and Harry special, is joining Fox News. His new show, produced by News UK (which is launching an equivalent network called talkTV, based in London Bridge, and which will use resources from their radio division and newspapers to rival GB News), will launch next year and will be also broadcast on Sky News Australia.
  16. And NBC News has revealed the name for the show... Top Story with Tom Llamas. The show debuts September 20.
  17. Many people often associate the theme from KIRO's News Out of the Box era as a composition by Gerard Schwarz. It is not. Although the Seattle Symphony recorded the theme package under Schwarz as conductor, the themes were composed by Mark Haffner, as shown in this newspaper report from the Morning News Tribune: Haffner would later compose the more traditional News Now package, used during the NewsChannel 7 era, and which had the same sonic logo as the News Out of the Box package.
  18. Really liking the new set. This proves how the Lance Schroeder-led Nexstar design team has learned from the FX sets and improved to do more professional set designs which clearly are miles away from the infamous Dalek Desk designs, and more in-line with other videowall-led sets. I hope this will be the case with other sets being designed by them (except for many of the sets for the bigger markets, which are being mostly outsourced to FX).
  19. From what I can see, it does have the new ABC logo. But the logo itself looks very poor. It looks like a scrap attempt to reposition WKBW, but it is really lacking an identity and has really a small-market vibe. Doing away with the Circle 7 would be detrimental for the future of the once-proud station. Anyway, back on track...
  20. We now have a designer... Another Nexstar/FX Design Group collaboration, as it was the case for WFLA, KRON, WREG, WNCN, WKRN and many other stations. As I told previously, these Nexstar/FX collabs have also allowed the Schroeder-designed sets to be less set-in-a-box and more in line with the FX sets, doing away with the infamous Dalek Desk and using more videowalls and elements related to each DMA and their culture, whilst retaining some cookie-cutter set elements.
  21. I am so surprised this is a Nexstar in-house design. Really surprised. That set has lots of elements inspired by the NewsNation Network set, as well as some inspiration from Clickspring/Provost. The days they began to do so set-in-a-box designs with the infamous Dalek Desk are really long away, as they learned from the designs FX made for KOIN, WFLA and KRON, and from that, they succesfully achieved up their game with their own elements. As you said, this set, along with the KHON and WJZY sets, has been the best Nexstar designers have done. I hope they do something similar at Studio 2 for WGN's newscasts, as the BDI set is really starting to get dated.
  22. I have been looking forward to the debut of the new set during this time. MSNBC does deserve a great new set and from what I have seen, it looks promising. From the sneak peeks, it has a style more in line with recent Clickspring works made for NBC, including the Nightly News studio in its first incarnation. I like the fact the multifaceted videowall with the big horseshoe extension is staying. And, I am with @TennTV1983, there is no need to have a newsroom in studio when you already an expansive space one floor up. It is sad to see newsroom designs being dispensed by videowall-led sets, but this time, it makes sense to do so. The thing is when this set will make its grand debut. Although it is scheduled for September, there's no exact date still. 14 years for a set is an incredible achievement. When it launched in 2007, coinciding with MSNBC's move to 30 Rock, it was billed as the most technologically advanced of all cable news sets. The thing is how both NBC and Clickspring managed to keep up to date over these 14 years, with numerous new elements, modifications, replacing videowalls, introducing and retiring many set pieces, introducing a breaking news booth which did not last long and even giving each show their own desks. The longevity of the set is something that needs to be given a merit, as sets are usually replaced every 3 to 5 years. This set will be sorely missed. To conclude this, I want to ask politely if there are any updates on the construction of the set and its launch schedule. I will appreciate your response if you're entitled to do so. Thank you.
  23. And it has been a rocky first month for GB News, as the channel has become fodder by viewers and media alike, with its programming being beset by many technical problems, including vision and sound out of sync, poor lighting at the station's studio (designed by office design studio Morgan Lovell), sound and vision outages, and botched format changes, including moving all programming to the soft set, and dropping the Fox & Friends-like format of its morning show in favour of a more conventional style. Additionally, there have been compliants of overtalking in a negative way about taking the knee, which has been already made by English athletes to protest racial injustice. This led to a hot water situation when, during a Saturday morning slot, presenter and former government spokesperson Guto Harri did the gesture on-air in solidarity with the England football team. This caused GB News to suspend the presenter, describing the event as an "unacceptable breach of our standards". Harri, which also works with ITV Wales, promptly resigned. However, ratings fell to a record low, even to the point of registering the equivalent to hashmarks. In the aftermath, founding programme director John McAndrew, which championed a concept focusing on "regional news and talk", also resigned, and chairman and lead presenter Andrew Neil is out on vacation since late June, being filled in by Colin Brazier in his primetime slot (he is set to return in September). Presenter Alastair Stewart is also out, this time, due to health issues. In the midst of this, line-up changes are already being made. Since July 19, former UKIP and Brexit Party leader and LBC broadcaster Nigel Farage has been the lead anchor of a 7pm commentary show, Farage, which airs Monday-Thursday. The show follows Michelle Dewberry's slot, shortened to two hours. Although the right-wing punditry is still part of the show, Farage's style is less shock-jock-like, taunting and aggressive than those of other GBN commentators. There is also a quite gimmicky segment, Talking Pints, where Farage and a guest politician debate about the day's political stories while drinking some beer. The show, professionally produced unlike many GBN shows, did had some incidents however, where pundit-reporter Tom Harwood was attacked by protesters using swear words, however, Mr. Farage did manage the incident in a very courteous way. Here's a look a the first show: Additionally, the weekend edition of Tonight Live has had a commentator change: comedian and pundit Mark Dolan joined the station to present that edition, with Dan Wootton remaining Monday-Thursday. The content under Dolan has become more shock-jock-like, which is no surprise, however, as Dolan was presenter on Murdoch-owned radio station talkRADIO, where Wootton also worked. The launch weekend presenter, Naka Akua, has moved to weekend afternoons to present an human interest led show, which is set to debut soon. Additionally, hourly newsbreaks are set to be introduced from September, and improvements to the studio are being developed.
  24. The logo font looks like Futura Condensed Black and not Neue Plak. It does not look bad however, it has a quite retro feel and it harkens me to the golden age of TWC. As I can see from this write-up, it looks like there will be some foes within the Fox News organization. We know that Fox commentators do what they do, but it is really good to see Fox Weather will be overseen by their news department and not their opinion department. And the response from TWC it's clearly aggressive. Let's see what will happen next.
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