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The week in media 1/29

This week within broadcast and media: Skype expands its partnerships, digital platforms and ad spending are up, the NFL is still negotiating with networks, and women in the industry are making moves.

Skype

Exciting times for Skype! This past week, the company introduced integration with Outlook mobile, group calling on mobile, and most recently, a partnership with Slack as well. Currently a beta release, this latest integration ensures users of Slack—a team-centric communication software—can seamlessly employ Skype calls, or video calls from within the program.

Commerce

This week there was a round of surprises concerning the world of satire. American media company Univision Communications just scored a rumored 40% stake in Onion Inc., the hugely popular comedy and news satire site. While specifics haven’t been disclosed, Univision has publicly acknowledged the benefits of humor within content distribution strategies.

With audiences consuming more content than ever before—maxing at nearly 6 hours a day—there’s been a rising debate over whether streaming broadcasts are stealing the limelight (read: cash money) from linear television. Recently however,NBC revealed some numbers, showcasing that streaming services still aren’t damaging traditional television broadcasts. Meanwhile, Netflix share prices continue to skyrocket, as the company totals nearly 75 million subscriptions.

Content

The NFL is still in the works with its negotiations surrounding Thursday night broadcasts. Included in the fine print are increased rights fees, as well as demanding interested networks to agree to strenuous scheduling conditions. So far, CBS and NBC are in the lead for landing on an agreement.
Productivity

Just launched, Females in the Broadcast Industry (FBI). Dedicated to uniting women working within the broadcast and media industry, the new organization hopes to connect the industry’s female higher-ups via panel discussions and plenty of events. Included on the advisory panel are bigwigs like Sadie Groom, managing director of Bubble & Squeak, and Lesley Johnson, operations director of BBC Worldwide.

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