Disney inks first AVOD deal with Pluto TV

Pluto TV will offer free streaming of popular shows from the Discovery Network portfolio, which includes Discovery Channel, Animal Planet, ID, Discovery Life, Science Channel and TLC. This includes select episodes from Discovery Channel’s Misfit Garage, TLC’s Kate Plus 8, Animal Planet’s River Monsters and ID’s Dates from Hell, among others. – Michelle Clancy, Rapid TV News https://ift.tt/2zjcL1h

Forget Netflix, iQiyi Is a Better Streaming Video Stock — The Motley Fool

Netflix and IQIYI aren’t cheap on an earnings basis. Netflix is trading for 64 times next year’s projected earnings despite the stock’s retreat. iQiyi still isn’t profitable, so Netflix wins that round by default. However, in terms of top-line results, we find iQiyi fetching a revenue multiple just north of four — less than half of Netflix’s market markup. – Rick Munarriz, The Motley Fool https://ift.tt/2S0SUdW

‘Avengers: Infinity War’ comes to Netflix on Christmas Day

It’s also one of the last chances you’ll have to see a recent Marvel movie on the service. Disney plans to stop offering its superhero flicks to Netflix after Ant-Man and the Wasp. From then onward, it’ll likely save Marvel blockbusters for its Disney+ service launching in 2019. Think of this as the swan song for an era when you could find the latest Marvel TV showsand movies in one place. – Jon Fingas, Engadget https://ift.tt/2FwEzVr

First botnet attack on smart TV sets identified

To generate fraudulent impressions, the botnet spoofed real publisher URLs, sending false signals that tell the ad server that the impressions came from a CTV device. DV also reviewed the types of OTT devices where this fraud was perpetrated, and discovered that approximately one-third of impressions were made to look as though they originated from gaming consoles, with the remaining two-thirds from smart TVs. – Robert Briel, Broadband TV News https://ift.tt/2PBu2wG
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