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Jerry Smith 2018-11-13
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Another HQ Trivia-like app is in the game.

Ripkord.tv on Tuesday launched an interactive entertainment app that integrates mobile gaming, social media and live streaming.

The company rolled out five live game shows that let viewers participate, including games similar to a trivia bowl and a scavenger hunt.

Similar to HQ Trivia, Ripkord is offering money to viewers who compete and win.

"Our belief is that thousands to millions of people playing together can create unique entertainment experiences that have never been done before," Todd Peterson, founder and CEO of Ripkord.tv, said in a statement.

"To put it simply we are 'Twitch meets Game Show Network.'"

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Peter Merchant 2019-03-21
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Some networks continually reinvent themselves in an attempt to keep audiences interested.

But over the past year, Game Show Network discovered that the best way to retain and build viewers is to stop trying to reinvent the wheel when it came to programming—and the network’s own name.

So as the network—which has ditched its GSN moniker and is known once again by its previous name—heads into this year’s upfront agency meetings, it’s doing so by emphasizing the ratings growth that has resulted from its return to “fun, simple games,” said John Zaccario, evp, ad sales.

It’s a continuation of the strategy that the network first unveiled during last year’s upfront talks.

When Fran Shea, evp, programming and marketing, joined Game Show Network in late 2017, she helped it pivot back to traditional game show formats and scheduling.

The shows had been introduced in the fringe daypart and improved their respective time periods between 10-15 percent in total audience and adults 25-54 demos, before being moved to prime time.

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Gary Wynn 2016-08-05
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It s easy to attract users to your free-to-play game, but how do you turn casual gamers into fans who are shelling out real cash?

Join our latest Mobile User 30-minute Series to find out how to unlock the potential of new users, and keep them coming back to shell out more.Register here for free.

Monetization is always a challenge in the gaming industry, says Eyal Grundstein, VP of growth and user acquisition at GSN Games, one of the world s top game publishers and creators with game content on mobile, social and the web.

The biggest challenge right now is monetizing the other 95 percent.

So how do you dig into that 95 percent and change their hearts, minds, and spending habits?The biggest problem is jumping on them right out of the gate, rather than focusing on what s really important — engagement and retention, Grunderstein says.

I see people really pushing hard on monetization early on, and it hurts their overall retention and engagement numbers, he notes.

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Thomas Nye 2018-03-26
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In the past couple of years, a revival of the game show genre has swept TV, with shows like Celebrity Family Feud, Match Game, $100,000 Pyramid and Snoop Dogg Presents The Joker’s Wild.

That’s good news for GSN (Game Show Network), which programs game shows around the clock, as it heads into this year’s upfronts.

So if you can’t get satisfied with the intermittent games that are programmed elsewhere, you can come to us every night,” said John Zaccario, evp, ad sales for GSN.

But as the network is going old-school, it also has an eye on its mobile competition, and is planning its own HQ Trivia-like offering.

Since her arrival, Shea has been studying the GSN audience, and prepared a slate of new shows that reflect what they want: “family-friendly, fun, escapist television.”

In America Says, two teams of friends and family compete to answer fill-in-the-blank survey responses.

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William Garza 2019-04-23
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Following in the recent footsteps of live-TV streaming services DirecTV Now, Hulu and YouTube TV, cord-cutter favorite Philo is raising prices.

Starting May 6, the company's $16-per-month plan is going away, leaving only the $20-per-month option.

The good news is that if you're already a subscriber at the lower tier or you sign up before that date, you can keep the $16 plan.

Everything else remains pretty much the same.

The $16 tier includes the following 45 channels:

The $20 plan adds 12 more:

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Walter Winkel 2019-09-16

A black hole at the center of a distant galaxy is behaving like no other black hole astronomers have ever seen.

Every 9 hours, the black hole at the center of galaxy GSN 069, about 250 million light years away, sends a bright stream of X-rays toward Earth.

It's an active black hole, so it's always gobbling up matter; in the process, that matter heats up and emits some light as it falls toward the event horizon around the singularity, the point beyond which no light or matter can escape.

But in 2018, researchers who were using the European Space Agency's (ESA) XMM-Newton telescope realized that, at every peak of that 9-hour cycle, the GSN 069 black hole would get about 100 times brighter on the X-ray spectrum.

"It was completely unexpected," Giovanni Miniutti, an astronomer at Spain's Center of Astrobiology and lead author of a new paper on the black hole, said in a statement from ESA.

"Giant black holes regularly flicker like a candle, but the rapid, repeating changes seen in GSN 069 from December onwards are something completely new."

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Charles Michels 2016-06-10
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Atlanta-based fiber internet service provider Southern FiberNet announced the beta of its new live streaming cable-TV service SFN TV earlier this week, with packages starting as low as $5 per month.

The service offers programming in eight skinny bundles, including one that offers all the cable channels it carries on its hardwired network, and another higher tier that adds Atlanta-local broadcast channels.

It costs $5 per month and includes channels such as EWTN the Global Catholic Network , the evangelical-oriented Trinity Broadcasting Network, and home shopping channels such as QVC and HSN.

SFN TV also has a $10-per-month children s programming lineup that includes the Disney channel, Game Show Network, and the Cartoon Network; and a $20-per-month sports package with the ESPN networks, Fox Sports, Major League Baseball, and several college sports channels.

In the meantime, you can choose the $20-per-month Popular package that includes 34 of the most-watched networks—including A, Cartoon Network, and TCM—but no sports channels.

We expect to have a full hands-on review of SFN TV soon.

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Glenn Vedder 2019-05-10

The sports-focused streaming service fuboTV will soon follow the rest of the industry by offering its own free and ad-supported streaming channel, in addition to its paid subscription, sometime later this year.

The news was exclusively shared with The Wrap (paywalled) in an interview with fuboTV co-founder and CEO David Gandler.

FuboTV confirmed the accuracy of the report to TechCrunch, but declined to provide further details about its forthcoming plans.

Gandler characterized its ad-supported video plans as being “a little bit smaller and more straightforward” than others on the market, but said the company believes it will help fuboTV’s profitability.

The company has been steadily expanding its streaming service beyond sports over the past couple of years, with deals to add channels to its lineup, including Cheddar, CBSN, CBS Sports Network, The CW, Pop and others.

Last year, it also launched an “Extra” tier that offers other lifestyle and entertainment channels like BBC World News, Cooking Channel, DIY Network, Game Show Network, Sony Movie Channel, BabyTV, Revolt and INSP, as well as streaming channels like Stadium and People TV, among others.

collect
0
Jerry Smith 2018-11-13
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Another HQ Trivia-like app is in the game.

Ripkord.tv on Tuesday launched an interactive entertainment app that integrates mobile gaming, social media and live streaming.

The company rolled out five live game shows that let viewers participate, including games similar to a trivia bowl and a scavenger hunt.

Similar to HQ Trivia, Ripkord is offering money to viewers who compete and win.

"Our belief is that thousands to millions of people playing together can create unique entertainment experiences that have never been done before," Todd Peterson, founder and CEO of Ripkord.tv, said in a statement.

"To put it simply we are 'Twitch meets Game Show Network.'"

Gary Wynn 2016-08-05
img

It s easy to attract users to your free-to-play game, but how do you turn casual gamers into fans who are shelling out real cash?

Join our latest Mobile User 30-minute Series to find out how to unlock the potential of new users, and keep them coming back to shell out more.Register here for free.

Monetization is always a challenge in the gaming industry, says Eyal Grundstein, VP of growth and user acquisition at GSN Games, one of the world s top game publishers and creators with game content on mobile, social and the web.

The biggest challenge right now is monetizing the other 95 percent.

So how do you dig into that 95 percent and change their hearts, minds, and spending habits?The biggest problem is jumping on them right out of the gate, rather than focusing on what s really important — engagement and retention, Grunderstein says.

I see people really pushing hard on monetization early on, and it hurts their overall retention and engagement numbers, he notes.

William Garza 2019-04-23
img

Following in the recent footsteps of live-TV streaming services DirecTV Now, Hulu and YouTube TV, cord-cutter favorite Philo is raising prices.

Starting May 6, the company's $16-per-month plan is going away, leaving only the $20-per-month option.

The good news is that if you're already a subscriber at the lower tier or you sign up before that date, you can keep the $16 plan.

Everything else remains pretty much the same.

The $16 tier includes the following 45 channels:

The $20 plan adds 12 more:

Charles Michels 2016-06-10
img

Credit: ThinkStock

Atlanta-based fiber internet service provider Southern FiberNet announced the beta of its new live streaming cable-TV service SFN TV earlier this week, with packages starting as low as $5 per month.

The service offers programming in eight skinny bundles, including one that offers all the cable channels it carries on its hardwired network, and another higher tier that adds Atlanta-local broadcast channels.

It costs $5 per month and includes channels such as EWTN the Global Catholic Network , the evangelical-oriented Trinity Broadcasting Network, and home shopping channels such as QVC and HSN.

SFN TV also has a $10-per-month children s programming lineup that includes the Disney channel, Game Show Network, and the Cartoon Network; and a $20-per-month sports package with the ESPN networks, Fox Sports, Major League Baseball, and several college sports channels.

In the meantime, you can choose the $20-per-month Popular package that includes 34 of the most-watched networks—including A, Cartoon Network, and TCM—but no sports channels.

We expect to have a full hands-on review of SFN TV soon.

Peter Merchant 2019-03-21
img

Some networks continually reinvent themselves in an attempt to keep audiences interested.

But over the past year, Game Show Network discovered that the best way to retain and build viewers is to stop trying to reinvent the wheel when it came to programming—and the network’s own name.

So as the network—which has ditched its GSN moniker and is known once again by its previous name—heads into this year’s upfront agency meetings, it’s doing so by emphasizing the ratings growth that has resulted from its return to “fun, simple games,” said John Zaccario, evp, ad sales.

It’s a continuation of the strategy that the network first unveiled during last year’s upfront talks.

When Fran Shea, evp, programming and marketing, joined Game Show Network in late 2017, she helped it pivot back to traditional game show formats and scheduling.

The shows had been introduced in the fringe daypart and improved their respective time periods between 10-15 percent in total audience and adults 25-54 demos, before being moved to prime time.

Thomas Nye 2018-03-26
img

In the past couple of years, a revival of the game show genre has swept TV, with shows like Celebrity Family Feud, Match Game, $100,000 Pyramid and Snoop Dogg Presents The Joker’s Wild.

That’s good news for GSN (Game Show Network), which programs game shows around the clock, as it heads into this year’s upfronts.

So if you can’t get satisfied with the intermittent games that are programmed elsewhere, you can come to us every night,” said John Zaccario, evp, ad sales for GSN.

But as the network is going old-school, it also has an eye on its mobile competition, and is planning its own HQ Trivia-like offering.

Since her arrival, Shea has been studying the GSN audience, and prepared a slate of new shows that reflect what they want: “family-friendly, fun, escapist television.”

In America Says, two teams of friends and family compete to answer fill-in-the-blank survey responses.

Walter Winkel 2019-09-16

A black hole at the center of a distant galaxy is behaving like no other black hole astronomers have ever seen.

Every 9 hours, the black hole at the center of galaxy GSN 069, about 250 million light years away, sends a bright stream of X-rays toward Earth.

It's an active black hole, so it's always gobbling up matter; in the process, that matter heats up and emits some light as it falls toward the event horizon around the singularity, the point beyond which no light or matter can escape.

But in 2018, researchers who were using the European Space Agency's (ESA) XMM-Newton telescope realized that, at every peak of that 9-hour cycle, the GSN 069 black hole would get about 100 times brighter on the X-ray spectrum.

"It was completely unexpected," Giovanni Miniutti, an astronomer at Spain's Center of Astrobiology and lead author of a new paper on the black hole, said in a statement from ESA.

"Giant black holes regularly flicker like a candle, but the rapid, repeating changes seen in GSN 069 from December onwards are something completely new."

Glenn Vedder 2019-05-10

The sports-focused streaming service fuboTV will soon follow the rest of the industry by offering its own free and ad-supported streaming channel, in addition to its paid subscription, sometime later this year.

The news was exclusively shared with The Wrap (paywalled) in an interview with fuboTV co-founder and CEO David Gandler.

FuboTV confirmed the accuracy of the report to TechCrunch, but declined to provide further details about its forthcoming plans.

Gandler characterized its ad-supported video plans as being “a little bit smaller and more straightforward” than others on the market, but said the company believes it will help fuboTV’s profitability.

The company has been steadily expanding its streaming service beyond sports over the past couple of years, with deals to add channels to its lineup, including Cheddar, CBSN, CBS Sports Network, The CW, Pop and others.

Last year, it also launched an “Extra” tier that offers other lifestyle and entertainment channels like BBC World News, Cooking Channel, DIY Network, Game Show Network, Sony Movie Channel, BabyTV, Revolt and INSP, as well as streaming channels like Stadium and People TV, among others.