Streaming religious services to the homebound is here to stay, and other news

Streaming religious services to the homebound is here to stay, and other news

Streaming religious services to the homebound is here to stay, and that’s a good thing

Even if COVID-19 were to magically disappear one day, we’ll still be faced with populations that need more medical care than people might expect. The Population Health Institute at the University of Wisconsin provides county health rankings that show that health outcomes across Northeast Ohio are not equal.Streaming of religious services remains essential for reaching all those who can’t worship in-person. It isn’t a new tool, though. Broadcasting church services one way or another has been with us for almost a century. All that has changed is the ease of access to broadcasting. The pandemic has shown us that we need to better remember those who aren’t well enough to gather with the rest of the church in-person…More

Tokyo 2020 was ‘The First Streaming Games’ says IOC

Last year’s Tokyo Olympics have been described as the first “streaming Games” after becoming the most-watched Games on digital platforms. Timo Lumme, managing director, IOC Television and Marketing Services, said: “Beijing 2008 was perhaps the first digital Games, London 2012 was the first social media Games, and Tokyo 2020 is the first streaming Olympic Games.” While TV remained the dominant platform, with 21.3 billion hours of Tokyo 2020 coverage consumed via TV, last summer’s event saw an upsurge of 74 per cent in digital unique viewers compared to Rio 26, reveals the IOC’s Marketing Report Tokyo 2020. Video views on digital platforms rose by 139% compared to the previous Summer Olympics. The report suggests 3.05 billion people watched the Games, with 23 billon hours of content consumed via both TV and digital platforms…More


Data shows HBO Max and Discovery+ would make a formidable streaming player if combined

WarnerMedia and Discovery completed their merger this month, forming the new company Warner Bros. Discovery. The merger puts two major streaming services, HBO Max and Discovery+, under the same roof. It’s expected that Warner Bros. Discovery will eventually combine the platforms for one mega streaming offering. CFO Gunnar Wiedenfels confirmed as much last month, saying that a combined product would be a “a phenomenal consumer value proposition,” but that the company would offer a bundle option first to get things rolling. The streaming search engine Reelgood provided Insider with an analysis of the US content libraries of nine major streaming platforms as of April 11, including Max and Discovery+. The analysis shows what a combined product could be like. Max has 2,586 movies available on the platform, while Discovery+ has just 417. But what the latter lacks in movies it makes up for in TV shows. Discovery+ offers 2,139 total TV shows thanks to Discovery’s vast library of unscripted content from Animal Planet, HGTV, Food Network, and more…More

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