Online & Digital Media News – Live and on-demand streaming platform RiverTV launches

VMedia has launched RiverTV, what it’s billing as Canada’s first live TV and on-demand streaming channel platform. It features over 30 channels, including local Global TV stations, CHCH-TV, W Network, Showcase, Adult Swim, Treehouse, and Family Channel, bundled with seven U.S. live and VOD channels (Cheddar, Drink TV, Law & Crime, Newsmax, Newsy, Real Vision and REVOLT). Subscribers can also add a la carte channels like Hollywood Suite and nick+. Priced at $16.99/month, RiverTV is available to stream via the RiverTV app on any Roku, Android TV, Amazon Fire TV, Apple TV, or iOS mobile device. 

Media Central Corporation, the publisher of the Georgia Straight, NOW Magazine, Canncentral.com, and ECentralSports, has issued an open letter to shareholders. CEO Brian Kalish, says since the beginning of the COVID-19 pandemic in March, the company has trimmed nearly $300,000 a month in costs, more than half of which it expects to maintain after the pandemic abates. Media Central says it’s also re-focused the editorial of its alt-weeklies away from venues and arts to focus on health, education, finance and esports. Additionally, Kalish says editorial has been merged with sales and marketing as part of an “omnichannel approach to publishing.”

Twitter is testing a new feature for Android users that prompts those re-tweeting an article they haven’t opened with the phrase “Sharing an article can spark conversation, so you may want to read it before you Tweet it.” Twitter says the prompt is aimed at promoting informed discussion. Kayvon Beykpour, the digital media giant’s product lead, said in a Tweet of his own that “It’s easy for links/articles to go viral on Twitter. This can be powerful but sometimes dangerous, especially if people haven’t read the content they’re spreading.”