News of Note—Cheddar, AMC, Viacom, Discovery, Facebook and more

news of note

> AMC, A+E, Discovery, Scripps Networks and Viacom will “soft launch” a streaming service focusing on nonsports channels sometime in the next few weeks. FierceBroadcasting article

> A round of layoffs is hitting Viacom networks TV Land, CMT and Spike, only months before Viacom planned to relaunch Spike as Paramount Network. FierceBroadcasting article

> Facebook and Wowza are looking to streamline the livestreaming process by launching ClearCaster, a new appliance for broadcasters and streamers using Facebook Live. FierceBroadcasting article

> After conducting a test rollout of YouTube integration on its X1 video platform in markets including Denver, Comcast has deployed the offering across its national footprint. FierceCable article

> Cheddar, the livestreaming financial news platform led by former BuzzFeed executive Jon Steinberg, has announced a deal to integrate its programming service into Altice’s i24News platform. FierceBroadcasting article

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