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This Week in TV News: ‘Today,’ Selena Quintanilla and Streaming

By Cadent Staff
12/14/18 < 1 minute READ

This week, we’re talking about Kathie Lee Gifford, frustrations while streaming and a new Netflix show about Selena.

Kathie Lee Gifford is leaving “Today.” Well, not quite today. She’s leaving her morning TV show next April. Gifford co-hosted the “Today” show with Hoda Kotb since 2008. (CNN)

Nielsen report shows adults spend 10+ hours daily with media. What’s more, adults between the ages of 50 and 64 spend more time per day on media than any other age group, and people 65 and older watch almost 7 hours of live and time-shifted TV daily. The latest Total Audience Report from Nielsen also found 45% of survey respondents use a digital device often or always while watching TV. (Hollywood Reporter)

Netflix is creating a scripted show about Selena. Netflix ordered a scripted series based on the life of Selena Quintanilla, singer of hits including “Bidi Bidi Bom Bom” and “I Could Fall in Love.” The series, which doesn’t have a release date yet, will be executive produced by the Quintanilla family. (Vice)

Streaming TV on a phone is still frustrating. Penthera released its 2018 International Streaming Behavior Survey, finding that 88% of survey respondents experienced some level of frustration streaming video like buffering, annoying advertisements and increased monthly data costs. Mexico, Brazil, Colombia, Argentina, UK, Netherlands, Spain, Germany, France, and Italy were surveyed. (Penthera)

See last week’s TV recap.