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Australian radio and TV personality Maude Garrett has joined the cast of Discovery Digital Networks’ SourceFedNerd. Garrett’s past hosting experience extends to Nickelodeon Australia series (“Sarvo” and “Camp Orange”) and celebrity interviews in Los Angeles. She joins other recent additions on Discovery Digital Networks Bree Essrig and Steven Suptic.
Ad-tech Tapad has raised $18.5 million in a Series B-2 round from a group of investors that include Avalon Ventures (existing), Blue Cloud Ventures (new), FirstMark Capital (existing), and Silicon Valley Bank. (Other investors in the company include Lerer Ventures, former DoubleClick CEO David Rosenblatt, and former Huffington Post CEO Eric Hippeau.) The firms says it will use the money to build its licensing business. In 2014, the company started offering access to its proprietary cross-screen “Device Graph” technology, which is currently licensed by the likes of Datalogix, Magnetic, and Exelate.
Google’s Chromecast users will now be able to cast content from the CBS All-Access subscription video service straight to their living room screens via CBS.com and the CBS App. The SVOD service, which costs $6 a month, includes over 7,000 episodes of current and past CBS shows in addition to local content from markets like New York, Los Angeles, and Philadelphia. CBS All-Access is already available to stream through Roku’s platform, and it will come to more connected devices in the coming months, said CBS.
But wait, that’s not all! CBS is adding still more local content to its SVOD service, tacking on 13 other related station groups that will be able to live-stream their content on CBS All Access in the coming weeks. They include Bahakel Communications, Block Communications, Capitol Broadcasting, Cox Media Group, Draper Holdings, Ft. Myers Broadcasting, Griffin Communications, Meridian Media, Midwest Television, Mt. Mansfield Television, News-Press & Gazette Company, Schurz Communications, and West Virginia Media Holdings, and they’re local to cities ranging from Santa Barbara, California to Wichita, Kansas.
But wait, there’s more! But it’s not related. Twitch, the live-streaming video platform for gamers, is now available for free on Roku devices in the US, Canada, UK, and Ireland. It’s also available on Roku TV models in the US and Canada.