A new survey by Common Sense Media shed new light on just how much time young people are spending looking at screens. According to the report, which surveyed 2,658 young people, tweens spend almost six hours a day on “entertainment media” — listening to music and watching online videos. In addition, 62 percent of respondents aged 8 to 12 saying they watched TV every day.
Teenagers, on the other hand, spend almost nine hours a day absorbing media. According to the study, two-thirds of teenagers said they listen to music every day, 58 percent said the same about watching television and 45 percent reported using social media every day.
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Your daily look at late-breaking news, upcoming events and the stories that will be talked about Wednesday:
1. WHY MISSILE STRIKE RULED OUT IN RUSSIAN PASSENGER JET CRASH
Neither a launch nor an engine burn was detected before the Metrojet Airbus went down in Egypt’s Sinai Peninsula, a U.S. official tells the AP.
2. TAIWAN, CHINESE PRESIDENTS TO MEET FOR FIRST TIME SINCE 1949
Presidents of the two sides have not met since the Nationalists lost the Chinese civil war to Mao’s Communists, and the Nationalists rebased in Taiwan 160 kilometers (100 miles) away.
3. WHERE JEB BUSH IS HOPING TO REVIVE SAGGING CAMPAIGN
He’s beginning a three-day swing through New Hampshire, refocusing on a state with deep ties to his family.
4. SCANDAL AT VOLKSWAGEN WIDENS
The automaker says it has now found 800,000 vehicles with carbon dioxide emission problems.
5. WHAT’S TO BLAME FOR CHIPOTLE’S E. COLI OUTBREAK
Scientists say they’ve identified the microorganism responsible, which they believe was carried on fresh produce, or possibly on spices.
6. GOP TAKES GOVERNOR’S SEAT IN KENTUCKY
Matt Bevin becomes only the second Republican in four decades to win the job in a race that acted as something of a referendum on health care and gay marriage.
7. AMAZON OPENS FIRST BRICK-AND-MORTAR BOOKSTORE
The move comes two decades after the giant retailer began selling books over the Internet — and helped drive a number of shops out of business.
8. $5.9 BILLION DEAL COULD BE GAME CHANGER
The company behind “Call of Duty” is buying the makers of “Candy Crush” in a push to move video games out of living rooms and onto smartphones and tablets.
9. PHOTO OF LARA SPENCER PROMPTS FINGER-WAGGING
The Instagram image of the “Good Morning America” co-anchor hugging presidential hopeful Donald Trump draws questions about her professionalism.
10. WHO’S IN POLE POSITION FOR POSTSEASON PLAY
Topping the first College Football Playoff rankings are Clemson, LSU, Ohio State and Alabama.
LOS ANGELES (AP) — CBS is contemplating offering its online service CBS All Access free of ads for $10 a month, a $4 surcharge that matches what online video service Hulu charges for stripping out commercials.
CEO Les Moonves told analysts Tuesday “it’s a very possible thing for the future” to charge $9.99 for an ad-free version of the service. His statement, following the release of the company’s quarterly earnings, came just a day after CBS announced it would run a new “Star Trek” series exclusively on the online platform in 2017.
Moonves said CBS All Access had its largest subscriber growth yet in September, helped by new shows, without specifying further. He called the service “a major priority” as young people’s viewing habits increasingly shift to mobile devices and away from appointment viewing.
The New York company said revenue fell 3 percent to $3.26 billion in the quarter through September, coming up short of the $3.27 billion expected by analysts polled by FactSet. It blamed fewer sporting events and the lack of an election for hurting ad revenue.
Net income fell 74 percent to $426 million, or 88 cents per share, a decline largely cause by a one-time revenue boost last year from splitting off its outdoor billboard business. The earnings still topped estimates for 80 cents per share.
Shares rose 3 percent, or $1.47, to $49.71 in after-hours trading after the results were released.
NEW YORK (AP) — Vice Media is adding a U.S. cable channel to its digital video empire as it tries to gain viewers in old as well as new media.
The network, tentatively called “Viceland,” is “the next step in the evolution of our brand and the first step in our global roll-out of networks around the world,” said Shane Smith, Vice co-founder and CEO, in a statement Tuesday.
Viceland is expected to launch early next year, taking over A+E’s H2 channel. It will be available in about 70 million homes.
Vice, based in the home of all-things-hip, Brooklyn, New York, caters to millennials — the 18-to-34-year-olds prized by advertisers. It was born as a print magazine in Montreal in 1994, and made its name with edgy, provocative online video.
It dipped its toe in TV with a short-lived MTV series, “The Vice Guide to Everything,” that started in late 2010. Then it struck a deal with HBO for a weekly news magazine that began in 2013. That’s grown into plans for a daily newscast on HBO and documentaries.
There’s been a slew of old-media partnerships and investments: A movie deal with Fox in December of 2014, although it hasn’t announced any projects yet. Short video on Verizon’s new go90 mobile video service. A Canadian TV network that’s planned to start in winter of 2016. A+E Networks, which is owned by Disney and Hearst, last year bought a 10 percent stake in Vice. There are shows on European networks.
That’s landed the company a $2.5 billion valuation as of its last round of fundraising, more than year ago.
According to CNBC, Smith said in October that Vice’s profit and revenue have been doubling every year.
Vice spokesman Jake Goldman said the company was on track for $1 billion in bookings this year, with an unspecified portion of that producing revenue next year.
Why does Vice want to be on TV? Smith told CNBC last month, “We want to be able to go to our brands and say we can do TV, we can do mobile, we can do OTT, we can do everything.” (OTT is “over-the-top,” or online video that you don’t need a cable subscription for, like HBO Now, Netflix and Hulu.)
Live TV ratings have slid as viewers migrate online — watching Vice videos on YouTube, for example. Time spent on live TV is slipping as smartphone use climbs, according to ratings tracker Nielsen. Traditional media companies like A +E, Comcast’s NBCUniversal and Disney have invested in digital media outlets.
But TV is still a huge force, even for the young. A study released Tuesday by Common Sense Media showed that 58 percent of teenagers watch TV every day, with half that time spent on live viewing.
Oscar-winning writer-director Spike Jonze, a Vice partner and creative director, is overseeing the development of Viceland. It will feature hundreds of hours of new programming developed and produced by Vice.
The initial slate of prime-time shows will include “Gaycation” (with Ellen Page and Ian Daniel), “Huang’s World” (with Eddie Huang), “Noisey” (with Zach Goldbaum), “Vice World of Sports” (with Sal Masekela) and “Weediquette” (with Krishna Andavolu).
HUNTSVILLE, Ala. (AP) — Jurors will resume their deliberations Wednesday in the federal retrial of an Alabama police officer charged with using excessive force against an Indian man who says he couldn’t understand the officer’s orders.
They told the federal judge in Huntsville Tuesday they were unable to agree unanimously in the trial of Madison police officer Eric Parker and were ordered to keep trying.
U.S. District Judge Madeline Hughes Haikala is trying to avoid a second mistrial for Parker on charges of violating the rights of Sureshbhai Patel, 58, during an encounter in February. Parker’s first trial ended in a hung jury.
Evidence showed that Parker knocked Patel to the ground while investigating a complaint about a suspicious person in February.
Parker testified Friday that Patel’s actions and appearance were “in sequence” with those of a burglar. Parker told jurors he grew concerned when Patel reached for his pockets and pulled his hand free during a pat down.
Patel, who wasn’t armed, suffered a spinal injury when he was thrown down face-first on a lawn. Parker said he lost his balance and fell on top of the man.
Jurors have been shown video footage of the incident that was recorded by a camera inside a police patrol vehicle. Patel used a walker when he entered the courtroom to testify against Parker.
Patel had been in the United States only a few days at the time of the encounter. Patel has said through an interpreter that he doesn’t speak English and couldn’t understand officers’ orders.
The city of Madison has fired Parker. He also faces a state assault charge and is being sued by Patel, who is staying with his son’s family in the United States.
Alabama Gov. Robert Bentley has apologized to the Indian government for Patel’s treatment, calling it a case of excessive force.
LOS ANGELES (AP) — Activision’s deal unveiled Tuesday to acquire “Candy Crush” publisher King Entertainment for $5.9 billion eclipses several recent video game industry acquisitions. A closer look at how these mash-ups are impacting the interactive industry:
ACTIVISION BLIZZARD AND KING: The publisher of the successful “Call of Duty,” ”Skylanders” and “Guitar Hero” series will be adding another popular — but not growing — franchise to its arsenal: “Candy Crush.” Activision Blizzard’s $5.9 billion purchase of mobile game maker King Entertainment would sweeten the publisher’s push into mobile gaming in recent years, following the release of “Call of Duty” and “Skylanders” editions for portable devices.
MICROSOFT AND MOJANG: The maker of Windows operating systems and Xbox game consoles constructed the $2.5 billion purchase of “Minecraft” developer Mojang in 2014. Microsoft quickly begun incorporating the brick-building game series into its new products with the release of a Windows 10 edition of “Minecraft,” as well as demonstrating an augmented reality rendition for use with its prototype HoloLens headset at industry trade events this year.
FACEBOOK AND OCCULUS: The social media behemoth acquired the virtual reality startup in 2014 for $2 billion. Oculus has drummed up unbridled interest from game and filmmakers since unleashing its new take on VR technology in 2012. However, the pairing of Facebook and Oculus hasn’t yielded many real-world results. Oculus isn’t planning to release a consumer edition of its immersive Rift headset and Touch controllers until early 2016.
AMAZON AND TWITCH: Despite a reported acquisition attempt by Google, online retail giant Amazon successfully captured video game streaming service Twitch for $970 million in 2014. In the year since Amazon bought Twitch, Google competitively launched a dedicated rendition of YouTube for gamers, while Twitch hosted its first fan convention. The company currently boasts that more than 100 million viewers a month are watching content on the platform.
ELECTRONIC ARTS AND POPCAP: Four years before Activision seeded plans to obtain King Entertainment, rival Electronic Arts made its largest purchase yet with the acquisition of mobile game publisher PopCap Games for $750 million in 2011. The creator of such beloved series as “Plants vs. Zombies,” ”Bejeweled” and “Peggle” has since released console versions of its games. The latest edition, “Plants vs. Zombies: Garden Warfare 2,” is set to sprout in spring 2016.
Follow AP Entertainment Writer Derrik J. Lang on Twitter at http://www.twitter.com/derrikjlang.