The American Cable Association is pushing for the Federal Communications Commission to hold off on raising the 39% ownership cap for TV station groups, saying broadcasters should share their cost-benefit data so the FCC can examine how such a move could raise cable bills. "Simply put, the more of an MVPD's subscribers a broadcaster can reach, the more leverage it has in negotiations with that MVPD -- and the more leverage a broadcaster has, the more harm it can do to the MVPD and its subscribers," the ACA writes.
The Justice Department's antitrust suit against AT&T over the company's proposed merger with Time Warner kicked off Monday, with AT&T arguing against the DOJ's use of certain types of evidence. The first two days have been reserved for discussions, with opening statements to occur Wednesday.
Cheddar has raised $22 million in a Series D funding round, bringing its total raised to roughly $32 million. The company is aiming to expand domestically and internationally, with plans including the launch of its Snapchat Publisher Story and its Cheddar Big News service.
HBO and Sky have teamed up on the co-production of miniseries "Chernobyl." Stellan Skarsgård and Emily Watson have been tapped to star in the five-part series, which will focus on the 1986 Chernobyl nuclear plant explosion.
Cox Communications has announced the launch of its Cox2M unit, which will focus on internet of things services. Connected health care, fault detection, tracking of commercial assets and inventory, and services for smart cities are among the unit's offerings.
Google is partnering with major retailers including Walmart and Target in a program that allows them to list products on Google Search, Google Express and Google Assistant in return for a share of revenue from purchases made.
Broadband trade groups are showing their support for the Federal Communications Commission's decision to roll back net neutrality regulations, with NCTA-The Internet & Television Association, CTIA and USTelecom filing motions to intervene in the FCC's case to defend its rollback decision. Twelve lawsuits aiming at overturning the FCC's rollback have been consolidated into one and will be heard in the US Court of Appeals for the Ninth Circuit.
FX's upfront strategy will remain intact, per FX Networks CEO John Landgraf and Fox Networks Group President of Advertising Revenue Joe Marchese. With the Disney-Fox deal expected to take 12 to 18 months to close, "this year's upfront is going to operate exactly as is," Marchese noted, adding that any upfront buys that could eventually be affected by the deal "will be honored, no matter how things work out."
Hulu recently launched its March Madness Experience, which allows Hulu Live TV subscribers to tune in to the NCAA tournament. Using the app, users can select their favorite teams and receive notifications when those teams are playing; the app also automatically records all games for later viewing.
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