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.
Showtime has announced that it will debut scripted series "Patrick Melrose" on May 12. The limited series, starring Benedict Cumberbatch, will mark the first time the network has aired a scripted series on a Saturday since 2000.
Should the Justice Department win its antitrust suit against AT&T over its planned merger with Time Warner, the media and telecom industries could face a more uncertain future, writes Elizabeth Winkler. The intersection of content and distribution firms, as well as regulations for tech firms that create their own content, could face increased scrutiny, with a DOJ victory ultimately leading to the redrawing of "lines around mergers, especially in media," Winkler asserts.
Language in iHeartMedia's bankruptcy accord indicates that creditors can continue to explore "alternative proposals," sources say. Liberty Media Corp. could still be in the running, though the sources say no formal talks are being held.
Boston Consulting Group has recommended that Univision cut the budget of subsidiary Fusion Media Group by as much as 35%, sources say. The budget cuts -- which have been recommended in the wake of the media company's decision to shelve plans for an initial public offering -- are likely to come at least partly via layoffs, which have already begun.
FuboTV's latest update, version 4.0, includes a user interface redesign. Other changes include a boost to content discovery and the introduction of My Fubo, a hub where users can manage preferences such as what they watch, stream and record.
Verizon is asking the Federal Communications Commission for more precise guidelines on how the agency will measure speed and determine compliance as the date of the Connect America Fund auction nears.
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