Over-the-top skinny bundles from companies such as DISH Network, Hulu and Sony have low subscriber and penetration numbers, making them a "big yawn, a big nothing" thus far, said media analyst Jessica Reif Cohen. While some have a chance of seeing growth in the future, the unified content of traditional cable gives it an edge, Reif Cohen said at a recent industry event.
AMC has announced the launch of the AMC VR app, which features virtual reality content related to some of its shows. The app -- which is available for Android, iOS, Google Daydream and Gear VR -- will promote this weekend's premiere of "The Walking Dead" with a scene available in 360-degree video.
Charter Communications has clarified its plans to launch wireless in 2018 in a filing with the Federal Communications Commission, with plans including the possible use of the 3.5 GHz band along its network. However, the company noted that it would likely not bid in a spectrum auction if the licenses were too large.
The deal between Viacom and Charter Communications could be seen as a blueprint for other deals that improve the television landscape, said Viacom Chief Data Officer Kern Schireson. "[W]hen the details emerge, a lot of folks are going to look at [the deal] as a potential blueprint for how to not make this a zero-sum game, and how to really work in partnership," Schireson said.
Citizens Broadband Radio Service spectrum will enhance services and provide new opportunities for cable operators. Opportunities for LTE-based technology, supplying backhaul and reaching new customers are among the ways that cable operators could benefit from this spectrum.
Entercom's planned acquisition of CBS Radio could close as early as mid-November, keeping the deal on track to make Entercom one of the industry's biggest radio groups. CBS on Thursday announced that it was moving forward with an exchange offer through a "Reverse Morris Trust" to split off the radio division in preparation for the acquisition.
The launch of Next Gen TV could be approved by the Federal Communications Commission early next year, but broadcasters still have opposing views as to how the initial business model for the system should look. A panel at the NAB Show New York debated the benefits of early use cases, including 4K Ultra-HD programming and datacasting.
Over 99% of Class A and Class B shareholders for Tribune Media voted in favor of its proposed deal with Sinclair Broadcasting Group during a Thursday meeting. The Federal Communications Commission this week announced a 15-day break during its 180-day review to allow time for additional comments regarding the proposed deal to be submitted.
Variety TV critic Maureen Ryan has written a column about being sexually assaulted by a TV executive in 2014. While Ryan couldn't name her attacker due to legal reasons, she writes that she will no longer stay silent, adding, "A television executive assaulted me, and the specific power dynamics of this industry aid and abet men like him."
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