AT&T CEO Randall Stephenson proposed selling CNN to address antitrust concerns about the proposed Time Warner takeover when he met with the Justice Department's Makan Delrahim last year, per a deposition. However, a person familiar with the case countered that Stephenson was merely trying to understand the Justice Department's issues with the AT&T acquisition of Time Warner, since asset sales were not required in past deals.
The World Wrestling Entertainment's multimillion-dollar pay-per-view deal in Saudi Arabia may be affected by the diplomatic tensions related to the disappearance of Washington Post journalist Jamal Khashoggi. The WWE is scheduled to return to the Arab state Nov. 2 with the "Crown Jewel" event; the company says it is monitoring the situation.
FX has ordered comedy show "Breeders," starring Martin Freeman as a father whose self-perception shifts. "We enjoyed working with Martin on the first installment of Fargo and are delighted that he is executive producing along with Simon Blackwell and Chris Addison," FX president of originals Nick Grad said.
The Federal Communications Commission proposal to expand the 3.5 gigahertz Citizens Broadband Radio Service licensing area to county size is generally good for cable, but it has telecommunications and cable companies divided. Charter and Comcast are supporters, while CenturyLink and Frontier say counties are still too small as use cases in rural areas.
In a blog post, Comcast is offering a glimpse into its Xfinity X1 platform and platform tools Watchwith and Media Analysis Framework. "Thanks to these advancements the X1 platform is now able to deliver contextually relevant and personalized Internet content and services to any moment of television and we look forward to working with new partners to offer customers even more ways to interact with and enjoy their favorite content on the biggest screen in the home," writes Comcast executive Zane Vella.
The Justice Department is continuing to oppose the AT&T-Time Warner merger, calling AT&T's defense "little more than a revisionist 58-page summary of the district court's opinion" in a federal court filing. The DOJ is asking the US Court of Appeals for the D.C. Circuit to reverse a lower-court approval of the merger on antitrust grounds.
Kevin Hart has reportedly signed on with Nickelodeon to produce scripted, live-action children's shows through his HartBeat Productions company. Hart is a network favorite who has won several Nickelodeon Kids' Choice Awards.
Charter Communications has rolled out its DOCSIS 3.1-backed Spectrum Internet Gig to 12 million additional households, putting its deployment at more than 95% complete. The service is being offered to new customers at $104.99 per month.
Comcast, Charter and Altice USA appear to be passing on the Federal Communications Commission's 24 gigahertz license auction on Nov. 14, leaving Cox Communications as the only major cable company in the mix. Some of the nation's top telecom firms -- including T-Mobile, AT&T and Verizon -- will be joining Cox in the auction, which is dedicated to next-generation 5G services.
Cable companies including AT&T, Comcast, Mediacom and Charter Communications took proactive measures in the Florida Panhandle as the category 4 Hurricane Michael made landfall Wednesday afternoon. Some opened up free Wi-Fi hot spots for the affected areas and added extra personnel on the front lines to get services restored quickly.
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