Netflix quietly began testing video promos on its platform last week, leading some users to take to the web with complaints. Netflix assuaged concerns by explaining that these personalized recommendations are skippable and are designed to help users easily find shows that they'll enjoy.
Charter has announced that it will be launching a 24/7 news service for 1.5 million Spectrum subscribers in Los Angeles in November. The channel won't focus on typical local news but will instead aim to explore local community events, including high school sports and fundraisers, Spectrum Executive Vice President Mike Bair said.
ESPN President Jimmy Pitaro says the network is working to boost "Monday Night Football" ratings with improved schedules and new anchors. The company also plans to overcome controversy by not airing the national anthem and any accompanying protests during its college or professional football games.
Amazon is planning to launch a streaming DVR device that will compete with TiVo, a source says. The device -- reportedly named "Frank" by the company -- will connect to Fire TV boxes through wireless technology and record live TV that can later be streamed to a smartphone, the source says.
Claims that the rollback of net neutrality regulations would lead to the destruction of the internet have proved to be baseless, Federal Communications Commission Chairman Ajit Pai said at a Senate oversight hearing. Sen. Ed Markey, D-Mass., suggested that internet service providers were simply laying low while the rollback faces litigation, while FCC Commissioner Jessica Rosenworcel agreed that ability and incentive would eventually lead to internet fast and slow lanes.
Altice USA's a4 TV unit has teamed up with Vizio's Inscape in a partnership that will bring more user data to marketers. Under the deal, a4 set-top boxes will be enhanced with data from Vizio's smart TVs, providing marketers with audience insights.
Gracenote has launched Mobile Video Analytics, which provides insights on mobile app performance and viewership. The service uses passive video testing and surveys to gauge engagement and will also let wireless providers detect congested areas in their networks.
Some Wall Street analysts see cable's entry into the wireless market as generally being via a careful, as opposed to aggressive, approach. Macquarie Research expects Charter Communications to add 650,000 mobile subscribers over the next 13 months, while Oppenheimer analysts predict that Comcast's Xfinity Mobile will have 1.3 million subscribers by the end of the year and 3.3 million by the end of 2020.
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