The advertisement-free version of HBO Max is available at half its normal price until Sept. 26, with subscription discounts lasting six months, as the company tries to lure back customers after leaving Amazon Prime Channels. AT&T's Pascal Desroches said the company's target for 2021 took the 5 million lost subscriptions from the platform drop into account.
HBO and HBO Max took home a total of 19 Emmys, while Netflix was the biggest winner by far with 44. Disney+ won 14 awards, largely in the Creative Arts section, and NBC and VH1 got one each.
Facebook's Ray Ban Stories smart glasses, which have video, photo, telephone, audio and social media capabilities, may be the first step in a transition to the "metaverse." The social media company has announced that producing alternate reality wearable devices for consumers is its next step.
Ampersand, owned by Comcast, Charter Communications and Cox Communications, is offering a Total TV Measurement system that gathers viewing data from 40 million set-top boxes. The company aims to help coordinate campaigns across multiple platforms and cut down on the number of times viewers see the same advertisements.
A survey from Whip Media shows consumers pay for 4.7 subscription streaming services on average, but only plan on adding one more, with library content an important influence for more than 90%. Most respondents cited cost as a restraining factor.
Hosts of late-night comedy shows will dedicate their programming to climate change on Sept. 22, one of the days in Climate Week NYC. Steve Bodow, the effort's coordinator, said that "this incredible group of shows coming together makes a statement about the scale and urgency of the world's hottest problem."
Comcast Business Enterprise Solutions is providing enterprises with cybersecurity services, including virtual desktop infrastructures, multi-factor authentication and zero-trust architectures. Senior Vice President Glenn Katz says that securing the "middle portion" of networks is the largest challenge companies face.
Black program creators will receive stakes in high-end film and television content they produce under a new BET Studios initiative led by former Warner Bros. Television executive Aisha Summers-Burke. The venture will create programming for ViacomCBS' cable, streaming and broadcast units as well as third-party platforms.
Dawn dish soap teamed with Overwolf to create a #DawnSavesWildlife campaign on Twitter that invites Minecraft players to share videos of the wildlife environments they've created within the game. Every week through Oct. 17, Dawn and its campaign partners will award three winners an Alienware computer, all entrants will get the chance to win an Oculus Rift Quest VR headset, and the brand is donating $5 for each video shared to The Marine Mammal Center and International Bird Rescue.
Comcast is in no hurry to put the Citizens Broadband Radio Service wireless spectrum it won at auction to work, said Mike Cavanagh, the company's chief financial officer. He added that Comcast is satisfied with Verizon as a mobile virtual network operator.
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