A&E's "Live PD" cop show has continued to give the network a major ratings boost since its October 2016 debut at a moment when streaming services are cutting into viewership. The series, which runs for three hours per night on Fridays and Saturdays, is the top-ranked cable show during those periods and has spawned three spin-off programs.
Smart-home technology in multi-family residences is becoming an increasingly important element for families, developers and property managers, Xfinity Communities reports in a survey, in which 74% of the respondents described it as "the way of the future." Smart locks led the list of technologies that respondents had or planned to deploy, with thermostats and lighting close behind.
The Federal Communications Commission would no longer require cable companies to give subscribers 30 days notice when broadcast stations leave their systems under a proposal Chairman Ajit Pai has scheduled for the Dec. 12 agenda. Customers would be told about the potential blackouts "as soon as possible," he said, citing the last-minute nature of discussions with networks.
Comcast has introduced a scheduling tool that will enable parents to exercise greater control over their kids' screen time. The xFinity xFi allows parents to establish up to 30 schedules for each profile, and pause screens at will, via a Wi-Fi network on smartphones, gaming consoles and tablets.
Roger Wicker, R-Miss., urged his Senate colleagues to approve the Satellite Television Extension and Localism Act Reauthorization extension measure, saying that failing to do so would make remote network signals unavailable to viewers. The House Energy and Commerce Committee has postponed the scheduled markup of its own STELAR renewal until today.
Science Channel will call on explosion experts to provide viewers with an inside look at blowing things up in a new series that will debut on Jan. 1, the network announced. Episodes of "The Explosion Show" will include following a local bomb squad, setting off fireworks, going backstage in Hollywood and studying blast waves.
Comcast praised the Federal Communications Commission's proposal to hold a public auction of spectrum in the C band but urged the agency to hold the line on reallocating 300 MHz for wireless carriers. The cable company said it was critical that the government leave 200 MHz free of interference to guarantee that feeds from cable networks can be delivered to multiple system operators.
Viacom's Channel 5, a UK network, will showcase a number of natural history series and documentaries next year, including a four-part program about the Atlantic Ocean and a look at an elephant hospital in Thailand, the company announced. Other shows will focus on a huge forest in England, the former British Empire, the Ganges River and Anne Boleyn.
A Charter Communications unit is showing an ethernet conference how the combination of artificial intelligence, the internet of things and machine learning can predict demand for network services. Spectrum Enterprise's proof of concept features an analytics engine and a software-defined wide area network that ensure proper security, speed and access for guests in a sporting venue.
Greg Stuart, CEO of the Mobile Marketing Association, says brands need to make a connection in the first second or 30 frames of a digital video campaign. This is when rejection and acceptance happens, he writes, and research finds viewing success with colors, shapes and images of people, especially the eyes.
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