ESPN's "Monday Night Football" telecasts have now helped the network win the November primetime cable ratings race two months in a row, with Fox News, The Hallmark Channel, MSNBC and Paramount Network rounding out the top five, Nielsen reported. The sports network drew an average of 2.8 million viewers, up 12% from November 2020.
Streaming video service Future Today credits AT&T's Xandr ad sales unit with helping it breakthrough in a connected TV market dominated by larger providers. Xandr's Monetize platform enabled the company to triple its revenues year-to-year in the first half of 2021, says Future Today CEO Vikrant Mathur.
Comcast has bought a pair of small municipal broadband systems in Braintree and Russell, Mass., for an undisclosed price, as the towns say it would be too costly to upgrade their networks by themselves. The cable company will gain roughly 2,500 subscribers from Braintree Electric Light Department and an unstated number from Russell Municipal Cable TV.
FuboTV announced plans to increase interactive features using artificial intelligence technology from Edisn.ai, a company it recently purchased. The new platform will let fubo "better detect and synchronize play-by-play data feeds with live and time shifted action - such as goals scored - on the screen," said Chief Product Officer Mike Berkley, adding that ad tech may also improve as a result.
CableLabs, the Wireless Broadband Alliance and Intel recently conducted a successful indoor trial of Wi-Fi 6E using unlicensed 6 GHz spectrum, an achievement the WBA says proves the technology's potential for home use. Subways will join households as sites for the next series of tests.
Charter Communications was one of two investors in the latest strategic round for Falcon V Systems, a company that is working on network virtualization for distributed access architecture. Falcon has drawn up a diagram of a proposed multivendor DAA network, which would involve two companies providing converged cable access platform technology, and is also developing a MAC manager.
Sinclair Broadcast Group is making progress in securing streaming rights to some professional sports and has enough programming to introduce its direct-to-consumer service, CEO Chris Ripley said. The network is engaged in "active and ongoing negotiations" with the National Hockey League and the National Basketball Association.
Vizio announced plans to add content to its ad-supported streaming service, WatchFree+, after making deals with studios that include Lionsgate, Disney, Sony and MGM. The library available through Vizio's SmartCast TV service now contains at least 4,000 programs.
Deloitte predicts a 30% churn rate for streaming services worldwide during 2022, with 38% in the US, but also expects the total number of customers to grow. Principal Jana Arbanas explains that "churn is about canceling but also potentially adding new services."
AMC Networks has greenlit eight "Mayfair Witches" episodes for a debut on AMC+ and AMC next year. The show, AMC's second adaptation of an Anne Rice book, centers on a neurosurgeon who inherits sorcerous powers.
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