Entrepreneur and Entertainment Studios head Byron Allen has purchased Weather Group in a $300 million deal. Allen's Allen Media will now own properties such as The Weather Channel and streaming service Local Now.
The Internet Association has petitioned the US Court of Appeals for the Ninth Circuit to allow it to intervene on behalf of those challenging the rollback of net neutrality regulations. "To attract investment and growth, online content providers (such as many of the Internet Association's members) need assurance of a baseline level of nondiscriminatory treatment by all internet service providers," wrote the association, whose members include tech companies Google, Amazon, Facebook and Twitter.
Comcast Xfinity subscribers who subscribe to AMC Premiere will be able to access all 10 episodes of "The Terror" beginning Monday night. Viewers who don't subscribe to the $4.99-per-month add-on service can tune in to the premiere episode on the same night through AMC's linear TV channel.
USA Network this week announced its upcoming spring/summer lineup. Unscripted originals, including "Chrisley Knows Best" and "The Cromarties," will return to the network in May, while scripted series "Shooter" and "Queen of the South" will return in June.
Federal Communications Commission Chairman Ajit Pai at the American Cable Association's D.C. summit on Wednesday pushed small cable operators to bid on funding through the Connect America Fund, which will provide up to $2 billion over 10 years to help expand broadband service to rural areas. Pai also took aim at tech companies, saying, "[T]hey claimed that small broadband providers .. were anticompetitive monopolists who posed a greater threat to a free and open internet than companies like Google, Facebook and Twitter"; he also noted that today, "many more people are waking up to reality."
Congress will have a "thorough discussion" about paid prioritization and how areas such as internet of things technology, content distribution and health care play into an open internet, says Rep. Marsha Blackburn, R-Tenn. Democrats have pushed back on Blackburn's Open Internet Preservation Act because it does not prevent paid prioritization.
The Indianapolis 500 and other IndyCar races, practices and qualifiers will air on NBC properties in 2019 as part of a three-year deal. The auto racing league has spent the last 54 years on ABC.
Mediacom next month will increase broadband speeds for its Mediacom Business subscribers. Speeds will be increased to up to 300 Mbps at no cost to customers as part of the company's $1 billion investment in upgrading its fiber network.
Hallmark Channel announced renewals for "Meet the Peetes" and "When Calls the Heart" during a Facebook Live event. The network took to Facebook for the announcements after it canceled its upfront in New York City due to weather.
Opening arguments in the Justice Department's antitrust case to block AT&T's acquisition of Time Warner have been delayed until Thursday due to weather. AT&T's attorney has continued to dispute claims that the acquisition is a threat to competition in the pay-TV landscape, arguing that the combined market cap of FANG -- Facebook, Amazon, Netflix and Google -- is $3 trillion, compared with AT&T's $300 billion if combined with Time Warner. US District Judge Richard Leon has not indicated whether he will consider information about tech companies when defining the competitive landscape.
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