CBS has named David Nevins chief creative officer, helping fill gaps in leadership left by the departure of Leslie Moonves. Nevins will continue to oversee Showtime as CEO but will expand his role to include creative services pertaining to the entertainment division of CBS Television and the company's 50% stake in the CW.
Comcast reports that almost 58 million customers in 39 states and the District of Columbia can now use Xfinity Gigabit Internet, pushing the company into the lead among US gigabit providers. Gigabit Internet is available for $104.95 monthly to first-time residential users after the introductory pricing period ends.
A recent Nielsen report shows that two-thirds of households with TVs purchase either Netflix, Amazon Prime or Hulu, and a study from Parks Associates puts the share of broadband customers who subscribe to at least three streaming services at a mere 16%. However, industry executives are optimistic that as the number of cord-cutters increases, the number of services they sign up for will too.
Fox News has announced that its talent roster at Fox Nation will include Brit Hume, Sean Hannity and Laura Ingraham. The streaming service, which is focused on commentary and long-form documentaries, is expected to debut soon.
Comcast Cable has brought roughly 37 apps onto its X1 platform and hopes to add at least 30 more before 2018 is out. The aim is to provide customers with access to the 100 leading connected TV apps, letting users view content from a variety of sources.
Disney is said to be preparing to auction off 22 regional sports networks, as part of its deal with 21st Century Fox, by providing bid books to banks and distributors. Those companies reportedly include Sinclair Broadcast Group, Amazon and Google.
The Justice Department will have a chance to defend its opposition to the AT&T-Time Warner merger Dec. 6, when oral arguments are to be presented before the US Court of Appeals for the District of Columbia Circuit. The DOJ contends that the merger violates antitrust laws, while AT&T rejects the idea that the acquisition will stifle competition.
Clippers CourtVision, a feature of the Fox Sports app for pay-TV customers in the Los Angeles market, lets viewers choose among three ways of watching a Clippers game. They include "mascot mode," which adds graphic elements such as lightning bolts, and "player mode," which shares real-time stats about players on the court.
It's time for the FCC to take a fresh look at the 5.9 GHz band. After two decades and millions of dollars in wasted government subsidies, the Dedicated Short Range Communications (DSRC) experiment in the 5.9 GHz band has clearly failed. The growth of Wi-Fi over the last two decades and the potential of this spectrum to deliver better Wi-Fi only amplify this failure in policy. The time is now for the Commission to open all or a substantial part of the 5.9 GHz band to unlicensed innovation and consider flexible options for addressing the spectrum needs of automotive technologies. Read more.
Charter Communications wants the Federal Communications Commission to allow it to test the 32 gigahertz band in the hopes of advancing the deployment of 5G services. The FCC has not provided information about auctioning the band, which serves satellites and radio astronomy.
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