The White House has issued a report painting a dire picture of states' broadband needs to demonstrate the importance of the proposed American Jobs Plan. The administration asserts that the $100 billion earmarked in the bill would erase the digital divide, increase broadband speeds and boost US competitiveness.
Subscription television companies are bracing for new rounds of higher retransmission consent and affiliate fees on the heels of ESPN and the four major broadcast networks spending $95 billion over 10 years for National Football League games, analysts say. The deal takes effect in 2023.
The Cloud Native Computing Foundation has accepted Comcast's Trickster and Kuberhealthy cloud-native technologies to its Sandbox program, which helps develop early-stage open source undertakings. A Comcast executive calls the admission, the first for the cable provider, a "huge milestone."
Executives from Samsung, Nielsen and AMC Networks will be among the people presenting at Future's #SpringTV virtual event, which focuses on the future of television and the evolving desires of audiences and advertisers. Tracks will cover free ad-supported TV, over-the-top programming and advanced advertising,
Open TV in Chicago uses an annual showcase to both amplify the voices of artists from diverse backgrounds in film and TV and hold art institutions like the Museum of Contemporary Art accountable for their diversity and inclusion work. "We want to create a blueprint for what it looks like to hold a seat in community, but also hold a seat within these historically problematic institutions and bridge a gap for deeper understanding," said OTV artist E'mon Lauren.
Publicis Groupe's Team One created a "Driving Disrupted" film for Lexus to mark Distracted Driving Awareness Month that spotlights the dangers of driving and texting. The video shows what happens when a group of test drivers, who admit to texting while driving, have the visibility removed from their windshields for 4.6 seconds -- the average length of time it takes to send or read a text while behind the wheel.
Home Depot has maintained consumer engagement and attracted new DIYers by turning roughly five in-store workshops per month into approximately 40 monthly livestream shows on its website and YouTube. Videos are not shoppable, but Home Depot acquires registrants' first and last name and email address and rewards viewers who complete a post-show survey with a 15% off coupon for an online purchase.
The National Cable Television Cooperative has formed a member task force dedicated to ensuring that MobiTV survives the Chapter 11 bankruptcy process. A letter from NCTC says one option could be a partnership with investors or a buyer, an arrangement in which members would invest at least $1 million as a consortium.
CommScope will proceed with plans to spin off its Home Networks division, which makes set-top devices for televisions as well as routers and modems, CEO Jeff Treadway told analysts. Treadway expects Home Networks to be operating independently by March 2022, with CommScope Senior Vice President Joe Chow as the leader.
Charter Communications wants to begin mapping out the $500 million worth of Citizens Broadband Radio Service licenses it won at a recent auction and is asking the Federal Communications Commission for permission to test sites in about a dozen cities. The company notes that CBRS signals are more challenging because their frequencies are shared.