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.
A recent report from the Government Accountability Office states that the Federal Communications Commission's system of gathering information about tribal lands' access to broadband is inaccurate. The GAO suggests that the FCC set up methods of obtaining tribal perspectives and collect data in ways that take tribes' actual situations into account.
Five major stations -- including Fox, Univision and NBC -- have committed to adopting next-generation ATSC 3.0 broadcast standards within two years. The technology is being tested in Phoenix, and it offers consumers digital-esque interaction, as well as mobile access to content, while giving station owners opportunities to expand ad revenue.
McCann's new 60-second ad for Nespresso, "The Quest," stars George Clooney as a medieval knight and also features actor Natalie Dormer. The global campaign includes an additional 30-second spot and social content that delves into the stories of the people who bring the coffee to market.
Mobile advertising investment will account for 43% of all US ad spend by 2020, hitting $113.21 billion to TV's $69.52 billion, and will take a larger share than all traditional media combined, eMarketer predicts. "Even the strongholds of TV, such as live sports and news, are starting to move online, and people are consuming them on the go through mobile devices," says eMarketer's Martin Utreras.