Viceland is kicking off its new prime-time schedule Feb. 25 with "Vice Live," a two-hour show that will cover the day's breaking social media and pop culture developments across the world. The show will start at 9 p.m. and run from Monday to Thursday.
The Smithsonian Channel, the BBC and several international broadcasters have given the green light to "Inside Europe: 10 Years of Turmoil," a series that will explore several major European crises, including Brexit and the financial collapse in Greece. BBC Two will host the UK series premiere Jan. 28, and the program will come to the US this spring on Smithsonian.
Sinclair has launched STIRR, an ad-supported, over-the-top platform that delivers live local news, entertainment and regional sports to mobile devices, Amazon Fire TV, Roku and Apple TV. The company will bundle content from its almost 200 stations with that of channels including Outdoor America, Cheddar and World Poker.
Morgan Neville is producing "Shangri-La," a docu-series centered on iconic music producer Rick Rubin. The project will air on Showtime in 2019, exploring the life of Rubin, the co-founder of Def Jam Recordings and producer for artists including Lady Gaga, Jay-Z and Adele.
Hargray Communications is to increase its Pell City-area footprint by purchasing USA Communications' Alabama assets. The company will provide a full lineup of internet, TV and phone services to both residential and business customers.
Cox Communications is giving customers affected by the government shutdown payment extensions without penalties. Customers can schedule their payments for a future date by visiting the Payment Arrangement Options segment of the account site or contacting a customer service representative.
FuboTV's subscriber engagement last month was nearly three times greater than at the same time the previous year, and the company says connected TVs get the credit. The company's nearly 250,000 subscribers watched an average of almost 90 hours of programming, with entertainment being the most popular category.
Netflix has raised the prices for all of its plans -- the standard plan is now $13, and the basic is $9 -- to help offset its content overhead. One analyst believes the move may stifle subscriber growth from lower-income households, where the company has not yet saturated the market, while another believes the price increase will cause budget-minded Netflix loyalists to cancel other subscriptions.
The Cord Evolution report from MRI reveals that roughly half of viewers in the US are opting to spend quality time watching TV with family or friends. Fifty-two percent of those viewers are watching content on pay TV, while 48% are streaming it.
Former Ohio Gov. John Kasich has signed on as CNN's newest political commentator, joining Reps. Luis Gutierrez and Mia Love in the network's roster of recently acquired former lawmakers. Former Sen. Claire McCaskill will be doing double duty as a political analyst on NBC and MSNBC programming; she appeared on "Morning Joe" on Tuesday.