E.W. Scripps executives said the company will pursue must-carry deals with cable companies, rather than seek retransmission consent payments, if its $2.65 billion offer to acquire Ion Media goes through. Adam Symson, Scripps' CEO, said that broad distribution is more valuable than fees in its business model.
The whole run of "Saturday Night Live," currently 45 seasons, will become part of Peacock as of Oct. 1. The NBCUniversal service previously offered only the show's last five seasons, as well as some "Best Of" anthologies.
Fraud as well as ad revenues are surging on streaming TV platforms, the monitoring firm DoubleVerify reports saying it found 780 spurious apps aimed at attracting advertisers while ad tech firm MadHive suspects that 20% of connected-TV inventory was a sham last year. Marketers say they are fighting the problem with various solutions such as reaching direct agreements for their ads.
Canada's Rogers Communications is offering to boost Quebec's telecom infrastructure with a $2.2 billion (US) investment if Cogeco allows Altice USA and Rogers to purchase it. Cogeco remains firm in its refusal, however, stating that "Rogers may continue making all the investments it wishes in Quebec, but it doesn't need Cogeco to do so."
CableLabs is reportedly looking into ways that cable companies can use networking assets to give utilities distribution data. The early-stage project, known as gridmetrics, would help monitor and prevent outages as well as provide real-time performance feedback.
A rights deal extension with a value reportedly exceeding $3 billion will see WarnerMedia subsidiary Turner Sports carry more Major League Baseball games and increase its platforms' MLB-related digital content. The terms of the seven-year deal, which prolongs the partnership through 2028, remained undisclosed.
Comcast will expand its carriage of Revolt, Sean "Diddy" Combs' music-focused network, with plans to launch the service on its Xfinity Digital Starter service. Revolt, which reaches more than 50 million households, will add "millions" of Comcast subscribers under the deal, the companies said.
National Geographic plans to air "City So Real," a five-part documentary series that focuses on Chicago during the 2019 mayoral election, on Oct. 29 without commercials. The telecast will also feature public service announcements urging viewers to vote on Nov. 3, under a partnership with the non-profit group "I am a voter."
Amazon unveiled a pair of updated streaming devices, the $40 Fire TV Stick and the $30 Fire TV Stick Lite, along with a new interface that will include video calling and a new design for the home screen. The pricier device will support Dolby Atmos, but not 4K video.