Fire TV Cube will soon include Amazon's Announcements feature, which will allow customers to play their messages on other Alexa-enabled platforms throughout their homes. The technology will also allow devices to broadcast announcements when they detect motion or a doorbell rings.
The Xfinity Digital Store from Comcast is now the first to provide pay TV on Movies Anywhere, giving customers the ability to access their digital movie collections through the app. Comcast joins six other retailers working with Movies Anywhere, including Amazon Prime, Walmart's Vudu and Google Play.
Spectrum Enterprise will be working with systems integrator Moviebeam on bringing upwards of 200 channels to hotel guests. The partnership will also allow hoteliers to customize content related to their properties and local attractions.
ESPN Vice President Norby Williamson has made changes to get the sports network back to its roots, including keeping the focus on sports rather than political talk and making the shows less personality-driven. ESPN's 7 a.m. and noon shows currently rank No. 1 in the 18-34 male demographic for those time slots on linear TV.
CNN's "Cuomo Prime Time" ratings in November have increased 25% to almost 1.3 million viewers, overtaking Anderson Cooper's 8 p.m. ratings and inching closer to competing networks' numbers. Brian Steinberg credits anchor Chris Cuomo's style of talking to people on both sides of an argument and verbally sparring with his guests as the reasons the show is resonating with its audience.
Media companies, such as Disney and WarnerMedia, are pursuing the launch of their own streaming services, which may lead to pulling content off Netflix. This would put Netflix, which produces 8% of its programming, at risk of losing up to 20% of its existing offerings.
Comcast Vice President of Access Architecture Rob Howald encourages competitors to work together on issues that will make the industry more efficient. "The strength of any open source project is the strength, passion and engagement of the supporting open source community," Howald says.
Lifetime has released its premiere schedule for next season, which includes compelling dramas "Love You to Death" and "Escaping the Madhouse: The Nellie Bly Story." The network has also acquired the US rights to Olivia Newton-John biopic "Hopelessly Devoted to You," which is to debut Feb. 16.
Hulu has signed a multiyear production deal with Funimation to expand its offerings of Japanese anime. "With this new deal, we are doubling down on our investment to continue growing our world-class anime offering with even more shows that we know our viewers love to watch," said Hulu executive Lisa Holme.