Nickelodeon plans to launch "Star Trek: Prodigy," an animated series from the team behind Netflix's "Trollhunters," in 2021. The series will focus on "lawless teens" who traverse the universe on a decrepit Starfleet vessel.
TNT is promoting the second season of its "Alienist" series with a campaign that includes an 1890s period fashion collection at the Bergdorf Goodman department store in New York and a three-course meal for hospital health-care workers featuring the original Delmonico's steak recipe. The network arranged for furloughed staff members at Delmonico's Steak House, including the chef, to cook and serve 500 meals at Mount Sinai West.
The Federal Communications Commission's total for the first round of its Citizens Broadband Radio Service spectrum auction exceeded $357 million, far surpassing the approximately $108 million reserve price set. Today will contain two bidding rounds for 22,631 priority access licenses, which will be allocated by county.
Warner Bros. will shift some movies to premium video-on-demand services such as HBO Max due to theaters remaining closed, John Stankey, the CEO of parent company AT&T, told analysts. "The longer this goes on there's going to be some content on the margin that we look at and say that it may be better served to be distributed in a different construct," he explained.
Plex is following in Roku's footsteps, adding more than 80 live/linear channels such as Yahoo Finance, Reuters, and fubo Sports Network, along with eight services from Cinedigm. The platform features a programming grid and DVR options.
Discovery and the National Geographic Channel will go head-to-hammerhead on their annual shark marathons again, with Discovery's "Shark Week" debuting on Aug. 9 in the midst of Nat Geo's ongoing five-week "SharkFest." Discovery is preparing 23 new programming hours, while Nat Geo is featuring 17 fresh documentaries.
Verizon and Pluto have launched their programming partnership in which "tens of millions" of Verizon's broadband, video and wireless subscribers gained access to more than 100,000 hours of content on ViacomCBS' free, ad-supported service through various platforms, the companies said. Pluto also added three channels exclusive to Verizon customers: Real Life on Verizon, Movies on Verizon and Yahoo Finance.
Cox Communications and other cable providers will bid on Citizens Broadband Radio Service spectrum when the Federal Communications Commission starts its auction today. Cable companies could use the licenses to provide fixed wireless broadband access in rural areas adjacent to their territories or to enable mobile services.
The latest AT&T earnings reports show a 5% increase in subscribers for HBO and streaming service HBO Max since 2019 ended, reaching a total of 36.3 million. AT&T's profits beat estimates even as the company shed 886,000 premium subscribers.
NBCUniversal's Peacock is preparing for the 2021 Summer Olympics by running 10 documentaries, two of which it produced, on a "Road to Tokyo" dedicated channel. The streaming service will air the games if they take place, but officials warn that an ongoing pandemic might result in cancellation.