Lizzo and Amazon Studios have signed a deal that gives the company an exclusive first look at the star's projects. They jointly announced the agreement at the Aug. 6 virtual Amazon session of CTAM's press tour.
T-Mobile says it's now the second-largest wireless carrier in the US, with 98.3 million customers. The carrier added 1.245 million subscribers between the beginning of April and the end of June, the period in which it completed its acquisition of Sprint, and its revenues rose 61% year-to-year.
ViacomCBS reported that its second-quarter revenue was down 12% to $6.275 billion, thanks to the pandemic-ravaged advertising market. But the company was bullish in regard to subscription streaming, touting a 52% year-over-year increase in paid OTT revenue, and a 75% uptick in SVOD subscribers, reaching 16.2 million, as it finally revealed some of its plans to the reboot its five-year-old CBS All Access SVOD platform.
Bilingual journalists for Noticias Telemundo and NBC News will collaborate on stories serving the Latino community. Subjects will include the upcoming elections and coronavirus developments.
Internet providers in South Carolina can now apply for grants worth a total of $30 million to improve broadband access in 555 areas. Providers are required to put up 50% matching funds and show that the service expansion is related to helping families weather the coronavirus pandemic.
Cable One has acquired stakes in two providers of fixed wireless internet, buying 40% of Illinois' Wisper ISP and no more than 10% of Texas' Nextlink Internet. Nathan Stooke still holds the most Wisper stock, while Bill Baker remains majority owner and CEO of Nextlink.
Comcast's NBCUniversal plans to split its entertainment sector into creative and business divisions, and has named Frances Berwick to lead negotiation and strategy. Matt Strauss will handle the direct-to-consumer aspects of NBCU and the company will name a new content chief.
The Federal Communications Commission has approved the procedure for the auction of C-band capacity that starts Dec. 8. Partial economic areas will form the organizational basis for the 5,684 licenses that the FCC is selling.
T-Mobile and Comcast are helping Philadelphia bring free broadband access to 35,000 low-income families who have children in school. The $17 million plan uses Coronavirus Aid, Relief, and Economic Security Act funds to enable access via either T-Mobile hot spots or the Internet Essentials service from Comcast.
Verizon is partnering with Amazon Web Services to bring 5G edge computing to the San Francisco Bay Area as well as Boston. The companies will eventually open 10 server sites this year under Amazon's AWS Wavelength cloud-services unit.