A&E's "Live PD" cop show has continued to give the network a major ratings boost since its October 2016 debut at a moment when streaming services are cutting into viewership. The series, which runs for three hours per night on Fridays and Saturdays, is the top-ranked cable show during those periods and has spawned three spin-off programs.
Smart-home technology in multi-family residences is becoming an increasingly important element for families, developers and property managers, Xfinity Communities reports in a survey, in which 74% of the respondents described it as "the way of the future." Smart locks led the list of technologies that respondents had or planned to deploy, with thermostats and lighting close behind.
The Commerce Department has begun informing some companies they can resume shipments to China's Huawei Technologies, stating that the licenses are for limited activities that don't put United States foreign policy or national security at risk. It remains unclear which of the almost 300 applications the government received have resulted in exemptions.
Verizon Media has not put HuffPost or any other of the units in its Yahoo AOL group up for sale, Verizon Media CEO Guru Gowrappan said, calling the HuffPost publication an important part of its content strategy. "We're not in the long-form, scripted business -- but we are in the content business," he said in explaining Verizon has no plans to sell the Media group properties.
The Federal Communications Commission would no longer require cable companies to give subscribers 30 days notice when broadcast stations leave their systems under a proposal Chairman Ajit Pai has scheduled for the Dec. 12 agenda. Customers would be told about the potential blackouts "as soon as possible," he said, citing the last-minute nature of discussions with networks.
Comcast has introduced a scheduling tool that will enable parents to exercise greater control over their kids' screen time. The xFinity xFi allows parents to establish up to 30 schedules for each profile, and pause screens at will, via a Wi-Fi network on smartphones, gaming consoles and tablets.
AT&T and the Washington Post are exploring how 5G technology can assist the newspaper in covering major news events such as the impending presidential election, the Post announced, adding that 5G has the potential to improve news delivery speed and enable innovative formats. Live broadcasts of yesterday's debate between Democratic presidential contenders were the partnership's kickoff event.
Ajit Pai, chair of the Federal Communications Commission, is suggesting a split of the 5.6 GHz band, which only vehicle-to-vehicle transmissions can currently use. The top 30 MHz would be designated for cellular vehicle-to-everything technology under Pai's proposal, while the bottom 45 would be free for Wi-Fi and other unlicensed use.
Qualcomm issued a bullish assessment of 5G's near-term prospects, predicting to analysts that its slumping chip business will turn around with double-digit growth in each of the next three years and that operating margins for the segment will improve. The company is relying on chip sales going forward, as its licensing division has experienced legal issues and flat revenues.
The founder of Sprint's prepaid Boost Mobile said he would pay up to $2 billion to purchase back the brand in the wake of Sprint's potential merger with T-Mobile. Peter Adderton said his offer was more generous than DISH Network's deal to buy Boost and Virgin America for $1.4 billion for the operation.
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