Culinary programming has spread through peak TV to networks such as National Geographic and streaming providers. Travel-related shows, such as the new "Uncharted" with Gordon Ramsay on National Geographic, are the latest popular wrinkle.
Cable and other programmers used the weekend's Comic-Con event in San Diego to promote returning series as well as upcoming debuts. Comcast's NBCUniversal, WarnerMedia and Disney were among the programmers to screen trailers from their most highly anticipated shows, such as HBO's "Watchmen" and "Westworld."
The administration's ban on selling equipment to Huawei Technologies will be a top agenda item when software and semiconductor executives visit the White House today, media reports say. A Huawei official says that Google has asked the Commerce Department for a waiver that would enable the Chinese vendor to install Android on phones releasing this year.
AT&T demonstrated the marketing leverage it hopes to use in buying DC Comics as part of the Time Warner deal when it created the "The Batman Experience Powered by AT&T" exhibit at Comic-Con. AT&T wants to turn the iconic DC brand into a content powerhouse that will fuel its upcoming streaming service and other WarnerMedia platforms.
Board members at CBS and Viacom are continuing discussions about the possibility of merging, with a potential $15.4 billion deal possible by August 8. Merger discussions reportedly concern which executive and board positions will remain and who might fill them.
Hundreds of millions of people watched live television coverage of the 1969 moon landing, but today's around-the-clock news cycle means television programming is rarely interrupted for coverage of breaking news or major events. A constant stream of updates from 24-hour news channels and social media have blurred the lines between fact and fiction, writes Robert Lloyd.
Former White House deputy press secretary Raj Shah has taken a senior vice president post at Fox News. Fox has declined to offer details about the contents of Shah's portfolio.
Netflix might be considered a direct competitor to pay-TV companies, but the streaming leader is also counting on teaming up with them to reach customers who prefer traditional TV, executives say, pointing to a new alliance with AT&T and existing partnerships with major cable companies including Comcast and Charter Communications. "It's a nice supplemental, incremental component...of our overall subscriber acquisition process," Netflix's Greg Peters told analysts.
There can be no agreement on allowing wireless carriers to share C-Band spectrum through a public auction unless satellite licensees agree, the C-Band Alliance noted in a Federal Communications Commission filing. The FCC can only sell the spectrum through a private auction, the CBA said, adding that cable systems and broadcasters have no legal right to take part in a government-led proceeding.
Cable companies that are using MobiTV's IPTV platform have a transcoder alternative now that the company has completed a partnership with WISI Group for its Inca 3840 Adaptive Bitrate Transcoder, MobiTV announced. Nearly 100 cable companies have deployed MobiTV's end-to-end solution, which eliminates the need to install set-top boxes for video service.
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