"The Daily Show" will continue its tradition of airing a live one-hour special on election night at 11 p.m., Comedy Central said. "Votegasm 2020: What Could Go Wrong? (Again)," hosted by Trevor Noah, will also go live on social media.
Hulu announced that its live TV service will no longer carry the Fox regional sports networks now owned by Sinclair Broadcast Group, effective Friday. The move comes after the end of the baseball season and follows the networks being dropped Oct. 1 by YouTube TV.
Parallels between the rapidly growing podcast industry and the rise of streaming video content are driving insiders to seek out mergers and acquisitions to establish themselves in the podcasting world, says Wondery's Hernan Lopez, who also notes that the evolution of podcasting is much more significant to the audio world than streaming was to television. Experts at the Interactive Advertising Bureau estimate that advertising revenue from podcasts will exceed $1 billion during 2021.
Nielsen reports that people watched 23% more news during September than during the same period in 2019, though less than they did at the April peak of the pandemic. Cable accounted for most viewing time, followed by local news and then national broadcast news.
Sony will embed access to Disney+, Crunchyroll and other streaming apps on its new PlayStation 5 console rather than requiring users to download them through its store. The console, which is set to ship Nov. 12, will also be equipped with a remote control featuring dedicated access to some streaming services.
AT&T and SpaceX CEO Elon Musk are among those asking the FCC not to open 12 GHz spectrum for 5G networks. DISH Network had asked the agency to reconsider existing rules for the band, but AT&T says 5G activity on the frequencies would threaten direct broadcast satellite signals.
Verizon's high-speed millimeter wave 5G network covers roughly 1.8 million people, New Street Research analysts say, a figure that equates to about 0.5% of the US population. The analysts estimate Verizon's "ultra wideband" network will reach 2 million people before the year ends.
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