The COVID-19 pandemic hasn't stopped Verizon from beating its schedule for fiber installation or from introducing Citizens Broadband Radio Service spectrum. Kyle Malady, chief technology officer, said that CBRS technology is more useful outdoors than people assume, especially in stadiums and other venues that will contain crowds after the crisis ends.
Continuing the restructuring as the Walt Disney Co. emphasizes streaming, Walt Disney TV chairman of entertainment Dana Walden announced that Touchstone Television was being folded into 20th Television and that Karey Burke would move from president of ABC Entertainment to head the consolidated TV studio. ABC entertainment programming will be overseen by Craig Erwich, who continues to oversee Hulu Originals as president of Hulu Originals and ABC Entertainment.
Discovery is partnering with Verizon on the Discovery+ streaming service the programmer will introduce in January with a $4.99 ad-supported monthly tier and a $6.99 ad-free option. Verizon subscribers will receive up to one year of free service in an offer similar to one Verizon extended for Disney+.
Starz has launched Lionsgate Play, its direct-to-consumer service, in India. The app will start with US content in several Indian languages, and then introduce original Indian programming.
AT&T executive Gordon Mansfield says that the carrier will use millimeter-wave spectrum for 5G in urban areas and other highly populated regions, complimenting its foundation of low-band and mid-band frequencies. He also endorsed dynamic spectrum sharing as a method of maintaining consistent experiences during the transition to 5G.
Verizon has expanded the reach of its 5G Edge with AWS Wavelength technology to its eighth city, Las Vegas, with plans to announce two more markets this month. The service is designed to provide minimal latency and maximum responsiveness for the latest mobile apps.
Qualcomm unveiled the Snapdragon 888 chipset, which will be the basis for high-end Android phones next year. Its X60 5G modem is fully integrated, and its graphics processing unit will perform 35% better than that in the previous model.
WarnerMedia is throwing the gamut of advanced home entertainment technologies at its Dec. 25 release of Wonder Woman 1984 on HBO Max. The would-be summer blockbuster will be the first HBO Max movie available in 4K Ultra HD. The streaming service will also make Wonder Woman 1984 available in HDR 10, as well as in Dolby Vision and Dolby Atmos.
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