UFC Fight Night's Saturday debut on Disney's ESPN+ got 568,000 people to subscribe to the network, a record number for the streaming service, which launched in April. The Henry Cejudo vs. T.J. Dillashaw match got the highest ratings of any UFC Fight Night preliminary round since 2013.
Investment bank UBS expects 50 million subscribers in the first five years of Disney's streaming service, Disney+, and also expects that the company can drive revenue by investing more in Hulu. The latter could be tricky, as Disney revealed in a Friday SEC filing that it topped $1 billion in losses related to investments in the streaming industry last fiscal year -- including a Hulu-centered equity loss of $580 million.
Showtime has acquired the rights to broadcast "Of Mics and Men," the series documentary that explores the history of hip-hop pioneers Wu-Tang Clan, who are celebrating 25 years since the release of their first album, "Enter the Wu-Tang (36 Chambers)." Two episodes of the four-part series, directed by Sacha Jenkins, will run this month at the Sundance Film Festival, and the entire show will air this spring on Showtime.
The National Association of Broadcasters and other member groups in a coalition called News Media for Open Government are asking Congress to pass a shield law that would increase press protections on the federal level; the groups are also asking Congress to address compliance and litigation costs related to the Freedom of Information Act. "Journalists take seriously their duty to investigate wrongdoing and hold government institutions and elected officials accountable without fear or favor," says NAB President Gordon Smith.
NBA ratings have dipped from last year -- Turner fell 22% and ESPN 5% -- with ABC reporting the only ratings bump. Analysts attribute the decline in ratings to LeBron James moving to the Los Angeles Lakers, which means a later West Coast start time for his games.
A source says that Sony's RCA Records has quietly dropped R. Kelly from its roster of artists, following mounting pressure related to the sexual abuse allegations against the singer. Kelly's adviser said other labels are interested in working with him, while RCA has yet to comment.
Yahoo Sports is partnering with the NBA and Turner Sports to bring fans "The Bounce," a three-hour nightly show that will include highlights, scoreboards and commentary. The show, which is to debut at 5 p.m. today, will stream for free every night except Tuesday and Thursday until the regular NBA season ends.
Light Reading gives readers a peek inside the Comcast Technology Center, the company's new Philadelphia center for engineering and software development. The building also houses NBC10/Telemundo studios and will have a Four Seasons hotel.
Reps. Tony Cárdenas, D-Calif., and Adam Kinzinger, R-Ill., penned a letter about the Federal Communications Commission's proposal to expand the use of the C-band to wireless broadband use. The two lawmakers urged the FCC to protect radio and television programming delivery via C-band satellite and find new uses for C-band that do not affect existing services.
AT&T will introduce three 5G devices this year, including a Samsung smartphone compatible with both millimeter wave and low-band, which is expected to be available in the last six months of 2019. The news aligns with the carrier's plan to launch sub-6 GHz service later this year, in addition to millimeter wave.
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