Comcast is addressing holiday package theft by adding features to its Xfinity Home security cameras, such as motion filters and artificial intelligence with extra zoom capabilities. The company hopes the security additions will assist law enforcement with investigating holiday theft, which last year affected 1 in 4 people, a Wakefield Research report shows.
MTV is bringing back its "Spring Break" franchise, starting March 19 and broadcasting from Cancun, Mexico. The move is aligned with the network's efforts to increase its focus on vintage unscripted shows like "Total Request Live," "The Hills" and "Jersey Shore."
Various news outlets have filed briefs expressing support for CNN's lawsuit to reinstate Jim Acosta's White House media credentials, including CBS, The Associated Press and Fox News, which released a statement saying press passes "should never be weaponized." The Trump Administration also filed an opposition memo in advance of today's court ruling, stating that the First Amendment does not guarantee White House access.
IHeartMedia announced the board members it has selected to lead the company as it prepares to emerge from Chapter 11 bankruptcy protection, including Rich Bressler, Jay Rasulo and Gary Barber. The current board will continue serving until the company's bankruptcy status is cleared.
AT&T is beta testing its new self-install set-top box, which will eventually mean the phasing out of installation trucks and satellite service. The move will help the company lower overhead costs and spend less on bringing in subscribers.
Comcast is teaming up with Nielsen to enhance its viewing metrics, which will now include streaming data on desktop and mobile customers. Nielsen currently only measures Xfinity cable TV viewing among Comcast's offerings.
Altice USA's a4 ad firm is rolling out Athena, a platform that will integrate digital and TV data consumption information to determine ideal ad placement. "It can truly revolutionize the industry because it's the intersection of planning, activation and reporting, all in one interface," said a4 President Paul Haddad.
Broadcast groups from every state are urging the US Senate to pass the PIRATE Act, which would raise the penalty for unlicensed broadcasters to $2 million per incident as well as ensure scheduled bi-annual identification and enforcement by the Federal Communications Commission for the top five markets. The legislation passed the House with bipartisan support over the summer.
21st Century Fox's Lachlan Murdoch held a stockholder meeting on Wednesday and confirmed that Fox, the company's shortened name following the Disney deal, will be focused on news, sports and TV content. Some employees from other departments, such as Fox Studios, are concerned the leaner Fox will make it more challenging for them to distance themselves from the news organization, with one source saying, "... it's getting harder to justify that I contribute financially to Fox News and that it contributes financially to me."
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