AT&T CEO Randall Stephenson proposed selling CNN to address antitrust concerns about the proposed Time Warner takeover when he met with the Justice Department's Makan Delrahim last year, per a deposition. However, a person familiar with the case countered that Stephenson was merely trying to understand the Justice Department's issues with the AT&T acquisition of Time Warner, since asset sales were not required in past deals.
The World Wrestling Entertainment's multimillion-dollar pay-per-view deal in Saudi Arabia may be affected by the diplomatic tensions related to the disappearance of Washington Post journalist Jamal Khashoggi. The WWE is scheduled to return to the Arab state Nov. 2 with the "Crown Jewel" event; the company says it is monitoring the situation.
FX has ordered comedy show "Breeders," starring Martin Freeman as a father whose self-perception shifts. "We enjoyed working with Martin on the first installment of Fargo and are delighted that he is executive producing along with Simon Blackwell and Chris Addison," FX president of originals Nick Grad said.
Participants of the "Davos in the Desert" event with Saudi Arabia's Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman including CNBC, The New York Times and Bloomberg have started to pull out after journalist Jamal Khashoggi disappeared. The symbolic embrace from the American establishment toward the prince at last year's Future Investment Initiative continues to dissipate as diplomatic tensions arise.
Veteran journalist Lesley Stahl covered much ground with President Donald Trump on Sunday's "60 Minutes," asking him about climate change, the Kavanaugh hearings, and Saudi Arabia and the disappearance of journalist Jamal Khashoggi. Trump did concede that illegal immigration was his fault, before saying it was because of people's desire to come to the US, where the economy is strong.
The Federal Communications Commission proposal to expand the 3.5 gigahertz Citizens Broadband Radio Service licensing area to county size is generally good for cable, but it has telecommunications and cable companies divided. Charter and Comcast are supporters, while CenturyLink and Frontier say counties are still too small as use cases in rural areas.
In a blog post, Comcast is offering a glimpse into its Xfinity X1 platform and platform tools Watchwith and Media Analysis Framework. "Thanks to these advancements the X1 platform is now able to deliver contextually relevant and personalized Internet content and services to any moment of television and we look forward to working with new partners to offer customers even more ways to interact with and enjoy their favorite content on the biggest screen in the home," writes Comcast executive Zane Vella.
Verizon says it suffered "unprecedented" damage to its fiber network in parts of the Florida Panhandle because of Hurricane Michael, making it difficult to restore wireless service in those areas. Also, the government said Friday that more than 264,000 customers in Florida, Georgia and Alabama had lost wireline or cable service because of the storm.
Edge computing will get its primary propulsion from demand for video services, IHS Markit found in a survey commissioned by the Linux Foundation. Video content delivery was cited by 92% of respondents as the top driver of edge computing, while augmented/virtual reality, autonomous vehicles and the industrial internet of things all tied for second place.
Many broadcasters in Florida are using social media, including Facebook, to deliver post-storm coverage of Hurricane Michael, given the communications outages in their newsrooms due to damage and lost power. The Federal Communications Commission reported that most of Bay County's cell towers were nonoperational as of late last week.
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