Nintendo Wii users will no longer be able to watch streaming video through the console after Jan. 31, 2019, Netflix has told customers. Hulu and YouTube are offered through Nintendo's newest console, the Switch, and other streaming services may follow.
Chip and Joanna Gaines, whose hit HGTV show "Fixer Upper" ended in April, are in talks with Discovery to rebrand one of its cable channels and take the creative reins. The couple say the channel would feature family-friendly lifestyle content through their Magnolia production company, much of it filmed in their hometown of Waco, Texas.
NBCUniversal planned several innovative strategies to help sponsors connect with viewers of the 2018 People's Choice Awards, which aired this weekend on E!, including "picture-in-picture" ads that didn't interrupt the program. "This is about making commercials smarter to keep our audiences engaged, ultimately aiding our advertisers' messaging," wrote Laura Molen, the company's president of advertising sales and partnerships.
President Donald Trump hinted Friday that the White House might revoke the security badges of more reporters in addition to that of CNN's Jim Acosta. Trump would not say whether or when Acosta's access might be restored.
"Saturday Night Live" actor Pete Davidson issued a self-deprecating apology to veteran and Congressman-elect Dan Crenshaw for making jokes about him that mocked his war injuries. Crenshaw appeared on the "Weekend Update" segment to accept Davidson's apology and urged the country to come together for Veterans Day.
Xfinity subscribers can now subscribe to the Brown Sugar over-the-top streaming service on Comcast's X1 platform for $3.99 monthly. The offering, from Bounce, features boxing, original programming and movies aimed at African-American audiences.
Over-the-top network Cheddar is premiering "Cheddar Sports," an hourlong show devoted to esports that will air three times a week and may expand to a daily schedule. Logitech is the show's sole sponsor, allowing Cheddar to present content without commercial breaks while featuring Logitech's esports-driven products in the program.
Louisiana officials are putting on the full-court press to keep CenturyLink's headquarters in Monroe, La., beyond 2020, when a contract tied to an incentive package expires, says an aide to Gov. John Bel Edwards. The head of the state's economic development office met last week with CenturyLink officials, and further talks are planned with CEO Jeff Storey.
A proposed rule to expand telemedicine services through Medicare Advantage plans has cheered home health care providers, who have been largely shut out under the current Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services policy. "There is considerable opportunity for the home health industry to more fully embrace the power and value of this technology," said Lee Horner, CEO of virtual care company Synzi.
IDC expects the worldwide market for 5G products and related network infrastructure to see a compound annual growth rate of 118% over four years, rising to $26 billion in 2022 from roughly $528 million this year. The market research firm says it's too early to predict which companies will be the leading 5G vendors.
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