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."
Bids began slowly trickling in Wednesday for the Federal Communications Commission's 28GHz auction, which may have been hampered by Verizon's ownership of half the spectrum. The auction is scheduled to last for a few more weeks and is expected to attract more bids later on in the process.
NBC's "Meet the Press" came out ahead in Sunday's political show ratings for the fourth week in a row, with 3.389 million viewers, but like all such shows, it is still losing the 25- to 54-year-old demographic. CBS's "Face the Nation" and ABC's "This Week" came in second and third place with more than 3 million viewers; "Fox News Sunday" finished last among the networks, watched by only 1.459 million people.
Cisco continued its rebound in its fiscal first quarter, beating Wall Street's estimates on revenue and profits, and CEO Chuck Robbins said newly enforced tariffs have yet to negatively affect business. Revenue in the company's largest unit, its infrastructure-platforms business, rose 9% from the same period a year earlier, and other divisions also performed strongly.
AT&T is planning to introduce its WarnerMedia streaming service in the US next year before any potential overseas expansion, and it may include programming from outside content creators, according to a source. The service is expected to be available toward the end of next year and will compete with Netflix, Amazon and other OTT service providers.
Connekt now has a patent for technology that gives viewers the ability to use remote controls and similar devices to purchase items they see on TV. "Our patent uniquely simplifies interactive TV buying by converging video advertising, content and commerce practices," said Chief Technology Officer David Rudnick.