Analytics firm Tubular Labs reports that 14.9 million people tuned into NBC's YouTube livestream of Congress picking up the Electoral Vote count again after rioters assaulted the Capitol building. CBS' live coverage of the attack itself drew almost 3.9 viewers to YouTube.
President-elect Joe Biden and Vice President-elect Kamala Harris will face multiple pressing crises amid their initial 100 days in office, but members of the film and television industry are hopeful that the new administration will be up to the challenge. Past Democratic presidents have demonstrated close ties to Hollywood and leveraged the star power of celebrity supporters, but Biden's approach will likely be tempered by the pandemic, some say.
The clock phase of the FCC's C-Band auction has closed after 97 rounds, with gross proceeds totalling $80,916,832,754. There were 57 bidders on a total of 5,684 licenses. The auction began Dec. 8 and ended with a bidding record almost double the previous record-holder, the FCC's 2014 AWS-3 auction, which drew $44,899,451,600 in gross proceeds.
The E.W. Scripps Co. said it will start moving its Katz digital multicast networks on March 1 to the TV stations it acquired when it bought Ion Media. Scripps also announced that it is cutting 120 jobs across its corporate and national networks units. The company said it expects to realize $500 million in cost savings over the next six years by combining Ion's operations with its own.
Macquarie Research predicts that Peacock will have 52.1 million customers and revenues of $1.96 billion by 2024, nearly double the figures for 2020. The firm also expects that the service will boost X1, Xfinity and Flex subscriptions for Comcast, Peacock's parent company.
Students will get to work with NBCUniversal News Group's journalists as part of the NBCU Academy, its $6.5 million scholarship and internship plan. The program, which involves 17 educational institutions, furthers NBCU's goal of having half its employees be people of color and women.
Comcast's new Octave monitoring platform is one example of cable providers using artificial intelligence to maintain their networks, a trend that analyst Karen Brown believes will continue to grow. Charter Communications has partnered with Cujo AI for security as well as monitoring, and Cisco is supplying automated network support to Cox Communications.
Bids in the Federal Communications Commission's C-band auction rose by only a few hundred thousand dollars in the most recent round to reach a record $80.915 billion. Demand for the 280 MHz exceeded supply in only one of the 452 generic spectrum "products," signaling that the auction may be coming to an end.
A number of E.W. Scripps Company multicast networks are set to move over to Ion stations. Per Scripps, Bounce, Court TV, Court TV Mystery, Gritt and Laff networks will be carried on Ion stations starting on March 1.