DIRECTV Now has shipped its streaming players, currently called Ospreys, to a group of subscribers selected as beta testers. Osprey could be the set-top box the streaming service uses to eliminate the need for satellite fees or dish installation.
A better way to think about resolutions is to look at the process of being better instead of focusing on outcomes, says John Baldoni in this video and blog post. "Being better for me means being a more supportive friend, relative or colleague, being there without being asked -- that is, where's the need to pitch in without being asked?" he says.
Comcast has partnered with Four Seasons and Hilton hotels to begin beta testing X1 for the hospitality business. X1 for hotels will extend the "home-away-from-home experience" with features including live TV, voice remote and over-the-top apps, and may add concierge-like services in the future.
Disney Channel has set a Feb. 15 premiere date for the live-action movie of its popular animated show, "Kim Possible," the story of a high-school superhero. The film will star Sadie Stanley and be produced by Omnifilm Entertainment.
Several radio stations across the country have either pulled or lowered the rotation play of "Baby, It's Cold Outside" because of the controversy, amid the #MeToo movement, that the classic song has generated. KOIT's program director, Brian Figula, has reached out to listeners on both sides of the debate, which highlights the power listeners have to influence radio.
Brian Stelter writes of the predicament both ABC and its partner, the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences, face now that comedian Kevin Hart has withdrawn as the host for next year's Oscar ceremony. A replacement host has not been announced, and Stelter wonders if the show will go on without one.
CommScope chief Alex Pease is still contemplating the outcome for Arris' set-top box products, but says he is confident that consumer premises equipment is still one of its strong suits. "We believe we can manage this business extremely effectively with cost control to help us really improve the profitability and cash flow," he said.
Actor Edward Norton has partnered with poet Daniel Nadler on Entertainment Data Oracle technology, which collects real-time analytics from movies and ads to improve financial-success predictions for film and television projects. "We felt like EDO could bring the kind of rigorous data-driven and actionable analytics that digital advertising has had for years to the huge budgets on TV," Norton says.
AT&T is deploying FirstNet and building its 5G network at the same time, said Scott Mair, president of operations at AT&T, who explained the carrier is installing 5G-upgradable radios at every tower where it sets up FirstNet. Tower upgrades should be finished for 400 areas by the end of 2018 and nationwide by mid-2019.
The Department of Veterans Affairs has signed agreements with T-Mobile, Philips and Walmart in a bid to expand its "Anywhere to Anywhere VA Health Care" to veterans living in remote areas. The program lets veterans receive care at locations other than hospitals, such as their homes, American Legion posts and even Walmart stores.