Lionsgate is the latest studio to move a film to a premium video-on-demand window, specifically for its horror flick "Antebellum," but studio chief Joe Drake offered a vote of confidence for movie theaters calling the move a one-time strategy. Drake said the
film has a contemporary plot and had already been delayed for four months before Lionsgate cancelled its theatrical run.
Windstream Enterprise is adding the VNF Firewall to its software-defined WAN service, hosted on existing devices customers use with VMware SD-WAN by VeloCloud hardware. "They want to put multiple devices on one appliance, like the promise of NFV - reduce the number of boxes," Omdia's Brian Washburn says of the telecom.
National Association of Broadcasters CEO Gordon Smith thanked all those who offered support to him and his family while he was in the hospital on Aug. 4 being treated for a blood clot. Smith says that "thanks to the quick medical intervention I received, an actual stroke was averted."
Legislation that would expand access to the Payroll Protection Program for broadcasters on a per-station basis has widespread support from labor unions, minority advocates and agricultural groups, data from the National Association of Broadcasters shows. Access to the loan program "would go a long way in helping many broadcasters stay afloat and continue to provide viewers and listeners with lifesaving local news and information when they need it most," says Ann Marie Cumming, senior vice president of the NAB.
DISH Network reported Q2 earnings of $452 million, a year-to-year increase from $317 million, but 96,000 people stopped subscribing. The company also cut subscriber-related costs by
AeroNet Wireless Broadband of Guaynabo, Puerto Rico, is giving Old San Juan Wi-Fi access through a partnership with Facebook Connectivity. Gino Villarini, AeroNet's founder and president, says providing "access to the internet with a fast and reliable Wi-Fi network in areas that have not been possible due to the lack of infrastructure or the high cost of development" is the project's goal.
Resound Networks of Pampa, Texas, is working with schools to increase students' internet access with point-to-multipoint solutions. Schools that possess 2.5 GHz band spectrum once reserved for the Educational Broadband Service are reassessing their options and could be in the market to make deals with WISPs.
A free version of short-form video streaming service Quibi is now available in Australia and New Zealand, with ads, as subscription versions are available in the US and Canada. The service is considering different payment models as it prepares to launch internationally and try to grow its subscriber base.
HBO has enlisted "Insecure" creator Issa Rae to produce "Seen & Heard," a two-episode special focusing on Black television's history from the viewpoints of creators and stars, the network said at the Cable and Telecommunications Association for Marketing's virtual press tour. It also announced that production may resume before September on HBO Max's new show, "The Flight Attendant."
Roku beat Wall Street earnings estimates in its second quarter results, released yesterday. The quarter saw a huge increase in the number of streaming hours which jumped 65% year over year to 14.6 billion hours, aided by stay-at-home orders during the coronavirus pandemic. The company added 3.2 million accounts in Q2 to reach 43 million (up 41% year over year). Platform revenues were up 46% to $244.8 million and player revenue was up 35% to $111.3 million.