Over-the-top skinny bundles from companies such as DISH Network, Hulu and Sony have low subscriber and penetration numbers, making them a "big yawn, a big nothing" thus far, said media analyst Jessica Reif Cohen. While some have a chance of seeing growth in the future, the unified content of traditional cable gives it an edge, Reif Cohen said at a recent industry event.
AMC has announced the launch of the AMC VR app, which features virtual reality content related to some of its shows. The app -- which is available for Android, iOS, Google Daydream and Gear VR -- will promote this weekend's premiere of "The Walking Dead" with a scene available in 360-degree video.
Charter Communications has clarified its plans to launch wireless in 2018 in a filing with the Federal Communications Commission, with plans including the possible use of the 3.5 GHz band along its network. However, the company noted that it would likely not bid in a spectrum auction if the licenses were too large.
The deal between Viacom and Charter Communications could be seen as a blueprint for other deals that improve the television landscape, said Viacom Chief Data Officer Kern Schireson. "[W]hen the details emerge, a lot of folks are going to look at [the deal] as a potential blueprint for how to not make this a zero-sum game, and how to really work in partnership," Schireson said.
Citizens Broadband Radio Service spectrum will enhance services and provide new opportunities for cable operators. Opportunities for LTE-based technology, supplying backhaul and reaching new customers are among the ways that cable operators could benefit from this spectrum.
Charter CEO Tom Rutledge at the Cable-Tec Expo talked about the company's "superior infrastructure," which he said will allow the company to deliver higher broadband and Wi-Fi speeds at what he refers to as "6G." Rutledge also discussed Charter's future in mobile services and plans for new bundles.
Verizon is asking the Federal Communications Commission to take regulatory action on retransmission consent procedures between content owners and multichannel video programming distributors. Rising programming costs that are passed on to consumers can be better controlled with updated regulations, the company noted in its FCC filing.
CMT's acquisition of "Nashville" has brought in new viewers, and executives are thinking about how the network can continue to keep viewers engaged with other programming. The network is focusing on complementary programming to draw in viewers, has improved engagement through social media and has plans to continue to expand its online presence and air programming centered around music, says General Manager Frank Tanki.
CBS Sports will be launching a streaming service "soon," says CBS Interactive President and Chief Operating Officer Marc DeBevoise. The service will be centered around sports news and talk, as opposed to live games, DeBevoise confirmed.
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