Redbox on Wednesday launched Redbox On Demand, a digital service that allows customers to purchase streaming video rentals for movies and TV shows. Content from studios such as Paramount Pictures, Lionsgate, 20th Century Fox and Warner Bros. will be available, but Disney content will not, as the company has not had a direct deal with Redbox since 2012.
Walt Disney Co. confirmed today that it intends to purchase most of 21st Century Fox's assets in a deal valued at $52.4 billion. Although the merger will have to gain regulatory approval before closing, Disney CEO Robert Iger has already signed a fourth contract extension to stay on with the company through 2021 to oversee the anticipated transition.
The NBA on Wednesday announced that it will begin livestreaming games from its G League on Twitch, offering up to six games per week via livestreaming and on-demand. Popular personalities from the platform will provide in-game commentary.
Comcast is providing its customers with improved whole-home Wi-Fi with the launch of xFi Pods. These devices, which the company is providing at no cost, work with Comcast's gateways to create a mesh network to improve Wi-Fi signals.
AT&T has a better chance of gaining approval for its proposed Time Warner merger after promising in a legal filing not to allow the Turner networks it is buying to go "dark" for seven years in any disputes with pay-TV distributors, research firm MoffettNathanson wrote in a report. Other analysts said AT&T may have to sell Turner's on-CNN networks to satisfy the Justice Department.
A group of Senate Democrats and independents on Tuesday sent a letter to Federal Communications Commission Chairman Ajit Pai asking him to rethink rolling back net neutrality in a proposal that's set for a vote Thursday. Meanwhile, Sen. John Thune, R-S.D., called for congressional action to resolve the debate in a way that encourages investment while also protecting consumers.
Discovery will debut its new series, "The Interrogation Room," on Jan. 4. The premiere episode will feature an investigation of the murder of Brent Luttrell in Grand Rapids, Mich.
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