British authorities took a major step toward allowing 21st Century Fox to purchase UK pay-TV provider Sky after Rupert Murdoch's company agreed to sell the Sky News unit to Disney, which has bid on Fox's entertainment assets. Culture Secretary Matt Hancock informally said that the Sky News sale will meet the government's precondition for Fox's acquisition.
Tru Optik has unveiled a new measurement tool for connected TV and over-the-top advertising. The solution delivers "de-duplicated household-level reach and frequency, device authentication, and advanced audience validation for OTT and CTV campaigns," the company said.
Charter's Spectrum Enterprises unit has announced new offerings for hospitals, universities and hotels. The product lineup includes Fiber Connect Plus TV, which provides HDTV without a converter or headend equipment; Set-Back Box TV, which delivers TV through "set-back" boxes behind TVs; and SpectrumU TV, which provides live and on-demand programming to colleges.
The Oprah Winfrey Network, OWN, struggled to bring in viewers during its earliest years, but the network has since figured out its formula for success. Part of its strategy includes adding new creators to its roster -- including Brock Akil and Will Packer -- to help it usher in a new era and home in on black audiences.
Roku has plans to create and launch a video subscription marketplace similar to Amazon Channels, sources say. The service would allow Roku users to sign up for and access subscription video services without having to download individual apps.
Disney is expected to add a cash offering to its all-stock bid for 21st Century Fox assets in an effort to beat Comcast's competing bid, sources say. The company's current bid is valued at around $55.5 billion, while Comcast has offered $65 billion in cash for the assets, which include Fox's movie studios, several cable networks and stakes in Hulu and Sky.
Comcast has announced that it will be launching its X1 for Hospitality service at the Four Seasons Hotel Philadelphia at Comcast Center this winter. Using the service, hotel guests will be able to enjoy hundreds of channels, thousands of on-demand titles, DVR and voice control navigation.
Showtime has announced that it will be launching its first weekly late-night talk show next year. The show will feature Desus Nice and The Kid Mero and will center on topics including pop culture, music, sports and politics.
Discovery has announced a new advertising offering that will put brands in front of the audiences of the network's most in-demand series. Discovery Premiere offers exclusive advertising across 30 of the network's most-watched programs.
Comcast's purchase of 21st Century Fox assets could result in a tax bill for Fox's Murdoch family totaling more than $4 billion, whereas an all-stock deal with Disney would be tax-free, tax experts say. Fox has scheduled a board meeting Wednesday to further discuss whether to move forward with Comcast's $65 billion bid.