The House of Representatives on Wednesday, in a 415-0 vote, approved the Music Modernization Act. The bill, which will change copyright laws and how Ascap and BMI rates are set, heads to the Senate for approval.
NBC spent $69 million to lure Megyn Kelly away from Fox, and ratings show that the move has backfired. "Megyn Kelly Today" is averaging just 2.4 million viewers per episode, and production costs and budgets are much higher, frustrating the network and affiliates.
Radio host Elvis Duran was inducted into the NAB Broadcasting Hall of Fame this month, an honor he calls "incredible." In addition to making personal connections through celebrity interviews on "Elvis Duran and the Morning Show," the host is also known for his philanthropy and activism off the air.
Charter is continuing the rollout of DOCSIS 3.1 and gigabit broadband service with an expansion to 14 million additional homes in markets including Dallas, Los Angeles and Milwaukee. The company's Spectrum Internet Gig service is now available to 23 million homes.
Viacom's sales increased to $3.15 billion in the second quarter, surpassing analyst expectations. The results could give the company bargaining power during merger negotiations with CBS.
Consumers viewed 114% more hours of streamed content in the first quarter year-over-year, a Conviva report states. The plurality of video plays took place on mobile devices, with device plays on Android devices up 168% for the quarter.
Pop network has announced that it will air 400 hours of original programming this year as its viewership and ad revenues continue to rise. The network also announced three pilots.
Nickelodeon has ordered a reboot of its 1990s game show "Double Dare"; the reboot should premiere this summer. Forty new episodes will air this year.
AT&T added roughly 312,000 DIRECTV Now customers in the first quarter, bringing the total to 1.5 million, and the telecom hopes the lower long-term costs to provide the streaming service will make up for reduced revenue per subscriber compared with linear video services. Overall, AT&T cited cord cutting as a major factor in declining revenue from the same period a year earlier.
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