Comcast and Charter Communications are in an exclusive, two-month agreement for discussions on providing wireless services, sources say. While a joint acquisition may be on the table, the more likely scenario is a resell agreement that would allow the cable giants to sell wireless services through Sprint's network, the sources say.
Charter Communications, Comcast, Cox and Verizon are backing the Federal Trade Commission and the Federal Communications Commission against AT&T Mobility in enforcing edge provider privacy. "[T]his position aligns with the companies' desire to reinstate a predictable, uniform, and technology-neutral regulatory framework that will best serve consumers and businesses alike," the groups wrote in an amicus brief.
Podcasts are an emerging marketing medium, with advertising revenues expected to climb 85% this year compared with 2016, per the IAB Podcast Advertising Revenue Study. Ad revenues are predicted to exceed $220 million this year, and they experienced a 19% compound quarterly growth rate between the first quarter of 2015 and the fourth quarter of 2016, the study found.
The American Cable Association and NCTA - The Internet and Television Association have separately requested that the Federal Communications Commission close the gap in regulatory fees between satellite companies and cable and IPTV companies. Current proposed fees for satellite companies are 38 cents per subscriber, while they are 96 cents per subscriber for cable and IPTV companies.
Vimeo has confirmed that it will no longer be moving forward with the subscription-video-on-demand service it had planned to launch in 2018. The company says it will dissolve its development team and refocus its efforts on its creator community for video content.
MTV has announced that it will launch comedy game show "SafeWord" July 13 as part of its "Throwdown Thursdays" lineup. The show, from the producers of "Lip Sync Battle," will be hosted by Terrence J and will feature celebrity guests including Kelly Rowland, Kevin Hart and Marlon Wayans.
AT&T has launched its fixed wireless service, designed mainly for rural areas, in eight additional states covering more than 70,000 locations. The service's broadband speeds in those states -- Kentucky, Mississippi, Alabama, Tennessee, Louisiana, Florida, North Carolina and South Carolina -- will reach at least 10 megabits per second.
Verizon wants federal regulators to erase the uncertainty surrounding its move to shutter its legacy network by eliminating references to "de facto" retirements from copper retirement rules. In a Federal Communications Commission filing, Verizon said the move would speed up the process of moving subscribers with chronic copper problems to fiber networks.
T-Mobile has lit up LTE-Unlicensed service in six US cities, with plans to add more locations this year. LTE-U, available to those with compatible phones, is designed to expand coverage, capacity and data speeds by drawing on 20 MHz of unlicensed bandwidth in the 5 GHz band.
Broadcast shows have fallen off the Emmy radar in recent years, as streaming series such as "House of Cards" and "Orange Is the New Black" have taken the lead, but some standout broadcast series are expected to make the cut this year. NBC drama "This Is Us" is expected to receive at least one nod, while ABC's "Black-ish" and CBS' "The Good Fight" also have come up in discussions.
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