Nielsen has announced a syndicated service that will allow studios and networks to compare their ratings to content on Netflix, including the streaming service's own original programming. Metrics similar to those used for traditional TV will be made available to subscribers, and the company plans to launch similar offerings for Hulu and Amazon Prime's over-the-top service next year.
Federal Communications Commission Chairman Ajit Pai on Tuesday said that the commission stands behind the First Amendment, saying, "Under the law, the FCC does not have the authority to revoke a license of a broadcast station based on the content of a particular newscast." Pai's statement comes after President Donald Trump threatened to look into revoking NBC's broadcast license.
Jeffrey Katzenberg is working with movie studios on a mobile subscription service that will deliver short-form video to viewers. His "new TV" venture, which will initially cater to the 18-to-34 demographic, will focus on bringing the "best of television talent" to mobile and will feature professional content with much higher production costs than services such as YouTube.
Comcast has deployed its gigabit broadband service across much of the Minneapolis-St. Paul metro area. Customers can obtain updated modems from Comcast and take advantage of promotional deals for the service, which is expected to expand more in the near future.
Comedy Central has ordered episodes of scripted series "The Other Two," which was written by former "Saturday Night Live" writers Chris Kelly and Sarah Schneider. The network has also ordered "South Side," a series created by a team that used to work on "Late Night With Jimmy Fallon."
Discovery has partnered with Nelvana on a Canada-based venture that will bring children's programming to linear TV and digital services worldwide. Separately, Discovery has also partnered with Snap to bring Olympics content to European viewers through Snapchat's Discover platform.
Windstream has reached 50 markets with its software-defined networking offering, SDN Orchestrated Waves. The regional telecom is promising delivery within 20 days to companies that order 10G point-to-point circuits for 1,500 long-haul route combinations.
Verizon will work with Qualcomm and Novatel Wireless on a 5G field trial that will use millimeter-wave technology and be based on specifications to come from the 3rd Generation Partnership Project. Qualcomm now hopes 5G can roll out -- for mobile and home broadband wireless access -- in 2019, saying it has completed a 5G wireless connection on its Snapdragon X50 5G New Radio mobile modem chipset.
Sprint owner SoftBank is making moves in the wireless gear market through a partnership with Australia's Lendlease Group to put up or operate about 8,000 cell sites, including rooftop transmitters. The wireless carrier intends to move its tower leases to the joint venture, and the new company will seek to provide services to other carriers.
Samsung has been investing in artificial intelligence research to improve the development of smart home appliances. The company is using its NEXT fund to invest in startups focusing on internet of things, AI and augmented reality.
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