The Ethernet Alliance says it will initiate prestandard testing of new Power over Ethernet technologies the week of Feb. 18 in a plugfest at the University of New Hampshire InterOperability Laboratory. The plugfest will delve into those PoE technologies and how they match up with Draft 3.2 of the IEEE P802.3bt standard.
Walt Disney Co.'s potential acquisition of 21st Century Fox assets could draw scrutiny from the Justice Department based on antitrust issues. Some investors and analysts predict that James Murdoch could move into a senior role at Disney if the acquisition is successful.
MPAA Chairman and CEO Charles Rivkin says that President Donald Trump's proposed tax cuts will benefit the entertainment industry, as the current tax rate isn't competitive with tax rates elsewhere in the world. He also says the MPAA is focusing on the protection of copyrights and trademarks domestically and internationally and that the MPAA is "working very closely" with the Trump administration.
US broadcasters are contributing time, equipment and money to help Puerto Rican stations get back on the air after the destruction of Hurricane Maria, though recovery will take months or possibly years. The Puerto Rico Radio Broadcasters Association is accepting donations to pay for fuel used in generators, and the National Alliance of State Broadcasters Associations and broadcast associations in Maine, Florida and Vermont have donated thousands of dollars to the cause.
Five local TV stations -- including ABC15 Arizona, Houston's KHOU-TV and Milwaukee's WITI-TV -- were named recipients of the 2018 Alfred I. duPont-Columbia University Awards. CBS News, ABC and PBS also were among the winners.
Major companies including McDonald's and Kaiser Permanente have had their ads removed from white nationalist and neo-Nazi internet radio shows on platforms such as Stitcher and TuneIn. The ads were placed in the radio programs using algorithms, with the companies unaware that their ads were being placed on discriminatory channels.
Cumulus opted to file for Chapter 11 bankruptcy to reduce debt by over $1 billion, a move that will allow the company to more quickly reach its restructuring goals, CEO Mary Berner explains in this interview. Berner also discusses the effects on advertisers and employees, saying that advertisers shouldn't be afraid to work with "one of the best performing companies in the industry," noting it's just "business as usual" for employees.
Walt Disney Co. CEO Bob Iger may postpone his 2019 retirement plans if the company purchases assets from 21st Century Fox, sources say. A lengthy regulatory review and overseeing integration of the assets could lead to an extension for Iger.
Sprint's churn rate will decline in the current quarter, Chief Financial Officer Tarek Robbiati said at a media conference Tuesday, adding that the company's ratio of customer defections will fall by five basis points compared with a year ago. He cited holiday-period promotions as a major factor in the trend.