Ratings for cable news networks Fox News, CNN and MSNBC have grown by double digits in total day and prime-time viewing in Q2. Fox News leads in prime-time and total day, but the highest-rated show is MSNBC's "The Rachel Maddow Show," which earned the top spot for the second quarter in a row.
Fox Sports in September will begin live-streaming UEFA Champions League matches for free through the Facebook pages of Fox Sports and Fox Desportes. Separately, NBC Sports has signed a deal with the Premier League for a paid subscription package that will include live streams of at least three matches.
Fox's $14.9 billion acquisition of Sky has been cleared in Ireland, joining Italy, Austria and Germany, which had already approved the deal. Approval is still needed from the UK, with the government expected to make a decision this week.
Ohio's MCTV is placing its bets on fiber-to-the-home deployment, launching the Excellerate FTTH service, which provides speeds up to 100 Mbps. The company is eschewing DOCSIS 3.1 and focusing on hybrid fiber/coax as part of its 10-year plan, says President Robert Gessner.
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.
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.
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