IFC Films has acquired the rights to dark comedy "Wakefield," starring Bryan Cranston and Jennifer Garner. The film will debut in US theaters May 19 and will be available through video-on-demand services starting May 26.
The Federal Communications Commission on Thursday voted to allow channel-sharing after the broadcast spectrum auction but altered the original draft to clarify that low-power television stations won't have to take on must-carry rules unless they did so before sharing. The order also allows LPTVs to share with other LPTVs and will extend terms through "second generation" sharing agreements.
Comcast has reportedly acquired rights that will allow it to sell online video services nationwide outside of its markets. The rights were acquired under "most favored nation" contract clauses negotiated through carriage deals; the company reportedly does not have plans to sell nationwide services.
Comcast Business on Thursday announced that SmartOffice is now available for small and medium businesses in select markets. The service is professionally installed by Comcast and allows customers to use the cloud to share, store and record surveillance video that can be accessed on mobile devices.
Scripps Networks' upfront presentations were focused on same-day viewing of its original series, including "Iron Chef." The company also discussed planned spinoffs for popular shows such as "Flip or Flop" and "Fixer Upper."
The NFL has announced that it's cutting down on the frequency and duration of ads during broadcasts of games, aiming to get rid of ads before and after post-score kickoffs. The NFL is also seeking to limit ad breaks to four each quarter but is planning to retain the same number of spots.
Investors including actor Robert Downey Jr. and CBS CEO Leslie Moonves have contributed $6 million to back Pocketwatch. The startup was founded by former Disney Online Originals General Manager Chris Williams and will produce animated and live-action content aimed at children ages 2 to 11.
TV consumption in US households has remained steady or has grown over the past two years, a Morning Consult study has found. The study found that 19% of respondents are watching more traditional TV, while 29% of 18- to 29-year-olds are relying exclusively on streaming services.
Cox Communications Executive Director Jeff Finkelstein recently emphasized the importance of thinking through "regrettable" and "non-regrettable" investments when implementing fiber connections and building "the network of the future." Finkelstein highlighted the importance of realistic expectations for the future and having a strategy in place, while warning against delaying deployment of DOCSIS 3.1.
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