AT&T's $85 billion proposed acquisition of Time Warner has moved into the advanced stages of its Department of Justice review, bringing the deal closer to reality, sources say. The government has raised concerns about AT&T's control of customer data and the potential to discriminate against channels that compete with Time Warner, but AT&T General Counsel David McAtee said the "process is on track from our perspective."
Cable shows garnered the most attention from viewers during the second quarter, with TLC's "My Big Fat Fabulous Life" landing in the top spot, TVision Insights found in a study. A&E's "Born This Way," FX's "The Americans" and AMC's "Preacher" also ranked highly.
Nielsen is lending its data expertise to the realm of esports to offer "sponsorship valuation, fan insights, custom industry research, and consulting services," the company said. Esport24 reports that the major esports tournament playoffs so far this year have attracted sponsorship value from $75,000 to almost $17 million.
Sony has announced the addition of 11 ABC affiliates and four NBC affiliates to its PlayStation Vue subscription service, heating up the affiliate race among virtual multichannel video programming distributors. The deal covers major markets across the country, including Atlanta, Denver, Detroit, Phoenix and Pittsburgh.
A&E has ordered an eight-hour docuseries that focuses on the biggest moments in pop culture. "Cultureshock," a collaboration between Morgan Spurlock and Entertainment Weekly, is to debut in 2018.
Dick's Sporting Goods released an ad highlighting young baseball players; it aired during the Little League World Series. The video follows Little League teams through the decades, all sporting Dick's jerseys.
Turner Sports has announced that it will be launching a subscription streaming service that will feature soccer matches from the Union of European Football Associations' Champions League and the Europa League. The still-unnamed service is expected to debut next year.
As more and more Americans are taking advantage of streaming video on demand services like Hulu or TV Everywhere apps, television as we know it is being redefined. A big part of that revolution is which screens we use to access these services. While television sets aren't going away, they're no longer the only place to watch our favorite shows. Read more.
ESPN has updated its app for Apple TV's tvOS service to include new features designed to drive use. The standout feature is the MultiCast option, which allows fans to tune in to up to four streams simultaneously; additional iOS and Android app updates include access to ESPN3 replays, live-streamed content based on a viewer's preferences and free previews of live events.
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