Viacom faces an especially difficult challenge in trying to address the declining appeal for its flagship networks because it "is one of the least diversified of the U.S. media conglomerates," Felix Gillette and Lucas Shaw write. Viacom CEO Philippe Dauman believes the company's still-profitable networks are improving and blames the bad numbers on Nielsen's inability to count nontraditional viewing, while others question whether budget cuts have taken their toll on content.
Lifetime has unveiled an over-the-top streaming service that will feature its original movies for $3.99 a month. The Lifetime Movie Club will include a menu of 30 movies, with choices to be updated weekly. The ad-free service is seen as being "completely complementary" to Lifetime's TV network, since its content will be at least a year old, said Dan Suratt of parent A+E Networks.
The Federal Communications Commission is prepared to override additional local prohibitions on municipal broadband networks and help cities fund networks in the absence of private-sector investment, Gigi Sohn, counselor to FCC Chairman Tom Wheeler, said at an industry event. The FCC this year overrode broadband network restrictions in Chattanooga, Tenn., and Wilson, N.C. Some one in six Americans don't have access to the FCC's new broadband standard of 25 Mbps, which Sohn called a "snail's pace" compared with fiber offerings.
CNN has debuted Style, an online hub that will feature content from its U.S. and global units. The online programming also will be meshed with TV material. In related news, CNN is now incorporating its live international feed into its CNNgo TV Everywhere application, as part of the expansion of the app outside the U.S.
"Tyler Perry's The Haves and the Have Nots," on OWN, has created a branded messaging application in conjunction with tech platform Snaps. The app offers access to video clips from the drama series that can be shared even with those who are not using the service.
New York's 30 Rockefeller Plaza, the home of NBC, has officially been renamed the Comcast Building. The building now features the new name on plaques at the entries, as well as illuminated signage on the top floors showing the Comcast logo and NBC peacock.
Level 3 Communications said it has purchased Black Lotus, which helps fight distributed-denial-of-service attacks. Most of Black Lotus' employees will join Level 3.
Software-defined networking and network functions virtualization technology promises to transform broadband networks in a way more revolutionary than the telegraph and railroad networks of the 19th century, according to Tom Wheeler, chairman of the Federal Communications Commission. "That belief is based upon this new fact: Broadband networks are new in a new way. That new way is the evolution from hardware-based networks to ones that are software-based with the result that changes the nature of networks," he said at the Brookings Institution.
AT&T and CBS have agreed on a new contract that will allow the telecom's U-verse TV service to carry the broadcaster's locally owned stations, the companies announced, adding that the deal also covers CBS' cable networks, including Showtime. AT&T will also launch CBS' Pop cable service.
The American Registry for Internet Numbers has about 150,000 unused IPv4 addresses left to give out, a dwindling supply that forestalls assigning big blocks of addresses. The registry, which doles out addresses one block at a time, is receiving roughly 400 requests per month and has slightly more than 500 blocks of addresses left, according to ARIN President and CEO John Curran.