Federal Communications Commission Chairman Tom Wheeler has reportedly tweaked his set-top-box proposal to get programmers onboard, removing the FCC's oversight role from the proposal. However, the revised plan would allow the FCC to review the app standards process and step in if necessary; programmers have said they will not back the proposal if the FCC has any involvement.
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VH1 and Freeform have made a syndication deal with NBCUniversal and New Media Distribution to air the previous four seasons of "The Mindy Project." Hulu will continue to hold the rights for streaming and in October will air Season 5, which will be made available on VH1 and Freeform next year.
The National Cable & Telecommunications Association on Wednesday announced that it would no longer be hosting the INTX trade show and that it had canceled the April 2017 show, which had been slated for Washington, D.C. "In a space marked by innovation and disruption, an organization must have the courage to make more dramatic transformations if it truly wants to adapt and remain a leading voice," NCTA President Michael Powell said.
Comcast and Charter's continually expanding Wi-Fi footprints and the smaller, denser infrastructure of wireless networks could put US MSOs on the path to a wireless future, Ben Munson writes. The big challenge for MSOs will be to determine what spectrum to use, says Nokia Chief Technology Officer Marcus Weldon.
DOCSIS 3.1 is still in its early stages, but preliminary results show that the standard is meeting expectations, Comcast's Jorge Salinger said at the 2016 Cable-Tec Expo. Also, security experts used the expo to discuss potential risks and threats that come from expanded Wi-Fi and wireless offerings.
The presidential debate on Monday topped the ratings for cable TV, bringing in a record-breaking 84 million viewers. Fox News led the pack with more than 11 million views, while YouTube's live-stream saw almost 2 million concurrent views, a record-breaking milestone for political programming live-streaming.
Two US senators have introduced a bill aimed at improving broadband service in rural and Native American regions. The measure, from Sens. Shelley Moore Capito, R-W.Va., and Kirsten Gillibrand, D-N.Y., calls on the government to supplement Rural Utilities Service funding with more federal grants for high-speed broadband.
Cigna will embrace American Well for its telehealth options on most employee and many individual health plans under the AmWell for Cigna brand, giving a boost to the insurer's behavioral health offerings. Beginning in January, Cigna will provide video consultations at no additional cost to patients who are covered under face-to-face services.
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