Networks have been introducing fans to lesser-known heroes and villains from graphic novels and comic books, whereas Hollywood has been focused on bigger names. AMC has received praise for its series "Preacher," while networks such as The CW and Cinemax continue to push series based on DC Comics characters and storylines.
NBC wants to charge a premium for advertising for its "Thursday Night Football" games because they air close to the holiday season, a time when ad spend intensifies. Both NBC and CBS are looking to secure price increases compared with the previous season, with 30-second TV spots expected to run $550,000 to $590,000.
Actress Tracee Ellis Ross has been nominated for an Emmy for her work on ABC's "Black-ish," the first time a black woman has been nominated for outstanding lead actress in a comedy since 1986. Ross discussed diversity, saying, "we are all individuals who have these extraordinary stories to tell and share with each other that will enrich all of our lives."
Charter is planning to consolidate its cable services across its Time Warner Cable and Bright House Network markets by implementing a three-tier pricing system under the company's Spectrum name. The company is also planning to eliminate the Whole House DVR system; however, Charter has not confirmed the DVR elimination or the new pricing.
The state of Massachusetts will pay approximately 80% of the $5 million it will cost to bring broadband service to nine rural towns, said Gov. Charlie Baker. The grant will come from a state program that allotted $50 million to improve broadband service across central and western towns in the state.
Philippe Dauman will maintain his non-executive chairman role with Viacom until Sept. 13, giving him time to continue pursuing the sale of 49% of Paramount Pictures to a Chinese investor. Dauman says that a deal could bring Viacom as much as $4 billion in after-tax revenue and that he is looking for an investor who could bring a strategic or technological edge to the business.
Comcast on Monday announced that it closed the $3.8 billion acquisition of DreamWorks Animation, which will join the Universal Filmed Entertainment Group. DWA stockholders will be paid $41 in cash per share, and analysts believe the acquisition will help the company become more competitive with companies such as Disney and Time Warner.
CenturyLink Communications and Education Networks of America are suing the state of Idaho for allegedly breaking terms of their broadband agreement, which included expanding their fiber footprint to support a state broadband project.
The Federal Communications Commission is showing signs of pulling back from a plan that would force content providers to stream content to third-party set-top boxes, according to filings from content companies. The filings described talks in which the agency is showing more acceptance of an app-based plan backed by cable companies.
Arista is adding "state streaming" to its CloudVision software. The function gives users the ability to stream information into a repository where it's automatically interpreted.
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