Sen. Deb Fischer, R-Neb., at The Independent Show on Monday discussed the lack of broadband availability for approximately 22 million rural consumers and the importance of reaching this market. Fischer spoke out about government regulations she said would limit rural broadband growth -- including net neutrality rules and the reclassification of internet service -- and urged regulators to loosen restrictions for small operators.
The CW show "The Vampire Diaries" will end after Season 8. The announcement was made by showrunner Julie Plec during a Comic-Con panel, and a farewell video featuring stars of the show saying goodbye to their fans was shared following the announcement.
Verizon's $4.83 billion acquisition of Yahoo is expected to boost the company's audience to 2 billion and revenues to $20 billion by 2020. The deal will also provide leverage for growth in Verizon's acquired AOL ad platform and the company's media business, although Verizon CEO Lowell McAdam acknowledges that the company has a lot of work ahead to make that a reality.
Music group LANco's single "Long Live Tonight" has been spinning on country radio, and an upcoming performance at Chicago's Lollapalooza has made the band realize how far it's really come. "[Y]ou always dream of this day, but until it really hits radio it doesn't quite seem real," said band member Brandon Lancaster.
ViaSat has won a contract to supply Air Force One and other government aircraft with in-flight Wi-Fi connectivity, HD surveillance, improved video capabilities and other services, which the company says will create "a Situation Room in the Sky." ViaSat CEO Mark Dankberg notes that the move "is a really interesting example of commercial technology migrating into the defense space."
A&E Networks led the pack for commercial cutting in the second quarter, reducing commercial time by 10% across its networks, per Bernstein Research. AMC Networks' commercial time was reduced by 7.4%, Time Warner trimmed its ads by 5%, Viacom's were down 3%, and Scripps Networks reduced its ads by 1% during Q2.
The Federal Communications Commission's spectrum auction target of $86 billion could lead to a drawn-out auction with unsatisfying results despite demand for wireless spectrum, writes Antonio Nash. "The economics of this auction may prove overwhelming and a bust for both the FCC and broadcasters," Nash writes.
NFL Media will be launching its NFL Network and NFL RedZone over-the-top services on PlayStation Vue ahead of the opening of this year's football season. Despite the higher cost of sports programming, sports helps drive adoption of OTT platforms such as PlayStation Vue, which is adding the two services to its portfolio of more than 100 live TV channels.
Programming disputes have left DISH Network without 42 local stations and the NFL Network due to fee fights with Tribune Broadcasting. The blackouts may be partly to blame for the company's 281,000 sub losses in Q2, CEO Charlie Ergen says.
The National Association of Broadcasters and broadcasters are showing support for a Federal Communications Commission proposal that would eliminate the requirement that commercial radio and TV stations keep hard copies of emails and letters from consumers. The NAB said that the proposal would "reduce the regulatory burdens" on stations, while Saga Communications said the original mandate was created before the internet and social media made stations "immediately and publicly responsible for their programming decisions."
- Page 1