DISH Network Chairman Charlie Ergen has led the company in its acquisition of $15 billion worth of wireless spectrum over the past five years, but most of his plans, including mobile services, have yet to come to fruition, writes Bob Scherman in this commentary, originally for Satellite Business News. A deal with a major wireless company seems to be off the table, and some speculate that the company could make a move into the internet of things market, Scherman writes.
CBS' Sunday broadcast of the NCAA men's basketball matchup between North Carolina and Kentucky brought in 21 million viewers and averaged a 5.3 rating in the 18-to-49 demographic. Other top scorers of the night for the network include "60 Minutes" with a 2.7 rating and "NCIS: Los Angeles" with a 1.6 rating, helping the network win the evening ahead of NBC, which took the No. 2 spot with its original programming lineup.
Former "Good Morning America" co-hosts David Hartman and Joan Lunden will be this year's recipients of the National Association of Broadcasters' Distinguished Service Award. The award will be presented during the April 24 opening of the 2017 NAB Show.
Sling TV is entering the programmatic advertising fray with the help of Adobe's Advertising Cloud service to allow marketers to bid on the company's inventory in real time. Observers say advertisers will be able to use demographics and other data to target specific audiences.
Google Fiber's video growth dropped to 57.8% in 2016 from 78.8% the previous year, per a MoffettNathanson analysis. But the data, from the US Copyright Office, do not take into account broadband service, which is the company's main focus, says senior analyst Craig Moffett.
FYI has unveiled its 2017 lineup, which features more than 100 hours of programming. Highlights of this year's slate include nine new originals, as well as the return of favorites such as "Tiny House Nation," "Zombie House Flipping" and "Tiny House Hunting."
Verizon is working with SES on 4K UHD trials as a first step to bringing next-generation HD programming to its customers. The trials involve using pre-packaged content from SES that is delivered through satellite bandwidth, a process SES says is more efficient than other 4K delivery options.
President Donald Trump's candidate to head the Justice Department's antitrust division has publicly supported AT&T's deal to buy Time Warner even though Trump has voiced skepticism about the bid. Makan Delrahim, who served President George W. Bush in a similar role, said in an interview last year that he did not view the companies as direct competitors.
The city of Eugene, Ore., is teaming with the local utility and other parties on development of the municipal EUGNet broadband network. Eugene has received a Mozilla Gigabit City grant of $150,000 and hopes to connect more than 100 buildings in the downtown area.
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