Amazon would be a "formidable competitor" for QVC and HSN if it decided to join the video shopping space, despite the past failure of "Style Code Live," says Liberty Media CEO Greg Maffei. Amazon might not be able to scale to 100 million subscribers, but the online retailer still poses a challenge to shopping networks in the e-commerce space, Maffei says.
CenturyLink has no plans to leave its small-town headquarters of Monroe, La., outgoing CEO Glen Post told a reporter, adding that new CEO Jeff Storey will not relocate to Monroe but will regularly work out of the headquarters. Post stepped down following Wednesday's annual meeting.
Judge Naomi Buchwald on Wednesday ruled that President Donald Trump's blocking of critics on Twitter violates the First Amendment. Though an injunction was not issued to unblock the users, the court expects Trump and White House Social Media Director Dan Scavino to comply with the ruling.
Congressional Democrats are pushing back against Federal Communications Commission Chairman Ajit Pai's move to roll back net neutrality regulations, and the debates could draw in more Democratic voters to midterm polls. A Morning Consult/Politico survey has found that a candidate's support for net neutrality is important to 66% of liberal voters; the survey also showed increased support for net neutrality regulations since the FCC repealed them last year.
ESPN has closed a $1.5 billion deal with UFC and will begin broadcasting non-Pay Per View events in January. As part of the deal, 30 "Fight Night" events and 12 additional live events will air in 2019.
Turner has announced that two new original series will be coming to its streaming service, Boomerang. "Yabba-Dabba Dinosaurs!" and "Scooby Doo and Guess Who?" will join renewed original series including "Wacky Races," "Be Cool, Scooby Doo!" and "Bunnicula."
Lifetime plans to launch a programming block this summer centered around love and relationships. The season premiere of "Married at First Sight" will air July 10, and the third season of "Seven Year Switch" will debut the following week.
Discovery Channel's Shark Week will celebrate its 30th anniversary in July, and the network has planned over 19 hours of special programming for the occasion. Special events include a mash-up with ABC's "Shark Tank" and "Uncaged: Shark vs. Ronda Rousey."
Telaria has released what it's declaring is the "first complete video ad management platform" for over-the-top television. The platform enables publishers to programmatically buy ads from companies including the Trade Desk and AppNexus; the platform provides real-time performance reporting.
AT&T will construct a $100 million "urban technology campus" at its Dallas headquarters complex, regional Vice President Michael Peterson announced, describing it as "destination place not just for our workers but downtown residents and visitors." The company also hopes the facility will help attract and retain employees.
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