Broadband & TV
Top stories summarized by our editors
1/18/2017

A CNN spinoff is not going to be part of AT&T's proposed merger with Time Warner, says AT&T CEO and Chairman Randall Stephenson. Stephenson says that the deal is a "basic vertical merger" and that a spinoff isn't relevant to the deal.

1/18/2017

The Federal Communications Commission's Ajit Pai is expected to be named interim chairman on Friday after Chairman Tom Wheeler's departure. White House spokesman Sean Spicer confirmed a meeting between Pai and President-elect Donald Trump and referred to Pai as the current FCC chairman.

1/18/2017

During a NATPE keynote address, A&E CEO Nancy Dubuc discussed the importance of good content, pointing to the network's recent success with its "Leah Remini: Scientology and the Aftermath" docu-series. Dubuc also addressed the scrapped plans for the network's "Escaping the KKK" documentary, saying that A&E is investigating the situation and is open to "stricter" rules to ensure that ethics guidelines are adhered to in the future.

More Summaries:
Nancy Dubuc, Leah Remini, NATPE
1/18/2017

Fox for the first time will air local ads during its free online live stream of Super Bowl LI. More than 170 affiliates have signed on to sell and deliver local ads during the online broadcast.

Full Story:
Variety
More Summaries:
Super Bowl, Fox
1/18/2017

ISPs have filed petitions requesting that the Federal Communications Commission reconsider broadband privacy rules that went into effect Jan. 3. While the FCC would normally reject such petitions, the process for these will extend past Chairman Tom Wheeler's resignation and into a Republican-majority FCC.

Full Story:
Ars Technica
More Summaries:
FCC, Tom Wheeler
1/18/2017

RLJ Entertainment says that the subscriber count for its Acorn streaming movie service surpassed 430,000 in 2016, more than doubling its 2015 numbers. The company also reported that its Urban Movie Channel subscriber base grew, surpassing the 20,000 mark by the end of last year.

Full Story:
Variety
More Summaries:
RLJ Entertainment
1/18/2017

Although HDR provides a higher-quality picture on all sizes of television sets, consumers are sold on 4K UHD, leaving TV manufacturers with no choice but to stick with 4K offerings. In 2016, there was more than a 1000% increase in HDR viewing on Amazon, while 4K viewing rose by more than 300%, said Amazon's BA Winston.

Full Story:
Light Reading
More Summaries:
Amazon
1/18/2017

Verizon Communications has introduced a revamped My FiOS App with a Wi-Fi Analyzer feature that enables customers to resolve problems with their FiOS Internet over Wi-Fi services. The app integrates with Facebook Messenger.

Full Story:
Telecompetitor.com
1/18/2017

AT&T has retained Nielsen to compile ratings data for its U-verse TV and DIRECTV services via set-top box downloads. Nielsen will integrate those figures with its traditional viewer panels for its new Total Audience measurement system.

Full Story:
Broadcasting & Cable
More Summaries:
Nielsen, set-top box, DIRECTV, AT&T
1/18/2017

Verizon Communications has asked for relief from regulations related to improving and replacing SS7 signaling gear as it transitions from its legacy TDM system to an IP-based system. In a filing with the Federal Communications Commission, the telecom outlines three major categories where it says it needs relief.

Full Story:
FierceTelecom