Comcast in the third quarter will offer broadband subscribers across its footprint a skinny-bundle OTT service that it has been testing for two years, sources say. Xfinity Instant TV will be available in packages that range between $15 and $40 per month.
The House on Tuesday voted to block regulations that would require internet service providers to obtain user permission before collecting and using consumer data. The legislation now heads to President Donald Trump for approval.
Discovery Communications highlighted its ventures in digital and discussed upcoming content releases at its upfront presentation this week. The company plans to bring programs to Snapchat and release an Amazon-distributed app that ties into TLC's "Say Yes to the Dress."
Startup company Dreams has launched a smartphone app that optimizes mobile TV and video for vertical viewing. The ad-supported app has a swipe-based interface and doesn't require login information after the video feed has been delivered.
Music streaming service Spotify says it has acquired MightyTV, a startup that developed an app that makes suggestions to viewers about what TV shows and movies to watch. Spotify said the company's technology will help it target specific groups for advertising.
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.
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