President Donald Trump is reportedly preparing to name Ajit Pai chairman of the Federal Communications Commission; Tom Wheeler resigned Friday. Pai, who has been a commissioner since 2012, is known for his anti-regulatory stances and is expected to begin rolling back rules set during Wheeler's chairmanship, including net neutrality.
History has tapped former "Vikings" star Travis Fimmel for a scripted anthology series that will focus on some of history's most infamous anti-heroes. Fimmel wrote and will executive produce and star in the first episode, which centers on Wyatt Earp.
Broadcasters are sounding off about President Donald Trump's inaugural address, which focused on Trump's anti-establishment views. Fox News' Charles Krauthammer called it the "Forgotten Man Speech," and NBC's Chuck Todd called the speech "awkward," while historian Douglas Brinkley pointed to the president's "[w]hen you open your heart to patriotism, there is no room for prejudice" line and said the speech was the best he had ever given.
The Federal Communications Commission has released its 18th annual report on the state of video competition. The findings, which are based on data from 2015, include an increase in over-the-air viewing, a rise in online platforms from multichannel video programming distributors and more programming through full-power TV stations.
HBO Now scored the highest marks in 11 of 14 categories in a Strategic Analytics study measuring customer satisfaction of subscription video-on-demand services. HBO Now took the top spot in categories including availability of past seasons, overall number of shows and quality of programming, while Netflix scored the highest in cost, recommendations and overall satisfaction.
Sprint has purchased a 33% stake in streaming music service Tidal for $200 million. The service will be made available to Sprint's retail customers, and exclusive content will be released by Tidal's artists; Jay-Z and artist-owners will remain part-owners of the company.
With Donald Trump in the White House and Republican majorities in Congress, radio could see big changes this year. Copyright reform legislation, changes to federal tax laws regarding advertising expenses and Communications Act reviews are just a few of the issues expected to be addressed this year.
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