Google launched its YouTube TV service in 10 new markets this week, including Atlanta, Detroit, Houston and Washington, D.C. The service runs $35 per month and includes live local feeds from the four major broadcast networks, as well as cable networks such as ESPN and AMC.
TBS unveiled unreleased clips for its three new original animated series at this year's Comic-Con in San Diego. "Tarantula," "Close Enough" and "Final Space" are slated for the 2017-2018 season, and the new season of "American Dad" will premiere Monday.
Sen. John McCain, R-Ariz., has a relationship with the media that's built on respect and the way he makes himself accessible to the press, writes Callum Borchers. Though McCain has sparred with the media in the past, "[h]e has consistently shown respect for the role of the press and kept his criticisms in bounds," Borchers writes.
Discovery Communications is interested in acquiring Scripps Networks Interactive to make its programming part of a low-cost web TV bundle that would run between $3 and $4, a source says. Acquiring Scripps would make Discovery the owner of five of the nation's top 20 cable networks.
E! is gearing up to launch a reality series this fall that will focus on the music industry. "The Platinum Life" will feature an inside look at the lives of the wives and girlfriends of musicians and industry professionals including Nelly, Kid Ink, Miguel and Ne-Yo.
Layer3 TV says that at least 20% of customers have viewed at least one episode of BBC America's "Planet Earth II" in 4K, showing consumers' desire to watch content using this standard. "The impact that 4K content is having on BBC America's awareness and Layer3 TV viewership serves as notice of 4K's importance," says Chief Content Officer Lindsay Gardner.
Rep. Frank Pallone, D-N.J., has introduced the Viewer Protection Act, which would provide $1 billion in emergency funds for the post-auction repack. The bill also proposes using $90 million for viewer outreach efforts for channels that are moving and permits leftover funds to be used to assist LPTVs and translators.
Despite some broadcasters' concerns as to how diginets will be affected by the transition to Next Gen TV, current technology will help those channels remain unaffected as the changes occur. MPEG-2 and stat mux technology will make it possible to deliver diginets and primary channels through the old standard as networks switch to Next Gen TV.
The Federal Communications Commission will ease local TV ownership limits this September, sources say. If ownership limits are lifted, companies including Tegna, E.W. Scripps, Nexstar Media Group and Meredith Corp. could pursue new mergers and acquisitions, says Jefferies analyst John Janedis.
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