A&E Networks has struck a long-term carriage pact with AT&T for its U-Verse and DIRECTV services. The agreement includes carriage for A&E Networks' Viceland network, which is slated to debut in February in place of H2. Viceland, which is being developed in conjunction with Vice Media, was said to be a sticking point in negotiations.
FX has renewed its "Fargo" anthology series for a third season. The show, which is inspired by the 1996 film, won three Emmys, including outstanding miniseries, for its debut season. "Year two of 'Fargo' is an extraordinary achievement, and given Noah Hawley's masterful storytelling, we can't wait to see where the third, all-new version of 'Fargo' takes us," said Eric Schrier, president of programming for FX Networks and FX Productions.
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Disney has launched its own on-demand streaming service in the UK. It features Disney and Pixar movies, TV shows, audio and e-books, and a 5,000-song library. Dubbed "DisneyLife," the service is not available yet in the US due to Disney agreements with other streaming services, such as Netflix, but it will be expanding to other European markets soon.
On average, 57% of weekly impressions of tweets about TV programming tie in to live viewings of the content, Nielsen is reporting. Live impressions are the highest for reality TV series, at 67%, and lowest for comedy shows, at 49%, with drama series coming in at 58%. Tweets posted when shows are not on the air help to establish their image or boost awareness of future episodes, Nielsen said.
Viacom, in partnership with human rights group Witness, is urging viewers of its networks to use their camera phones to promote social good. A series of TV PSAs tied to each Viacom network's particular social cause points audiences to a co-branded microsite, where they can learn how to create their own videos and post them on social media with the hashtag #Story4Change.
There is little chance that hackers could gain access to about 600,000 Arris cable modems through their "backdoors," Arris said in response to claims by a Brazilian researcher of the device's alleged security risk. Arris has nonetheless closed off this access point for technicians to head off any potential security problems. "The risk related to this vulnerability is low, and we are unaware of any exploit related to it," Arris said.
Frontier Communications' decision to launch an IPTV service -- Frontier TV -- in Durham, N.C., will likely herald the telecom's commitment to introducing more traditional linear pay-TV bundles. "Offering video changes our take rates, and without a video product, it's hard to compete with broadband only," said Dennis Bloss, who runs Frontier's Durham region.
Verizon has teamed up with VMTurbo on developing a cloud-management system to help enterprises configure their services. Verizon Intelligent Cloud Control is an automated system that calculates variables such as price, performance and compliance status, which typically require manual processing through cloud brokerages.
Jim Motes, chief information security officer at Rockwell Automation, is proposing the formation of a cybersecurity cooperative, drawing IT professionals from a roster of member companies, as a collective defense against corporate hacking.
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