AT&T has unveiled its Watch TV service, a streaming TV offering that will feature a lineup of 31 TV networks and a library of 15,000 on-demand TV show episodes and movies. The service costs $15 per month, but it will be available at no cost to qualifying wireless subscribers.
Apple has teamed up with Sesame Workshop to create a lineup of children's programming. Under the deal, Sesame Workshop will create new live-action and animated content, as well as a puppet series, for Apple platforms.
Disney -- which just raised its bid to acquire 21st Century Fox assets to $71.3 billion in cash and stock -- is not willing to split assets with competing bidder Comcast, says Disney CEO Bob Iger. Comcast is expected to submit another bid surpassing Disney's current offer, with some analysts predicting that the bidding war could reach $80 billion.
Altice USA has appointed Jean-Charles Nicolas as senior vice president of its mobile unit. Nicolas has over 20 years of experience in the mobile communications industry and previously worked as deputy CEO and chief financial officer of Altice's Dominican Republic division.
Disney has formally submitted a $71.3 billion bid for 21st Century Fox assets -- a cash-and-stock offer valued at $85.1 billion, including debt. The move comes as Fox's board is to meet today to discuss Comcast's $65 billion bid for the entertainment assets.
British authorities took a major step toward allowing 21st Century Fox to purchase UK pay-TV provider Sky after Rupert Murdoch's company agreed to sell the Sky News unit to Disney, which has bid on Fox's entertainment assets. Culture Secretary Matt Hancock informally said that the Sky News sale will meet the government's precondition for Fox's acquisition.
Tru Optik has unveiled a new measurement tool for connected TV and over-the-top advertising. The solution delivers "de-duplicated household-level reach and frequency, device authentication, and advanced audience validation for OTT and CTV campaigns," the company said.
Charter's Spectrum Enterprises unit has announced new offerings for hospitals, universities and hotels. The product lineup includes Fiber Connect Plus TV, which provides HDTV without a converter or headend equipment; Set-Back Box TV, which delivers TV through "set-back" boxes behind TVs; and SpectrumU TV, which provides live and on-demand programming to colleges.
The Oprah Winfrey Network, OWN, struggled to bring in viewers during its earliest years, but the network has since figured out its formula for success. Part of its strategy includes adding new creators to its roster -- including Brock Akil and Will Packer -- to help it usher in a new era and home in on black audiences.
CBS News for the second consecutive year was selected as the winner of the RTDNA's Edward R. Murrow Award for Overall Excellence. Other winners include Hubbard News' WTOP for Overall Excellence in large market radio and New Hampshire Public Radio's small market win.
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