Startup Raze has reportedly raised approximately $5 million in funding. The venture, a collaboration among actress Sofia Vergara, Luis Balaguer, former Fox Television Studios President Emiliano Calemzuk and others, will feature scripted and unscripted "Latin-centered" content across multiple platforms targeting US-based Latinos.
A&E has ordered a 10-episode reboot of its "Cold Case Files" and plans to begin airing episodes in February. The show, which went off the air in 2006, focuses on unsolved cases and will feature Danny Glover as narrator.
Today's Inauguration Day activities and festivities are being covered by major networks, including ABC, NBC, CBS, CNN and Fox News. The networks are members of a "pool" that takes turns tracking portions of the Inauguration Day activities, with CNN Washington's Sam Feist saying, "The center of gravity moves with the president."
Jane Pauley of "CBS Sunday Morning" has been announced as the host for the NAB Show Opening. "We look forward to sharing the NAB Show stage with her and are honored to have her assistance in opening the world's greatest media, entertainment and technology event," National Association of Broadcasters President Gordon Smith said of the award-winning host and anchor.
Windstream Communications will provide gigabit-class fiber, IP voice and business continuity services for Lambeau Field, home of the NFL's Green Bay Packers. The company will also deliver point-to-point fiber connections for the team's business offices and Wi-Fi connections for fans at the stadium.
AT&T's DIRECTV Now streaming-video service attracted at least 200,000 customers in the month after its Nov. 30 debut, the telecom says. The company offered a promotional rate of $35 a month for a 100-channel tier.
The Federal Communications Commission wrote in a letter this week that Comcast has completed the required steps for user authentication for the HBO Go and WatchESPN TV over-the-top apps for PlayStation. "We applaud any action that will further the goals of enhanced competition, programming diversity, consumer choice, and innovation in the marketplace," said the FCC Enforcement Bureau's Travis LeBlanc.
NBC Sports Regional Networks and Major League Baseball Advanced Media have reached an agreement that will allow CSN subscribers to watch live-streaming local baseball games starting with the 2017 season. Authenticated viewers can tune in to games, as well as pregame and postgame shows, in their local markets in Chicago, Philadelphia, San Francisco and Oakland.
Charter Communications and NBCUniversal signed a retransmission agreement this week that ensures continued coverage for approximately 16 million homes. The new contract includes networks such as Telemundo, Bravo, USA and MSNBC.
Intel has created a multiyear plan to make live sports programming more interactive and customizable by 2019. The company plans to use 360-degree broadcasts for TV, virtual-reality headsets and PCs that allow viewers to watch sports programming from any angle.
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