First-time Emmy nominations -- including Louie Anderson's performance in FX's "Baskets," Keri Russell's in FX's "The Americans" and Rami Malek's in USA's "Mr. Robot" -- have put the spotlight on TV's changing landscape. The nominations hint at "deeper changes in the TV industry, including an increase in high-quality, sophisticated series and better roles written for a wider diversity of performers," writes NPR's Eric Deggans.
Shari Redstone is reportedly considering recombining Viacom and CBS after taking back control of Viacom. A merger would broaden CBS' portfolio of networks and add a major Hollywood studio -- Paramount Pictures -- to CBS' portfolio.
Government offices at all levels are working to bridge the broadband gap that affects lower-income households, with tactics including expanding the Lifeline subsidy program leading a range of initiatives and coalitions. About half of US states have offices specifically focused on US broadband information and development.
The number of households with TV in the US is expected to rise to 118.4 million for the 2016-2017 season, marking the fourth consecutive year of household gains, per Nielsen's National Television Household Universe Estimates. The report found that the percent of homes with TV rose to 96%, a 0.8% increase from 2015.
The Federal Communications Commission has dismissed Liberman Broadcasting's carriage complaint filed against Comcast, stating that the retrans issues did not fall under the FCC's program carriage rules. In a statement, Comcast wrote that it was pleased with the decision and that the complaint "had no basis in law and was simply an attempt to extract carriage of Estrella TV and fees from Comcast that are in no way justified."
Windstream Communications wants to launch its Kinetic TV service in North Carolina and has submitted an application to the state. The proposal, which calls for Windstream to serve 50,000 homes, mainly across 13 North Carolina communities, comes after Kinetic TV was launched in Nebraska, Kentucky and Texas.
Researchers say 69% of diabetes patients surveyed think telemedicine could be more useful than in-person exams in preventing diabetic retinopathy, a leading cause of blindness. The University of Michigan survey found that those who had difficulty traveling because of other health problems were more likely to be interested in using telemedicine.
AT&T will carry HBO and Cinemax services across all of its screens under a multiyear carriage deal, which will also give HBO a place on AT&T'S planned DIRECTV Now streaming service and keep the premium services on all of AT&T's platforms.
Many tech companies are chasing the internet of things, but the battle in the industrial IoT sector will be between Cisco Systems and General Electric, writes Gary Orenstein of database company MemSQL. With IDC forecasting that US IoT revenue will hit more than $357 billion in 2019, much is at stake in the industrial segment, Orenstein writes.
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