Freeform will become the latest entrant in the late-night TV category with the development of a new show starring Iliza Shlesinger. Shlesinger will also act as an executive producer, alongside Richard Allen-Turner, Kara Baker, Jon Thoday and David Martin.
Snapchat on Friday announced that it will be launching a pair of sunglasses embedded with a camera to make it easier for users to snap and upload 10-second videos to the Snapchat app. The Spectacles product is expected to launch this year, and the move has also prompted the company to change its name to Snap Inc. to reflect its diversifying product offerings.
Donald Trump is planning to spend $140 million on advertising through Election Day, adding significantly to the $22 million he has spent on general election advertising thus far. His budget includes $100 million on TV advertising and an additional $40 million on digital ads.
The Federal Communications Commission on Thursday is expected to vote on Chairman Tom Wheeler's set-top proposal, and Democratic Commissioner Jessica Rosenworcel has the crucial swing vote, which will determine if the proposal passes. While Rosenworcel has said she supports the objective, she has also voiced concerns over the FCC's proposed involvement in agreements and licensing.
Nielsen estimates that pay-TV subscribers will be down 0.8% in October, with individual network penetration falling just 0.3%. Disney networks ESPN and ESPN2 and Viacom's CMT and Spike are estimated to post losses, while Disney's Velocity, Fox Sports 2 and FXM are among the 52 networks anticipated to post subscriber gains.
Comcast Business has announced that it will be expanding its 100 GigE service to include Annapolis, Md.; Tallahassee, Fla.; and Virginia to compete with Verizon's fiber and Ethernet services. The company also announced that revenues rose 17% in the second quarter, saying the growth was fueled by small businesses.
Eero has created a mesh network that uses multiple access points to create stronger, more reliable internet connectivity through its new router. The hardware is designed to "make it easy to blanket every corner of every room in your home with fast, reliable Wi-Fi," said Eero co-founder and CEO Nick Weaver.
GVTC has finished its south Texas fiber-to-the-home expansion, bringing gigabit service within reach of more than 20,000 homes. The GVTC GigaRegion private-public partnership involves the cities of Bulverde, Boerne and Gonzales.
The 802.11ad standard offers speedy millimeter-wave Wi-Fi operating at 60 GHz, compared with 5 GHz for 802.11n and 802.11ac, but analysts say the product may never reach critical mass among consumers. Forrester Research analyst Andre Kindness says service providers are more likely to build the technology into their wireless backhaul in place of cable wires.
Tonight's presidential debate between Donald Trump and Hillary Clinton is predicted to top the ratings reported for 2012's first presidential debate. Network executives and campaign aides estimate that between 80 million and 100 million viewers could tune in, potentially besting the record 81 million who tuned in in 1980.
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