FX Networks CEO John Landgraf talked recently about the company's strategy of airing limited series and exploring a future with short-form animation. Landgraf also discussed competing with platforms such as Netflix and series that missed the mark with viewers, saying, "It's hitting a fastball with a fraction of a second; it's something that just can't be done perfectly every time."
Windstream Communications is counting on software virtualization and unified communications to court enterprise users, CEO Tony Thomas told investors this week, saying recent acquisitions would provide momentum to the regional telecom. Thomas said Windstream is looking to its release in July of a new SD-WAN platform.
The Committee to Protect Journalists has been working to gather and analyze data about the treatment of journalists in the wake of several alleged incidents. Recent situations include the alleged assault of Ben Jacobs by a Republican congressional candidate, multiple arrests and an incident involving journalist John Donnelly trying to ask a question of a Federal Communications Commission commissioner.
AT&T's DIRECTV Now surged to 328,000 subscribers in the two months after it launched, but growth was flat in March, sources say. CEO Randall Stephenson says the company has pulled back on marketing since experiencing that rapid growth and that the service now costs $60 per month, compared with its initial promotional price of $35 per month.
Altice USA and Viacom have reached a content distribution and advertising deal that will bring Viacom networks including MTV and Nickelodeon back to Suddenlink after a two-year absence. The deal also includes the renewal of Viacom networks on Optimum systems.
The Oregon House of Representatives has approved a bill that would charge companies interest on outstanding tax debts. Comcast is in an eight-year dispute with the state over its "central assessment" methodology, which was developed for railroad companies in the 1800s.
Shipments of HDR TVs will grow to 245 million by the year 2022, ABI Research forecasts. Sony, Samsung and other manufacturers are incorporating HDR into their Ultra HD TV sets, while some manufacturers are gearing up for the development of 8K TVs, which are expected to slowly enter the market in 2020.
Consolidated Communications took a step forward this week toward completing its purchase of regional telecom FairPoint Communications. The company won support from New Hampshire regulators by agreeing to invest in the state's broadband network and promised to invest $52.2 million in Maine's network if the deal is approved.
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