AT&T, which just deployed a nationwide LTE-M network for the internet of things, isn't ready to make a similar commitment to narrowband IoT connectivity. "We think that M is actually the technology of choice from our perspective" for a variety of reasons, AT&T's Chris Penrose told an interviewer.
The Federal Communications Commission is working with broadcasters and the Justice Department's Office of Community Oriented Policing Services on the National Blue Alert Network. The FCC is working to create a new Emergency Alert System for blue alerts that notify the public of violent offenders who pose threats to law enforcement.
Michael O'Rielly of the Federal Communications Commission took to Twitter recently to apologize to reporter John Donnelly, who accused security guards last week of manhandling him during an FCC public meeting. Donnelly said that while he appreciates the apology, the FCC should develop clear guidance to avoid such situations from occurring again.
Nielsen is experimenting with a smaller-sized Portable People Meter that could be embedded into wearables. The stylish new prototypes are a "game changer" because they measure beyond just radio, writes Charlie Sislen of Research Director.
The broadcast industry has three visions for the deployment of Next Gen TV, writes Harry Jessell. The Pearl group of broadcasters is focused on targeted advertising and cable-esque interfaces, and Sinclair Broadcast Group is taking a mobile-first approach, while broadcast's "Big Four" networks have yet to home in on their own visions and plans for the new standard, Jessell writes.
Network upfront presentations are highlighting changes in the advertising industry, including a shift to digital and the need to revamp the 30-second ad model. Key moves networks are planning include Turner Broadcasting's plans to experiment with longer forms of advertising and Fox's move to stop selling traditional ads for FX's digital and on-demand offerings.
President Donald Trump used the power of Twitter before the election and has continued to use the social media platform since being elected, mastering the medium much as John F. Kennedy mastered television, Steven Levingston writes. While both leaders used their respective media choices to influence others, Kennedy also understood the importance of befriending reporters, while Trump has taken a more adversarial stance, Levingston writes.
Facebook on Thursday announced a partnership with MLB that will bring 20 baseball games to the social media network. The games are free for all viewers and will air live each Friday, beginning with today's match between the Colorado Rockies and the Cincinnati Reds.
AMC Networks CEO Josh Sapan spoke recently about the strengths of "The Walking Dead," assuring investors that the series remains strong and will have a long life on the network. The show, which ended its seventh season with some "minor erosion" in ratings but still performed better than hits such as "The Big Bang Theory," will return for an eighth season this October.
Roger Ailes passed away Thursday at age 77, and reaction to his death has been mixed, with some vocalizing their thoughts and others remaining noticeably silent. Laura Ingraham called him a "visionary," and Shepard Smith said he was "a patriot," while others, including Gretchen Carlson, Megyn Kelly and President Donald Trump, did not comment.