ESPN has closed a $1.5 billion deal with UFC and will begin broadcasting non-Pay Per View events in January. As part of the deal, 30 "Fight Night" events and 12 additional live events will air in 2019.
Turner has announced that two new original series will be coming to its streaming service, Boomerang. "Yabba-Dabba Dinosaurs!" and "Scooby Doo and Guess Who?" will join renewed original series including "Wacky Races," "Be Cool, Scooby Doo!" and "Bunnicula."
Lifetime plans to launch a programming block this summer centered around love and relationships. The season premiere of "Married at First Sight" will air July 10, and the third season of "Seven Year Switch" will debut the following week.
Discovery Channel's Shark Week will celebrate its 30th anniversary in July, and the network has planned over 19 hours of special programming for the occasion. Special events include a mash-up with ABC's "Shark Tank" and "Uncaged: Shark vs. Ronda Rousey."
Telaria has released what it's declaring is the "first complete video ad management platform" for over-the-top television. The platform enables publishers to programmatically buy ads from companies including the Trade Desk and AppNexus; the platform provides real-time performance reporting.
The Federal Communications Commission has begun developing a Model Code to guide states in enacting laws regulating small cell sites. The agency acted in response to moves by 19 states to pass legislation limiting the ability of cities to make decisions over sites and fees.
Wireless carriers are underestimating how much their spectrum is worth, given the fast-rising need for bandwidth, a report from Deloitte advises, stating that companies have failed to adjust the value of frequencies they purchased years or even decades back. The consulting firm says carriers need to take the greater sophistication of communications systems into account in their valuations.
Pat Riordan, the CEO of what is now Nsight, will step down July 1 and take a consulting position with the wireless carrier; Chief Financial Officer Mark Naze will replace him. Nsight, formerly Northeast Communications, owns Cellcom, a Wisconsin-based regional carrier, as well as broadband provider Nsight Telservices.
AT&T will construct a $100 million "urban technology campus" at its Dallas headquarters complex, regional Vice President Michael Peterson announced, describing it as "destination place not just for our workers but downtown residents and visitors." The company also hopes the facility will help attract and retain employees.
Verizon found 15% of enterprises have either started to deploy software-defined networking or are conducting tests, a figure the telecom predicts will nearly quadruple by 2020, reveals a company survey. In a blog post, Verizon said most respondents agreed that a solid business case exists for adopting SDN.