To counter the erosion in its local telephony business, Verizon is switching gears to tap into the $9.3-billion-a-year U.S. broadband market. "Cable companies are locking in customers and Verizon can't afford to wait," an analyst said.
USA Network's contract to air the annual eco-challenge competition will come to an end after this year's May 5 to 7 competition in Fiji, Mark Burnett's Eco-Challenge Productions has confirmed. Burnett says he is trying to negotiate a carriage deal with a "major, not cable, network."
The growing popularity of Antarctic explorer Sir Ernest Henry Shackleton has spawned TV programs about his life. Tonight, PBS' "Nova" is to air a two-hour documentary, while A&E has scheduled a miniseries for April 7 and 8, accompanied by a documentary on its popular "Biography" show. A&E plans to repackage it productions for video sale.