The app currently known as Google Play Movies & TV will become Google TV, the same name Google's using for its redesigned Android TV operating system. Its recently released Chromecast with Google TV dongle adds features such as native hosting for streaming apps, voice-enabled remote control and 4K support.
HBO's 2021 late-night schedule will feature a weekly half-hour series from Sam Jay, a comedian who writes for "Saturday Night Live." Jay will become the second Black woman to host a late-night program, after Peacock's Amber Ruffin.
The Federal Communications Commission issued a final order that provides cable companies with more flexibility in apprising subscribers of potential blackouts due to retransmission consent disputes. Rather than requiring 30-day notice, providers will now be required to inform customers as soon as possible and can do so over the affected channels.
The five leading subscription video-on-demand streaming providers accounted for 83% of all connected television viewing in the US in July, analyst firm LightShed Partners reports, using Comscore data. Leader Netflix drew a 26% share of the market, followed by YouTube at 21%, Amazon Prime Video at 17%, Hulu at 14% and Disney+ at 5%.
CableLabs has issued new specifications for networks running speeds of 10 gigabits per second as cable providers plan for future network upgrades. The new guidelines focus on open standards, and will support initiatives that include the virtualization of converged cable access platforms.
Cox Communications pledged to invest $60 million to help students who lack access to broadband services in a partnership with the non-profit group Common Sense Media. "We need to keep partnering with cities, school districts, counties and community-based organizations to get families connected," Cox President Patrick Esser said at a virtual press conference.
Cable companies can now leave financial interest information about video programming services out of their online public files. The Federal Communications Commission has agreed to a request from NCTA - The Internet & Television Association to do away with the requirement, as the information is already available in other public sources.
Cable One will pay Mega Broadband Investments $547.1 million in cash for a 45% share now and the option to buy the whole company in 2023. Private equity company GTCR formed MBI by acquiring small cable companies, eventually serving a rough total of 630,000 households under the Vyve Broadband brand.
Primetime viewing for the three biggest cable news channels grew by a total of more than 40% year-to-year for the quarter ending Sept. 30. Fox News Channel led, with an average of 3.51 million people watching, while MSNBC finished second with 2.1 million, Nielsen reported.
A recent Ofcom Communications Market Report found smart televisions in more than 50% of UK households, with nearly two-thirds having some connections between internet and TVs. The study also found a 27% increase in streaming video-on-demand revenue.
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