Charter Communications will make its TV Essentials streaming service available to broadband subscribers who have no video service. The new platform, which will launch in the company's footprint in March, includes roughly 60 channels of live TV, plus on-demand TV, minus local broadcasts and sports network programming.
Samsung Electronics has unveiled its latest lineup of Galaxy S10 smartphones, with new features that include several rear cameras and fingerprint sensors inside two of the models' screens. The three handsets -- the new budget S10e, the S10 and the S10+ -- range in price from $750 to $1,000, and Samsung has also previewed a 5G-capable device that Verizon will be the first to launch in the second quarter.
CBS News is reportedly considering moving Norah O'Donnell from her anchor spot on "CBS This Morning" and making her the host of "CBS Evening News." The network's news division is aiming to boost its evening news show ratings, which have been trailing those of NBC and ABC.
ABC has confirmed that it has sold all ad spots for the upcoming Academy Awards ceremony, priced at about $2.2 million per 30-second segment. The myriad production challenges and changes in format may not have affected the rates or demand for sponsorships, but advertisers will reportedly continue to be vigilant regarding the telecast's Nielsen ratings.
Allstate, which owns SquareTrade, has purchased cellphone repair business iCracked for an undisclosed sum. The purchase may open the door for SquareTrade to add on-site repair services to its offerings.
Virtual multichannel video programming distributors snagged 10% of the market for pay TV in 2018's fourth quarter amid an acceleration in cord cutting. But analysts cannot provide true projections on the health of the industry because most vMVPDs have declined to share subscriber data.
Core networks from Viacom, including BET, Nickelodeon and Comedy Central, are being added to fuboTV's lineup of live TV over-the-top offerings. Viacom has been increasing its partnerships with OTTs in the wake of accelerated cord cutting and is already part of Philo, Sling TV and DIRECTV NOW.
A recent report by Ampere Analysis reveals that 71% of subscription-video-on-demand customers in the US sign up for multiple services, and Netflix usually makes the cut. The research also shows that 29% of homes subscribe to only one SVOD, and Netflix remains the provider of choice for most of those customers.
Dell'Oro Group's "Broadband Access 5-Year Forecast Report" details how cable multiple systems operators will invest $2 billion before 2023 to compete with fiber-based networks by deploying distributed access architectures. "Today's investments in DAAs will prepare cable operators for a future of 10-Gbps services using a combination of extended spectrum DOCSIS, Full Duplex DOCSIS 3.1, and, ultimately, fiber to the home," says Dell'Oro Group research director Jeff Heynen.
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