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 will let states offer 50 MHz of 4.9 GHz spectrum for lease, after a party-line vote on Sept. 30. Republicans said that the band has lain fallow for almost 20 years, while Democrats argued the move would harm public-safety groups, which originally had exclusive access to the frequencies.
Google confirmed months of rapt speculation Wednesday, when it formally introduced the rebrand of its Android TV video operating system, which it now calls Google TV, and officially unveiled the first device to run the reiterated OS, the latest upgrade of its Chromecast HDMI dongle.
College radio stations' teams are facing uncertainty about their operations as they struggle to meet minimum requirements while following social distancing guidelines. Some stations have been able to operate remotely in a limited capacity, but advertising revenue has also dropped precipitously due to shutdown orders.
Fox News host Chris Wallace says he regrets losing control of the Sept. 29 debate between President Donald Trump and former Vice President Joe Biden. The Commission on Presidential Debates has praised Wallace's professionalism as moderator while also examining format changes for remaining debates.
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.
Leading Senate Republicans urged President Donald Trump to abandon a Pentagon proposal that would let the military create a nationwide 5G network by sharing mid-band spectrum with commercial entities. The group explained that the government should rely on free-market solutions and private industry to "foster multiple, facilities-based 5G networks."
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