Nielsen Media reports that Fox News was the highest-rated cable news network in prime time for 2018, raking in an average of 2.5 million people watching its programs. MSNBC came in second, with 1.8 million, up 12% from last year to hit a record for the network.
Comcast is rolling out the xFi feature on Xfinity; the feature will automatically import the customer-provided names of devices as they connect. The new feature will also simplify functions such as screen time monitoring and new device connection.
Nielsen's recent audience report shows that media consumption is highest in the 50-to-64 demographic, at more than 11 hours per day on average, while respondents who are between 18 and 34 years old reported an average of eight hours a day. Digital media use is more common among the younger crowd, while older viewers tend to stick to radio or traditional TV.
The Federal Communications Commission has agreed to strengthen phone carriers' ability to restrict automated text messages by reclassifying them as an information rather than a telecom service. Democratic Commissioner Jessica Rosenworcel opposed the move, but Chairman Ajit Pai said it would allow carriers "to continue taking action against unwanted text messages."
AT&T has expanded its AT&T Fiber product to 12 additional markets, including three in Texas and three in Florida. The telecom's fiber-to-the-premises offering now reaches more than 10 million locations in 84 metro areas, with 3 million of those having come this year.
American Media, parent company of the National Enquirer, will dodge federal charges with prosecutors in exchange for admitting that it worked with President Donald Trump's campaign to keep an extramarital affair from surfacing. American Media confessed to paying $150,000 to keep Trump's affair with Karen McDougal private during the race.
Veteran journalist Major Garrett has been picked as CBS' next chief Washington correspondent, a post that has been filled in previous years by Bob Schieffer and John Dickerson. Garrett has been with the network since 2012 and also hosts "The Takeout," a political podcast.
Comedian Ellen DeGeneres is weighing her next professional move amid the success of her 16-year run as host of a daytime talk show. She goes back to her stand-up roots with her special, "Relatable," which is scheduled to begin streaming on Netflix on Tuesday.
Foldable screens, in-screen fingerprint scanners and artificial intelligence will join the development of 5G networks to drive smartphone innovation through 2019, writes Larry Dignan. Such innovations will help "spur a new era for smartphone devices and set us up for 2020," Dignan writes.
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