Viacom's merger with CBS has given the new entity a highly diversified and deep portfolio of cable networks. New Chief Financial Officer Christina Spade will be tasked with balancing their budgets, as well as saving $500 million within the next few years.
Showtime is offering online viewers two free episodes of its "On Becoming a God in Central Florida" series over Sho.com and YouTube, as well as other platforms, before it debuts August 25 on the premium network. The 10-episode comedy-drama stars Kirsten Dunst as a Florida woman involved in a pyramid scheme.
AMC will partner with Britain's ITV in a three-part series examining the sensational "Who Wants to Be a Millionaire" scandal in the UK in "Quiz" from filmmaker Stephen Frears and producers of "The Crown." The short series chronicles cheating accusations against a couple who won all the money on the show in 2001.
Microsoft dispelled reports that the company might release a streaming-only Xbox console next year, saying that the upcoming Project Scarlett will only introduce a high-end model with local gaming capability. The company's Project xCloud will, however, allow users to make their Xbox One consoles function as streaming servers.
The Commerce Department will reportedly give Huawei Technologies an additional 90 days to do business with US telecom vendors in order to keep serving rural carriers that use the Chinese company's gear. Several media reports say the administration will extend Huawei's license -- set to expire today -- despite blacklisting the carrier's exports earlier in the year.
NBC's smash hit "America's Got Talent" is dominating the summer broadcast season and averaging a total of 9.6 million viewers even as broadcast programming shows sharp declines. ABC's "The Bachelorette" and "Celebrity Family Feud" are the next two best-performing shows this summer, drawing 5.8 million and 5.4 million viewers respectively.
CBS Sports this week announced the death at 95 of sportscaster Jack Whitaker, who spent over 30 years covering a wide variety of sporting events for CBS and, later, ABC. Whitaker was honored for his contributions to sports broadcasting with a Lifetime Achievement Award at the Sports Emmys in 2012.
Discovery will partner with Cox Media's Gamut to provide advertising inventory for over-the-top platforms in local markets, the company announced, saying the deal gives Gamut access to events on Discovery's substantial trove of networks. Discovery added services it bought from Scripps Networks to its 12 TV Everywhere "Go" apps last year.
Cable company Altice may have changed its mind after insisting it had no interest in bidding for wireless spectrum as part of its move toward providing mobile services, a Federal Communications Commission filing suggests. The company said that spectrum in the C-band is appealing as it prepares to become "a durable, sustainable wireless competitor."
The government's efforts to crack down on illegal robocalls have been complicated by the inability of small telecoms to prevent being the originators of the calls, telecom executives say. The small carriers assert that they lack the resources to detect more suspicious calls and say they move promptly to shut them down when prompted.
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