The unique content creation and distribution model that Comcast has built means the company does not currently see value in major mergers or acquisitions, said leader Brian Roberts. He noted that Comcast would consider agreements that enhanced international distribution capabilities.
HGTV has ordered three pilots and 11 new shows for its 2021-22 season, featuring stars such as Anita and Ken Corsini, for a total exceeding 85 episodes. The network is highlighting new topics, including cleaning, rentals, and in-home family relationships.
Discovery Group leader Henry Schleiff, a 40-year veteran of the cable industry, is retiring from his post as of Dec. 31 after overseeing Investigation Discovery's success as well as managing three other channels. TLC Senior Vice President Jason Sarlanis will step up to lead three of Schlieff's networks, including Investigation Discovery.
Parks Associates reports that 82% of homes in the US with broadband also had an account on one or more over-the-top services during 2021's first quarter, up six percentage points over the same period in 2020. The survey shows that 13% subscribed to both linear and streaming platforms.
A nine-country MIDiA Research study shows that 52% of viewers tune out television advertisements, a slight decrease from 2019, while the percentage of people skipping online ads rose to 49% in that time. The company advises brands to seek partnerships across platforms.
Consolidated Communications expanded its fiber locations by 76,000 in the second quarter, bringing the regional telecom's total to 122,000 upgrades thus far this year, CEO Bob Udell said. Consolidated has grown its fiber base by 7,000 subscribers this year with 60% of that group representing new customers, he added.
A newly introduced bipartisan Senate measure would block entities from using any of the $1.9 trillion in American Rescue Plan funds to buy telecom equipment from China's Huawei Technologies and ZTE. The sponsors, Sens. Mark Warner, D-Va., and Tom Cotton, R-Ark., say the bill would protect US networks from national security threats.
The negotiated $1.2 trillion infrastructure package before the Senate includes $1 billion in cybersecurity grants for local, tribal, state and territorial governments that would be allocated over four years starting in 2022. The Department of Homeland Security would oversee the program.
An agreement between HBO's parent WarnerMedia and DISH Network will see DISH immediately resume distribution of HBO, HBO Max and Cinemax. HBO has been absent from DISH services for close to three years after the two companies failed to reach a carriage agreement.
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