The documentary "Diana, Our Mother: Her Life and Legacy," which features Princes William and Harry reminiscing about their mother, Princess Diana, has been sold to broadcasters worldwide. Among the buyers are HBO in the US, Canada's CBC, Seven in Australia and multiple services across Europe.
Sony has signed a deal with the National Cable Television Cooperative to bring broadband-delivered PlayStation Vue service to cable providers. The service will be made available to NCTC members and can be accessed through PlayStation systems, Amazon Fire, web browsers, and iOS and Android devices.
A panel of executives at this year's The Independent Show focused on the growing success of smaller cable ops, which has been fueled by consolidation. The panel also focused on improving the customer experience through customer education and in-home networking.
Sixty-four percent of US households subscribe to Netflix, Hulu and/or Amazon, while 51% subscribe to two or more of these services, per a study from Leichtman Research Group. The study also found that 29% of adults use a streaming service daily and that 62% of SVOD subscribers also subscribe to a traditional pay-TV service.
Arris, at The Independent Show, showcased three new hybrid set-top boxes that are designed to provide TiVo and over-the-top services to customers of smaller cable operators. The new products include the Qi3, the Mi4 and the MG2 Cable Media Gateway, the latter two of which support HDR and 4K.
Jeff Bewkes is preparing to exit his role at Time Warner if the company's merger with AT&T is approved. Bewkes -- who, during his 38-year career with the company, has fended off a hostile takeover and helped the company bounce back after it merged with AOL -- stands to walk away with as much as $95 million if the deal is approved by the White House.
The three major cable news networks saw an increase in revenue for the quarter, led by MSNBC, which was up 40%, followed by CNN with a 21% increase and Fox News with an 11% increase, per a report from Standard Media Index. Fox News' "Tucker Carlson Tonight" commanded the highest price for cable advertising, with $13,779 for a 30-second ad, the report found.
The iPhone retains its title for mobile game monetization, but Samsung's Galaxy S and Google's Pixel are catching up and, per DeltaDNA, are on track to surpass the Apple product. "What's interesting is how the screen size and performance of the device contribute massively to strong monetization," said Mark Robinson, DeltaDNA's CEO.
AudienceBloom's Jayson DeMers shares the results of a survey of 376 marketers about the state of play in digital marketing, including the fact that almost 45% intend to increase their online ad budgets but still struggle to measure return on investment. Facebook is the most popular social platform, followed by Instagram, and 95% of respondents intend to maintain or increase their social marketing budgets.
Atlantic Broadband President and Chief Revenue Officer David Isenberg says the company's acquisition of MetroCast is a "spectacular operational fit." The compatibility of the companies means that MetroCast will be able to transition to Atlantic's pricing and branding as soon as two months after the close of the deal, Isenberg says.
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